WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL

PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER

January 2016

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FROM THE OFFICE OF INTERIM PRINCIPAL CHRIS KELLEY

 

Hello WHS,

 

I would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year. As we begin the New Year of 2016 together, I, like many, am eager to begin anew and personally set many New Year's resolutions. Each year, personally and professionally I try to set some goals and I attempt to stick to them.

 

My professional goals this year include reviewing the work of an expert in leadership who has truly inspired me in my work in my past leadership roles. I know many of you know my background of working as a teacher in Winchester and then working as a principal in a nearby community. When I returned to Winchester as the principal of Lynch School over five years ago, I became introduced to this guru who is well known in the business world and truly became an enthusiastic follower of his. Some of you may be familiar with Ken Blanchard. His work may be known to you as he is the author of many books, such as "The One Minute Manager". Ken is world renowned in the business world because his message is one of hope. He believes that great leaders need to be first servants to the people that they lead. In fact, he calls the term being a "serving leader".  He states that when you are serving, you are taking action. In a recent blog of his (http://howwelead.org/2015/12/23/putting-servant-leadership-into-action/), Ken explained that to be a serving leader you have to be present, be accepting of others and use creativity.

 

I believe that this simple philosophy is a great model for all of us as we plan our goals for next year. We as educators (or parents for that matter) need to be present with the people that we live with, work with and connect with. We need to be free from distractions and simply be present and attend to those we care about. In our new integrated world, that is seriously a challenge. In addition, serving leaders need to accept others where they are. We need to look at the strengths of those around us and also look for areas of growth. The third tenet of Ken's philosophy is that great serving leaders need to use creativity and I totally agree with that idea. I often tell people that I am not a creative person and in some ways that is true; I'm not skilled in the arts or athletics. However, I believe I do have a creative side. I believe that some of my creativity is seen in the work that I have done working with people in the classroom and, of course, at the building level.

 

Ken's last statement in his article is "the job of the serving leader is to build a community where everyone feels they are part of the big picture." I will continue to set that goal each day at WHS and I thank the staff, parents and, of course, students for their support in my role at WHS this year.

 

 

PFA NEWS

 

 We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break and happy New Year!  It is always nice at this time of year to get some well deserved rest and spend time with family and friends.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our December PFA meeting. Highlights from the meeting included scrumptious refreshments provided by the Frugal Foods students in the Advanced Culinary Arts class of Family and Consumer Science classes, a special presentation from the WHS Student Council and an informative building update from Consigli.

 

On December 9th, the PFA sponsored the Faculty and Staff Holiday Breakfast. We would like to extend a special thank you to the Social Committee headed by Mary Ellen Melaragni, Denise George, Margie Peterson and Alison Bayiates for coordinating a lovely event and the WHS parents who so generously donated baked goods and raffle prizes. The Social Committee worked hard to organize the donations and set up a lovely space in the library for the faculty and staff to mingle and enjoy their breakfast. Over 100 staff won raffle prizes including gift cards, wine, chocolates and flowers. As always, it was a nice way for everyone to start their day.

 

The next PFA meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the WHS dining commons. The main topic of the meeting will be presentations from the WHS Guidance Director, Suzanne Ontso, and School Adjustment Counselor, Amber Haines. We have also invited the Class of 2017 Officers to speak at this meeting to inform us of their current projects and activities.

 

Lastly, our Direct Appeal goal has not yet been reached. To date, we have raised approximately $26,500 which very close to our target of $30,000.  If you haven't made a donation there is still time - it's easy, just click here to do so.

 

Sincerely,

Lori Scully

Mikie Ulwick

WHS PFA Co-Presidents

 

 

GUIDANCE NEWS

 

Parent Conversations - Tues, Jan 12, 9:00 a.m., WHS Library

 

Please join us for a combined McCall/WHS Parent Conversation featuring a screening of James Wahlberg's short film "If Only".  We also welcome a neighbor in recovery who will share his story of addiction and healing. Hosted by: Phyllis Greenspan (McCall), Kristen Woollam (WHS), Amber Haines (WHS) and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community.

 

 

CONNECT AND COMMIT

 

January Service Announcement

 

Drop Everything And Read! (DEAR) - 6 Sessions - 2:45-4:00p

 

Help instill the love of learning by reading to Lynch Elementary students after school on Wednesdays. The dates below are when volunteers are needed:

January 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th

 

If you are interested in being a reader please get a Commitment Letter from Mrs. Winterer in room B217 in the Library and/or click the link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4aafa62fa75-dear2

 

Necessities for the Homeless Drive - Mon, Jan. 4th - Thurs, Jan 14th

 

For the first two weeks of January, C&C will be collecting the items listed below to create "Go-Packs" or "Care-Packages" for the Homeless:

      

On-the-Go-Packs

            Items needed are not limited to this list.

 

A box will be provided outside of the Main Office.

 

Connect & Commit Open Meeting - Thur, Jan 14th - 6:30-7:30p

 

Connect & Commit would like to invite anyone who is interested in service-learning to come to our meeting in the WHS Library. We will be assembling Go-Packs for the Homeless. Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!

 

Check out our website to get the latest on Connect & Commit!

www.ConnectandCommit.org

 

 

WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER

 

www.winyc.com

winchesteryouthcenter@gmail.com

781.721.0906

   

The WYC offers a wide range of leadership, service-learning, 

and good-decision-making activities for WHS students.

We encourage everyone to check out our website, like us on Facebook 

and stop by the WYC anytime to find out how to get more involved 

in all the cool things that we have going on!

 

WYC STAR WARS COFFEE HOUSE

Friday, January 8th

8:00-10:30pm

@ the WYC

Do you like Star Wars? Are you looking for a fun place to be with friends on a winter night?

Then, come to the Coffee House!

All WHS students are invited and costumes are encouraged!

As always, the Coffee House will feature live music and delicious homemade treats and frappes.

Admission is $5. All proceeds will benefit the Peer Leaders' April vacation 

Habitat for Humanity trip.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring an item to donate to our collection for the troops. Please check our Facebook page for requested items.  

 

Relay For Life of Winchester
Community Kick-off Celebration

Sunday, January 31st

4:00-7:00pm

Winchester Youth Center

Please join us for an 80's themed party as we celebrate the big kick-off to Relay 2016!

We encourage everyone to come dressed in your best 80's style.

There will be 80's music, 80's movies, 80's games, raffles and fun for all!

Come to show your support for the American Cancer Society.

Learn about this year's event taking place on June 25th-26th.

Register yourself and your team.

Register at www.relayforlife.org/winchesterma

Contact winchesterrelay@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

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