WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL
80 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA 01890 – 2853
PARENT FACULTY ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER ~ NOVEMBER 2013
Visit our website at http://www.whspfa.org
FROM THE OFFICE OF PRINCIPAL TOM GWIN
ItÕs an exciting time at Winchester High School. I am eagerly anticipating the December 10th debt exclusion override vote that would provide the funds to pay for the townÕs share of the high school project. The Winchester High School project website http://www.winchesterhsproject.com is an excellent source of the most up-to-date information. You can sign up for a tour of the high school on the site. Please remember to be as informed as possible before you go out and vote on December 10th.
The National Blue Ribbon designation is just the latest academic recognition of Winchester High School. In 2011, the College Board named Winchester High to the Advanced Place Honor Roll for expanding AP opportunities at WHS while maintaining our high scores. In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Education recognized the high school as a State Commendation School for high achievement in state test scores as well as for significant improvements in the scores of our high needs students. In September, U.S. News and World Report cited WHS as the 21st ranked STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) high school in the country. Our STEM ranking was judged nationally based on the level of student participation and success in AP science and math courses.
These honors not only represent the high quality instruction that our teachers deliver, they reflect the hard work and diligence that all of our students put into their studies. The awards also reflect the guidance, encouragement, and support that parents have provided for our students. We should all be proud of Winchester High.
From the Co-Presidents
Audrey Loria and Malini Dutta
Thank you to all who attended our October PFA meeting where interested parents learned a lot of information about the WHS renovation. There was good dialogue with Jason Lewis and SMMA representative Ed Frenette.
The PFA welcomes the Parent Class Representatives for the class of 2017. They are: Cindy Bohne, Ceci Cordeiro, Christa Russo and Mikki West. We wish them the best with this important volunteer position and thank them for their willingness to support the students.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, and we look forward to hearing from WHS Guidance Director, Suzanne Ontso. Ms. Ontso will address questions that were submitted ahead of time, but she will also be available to answer any questions that arise during the meeting. We will also be reviewing the grant requests from teachers and student groups—this is one of the most important undertakings of the PFA. We will vote on the grants and it is always very interesting to hear about the amazing projects that the faculty and students hope to work on with our financial assistance. Please plan to join us!
We have not yet reached our Direct Appeal goal for the year—so please take a moment now to make your donation if you havenÕt had a chance to do so already. Our teachers and students count on the PFA to fund worthwhile endeavors—we wonÕt be able to meet their requests if we donÕt raise the funds needed. Please donate here today!
We are looking forward to the first (hopefully) annual Holiday Fair being held on Saturday, November 23rd. WHS athletic teams and clubs will have another opportunity to sell their gear and parents will have another opportunity to purchase the very cool and innovative products that show our Sachem spirit. Watch for more details in the coming weeksÉbig thanks to Gael Robinson and Heidi Driscoll for leading this project.
Whew! Lots going onÉenjoy your Thanksgiving vacation!
Wednesday, November 13th, at 8:45 am
Guidance Conference Room
Parent Conversations invites Winchester Parents and Guardians of high school students to join us for coffee and informal conversation about our kids, WHS, and our community. The monthly discussions are casual and drop in yet always confidential. New and "seasoned" parents offer stories and experiences and through these conversations, ideas are exchanged, questions are answered and many problems are solved. The monthly meetings vary among open discussions, specific topics and guest speakers.
Shafiya Ciccarelli, WHS Clinical Counselor, facilitates the group discussion.
Click here for a detailed summary of OctoberÕs meeting during which the new tobacco and nicotine delivery products that target our children were discussed.
First Annual Sachem Spirit Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Fun Holiday Gifts for the kids and a great way to show WHS School Spirit! WHS Teams, Clubs and Organizations will be selling WHS gear to promote Sachem Spirit. Come and show your support and be part of the fun - you won't want to miss it!
The Winchester Youth Center Presents:
The Second Annual Winchester Community Lantern Walk
Sunday, November 10, at 5 PM
Winchester Town Common (Rain or Shine)
The Winchester Youth Center High School Peer Leaders, WHS Connect & Commit, and the Winchester Lantern Walk Committee are presenting WinchesterÕs second annual Lantern Walk through Winchester. The Community Lantern Walk was developed from the ideas of Winchester High School students as a way to join together with family and friends to raise awareness about the negative impacts of stress and the resources available in our community for dealing with stress. Families of school-age children are encouraged to make lanterns together in preparation for the event, although extra lanterns will be provided. Information about how to make lanterns, as well as information about resources in our community is available at www.winchesterlanternwalk.org.
The one-mile walk will commence at 5 PM, continue through town, and end at the Town Common where there will be a brief gathering to hang the lanterns. There will also be information about local resources, tips for reducing stress, and instruction in breathing and relaxation techniques. For more information or any questions, contact Rebecca Levine at the Winchester Youth Center, either by phone 781-721-0906 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLASS OF 2014
WILSON FARM PIES ARE BACK
Hate waiting in long lines? We got you covered. Love the smell of freshly baked pies at Thanksgiving? We've got you covered. We will be selling the infamous Wilson Farm Pies for Thanksgiving. Purchase any of the 12 varieties of delicious, home-cooked pies for the holiday and pick them up right here at the high school. No lines, no waiting. Can't make it to the high school? We will deliver for a nominal fee.
Click here for a link to the pie order form.
All order forms and payment need to be returned to the high school main office by Monday, November 18th. Pie pick up will be Tuesday, November 26th, in the Cafeteria between 2:00 and 3:30 PM. Deliveries will be made at the same time.
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 email@example.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.
CLASS OF 2015
JUNIOR CLASS DINNER
Please save the date for the
Junior Class dinner on Wednesday, November 13! Juniors and their parents are invited
to join the Class of 2015 for a night of fun festivities including dinner,
silent auction and musical entertainment!
If you have any items you are willing to donate for the silent auction please contact Madison Leverich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitations will be sent out soon! Thank you for your consideration & we hope to see you all at the dinner!
CONNECT AND COMMIT SERVICE CLUB
Meeting Tuesday November 5th from 6:30-7:30pm in the WHS Library
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
You can sign up for the opportunities listed below 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 email@example.com
Upcoming Service Opportunities & Events
Oct. 30th-Nov 8th- Treats for the Troops- donate Halloween candy that will be sent to the troops to lift their spirits during the holidays.
Tuesday Nov. 5th- Connect & Commit Meeting- 6:30-7:30pm in the WHS library
Join your peers in a discussion about stress as we prepare for the upcoming Lantern Walk. We will also be working to make lanterns, signs and other crafts for the event.
Sunday Nov. 10th- Lantern Walk- 5pm on the Town Common
Join together with other members of the Winchester community to walk to express support and raise awareness of the negative impacts of stress and pressure on our youth and families.
Saturday Nov. 23rd- Rock the Ages- WomenÕs Basketball Tournament- 9am-3pm
Volunteers are needed in shifts to help operate the score boards for this exciting charity tournament co-hosted by the WHS GirlsÕ Basketball Team.
Wednesday Dec. 4th- Living Legacy Kick-off- 2:45pm at the Aberjona Nursing Home
Student volunteers on the living legacy project will be paired up with a resident at the Aberjona Nursing Center who they will meet with once a week over the course of several months. The idea is to foster a relationship with the residents- learning about their lives and history and sharing some of our own interests and passions. At the end of the project, students will be asked to create some sort of living legacy that showcases a bit about their residentÕs life. It can be a scrapbook, a video, a short story or anything you can imagine. This project will be something that the residents can keep with them and share with their families and friends.
Thursday Dec. 5th- Community Servings- 1-4pm in Jamaica Plain, MA
Help volunteer during the half day preparing meals for patients through Community Servings. Transportation will be provided.
Sunday Dec. 8th- Wright Locke Farm Work Day- 12 noon Help cut down the raspberry canes and burn the burn pile.
Ongoing Service Opportunities
Intern on the WHS Building campaign- learn about town government and what it takes to run a grassroots political campaign! Email Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information visit http://campaignforwhs.com or https://www.facebook.com/campaign.for.whs.2013
Comfort Zone Camp- The Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. The camp is currently looking for 2-3 students 15 or older to volunteer in their Winchester office to help with administrative tasks and organizing their annual 5K Run/ Walk Fundraiser. This would be a once a week commitment of at least 2 hours at a time.
Living Legacy- This is an exciting opportunity to connect Winchester High School Students with residents living in the Aberjona Nursing Center. Once a week (likely on Wednesday) from 2:45-3:45 a group of student volunteers will travel to the Nursing Center and be matched up one-on-one with a resident. Over the next few months, we hope that through activities and discussions together, you will come to get to know your resident buddy and for them to know you. At the end of our series of visits, we will ask each student to put together something to give the resident that captures a bit about the residentÕs life. It should be something that they can share with family and friends and a way for their story to live on for years to come- a scrapbook, a short video, a short storybook etc. This program would ideally run during the winter sports season to avoid conflicts as we transition from season to season.
Winchester Youth Center
458R Main Street
Winchester MA 01890
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RELAY OF LIFE OF WINCHESTER
We are searching for adults to join the planning committee for the 3rd annual Relay For Life of Winchester. If you have been personally touched by cancer or are simply committed to helping us create a world with less cancer and more birthdays please consider joining our committee. Committee positions include Fundraising, Sponsorship, Community Recruitment, and Survivorship. Contact us at email@example.com or call Rebecca at the WYC 781-721-0906.
The WYC offers a wide range of leadership, service-learning, and good-decision-making activities for WHS students.
All WHS students are invited to get involved in all of our amazing youth groups, awesome special events, and fabulous service projects.
PEER LEADER YOUTH GROUP
Do you have what it takes to be a peer leader?
If you have natural leadership skills, want to have a positive impact on the community, like to have fun and make good decisions; then the answer is yes!
This group is open to any WHS student who has natural leadership skills and the desire to further develop them. Anyone interested in joining this awesome group is welcome to stop by the WYC for more information. Our youth group meetings take place on Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm.
WINCHESTER LANTERN WALK STUDENT COMMITTEE
The Student Lantern
Walk Committee will be essential in helping to plan the second annual
Winchester Community Lantern Walk scheduled to take place on Sunday, November
10th. The goal of the Student Lantern Walk Committee is to create a
support system for those who are feeling stressed, as well as advocate for
students in the high school. We meet once a month on Mondays at 7:00pm.
The SLWC is open to all WHS students who want to make a real difference in the high school. Please stop by the WYC or email us for more info.
WYC AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
**All WHS students are invited to join in all of the new after school activities at the WYC**
Yoga: Tuesdays, November 5-December 17
Movie-Making: Wednesdays, November 6-December 18
Zumba: Thursdays, November 7-December 19
Take some time out of your busy schedules to relax, de-stress, and have fun!
SERVICE PROJECTS and SPECIAL EVENTS
TREATS FOR OUR TROOPS
October 30th – November 8th
Donate some of your Halloween candy and help us send a little Halloween cheer overseas!
Look for the orange Treats For Our Troops collection bins located at the in the WHS Main Office, Connect & Commit Office, and in the WYC.
WINCHESTER LANTERN WALK
Sunday, November 10th
Winchester Town Common
Please join us for the second annual Winchester Community Lantern Walk and help shine a light on the issue of stress and its negative impacts on the youth and families in our community.
The Lantern Walk represents a peaceful and beautiful statement of support, awareness, prevention, and change. Please check our website at www.winchesterlanternwalk.org for more information, resources, and lantern-making instructions.
ItÕs the first round of the Battle of the Bands featuring all of our local aspiring rock stars.
Come for a great night out and awesome live music!
COACHES NEEDED – EMARC SPECIAL NEEDS TENNIS PROGRAM
EMARC and the Winchester Tennis Association announce the Fall 2013 EMARC Special Needs Tennis Program. This program provides children with disabilities the opportunity to drill and play tennis through rule and equipment adaptation. Athletes ages 8 and older are invited to participate in a modified tennis clinic once a week.
Volunteers provide one-on-one coaching with EMARC athletes. It's not too late to sign up!
¥ EMARC Tennis runs from Sunday, October 20th to Sunday, November 24th
¥ Location is The Woburn Racket Club, 9 Webster Street Woburn, MA
¥ Time is 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
¥ Everyone from anywhere is welcome.
If you are interested in the EMARC Tennis program as either an athlete or coach, please contact Alicia Hintlian, EMARC Tennis Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New coaches should be in high school; no prior tennis experience necessary.
BENEFIT DANCE TO SUPPORT THE THIOU VILLAGE IN SOUTH SUDAN
The Social Outreach Committee of the Winchester Unitarian Society and rock band "UP" are sponsoring a benefit rock & roll dance to support the Thiou Village School in South Sudan on Saturday, November 2nd, from 7:30 - 11:00 pm at the Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main Street - Metcalf Hall. The Thiou Village School is one of the projects of Village Help of South Sudan and is supported by Bol Riiny, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan who has grown up in Winchester and works at the local Stop & Shop. The goal is to raise $8,000 to build a classroom.
This family-oriented event is open to everyone and there are 4 ways to get tickets priced at $20 for adults and $10 for children under 18: (1) Book Ends in downtown Winchester; (2) At the door for $5 more: $25/$15; (3) Mail your check payable to "Village Help For South Sudan" to Shiva Barton, 10 Converse Place, Winchester 01890; (4) On-line donations may be made at http://villagehelpforsouthsudan.org/donate/. On the second screen, under additional instructions, please write "Thiou Village Project". Your receipt for any on-line donation equal or greater than the ticket price will admit you to the dance.
The rock band "UP" is led by Shiva Barton on lead guitar and other band members are Josh Dobbelaar on keyboard, Jeff Andrews on bass guitar, Lynn Bailey as lead vocalist and Jann Sheehy on drums. For more information about the benefit dance contact Shiva Barton at email@example.com.
WINCHESTER COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL
Faculty Recital Series - Monday, November 4, 7:30 PM
In honor of the 100th birthday of the WCMS building, this concert will feature pianist Kaeza Fearn and guest pianist Kenneth Fearn performing Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" on its 100th anniversary. A "Meet the Artist" reception will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.
Open Mic Night at Starbucks - Thursday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 PM
Join us for Open Mic Night at Starbucks, 542 Main Street, Winchester. All ages, all instruments, and all types of acoustic music are welcome! Individual or small duo/trio performances are encouraged. Hosted by WCMS and singer/songwriter Mike Verge.
MMEA Pre-Audition Workshop - Friday, November 15, 4:30 - 6:00PM For high school students trying out for the MMEA Senior District and All-State Festivals. Participants play their audition piece and receive valuable feedback from peers and faculty. The workshop will cover presentation issues, expectations from the adjudicators, relaxation suggestions, and tips on audition strategies. Held at WCMS, 407 Highland Avenue, Winchester. $25; register by November 8.
For further information, please contact us at www.winchestermusic.org
CRADLES TO CRAYONS DRIVE
Cradles to Crayons is collecting new and gently used clothing, art supplies, baby supplies like blankets and car seats, and other necessities in drop boxes around the district. Collection boxes have been placed in the Muraco and Lynch Elementary Schools and will remain there until the first week of November.
On November 9, the collected items will be sorted at the Melrose Middle School, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteers are needed, and students will be eligible for community service credit. Not only is this a great cause, but it is a lot of fun! For a full list of needed items please visit www.cradlestocrayons.org.
FREE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS WITH BRIO INTEGRATED THEATER
Brio Integrated Theatre is a local nonprofit that holds free community workshops. Upcoming workshops include an edible arts workshop on Saturday, November 2nd, at St. Eulalia's Church from 10:30AM -1:30PM and a movement and improvisational workshop on Saturday, November 16th, at Crawford Memorial Methodist Church from 10:30AM -12:30PM. The workshops are free of charge and open to everyone! If you have any questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINCHESTER SMART TRASH PROGRAM
Winchester Gets SMART: The Town of Winchester is offering a pilot of the "S.M.A.R.T." program for calendar year 2014. All households are invited to register, and 500 will be randomly chosen to participate. Under Save Money And Reduce Trash pilot program, participating households pay a reduced sticker fee of $50 which includes unlimited recycling and yard waste disposal. You pay only for trash placed on the conveyor belt in specially purchased SMART trash bags to be sold at the Transfer Station and in Town Hall. Small bags (13-gallon or "tall kitchen size") cost $1; large bags (33-gallon or traditional outdoor barrel) cost $2.
Register your household by November 15th , either on-line at www.winchester.us under "Save Money and Reduce Trash Pilot Program" or call the DPW during regular business hours at 781-721-7100.
WINCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS
Wednesday, November 6th: "America's Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking" and "Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England", an illustrated talk by Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald of Jamestown, Rhode Island, is about New England social history, Anglo-American culinary traditions and cooking with historic recipes.
Thursday, December 5th: " A History of Howard Johnsons" by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco who will discuss his new book about how a Massachusetts' soda fountain became an American icon.
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 and is a must for those who want to make their 2014 resolutions a reality.
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.