Season 2, Episode 19
Hello readers and welcome back!
We hope that our WHS students and families are relaxed, de-stressed and ready to take on the next stretch of the school year! The weather has certainly been amazing, but it is likely not to stay this way for very long as it is still February. Let’s remember that more of these beautiful days are just around the corner, and we will all be able to get outside and stay outside very soon!
Traditionally in many schools, March is seen as “the longest” month in the school year. It is pretty common to feel that the days between now and April vacation (7 weeks) can seem endless for all of us. However, I believe that we can turn the time we have from today until April 13th into an opportunity to challenge ourselves. The challenge to all is instead of March being our “longest month” let’s make March our BEST month!
I wish they could make a Fitbit-like gadget that counted smiles and laughs instead of steps. But until they do, let’s remind each our students and each other to smile, to laugh and to enjoy every day as a new opportunity to learn, grow and do something that makes a positive impact in the life of someone else. I am challenging all of us, families included, to be excited for this unbroken stretch that we have in front of us!
We can do this together!
The Student Council will be hosting the 3rd Annual Night of the Arts at WHS on March 9th from 6pm-9pm. Come on out to enjoy live performances, poetry, 2D and 3D art, photography, and film created by our very own WHS students and faculty. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Admission is $5 for students and faculty and $7 for everyone else.
Below are scenes from some of the amazing trips our students and faculty did together just before and also over February vacation.
Our Junior Statesman of America (JSA) trip to Washington, DC:
The Winter Congress with our JSA students in DC this past weekend – Julia Shattuck and Felicia Huang submitted a bill, Nate Bradley chaired a Senate Committee, and Ren MacLean was the Clerk for a Senate Committee. Charlotte Pappas is our Chapter President.
Our students on their trip to Montreal + Quebec Canada:
Our Model UN students representing WHS in Boston two weeks ago where we did very well and had numerous wins:
And our student on their trip to Italy:
Below are the current bathroom and locker room use guidelines for all of our students, including our transgender students, from the State of Massachusetts:
- “All students are entitled to have access to restrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities that are sanitary, safe and adequate, so they can comfortably and fully engage in their school program and activities.”
- “…it is essential that the principal and student address access to the restrooms, locker rooms and changing facility. Each situation needs to be reviewed and addressed based on the particular circumstances of the student and the school facilities.
- “In all cases, the principal should be clear with the student (and parent) that the student may access the restroom, locker room, and changing facility that corresponds to the student’s gender identity.”
- Some transgender students may be uncomfortable using sex-segregated restrooms and should be provided an alternative, such as the nurses’ restroom or a unisex bathroom.
Additional resources are available at http://www.doe.mass.edu/sfs/lgbtq/default.html.
WHS is quite proud that WHS alum Kieth Redwine was the author of the NY Times’ crossword puzzle two Thursday’s ago.
“My name is Keith Redwine, and I’m a 28-year-old Ph.D. student in Baltimore, finishing up a degree in astrophysics.
I’ve been doing The New York Times puzzle every day for many years now, so it seemed like a natural jump to start writing them, and this puzzle was my first shot at it. The constructors who play with the symmetry and the physical structure of the grid are always my favorite, and I had this idea for a rebus that (I think) I hadn’t seen before. Hope to have my name keep showing up every once in a while here.”
Congratulations Kieth! We are proud to call you an alum of WHS!
Have a great week!
The WHS sports schedule can be found at http://miaa.net/schools/public/WincWi2
8th grade parent night at WHS @ 7pm 2/27
Italian Day: 3/8 (Part of World Languages week!)
Early Release PD Day: 3/9
Night of the Arts at WHS: 3/9
Student vs. Faculty Basketball game @ 3 pm: 3/10 in the WHS gymnasium
Online course selection closes for students: 3/10
Shrek The Musical March 16th-18
MCAS ELA testing for ALL Sophomores: 3/21 – 3/23
End of Q3 3/31