WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 Skillings Road

Winchester, MA 01890-2853

781-721-7020

PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~ FEBRUARY 2015

Visit our website at http://www.whspfa.org

 

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL SEAN KILEY

 

We have quickly approached the halfway point of the school year and the first semester certainly drew to a quick close. It is hard to believe that half of the school year is over and that we are already into the second semester. January was a busy month at WHS and our students began 2015 with great energy. They have been working diligently and learning a great deal of curriculum content to date, which was apparent in their daily assignments and classroom projects, along with their preparation for semester exams. I was able to get into a number of classrooms during the first semester and feel beyond confident that we will continue to offer instruction that will meet our students’ needs throughout the second semester. 

 

As the semester closed, I decided to participate in a little professional development by revisiting a book on my shelf titled, "Professional Learning Communities at Work" by Richard Dufour and Robert Eaker. In flipping through the pages, I noticed that I had highlighted a passage written by a group of parents at a high school as a list of expectations to live by in an effort to provide support and maximize potential for their student:

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

 

Š      We recognize that as our children's first and most influential teachers, we can promote their success and contribute to an excellent school if we make and fulfill the following commitments:

Š      We will establish high expectations for our students. We will not accept minimum effort or indifference to quality work.

Š      We will know what is expected in each of our student's classes and communicate with teachers when we have a question or concern.

Š      We will insist on good attendance.

Š      We will provide a quiet time and place in our home for study.

Š      We will insist that our students accept responsibility for their learning and conduct.

Š      We will model the importance of life-long learning.

 

These are simple ideas, yet extremely powerful in knowing how to assist student learning as the years progress at WHS.  Research shows that academic goals set collaboratively between students and their parents/guardians, and supported by the school, are one of the best predictors of school achievement.

 

As the second semester continues, we look forward to new learning opportunities and will continue to strive to work in partnership with you and your student as they set new and meaningful academic and social goals, and put their plan into action.  

 

Have a great February…make it count.

 

 

PFA NEWS

 

Mid-term examinations are over amidst many sighs of relief, and with that the first half of the academic year. The snow that was elusive in December is now making its presence felt, reminding us that we are deep in the middle of winter. Please reiterate to students whether they are walking or driving to be extra-careful negotiating slippery sidewalks and narrower roads.

 

The Shop at Wilson Farm to Support Winchester Public Schools has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 4th, from 9am to 7pm. All Winchester residents, faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to make use of this generous offer by Wilson Farm where 20% of eligible purchases are donated to the Winchester Public Schools. The following items will not count towards fundraising:

 

 

Happy Shopping!!!

 

We would like to remind you once again that the WHS PFA is enrolled in the Amazon Smile program, which gives back 0.5% of your purchases to the designated charity of your choice. If you do your shopping on Amazon, you can easily earn money for our school. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of all purchases to our organization. It's as easy as 1-2-3! 1 - just click on this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4196353, 2 - choose Winchester High School Parent Faculty Association as your nonprofit charity ...3 - begin shopping! Please share this information with interested family members and friends who are regular shoppers on Amazon. If they do not already have a charity they support on Amazon Smile, perhaps they would consider designating the WHSPFA as their organization of choice.

 

We are close to our Direct Appeal goal, but we are not done until we actually reach our goal.  A big THANK YOU to every family that has donated to the PFA fund, enabling us, in turn, to fund teacher grant requests and other PFA sponsored events.  We are only about $5,000.00 or 18% short of our goal, and even a small contribution from families who did not find it convenient to donate so far, will comfortably help us meet our goal. Please use this convenient link to make your donation, and we look forward to not making this appeal again for the remainder of the academic year.

 

February is also the time for the Annual Trivia Bee, hosted by WFEE. This year, the venue for the BEE is Lynch School, on Wednesday, February 4th, from 7:00 - 9:30pm. The PFA will be sponsoring its own team as it does every year. Please stop by at Lynch School to cheer the WHSPFA Quiz-Knows (Jacki Santoro, Karin Sangster and Malini Dutta) and enjoy an evening of flexing your mental muscles, while having fun and supporting WFEE’s efforts.

 

We hope to see you at the next PFA meeting on Monday, February 2nd, to engage in a meaningful discussion with the Department Chairs from English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Engineering/Technology.

 

Stay warm, and we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day and a relaxing February vacation week!!

 

Warm Regards,

Malini Dutta and Lori Scully

WHS PFA Co-Presidents

 

 

FROM THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

Friday Night Lights!

On January 13th, the School Committee voted to approve the proposed policy for lights on Manchester Field/Knowlton Stadium.  Together with the Board of Selectmen’s affirmative vote in December, this decision clears the path for the Field Development Council to begin to raise funds, hire contractors, design installation to minimize light trespassing in nearby neighborhoods, and begin installation.  We are optimistic that during the fall of 2015, Winchester residents will be able to come out and support our Sachem athletes under Friday Night Lights.

 

Superintendent Selection:
I’m delighted to report that after a lengthy and fully engaging process, the School Committee voted unanimously on December 17th to select Dr. Judy Evans of Medway, Massachusetts, as our next Superintendent of Schools. 

The School Committee was impressed with Dr. Evans' infectious enthusiasm and passion for teaching and learning for all students, as well as her collaborative and inventive leadership during her 6 years as Superintendent of Schools in Medway.  Winchester should expect Dr. Evans to seek out opportunities for school leaders, students and staff to stretch and work beyond their comfort zones, and to strive for continuous improvement. Dr. Evans will begin as Superintendent on July 1, 2015.

 

Policy Review:

It’s not exciting, but the Winchester School Committee is finalizing a multi-year project to update and review all WPS policies – a process that had not been completed since before the Education Reform Act of 1993. 

 

Until April 28th, the School Committee will review particular sections of the proposed revisions at most of their regular business meetings.  A full copy of policies is available online at the district website: www.winchester.k12.ma.us.  A public comment period will run from January 10th to April 1st.   Residents may submit comments via the email link provided at that site.

 

WHS parents and community members who have a question or insight related to Winchester Public School are encouraged to reach out directly to our SC liaison, Cindy Bohne (cbohne@winchesterps.org or 781-721-0879).  School Committee meetings are open to the public and held at Parkhurst School, typically on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month.  Join us! If you can’t leave the kids home, watch a meeting broadcast live on WinCam. 

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

Principal Kiley to Be Inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame

 

Check out recent press coverage (here and here) of Principal Sean Kiley’s impressive wrestling and coaching career, and his planned induction next month into the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Principal Kiley!

 

WHS Musical “Man of La Mancha” – Mar 5-7

 

Tickets:

Come see one of the best musicals of all time: "Man of La Mancha"! The Winchester High School production opens Thursday, March 5, with additional performances on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7. All shows begin at 7:30. Ticket prices are $15 per person.

 

Sponsorship:

Please choose to support the cast, musicians, and crew with a black and white ad in the play bill or as a contributing donor with special mention in the program. Use the form below to designate your level of support and mail it with payment no later than February 18, 2015.  

 

Design your black and white ad and email it to:  annettefarring@yahoo.com  Ad copy must be received by February 18, 2015.  Prefer a listing on our donor page?  List your name on the form as you would like it to appear in the program and mail it along with your payment. Please make your check out to “Winchester High School” and write “Man of La Mancha” in the memo section.  You may mail or drop off your form and check to: Annette Farrington Kramer, 11 Stone Avenue, Winchester MA 01890.

 

Thank you for supporting our students and for helping to make “Man of La Mancha” a success.  See you at the show!

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 Donation                                                          Ad Size

Benefactor     $100+         ________             Full page    $100           ______

Director          $50-99       ________             ½ page        $50             ______

Actor               $1-49          ________             ¼ page        $30             ______

 

Donation: Name as it should appear in the program: ___________________________________________

           

Ad:  I will email my ad copy to annettefarring@yahoo.com by February 18th, 2015.

    

Your Name:___________________________Address:________________________     

Phone Number ________________________Email__________________________                                

 

Make check payable to Winchester High School; “Man of La Mancha” in memo section.

Drop off or mail  no later than February 18, 2015 to:  Annette Farrington Kramer, 11 Stone Avenue, Winchester, MA 01890

 

Questions? 781-376-6580 or email annettefarring@yahoo.com

   

THANK YOU!!

 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

CLASS OF 2016

 

Junior Class Dinner

Attention juniors! We will be having a class dinner on Wednesday, February 11, from 6 - 8PM in the WHS Cafeteria. This event is open to all juniors and their families, including siblings. More details to come. Donations for raffle and dessert items are greatly appreciated. If you have any items that you would be willing to donate, please contact the class officers at winchesterclassof16@gmail.com.

 

Junior Class Dance

Save the date: the junior class will be having its annual dance on Friday, April 10.

 

CLASS OF 2018

 

The freshman class dance will be held on Friday, February 27at Lincoln School from 7:30-10:30PM.

 

CONNECT AND COMMIT SERVICE CLUB

 

Students 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 about Connect & Commit, visit Lauren Winterer, Program Director, in the C&C Office (in the back of the library) or contact Ms. Winterer via email at connectandcommit@gmail.com or lwinterer@winchesterps.org           

 

February 2015 Upcoming Events

 

February 1st-12th School Supply Drive

A group of students travelling in February are asking for school supplies that they will distribute to the school they are working on in Guatemala. All school supplies (except paper = too heavy) will be accepted and appreciated. Collection bins at WHS.

 

February 3rd Open Meeting @ 6:30p in the WHS Library

All students are welcome! We will be hearing from “Just a Touch Rescue,” making paddles and informational posters for the Dessert Auction on Feb 10th. Free food and fun will be provided!

 

February 4th WFEE Trivia Bee @ 7pm at Town Hall

WFEE is in need of 4 student volunteers to help out their annual Trivia Bee Wednesday Feb 4th at 7pm in the Town Hall. Please e-mail Connectandcommit@gmail.com to volunteer.

 

February 10th Dessert Auction for Just a Touch Rescue @ 6:30 p in the WHS Café

Come support “Just a Touch Rescue” (a small animal rescue organization based in Rhode Island) by buying baked goods at the Dessert Auction for Dogs. The baked goods are for humans, but dogs and handlers from the rescue will be present! We hope to see you there.

 

NO SCHOOL Feb 16-17th

 

February 24th Open Meeting @ 6:30p in the WHS Library

All students are welcome! We will be discussing March’s upcoming events. Free food and fun will be served.

 

Looking to the Future:

March 10th Winchester Relay for Life Kick-off @ 5:30p at the Black Horse Tavern

            What is Relay?

An overnight event with entertainment, activities and prizes all the benefit the American Cancer Society

            Why Relay?

Less cancer = more birthdays. Come honor those who lost their battle and celebrate with those who are fighting.

            How you can help!

For more in formation on how you can help Fight Cancer come to the Black Horse Tavern Tuesday, March 10th, at 5:30pm. We hope to see you there!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

WRIGHT-LOCKE FARM RFP UPDATE

 

The bids to develop the land adjacent to the Wright-Locke Farm at 78 and 82 Ridge Street, Winchester, were opened on January 6th and the Town Manager, Town Counsel and various town staff have reviewed them to see if the proposals met the minimum submission requirements set forth in the RPP. All four bids can be found HERE.

 

To read more about the process, CLICK HERE.  To read more about the Farm, CLICK HERE.

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

TOWN EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE FORUM - FEB 3

 

On Tuesday, February 3, from 3:30 to 5 p.m, at the Sanborn House, 15 High St., the Winchester League of Women Voters will present two experts on health insurance for municipal employees and retirees to discuss the pros and cons for Winchester to join the state's Health Insurance Exchange, called the Group Insurance Commission (GIC).  

 

Health insurance for town employees and retirees is a major budget concern.  Winchester must also keep pace with its peer towns to attract and retain the best employees. Currently, in addition to state employees, 12 cities, 33 towns, and 8 school districts participate in the GIC. John Brouder, Partner, Boston Benefit Partner, LLC, and Kenneth Lombardi, CEO and Senior Client Manager for the EBS Foran Group, who represent cities and towns in making decisions about health insurance, will present the pros and cons of this choice.

 

COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT – FEB 3, 9:00AM

MCCALL MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY

 

Parent to Parent invites all Winchester parents and guardians to join us for our annual Coffee with the Superintendent with Bill McAlduff.  Our agenda will include updates on the state of our schools.  Also featured will be Winchester High School Principal Sean Kiley who will share his insights during his first year and his plans for the future. This meeting is always informative and a great way to get to know the leaders of our school system in a casual setting. Please join us and bring your questions!

 

WINCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (snow date February 4th) 7:00 pm:  "Murder and Mayhem:  The Dark Side of Boston".  Enter the dark side of Boston's history in this narrated slideshow presented by Boston By Foot, a nonprofit organization that provides walking tours of Boston. Hear about the scourges of smallpox and influenza, Boston's history of mob violence, the Molasses Flood, the infamous Brink's robbery and more as we explore Boston's dark and dangerous underbelly!

 

WFEE TRIVIA BEE – WED, FEB 4, LYNCH SCHOOL

 

The Bees have been busy! The annual WFEE Trivia Bee on Wed, February 4th, is at the Lynch School!  And, slices of pizza will be for sale thanks to Joe's Main Street Pizza.  

 

This is a town wide community building event that raises funds for the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence.  Over the years, WFEE has supported innovation and excellence in Winchester schools through grants and system wide initiatives that are beyond the reach of available public funds. Every child has been impacted by WFEE and we are grateful to YOU for making this possible, through the support of events like the Annual Trivia Bee!

 

HARD HAT PARTY AT THE JENKS – FEB 5, 5-7PM

  

Come celebrate the beginning of construction and the launch of our fundraising campaign for the new Jenks Center. The "Re-Jenks Campaign" will create a building that better serves our seniors and the broader community of Winchester. Help us launch this new phase for the Jenks!

 

ALL ARE WELCOME~ KIDS TOO! BRING A FRIEND!


 

Snow Date Friday, February 6th 

 

To make a donation go to: http://www.jenkscenter.org          

 

SAVE THE DATE - WFEE PROM 'N AID

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21st - the first full day of spring! This year you can celebrate spring at the WFEE Prom 'n Aid, March 21st, Winchester Town Hall. More details at www.wfee.org

 

A CAPPELLA FEST – FRI, FEB 6

 

Lincoln Elementary School Auditorium 

Friday, February 6, 7:30 pm

 

Come see some of the best WHS alumni singers return to sing in concert with our current students!

 

Featuring: 

WHS Octets

WHS Chamber Singers

Holy Cross Sons of Pitches

Harvard Callbacks

Babson College Rocket Pitches

MIT Logarhythms

 

Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at Bookends and at the door.   $15/adult - $5/student/seniors - under 12 FREE. Come support your friends in the Winchester Choral Programs, and enjoy some refreshments and fun-filled family entertainment! Doors open at 7:00 pm.

 

Any questions?  Contact Miss Jean Grace, Choral Director at Winchester High School, at jgrace@winchesterps.org.

 

SECRETS OF SUCCESS: DEVELOPING HEALTHY PRACTICE HABITS

FEB 6, 7:30-8:30PM

 

This workshop is open to parents of student musicians, as well as adult music learners! WCMS faculty members will lead a panel discussion about strategies to develop healthy practice habits. Topics will include 20-Minute Power Practice; Parents' Place in Practicing; Top Tech Tools for Practicing; and more. 


 

All are welcome; you do not need to be enrolled at WCMS to participate. $5 fee; space is limited; please RSVP in advance at 781-721-2950 to reserve your seat.

 

"SIGMUND SAYS" SHOW TO BENEFIT WINCHESTER GOT LUNCH – FEB 8

 

Rob Skinner, a Winchester resident, presents "SIGMUND SAYS", a one-man show, with all proceeds to benefit Winchester Got Lunch.  The show will take place at the Regent Theatre in Arlington on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


 

"Sigmund Says" is the new one-man show from the mind and lips of Rob Skinner.  He sings, he muses, he combines music, comedy and social commentary!  Rob will be joined at the historic Regent Theatre by the musicians of the Midlife Crisis All-Star Band - Michael Loria on guitar and Troy Lucia on piano - as well as some special guests, including Annie Bartlett.  Tickets are $30 each and all seats are reserved.   Tickets can be purchased at https://regent.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=1495 or by calling the Regent Theatre at 781-646-4849.  


 

Please join Winchester Got lunch for this great evening of laughter!  The performance is at times juvenile, but is not for kids.  


 

All proceeds from this performance will benefit Winchester Got Lunch.  When the school year ends, so do federally subsidized lunches for kids in need.  Winchester Got Lunch was formed to fill that gap, providing healthy lunches over the summer weeks for hundreds of families needing assistance.  In the summer of 2014, 5,850 lunches were provided to the 130 school-aged children in the program.  For more information about Winchester Got Lunch, visit winchestergotlunch.org.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT – FEB 8

 

"From Selma to Ferguson: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement

in the Age of  #BlackLivesMatter'  

Sunday, February 8, 2015, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

St. Mary's Church Hall, 155 Washington St, Winchester (the Hall is on the hill opposite the church)

 

Please join us as we share an afternoon with Dr. Peniel Joseph, who will deliver a talk titled 'From Selma to Ferguson: Reimagining the Civil Rights Movement in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter.'

 

Peniel E. Joseph is Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and Professor of History at Tufts University. He is the author of the award-winning Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America; Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama; and the newly released Stokely: A Life. He is also the editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era, and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level. He received a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook and a PhD from Temple University. Dr. Joseph's commentaries on race, democracy, and civil rights have been featured on NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS and MSNBC. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, Professor Joseph's essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The Black Scholar, Souls, and American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

 

This program is brought to you by St. Mary's Church Peace and Justice Committee and the Winchester Multicultural Network.

 

This program is free of charge and all are welcome.  Any questions please contact office@wmcn.org or call 781-729-7100.

 

PLANNING BOARD COMMUNITY CONVERSATION – FEB 10

 

For several years, the Winchester Planning Board and other committees and boards in town have been working on the Center Business District (CBD) rezone effort. With much anticipation, we have finished our draft for release to the public. We will be holding several information sessions throughout the next 3 months leading up to Spring Town Meeting of 2015. 

 

Our first Community Conversation will be held on Tuesday, February 10th,* at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Selectmen's room at the Winchester Town Hall. We encourage everyone to attend and to more importantly, participate in this exciting endeavor to plan for the future of downtown Winchester!

 

Information regarding the rezone, including the draft zoning, may be found at our website: www.winchestertowncenter.com.

 

*The date was originally January 27th, but the meeting was rescheduled due to the storm.

 

WINCHESTER TRAILS SEMINAR – WED, FEB 11

 

Winchester Trails presents: The Jean Smith Memorial "Be the Change..." Lecture Series Co-sponsored by Sustainable Winchester /Farmers Market

 

How to Design and Plant Healthy Native Gardens and Honey Demo

Wednesday, February 11, 7 to 8:30 pm

Winchester Public Library, Large Meeting Room

 

Claudia Thompson from Grow Native Massachusetts will teach you about the importance of native plants for the health of your yard and local ecosystems and discuss how to convert a conventional garden to a largely native one. As an added bonus, Apiarist Mary Canning from Follow the Honey in Cambridge will provide a demonstration that compares the color, variety and flavors of honey collected by honeybees from different plants and why it is crucial to plant native and without pesticides.

 

This is the first of Winchester Trails' Seasonal Lecture/Workshop series that honors the memory of long-time member, Jean Smith. Winchester Trails is an environmental education volunteer group, that serves every child in our community. We encourage you to learn about us and join us at www.winchestertrails.org.

 

PARENT TO PARENT BOOK GROUP

 

           Mindset The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn 

to Fulfill Our Potential

by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.*

Tues, February 24

Winchester Public Library

7:00 - 8:30 PM 

 

Psychologist Carol Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids, as well as reach our own goals.

 

In order to facilitate a good discussion, we will be focusing on the following chapters: 


 

   Chapter 1: The Mindsets

   Chapter 3: The Truth about Ability and Accomplishment

   Chapter 4: Sports: The Mindset of A Champion

   Chapter 7: Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From?

   We also recommend the final Chapter 8 as a good summary.

Books are available at the Library circulation desk and at BookEnds

*Please note the author will not be present at this book discussion group.

For more information: www.parenttoparentwinchester.org

 

Since the program addresses parenting challenges, we respectfully ask that children do not attend.   

 

COMEDY EVENT – SACHEM YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL – MAR 13

Mark your calendars for a Sachem Youth Baseball & Softball St. Patrick's Day Comedy Night, featuring Paul D'Angelo! Friday, March 13th from 7:00 to 11:30 PM at the Winchester Elks Lodge (located between Bonnell Ford and Whole Foods).

 

Back by popular demand, it will be a great night with Irish music, dancing, comedians, raffles, food, appetizers and more!

 

Tickets are available at www.sybs.org for $30.00 or at the door on the night of the event for $35.00.  The event is sure to be a sellout, so get your tickets early and enjoy a fun night out with Winchester baseball and softball families.....a great way to kick off the spring season!

PARENT TO PARENT SPEAKER – MAR 18

Charlie Appelstein: Helping Your Kids Be All That They Can Be 

Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm

Lincoln Elementary School Auditorium

 

When parents focus on what their children do right, cultivate their children's strengths, and accept their kids for who they are, children mature and truly become all that they can be.


 

Charlie Appelstein, MSW author of No Such Thing As A Bad Kid, will present a host of strength-based principles that help parents maximize the greatness that exists in every child. 


 

Topics will include effective verbal interventions, strategies for enhancing self-esteem, respectful limit-setting and why it's important to use consequences vs. punishments as well as techniques for helping parents manage their own emotions and responses.  Charlie delivers his strength-based approach with humor and hope.

  

For more information about Parent to Parent, please visit our website at www.parenttoparentwinchester.org

 

This program is made possible through the generous donations of our Direct Appeal.