Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 3

Hello again to all.  We hope everyone enjoyed the nice weather we had this weekend!  Fall is here and the town of Winchester looks beautiful!

We had a fantastic Open House last Thursday night.  The evening began with an address from me to the parents (1,000+) in attendance.  I can tell you honestly that I was a little nervous as this event, with its many moving parts, was a night of firsts for me.  However, the enthusiasm from our teachers, our students in the Sachem Spirit fair and our attending parents really made the night a smashing success.  

In the auditorium, we talked about having expectations of your new principal as well as expectations for our students.  We hope students begin to understand that we want them to enjoy high school, and we want them to relax and have fun.  We all know how fast these years move!  We want them to be leaders both in their actions and in their thoughts.  And we want them to think about having a growth mindset and goal-setting mindset in everything they do.  We also presented the ways we are beginning to address the levels of student stress and what we think is a starting point to help our students reduce stress or learn how to cope with stress and use it to their advantage.

As a request from me to you, if you did enjoy a particular teacher’s presentation, or your students are coming home saying how much they are enjoying a particular class, please let us know!  Please reach out to our staff with an email, as this is a great way to open lines of positive communication between our parents and our teachers.

We hope that you enjoyed the evening for all we had to offer.


Parents filling in for the beginning of Open House.

This weekend’s Glen Doherty Memorial road race was a great community event.  We saw many of our WHS faculty members and students take part in this important fundraiser.  Next year I will challenge all of our students to take part in this event at some level.  Run if can, walk if you must, roll if that is your only chance, but take part and be involved.  Volunteering your morning, as many students did, is also a great way to be involved.  


Just some of the WHS staff who took part in this weekend Glen Doherty Road Race.

Tonight, 9/26, our own Guru Ramanathan will be screening his feature length documentary “Hyper-“ about student stress at Winchester High School.  I have watched the documentary, and I am deeply impressed with the message, the emotion and Guru’s obvious talent.  Guru is simultaneously supporting his passion for film and the town that he loves.  The screening will be held at the Next Door Theater @7pm and is open to the public.  We hope to see a massive turnout as this movie will hit home for many in our community.  Any good documentary will make you feel some level of emotion and this film is no exception.  This is great work and should be viewed by all WPS parents.


Congratulations to Senior Julia Shattuck who won the use of Mr. Mahoney’s coveted principal’s parking space for the month of October in the PFA raffle at Open House!  Thank you to all who entered the raffle and supported the PFA!  Various organizations will be running the same raffle a few more times throughout the year so please stay tuned to this blog to find out about your next chance to enter.


The best parking spot in all of Winchester right now.

We will run multiple raffles for The Best Parking Spot in Winchester.  The parking spot will always go to a student every month this school year.

We will be email blasting the application process for the open School Council positions very soon.  If you are interested in these open positions please be on the look out for the application!


Dennis Mahoney

Fall Sports Schedule:

A current congratulations to all of our WHS fall sport athletes as we are in a tremendous stretch of success (knock on wood) with all of our teams!  Don’t rest on past success.  Keep putting in the work!  Focus on the next game and the W’s will keep coming.

10/1: SAT day

10/15: PSAT day

Senior Families, greetings from the WHS Yearbook staff! Here are a few details about some important deadlines that are coming up.

– If your son or daughter has not had his or her senior portrait taken, now is the time! The deadline for submission is October 28, 2016. Please check with the photographer to see if the portraits will be put on a disc and directly sent to us. If you choose a portrait studio that we don’t often work with or have taken photos yourself, please submit a disc of the portrait image or email the JPEG file to If there’s anything holding up your senior photos (i.e. you want them retaken), please send us an email and let us know!

– Parent dedication pages are also due by October 28. We offer full, half and quarter page ads, and they are really a great tribute to your graduating senior! To download the order form, please visit our website at Don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions regarding ads ( and check out the FAQs tab on our website. All completed order forms and photos can be mailed to WHS Attn: Yearbook or dropped off at the main office.

 – In addition, if while you are digging through those old photos to include in your parent ad, you stumble across any photos of our seniors in group shots from school days “way back when,” we would also love to try to include them in the senior section. You can find information about uploading pictures to our eShare program by clicking on the “Share Your Photos” tab on our website, email them to us, or drop them off in the main office.

 – Also on our website are instructions on how to purchase a yearbook. It doesn’t hurt to order early!  Any further questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at


Thursday, September 29th in the WHS Auditorium @ 7 pm

WHS Guidance counselors will be presenting the information that is being shared with all seniors during their upcoming “College Application” workshops.  The post-secondary application process is constantly changing and evolving and is different for every student, so all families are strongly encouraged to attend. Seniors do not need to attend this program as they will have heard the information but are always welcome to.  The presentation will also be shared the following day via email for reference and for those who are unable to attend.  Please see your child’s counselor directly with any questions.

Upcoming Programs:  MEFA Financial Aid Night, Thursday, October 6th, 7-8:30PM, WHS Auditorium

WFEE Bricks are going fast!

If you haven’t purchased a brick for the park at the new WHS, now is the time! Sales close out this month. This is the perfect way to commemorate your child’s time in Winchester Public Schools or honor a favorite teacher. Bricks range in price from $100 for a 4×8 brick to $350 for a 12×12 brick. Also available is an 8×8 brick for $225. Purchase your brick on line at  Questions? Email

The Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at Harvard Medical School.

HPREP is an outreach program hosted and organized by Harvard medical and graduate students.  The deadline for applying is this Saturday, October 1st.   HPREP is a free 10-week program that takes place at Harvard Medical School on Saturdays from 9:00AM – 4:00 PM from November to February. The program consists of interactive lectures and labs on topics like cancer, vaccines, health disparities, and leadership as well as college prep workshops. Students will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a Harvard doctoral or medical student, who will work with them on a writing assignment and a literature-based research project, leading to an oral presentation at our closing ceremony.

The online application can be found at We strongly encourage students to use the online application, but a paper application is also available as a pdf version on our website:

Letters about Literature

 The Massachusetts Center for the Book invites readers in grades 4-12 to reflect on their reading and write personal letters to authors as part of the Letters about Literature program. Administered by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the national contest is sponsored in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Cash prizes are awarded at the national level in each of three grade-level categories. For more information, see the link above, email, or call (617) 872-3718.

Mitre Corp. Young Women in Engineering Workshop

The Mitre workshop will be held on Friday, November 4th and we can offer up to five slots for girls from WHSNo one can attend without pre-registration, and we will cannot hold any slots for you if you do not reply by October 7. The event has a maximum attendance of 60 and registration will be first-come, first-served. Therefore, we cannot guarantee our five slots. For security reasons anyone attending the event must be pre-registered and names cannot be substituted. More information about the workshop is on the Mitre webpage:



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