Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

05.10.2019 EDITION

RAIDER PRIDE~~~WATERTOWN STRONG

MAIN OFFICE: 617-926-7760

ATTENDANCE OR DISCIPLINE: 617-926-7730

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 617-926-7736

 

The end of the school year is always packed with events, activities and celebrations. We are fortunate to have an amazing staff of educators who give their hearts and souls to the continuous betterment of the educational program for the students of Watertown High.  We acknowledge the contributions of our staff especially during this month of May with teacher and staff appreciation tributes that have being taking place throughout the week.  The PTSO is also providing a luncheon prior to the early release Professional Development time on May 15th.  Thanks to those of you organizing this event and for taking the time to say thank you to our wonderful WHS staff! Most of all, thanks for entrusting your students to us. 

There are a lot of things coming up in our remaining weeks of school. Be sure to take note and join in!

NEWS AND EVENTS

Highlights of Upcoming Events

May 6-17– AP Testing

May 13– iReady Math Assessment for 9thGrade Students

May 13– Community Vaping Event, Watertown Middle School, 6:30pm

May 15– Early Release Day – Professional Development

May 15– WHS Spring Concert

May 20– iReady ELA Assessment for 9thGrade Students

May 21-22– WHS Math MCAS

May 23– Senior Athletic Awards

May 24– Memorial Day Assembly (9-10am)

May 27– Memorial Day (No School)

May 30– Seniors Last Day; Senior Awards Night

May 30 – Sophomore Class Trip to Kimball Farms

May 31– Senior Prom @ Venezia, Boston, 6-10pm

June 1– SATs (WHS not a test site)

June 4-5– WHS Science MCAS

June 7– WHS Graduation, 6pm

June 11-14– Final Exams for Grades 9, 10, 11

June 13– Junior Cruise

June 17– Last day of school – ½ day for students

Student Class Advisors:

Class of 2019 – Mr. Madden

Class of 2020 – Ms. Mundy

Class of 2021 – Ms. Malone & Ms. McGovern

Class of 2022 – Mr. Mastro & Ms. Glencross

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Want to know where WHS students have been accepted? Check out this list of WHS acceptances for the past 3 years!

OUR COURTYARD CLEAN-UP NEEDS EXTRA HANDS SATURDAY MAY 11TH

This Saturday, 5/11, there will be a courtyard cleanup from 10-12. Please sign up with Mr. Nabel in room 210, or online using the link below. Community service hours are available for helping clean up and ready the school’s garden areas. We need help weeding perennial flowerbeds, hauling yard waste to the back parking lot, and wheel-barrowing mulch to the central courtyard. Come help make this space more inviting for all to enjoy! Bring your gardening gloves if you have them! The “official” sign-up link is below.

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2759117/true#/invitation

THE TRUTH ABOUT VAPING

The Watertown Public Schools will be hosting a community event at the Middle School on Monday, May 13thfrom 6:30pm – 8:00pm, entitled The Truth About Vaping.Our speaker will be Traci Wojceichowski, who is the Regional Director of Education at the Caron Treatment Centers.   Traci recently presented on this topic at a Middlesex Partnership for Youth event. She has also spoken at numerous school and community events. The target audience is parents, but students are also encouraged to attend!

Click here to see the flyer.

iREADY END OF YEAR ASSESSMENTS FOR 9THGRADE STUDENTS

All 9th grade students took a benchmarking assessment at the beginning of the year, called iReady.  As one tool to measure student growth, we also administer these assessments near the end of the school year.  This year the second administration of the iReady Assessments will be conducted on the following dates: 

  • Mathematics                     Monday, May 13th during an extended Advisory period
  • English Language Arts    Monday, May 20th during an extended Advisory period

We ask your assistance in helping your student(s) to be ready for these assessments by:

  • bringing their fully charged Chromebook to school on these days
  • bringing ear buds, if they have them, to prevent distractions in the testing room during their "brain breaks" which will not happen at the same time for every student
  • bringing their Chromebook charger to school
  • getting a good night's sleep the night before the assessments
  • eating a good breakfast on the day of the assessments

Thank you for assisting your students in getting their best possible assessment results!

WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL SPRING CONCERT IS MAY 15TH!

The Watertown High School Annual Spring Concert will be Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm.  Come celebrate our high school musicians as you hear the Concert Band, String Ensemble, Chorus, Watertones, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band.  It's a night of music you don't want to miss!

WHS STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BE PROACTIVE CITIZENS OF THE PLANET

The Environmental Club has installed recycling bins and informational posters in the cafeteria to increase recycling at lunchtime. Please refer to the signs if you are unsure of what can go into the bins. In particular, please avoid adding any food or drink waste to the bins, as it contaminates the other recyclables. We appreciate your help in keeping WHS green!

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Are you looking for a paid summer job? Look no further that Teens for Trees (tfwteensfortrees.org)! We're continuing to accept applications for our 2019 summer program, available at https://tfwteensfortrees.org/2019app/. Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 17th Don't delay, apply today! This program provides Watertown teens with an opportunity to care for trees, raise community awareness of the importance of urban trees, and preparing for a community tree planting in the fall. Our work for 2019 will be accomplished by hiring 6 to 10 Watertown teenagers to learn about the importance of a healthy urban forest and to become stewards in taking care of it. Questions? Contact David Meshoulam, Program Director, at david@tfwteensfortrees.org.Teens for Trees - Trees for Watertown Report

WATERTOWN BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB TOY DRIVE

Watertown Boys and Girls club will be collecting new toys for their 2nd Annual Toy Drive. Please donate new, unopened toys. There is a collection box in the main office.

SOPHOMORE CLASS TRIP:

The sophomore class trip is to Kimball Farms in Westford on May 30th. Permission slips can be found outside of Ms. McGovern's room (258). The total cost of the trip is $75, which includes: ice cream buffet, transportation, bumper boats, bumper cars, mini-golf and much more! Permission slips and a deposit of $25 is due on May 17th. The final payment is due on May 29th. Please see Ms. McGovern if you have any questions.

CALLING ALL STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS!

Watertown Savings Bank is now accepting photo entries for the annual High School Photography Competition. Prizes range from $100 to $500 and award winners will be published in the 2020 WSB Calendar. Go to watertownsavings.comfor more information.

WORD PAINTER

Want to see your story or poem in a magazine? Want to put "staff editor" on your resume or college application?  Word Painter wants YOU!  See Mr. Cooke in room 351 if you have any questions.

PEER LEADERS WANTED!

Advisory offers a small group of Juniors an opportunity to discuss and explore the issues of peer relationships, academic success, adjusting to high school expectations, bullying, and communication skills. Experience and research show that having an older student as a peer leader helps group members think and speak more deeply about the topics that are real for them.  Are you interested in being a Peer Leader? If you are a current junior in good standing and would like to be a mentor to students in Grade 9 or Grade 10, pick up an application from your current advisor or stop by 222 (Ms. Boudreau) or 317 (Ms. Seashore) for an application. The last day for applications is May 24.

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

The Comic, Graphic Novel and Animation Club will meet for the final times this year: May 17: 3:05-4:30; May 31: 3:05-4:30; and June 7: 3:05-5PM (Final Meeting, gaming meeting). Any questions see Mr. Boyd.

BOSTON PRIDE PARADE

The GSA will be marching in the Boston Pride Parade again this year on Saturday, June 8th. All are welcome to join us; staff and students! If you are interested, stop by 325 to pick up a permission slip from Mr. Hughes.

LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITY

Joe’s Variety on 278 Orchard Street in Watertown will be holding open interviews for students on Saturday May 11, 2018 between 11am-1pm. They are looking to hire students to work after school until 7 p.m, and also students who are looking for a summer job! 

COMMUNITY SERVICE 

  • Seniors:Your Community Service Hours are posted on the door to Room 257.  Please see Ms. Hoffman if you have any questions about your completed hours.
  • Please see Mrs. Hoffman in 257 for information about volunteering on Saturday, May 11at WGBH Studios. The event runs from 11am-4pm.
  • The tech department needs a few students after school to unpack Chrome Books. Please see Mrs. Tardiff in tech services if you are interested. You will earn community service hours for your time.
  • We are looking for 4 students to help watch students at the Lowell School from 7-8PM on Wednesday, May 15 during a meeting. Please see Ms. Eaton in Guidance if you are able to help.
  • Mike Ferullo is hosting a 5K run on Sunday, May 19th at Franklin Park in Boston. He is looking for volunteers to work the race. If you are interested or know of students who may need some community service hours, please see Ms. Boudreau.

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/  

GUIDANCE NEWS

  • Create your own internship opportunity and earn a stipend this summer! Stop by Guidance to learn about how you can get paid fro creating your own internship and get a chance to explore a career you might be interested in pursuing. Applications for the WCF Internship program are accepted on a rolling basis – first come, first served!
  • Check out all of the great information at this link WHS Guidance News and Information

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.

RAIDERS STUDY CLUB

Brace yourselves! Final exams are coming! Getting nervous and need some extra help? Or do you just want to finish the year strong? Come to the Raiders Study Club! We meet as always in Room 322 on Thursdays from 3:15-4:30. We'll have food and drinks, and don’t forget that you can get community service hours for helping other students. See Mr. O'Neill for more details.

SPRING SPORTS – LINK TO GAME SCHEDULES

All of the latest sports schedules may be found on the WHS Web Site under “Athletics”.

HOURS FOR THE FITNESS CENTER (subject to change):

Monday          Closed

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 at the main office any time that you have a meeting at, or are visiting WHS.  All visitors must leave a picture ID at the main office and wear a Visitors Badge during their visit.

Students entering the building must use the front door at all timesduring 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