Monday Memo #30 4/25/16 Reposted

Monday Memo–Edition #30

April 25, 2016

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Hello WHS,

As you may be aware, our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Sue Mochrie is retiring this June after 13 years of service here at WHS.  We congratulate her on her retirement!  We have posted the position and we have over 80 applicants.  We are planning on putting together an interview team which will include new WHS principal, Dennis Mahoney, Jerry Chapman, six or seven staff members, two parents, one or two students and me.  Our plan as of now is to invite 8-10 candidates on the afternoons (from approx. 2:30-6:00) on May 3 and May 4 after screening 15-20 candidates.  If you would like to be considered for this team, please email me by noon on 4/29.  Please include a short paragraph on why you wish to be considered for the team.  Thank you!


Monday Updates:


  1. Thank you to the  Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community, in partnership and with the financial support of EnKa and the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence for once again sponsoring the Improbable Players on April 21st.  They were terrific and delivered a powerful message of staying clean and sober..  For more info:


  1. Don’t forget that we would like all parents of seniors to attend a meeting on April 26 at 7:30 pm in the auditorium.  This all important meeting will be to review Senior Week Activities leading up to and including Graduation and the All Night Party.  We will be meeting with seniors that morning to review our expectations, as well.  Our goals are  that we have a fun and memorable week and that our students will exercise judgement to keep everyone safe!


  1. Authorfest


On Tuesday April 12th, WHS held our annual Authorfest in the new auditorium with two great authors, teen fiction writer Kim Savage and non-fiction historian,Stephen Puleo. Winchester’s own author Kim Savage spoke about her debut novel,  After the Woods, and gave insight into what it takes to be an author of teen fiction. Kim explained that she had an “ulterior motive”- to encourage students to write their stories and even offered to have students send her their ideas so she could provide feedback. Kim introduced the process of writing a book, from finding a literary agent, to the many rounds of editing, how to crowd source using social media platforms like Wattpad, an online community for readers and writers. Stephen Puleo spoke about his novel, The Caning,the often overlooked story of the 1856 assault of Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the US senate by South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks. Stephen has a background as an award-winning newspaper reporter, has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston and holds a master’s degree in history from UMass-Boston. The Caning, highlights how politically divided we were as a nation back in the 1850’s and carries many parallels to today’s political climate. Stephen spoke about his immense research and about finding compelling narratives and personal stories to inspire a love for history.  It was a great day and students asked so many great questions.  Thank you to our WHSPFA and the generosity of WFEE for bringing this wonderful day to the students of Winchester year after year!


  1. Congratulations and Bravo to the Concert Choir, Sachem Choir, Chamber singers, Octets, Bella Voce and WHS Symphonic Choir for their fantastic performances at the Spring Chorus Concert last week.  Mr. Buford has done a wonderful job with our choruses this year and is truly a man of talent and joy!


  1. Congratulations to Nilos Makino and Ethan Wong who finished in first place in the Group Website division at the State History Day competition.  They will be traveling to Washington in June for the National History Day competition.  In addition, congratulations to Elizabeth Ehl and Caroline Conway who received special recognition for a Maritime prize for their website on Charles Darwin.


  1. I inadvertently left out two Globe All Scholastic Athletes in a prior memo.  Congratulations to Cam Easton for Alpine Ski (his second year in a row) and Anthony Fraumeni for Wrestling.


Older Updates:


  1. Winchester’s Got Lunch will be collecting cans of tuna during the month of May.  So please, start stocking up.  More information to follow.


  1. Are you looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift?  Why not order an official WHS neck tie.  They are only $40 and are red and black striped, with our without the Sachem logo in long tie or bow tie form.  Orders can be placed by going to:


  1. We have hearing assistive equipment for our Auditorium available.  It will be housed in the office area.  If your student (or even someone you know at a public event) can benefit from the use of such equipment, please have them tell their teacher or office staff and we will be sure to assist.  In addition, if it is an evening event, the custodians are aware of the equipment and will be able to assist.

  1. Please note that our handicapped parking spots in the front of the building are reserved for handicapped vehicles ONLY.  Please do not pull into them for live, short or long term parking.  We do realize that our parking is extremely limited during construction and we appreciate your attention to leaving parking spaces open to staff, students, and guests who require the spaces.


  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.

This week’s schedule will be:



Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6





April 25

School Resumes after Spring Vacation

April 25 3:30 pm

Frisbee vs. Bedford


April 25 3:30 pm

Boys Tennis vs. Reading


April 25 3:30 pm

Girls Tennis vs. Reading


April 25 3:45pm

Bball vs. Lexington


April 25 3:45 pm

Softball vs. Lexington


April 25 5:15 pm

Boys volleyball vs. Boston Latin


April 26 3:30 pm

Frisbee vs. Somerville


April 26 3:30 pm

Boys/Girls Track vs. Reading


April 26 3:45 pm

Girls Lacrosse vs. Woburn


April 26 4:00 pm

Boys Lacrosse vs. Woburn


April 26 7:00 pm

Senior-Parent Night Meeting


April 27

3rd Term Report Cards to be emailed

April 27 3:30 pm

Boys Tennis vs. Belmont


April 27 3:30 pm

Girls Tennis vs. Belmont


April 27 3:30 pm

Sailing vs. Sharon


April 27 3:45 pm

Bball vs. Reading

Home-MacDonald Field

April 27 3:45 pm

Softball vs. Reading

Home-West Side Field

April 27 6:00 pm/7:30

String Zing/Band Fling

McCall Auditorium

April 28 3:30 pm

Sailing vs. Sudbury

Winchester Boat Club

April 28 5:00 pm

Boys Volleyball vs. Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

April 29 3:30 pm

Boys Tennis vs. Arlington

Home-Winchester Swim

April 29 3:30 pm

Girls Tennis vs. Arlington

Arlington-Grove St. Courts

April 29 3:45 pm

Bball vs. Belmont

Home-MacDonald Field

April 29 3:45 pm

Softball vs. Belmont

Home-West Side Field

April 29 3:45 pm

Girls Lacrosse vs. Belmont


April 29 3:45 pm

Boys Lacrosse vs. Lexington

Lexington-Lincoln #3

April 30 11:00 am

Boys Lacrosse vs. Hingham



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