Monday Memo Reposted-Edition #18 1/19/16

Monday Memo–Edition #18 (Tuesday Edition)

January 19, 2016

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Dear WHS Community,

I hope that you were able to enjoy the long holiday weekend.  I am always touched this weekend and love to read anything about Martin Luther King, Jr.  There are so many wonderful quotes that apply to our world and our work today.  I especially like a quote of his that I tweeted out this weekend, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically.  Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”  I believe in that message and am inspired by his work today and every day.


Monday Updates:


  1. Thank you to the League of Women Voters and our own Student Council who coordinated our VERY successful Voter Registration Day at WHS last week.  We don’t have final numbers of newly registered voters, but  we do know that we more than exceeded our goal of 100 voters!
  2. One of our Leadership Team members, Greg Rosenthal, Special Education Supervisor has resigned and is working in another district.  As a result, Pam Girouard and I have been interviewing potential Interim Candidates that could serve in that role for the remainder of the year. We hope to announce the Interim Candidate soon and will re-post the permanent position this spring.


Monday Shout Outs:

  1. Congratulations to our Orchestras who performed at last week’s Winter Concert.  It was a great night to appreciate the arts.  A special thank you to our Friends of Music who coordinated the sound equipment to help everyone enjoy the music.  Thank you one and all!
  2. Thank you to our Guidance Department, led by Suzanne Ontso who organized a great workshop on interpreting the PSAT exams.  The powerpoint shared can be found at:


Staff Spotlight


This week’s spotlight is from our Music Department.


Director-Nick Costello (Nick Co-Directs the District’s Music Department with his wife, Mary Costello)

Nick Costello grew up in Eastern Massachusetts; earned his dual degrees in music education and performance at Ithaca College and his masters in conducting at UMASS, Amherst.  He has held teaching positions in upstate New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Nick currently is the high school director of bands and elementary woodwind instructor.  In addition to his duties in Winchester, Nick is Executive Director at the Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport, MA and owner/operator of two businesses.  


Joel Buford

Joel Buford is a native of  Las Vegas, Nevada. He came to Boston to pursue performance in

opera and graduated with his Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2006.  Joel has been teaching in Winchester for eight years.  This is his first year at Winchester High School.  


Dr. John McCann

Dr. McCann directs the Winchester High School Orchestra, Sinfonietta and Symphony, teaches Songwriting, and is part of the team teaching American Studies.  Outside of Winchester he plays trumpet professionally along with directing the Wind Ensemble and teaching music theory and music history at Tufts University. He holds degrees in music education and theory from U. Mass., Amherst, and a doctorate in trumpet from Northwestern University.  He enjoys family time, reading, sailing and kayaking.


This week’s schedule will be:



No School


Day 4

Two shortened classes and Midterm Block A


Midterm Blocks B and C



Blocks D and E




F and G


Date Event Location
January 19-22



Schedule-pls. look at revised schedule


1/19 B Class (7:45-8:40)

G Class (8:45-9:40)

A Exam (9:45-11:15)

1/20 B Exam (7:45-9:15)

C Exam (9:30-11:00)

1/21 D Exam (7:45-9:15)

E Exam (9:30-11:00)

1/22 F Exam (7:45-9:15)

G Exam (9:30-11:00)

Make-ups 1/19-1/22 afternoon 12:45 to 2:15

Tuesday, January 19 3:30 pm Nordic Ski Team Weston Track
Weds, January 20 4:30 pm Gymnastics vs. Woburn Woburn High
Weds, January 20 5:00 pm Girls Hockey vs. Wakefield O’Brien (Home)
Weds, January 20 7:00 pm Boys Hockey vs. Wakefield O’Brien (Home)
Thursday, January 21 3:45 pm Alpine Slalom Race Nashoba Ski
Friday, January 22 11:30 Class of 2017 Luncheon Dining Commons
Friday, January 22 5:00 pm Girls Bball vs. Wilmington Wilmington
Friday, January 22 7:00 pm Boys Bball vs. Wilmington Wilmington
January 22 Grades Close
Saturday, January 23 7:00 pm Boys Swimming vs. Reading Burbank-Reading
February 3 Report Cards Emailed
February 3 6:30 pm WFEE Trivia Bee Lynch School
February 4 Early Release Professional Day



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