Team WHS Blog

Season 2, Episode 7


Mrs. Keane’s AP Spanish class may be the most colorful classroom at WHS!

Welcome back to the Team WHS Blog.  Our first quarter of the new school year will be drawing to a close next Friday, 11/4.  Now is a great time to log into Aspen to see your students’ current grades, attendance and general progress.

While construction continues the sound issues have thankfully dissipated recently.  We continue to look at freeing up areas for additional student parking and will hopefully have some new information very soon on this front.

We are happy with all of the supportive feedback we have heard regarding the emails that we have sent out to our community and students.  Our plan is to email students with positive and supportive messages roughly every week.  We want the students to know our voice and that we are here to support them and help them achieve their goals.

Onward to the updates!

WHS Accolades:  Did you know that is maintained by WHS students?  This past summer, Brad Legg (2017) and Venkat Rao (2020), were proactive and expressed a desire to help the Jenks Center in order to gain some “real experience” in coding.  The Jenks Center has said that both of these young men have proven to be cooperative, responsible, knowledgeable coders, who have not once missed a due date.  The members of the Jenks Center and I are thankful for their participation and hope it will evolve into a long-term arrangement with the high school computer science program.

Halloween expectations from our Assistant Principals:

We encourage a spirited celebration of the holiday, however, it is still a school day, and we do not want to disrupt the day.  With that in mind, we ask students to abide by the following expectations for their costumes:

  1. Appropriate dress and behavior is expected.  This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning
  2. Costumes that depict violence, alcohol, or drugs are not permitted.  Absolutely no weaponry of any kind will be allowed
  3. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted .
  4. Students cannot wear masks or full face paint.
  5. Out of respect for recent issues in our community, clown costumes of any kind are prohibited.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire.  If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your costume idea, we encourage you to speak with Mr. Chapman or Ms. Conis.

WHS cross-curricula collaboration:   Ms. Matthews and Ms. Weiner, both in our World Languages department, worked in our Creative Technology Center with Library Media Specialist Ms. Zampitella to create student starring music videos all in the Italian language.  Here is the final product of the video made using the green screen in the CTC.

West Side Story for the Class of 2020.  On Thursday, November 17, 2016, all Freshmen English classes will be going on a field trip to The North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA to see the performance of West Side Story.  I’m hoping they change the “When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet” to “When you’re a Sachem you’re a Sachem.”

Parent Social Fundraiser and Silent Auction to benefit WHS Class of 2017!

This event will be held at Lucia’s Restaurant, on Friday, October 28th from 7:00 pm -10pm. Tickets are $30. This is open to EVERYONE in the community, not just Parents of WHS Seniors.  There will be raffle chances for Principal Mahoney’s parking space for month of November and for six front row seats at WHS graduation!!

A few of our Silent Auction items:
Patriots and Bruins Sports Memorabilia, Apple Watch Sport, Two Tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at TD Garden February 7th, Artwork by WHS Senior Winnie Li, Guest DJ along with 5 of your friends on Kiss 108 Top 30 Countdown with Billy Costa, Overnight Accommodations for Two at The Colonnade Hotel along with a $100 Gift Certificate to the award winning Top of the Hub Restaurant, Prom Package Tuxedo Rental and tickets to Prom, $50.00 Home Depot Gift Card, Dine Around Winchester Gift Basket, Two tickets to see Ariana Grande at TD Garden March 3rd, and MUCH MUCH more!!

To buy tickets or for further info please email: or

Celebration of Lights is a festival of the spirit of India.  Acclaimed Indian classical dancer Mouli Pal comes to the Lincoln Elementary School.  This is a free event that is open to all.  Sunday 11/6 3 pm to 4:30 pm.

Meet our newest Sachems:


Name: Paula Conis                                                                                                                                   What do you do at WHS? Assistant Principal                                                                                  Where did you grow up? Long Island, NY

Where did you go to school or college? I got my Bachelors degree in English and education from Brandeis University.  I did my graduate work at Boston University

Why did you come to Winchester? Three things attracted me to Winchester: the parent and community support of the high school, the dedication of the teachers, and the drive of the students

What is an interesting fact? I try a new Boston area restaurant on or near the 22nd every month with my husband to mark our anniversary.

What is your favorite quote or what was the last book you read? I just finished a strange but engaging book called Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Thank you all and have a great week!

Dennis Mahoney


Fall Sports Schedule:

10/27 The Orchestra and Winds concert will be at 7PM in the WHS auditorium

10/28 School Dance, Parent Silent Auction (night event @ 7 pm Town Hall)

10/31 Halloween

11/2 “The Gift of Failure” guest speaker Jessica Lahey:  This program will begin at 1 pm in the auditorium and presented to our freshman students by our Coalition for a Safer Community.  Mrs. Lahey will then be speaking with parents and community members at WHS @ 7 pm.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

11/4 Close of Quarter 1 grades

11/8 No School.  Professional Development for WPS staff

11/11 No School.  Veterans Day

11/13 Fenway Park Spartan Race community event (Sunday @ 1 pm)

11/17 Class of 2020 goes to the North Shore Music Theater for West Side Story (day event)

11/17 School play “Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” (night event @WHS)




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