Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

11.15.2019 EDITION

RAIDER PRIDE~~~WATERTOWN STRONG

MAIN OFFICE: 617-926-7760

ATTENDANCE OR DISCIPLINE: 617-926-7730

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 617-926-7736

Fall Sports are nearing their close, with several teams making nice runs and Winter Sports are right around the corner!  Peter and the Starcatcher will be performed 11/15 @ 7:00 pm, 11/16 @ 2:00 pm & 7:00pm at the WHS Shaw Auditorium.  We enjoyed welcoming our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to a preview showing of Peter and the Starcatcher this morning.  Report Cards will go home with your student on 11/18, so be sure to ask to see it!  

 

There are a lot of things coming up in this school year.  I want to point out a few of the ones coming up in the near future, in this newsletter. Be sure to take note and join in.

NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Highlights of Upcoming Events

November 15 – Opening Night of Fall Play 7:00pm, Shaw Auditorium

November 16 – Fall Play 2:00pm & 7:00pm

November 20 – Parent conferences 6:30 – 8:30pm Link to sign up for parent/teacher conferences

November 26 – Parent Conferences 4:30 – 6:30pm Link to sign up for parent/teacher conferences

November 27 – Pep Rally at 11:30, then Early Release: Powderpuff Football to follow

November 28 – Thanksgiving Day Football v. Belmont; 10:15am, Victory Field

November 28-29 – Thanksgiving Recess

December 7 – SATs (WHS is not a test site)

December 14 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

December 19 – Winter Concert; 7:00 pm

December 23 – January 1 – No School – Winter Recess

Student Class Advisors:

Class of 2020 – Ms. Mundy

Class of 2021 – Ms. Malone & Ms. McGovern

Class of 2022 – Mr. Mastro & Ms. Glencross

Class of 2023 – Mr. Nabel & Ms. Bloomer

MARK THE DATE NOW – JUNIORS AND SENIORS!!

In an effort to continue to promote a healthy and responsible lifestyle to our students, including making good decisions as it relates to drugs and alcohol, we will host our annual MANDATORY pre-prom/pre-cruise presentation on Wednesday March 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the WHS Shaw Auditorium. Any senior who plans to attend the prom and any junior that plans to attend the junior cruise must attend this presentation with a parent or a guardian. Students who do not attend this presentation with a parent or guardian will not be allowed to attend the prom or the cruise.

SPIRIT WEEK+ IS NOVEMBER 18-27

Monday, Nov. 18 – Pajama Day

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Welcome to the Jungle

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Jersey Day

Thursday, Nov. 21 – Throw Back Thursday

Friday, Nov. 22 – Aloha Friday

Monday, Nov. 25 – ‘MERICA Day

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Dynamic Duo Day

Wednesday, Nov. 27 – Seniors – BLACK; Juniors – WHITE; Soph. – RED; Frosh – GREY

SESSSIONS, SESSIONS, SESSIONS

Sessions may now only be served after school for one hour on Tuesdays Wednesdays & Thursdays in the following locations:

  • Tuesdays in Room 346 (Mr. MacLaughlin)
  • Wednesdays in the Library (Ms. Maguire)
  • Thursdays in Room 321 (Ms. Pearlman)

Sessions may also be served before school by appointment at 7:20 am in Room 222.

WHS SITE COUNCIL

The WHS Site Council is comprised of the principal, parents, staff, students and community members.  It is charged with creating and implementing the WHS School Improvement Plan, reviewing the budget and budget process in an advisory capacity to the school principal.   Our next meeting will be on Wednesday December 11th at 6:30 in the WHS Library.  Please join us!

SEAL OF BILITERACY

Watertown High School is pleased to announce our participation in the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy initiative as part of the LOOK Act. This year will be our high school's first year in offering students the opportunity to prove their proficiency in more than one language whether that is a second language that they speak at home or a second language that they learned through their classes at the high school. 

In order to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy, students need to demonstrate an "intermediate-high" level of proficiency in both English and a second language. To do so, students must pass the MCAS ELA section and also apply to take a proficiency-based assessment in a test in a language other than English. Juniors and Seniors must apply by December 1st to Mr. Silverberg. There will then be a testing window scheduled in early March 2020.

Juniors and Seniors achieving the Seal of Biliteracy will be recognized at awards' nights and at graduation. They will also receive a Seal on their diplomas and transcripts recognizing their proficiency. By receiving the Seal, students can prove that they are certified biliterate, an invaluable skill, to their future schools, universities, and employers.

We look forward to having more students apply and achieve proficiency in more than one language. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Adam Silverberg (adam.silverberg@watertown.k12.ma.us), World Language Coordinator or Kate Phillipson (kathryn.phillipson@watertown.k12.ma.us), ESL Coordinator.

GUIDANCE NEWS!

Click on this link to get the latest Guidance Parent Newsletter!

PTSO NEWS

The WHS PTSO is a vibrant group of parents who work hard to support the work of the high school.  They provide classroom grants, informational events and also fund and run the All-Night Party following Graduation each year.  Please consider getting involved. Support the PTSO so they can help fund programs for students and teachers at the High School

NO PLACE FOR HATE CLUB

Come and join in the No Place for Hate Club on Thursday mornings at 8:00 am.  We will be focusing on racism and self-appreciation.  See Eva Henry or Sana Rafiq for more information.

NEED ANY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS?

Trees for Watertown is organizing a fall leaf raking program to help neighbors in physical need for two weekend dates in November: Sunday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Eight Community Service Hours are available for students, and volunteers are needed!  Se Liana Rice if you are interested.

WATERTOWN ATHLETICS:

  • Watertown High School and Watertown Middle School Winter Sports Night will be on Tuesday, November 19that 6:30 in the High School Auditorium.  Please spread the word! Go Raiders!
  • See Mr. Harrington in Room 314 if you are interested in signing up for Boys Basketball.

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

Interested in Comics? Anime? The art of interactive gaming? Marvel/DC/Sci-Fi/Fantasy films?  Our next meetings will be Friday, Nov. 15 and Friday Nov. 22 from 3:05pm-5:00pm Any questions, see Mr. Boyd during third lunch in Room 166.

F.I.R.S.T. ROBOTICS

Are you interested in computer programming or engineering? Would you like to be part of making a 125-pound competition robot? Join the WHS Robotics Team! To learn more about the team and our competitions, watch the recent TV news stories  We meet on Tuesdays at 7PM in Room 153.

RAIDER TIMES – Get all the latest news on Watertown High School from our

 award winning student journalists! Students interested in working on the Raider Times as editors, designers, reporters, writers or photographers, see Mr. Vitti in Room 345A.   http://raidertimes.com/  

MEDICATIONS – PRESCRIPTION AND OVER THE COUNTER

As mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, students are not allowed to bring any medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, to school.  With proper documents, students may carry insulin and enzymes, epinephrine, and inhalers with them. With signed parent/guardian consent, students may take Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin), and/or Calcium Carbonate (Tums) in the nurse’s presence, as deemed appropriate by the nurse. Please see the nurse if a student needs to take any medications and to find out what appropriate documents are needed.

REMINDER ABOUT THE DRESS CODE

No bare midriffs and no exposed underwear are allowed.  Thanks for your cooperation.

HOURS FOR THE FITNESS CENTER (subject to change):

Monday           3:10 – 6:00

Tuesday         3:10 – 6:00

Wednesday    4:30 – 6:00

Thursday        CLOSED

Friday              3:10 – 6:00

No student should be in the fitness center without supervision.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS are sent to first period teachers every morning and displayed on the Lobby TV.  You can also find them in your student email, on Twitter:  watertownhighschool@watertownhigh or at this link: WHS Morning Announcements

Please sign in with the Door Monitor or the Main Office any time that you have a meeting at, or are visiting WHS.  All visitors must provide a picture ID and wear a Visitors Badge during their visit.

Students entering the building must use the front door at all times during the school day. Please do not enter through side doors, do not open a side door to let a student in and do not prop or peg a door open.

Shirley J. Lundberg

Principal, Watertown High School