WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA 01890-2853
PARENT-FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~MAY 2014
Visit our website at http://www.whspfa.org
FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN
Entering the month of May, the administration and staff at the high school are busily involved in end-of-the-year activities as well as planning for the 2014-15 school year. All 9th, 10th, and 11th graders have met with their counselors regarding their upcoming schedules and their selections are in the computer. In addition, the directors are in the process of reviewing all of the appeal requests and parents will be notified of their appeal status.
In the next step of the scheduling process, the directors and I, working with the tallies for each of their department’s courses, will determine the number of sections that will be offered for each course. This process is a bit like solving a puzzle as the director has a limited amount of staffing with which to work. For example, in the Math Department, Mr. Haver has enough staffing to offer 59 sections of mathematics. He will need to determine how many sections of each math course will be offered. This process is a great balancing act. For example, 32 students may sign up for Advanced Placement BC Calculus and he will need to determine whether to offer 2 sections or 1. Of course, he would love to offer two, but he may or may not depending on what is happening with all of the other math courses. He only has 59 sections to work with and it’s a zero sum game. The directors then assign those sections to teachers.
This information is given to Mr. Chapman who feeds all of this information into our administrative software. Then the time-consuming piece of the process begins. The computer produces teacher and student schedules, but Mr. Chapman reviews each student schedule to work out conflicts/mistakes and add classes manually to ensure that students have a full schedule. We hope to have schedules completed by mid-July.
We’re also planning for the moves that will need to be made for Phase 1 of the project. Music classes, the library-media center, the Mac lab, and Learning Center 2 will need to be moved to modular classrooms or somewhere else in the building. Stay tuned for more information.
It is hard to believe that we are just a couple of months away from the end of the school year…and just a few weeks away from the end of a high school career for the senior class! Commencement takes place on June 1st and the PFA extends our best wishes to the seniors and their families during this emotional and celebratory time.
We want to share with you a couple of updates from the PFA front: A committee has been formed to evaluate the athletic department budget, including user fees, costs per sport, etc. Jody Collins-Skinner is the parent representative on the committee and we look forward to hearing more from her in the future. The filings for the 501c3 status for the WHS PFA have all been submitted and we are now just awaiting the (fingers crossed) approval. We certainly hope that our Direct Appeal will be more successful with the tax exemption status in place.
The Social Committee is organizing the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, which is held at China Sky. We look forward to attending the luncheon and expressing our appreciation to the staff and faculty. We will also be recognizing the personnel who will be retiring at the end of this school year, including our principal, Tom Gwin.
Please don’t miss the upcoming May PFA meeting—we will have guest speakers, Dot Butler and Dan Perenick, as well as student representatives from Connect and Commit and the Winchester Youth Center, along with the WYC Director Rebecca Levine. We expect to hear the latest news about the WHS renovation project—we’ve seen workers at the site and the work is slated to begin as soon as school is out! Please join us on Wednesday, May 7th, at 7:30 pm in the WHS Library.
From the Co-Presidents,
Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta
WHS Music Department Presents Strawberry Pops – May 14th
The Winchester High School Music Department presents its annual Strawberry Pops, featuring the singing and instrumental talents of two hundred and fifty 9th through 12th graders.
Bring your blanket or lawn chair, and a picnic if you like, to the High School Front Courtyard and relax listening to the Winchester High School Octets, Chamber Singers, Concert and Sachem Choruses, Concert and Jazz Bands, Orchestra and Sinfonietta.
• The concert will be held on Wednesday, May 14th, rain or shine, at the Winchester High School (front courtyard, main entrance).
• Strawberry shortcake will be served at 6:00 pm; the concert will begin at 6:30 pm. Winchester High School is located at 80 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA.
• Tickets are $5.00 and include strawberry shortcake. All are welcome. Appropriate for all ages. In inclement weather, we will use the auditorium; the Winchester High School is handicap accessible.
• Questions, please contact Cindy Andrews or Anita Colasante at FOMwps@gmail.com
This concert is supported by the Winchester Friends of Music, a local organization that provides supplemental funding to the music programs in the public schools, grades K-12.
Winchester Got Lunch Food Drive During the
Entire Month of May
In honor of moms everywhere, and on behalf of all kids in our community, Winchester Got Lunch is collecting canned tuna and chicken the entire month of May at Winchester High School. Look out for collection boxes in the school!
Making a money donation will also help feed students in need throughout the summer months. A donation of $20 provides lunches for an entire week. Looking for something to do this summer? You can sign up to volunteer with Winchester’s Got Lunch program to help gather the donated canned food and pack it into trucks to be delivered around town to students in need. For more information, please visit winchestergotlunch.org. Thank you!!
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...
May 16 - Last day of classes for Seniors
Senior Breakfast, Yearbook distribution
May 19 - 22 Senior Exams - if necessary
May 28 - SENIOR PROM - 6:00 at WHS for Promenade
7 - 11 The State Room in Boston
May 29 - Luau - Borggaard Beach 7 - 8:30 PM
May 30 - Graduation Rehearsal - 10:30 AM Field House
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.
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 email@example.com
WINCHESTER YOUTH CENTER
Winchester Youth Center
458R Main Street
Winchester MA 01890
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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!
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.
Good Will from the Grill – Saturday, May 3, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM – Whole Foods Market, 400 Cambridge Rd., Woburn
$5 burger, chips, and a drink. All proceeds go directly to Winchester Got Lunch, a local non-profit, which provides healthy lunches during the summer to Winchester students who rely on subsidized lunch during 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.
ENKA SOCIETY NEWS
En Ka Society Seeks Book Donations
The En Ka Society, Winchester's oldest women's service organization, seeks donations of lightly-used children's and adult books to support the book sale tent at the society's annual Street Fair, scheduled for May 16 and 17. This year's fair is titled, "Lights, Camera, En Ka!" Between April 1st and May 5th, books may be left anytime at the Sanborn House's Carriage House collection shed, adjacent to the Ambrose School at 27 High Street. Look for signs saying "Book Drop Here." Books should be placed in small, easy to handle boxes. Please wrap boxes in plastic to protect the books from the elements. En Ka is particularly in need of gently read paperback fiction, mysteries, and children's books. DVDs, audiotapes and CDs in good condition are also much appreciated. No VHS tapes, text books, encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books, please. The En Ka Street Fair has been a tradition in Winchester since 1934, and is the primary fundraiser for the En Ka Society. ALL Fair proceeds go back into the community, through grants awarded to local non-profit, civic and charitable organizations. For more information or to volunteer at the "Lights, Camera, En Ka!" Fair, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.enkasociety.org.
En Ka Society Spring Yard Sale
The En Ka Society of Winchester
will hold its Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, May
3rd, from 9 AM to 1:00PM, at the En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop, 1037 Main St., Winchester. There will be plenty
of bargains for smart shoppers. Rain date
will be Saturday, May 10th. All
proceeds will benefit local, non-profit
organizations. Among the many items for
sale will be a huge assortment of household goods including flat screen TVs, a 3-piece speaker system,
3-unit sound player, paper shredder, fine
collectibles including some silver, kitchen equipment galore, including a Breville
grill, bedding, framed art work, lots of office
and desk supplies, spring decorative items, a two-seater stroller, and more – all at great prices!
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. Local non-profit organizations may apply for En Ka grants, which are awarded quarterly. For more information about the Yard Sale, the En Ka Exchange Consignment Shop, the En Ka Street Fair, Grants and Membership, please visit our website at www.enkasociety.org or call 781-729-6146.
Our friendly and helpful En Ka volunteers hope to see you at the Yard Sale!
WINCHESTER SPORTS FOUNDATION NEWS
Winchester Sports Foundation Golf Tournament and Fundraiser - Monday, May 5
The Foundation will celebrate its 25th Year at its annual Golf Tournament at Winchester Country Club. Held this year on May 5, the tournament is the Foundation's flagship fundraising event. Golf on the Winchester Country Club's renowned Donald Ross layout is followed by a dinner at which the Foundation awards its annual Sachem Spirit Award to a person(s) who has made a significant contribution to the Winchester athletic programs. Dinner attendees also hear from two student athletes from Winchester High School, who talk about the major impact sports programs a the high school have had on them.
By helping defray the increasing costs of athletic programs, and supporting the introduction of new sports programs, the Foundation has helped to ensure that as many students can participate in sports programs as possible. Through the generous contributions of its supporters, the Foundation has been able to donate over $750,000 to enhance the experience of student-athletes at Winchester High School. Most recently, the Foundation made a major donation that enabled the completion of the new track facility at Manchester Field and also purchased a full set of new equipment for the track team. The Foundation has also helped launch several new teams at the high school, including the boys and girls volleyball teams, the ski team and the ultimate frisbee team.
Golfers and sponsors, or anyone interested in supporting or learning more about the the Foundation, can obtain more information at the Foundation's website: www.winchestersportsfoundation.com
Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Thursday, May 8
The Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Committee announces the inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame.
The inductees for 2014 are:
William Derry '84
X Country, Indoor Track, Track and Field
Caitlin Butler '99
Girls' Soccer, Girls' Tennis
Daniel Spang '03
Coach John Messuri
1969 WHS Football Team
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Girls' Tennis Teams
Community Service Award
The Inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner held on Thursday, May 8th, at the Burlington Marriott, Mall Road, Burlington, MA.
Individual tickets may be obtained by sending a check made out to the Winchester Sports Foundation for $50 to Dot Butler, 30 Wildwood Street, Winchester, MA 01890, or by purchasing online at www.Winchestersportsfoundation.com. Tables of 10 are available and will be reserved for your party only upon receipt of payment. Please indicate members of your party when reserving a table.
ANNUAL MEDICATION TAKE BACK DAY – MAY 3rd
The Annual Medication Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, in the parking lot next to the town transfer station. We encourage residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring unwanted medications on this day. In addition, Hazardous Waste Collection Day will take place at the DPW yard located off of Lake Street (across from Stop & Shop).
The Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community, within the Board of Health, partners with town departments, including the DPW and Police, as well as Winchester Hospital, to host this annual event. This campaign is aimed at decreasing youth access to prescription medications while safeguarding our environment and waterways. Note: We will accept a limited number of sharps. Sharps must be in a red bio box container. If you need to purchase a sharps box, please contact the Health Department at 781 721-7121. This program is supported by the WINCHESTER COOPERATIVE BANK.
TOWN DAY TEE SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST – DEADLINE MAY 9
All Winchester students welcome to enter.
Please drop off artwork at:
Century 21 Commonwealth
38 Church Street
email designs to email@example.com
Deadline for submission May 9, 2014. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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: email@example.com
Fifth Annual Spring Fling and Plant Sale
Come to the Farm on Sunday, May 11, from 1-4 PM for our Spring Fling and Seedling Sale. Get up close and personal at the “Animal Craze” Petting Zoo. Kiss a
pig, pat an alpaca, cuddle a bunny. Have a look at all our exciting projects. Enjoy our chickens, our young chicks, and our lambs. Maybe the goats will have arrived! Listen and dance to the great music of “Six”. Purchase organic seedlings grown in our greenhouse. Or just wander around the farm, roll down the hills, and generally enjoy the beauty of Winchester’s treasure.
The Farm is at 78 Ridge Street. Park at 82 Ridge Street, just up the hill from the farmstead or across the street at Mullin Field if our lot is full. Suggested Donation $10 per person/$25 per family.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Volunteers Needed for Music MAYnia - Sunday, May 4, 1-5 pm
Looking for a community service opportunity? Music MAYnia is a fun community festival that raises money for financial aid at WCMS. We rely on dozens of volunteers each year to make this event an amazing success. Volunteers are needed to do everything from face painting to setting up tables and chairs.
Broadway On Highland – Friday, May 9,
An Open Mic for Broadway songs! If you love Broadway musicals, come sing your favorite Broadway tune with our fabulous accompanist, or just sit in the audience and enjoy the sing-a-long numbers. All ages and ability levels are welcome, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Solo, duo, trio, or family act? Come on down. Just bring your sheet music (no lead sheets please) and a copy for the pianist. Run-throughs available 6:45-7:30pm. Free and open to the public.
Fat Tuesday Blues Jam – Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 PM
Join our Underground Faculty Band with Host Tim Gartland for a Blues Jam session at WCMS. Our Fat Tuesday Blues Jams are fun, spontaneous, and a great way to experiment with new techniques and skills in the company of fellow musicians. For all levels of players, all instruments & vocalists welcome! Amps, pianos, drums, and PA system provided. $10 for participants; free for audience. Open to the public.
For more info or to register for workshops, call 781-729-2950 or visit http://www.winchestermusic.org
PARENT TO PARENT
Slow Tech Parenting: Raising Digital Families with Purpose by Janell Burley-Hofmann
Tuesday, May 13
Lincoln Elementary School from 7 to 9pm
Janell is the author of the book iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs To Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up. She will explore the many challenges of parenting in the digital age and help parents discover creative, practical solutions to achieve a healthy tech balance at home. Janell, a blogger for the Huffington Post, published an iPhone contract for her 13 year old son that went viral last winter. Since then, she has appeared on GMA, and spoken on NPR. Most appropriate for parents of elementary and middle school aged children. Since the talk addresses parenting challenges, we respectfully ask that children do not attend.This program was made possible by general contribution to our Direct Appeal. Please visit www.parenttoparentwinchester.org for more information.
WINCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENT
An Evening with Abraham Lincoln - Presented by Steve Wood
May 20 at the Sanborn House Historical and Cultural Center
15 High St, Winchester
Steve Wood is one of the foremost impersonators of Abraham Lincoln. Join the Winchester Historical Society as he recreates one of our greatest presidents. Refreshments at 7pm, program at 7:30. Free and open to the public.
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.
WINCHESTER ABC BOTTLE DRIVE
The Winchester ABC Program will hold its next Bottle Drive on
Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 8 AM to3 PM in the parking lot behind the Sons of Italy Hall at the entrance to the transfer station.
Your returnable bottles and cans help to
finance the ABC Program.
As always, volunteers are needed the day of the drive to help sort the bottles and cans. If you have an hour or two and can help, please know that you are welcome. For more information, please call Derek Stone at 781-729-4380.
If you need more information, please give me a call or call Mary D. Jordan at 781-729-8397. Again, thank you for your continued help.