Monday Memo #24-March 7, 2016

Monday Memo–Edition #24

March 7, 2016

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Monday Updates:

  1. Congratulations to the cast and crew of our spring musical, Damn Yankees.  A special congratulations to our teachers- Sharon Martin (director), Nick and Mary Costello (music) and Craig MacKenzie (crew).  The play’s success was due to our fantastically talented students and our great behind the scenes individuals who supported their efforts.
  2. We will host our Future Freshmen Informational Night for parents tonight, March 7th at 7:00 pm.  We are excited to have the Class of 2020 join our community.
  3. Student parking will be changing in September 2016.  We will still be able to use the Skillings student lot for the remainder of this school year.  We now have additional spaces available at Borregaard Beach.  However, next year’s parking for students will be limited on site and the Skillings Lot (what we can use) will be used for staff parking.  We will have additional parking off-site by the cemetery on Lake St.  Currently, we also have additional parking at Borregaard Beach.  In addition, we ask that Winchester High Students do NOT park in the Stop and Shop lot.  We will have more information in the weeks/months ahead.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility during our construction project.
  4. The annual Mr. WHS performance will be this upcoming Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 pm in the evening at the WHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $15 with proceeds to go the senior class.  Tickets will be on sale starting at 3:30 pm on March 13th.  


Older Updates:

  1. Graduation plans are set.  Our plan is to have our WHS Class of 2016 Graduation on Manchester Field (behind McCall) outside on Sunday, June 5th at 4:00 pm-NOTE the later time in the day to helpful avoid the heat of the day.  (Rain Date will be Monday, June 6th at 6:00 pm).  We will be sending out more information regarding senior week activities. Keep checking your Edline account for updates.
  2. The Winchester Public Schools and Medford Public Schools Offices of Special Education are hosting our 2nd Annual Transition Fair on Thursday, March 10th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the WHS Learning Commons.  This FREE event features over 20 exhibitors representing some of the services available to young adults with disabilities after they complete high school.  We will also be offering three breakout sessions focused on the topics of self-determination, guardianship and the DDS Employment First Initiative.
  3. Just a reminder that we are now collecting new or gently used prom dresses to help WHS students and Belle of the Ball.  These dresses will help any of our students who may need assistance as well as others from area communities.  Boxes are in our lobby and at 28 Richardson St.  You may also donate gift cards to Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack or DSW.  Please send the cards to me at WHS.  Thank you for your support!
  4. Our Program/Course of Studies for our 2016-17 courses has been approved by the Winchester School Committee.  It can be found on our website at:  and on Edline.  Course selection sheets are due for classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 on this Friday, March 11.
  5. We will also be hosting a Community Open House on March 21st from 5:45 until a wonderful Music Concert at 7:00 pm in the new auditorium.   All are welcomed!

This week’s schedule will be:



Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4





This week, meet our wonderful School Nurses:

Elizabeth Britt, Nurse Leader, RN

I have been the nurse at WHS for the past 23 years and nurse leader in the district for 8 years.

I am a registered nurse of 45 plus years and have a master’s degree in education.  I was raised in New Jersey and North Carolina. I attended the University of Vermont where I met my husband the night of the “East Coast Blackout”. We had dinner by candlelight in the hospital cafeteria! This April 1 (yes, April Fool’s Day) we will celebrate 49 years of marriage.

All 3 of our children graduated WHS. Lisa is an Obstetrician at  Brigham and Women’s Hospital,  Michael is an Energy Trader in Houston, TX and Katie (due to have her first child in 5 weeks) is a Senior Project Manager in Commercial Development.  We have 3 grandsons… 2 are students at WHS and the third is a 5th grader at Ambrose.   WHS has been and is a very important part of my life. It has been my privilege to work with you and so many dedicated and caring professionals.


Liz Scamperle-Nagahama, School Nurse

I was born in Dearborn Heights, Michigan to immigrant parents from Prosecco, Italy.  My father’s luggage was lost in the sinking ship, the Andrea Dorea, in 1955, when he was 27.  Fortunately he took a plane, sponsored by a US soldier that sponsored his immigration to the US.  My late mother followed by boat a year later and they settled in Detroit, Michigan.  I was raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan which was a working-class town filled with auto-workers.  I went to a high school with a graduating class of 99 kids and graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSN in nursing in 1989.  I am  a very proud and still active Wolverine!  I left nursing to get my MBA from Columbia Business School in NYC, and pursued a career at Johnson and Johnson.  I was a glutton for punishment and got my Master’s in Nursing at the same time, and took my boards to become a certified Nurse Practitioner.  I met my husband of 20 years at Business School on a boat cruise with a bunch of other future Wall Street wannabees.  Guy is a Harvard grad, a member of the 1988 Ivy League Champion Football Team.  We moved to Boston where I worked for Partners Healthcare Systems.  I am a super proud mom of 3 great kids:  Cole is 17 and a soon-to-be D1 lacrosse player at Holy Cross, Cadeis 15b and an incredible hockey, lacrosse, and football player, and Gaby who is 12 and a hockey and lacrosse player and aspiring musician.


Date Event Location
March 7 7:00 pm Transition Meeting for Incoming Freshmen Parents (visit to McCall will be in the morning) WHS Auditorium
March 8 7:30 pm PFA Meeting WHS Dining Commons
March 10 6-8 pm Transition Fair WHS
March 11 Course Selection Sheets are due WHS-we will have brief homerooms for collection
March 11 3:00 pm Staff vs. Student Bball game McCall
March 13 Mr. WHS WHS Auditorium
March 18 7:00 pm A Cappella Festival WHS Auditorium
March 18 7:00 pm Sophomore Dance Winchester Town Hall
March 21 5:45 pm WHS Open House followed by Concert at 7:00 WHS campus/Auditorium for concert
March 22-23 ELA MCAS for gr. 10 WHS



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