Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

12.06.2019 EDITION

RAIDER PRIDE~~~WATERTOWN STRONG

MAIN OFFICE: 617-926-7760

ATTENDANCE OR DISCIPLINE: 617-926-7730

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 617-926-7736

 

 

Our fall play, “Peter and the Star Catcher” was a great success!  See below to hear about all of the successes and celebrations for our fall sports teams and athletes.  Winter sports tryouts are in active session, and this week also began the tryouts for the Spring Musical, “Chicago”. Our progress with the Massachusetts School Building Authority continues to move forward, and the Winter break is approaching! Please enjoy reading about recent and upcoming events, and join in!

NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Highlights of Upcoming Events

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

December 9 – WPS School Committee Meeting, 7:00pm, Town Hall

December 11 – WHS Site Council, 6:30-8:00pm, WHS Library

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

December 14 – F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Open House, 1-4pm, WHS Robotics Shop

December 19 – Q2 Progress Reports distributed in Advisory

December 19 – Winter Concert; 7:00 pm, Shaw Auditorium

December 20 – Graduate Panel presents to Seniors during C Block (9:31am)

December 23 – January 1 – No School – Winter Recess

Mid-January – 11th Grade Guidance classes (in Social Studies)

January 15 – Early Release for students – Professional Development

January 15 – Guidance Night, 6:30-8:30pm

January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 21-24 – Mid-Year Exams

January 22 – 8th Grade Tour Day

February 5&6 – Biology MCAS retest

February 6 – Junior Future Planning Night, 6:30 – 8:00pm

February 8 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

February 17-21 – No School – February Recess

Feb. 28, 29 & Mar 1 – High school musical “Chicago”; 7pm, 7pm, 2pm

March 2-4 – ELA MCAS retest

March 5 – Parent Conferences, 4:30-6:30pm

March 6 & 9 – Math MCAS retest

March 9 – Band-A-Rama Rehearsal, 3:15pm

March 10 & 11 – Seal of Biliteracy testing

March 10 – Report Cards distributed in Advisory

March 10 – Parent Conferences 6:30-8:30pm

March 11 – Mr. WHS Dress Rehearsal

March 11 – Band-A-Rama, 7:00pm, WHS Gymnasium

March 12 – Mr. WHS, 6:00pm, Shaw Auditorium

March 14 – SATs (WHS is not a test site)

Mid-March – Scholarship Booklet distributed

March 24 & 25 – ELA MCAS

March 25 – Mandatory Pre-Cruise, Pre-Prom meeting for student and parent/guardian

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.

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!

PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE WELCOME!

Parents & Guardians are invited to join the Site Council meeting on December 11 at 6:30 in the WHS Library.  There will be a discussion on the draft of a new District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), which lays out the accommodations that may be provided for all students to help them to be successful in accessing the curriculum.  Your feedback will be welcomed and reported back to the DCAP subcommittee for consideration as they refine a final draft.

CAMP SUNSHINE VOLUNTEERS

This is the last call for Seniors interested in volunteering at Camp Sunshine, to sign up.  It will next be opened up to Juniors on a first-come, first served basis.  See Ms. Bloomer with any questions.

GUIDANCE NEWS!

Dear 10th and 11th grade parents/guardians:

     We are excited to let you know that your student's PSAT results will be available online on Monday, December 9 through the CollegeBoard website (https://studentscores.collegeboard.org/home). Your student will receive information about accessing their scores via email and will attend a brief meeting on Tuesday, December 10 during Advisory to receive an overview of what FREE tools and resources are available through CollegeBoard to students once they access their PSAT scores. These resources include feedback on their areas of strength and areas of growth, information on the test questions themselves (what the correct answer was, the skills being assessed on that question, whether the question was considered easy, average, or difficult, etc.), and an opportunity to link their account with Khan Academy for free, individualized test preparation.

     During Math and English classes next week, students will have their PSAT test booklets returned to them so they can see the actual test questions and use the booklet for future practice and to review their results online. Students will also be given directions guiding them through the process to access scores and will be invited to attend PSAT workshops in Guidance over the next month. These workshops will be aimed at helping students understand their scores and what next steps they should be taking. Students are more than welcome to make an appointment with their guidance counselor individually as well. In addition, workshops about PSAT results and results will be presented at our Guidance Night: An Evening of Workshops for Students and Families on Wednesday, January 15. Stay tuned for more details on this annual event filled with workshops!

   The PSATs are a big step for students as they continue to plan for life after high school and we are excited to work with them as they plan these next steps. As always, please reach out to your student's guidance counselor if you have questions. We hope to see you in January for Guidance Night if not before!

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • The Watertown Recreation Department is sponsoring a volunteer snow shoveling program.  Please see Ms. Hoffman in 257 for information on how to register.
  • Student volunteers are need to provide child care at the next Anti-Bias Coalition event on Wednesday December 11 from 5:30-8:30pm at Watertown High School.  See Ms. Hoffman in 257 if you want to volunteer.

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.

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, Dec. 12 and Thursday Dec. 19 from 3:05pm-5:05pm in the Lecture Hall.  Any questions, see Mr. Boyd during third lunch in Room 166.

F.I.R.S.T. ROBOTICS

You’re invited to an Open House

December 14, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Watertown High School

50 Columbia Street, Watertown, MA

   Come meet the team. Learn about Watertown High’s robotics program, drive one of our robots…and see our new shop, practice field and training space.

   Enjoy our silent auction, 50/50 raffle, theme basket and other fun activities!

Looking forward to catching up with our student and mentor alums, sponsors, supporters, school professionals and community members.

Unable to attend? Consider helping out the team with a

personal donation and asking your company to sponsor the team.

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/ 

SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS!

Fall Accomplishments:

Boys Soccer

  • Middlesex League Champions

Field Hockey

  • Middlesex League Champions
  • Ally Kennedy- Middlesex League All-Star, All Conference Team, and Freedom Division CO-MVP
  • Aurise Tattrie- Middlesex League All-Star, All Conference Team, and Freedom Division CO-MVP
  • Coach Donohue is being inducted into National Field Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in January 2020

Girls Soccer Volleyball  

  • won the MIAA Sportsmanship Award this fall

Girls Volleyball  

  • won the MIAA Sportsmanship Award this fall

Cheerleading

  • Eva Kelleher- Middlesex League All- Star

Football

  • David Manoukian- Middlesex League All-Star

Boys Soccer

  • Rodrigo Freitas- Middlesex League All-Star, All Conference Team, and Freedom Division MVP
  • Gevork Karapetyan- Middlesex League All-Star
  • Devon Breen- Middlesex League All-Star
  • Nicholas Dipace- Middlesex League All-Star
  • Caiden Kiani- Middlesex League All-Star

Cross Country

  • Lakshmi Thangaraj- Middlesex League All-Star
  • Coach Wittenhagen is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the MSTCA in the spring of 2020

Golf

  • Dario Christie- Middlesex League All-Star
  • Tim McCall- Middlesex League All-Star

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        3:10 – 6:00

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