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Winchester, MA 01890-2853



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“A Year Under My Belt”


Summer is now upon us and I am already looking forward to next year as I write my last

WHS-PFA Principal’s Message of the academic school year.  As we approach the end of the school year, I write to share a personal note with you about the past year and to thank you

for the hard work, dedication, and engagement with Winchester High School that you have shown in 2014-2015.


Our students not only excelled in academics, but also found the time and energy to make enormous contributions to Winchester and to the larger community ~ academically, artistically, athletically, musically, theatrically, and through volunteerism.  Our faculty and

staff members continued to create knowledge and solutions that will assist Winchester High School to progress as a team.  Their dedication to teaching, research, and scholarship has

been recognized this year with many awards, and through the professional contributions to the strength of the Winchester community.


As I look back on the last school year, and my first as Principal of Winchester High School, I 

ask myself the question, "Would I do things differently if given the opportunity to start this journey all over again?"  "Did I learn from the mistakes?"  I am not saying that I would want

to start all over again, but I seem to be reflecting more lately on the last year and have compiled a list of things that I have learned, both the easy way and the hard way. 


We are all molded by experience, by trial and error, and experience is often the best teacher.  Knowing what I know now, if I asked my self a year ago for advice, these would be

my recommendations (which can be applied to anybody):


easy to get caught up with daily problems and issues, but don't lose sight of what is right about the high school.  Don't get dragged down...and celebrate successes daily.

you allow it to be.  Laugh with the students, laugh with the staff.  A sense of humor

can keep you going on even the toughest days.

students and 200 plus faculty and staff.  Some, however, are far more important than others.  Be careful and don't expend too much energy on issues that are less critical than others.  Make a list and get to as many as possible during the school day, but

deal with the most important ones first.

don't assume that everyone is out to get you.  Be proactive.  Look for solutions to problems and get others involved with the process.  You don't have to do it all by yourself and you don't have to take it personally.

given us two ears but one tongue, so we shall listen twice as much as we speak."  Sometimes students and staff just need a place to vent.  They do not necessarily

want an answer from you, they just want to be heard.  Don't ever forget how

important it is to be a good listener.

are physically or emotionally drained.  

downfall.  Luckily I have had an amazing team who has spoken with me about it.

needs to feel part of the Sachem Family.  This is a career-long job responsibility that should be at the top of your priority list.

you let that happen.  There is no need to operate in a vacuum.  I realized this year

that there are so many people in our profession that are more than willing to help

out or share their level of expertise.  The phone calls, texts, emails, and visits from

area principals, former mentors, parents, students, and from present and former colleagues this year were appreciated more than anyone will ever know.  Realize

that seeking advice is a sign of strength, not weakness. 


To the Class of 2015 who are leaving Winchester High School this year, please accept my warmest congratulations.  You join close to 150,000 graduates who have made their mark on this community and this high school over the past 165 years.  Please know that Winchester celebrates each and every one of you and we wish you the best of luck wherever you go.  To all of our students continuing their studies on 80 Skillings Road, and to the 318 new students joining our high school next year, I hope that all the dreams and hopes you have in starting the 2015-2016 academic year are realized.


Have a great summer, stay safe, and I look forward to welcoming all students back in September, refreshed and ready for a new year of learning, success, and progress.  It has been a privilege to serve as the Principal of Winchester High School.

Always forward, never back.



The last month on the academic calendar for 2014-15 is here, and it is time to say goodbye to our talented Seniors - the WHS Class of 2015.  We wish you success and fulfillment, wherever you are and in whatever may be your chosen path. For the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, almost another four weeks of school and final examinations still remain – we wish you the very best for ending the year on a happy note!!!


Our thanks go to Principal Sean Kiley for his leadership in his first year on a new job, his commitment to the students and staff, and for maintaining collective focus while dealing with the many expected and unexpected challenges imposed by the construction.


After eight years of leading the Winchester Public Schools, Superintendent William McAlduff will retire at the end of the current school year.  In the 1480 school days that he will have been our leader, he will have recognized 2100 Winchester High School graduates and 2600 McCall graduates.  He has attended almost 500 evening committee meetings and public hearings and 16 town meetings.  He has also been engaged in student life outside of academics and administration and tries to attend at least one sporting event for each sport. He has had 3472 varsity sporting events to choose from and has seen 12 State Titles!  He has also been an enthusiastic Bee-Master, bringing an abundance of happy energy to the Annual WFEE Trivia Bee.


In his eight years, he has hired 1040 teachers, administrators and staff, including all of the Central Office Leadership, all seven school principals, and all but two Assistant Principals. Mr. McAlduff has been intensely engaged in the oversight of ten major Capital Projects with total budgets of $181 million, in large part to address the remarkable year over year enrollment growth since his arrival in 2007, with the ongoing high school reconstruction being one of the most complex and challenging projects that he has overseen.  On behalf of the parent community, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Mr. McAlduff for his dedicated leadership, and wish him relaxing and enjoyable days in his retirement.

One of the PFA’s largest grants funds the Living History Day, a unique enrichment program organized by the Social Studies Department. This was held on Friday, May 29th, and featured the following diverse array of speakers.

Bruce Bell

Public Engagement & Information Manager, GLAD

Dr. Susumo Ito

Veteran of the 442nd Infantry



Anping Shen

Family experiences during China's Cultural Revolution

Mike McGann

WWII Marine veteran; awarded Purple Heart



Dr. Susan Eaton

Author of The Other Boston Busing Story

Project SAVE

Armenian Photography Archive



Claude Kitaire

Survivor of Rwandan Genocide

Karen Langlais

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Salem State)

John Jenke

State Dept. - stationed in Berlin during Cold War



Rowena He

Author of Tiananmen Exiles

Elsa Auerbach /

Jewish Voice for Peace /

Carina Kurban


The Living History Day, as the name aptly suggests, makes historical events relevant to current events. By engaging with speakers, many of whom have had first-hand experience in surviving world-changing events, the students have the opportunity to realize that the present and future have been shaped by events that occurred in the past.


And finally, we look forward to seeing you tonight at our final meeting of the year, to give you an update on construction, issues facing the school and the special election before we take a break for the summer. 


Our warmest thanks go to every member of our PFA Board for the time, talent and expertise that each person brought every day of the year to their respective ‘jobs’.  We have been able to do our part, because every single member of our Board was dedicated to doing theirs efficiently and cheerfully.


Enjoy the Sunshine….. Happy Summer to you and your families!!

Warm Regards,

Malini Dutta and Lori Scully

WHS PFA Co-Presidents




CLASSES OF 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Attention Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Parents - Volunteers are Needed!


Sunday, June 7th, at McCall Middle School


VOLUNTEERS are still needed to help in some capacities to make this event successful! 



 1-2 additional volunteers needed for clean up on Monday, June 8 from 5:30-7:00 am


CHAPERONES - (Senior Parents welcome!)

6-8 additional volunteers needed for 1st shift -  9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

8-12 additional volunteers needed for 2nd shift - 1:00 AM - 5:00 AM


Respond to Kathleen Foley, with your preference or text 781-248-7647. Questions welcome! Hope to see you there!


CLASS OF 2015 









April 12





April 29


Sr. Parents Night      



May 20


Sr. Awards Program



May 22


Sr. Breakfast


Seniors will receive

yearbooks at breakfast


May 22


Bone Marrow Registry



May 26-29


Senior Exams (seniors with an average of B or better in a course are exempt from exams)



June 03


Senior Reception High School and Senior Prom


Fairmont Copley Hotel.  Students take buses from the high school to the prom and back to the high school

June 04


Senior Luau    


Borggaard Beach

June 05  


Senior Obligations


Main Office

June 05  


Graduation Rehearsal - Be prompt - attendance is mandatory


WHS Field House (gym)

June 05  


Senior Luncheon -Seniors will pick up caps, gowns, invitations and senior gifts along with their Guidance cumulative folders.

All obligations must be met before caps and gowns are released.


Location TBA 

June 07




All seniors should meet in cafeteria NO later than one half hour before the starting time of the graduation to allow for correct line-up and final details.

June 07


All night graduation party






Graduates, alumni, parents, and teachers - Winchester High School's graduation, scheduled for June 7th, will be here before you know it! Pre-order an official WHS neck tie and support the Class of 2017. Ties are red and black striped, with or without Sachem logo, long tie or bow tie, and are $40 each. Orders can be placed at the front office with cash/check or online with credit cards at For more information contact




Did You Know ~


Š A lot has already been accomplished in Phase 1, including the installation of structural steel for the new Dining Commons (where the old courtyard was) and a grand stairway from the Dining Commons to the new Library/Media Center?  Please CLICK HERE for a detailed project update.

Š The Conservation Commission has approved the paving of a portion of the temporary parking lot on Skillings Field, which will improve the condition of the lot for next year? 

Š Phase 3 of the WHS reconstruction project includes a plan to increase permanent parking on Skillings Field, with a slightly repositioned baseball field?  

Š The WHS project also calls for removing the defunct track and reseeding the grass fields at Skillings?

Š The Town is seeking additional funding at a Special Election on June 9 to coordinate additional Town projects for Skillings Field with the WHS work already underway or planned?  These projects are (1) installation of an additional culvert under the field (as part of the Town’s ongoing flood mitigation program), (2) containment/removal of contaminants in the soil under the field, and (3) the upgrade of the baseball field to synthetic turf, with a multisport synthetic turf outfield.  To learn more about these proposed projects, including their cost and tax impact, please visit  To ask questions about the projects or be included on a distribution list, please email



Winchester HS Project Communications Group





Students can sign up for volunteer opportunities 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 or         

Be sure to check out our updated website:





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Winchester MA 01890


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Battle of the Bands Finals

Friday, June 5th , 7:30-10:00pm

Mill Pond Stage, behind the Library


8 Figure Networth

Sockless Venus & the BDPs


Everyone is invited to join us for the final round of the Battle of the Bands!

Awesome live music! Great outdoor show! Free admission!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Winchester Community Music School & The Real School of Music



Saturday, June 20th - Sunday, June 21st

Manchester Field Track

Relay 2015 is almost here!

There is still time to register, go to

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 $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. 

Help us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Every 10 students must have an adult chaperone in order to participate in Relay overnight. Parents are strongly encouraged to join teams with their kids or create their own teams, serve as chaperones, and participate in this amazing event!







Winchester Got Lunch provides healthy lunches during the summer to Winchester students who typically receive free or subsidized lunches during the school year. To enroll your child in the program, complete the attached confidential registration form. A week's worth of free healthy lunch foods, including whole wheat bread, fruit and vegetables, will be delivered to your home every Monday from June 29th through August 31st.




CRI is now enrolling for their Co-Ed Recreational Summer Rowing Clinics, ages 12-18. It all begins with a 2-week Learn to Row (LTR) session, an intro class that provides a chance to try rowing in a fun and safe environment. The goal is to learn the basics by starting in "training" barges and then moving into 8-person rowing shells as skills develop. The coaches are amazing! Every rower begins with a LTR class and can then continue rowing recreationally either in the Summer Skills Development clinics or with a Youth Crew League program in the fall. For anyone who wants to row competitively, the next step would be one of the Novice Competitive programs.


CRI is a non-profit with the mission of Rowing for All. Maddie shares the CRI Boathouse with adaptive rowers, with veterans & active duty military men & women, with Row Boston athletes - Boston Public High School teens who come out of the city and onto the water where CRI coaches create a safe place for them to find their strengths, grow together as a team, and ultimately make better life choices. Basically, CRI serves people of all abilities and disabilities.


Two-week clinics start right after school gets out & run through Labor Day. You can find out more on the CRI website and register for summer clinics here. Several Winchester students currently participate in this program and are available to discuss the program and logistics.




A WFEE Teacher Tribute is the perfect way to show your gratitude to an educator who cares about your child. Your tax deductible contribution to WFEE brings your honoree a small gift plus a card inscribed with a message from you or your child. You can make your Teacher Tribute donation online at Or, you can complete this form, and mail it, with a check payable to WFEE to WFEE, P.O. Box 1005, Winchester, MA 01890.  Donations made to Teacher Tribute come back to all of our students through WFEE grants at each Winchester school. Donate now through June 22nd, and teacher tribute cards and gifts will be delivered at the end of the school year.



The En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop is closing for the season until September and everything must go! We sell gently worn, brand name and designer shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, suits, skirts, shoes, handbags and accessories for women, men and teens.  We will have a Preview Sale on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 10AM - 1PM - ALL ITEMS ARE JUST $1. From June 3 to June 6 is our $5 FILL-A-BAG Sale! -Just $5 for anything you can fit into one of our bags. HURRY!  Things will sell FAST!  We are located at 1037 Main St. in Winchester, and our hours are Tues. 10AM-1PM, 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 at these amazing end-of-season sales!


Don't forget to visit us on Facebook at and "Like" us to receive updates on sales and exclusive merchandise.




Sachems Soccer Club ( formed in 2000 under the umbrella

of the Winchester Town Soccer Club (


SachemsFC (SFC) work alongside the local soccer community to provide high quality professional youth soccer coaching.  Our goal is to cultivate the soccer experience for the youth soccer player in the local area by providing them the opportunity to improve both as athletes and people by fostering an identity of excellence. 


Tryouts will be held the first two weeks of June at local facilities.  To register please visit   




The NextDoor Theater will officially open Winchester's fifth annual ART IN BLOOM with a Grand Gala Reception on Thursday June 4 from 7-10pm under a tent at the theater on 40 Cross Street in Winchester.  


ART IN BLOOM is Winchester's most unique and memorable community event; pairing the work of 30 local artists' with the creativity and imagination of 30 community designers' floral arrangements.  Gala attendees will meet the participating artists and designers and be among the first to see this colorful exhibition while enjoying an open bar and decadent dessert buffet.  


Tickets to the Grand Gala Reception are $25 and available in advance from Bookends or online at with all proceeds supporting the "PAVING THE WAY FOR THE ARTS TO GROW" campaign to continue the mission of the NextDoor Theater to "build community through the arts with education, participation and presentation."  


The exhibition is open to the community at large to stop by the theater and appreciate on Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6 from 10 AM to 4 PM each day for a suggested donation of $5.  ART IN BLOOM is generously sponsored this year by EN KA, The Winchester Cooperative Bank, Wine Country and Pairings.  For more information email


This year's participating Artists are Cydney Ambrose, Aggie Baker, Sue Clark, Diane Davies, Linda Branch Dunn, Barbara Gagel, Carol Goodenough, Mary Grassi, Bea Grayson, Bob Hesse, Debe Holland, Laurie Lane, Nina Lapchyk, Ruth Lieberherr, Madi Lord, Pat Mahon, John McConnell, Ron Milauskas, Wendy Jo New, Jean Lewis Ramsey, Debbie Taylor Smith, Betty Stone, Susan Vrotsos, Meg Wingerath, Pat Packer Williams.


This year's participating Designers are Katherine Baker, Wendy Blouin, Larisa Dodge, Christine Donahue, Kristen Fitzgerald, Maura Fredey, Jen Gallagher, Tracy Kinsey, Rebecca Kuhlman, Therese Landry, Beth Locke, Peter Vera of MAHONEY'S, Kirsten May, Trish McCarthy, Brian Milauskas, Lia O'Donnell, Jill Piispanen, Diane DeSimone of PONDVIEW, Kent Porter, Nickie Sakorafos, SuLan Shediac, Karen Spieler, Cristy Walsh, Lori Walsh, Kristen Ward, Donna VonHalle, Janice Weiner. 




Get your Town Day off to a fabulous start on June 6th at the Rotary Club Pancake breakfast! Stop by McCall Middle School, 8am-11am, to enjoy pancakes, sausage, oj, milk and coffee. $6 per person, little ones will enjoy dancing to our dj and the free photo booth.





At a Special Town Election on June 9, 2015,** residents will be asked to vote on whether to pass an override for two critical projects for the Town, both located at Skillings Field (Ciarcia Field) - the area across the railroad tracks from Winchester High School. These projects are: (1) installation of a culvert under the field - a long-planned step in the Town's multi-phase flood mitigation program and (2) removal of soil and installation of a "cap" over a portion of the field in order to remediate certain environmental contaminants found in the soil. In addition, residents will consider a third project, which is the upgrade of the baseball field at Skillings to a synthetic turf baseball field, with a multi-sport design for the outfield. Ballot Question 1 covers the culvert and the environmental remediation; Ballot Question 2 covers the synthetic turf multi-sport field. Executing the ball field synthetic turf upgrade contemplated by Question 2 is conditional on passage of Question 1.


For more information about the three projects and the 6/9/15 election, CLICK HERE.


**The deadline to register to vote in the June 9th special election is Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  See Town Of Winchester News Alert.




Celebrate the start of summer at Winchester's Wright-Locke Farm! The farm is again celebrating the summer solstice with its annual Cocktails at the Barn party. The event on Friday, June 19, will feature farm-inspired cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live music in the 1827 barn and a tour of the farm at sunset. Tickets are $75 per person and festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. at 78 Ridge St. To learn more about the farm, or register for the solstice party, visit




Please join the Winchester School Committee at a Retirement Open House celebrating Bill McAlduff on Tuesday, June 23, 3:30-5:30pm, at Vinson-Owen School, 75 Johnson Rd., Winchester. Please stop in any time to this informal occasion to share your thanks, stories, and farewells. Light refreshments will be served.




From Sunday, June 28th to Thursday, July 2nd, the WBA will once again offer its' summer camps for boys and girls. Registration for Summer basketball is open. Please note that we have had to adjust the dates for this program due to the extended school year.


Dates:   Sunday, June 28th from 12 - 4 pm

Monday thru Thursday, June 29th - July 2nd - 9 am - 3 pm



Boys @ McCall/Lincoln

Girls grades 3-5 @ Lynch

Girls grades 6-12 @ Vinson Owen


For summer camp a completed medical form and a copy your child's physical (one year within camp start date) is REQUIRED for participation. These documents can be sent to as attachments.




Join us this summer; raise the funds to donate a playground to a STW primary school in Guatemala, as part of School the World's new play component- aiming to add a playground at each one of our schools. The lowered trip fee of $2750 covers your whole week- all travel expenses, flights and funds to build a playground from the ground up.


Parent chaperones welcome! Next step: reserve your spot with the attached application and your initial payment of $750. Email for more details. We hope to see you in Guatemala! 




Summer Music Programs Enrolling Now
Winchester Community Music School has several great summer programs for teens including the Summer Underground (Rock), Summer Rock & Blues Band, Summer Woodwind & Brass Week, Summer Chamber Music Festival, Summer Festival for Pianists, and summer lessons for a range of instruments. Summer session is a great time to try something new, continue existing studies in a fun summer atmosphere, or take advantage of an in-depth festival program. Put a summer slant on music with yoga, badminton, popsicles, and special public performances. Info and registration at


For more information on any of the above events, call 781-721-2950 or visit




Jumelage Winchester/St. Germain-enLaye, our local twin city organization,

welcomes student interns every summer, all of whom are placed in local

working internships.


Clement Richard is an honor student in Modern Languages after graduating high

school in 2013. He's very active with youth groups and has garnered awards in film competitions. In his free time, Clement loves tennis, badminton and was captain of his high school's indoor football team! Clement has never been to the states before! He speaks very good English as well as intermediate German and will spend weekdays volunteering at Book Ends. Finding a family, including perhaps, another young adult would be wonderful!


Héléne Petitpoisson is a 22-year old law school graduate who speaks Spanish as well as English and has travelled to fascinating places the world over including Namibia, Norway, Denmark and Cambodia to mention just a few! Héléne has enjoyed different summer internships in other places and looks forward to her Winchester internship in the law offices of Murray & Quill.


If you are interested in offering home-hosting to either of our young friends, please be in touch!


Judie Muggia - 781-729-3383

Susie Vrotsos - 781-729-5854




Summer Theatre Programs

Our summer session welcomes all interested children from Winchester and the surrounding communities entering grades 3 through 9 to experience the excitement of theatre in a non-threatening and relaxed atmosphere.  This non-audition program provides instruction in a broad spectrum of theatre education through participation in skits, monologues, improvisation, music and dance.   Our program is staffed with enthusiastic high school and college-aged counselors, most of whom are graduates of past Coop productions! The summer program meets daily from 8:30 to 12:30 (8:30 to 1:30 for session 1). Each student will have an opportunity to perform in a Friday performance.


Summer Coop 2015

Additionally in the past we have offered an advanced summer workshop, The Conservatory, for actors entering grade 10 through college.  Projects have included full-scale productions of Chicago and Romeo and Juliet, as well as original musical and dramatic material.


Please submit a registration form to P.O. Box 443, Winchester, MA 01890.  For further information about participating in any of our programs, or if you are interested in working as a summer intern (entering grade 10), please contact Cathy Alexander, at (781) 729-0224, or by email at




The Winchester Reads Committee has made its selection for this coming fall's community read book, Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy, by Carlos Eire.  Eire was one of the 14,000 children who were part of the Pedro Pan (or Peter Pan) airlift that brought them to the United States from Cuba around 1962 during the Castro revolution.  The book is a memoir focusing on Eire's arrival in South Florida at age 11 and his process of assimilation.  "Learning to die" refers to his reflections on the death of his Cuban self. 


"We think, with Cuba in the news, that this book is particularly timely," says Connie Stolow, Winchester Reads coordinator.  "We have invited the author to speak here in Winchester on Tuesday, October 20 and the previous week, October 13, have a fascinating panel discussion planned.  The panel will be facilitated by Lou Alvarez who taught Spanish for many years at Winchester High School and whose family was forced out of Cuba by the Castro regime." 


Eire's book will be for sale at BookEnds on Town Day, and available at the library soon, says Stolow


Winchester Reads is a collaboration with the Winchester Public Library, BookEnds, and the Winchester Multicultural Network and this year will be the 14th year of the program.