WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 Skillings Road

Winchester, MA 01890-2853

781-721-7020

PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~JUNE 2014

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

 

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN

This is the 110th and last PFA newsletter piece I will be writing.  My official last day is June 30th, although I will spend a few transition days during July with the new principal, Sean Kiley.  I have been extremely lucky to serve as your principal.  The faculty and staff are outstanding, the students are the best, and the parents have been extremely supportive of our educational mission.  I will always fondly remember my time in Winchester.

Good luck to all of you in the years ahead and stay in touch!

 

Construction of the new WHS will commence as soon as school ends.  Due to the project, the WHS Main office and Special Education Office will be displaced from July 7 to approximately August 18.  During that time the offices will be housed at the Lincoln School.  During the summer, the office is open from 8 am- 3 pm. The new school year will begin on Wednesday, September 5.  Student schedules should be available on Edline in late July.

 

Congratulations to the students of the Class of 2014 as they graduate from WHS.  Graduation will take place on Sunday, June 1 (2 pm- the gym), and the all-night graduation party (9:30 pm, June 1, McCall).    I could not be prouder of our seniors as they finished up their last few weeks of school with dignity and class.  I would also like to thank the senior parents for all of their support during the last four years.

 

Ninth graders will take the Biology MCAS on Monday-Tuesday, June 2-3.  Final exams begin on Wednesday, June 18 and end on Monday, June 23. Students will complete a mini-schedule of all of their classes on Tuesday June 24.  Here is the schedule:

 

Final Exam Schedule- 9th, 10th, 11th Graders

 

Wednesday, June 18

            7:45-9:15 am- G block

            9:30-11:00 am- F block

            12:30-2 pm- Make-ups/Conficts

Thursday, June 19

            7:45-9:15 am- E block

            9:30-11:00 am- D block

            12:30-2 pm- Make-ups/Conflicts

Friday, June 20

            7:45-9:15 am- C block

            9:30-11:00 am- B block

            12:30-2 pm- Make-ups/Conflicts

Monday, June 23

            7:45-9:15 am- A block

            9:30-11:00 am- Makeups/Conflicts

            12:30-2 pm- Make-ups/Conflicts

Tuesday, June 24

            Mini-schedule with all blocks.  School ends at 11:10 am

 

WHS policy states that students must take their exams during the regularly scheduled exam period.  If, because of extenuating circumstances, students cannot take an exam during the scheduled time, they are asked to take their exam later in the summer.  Teachers leave the exams in the office and the school administration will proctor the exam. Taking final exams early to accommodate vacation, camp or travel plans is, unfortunately, not possible.

 

Have a great summer!

 

 

PFA NEWS

 

Congratulations to the class of 2014!  Although the high school careers are over for this class, the rest of the high school still has a few weeks to go.  Summer is slow to arrive this year!

 

Please join us at our final PFA meeting of the year, which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 11th in the WHS Library.  We will have a brief business meeting at 6:30 pm, followed by a reception to say farewell to Dr. Gwin, who has announced his retirement after 11 years of service at WHS.  Former and current parents and students, as well as community members, are welcome to attend.  If you are interested in helping, please visit the sign up at: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D48A8A87-drgwin

 

-OR-

Send a monetary contribution of any amount to:

Paula Michienzi

4 Socrates Way

Winchester, MA  01890

Still have questions?  Contact Paula at michboysmom@aol.com

 

Last but not last, a big thank you to the PFA Board members and committee chairs for their hard work and support this year—the PFA wouldn’t exist without the extraordinary talents and efforts of many volunteers.  We wish you all a wonderful summer vacation!

 

From the Co-Presidents,

Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 

WHS Staff Contact List

WHS Days Calendar

WHS School Calendar (list of key dates)

2013-2014 District-wide Calendar

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

 

The Fall Sports Candidates Meeting will be held on Monday, June 16th at 6PM at the high school.    

 

The meeting will start off in the cafeteria where important rules and eligibility standards will be reviewed before breaking into smaller sports groups.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Arria, Director of Athletics at phone: 781-721-7020 x1916

 

HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECT

 

Did You Know ~

 

The town recently signed the project funding agreement with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.  Under the agreement, the town will receive approximately $42 million from the MSBA.

There will be an Informational Community Meeting on Monday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The project team will provide a project update and an overview of what to expect during the summer months.

The groundbreaking for the project will take place on Tuesday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at the high school.  Stayed tuned for more details….

 

 

We encourage residents to stay engaged by frequenting the project website, winchesterhsproject.com.  Please send any questions or comments to winchesterhsquestions@gmail.com.

 

 

 

CLASS NEWS

 

Class of 2014 - Important Dates

 

Best of luck to all the families in the Class of 2014. We are so proud of everything you have accomplished!

This is it...

June 1 -          GRADUATION in the Field House
                        Seniors must be there by 1:00 - ceremony begins at 2:00

June 1 -          All Night Graduation Party - McCall

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS of 2014!

 

Class of 2015 - Class Rings Available

 

Class Rings are on Sale! You will receive a packet with all of the ordering information at the April 30th WAG. Rings will be delivered and passed out at school in September. Drop completed forms off on May 7th outside of the cafeteria during lunch OR anytime before May 7th in A202 with Ms. Leverich. See your Junior Class
Officers with any questions/comments.

 

CLASS OF 2017 NEWS

 

   T-shirts: Don't miss out!  Order your Class of 2017 t-shirt by Friday 5/30. Order forms on our website, www.whsclassof2017.com  or in the main office.  Just $15!

   Sachem Headbands: Just $5.  White with red sachems and logo- stretchy so they actually stay on your head!  See a class officer or Ms. Kudlate to buy yours today!

   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Each year every class organizes a community service activity and we need your help!  We will be visiting Wright-Locke Farm June 4 from 2:45-4:30.  Meet there with your friends and help out for a few hours- they really need the extra hands! Contact your class officers with any questions.

 


CONNECT AND COMMIT SERVICE CLUB

 

You can sign up for volunteer opportunities 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

 

 

 

WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER

 

Winchester Youth Center

458R Main Street

Winchester MA 01890

781-721-0906

www.winyc.com

winchesteryouthcenter@gmail.com

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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!

 


COMMUNITY NEWS

 

WINCHESTER GOT LUNCH FUNDRAISERS

 

Winchester Got Lunch presents the  ...   MUNCH CARD

 

By purchasing these fun new cards  you provide healthy lunches to a child in our community...what better gift to give to someone? Munch cards are sold individually for $20 or in packs of six for $100 and are great to give for any occasion - birthday, graduation, thank you, etc. Available now at Bookends or online at winchestergotlunch.org.

 

Enka BLOWOUT SALE! at the En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop

 

Fill-A-Bag for $5!!! On June 4, 5, 6 and 7th!  Anything in the shop!  We are closing for the season until September and everything must go!  Brand name and designer shirts, pants, dresses, suits, skirts, shoes, handbags

and accessories, for women, men and teens-anything you can fit into one of our bags.  The En Ka Exchange is located at 1037 Main St. in Winchester and our hours are Wed. and Thurs. 10am-4pm and 7-9pm, Friday

10am-1pm and Saturday 11am-2PM.

 

The En Ka Society is a volunteer non-profit organization that provides aid, through volunteer service and fundraising, to local charities and organizations that are charitable in nature and benefit the Winchester

community.  The En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop and the annual En Ka Street Fair, held every May, are the primary sources for raising funds for our charitable gift and grant giving program. 

 

Our friendly and helpful En Ka volunteers hope to see you fill-a-bag for $5 www.enkasociety.org

   

Town Day Road Race – June 7

 

Start Town Day, June 7th, with a stop at the Rotary Pancake Breakfast from 8am - 11am at the McCall Cafeteria. It's the Best Deal in Town! $6.00 per person gets you pancakes, syrup, sausages, milk, oj, coffee plus a DJ and free photo booth! Rotary Club grants support our schools and community. 

 

Winchester Got Lunch registration now through June 15

 

Winchester Got Lunch (WGL) provides free healthy lunches during the summer to Winchester students who typically receive subsidized lunches during the school year.   A bag of nutritious food, including whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables, is delivered on Monday mornings, June 30 through August 25, and provide enough food for five lunches, along with a $5 gift card for dairy products (1 bag and gift card/student).   

 

WGL is partnering with Whole Foods again this summer.  To enroll your child in the program, visit www:winchestergotlunch.org  Click on the "Register" tab at the top of the home page.  You may either complete the confidential registration form online or print the blank form, fill it out and mail it in.  If you have any questions, or want to discuss your family's eligibility, please contact Anne Ludlow, District Elementary School Clinical Counselor/Social Worker ataludlow@winchesterps.org or WGL at www.winchestergotlunch.org

 

The registration deadline has been extended to June 15, 2014.        

 

WFEE Teacher Tributes – available now through June 21

 

Sometimes the best present is a simple "thank you." Honor your child's teacher, school secretary, nurse or other educator as this school year ends with a WFEE Teacher Tribute. Your tax deductible contribution to WFEE brings your honoree a small gift plus a card inscribed with a message from you or your child.

 

Your support of WFEE at Winchester High School means WFEE has funded teacher driven grants such as:

 

*  The WHS Robotics program

iPads for the Music Department plus lap top computers for the WHS library

*  Computers and additional lab equipment for the Chemistry and Physics Department

 

Continue your support of WFEE by making your Teacher Tribute donation on-line at www.wfee.org. Or, if you prefer, complete this Teacher Tribute form, and mail it, with a check payable to WFEE to: WFEE, P.O. Box 1005, Winchester, MA  01890.

 

The amount of your Teacher Tribute gift is kept confidential; donations are tax deductible and eligible for employee matching gifts. Donate now through June 21st, teacher tribute cards and gifts will be delivered at the end of the school year.

 

Host Families Needed – Winchester Jumelage

 

Winchester's Jumelage group is looking for three Winchester families to host three college students from Saint Germain-en-Laye, France, this summer for three weeks in mid-July. Saint Germain-en-Laye is Winchester's Sister City. Two girls and one boy have all finished high school and are in their 1st or 2nd years of higher education. They will be in town July 9 - 30.  They will have full time jobs in various Winchester businesses, and the Jumelage members will provide a number of outings during the weekends.  They just need a bed (can share a room) and a friendly family to welcome them to the US. If you are interested, please contact Karen Fox at 781-710-6953 for more information.  Thank you in advance.

 

 

SPRING AND SUMMER FUN AT WRIGHT-LOCKE FARM

 

Spring and Summer Educational Programs

 

Wright-Locke Farm is excited to announce our 2014 summer education program for elementary school students! We will host weeklong programs 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. The Farm is at 78 Ridge St.

 

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: www.wlfarm.org

 

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: rcarter@wlfarm.org

 

Family Farm Nights “Lettuce Turnip the Beet”

Thursdays, June 19 – July 31 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the farm 

 

Back by popular demand! Scheduled for seven Thursdays starting June 19th, each evening has different musical entertainment (see schedule below).   All events are free and open to the public.  Donations are always gratefully accepted.  All events are rain or shine. If it rains, we’ll be in the 1827 Barn.

 

Families can either pack their own picnic or pre-order dinner with Bistro 5 (use this special direct link) by Tuesday of each week.   Bistro 5 will deliver all the dinners right to the farm!  We highly recommend their dessert!  Delivery is free.  We will also have a cash bar each week.

 

Come to the Farm early to stroll, visit the chickens or pet a goat.  Bistro 5 will deliver your pre-ordered dinner at 6:00 and entertainment starts around 6:15. Bring a blanket and/or some lawn chairs and enjoy the Farm.

 

 

WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

 

Auditions for String Sinfonietta - Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1

 

WCMS's new String Sinfonietta is for intermediate youth string players who are looking for an orchestral experience to supplement their school orchestra or string program. This ensemble has a nurturing environment to encourage students to achieve new levels in their playing while connecting with musical peers from Winchester and surrounding towns. Participants will perform a range of string orchestra repertoire. Concerts for family and friends are held in January and June. String Sinfonietta will meet on Saturdays, 1-3pm. 

 

Audition dates are Saturday, May 31, 10am - 2pm and Sunday, June 1, 11am - 3pm. 

 

Audition requirements and sign-up are at www.winchestermusic.org 

or call 781-721-2950. 

 

 

NEW 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 www.winchesterpd.org (look under CONTACT) or from the direct link at http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/webTipForm.html?id=10750

 

It's 100% anonymous. CitizenObserver's technology removes all identifying information before the Winchester Police Department sees 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 or illegal activity in progress, dial 911.