September 2015

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Hello from the Interim Principal!


As mentioned in my first correspondence, I am excited and honored to be asked to lead Winchester High School this year. I am so appreciative of the warm welcome that has already been extended to me by the staff of WHS as well as in particular by the two Assistant Principals: Jerry Chapman and Sue Mochrie. I have only met a handful of our great students but am excited to start learning from them. The new sections of the High School are stunning and I can not wait to share the new areas with our students, families and the entire Winchester Community!


I plan to keep up two-way communication in the coming weeks and months. I will be offering some time to have focus groups where we will look at areas of great strength as well as look at areas that could use further development. I am so energized by the "can-do" attitude that I see from the Winchester High staff and have been witness to many conversations so far that are focused on students and what they need to be successful (and happy) at WHS.  


As mentioned, I want to keep everyone informed regularly. So please follow me on twitter as I will be proud to share the many wonderful things that I will be chronicling that go on each day here at WHS.  My twitter address is @cmkelleyteach. I have also set up a blog that will include guest bloggers and more details about things that happen each day at WHS. My blog address is:  


I am proud to serve as the principal of this school. I look forward to getting to know our students and families in the coming days! Please come to the WHS Open House on September 24th and the WHS PFA meeting on October 5th. I urge you to come as I would love to meet you!  





It's that time of year again! The PFA wants to welcome you back to another exciting year at Winchester High School. The summer has flown by, and it is time to start the 2015-2016 academic year. We know that the summer was short. However, we hope that you had time to relax, unwind and recharge. With Phase I of the high school project nearing completion, you will be welcomed back to some exciting changes. As Phase II is underway, please make sure to follow any communications received from the School Administration regarding the movement of classrooms, parking, drop-off and pick-up in order to help maintain a normal daily flow.


We would like to send a warm welcome to Christine Kelley, our interim principal. Mrs. Kelley has stepped up to help the high school and has been a part of the Winchester School system for many years, most recently serving as the principal at Lynch Elementary School. Please take the time to introduce yourself to Mrs. Kelley at the Open House on September 24th. We are a strong community, let's give her our support.


With all of the activity going on at the high school, one of our goals is to keep you, as parents, as up-to-date as possible. We will continue to do this via news blasts and our monthly newsletters as well as thru social media on Facebook and Twitter. You can "like" the Winchester High School page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @SachemsWHS.


Another goal of the PFA is to provide additional assistance to our students and faculty. We cannot do this or function effectively without your support and Direct Appeal is an area where you - the community of WHS parents- can help. Direct Appeal is the only fundraiser that the PFA undertakes. The funds received allow us to provide grants to teachers for activities that are not supported by the district school budget, provide support for extracurricular activities that are open to all students, and, on behalf of all the WHS families, show appreciation to the staff through occasional breakfasts, a year-end luncheon and gifts when appropriate. However, none of these things will be possible without financial support from our parents!


Donating is easy! (Please keep in mind that the WHS PFA has been awarded 501(c)3 status.) You will be hearing much more about Direct Appeal throughout the beginning of the school year. You will have an opportunity to make a donation during the upcoming Activities Night and Open House on Thursday, September 24th. This is a great night to become familiar with all that the high school has to offer (clubs, groups, etc.).  We will have a table set up for Direct Appeal donations that night. BUT, if you want to make your donation now and check it off your "to do" list, please go to and look for the Direct Appeal section on the right-hand side of the page. Click on "more" and look for the yellow "Donate" button at the bottom right. Follow the directions to pay using your PayPal account or by credit card.  You may also pay by check and send to the address noted. We hope to highlight as many programs funded by the PFA as possible on our social media sites, so that you, as a community, can take pride in making these possible with your generous donations.


The PFA has planned monthly meetings during the year that all parents are encouraged to attend. The meetings will be held on the first Monday evening of the month at 7:30 in the new dining commons at WHS. Our first meeting will be held on Monday, October 5th. We will be voting on the new PFA Board officers (see the website for the proposed slate of officers) and our guest speaker will be Superintendent Judy Evans.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments before our meetings and throughout the year. We can be reached at



Lori Scully

Mikie Ulwick

WHS PFA Co-Presidents





Schedule For The First Week of School


School begins Tuesday, September 8th. Ninth graders should report to the high school cafeteria at 7:45 a.m. for a welcome orientation meeting. Students will then report to homeroom followed by a class schedule tour and mini-schedule. They will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders should report to homeroom at 12:00 pm. Check the opening day schedule found later in the newsletter for further details.


The PAL (Peer Alliance Link) program will again ease the transition of the incoming ninth graders. PALs (10th, 11th and 12th graders) will serve as guides to the freshmen, helping them out in homeroom and providing a tour of the school on the first day. Each PAL will work with a small group of ninth graders. After homeroom, ninth graders will run through an abbreviated schedule with 10 minute blocks. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will attend homeroom and run through a similar abbreviated schedule in the afternoon after homeroom.


In homeroom on the first day, each freshman student will receive his/her student information sheet, handbook/planner, and a copy of the honor code. Parents/guardians and students should check the student information sheet for accuracy and make corrections, sign and return. Please sign and return the first page of the handbook, and read, sign and return the honor code. You can review the handbook and honor code before school begins on the Edline website. The information sheet, first page of the handbook, and the signed honor code should be returned to school on Wednesday and given to the homeroom teacher. After Thursday, these forms can be submitted to the main office.


The Winchester High School Activity Fair will be held in the cafeteria throughout the morning of September 8th. All Winchester High School students will have an opportunity to explore and join a club/organization(s) of their interest.


 Bell Schedule: Grade 9 Students

Bell Schedule: Grades 10, 11, and 12 Students


7:45 - 8:00:  Welcome in Cafeteria

 8:00 - 9:35:  Homeroom/Pals

 A    9:40 - 9:50

 B    9:55 - 10:05

 C  10:10 - 10:20

 D  10:25 - 10:35

 E  10:40 - 10:50

 F  10:55 - 11:00

 G  11:05 - 11:15


12:00:  Student Arrival

12:00 - 12:30:  Homeroom

A  12:35 - 12:45

B  12:50 - 1:00

C   1:05 - 1:15

D    1:20 - 1:30

E    1:35 - 1:45

F    1:50 - 2:00                                             

G    2:05 - 2:15


We encourage all parents to visit the Winchester High School website  for a variety of information

including the high school calendar, student forms, handbooks, and athletic/activities. Additionally, parents should make sure to activate and access Edline, an online service that allows communication between parents, students, and teachers in a safe, secure online environment. Edline will be used by all teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. If you have any questions or account problems or questions about Edline please contact the Administration Office by emailing



Guidance News


Please visit the Guidance tab on Edline for information and updates regarding Guidance services and programs. The Guidance department also distributes a monthly newsletter ("The Guide") electronically on the first of each month sent directly to WHS parents which provides timely updates and information for all classes.


Traffic and Parking Update


Detailed information regarding student drop-off, pick-up and parking at WHS for the 2015-2016 year can be found here. Please contact SRO/Sgt. Dan Perenick or Assistant Principal Gerald Chapman with any questions.





Did You Know ~





Winchester HS Project Communications Group







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 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





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 website:






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!


Our youth groups include: Peer Leaders, Student Lantern Walk Committee, and Relay For Life Committee. Service projects include: Habitat for Humanity, Treats for our Troops, Halloween Window Painting, and Relay For Life. Our special events include: Winchester Community Lantern Walk, WYC Coffee House, Rock For Youth, and Movie Nights.


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.





Every week the WHSPFA sends out a weekly email with upcoming community news. If you are not currently receiving this email, please visit the WHSPFA website and enter your email address at the bottom of the main page. Instructions on how to update your profile will be emailed.