Team WHS Blog

Season 2, Episode 5

Tom Brady is back and all’s right with the world.

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A twist on a classic school discussion on Homer’s Odyssey.  In Mr. Ruderman’s class, the students lead the class, the questions and the learning.

Thank you to everyone who offered their support after last Friday’s email regarding chemical health issues at WHS.  We hope that we were able to prompt the first of many conversations at home about the perils of unlawful use of prescription medications.  Our students have had presentations, discussions in classes, curriculum lessons and guest speakers throughout the years.  WHS has also experienced more than our share of loss.  Unfortunately, it is still very tough to get the message to sink in and that is why we are trying a different approach and appealing directly to home.  If you need any assistance in these conversations, please do not hesitate to contact any administrator in the high school or any teacher or trusted adult who your student feels a connection to.  We are in this together for our kids.

Please see the link below for those who were not able to read the email.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cdjSM0L0T24-w8ilOC4iGhKShI7Bmvmn3mwOndUPpfo/edit?usp=sharing

Sophomore Parent Night:

All sophomore parents and families can access the questions and answers from last Thursday’s meet and greet with Mr. Mahoney, Ms. Conis and Ms. Berard here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l8ZtLxZoACTZtth84uubguHVQycgo0qlvTrFQk1mBSk/edit?usp=sharing

WHS Accomplishments:

WHS was recently recognized by the MIAA as one of only 160 schools in the Commonwealth to be named to the Athletic Sportsmanship Honor Roll as we went a full athletic year with no student athletes or coaches who received a disqualification from an athletic contest.  

Day of Dialog:

The WHS 5th annual Day of Dialog event will be on Wednesday, October 19th during D block (3rd block of the day.)  The conversation is sponsored by the Spectrum Club, Winchester High School’s Gay-Straight alliance.  The class of 2020 will be called to the auditorium to hear and discuss stories from their classmates and upperclassmen who participate in our Spectrum club.  

Our hope is that this type of discussion and assembly will lead to a more accepting and safe school community for everyone at WHS.

A parent/student opt-out for will be sent home prior to the event. 

Student Stress Reduction Options

All classes will begin the week of October 17th. Crossfit-style classes with Mr. Gill will be Tuesdays and Thursdays after school at 2:30 in the new WHS fitness center.  Meditation classes with Mrs. Gobes will be every Wednesday before school at 6:30 in the WHS auditorium.  Yoga with Mrs. Froeb will be held on Fridays before school at 6:30 in the wrestling room. 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.  We are currently working on grants to provide all of these classes free of charge to our students.  For now, yoga will be free.  Meditation and the Crossfit-style classes will be $10 per class.  Any student unable to pay the fee will be able to participate.

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 link below.

https://docs.google.com/a/winchesterps.org/document/d/144SUHHfM1UpHbVmdND7InQwGvNZEJmqL7iGwwVn6zgg/edit?usp=sharing

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 www.bricksrus.com/order/whsbrickpark.  Questions? Email whsbrickpark@gmail.com

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 ahaines@winchesterps.org to RSVP and for further information.

Meet Our Newest Sachems

Name:  Nicole Dieuseul

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What do you do at WHS?

I’m a school adjustment counselor

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Malden, MA

Where did you go to school or college?

I attended Suffolk University for undergrad. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I took two years off before attending school for my master’s program and worked within a residential program for children and adolescents.  I completed my master’s program at Boston College and received my MSW degree.

Why did you come to Winchester?

I was really impressed with the variety of community resources and the collaboration between the school and the community to best serve the needs of the students.

What is an interesting fact?

I love to travel and learn about new cultures.

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

“Courage is taking those first steps to your dreams even if you can’t see the path ahead” – Author Unknown

Thank you and have a great week!

Dennis Mahoney

Fall Sports Schedule: http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2

10/12 Yom Kippur: No school

10/13 Screenagers event

10/15 PSAT

10/17 PFA meeting

Week of 10/17:  Anti-stress initiatives begin

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 were absent for religious observances.

10/19 Day of Dialog

10/28 School Dance, Parent Silent Auction

11/4 Close of Quarter 1 grades

 

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