Team WHS Blog

Season 2:  Episode 16


Wow, today is the first day of Q3!  We are already half way through the school year.  Quarter 2 and semester 1 grades will be posted in Aspen on 2/1.  We will also begin the process of making teacher recommendations for next year on 2/1 as we attempt to get completed schedules for the 2017-2018 school year in the hands of students by June.

The following is a guest blog contribution from Mr. Bufford:


We have a question for you…what do these performers have in common: Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Yo-Yo Ma, Billie Holiday, Jay Z, Tchaikovsky and the Winchester High School choir?

As of April 29, 2017, they all will have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City!!!

The Winchester High School choir is one of three high school choirs in the United States, after a rigorous audition process, who have been invited to perform this year at the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. The group will perform on the Ronald O. Perelman stage, known as the most prestigious concert stage in the U.S., at Carnegie Hall on Saturday evening, April 29, 2017. The performance will be led by renowned conductor, Dr. Jeffery L. Ames, Choral Director at Belmont University. Dr. Ames has collaborated with well-known celebrities such as Trisha Yearwood and Denyce Graves.

So the old joke goes something like: “I need directions. How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” Answer? “Practice…Practice…PRACTICE!!” This is an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and privilege for approximately 100 WHS students involved in the choir program, under the direction of Joel Buford, who will be part of the ensemble and will be practicing a lot between now and April 29.

  • Buford and friends.

Red and Black Online:

For those of you who have not bookmarked the online version of the Red & Black here it is,

Yoga is back and now AFTER school!

Students, join veteran yoga teachers Brittney and Bridget after school on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:45 to 3:45 for an hour of invigorating vinyasa flow. Learn the basics of yoga, find your edge and challenge yourself to grow in a fun and supportive environment.  This is free for all students.  No experience or equipment is needed.  All classes will meet in Mrs. White’s room, C209. See you on the mat!

Our Crossfit-style classes continue to grow and become popular.  There is plenty of room to try it for any student interested.

And meditation is also coming back soon to the afternoons.  Please stay tuned!

Teacher of the Year and History Teacher of the Year Programs Open for Nominations:

Nominations are open for the 2018 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and the 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year programs, and information is available at the preceding links. Please consider nominating teachers for one or both programs, and forward this email to friends and colleagues.

Again, GO PATS!  Thanks for reading.



The WHS sports schedule can be found at

Report cards will be printed in Aspen on 2/1

Teacher recommendations begin on 2/1

The UN Club has a conference Jan 26-29 at the Sheraton Boston.

The ARDUINO Project for Italian IV and AP classes will be running on certain days from 1/30 to 2/14

The French field trip group is going to Montreal and Quebec City from Feb 19-23



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