Season 2: Episode 20
Good morning all,
Well…it got cold again! We can only look at this as this must be the last gasp of winter and the beautiful warm weather is on its way.
We have already received some amazing entries from students who want their principal to shadow them for the day. Many of the entries are thoughtful, pointed and challenging on the emotions. The deadline for an entry is March 14th. We are looking forward to seeing future submissions.
Happy World Languages Week! I have been told that it’s a lot like Shark Week but without all the water and just a little less biting. We have A LOT of different activities happening at WHS this week that will revolve around our our World Languages department. Please be on the lookout for Twitter and Instagram posts of all the events.
Grades: All Q3 mid-quarter grades should be updated in Aspen at this time. Thank you.
Night of the Arts: Our annual “Night of the Arts” is this Thursday at WHS. This night is a tremendous display of our amazingly talented students (and some staff!) and the multitude of their abilities. If you have not attended, please know that there are multiple exhibits and performances. The format is accessible for all ages and is very casual. You can take in the evening at your leisure and enjoy what you would like to attend. For me, this event actually marks my unofficial 1 year anniversary as it was the first event I was able to attend last year as the newly next principal of WHS and it will always hold a special place in my heart. It was at this event that I was first introduced to the many gifts that our students and faculty have. I am really looking forward to the evening again this year.
Congratulations: Our winter sports schedule has not yet come to a conclusion for the 2017 season as our girl’s hockey team continues to roll in the state tournament! Izzy Bruno is also going to the National Championships for the high jump next weekend in NYC! We have had some great individual and team efforts this year and want to commend all of our student athletes for representing WHS with pride, sportsmanship and class.
Class of 2018: The junior class officers have created a website to sell apparel and update students and parents on Class of 2018 events http://whsclassof2018.weebly.com/
We’re #1! We’re #1!
Massachusetts ranked top state: Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts the best state to live in and cited its strong education system among the factors. Massachusetts was also ranked first in Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts edition and has been recognized for its students’ strong performance on Advanced Placement, ACT, PISA and NAEP assessments.
Attorney General’s Advisory on Serving Students Regardless of Immigration Status: This week, Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory as a reminder that state and federal law require state educational agencies and local school districts to provide all elementary and secondary students with equal access to public education — irrespective of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status. The advisory states in part, “Enrollment practices that single out students based on their actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status violate state and federal law. Furthermore, equal access to public education means not only the right to enroll in school, but also the right to an education free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.”
Our CTC Lecture Series Update: Our next lecture in the CTC lecture series presentation will be from Nathalie Miebach on March 8th from 1:08-2:15 ( F block)
About Nathalie: Artist Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play.
SAT Practice: Revolution Prep will be offering a full length SAT practice exam at the Winchester Recreation and Community Education Center this May! Saturday May 6th, 9 am – 1 pm Cost: $10 (All proceeds go to the Winchester Recreation and Community Education Center) https://store.revolutionprep.com/add_to_cart/170210
Juniors, don’t miss a chance to take a practice SAT before the summer. Sophomores, don’t miss a chance to try a full-length SAT exam and plan ahead for next year! Freshman, feel free to come and expose yourself to this test format. All Revolution Prep practice exams are followed by a score report review with Winchester Recreation and Community Education Center’s Academic Advisor, Greg Eibell. During the session, he will walk you and your student through their score report to help you determine their strengths and weaknesses, discuss if the SAT or ACT is best for your student, and develop a custom plan to help your student prepare for the official exam.
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: 3/21 – 3/23
End of Q3 3/31
Let’s push each other to have fun, stay positive and have a great week!