Monday Memo 3/14 #25 Reposted

Hello WHS,

As I write this, it has been a beautiful early spring weekend and we have all been treated to some great weather this winter.  I am thankful for our mild winter after our last winter.

I would like to thank the many members of our community who reached out to personally thank and congratulate me on my new role for next year.  I will be the principal of the wonderfully large and diverse Pierce School in Brookline.   You may not realize that I have been a part of the Winchester community as a teacher and administrator since 1991 with the exception of the four years while I was in Woburn as principal.  I have been truly blessed by this community as I have met thousands of wonderful and talented students, parents and fellow educators.  I am so very thankful for the journey.  I will continue to give my all to my current role and look forward to the crazy busy schedules we have for the spring with lots of fun events for our Sachems!  

Monday Updates:

  1. Thank you to all of you and PFA.  Our staff truly appreciated the over $20,000 of grants that have been awarded in two rounds.  Our staff is truly appreciative of our families as they support all the extras that help our great programming shine and have lasting impact on our students!

  1. Congratulations to Mr. WHS 2016 ~ Connor Shank,  Mike Ragone second runner up and Ted Soper third.  A special thanks to all involved including Dot Butler from the Coalition and of course our wonderful WHS tech crew.

  1. Welcome to our new Sachems!  Last week we presented to both incoming Freshmen and their parents about our WHS community.  We look forward to ushering in the Class of 2020!  We have posted information on our website that includes a PPT and video (look on the site- under links on the left hand side).  Thank you to Mrs. Grace, Ms. Zampitella and members of the CTC for their help in creating our video and brochure!

  1. Interested in front row seats for the WHS graduation? What about tickets to the Selena Gomez concert in May? WFEE is running an online auction called Bids for Kids, it starts today and you can review these items and more A bid made today automatically enters you in a raffle to win a Chromebook that converts to a tablet.  We are going to post this on our WFEE facebook page in the morning, maybe you could re-tweet it: Just Bid – curious?

  2. Friday, March 18th marks the date for Winchester High School’s Acappella Fest, a wonderful evening of collegiate and high school a cappella singing, to be held in the brand new Winchester High School auditorium. All proceeds from the show will go to support the Winchester High School choral program.  Acapella Fest brings together the two Winchester High School Acapella groups, The Octets and The Chamber Singers with collegiate groups from Massachusetts and the East Coast to unite in toe-tapping, hand clapping, beat boxing musical fun. This year the festival will include three collegiate groups. After receiving much praise last year the Holy Cross Sons of Pitches will be returning with Alec Davis, a WHS alumnus. Flying up from the University of Pennsylvania, are the Penn Keynotes, with WHS alumnus Alexander George. And coming from the somewhat closer Boston University, will be BU Suno.  The show starts at 7:00pm, with doors opening at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at Book Ends or can be purchased at the door; $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children.  Bring the family! Seating is first come, first served.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

  1. This upcoming week is Foreign Language Week at WHS for all the week’s details, check out my blog at:


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 beMonday, June 6th at 6:00 pm).  We will be sending out more information regarding senior week activities. Keep checking your Edline account for updates.

  1. 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.  

  1. We will be hosting a Community Open House on Monday, March 21st from 5:45until a wonderful Music Concert at 7:00 pm in the new auditorium.   All are welcomed!

  1. 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 will have additional spaces available at Borregaard Beach.  However, next year’s parking for students will be limited to off site.  We will have additional parking off site by the cemetery on Lake Street. The Skillings Lot will be used for staff parking. 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.

Shout Out:

Congratulations to sophomore, Julia Johnston who applied and was accepted to the New England Young Writer’s Conference at Bread Loaf. Bread Loaf, which is owned by Middlebury College, is the oldest writer’s conference in the US and its idea was conceived by Robert Frost. The New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf is a four day writing-focused workshop for high schoolers. The weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers. Students work with real writers to gain inspiration and develop skills. Admission, judged by an original writing submission, is competitive. We are proud of Julia’s acceptance and can’t wait to hear all about the weekend!


This week’s schedule will be:



Day 6


Day 7


Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Staff Spotlight-Meet the Foreign Language Department:

Anna Tirone is the Director of Foreign Languages. She has a BA in Italian,Spanish and Education and an MA in School Administration. Anna has done graduate and undergraduate work in the United States and abroad. She is a Fulbright Scholar and is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. She is also on the Governing Board of the Massachusetts Italian Teachers Association and the Educational Leadership Team of the Italian Consulate and also an active member of “L’osservatorio della lingua italiana in New England”. She was recently selected to represent New England with the American Association of Teachers of Italian and the 2016 ACTFL Conference. Anna has extensive experience in administration, teaching and training. She has taught all levels, including AP, college and in business and industry where she designed, implemented and managed programs for companies as well as the state of Massachusetts, as a Certified Master Service Trainer, for Spanish. Anna and her husband are pleased that after several years, their two sons have returned to the area and can participate in family activities and events.


Jean Adams  has been teaching at WHS for 8 years. She taught for 15 years before staying at home for 7 years.   Jean lives in Lexington with her husband and has a 20 year old son in college.  Jean has a M.Ed in Spanish education from Worcester State.


Madame Anderson was raised in Maine and graduated from Colby College, with a BA in French and Art.  In 1988 she earned an MA in Education from Tufts and began teaching at WHS. She has taught every level of French.In addition she has organized and chaperoned ten exchange trips to France.  Madame is married to her high school sweetheart and has two adult children who were also students of French. She loves to spend weekends in Maine on the Kennebec River.


Grace Berte teaches Italian 2 here at WHS and Italian 1 at the McCall Middle School. She taught English in Italy for one year and is teaching her first year here in Winchester. She has a BA in Italian Studies and Communication Disorders from UMass Amherst and she was one of the fall 2015 Curtain and Cue Club Advisors.

Krystin Beauchesne teaches Spanish 3 and Intro to Spanish 2. This is her 7th year at WHS.  Krystin has a BA in Spanish and a Masters’ of Education from the University of New Hampshire.  During her time at UNH she lived abroad in Spain and in Mexico. She is the co-advisor to the class of 2017 with Stephanie Kudlate.

Mary Elizabeth DeCamp is currently in her 10th year at WHS as a Latin teacher.  She has taught at Medford High School, Arlington High School, the University of Rhode Island (Providence and Kingston) and Brown University, where she plans to finish her Ph.D. thesis in Classical Philology.  Mary Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Latin and Greek (with a minor in English) from Tufts University, an M.A. in Classics from Boston University and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.  She and her husband Jim live in Arlington, where they dote unapologetically on their four children.  

Tanya Ferretto, aka Prof,  was born in Venice, Italy. She has been living in the United States since 1996. Prior to living in Massachusetts, she lived in New Orleans for 4 1/2 years. She has a PH.D. in Japanese Art History and a Masters Degree in teaching Italian as a foreign language. Tanya earned all her degrees in Italy. This is her eighth year at Winchester High School.Tanya has  an 11 year old son and a 20 year old step daughter. She loves country music.

Zev Garfall grew up in Boston. He attended grammar school in Cambridge, MA and graduated from Matignon High School. Zev earned a BA in Classics at the College of the Holy Cross in 1998. Upon graduation he moved to San Diego where he earned a teaching credential and a Masters’ of Arts degree in English. Zev moved back to the Boston area in 2006. He is currently working on a Masters’ of Arts in Latin and Classical Humanities degree at UMASS Boston. Zev lives in Arlington with his son and daughter and his wife, Debra.

Betsy Kean teaches AP Spanish Culture and Language, Spanish 5 and Spanish 2.  She graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Spanish and Sociology.  She began teaching at WHS in 1999 alongside all of her former Spanish and Latin teachers.  In 2004, she took a year off from teaching to live in Madrid and get her MA in Spanish from Middlebury College.  She is the advisor to Spanish Club and the class of 2016 and is the coordinator of the Spanish Exchange.  She lives in Winchester with her husband, 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter.  She has studied in Spain and visited various Spanish-speaking countries.

Stephanie Kudlate started teaching Spanish here at WHS 6 years ago, in 2010.  She  currently teaches Spanish 4/4H and Introduction to Spanish.  Before coming to WHS, she finished her undergrad at Stonehill and spent a year teaching English in Granada, Spain.  It was an amazing experience that she continues to share with her students today.  She  just completed her M.A. in Spanish, this past summer at Middlebury College, and she is  getting married in August. She  coaches Field Hockey here at WHS.  Stephanie is  co-advisor to the junior class with Krystin Beauchesne and loves listening to music and going to the beach.  She was fortunate to participate in the Spanish Exchange for the second time and had a blast taking 39 of our students to Spain for about three weeks this February. Stephanie is looking forward to her  honeymoon in Hawaii this summer!

Abbey Mathews grew up in Gloucester MA and chose to attend UMASS Amherst to major in Italian Studies.  She first went abroad the spring of her sophomore year in Siena Italy and attended l’Università di Siena per Stranieri where she decided that she wanted to become a teacher.  After graduating college she was accepted to the Middlebury College Graduate School,  and spent the following year in Florence earning her Masters’ degree in Italian.  She returned home and found an opening at WHS, and within a couple of weeks  she  started her  first teaching job.  Abbey says, “It has been four years here at WHS and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else”.


Eileen Milner was born in Cork Ireland and received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from

University College Cork. My Irish roots and culture continue to be very important to

me. I married soon after finishing my studies and moved to Pasadena, California

where my husband attended graduate school and I taught. In 1989 we moved to

Massachusetts and have been here since. I have three sons all attending college at

the moment. Our twin sons are in the Midwest, one in Wisconsin and the other in

Illinois. Our youngest son David is a freshman at the university of Maryland

I began teaching in Winchester in 2001. It has been a very rewarding experience for

me. My students motivate me. My colleagues and my community in Winchester have

supported me throughout the years. I always feel appreciated at WHS. It has been

and continues to be for me a very special place!





March 14-18

Foreign Language Week


March 16

Training and practice drill on ALiCE see letter sent to families last week:


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 21-22-23

ELA MCAS for gr. 10



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