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As I'm writing this piece, the Cape is experiencing a blizzard but Winchester has dodged another bullet.  I am not anticipating any more snow days, so the end of the year schedule looks like this:


Wed, June 18:                                    G and F block final exams


Thursday, June 19:               D and E block final exams


Friday, June 20:                     C and B block final exams


Monday, June 23:                  A block exams and make-up exams


Tuesday, June 24:                 Early release: mini-schedule for students


Remember that if students need to leave school before the end of the year, final exams are not given early.  The student must make up the exam during the summer.


Important Information for Seniors and Parents: There are some important dates coming up for seniors and their parents.  Please get these in your calendar:


Wednesday, April 30, 8:40 am  

Senior Class Meeting: I will talk to seniors about the end of the year events and expectations.


Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 pm, auditorium  

Senior Parents/Guardians Meeting: I'll review the events and expectations with parents.


Friday, May 16, 7:15 am, cafeteria:  

Senior Breakfast and yearbook pick up; last regular school day for Seniors.


May 19-22:  Senior Exams


Wednesday, May 28: Promenade and Senior Prom, 6-11:30 pm 


Thursday, May 29, 6:30 pm:  Senior Luau


Friday, May 30, 10:30 am, gym:  Graduation Rehearsal


Friday, May 30, 12 pm, side courtyard:  Senior Luncheon


Sunday, June 1, 2 pm, gym:  Graduation


WHS Project


As I am sure you have heard by now, the phasing plans have changed.  The construction management firm, Consigli, was hired in mid February.  This firm actually does the construction.  They had new ideas about the phasing that have been approved by the EFPBC.  The new plan is more efficient, reduces the number of moves that need to be made during construction, minimizes the time students will need to be in modulars, and reduces the cost.  Here is the plan:


Phase 1: July 2014-August 2015


The Main Office/Guidance area, Music Wing and Dining Commons additions are completed.  The auditorium and the library and everything above the library will be rebuilt/renovated. A, B, C and E wings (the rest of the building) are in normal operation.


Phase 2: July 2015 - August 2016


E wing (the gym, tech/engineering classrooms, locker rooms, WinCam) and C wing (the cafeteria, foreign language department, and the math department) are rebuilt/renovated.  A and B wings (social studies, English, and science) are in normal operation.  The new Main office, music wing, dining commons, library, and auditorium are ready to go in September 2015.


Phase 3:  July 2016 - August 2017


A and B wings get rebuilt.  The rest of the building is in normal operation.


September 2017:  The project is complete


Go to to get the latest information.




Happy April, all!  We were pleased to welcome Department Chairs Judy Hession (English) and Chris Kurhajetz (Social Studies) and our new librarian, Andrea Zampitella to our March meeting.  Turnout was light, but we really appreciated the time the faculty gave to us.  If you missed our March meeting, you can view the draft of the minutes here PFA Minutes 3-5-14


Congratulations to the WHS Faculty team of Tom Gwin, David Benedetto and Mark Chase, who defended their title and won the WFEE Trivia Bee.  Thank you, as well, to the PFA team of Peter Woolford, Ed Czeck and Jacki Santoro.  It was a fun night for viewers and participants!


We do not have a PFA meeting this month, but there is plenty going on around the high school.  I am happy to report that we have submitted all the paperwork necessary to establish 501c3 status…special thanks this month go to Leah Holber, WHS PFA Treasurer, for handling all the state required documents and the backlog of 990’s.


We wish everyone a restful spring break!  (Oh…and if you still haven’t sent in your Direct Appeal, won’t you do that today?  We are just a few thousand dollars shy of our goal this year—every contribution helps!  Please take a moment to donate here if you haven’t already done so.  Thank you!


From the Co-Presidents,

Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta






Band Jam & String Fling - Wednesday, April 9, 7 pm, WHS Field House

Please join us for this town-wide concert featuring over 500 students in a concert-in-the-round setting featuring beginners to advanced WHS ensembles.


Everything Old Is New Again Fashion Show - Thursday, April 10th

All are welcome at the WHS student run fashion show, Everything Old is New Again. The event will take place on Thursday, April 10th, at 7:00 pm in the Winchester High School Auditorium. The evening will encompass student-made garments that are created from unconventional materials, student artwork, raffles, and more. The doors will open at 6:30 PM and tickets ($10.00/$5.00 for students) can be purchased at the door, in advance at Bookends or send an email to to reserve a ticket. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the WHS Art Department and additional donations to support the Art Department will be gladly accepted!


Authorfest - Tuesday, April 15

On Tuesday, April 15th, Authorfest will return to all of Winchester's schools, and students at WHS will have the opportunity to hear a presentation by author Laurie Faria Stolarz. Don't miss the book sale held the same day at the Town Hall from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. where all Authorfest authors will be on hand to meet the public and sign copies of their books.

Authorfest is made possible by grants from the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence and the EnKa Society, and by contributions from parent teacher organizations and the Parents Inter-School Council. The generous support of BookEnds makes the Authorfest book sale possible.


WHS Social Studies Dept "Living History Day" Speaker Request

The Winchester High School Social Studies Department will be hosting its 4th annual "Living History Day" program on Friday, May 30.  "Living History Day" is designed to have people share their stories and recollections about the events and eras that today's students see only as history.  The stories on this day help to breathe new life into, and provide greater perspective towards, our students' understanding of history.  This day is always a highlight of the year for our students and teachers.


We are currently in the process of putting together our slate of speakers for the day.  If you, or someone you know, has a story that you think would be valuable to share with Winchester High's students, we would love to talk with you about the possibility of participating in "Living History Day". 


In the past, we have had members of the community come in to talk about the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, the end of apartheid in South Africa, Bonnell Ford and the "American Dream, and the experiences of a wartime photographer.  If you are interested in volunteering to speak, if you have a recommendation for a speaker, or if you have any questions about the day, please contact Chris Kurhajetz, Director of Social Studies, at or 781-721-7020 x1704.





Class of 2016 Parent/Guardian Social – Friday, April 4, at Lucia’s


The Class Officers, with the help of their advisors, will be hosting a parent/guardian social at Lucia’s Restaurant on Friday, April 4th, to coincide with the Class of 2016 Semi-Formal.  The idea is that you would sign-in your child at Town Hall for their semi-formal and then walk over to Lucia’s for a few hours of social time with friends before having to pick-up your child after the dance. The tickets for this event will be $25 per person, and include hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.  Tickets will go on sale March 21st.  Seating is limited and tickets will be handled first come-first served.  All proceeds go to the Class of 2016 to support annual class functions and senior week activities. We hope that you will join us for a fun evening supporting the Class of 2016. 


If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction, or have any questions, please contact Anne Marie Hill at




Prom tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 15th thru Thursday, April 17th. Tickets are $80 each and will be sold during both lunches at the greeters desk.

Please have your signed contract, which can be found on Edline and check, made payable to WHS Class of 2014


Dr. Gwin's Senior Parent Night

April 30th - 7:30 in the WHS Auditorium


Decision Dinner - April 30th 6 - 7 PM

Join us in the Cafeteria BEFORE Dr. Gwin's talk. College Deposits are Due May April 30th you need to have your "Decision" made.

Students and Parents come have dinner in the Cafeteria.



WHS Staff Contact List

WHS Days Calendar

WHS School Calendar (list of key dates)

2013-2014 District-wide Calendar








You can sign up for the opportunities listed below at the meetings or in the C&C Office in the library of the high school.  If you have questions visit Kristen Ritchie, Program Director, in the C&C Office or email her at


Upcoming Service Opportunities & Events



Thursday, April 10th- Community Servings 1-4pm in Jamaica Plain

Help volunteer during the half day preparing meals for patients with terminal illnesses through Community Servings. Transportation will be provided.







Winchester Youth Center

458R Main Street

Winchester MA 01890


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The WYC offers a wide range of leadership, service-learning, and good-decision-making activities for WHS students. We encourage all WHS students to check out our website and stop by the WYC anytime to find out how to get more involved in all the cool things that we have going on!


March 12th, 2:15-3:30pm
, WHS Cafeteria

All WHS students, faculty and staff are invited to join us after school in the cafeteria for a kick-off celebration featuring make-your-own sundaes! Come and learn all about Relay 2014, register your team, and join us in our goal to raise $85,000 for the American Cancer Society. Make sure to bring $10 or your credit card so you can register your team and get a treat!


To register now please go to

Contact for more information.



Thanks to everyone who came out to support all of the amazing bands at the second round of the Battle of the Bands on March 14th. Congratulations to The Third Wing, The Rubies, Klangfarbenmelodic Jazz Quartet, and The Tony Kowal Project! These four bands will be performing at the Rock for Youth finals on June 6th.  Contact for more info.



During April vacation WYC Peer Leaders will be participating in our 9th annual Habitat for Humanity trip. We will be traveling to Wilmington, Delaware to complete a week-long service-learning experience building homes for families in need. We are currently working toward fundraising 100% of the expenses for our trip including a $2625 donation to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. Please contact us of you would like to make a donation toward this amazing service-learning experience. Proceeds from all of the following fundraising efforts will benefit our trip. Please contact the WYC for more information on any of these fundraisers:



Dump Runs

Let us take care of your trash on Saturday, April 5th.  We are currently selling $10 dump run vouchers . Contact the WYC for more information


Uno’s Dough Raiser

Eat, Drink & Raise Money! Thursday, April 10th at Uno’s Restaurant @ the Woburn Mall.  Uno’s will donate up to 20% of your check to the WYC’s Habitat for Humanity fund

Click here for Dough Raiser Ticket to present to your server


Raffle tickets – Drawing April 14th

Buy your $20 tickets for the chance to win:

* iPad mini *

* Guitar donated by Mouradian Guitar *

* 4 tickets to a Red Sox game *

* Skull Candy ear buds *

* $100 Spring Clean-up by Taft Landscaping *

* Gift Certificates and more *


Contact the WYC for more information


Sachem Nalgene bottles

Show your Sachem spirit for only $20, high-quality, dual-spout water bottles featuring “Winchester Sachems” and the Sachem logo. Contact the WYC to purchase one



Wednesday, April 9th

6:30-7:30pm @ the WYC

All Relay participants are invited to our first Team Meeting to learn more about Relay 2014 and get tips on recruiting more team members.



Saturday, June 21st-Sunday, June 22nd, Manchester Field Track

Form your teams, start your fundraising, and join us for the 3rd annual Relay For Life of Winchester! Register now at Relay For Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones, and fight back against this disease. Community members of all ages are invited to join us for this amazing community event and help us reach our goal of raising $85,000 for the American Cancer Society. Help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays! Please contact for more information.




Winchester Police Tip Line


The Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community is launching tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat”.

Reserved exclusively for Public Safety purposes and powered by CitizenObserver, a St. Paul MN company, tip411 puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of our community for all ages and demographics.  tip411 is a national program that benefits over 1000 communities around the county.

Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to Winchester Police by texting the word Winchester and the tip information to 847411 (tip411).

Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s website at (look under CONTACT) or from the direct link at

Its 100% anonymous. CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the Winchester Police Department see’s it so there’s no way to identify the sender.

The tip line is not intended for emergencies.  If you want to notify police of an emergency, dial 911.

CitizenObserver, a St. Paul, MN company founded in 2000, provides web based alerting tools to law enforcement, education, and public safety agencies in over 40 states.


Swim Winchester Event  - Wednesday April 2 at 7:30 PM


Swim Winchester is pleased to invite you to an event to celebrate the successful completion of its feasibility study on a swimming facility for Winchester.  Our donor-funded study found that an aquatics facility would be a well-used community asset that could generate enough revenue to operate without a town subsidy.  


Kevin Post, partner at the highly respected national aquatic facility design company Counsilman-Hunsaker (St. Louis) will speak about the feasibility study and answer questions.  We are also pleased to welcome Karen Bush, Director of Concord MA's Beede Center, who will speak about that town's successful private-public aquatics facility partnership.  


Come see the first concept drawings for a proposed Winchester community pool and fitness facility and give us your input on the project.  


Thanks to a generous donation by EnKa Society, this meeting will be held at the beautiful Sanborn House.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  RSVP is required due to limited space:  For more information, visit


What: Swim Winchester Celebration

Where: Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester

When: Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

RSVP required: Swim Winchester <


Manchester Track Facility Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Saturday, April 5 at 11 AM


 A special ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 11 AM to celebrate the new Manchester Field Track facility. This event will include the unveiling of the Winchester Sports Foundation plaque, the Thomas Kline
shot put area dedication plaque, and the Track lane donor plaques.
 This event is open to all and will be a proud day for all of Winchester. 5


The League of Women Voters of Winchester  - Book Discussion – Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 PM


Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the  Community Room, Winchester Savings Bank, 661 Main Street, Winchester

Featuring the book:


Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lean by Sheryl Sandberg.


Ms.Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook since 2008, shares valuable lessons learned through her own experience as well as through research about how women can become stronger leaders, whether in the workplace or in community organizations.  One of the essential goals of the League is to promote leadership skills, so this book is appropriate for all women, whether working to raise a family or outside the home--or both.  Sandberg offers insight on ways to balance obligations inside and outside the home while maintaining a sense of self.


All are welcome. For questions, contact


En Ka Spring Fashion Show – April 8 at 12 noon


The Winchester Seniors Association and the En Ka Society will hold their Annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 at 12 noon in the Pond Room at the Jenks Senior Center. 


Chic Spring and Summer fashions and accessories from the En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop, modeled by our volunteers, will be for sale before and after the show.  En Ka Exchange Shop Chairwomen Kate Carpini and Deb Murray guarantee that the amazing casual and designer outfits that are available for a bargain will impress you!  What a great way to welcome Spring!


Tickets, which include a delicious catered lunch, are $15.00 and may be purchased at the Jenks Center (781-721-7136). This event usually sells out fast, so get your tickets early and join us for an afternoon of shopping, fun and surprises while supporting two great organizations: Winchester Seniors Association and the En Ka Society.


We hope you can join us! If you cannot attend this fun event, please be sure to stop into the En Ka Exchange at 1037 Main St, to shop or browse, and meet our friendly volunteers.  Our hours are: 

Wednesday and Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM and 7 PM - 9 PM

Friday: 10 AM - 1 PM and Saturday: 11 AM - 2 PM


Consignments are by appointment only call 781-729-6146 or visit our website . Don't forget to like us on Facebook and check out our page for a glimpse of Spring Fashions!


Spring and Summer Fun at Wright-Locke Farm


Wright-Locke Farm is excited to announce our 2014 spring and summer education programs for elementary school students! We will host weeklong programs during April vacation (April 21 - 25) and for eight weeks over summer vacation (June 23 - August 22). Additionally, we will introduce 6-week spring after school programs that meet once a week (May 5 - June 16). All programs will include lessons and activities related to agriculture or natural science, hands-on farm tasks in the fields, gardens, or involving our farm animals, and healthy snack preparation featuring seasonal and local foods.


For more information on program scheduling and availability, how to register for a program, and how to prepare your "little farmer" for their farm program, please go to the EDUCATION tab on our website:


In the meantime, feel free to visit the farm any day of the week during daylight hours. Say hello to our chickens, buy some farm-fresh eggs, or just wander around and enjoy the serenity of the farm during its transition from winter to spring.


For specific questions, please contact our Education Coordinator:


Wright-Locke Farm

78 Ridge Street, Winchester





Open Mic Night at Starbucks - Thursday, April 3, 7-9 PMhursday, April 3, 7:00-

Join WCMS for Open Mic Night at Starbucks, 542 Main Street, Winchester. All ages, all instruments, and all types of acoustic music are welcome! Hosted by Winchester Community Music School and singer/songwriter Mike Verge. 


How to Play Drum Set Workshop - Thursday, April 24, 1-5 pm

During school vacation week!  For ages 11 and older. Our one-day Intro to Drum Set workshop at Winchester Community Music School is perfect for those who want to try their hand behind the kit but have no prior experience with the drums.  With only 3 students per workshop, you'll be guaranteed plenty of hands-on time at the kit in this fun, low pressure introductory course. $99 for a 4-hour workshop. 


Volunteers Needed for Music MAYnia - Sunday, May 4, 1-5 pm

Looking for a community service opportunity? Music MAYnia is a fun community festival that raises money for financial aid at WCMS. We rely on dozens of volunteers each year to make this event an amazing success.  Volunteers are needed to do everything from face painting to setting up tables and chairs. 


 For more info or to register for workshops, call 781-729-2950 or visit






Tuesday April 15, 2014: Celebrate tax day with NPR's Jack Beatty who will be discussing his life and times as well as recent publications.  


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 am: "Hottest Reads for Summer", 4th annual collaborative program with Book Ends and the College Club of Winchester featuring Judy Manzo, owner of Book Ends.


All programs are at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted, free to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Winchester Public Library and the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation




Winchester Sports Foundation Golf Tournament  - Monday, May 5


The Foundation will celebrate its 25th Year at its annual Golf Tournament at Winchester Country Club. Held this year on May 5, the tournament is the Foundation's flagship fundraising event. Golf on the Winchester Country Club's renowned Donald Ross layout is followed by a dinner at which the Foundation awards its annual Sachem Spirit Award to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution to the Winchester athletic programs. Dinner attendees also hear from two student athletes from Winchester High School, who talk about the major impact sports programs a the high school have had on them.


By helping defray the increasing costs of athletic programs, and supporting the introduction of new sports programs, the Foundation has helped to ensure that as many students can participate in sports programs as possible.  Through the generous contributions of its supporters, the Foundation has been able to donate over $750,000 to enhance the experience of student-athletes at Winchester High School. Most recently, the Foundation made a major donation that enabled the completion of the new track facility at Manchester Field and also purchased a full set of new equipment for the track team. The Foundation has also helped launch several new teams at the high school, including the boys and girls volleyball teams, the ski team and the ultimate frisbee team.  


Golfers and sponsors, or anyone interested in supporting or learning more about the the Foundation, can obtain more information at the Foundation's website:


Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Thursday, May 8


The Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Committee announces the inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame.


The inductees for 2014 are:  

William Derry '84 

X Country, Indoor Track, Track and Field 

Caitlin Butler '99

Girls' Soccer, Girls' Tennis 

Daniel Spang '03  

Boys' Hockey    

Coach John Messuri 

Boys' Hockey    



1996, 1997, 1998, 1999


Girls' Tennis Teams

WHS Football Team

Karen Branley 

Community Service Award



The Inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner held on Thursday, May 8th, at the Burlington Marriott, Mall Road, Burlington, MA. 


Individual tickets may be obtained by sending a check made out to the Winchester Sports Foundation for $50 to Dot Butler, 30 Wildwood Street, Winchester, MA 01890, or by purchasing online at Tables of 10 are available and will be reserved for your party only upon receipt of payment.  Please indicate members of your party when reserving a table.


For additional information about this event or the WSF Hall of Fame committee, please contact Paul Manganaro at or Dot Butler at






The Winchester Disability Access Commission invites Winchester to a lighting ceremony at Winchester Town Common  - April 2 at 7:00 PM


April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to shed light on autism than to Light It Up Blue!

This event, now in its second year, is co-sponsored by the Winchester Multicultural Network.


WIT-2014 - Sunday, April 6th, 2:00-5:00 PM at the Sons of Italy Hall


The Multicultural Network's third annual Winchester in Transition conference - WIT-2014 - will be held Sunday afternoon, April 6, from 2:00 -5:00 p.m. at the Sons of Italy Hall, 117 Swanton St.


Access in Action will focus on outcomes. How can we brainstorm and create plans for implementing what we have learned from the prior three Tracks to WIT to create a more inclusive Winchester? What strategies will truly give everyone A Voice in Civic Life? Can The Places We Live include affordable housing? Will Inclusion for All ages and abilities be what we can commit to doing something about in Winchester? True Story Theater will lend their playback talents to the process by improvising the process of gathering together, strategizing, and envisioning the future.


Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended any of the previous three "tracks." For more information, go to 



Waking Up White - Sunday, April 27, 2:30-4:30 PM at the Winchester Public Library 


This year the Multicultural Network marks the YWCA's "Take a Stand Against Racism" with a discussion of two books: Waking Up White by Debby Irving and The Education of a White Parent by Susan Naimark.  Debby Irving grew up in Winchester. In fact, the opening paragraph of her new book takes place in the library.  She and Susan Naimark will share reflections on their journeys around racial awareness.  The books will be available through BookEnds and it would be helpful to let BookEnds know ahead that you want one or both of the books (