Team WHS Blog

Season 2: Episode 27

Hello everyone!

Happy May 1st everyone!  We hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  My dandelion farm, also known as my lawn, is looking worse than ever but on better personal news, my sons, Tommy and Matthew, turn 10 today!  I am pretty proud and maybe a bit emotional about it.

Tomorrow, 5/02, is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  It would be great if any parent or community member felt compelled to reach out,  via a simple email, to just one WHS staff member of their choosing and wrote a supportive email.  As you know, we never do what we do for praise, fame or money.  Yes, you can laugh at the thought of someone going into education who would want those things and their surprise and bitter disappointment when they realize the truth.  However, every once in a while we get that nice email from a parent or student and that just lifts up our spirits in ways that I cannot begin to tell you.  It’s simple, it’s free and it’s powerful.  As always, we truly appreciate the support you already provide us here at WHS.


AP exams begin today and will run for the next two weeks.  We will be reminding our students that they are well prepared, ready to take the exam and to just relax, breathe and try to do their best.  We will love them no matter how they score on the exam.  “You got a 5 out of 5?  Great, we love you.  You got a 1 out of 5?  Great you took a very challenging class, we love you.”  We want them to smile and feel the sense of accomplishment not because of how they did but because they took the journey.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey:  On May 18th, all of WHS will participate in a new, online version, of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  This new version is specific to all high schools in the Middlesex League and will allow us to share and compare information with our local schools.  We will have more information, including the parental opt-out forms, out to everyone soon.

Here are just some of the events happening in the next 2 months:  EVENTS AT WHS

Mike Day + JSA

WHS JSA:  The JSA spent Saturday morning meeting with State Representative Mike Day, @mikeday4rep, for some face to face Q+A and leadership talk.

Garden club pottery with Lucy (1)
Right now the green thumbs are from the paint.

Take a look at Mr. Lannon working with some WHS Garden Club members as they put some finishing touches on their hand made pots that they plan to use in some of their garden motifs.  The Garden Club is the epitome of a low pressure, no competition club that we hope to see expand over the next few years.  All they want to do is make WHS more beautiful.  How great is that?

Winchester Got Lunch update:

StarKist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea

Tuna in a can, one- maybe three?

Whatever you can donate, bring it in to School

The WGL Kids will think you’re super cool!  On behalf of all kids in our community, Winchester Got Lunch is collecting canned tuna the entire month of May at Winchester High School!  Please contact Dot Butler or Mrs. Beauchesne for more information.  See the flyer: WGLfooddriveWHS2017



See the link: Poster_Salam Neighbor WMCN poster 2017 FINAL

WINCHESTER, MA – On Wednesday, May 3, 7–9pm Winchester High School Auditorium, Live Learn Act (LLA) and the Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN) host a free screening of Salam Neighbor, an award-winning film produced in 2016 that follows the plight of Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp through the journey of two filmmakers embedded inside the camp. With the support and partnership of Karam Foundation, LLA’s NGO partner on the ground in the Middle East, LLA and WMCN offer the public a penetrating look at daily life inside a refugee camp and the greatest casualties of the war in Syria, children, through the powerful documentary.

A post-screening dialogue after the film welcomes Aba Taylor, Executive Director, WMCN, Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman, Karam Foundation, and Deirde Giblin, Esq., Asylum Lawyer.

CTC Final Lecture Series Event:

The CTC’s final lecture will be held on Monday May 8th right after school in the Library. We will be hosting Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mukai for a lecture on “Tinkering in the Retina “Garage” to Make Inexpensive Retinal Imaging Systems”  which is a long way of saying tinkering with retina cameras.  For those of you who know school committee member and library advocate Susan Verdiccio, Dr. Mukai is Susan’s husband.

Be the Match:  The Winchester Senior Focus Class is hosting a Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive Registration! If you are between the age of 18-44, come to the Winchester Town Hall on Saturday May 6th, from 9AM-1PM with your health care card. The procedure is extremely quick, with only a mouth swab needed! Seniors, kick off your senior week by giving back to the community! Please come help us save lives and fight cancer! There will also be free food and music the day of the drive! Hope to see you there! Attached is our flyer from the Be The Match organization, which includes further information about the drive.   See the flyer:  Be the Match

From Senior Guru Ramanathan:  I’m happy to announce that I’m finally releasing my documentary “Hyper—” online. Thank you so much again for your support with the past screenings. It’s been an amazing, surreal journey and I’m so happy to share it with everyone:

Have a great week everyone!


Spring Sports Schedule: 

AP Exams: May 1 – May 12

May 2: Teacher Appreciation Day!

May 2:  Senior parent meeting @ 7 PM @ WHS

May 4: School Improvement Council Meeting

May 4:  Hall of Fame Dinner

May 5: Class of 2020 Dance, 7 PM, @ Town Hall

May 8:  CTC “Tinkering with the Retina” @ 2:15 in the library media center

May 10:  Class of 2017 meeting, C Block


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