Team WHS Blog

Season 2, Episode 4:


Mr. Waddell and the very popular cross-curriculum, multi-grade American Studies class.

What is new this week at WHS:

WHS has been recognized by the state as a Level 1 school.  This means that we continue to make progress and growth in closing our achievement gaps for all students and getting all students to achieve at a high level.  We are proud of this distinction and ranking.  However, please know that I am of the opinion that these state markers are not the end all be all for our school to measure our success.  Winchester High School has been and will continue to be a high-achieving school.  These benchmarks are useful for providing focus and spotlighting areas of possible improvement, but they do not define the fantastic education that we offer.  Please see the following link for more information:

Update on construction: We were able to work out a number of space issues after a rocky Monday and Tuesday this past week and finished off better than we started.  While the struggle will persist, we will continue to work together and find solutions to this ever-changing and complex problem.  We will get through these struggles as we always have, together.

Student Stress Reduction options are coming up very soon.  Yoga and meditation classes are currently working on scheduling at WHS.  These classes will likely start out as before-school options as we have received an enthusiastic level of support from local community members and our students.  Crossfit-style classes with McCall middle school math teacher Mr. John Gill will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 2:30 to 3:300 starting 10/18.  Mr. Gill is a certified instructor and will help any student who wants to reduce their stress, get stronger and find their personal “beast-mode.”  All Crossfit-style classes will be held in the new WHS weight room and surrounding WHS facility.  As a reminder, these classes are all offered on a non-committal basis.  Our students can use these options when they need them.  We hope to create thoughtful, healthy habits with all of our students.

PFA School Council Elections.  The PFA invites all parents and guardians to volunteer and participate in the WHS School Council. The Council meets with Principal Dennis Mahoney on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:45 am to discuss what is happening in the school. This year the PFA will hold an election for two 2-year positions.  For more information and for the application please see the below link.

Freshmen Parent Coffee  Tuesday, October 4th at 8:30AM in the WHS Media Center.  Parents of the Class of 2020 are invited to attend an informational coffee hour to learn more about the WHS Guidance programs and meet the counselors.  The presentation will be shared via email for those who are unable to attend.

Sophomore Family Night, Thursday, October 6th at 7 pm.  This night will be a casual meet and greet with Mr. Mahoney, Assistant Principal Ms. Conis and SPED director Ms. Berard.  Any and all questions and answers will be shared out to all parents in a Google document.  If you are attending the McCall Open House or simply cannot make the night please feel free to email me your questions, and we will be happy to include them into our Q&A.

Screenagers: The class of 2019 will be presenting a special showing of Screenagers on October 13th from 6-8:30 pm in the WHS dining commons.  There will be a dinner and discussion following the showing.  Please contact Amber Haines to RSVP and for further information.

WHS Accomplishments: A big congratulations to all of our recognized students who are listed below,  The National Merit Scholarship program recognition awards are based off of the 1.6 million students across the country who participate in and achieve high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.  Only 16,000 students are designated as semifinalists and only 34,000 students received a commended student designation.  Congratulations to our WHS high achievers.  We are proud of your success.  

Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition:

Katherine Deng, Maximilian Ehrbar, Abigail Joseph, Anna Kolchinski, Lydia Pan, Anna Romaniuk, Anisah Sahibul, Evan Wang, joy Zhang.

Commended students in the 2017 National Merit Program:

Lalitha N. Albrecht, Nathan T. Bradley, Derek G. Diaco, Jamie L. Driscoll, John Fair, Matthew Fantozzi, Gina Gregg, Christina Hain, Olivia A. Hofheinz, Felicia S. Huang, Eleanor L. Jenke, Jessica Klein, Hannah R. Lauterwasser, Emilia C. Lew, Nathan Y. Li, Jacob M. Lowen, Sean Lu, Yiyun Ma, Eamon Mahoney, Kathryn McPhee, Rebecca Mestechkin, Isabel W. Paine, Shona Paterson, Michael A. Pilipchuk, Rohan Tyagi, Sharon Xiang, Alan Zhang, Sabrina Zhou.


Meet our Newest Sachems:

Mr. Matthew Bond

What do you do at WHS?

I teach Advanced Geometry and Advanced Algebra 2 & Trigonometry. I am also co-advisor of Math Team with Mr. Lucas.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Winchester! I went to the Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School, Lynch Elementary School, McCall Middle School, and graduated from the high school as a member of the Class of 2010.

Where did you go to school or college?

After high school I completed a double major in mathematics and secondary education at Wheaton College, a small liberal arts school in Norton, Massachusetts. I am also currently enrolled in classes at Bridgewater State University, where I am working towards a Master’s Degree.

Why did you come to Winchester?

It has been a dream come true to be able to return to my home district. I am excited to begin contributing to such a successful school and interact with so many students who are passionate about their education.

What is an interesting fact?

My five high school math teachers (Ms. Manoogian, Ms. Texin, Ms. Martin, Ms. Paradis, and Mr. Haver) are now my co-workers.

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read?

The last book I read was A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin.


Finally, International Walk and Bike to School Day is Wednesday, October 5th.  Let’s set the bar high and set example!

Thank you,

Dennis Mahoney

Fall Sports Schedule: :

10/5 Midterm of Q1. Check for grades to be posted in Aspen no later than 10/7.

10/5 MEFA Financial Aid Night 7-8:30, WHS Auditorium

10/6 Sophomore Parents Coffee with Principal Mahoney WHS Auditorium 7 -8:00 pm

10/7 WHS Environmental Science students will be conducting a ‘Waste Audit’ during all 3 lunches in the WHS cafeteria.  Stay tuned for the results!

10/10 Columbus Day: No school

10/12 Yom Kippur: No school

10/13 Screenagers event

10/15 PSAT

10/17 PFA meeting

10/18 Picture Retakes:  There are two retake days, October 18th and October 25th.  The additional make-up day has been added out of respect for students who will be absent for religious observances.

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

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,, 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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