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Dear Winchester High School Families,


Well it has been nearly a month since entering the halls of Winchester High School and the days are already flying by quickly.  In my time here as Interim Principal, I have been touched by the friendly faces of our students (many of which I knew from V-O and Lynch) as well as meeting many new students.  I have also felt very welcomed by the entire WHS community of staff.  I have seen first hand that Winchester High School is a great place.


And although I still have a lot to learn, I have already seen so much.  I have been witness to caring and talented educators who want the best for their students and I have seen adults who volunteer their time to attend sporting events and advise the many clubs we have here.  I have seen committed, passionate and involved students who really want to make a difference.


As parents and as educators, we want our students to feel success and always look for ways to build resiliency and coping skills when things don't go well.  In my years as a school leader and an adjunct professor, I have been fascinated with the concept of building resiliency.  I have been following the work of Angela Duckworth, who is a psychologist who has been researching the concept of what she calls the 'grit' factor.  She has spent her career looking at champions who have achieved success and how they have built upon their successes.  She has found that the Grit Factor is a better indicator of success rather than concentrating on GPA or academic rank.  She speaks of a productive struggle that is so important in learning.  Dr. Duckworth also compiled a list that she calls the "Grit Scale"  In the Scale, she asks students (or adults) to rate themselves on how they cope with challenges, what their work ethic is like and how they maintain their stamina.  Based on your score, you can rate yourself as extremely gritty or not at all gritty.  


So what does that mean for those of us that want to work with our teens about success and of course trying again (and again) when success is not achieved?  It means that we need to demonstrate the same models for our students.  We need to show them that as adults, we too need to keep trying at things as well as to develop a growth mindset.  Another psychologist, Carol Dweck has been researching the growth mindset model:


In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work-brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.


This is great news for those of us who work hard.  Yes, natural talent is important (and even if I wanted to be a world class athlete, I wouldn't be successful no matter how hard I tried), but talent is only part of the equation.  Developing a love of learning and growing into success is part of being gritty.  I've always viewed myself as a gritty educator.  I have worked hard but more importantly, I have learned from my mistakes.  Let's continue to model for our students that practice may not always make perfect but it will make progress.  


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We hope that your year has started out smoothly and that you are enjoying the new space at WHS!  We hope that you had time to check out the new entrance and administrative wing, dining commons, library/media center and music suites.  The auditorium is scheduled to open in late October and Phase 2 is currently underway.


On behalf of the PFA, we would like to thank Malini Dutta for organizing the Student Activities Fair at this year's Open House.  We would like to also thank all parents for their patience and understanding in navigating the new layout in the dining commons.  This years' fair hosted 45 teams and clubs representing the wide variety of extra curricular activities offered at the high school.  It was a great opportunity for parents to witness first hand the hard work of our students.


Thank you also to the many families who stopped by the Direct Appeal tables during the evening and donated to the PFA.  The teachers are currently working on their grant applications designed to enrich your child's experience at WHS.  Without your generous donations, funding of these programs and projects would not be possible.  Direct appeal is the only fundraiser the PFA undertakes.  So if you haven't had a chance to donate yet, please click here to visit the PFA website to make your donation today!


As a reminder the schedule of PFA meetings is up on our website,, with our first meeting on Monday October 5th. Our guest speaker will be Superintendent Judy Evans.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  So gather your questions and join us in the new dining commons at 7:30pm.  We hope to see you there!


The month of October is election time at WHS.  One is for the election of two new High School Council Members.  The second is for Freshman Class Parent Representatives.  We will be sending out "blasts" with more information as the elections approach.



Lori Scully

Mikie Ulwick




Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community Event

Please join the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community on Tuesday, October 6th, at 7 pm at the Jenks Center for a special screening of Out of Reach, a short film documentary about a rising high school senior in a community like ours who sets out to uncover the growing problems of teens abusing prescription medicine in his hometown.  There will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, followed by a  Q & A. 


Please come to this enlightening event so that you may learn more on how to prevent, recognize and support our youth who need help before it is too late.  RSVP to Dot Butler at if you plan to attend so we can plan for seating.

Please also save the date of November 9, 2015 for a presentation of a Marijuana Talk Kit.




Parent Conversations  is a collaborative support group facilitated by Amber Haines, WHS Adjustment Counselor. They provide a safe environment to process how your teen is doing emotionally. We welcome and encourage all caregivers of any student's grade level to attend monthly. Our goal is to provide a collaborative environment and build resources while developing understanding of teens' emotional health and needs. All Parent Conversations meet from 9:00-10:00 am at the WHS Guidance Conference room sign in at main office. The dates for the Parent Conversations are as follows: 


October 13

January 12

April 12

November 10

February 9

May 10

December 8

March 8











Join the Creative Technology Center Leadership Team


The Creative Technology Center is looking for a few good student minds to help develop ideas and projects to use in the new space in the Learning Commons (HS library).


CTC leaders will:

   Learn how to use new technology (3D printers, vinyl cutters, software,etc)

   Attend meetings with other leaders and teacher advisors to develop the vision of the CTC.

   Brainstorm and share ideas for projects

   Mentor other students on the proper use of equipment and space

   Organize and maintain the CTC.

If you are interested please Ms. Zampitella in the Learning Commons to fill out an application.  The deadline for the application is October 9, 2015.



Kathleen Grace

Instructional Technology Specialist

Technology/Engineering Coordinator

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Parents/Guardian Social and Fundraiser

 - Lucia's Restaurant, Fri, Oct 2, 7:00PM


Connect with old friends and meet some new ones while supporting your child's class. This fundraiser coincides with the Class of 2017 dance at the Town Hall. Sign your student into the dance, and then join us at Lucia's for a parent social/fundraiser.  All donations will be used towards the WHS 2017 graduation activities.




Tickets will be $30/person and include hor d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. To order tickets simply email Heidi Driscoll,, with the subject line "Parent Social", your name, address, and phone number and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for payment and ticket pick-up.




Thanks to all who have suggested some great auction item ideas. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please email Heidi Driscoll,, if you are willing to donate or call 781-953-7216. We are looking for anything from gift cards to vacation house rentals. All ideas welcome.


Please help us make this event a success by joining us for a fun evening supporting the Class of 2017.


Class officers: Jared Piantedosi, Eamon Mahoney, Winnie Li, Lydia Pan

Social Committee: Heidi Driscoll, Julie Piantedosi, Ceci Cordeiro, Cindy Bohne




Please visit our new website for information about the Winchester Public Schools Music Department including events, information and resources.


The website is sponsored by the Winchester Friends of Music, WFOM.


WFOM is a volunteer organization that has been supporting choral and instrumental programs in the Winchester K-12 public schools since 1985. Their primary goals are to raise funds, provide volunteer support for the entire music department and to help inform parents of upcoming music events. 


If you are interesting in helping in any way,  learning more about our group or submitting something to the website, please email




Members of the High School Wellness Department:


Physical Education and Health

Andria (Belanger) Bremhorst-

Physical Education and Health

Jason Cacciapuoti-

Physical Education and Health

Walter Dembowski-

Physical Education and Health

Karen LeClair-

Health and Family Consumer Sciences

Mary Pace-

Brenda Turney-


The Wellness Department is excited and looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year to begin!  In particular we look forward to working with your sons and daughters. We also welcome our newest member, Karen LeClair is a snapshot of the upcoming year and the courses offered to the students at Winchester High School through the Wellness Department.


CLOTHING AND TEXTILE AND ADVANCED CLOTHING AND TEXTILE ARTS - Students taking Clothing and Textile Arts will be involved in every aspect of wardrobe planning, selection, and care. Laboratory experiences are combined with classroom instruction to help students develop the skills necessary for garment construction. In Advanced Clothing and Textile Arts students will create clothing such as sportswear, beachwear, tailored clothing, and formal wear.  


FOOD SCIENCE AND YOU - Students will learn food science in the user-friendly surroundings of a kitchen laboratory.  They will study the chemical, biological, and physical basis of nutrition, food safety, and food processing using a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach.


FOODS AND NUTRITION INTERNATIONAL FOODS AND CULTURES and ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS - Nutrition and Foods emphasizes the fundamental areas of nutrition, consumer skills, and food preparation. In International Foods the students will learn about advanced food preparation techniques.  Opportunities will be provided to plan, prepare and evaluate a variety of international foods. They will travel around the world in ninety days and experience the culture and cuisine of various countries! Advanced Culinary Arts students will learn about advanced culinary,  time and money management skills, quantity cookery, nutritional analysis, quality control, and food product marketing.  Students will plan and prepare foods products for their small business-Frugal Food Service.


EARLY CHILDHOOD - The students will examine the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through the school-age.  


CHILD STUDY LAB  - In Child Study Lab, students will have the unique opportunity to combine classroom instruction with practical experience in the Winchester High School Child Study Laboratory School as they learn about teaching and interacting with preschool age children.  


GRADE 9 HEALTH - The program will focus on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs (TAOD) and mental health. A portion of the mental health unit will include the (S.O.S) Suicide Prevention Program.  This program focuses on recognizing the signs of depression and suicide and provides students with strategies and resources on how to deal with it.

GRADE 10 HEALTH- The program will focus on healthy and responsible relationships and the students will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during this semester.


GRADES 9 AND 10 PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Students will participate in a variety of activities.  This year is particularly challenging as we no longer have a gymnasium.  We will be holding classes in the Large Instruction Classrooms.  During the summer Jason and Andria were trained in RAD (Rape Agression Defense) program along with Sargent Dan Perenick and two other Winchester officers.  This year we will be implementing this new program which will work well with our modified space.


GRADES 11 AND 12 - Again, we will be modifying our regular programs for the year due to the lack of a gymnasium.  Activities will include things like cooperative games and yoga.


Some important reminders!!


Grade 11 & 12 ALTERNATIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXPERIENCE - Students who have received approval last spring to use an outside activity to fulfill their physical education requirement must turn in their attendance documentation (signed off by the instructor) by the end of the semester to the Athletic Directors Office. Turning in the documentation is the students' responsibility.  They must complete 90 hours of participation during this time in order to receive credit for the experience.  

Students who intend to use a Winchester High School athletic sport to fulfill their physical education requirement must successfully complete the season (attendance is required from day one) and receive a certificate/letter upon completion from their coach.  Successful completion will be determined by practice / game attendance and effort.


If you have any questions feel free to contact any of the above staff members or the Wellness Director, Pam Saba- by email.


We hope you and your students have a healthy, active school year.


~Winchester High School Wellness Department~


Pamela Saba

Assistant Principal Muraco Elementary School

Wellness Director Winchester Public Schools

781-721-7030 ext 221




October Service Announcement


1st Connect & Commit Open Meeting -Thursday October 1st - 6:30-7:30 pm

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 eating Pizza, playing games, getting to know one another and learning about upcoming events. We hope to see you there!


Fells Clean-up - Wed. October 7th - 12:15-3:15 pm

Join Connect & Commit on our first half day and come help Clean-up the Fells!

We will be meeting in the Sheepfold Parking Lot at 12:15 pm

Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

Students, teachers, family and friends welcome!

Click the link below to sign up, see Mrs. Winterer in room B217 in the Library!


School The World (STW) Guatemala- Thurs. October 8th - 6:30 pm

STW is hosting an informational meeting in Winchester regarding their 2016 student service opportunities. Many of you attended last June or have expressed interest in learning how to get involved.


To learn more join STW in Thurs. Oct 8th at 6:30p at the Winchester Town Hall. Kate Curran, Founder of STW, and Natalie Tarutis will be present to provide insight into their spring and summer trips and answer all questions.

(This is not a WHS sponsored trip.)


2nd Connect & Commit Open Meeting -Thursday October 15th - 6:30-7:30 pm

Connect & Commit would like to invite anyone who is interested in service-learning to come to our meeting in the WHS Library. There will be free food, as well as, service opportunities. For this meeting we will be focusing on The Environment.


Drop Everything And Read! (DEAR) - 5 Sessions - 2:45-4:00 pm

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

October 28th

November 4th, 18th

December 2nd, 16th

If you are interested in being a reader please get a Commitment Letter from Mrs. Winterer in room B217 in the Library.

Please only commit if you are able to make ALL 5 dates!


3rd Connect & Commit Open Meeting -Thursday October 29th - 6:30-7:30 pm

Connect & Commit would like to invite anyone who is interested in service-learning to come to our meeting in the WHS Library. There will be free food, as well as, service opportunities. For this meeting we will be focusing on Hunger.


Keep Checking in for more Volunteer Opportunities!



Be sure to check out our updated website:


Students can sign up for the outreach opportunities or ask questions at Connect and Commit  meetings or in the C&C Office in the library of the high school or contact Ms. Winterer via email at or     




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The Winchester Youth Center is home to a wide range of leadership, service-learning, and good-decision-making activities specifically for high school students.  The WYC provides tons of opportunities for WHS students to have fun with friends, do great things for the community, and learn how much they are capable of accomplishing!



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!


The WYC peer leadership program is a youth group for WHS students who are committed to their community and serving as role models for their peers. The Peer Leaders have weekly youth group meetings to work on further developing their leadership, communication, interpersonal, and decision-making skills; plan for upcoming projects; and have a lot of fun. They serve as Project Leaders for all of the WYC's service-learning projects including all of our special events and community service projects. 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 or contact Rebecca at



Students and Adults Wanted!

Do you want to help in the fight against cancer? Then join the 2016 Relay For Life of Winchester Event Leadership Team to help us plan this fantastic community event!

Our committee includes teens and adults working collaboratively on all aspects of community outreach, event planning and implementation. The committee is made up of sub-committees that focus on particular task areas including Team Recruitment, Fundraising, Sponsorship, Marketing, Survivors & Caregivers, Event Logistics, and Entertainment & Ceremonies. Applications for student and adults are due by 5:00pm on October 16th. They can be dropped off at the WYC, in the Connect & Commit office at WHS or email to Please go to Applications available at



Friday, November 6th

Band registration Deadline 5:00pm on October 16th

The WYC Peer Leaders are planning our annual Battle of the Bands. 

All interested bands are invited to stop by the WYC or email us at

Each band must submit the $40 registration fee and all band members must sign our Band Contract by 5:00pm on Friday, October 16th.

If you have friends in a band or just like to listen to great, live music be there to select the bands that will move on to Round 2.

Admission is $10 and each audience member receives one ballot to vote for their favorite bands.  This is a substance-free event and, as with all WYC events, no outside drinks are allowed and students are not allowed to re-enter.

Proceeds from Rock for Youth help to fund WYC events and service-learning projects.



Saturday, October 24th


The WYC co-sponsors this annual community event with the Winchester Recreation Department. If you are looking for a way to help out the community and make lots of children smile then join the WYC Peer Leaders during the week of October 19th as we set up all of the storefront windows and on October 24th. We'll be the ones in Halloween costumes, helping out the families, encouraging the children and handing out medals to all!

Stop by the WYC to get involved.


We encourage everyone to check out our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or just stop by the WYC anytime to learn about all the awesome opportunities to get involved! Contact Rebecca at for more info.





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