WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

80 Skillings Road

Winchester, MA 01890 – 2853

Telephone 781-721-7020

 

PARENT FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~ JANUARY 2014

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

 

 

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN

 

Happy New Year and I hope you had a wonderful holiday break!  I hope that 2014 brings the best to all of you.  It’s difficult to believe, but WHS has almost reached the halfway point for the year. Second quarter ends on January 17, and mid-year exams will take place during the week of January 20th after the Martin Luther King holiday.  Exams will be given from Tuesday, January 21st, to Friday, January 24th.  Students will be dismissed at the end of the last exam each day (11:15 am).

 

Now that the override has passed, SMMA (the architects) and the town’s school facilities committee will begin the detailed design of the interior of the high school and the comprehensive phasing plan.  The work that begins at the end of June will include the driving of piles for the additions (Main Office/Guidance area, the dining commons, and the music wing) and the installation of thirty modular classrooms in the parking lot on the left side of the school.  SMMA will meet with the entire faculty, then the individual departments during the month of June to discuss design and phasing plans.  Community meetings will be scheduled as we move through the spring.

 

WHS is in the midst of planning for next year and we’re well into the FY15 operating budget process.  The budget process begins in November when departmental directors submit their initial requests to me.  Those requests are for curriculum-related expenses, equipment, technology, and additional staffing.  These requests are combined to develop the high school budget proposal which is then submitted to the superintendent and director of finance. During the months of December and January, the principals and central office administrators work in conjunction with the school committee to review and prioritize items in the initial proposal.  Invariably reductions will be made so the final budget approved by the school committee will be more in line with what the town can actually afford to pay.

 

In addition, the department directors are working with me to revise our course selection book.  The registration process will begin early in March.  Stay tuned to my weekly emails as many exciting things are happening at Winchester High.

                                                            

 

PFA NEWS

From the Co-Presidents

Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta

 

Welcome back and happy New Year!  We hope that you and your families enjoyed a restful, happy break!  We have been busy working on the 501c3 application for the PFA and we are happy to report that with the kind assistance of WHS parent Jean Kolling we have submitted our application.  Now we wait hopefully for the approval!

 

We’d like to extend a special thank you to the Social Committee, headed by Paula Michienzi, Denise George and Loren Schipani, for coordinating two lovely events in January.  The teachers and staff enjoyed a festive appreciation breakfast and the PFA is appreciative of the many baked goods, goodies, and raffle items that were donated by parents.  The Social Committee was also responsible for the fabulous retirement party for Karen Branley. The event was very well attended by parents, staff and alumni.  Karen was quite overwhelmed by the support and love in the room!

 

The next WHS PFA meeting will be held on Monday, January 13th.  We look forward to meeting Marc Arria, our new Athletic Director.  We will have some PFA business to attend to that evening, but we will have plenty of time to hear from Marc and ask questions.  We also plan to have an update to the financial state of the athletic department from administration.  We would like to send your questions to Marc ahead of time, so if you have a hot topic, please send it to us by Thursday, January 9th.  You can send your questions/comments to whspfa@gmail.com.

 

Lastly, our Direct Appeal goal has not yet been reached.  If you haven’t made a donation, please do so today, so that we can fund the teacher grant requests and other PFA activities that support our students and staff.  Click here to make your donation today…

 

 

WFEE TRIVIA BEE

 

Hard to "bee lieve", but the WFEE Trivia Bee is just around the corner. The date is February 5th, Winchester Town Hall, 7:00-9:30pm. This fun community event is a great way to support the WFEE grant program while enjoying time with your friends and neighbors on a cold winter's night. Get the buzz going! All it takes is a team of three people, the entry fee of $300, and you are set to show off all your trivial skills. A prize is also awarded for the best costumes (should you be more fashionable than trivial!). The entry form is available here and at www.wfee.org

 

Don't delay as there is a limit to how many teams can play!

 

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

 

PSAT SCORE INTERPRETATION WORKSHOP

 

The Guidance staff will be sponsoring a workshop featuring Sherry Brass of Kaplan Test Prep to help parents interpret their child's PSAT scores and to help identify next steps for standardized test planning on Thursday, January 9th, at 7pm in the WHS Auditorium.

 

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 

WHS Staff Contact List

WHS Days Calendar

WHS School Calendar (list of key dates)

2013-2014 District-wide Calendar

 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

CLASS OF 2014

 

PARKING SPOT RAFFLE

 

Would you like your very own parking spot in the Student Lot? Tired of not finding a place when you come back from lunch or being late to school only because you had to park so far away. We have the Answer!

 

The Senior Class will be raffling off a Special Parking Spot in the Student lot. You get the Student of the Week spot for ONE WEEK. You can enter the raffle as often as you want. Your tickets remain in the mix for the entire year so you have many chances to win the "primo spot".

 

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10. You can buy tickets from Mrs. Troiano in Room A301 or you can email 2014whs@gmail.com with the number of tickets you would like to purchase.  When payment is received in the main office, we will add the tickets to the mix.

 

 

Connect & Commit

ALL ARE WELCOME!!

 

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities 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 connectandcommit@gmail.com. Visit our website for more information: http://www.connectandcommit.org

 

 

 

WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER

458R Main Street

Winchester MA 01890

781-721-0906

http://www.winyc.com

winchesteryouthcenter@gmail.com

Visit our website to view upcoming programs!

 

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!

 

Relay For Life of Winchester

Community Kick-Off Celebration

Monday, January 27th

6:00-8:00pm

Stone Hearth Pizza

 

Are you thinking about participating in the 3rd annual Relay For Life of Winchester? Stop by the bar at Stone Hearth Pizza, enjoy some appetizers and drinks and pick up some information about this year’s Relay event. Please note: this event is for adults, student-focused events will be coming later. We invite everyone to get involved in this year’s Relay and help us reach our goal of $85,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society! Go to http://www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma to register your team, like us on Facebook , and follow us on Twitter @winrelayforlife.

Please contact us at winchesterrelay@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

WYC Coffee House

Friday, January 31st

8:00-10:30pm

@ the WYC

Are you looking for a fun and warm place to be with friends on a Friday night this winter? Come to the Coffee House! As always, the Coffee House will feature live music and delicious homemade treats, frappes, and coffee drinks. The Coffee House is open to high school students only. Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit the Peer Leaders' Habitat for Humanity trip.

 

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

PARENT TO PARENT - UPCOMING PROGRAM

 

 “Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood”.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

January 7, 2014, 7-9PM

McCall Middle School Auditorium

 

Based on his recent book of the same title, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., will walk parents through the complex social world of childhood and addresses a number of pertinent questions: What do social relationships in school predict about happiness in adult life? What is the normal sequence of child friendships, from the parallel play of the two-year-old to the period of intimate self-disclosure of the adolescent? Why do cliques form and what are the differences between boy and girl groups? Why are certain children scapegoated and how can their parents and school protect them? Dr. Thompson will draw on research to highlight the differences between friendship and popularity. He offers suggestions about the management of social problems in school and makes the case that while all children yearn for popularity, it is friendship that helps children survive and thrive.

 

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is an internationally known consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families.

 

 

WINCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS

 

Wednesday, January 8th (snow date January 9th): "The Joy of Getting Things Done" by Linda L. King of Reading.  Back for her 3rd year at the library, the room has been packed each time – this talk is a must for those who want to make their 2014 resolutions a reality.

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (snow date Feb 5th): "Page Turners: New England's Famous Authors of Popular Fiction" by Roger Kolb. The program starts with a brief summary of the early history of popular fiction in this country culminating with the publication of America's first blockbuster novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and includes New England literary notables Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Chris Bohjalian and Paul Theroux.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (snow date March 26th): "George Davenport Middlesex Fells Reservation Historical Glass Slides Presentation" by Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

 

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, free to the public, and sponsored by Friends of the Winchester Public Library and the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation

 

 

WINCHESTER INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL

 

To Apply:

The Winchester Public School's Integrated Preschool Program located at The Lynch Elementary School, will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.  Applications will be available for download at www.winchesterpreschool.com as of January 8, 2014.  Applications for the lottery will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2014 with the lottery for available spots being held on Monday, February 3, 2014. 

 

Tours and Information:

On January 8th, 9th, and 13th tours are being offered in the morning for prospective parents.  Please call the preschool office at 781-721-7015 or contact via email at jopalinski@winchester.k12.ma.us if you are interested in a tour or in receiving the application by mail or email.

 

 

WINCHESTER COALITION FOR A SAFER COMMUNITY AND MCCALL PA EVENT

 

"Finding Kind"

Tuesday, January 14th, 7:00 pm

McCall Auditorium

 

"Finding Kind" is a powerful film that explores the personal experiences and
perspectives of several women and girls across the country about what it means to be a girl and why some girls sometimes act "mean."  Through interviews with women and girls, as well as mental health experts and educators, 20-something filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud seek to find a "common ground of kindness and mutual respect" by exposing and increasing awareness of social cruelty among girls.

This movie is sure to initiate a long-lasting dialogue between you and your daughter.
Middle and high school students are welcome at the screening; however
please note that the film is not appropriate for children under 12 years
of age due to certain language and content.

For more information about the film, visit the indieflix website, or the Finding Kind Campaign website.

 

WINCHESTER MULTICULTURAL NETWORK

 

The Places We Live: Theater in Conversation

Sunday, January 19, 2:15-4:30 p.m.

Meeting Room of the Winchester Public Library

 

What are the challenges for seniors wanting to downsize, middle income households who would like to live in Winchester, younger people looking for a home, those who wish to rent, or individuals with a disability?  Individual stories will be played back by members of True Story Theater and a panel consisting of residents and housing specialists will describe opportunities available through the ongoing Winchester Town Center Smart Growth Planning Initiative and the experience of neighboring communities in providing housing across a range of needs. This program is the second in a series of three leading up to the third annual "Winchester in Transition" community conference on Sunday, April 6.

 

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday

Monday, January 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Metcalf Hall, Winchester Unitarian Church

Mystic Valley Parkway Entrance

 

On January 20th, the Multicultural Network will host its annual family celebration of Dr. King's birthday.  Musician and teacher Paul Benzaquin will lead a sing-a-long and there will be art on display from Winchester school children, as well as craft activities and books for sale. The program is free and all are welcome.