Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

10.09.2019 EDITION

RAIDER PRIDE~~~WATERTOWN STRONG

MAIN OFFICE: 617-926-7760

ATTENDANCE OR DISCIPLINE: 617-926-7730

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 617-926-7736

 

The first month of classes and activities has flown by.  Sports are in full gear.  Clubs have begun their meetings and activities. Auditions have been held for the fall play, Peter and the Starcatcher, parts have been assigned, and rehearsals have begun. The recent Homecoming Weekend and the Homecoming Dance were a big success.  We had a very good time welcoming our 6th, 7th and 8thgrade families to an Open House at WHS on October 7th.  Thanks to all of the staff and students who helped us make it a great night!

There are a lot of things coming up in our new 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

October 1-11 – PTSO Food Drive at WHS

October 10 – MEFA Financial Aid Night; 6:00pm, Lecture Hall

October 14 – No School – Columbus Day

October 15 – PTSO Meeting “Ask the Principal Night”; 6:30 pm WHS Library

October 16 – iReady Math for 9th grade, in-school PSATs for 10th & 11th grade (see description in the newsletter below)

October 16 – Early Release for students; Prof. Develop. in the afternoon for teachers

October 16 – WHS Site Council; 6:30pm WHS Library

October 17 – National Honor Society Induction, 7:00pm, WHS Shaw Auditorium

October 26 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

November 2 – SATs (WHS is a test site)

November 5 – No School, Professional Development Day

November 6, 7, 8 – ELA MCAS retest

November 11 – No School – Veterans Day

November 13 & 14 – Math MCAS retest

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

November 26 – Parent Conferences 4:30 – 6:30pm

November 27 – Early Release

November 28-29 – Thanksgiving 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.

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.   If you are interested in being a part of the WHS Site Council, we will be meeting on Wednesday October 16th at 6:30 in the WHS Library.  Please join us!

EUROPE 2020 TRIP PARTICIPANTS

There will be a mandatory meeting on Thursday October 10 in Mr. Buck’s Room 254 for all students that are going on the Europe 2020 trip. There will be a morning meeting at 7:15am and an afternoon meeting at 3:15pm.  You MUST attend one of the meetings. Please see Mr. Buck with any questions.

SEAL OF BILITERACY

Have you been studying another language for years? Are you fluent in more than one language? If the answer is yes, then you have the opportunity to be honored at graduation!  Interested juniors and seniors please see Mr. Silverberg in the world Languages wing on the third floor for information about how you can achieve the Seal of Biliteracy.

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. You can email the PTSO for more information at watertownptso@gmail.com

  • The PTSO is partnering with the Watertown Community Foundation in a town-wide food drive from October 1stto the 11th, to help stock the local food pantries. At the high school, there are drop boxes in the WHS Library and in Guidance. Non-perishable items are most graciously welcomed! Items to consider are canned goods, pasta and cereal. Please check the expiration dates to ensure that the goods can still be distributed.
  • The PTSO is also holding a Fall 2019 Raffle for a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner.  Tickets are $10 each and only 200 will be offered.  Email the PTSO at watertownptso@gmail.com for more information.
  • “Ask the Principal Night at PTSO” will be Tuesday October 15th at 6:30pm in the WHS Library.  All are welcome to meet with Principal Lundberg, hear about what is happening at the high school, and ask questions.  Following the Q& A with Principal Lundberg, there will be a short PTSO meeting to discuss equal support for all grade levels, and allocating funds with the resources that we have.  

CALLING ALL FRESHMEN

It is a tradition that each grade creates a banner that can be hung above their area of the bleachers. It is the Freshman Class’s turn to create theirs!  We need ideas and materials.  If you would like to be a part of this endeavor, please meet in Room 210 (Mr. Nabel’s classroom) at 3:10 on Thursday October 10th!

WHS THINKS PINK!!!!

WHS Think Pink t-shirts are now on sale for $10.  See any Pride Committee member to order yours. The deadline to order is Friday October 11th.

NEWS WRITERS, CREATIVE WRITERS AND ARTISTS!

The deadline to submit to The Raider Times and Word Painter is Friday October 11th. Send news stories to Mr. Vitti and creative writing to Mr. Cooke.  See Mr. Cooke, Mr. Vitti or Alicia Karunaratne with any questions. Also, the New Word Painter magazine is out! Get your copy of the magazine in the main office, the library, or outside of Room 351.

WATERTOWN ATHLETICS:

Please click here to check the schedule of games: Schedule Star Watertown High School

SPECIAL SCHEDULE  FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16TH

October 16th is an Early Release Day for students, but we have a lot going on for students on that morning.  

  • Freshmen will be taking the iReady Math assessment.  Stay tuned for Room assignments.  Be sure to bring your FULLY CHARGED ChromeBook and charging cord to school.  There will be a student panel presention/Q&A with WHS Seniors to close out your morning!
  • Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSATs.  The school has paid for your test!  This is a great chance to get in the practice before you take the SATs.  Experience shows that students who take the PSAT do better on the SAT than students who do not take the PSAT.  In addition, the PSAT affords you possibilities for scholarships as well as free SAT Prep, targeted to your needs, through Khan Academy. Stay tuned for room assignments and details.
  • Seniors 
    • should be planning Job Shadows, or College Visits that day.  
    • if you are interested in being on the Senior Panel that will present to the Freshman, please see Mr. Rose or Mr. Nabel for more information
    • if you are interested in visiting Harvard University and shadowing a student, please see Ms. Boudreau or Ms. Maguire in 222.   

Forms are available in Guidance to document a senior’s experiences on October 16th, so that the absence may be excused.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT DRIVE SEPTEMBER 16 TO OCTOBER 31

Collecting:  Hockey equipment, lacrosse equipment, sporting sticks, balls, football equipment, shin guards, cleats, running shoes, golf clubs, tennis racquets.  Drop off locations:  Watertown High School Athletic Office or Watertown Middle School Main Lobby.

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

Interested in Comics? Anime? The art of interactive gaming? Marvel/DC/Sci-Fi/Fantasy films?  Our next meeting will be Friday, October 18th 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.

GUIDANCE NEWS

  • Juniors and Seniors: The WHS Guidance Department is hosting a college visit to UMass Boston & Bunker Hill Community College on Monday November 4th.  Please pick up your permission slips in Guidance and return them by October 21st
  • Guidance Visits:  Com by the Guidance suite to learn more about these schools.  The admissions representatives at these visits could be the people who will be looking at your application!  If interested, sign up on Naviance.
    • October 10th @ 11:30am – Johnson & Wales
    • October 15th @ 11:30am - MIT

Check out all of the great information at this link WHS Guidance News and Information

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 – 4:30

Wednesday    closed

Thursday        3:10 – 4:30

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 provide 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 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