Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

01.08.2019 EDITION

RAIDER PRIDE~~~WATERTOWN STRONG

MAIN OFFICE: 617-926-7760

ATTENDANCE OR DISCIPLINE: 617-926-7730

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: 617-926-7736

 

NEWS AND EVENTS

Highlights of Upcoming Events

Jan 16 – Overview of New 2019-20 Master Schedule, 6-6:30pm, Lecture Hall

Jan 16 – Guidance Night 6:30-8:30pm

Jan 21 – No School; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 22-25 – Midterm exams

Jan 28 – WHS Site Council; 6:30 – 8:00pm

Feb 4 - School Committee Meeting; 7pm, Town Hall

Feb 6&7 – WHS Biology MCAS retest

Feb 7 – WHS Junior Future Planning Night; 6-7:30pm

Feb 8 – Report Cards distributed

Feb 9 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

Feb 18-22 – No School; February Recess

Feb 25 – WHS Site Council; 6:30-8:00pm

Feb 28 – WHS Parent Conferences; 6:30-8:30pm

Mar 4 - School Committee Meeting; 7pm, Town Hall

Mar 4,5,6 – WHS ELA MCAS Retest

Mar 5 – WHS Parent Conferences; 6:30-8:30pm

Mar 6 – Early Release Day for Professional Development

Mar 7 & 8 – WHS Math MCAS retest

Mar 8, 9, 10 – Spring Musical Urinetown; Mar 8 & 9 @ 7pm; Mar 10 @  2pm

Mar 9 – SATs (WHS is not a test site)

Mar 19 – Mandatory pre-prom/pre-cruise meeting for Jrs & Srs with parent/guardian

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

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/  

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF LAST NIGHT’S WHS TALENT SHOW

1st Place:  Noah and the News, performing Wonderwall by Oasis

  • Noah Ferraresso (vocals), Mr. Brian Foye (guitar), Carolyn Gulley (violin), Brandon Alleyne (drums)

2ndPlace:  Julia Greim, performing Elsewhere by Bethany Joy Lenz

  • Julia Greim (vocals), Mr. Dan Wulf (piano)

3rdPlace:  Mange and George, performing Someone Like You by Adele

  • Mange Camara (vocals & guitar); George Darmody (piano)

All of the acts at the show were wonderful! Thanks to Class of 2019 Advisor Mr. Graham Madden, Class of 2019 hosts Shannon Hughes and Mary Boyajian for the first ever all female co-hosts of the event, and to the Class of 2022 for providing the Snack Table!

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

The Comic, Graphic Novel and Animation Club will meet on the following Fridays in January:  

January 11th, 3:05-4:05pm

January 18th, 3:05-4:30pm

Any questions – see Mr. Boyd!

WHS ROBOTICS TEAM 2423

The WHS Robotics team continues to build its skills while having fun along the way, in preparation for the 2019 Destination Deep Space FIRST challenge, which was revealed  January 5th! Come learn about robotics and programming from professional engineers.  For more information see Ms. Rotondo in Room 161.  Follow us on Facebook @team2423kwarqs.  Check out the new Deep Space Challenge for 2019! See our newsletters and annual report at the links below to learn more about Team 2423 Kwarqs!

December 2018 Newsletter

2017-2018 WHS Team 2423 Report

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF THE CLASS OF 2019

The deadline is approaching for you to create a personalized recognition message your student’s yearbook!  Click here for the design link!  See Ms. Mundy with any questions.

GUIDANCE NIGHT JANUARY 16TH

Need some study tips before midterms? Want to learn how to manage your stress? Looking for information about the college application process or SATs/ACTs? Come to Guidance Night on Wednesday January 16 from 6:30-8:30pm to attend workshops on these topics and much more.  Workshops are appropriate for students of all grades!

There will also be an overview of the NEW 2019-2020 Master Schedule from 6:00-6:30pm in the Lecture Hall for students and parents who are interested!

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

IMPORTANT DATE FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Tuesday March 19th

In an effort 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 mandatory pre-prom/pre-cruise presentation on TUESDAY MARCH 19TH from 7:00PM to 9:00pm.   Any senior who plans to attend the prom and any junior who plans to attend the junior cruise must attend this presentation with a parent or guardian. Junior and senior students who do not attend this meeting with a parent or a guardian will not be allowed to attend the prom or the cruise.

IMPORTANT MEETING FOR STUDENTS GOING ON THE SPAIN TRIP

There will be a mandatory meeting for students going on the Spain trip on Monday, January 28th, immediately after school in Ms. Chiodo’s Room 338.

DEBATE CLUB

As you may have heard, Evan Fleischer and Mr. Mastro are starting a new debate club at Watertown High. If you are interested in finding out more about this, please ask Evan or visit Mr. Mastro in Room 251.

CHESS CLUB

The Chess Club will be meeting in Room 253 from 8:00-8:30am on Wednesdays! 

RAIDERS STUDY CLUB

Need a space to work on assignments, study for tests or quizzes, or get extra help when you need it? Do you already know what to do, and want to help other students? Join the Raiders Study Club! The club meets on Thursdays in Room 322 from 3:15-4:30pm.  We have food and drinks.  Students can earn Community Service hours for helping other students. See Mr. O’Neill for more information.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TREES FOR WATERTOWN!

Have you heard of this great organization?  Did you know that they provide student internships for summertime work in mapping and recording information about Watertown’s shade trees and the Watertown urban forest? If you would like to learn more and possibly consider a summer internship as a part of Teens for Trees, take a look at the annual report from last year’s work! Teens for Trees - Trees for Watertown Report

LINK TO THE DECEMBER 12THWINTER CONCERT FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE!

  • If you missed theDecember 12thWinter Concert, you missed a wonderful musical time! Catch it now by clicking on this link! (The actual concert begins at 2:57 on the timer). Performances include: 
    • WHS Concert Band
    • WHS Chorus, 
    • WHS String Ensemble
    • WHS Percussion Ensemble - the inaugural performance!
    • WHS Jazz Ensemble
    • WHS Watertones A Cappella Ensemble

A FEW SNIPPETS FROM THE WHS RADIO/TV/VIDEO CLASSES

If you have ever wondered if the Video, TV or Radio classes are something that your student might enjoy, here are a few examples of the productions from fall classes!

  • Digital Video Making classes, students Harriet Neely and Nurin Jeslina Binti Mohd Nazri have been hard at work producing their tasty Digital Short: "Microwave Magic". Enjoy a quick dessert this holiday season:

Microwave Magic Ep 1(Brownie Mugcake): https://vimeo.com/303502724 

Microwave Magic Ep 2(Peppermint Fudge): https://vimeo.com/304430907

  • The TV News class has posted their first episode of our signature news magazine show "Raider News," crafted in the style of "60-Minutes" or "Real Sports"

Raider News 2018-19 Ep 1https://vimeo.com/304637237 

  • All Things Sports-  Students Nick Nardone and Brian Manning continue with their weekly sports talk show covering the latest in the Boston/National sports scene from the NBA to the NFL, MLB, and all points in between. 

All Things Sports Ep 5: https://vimeo.com/305822519

  • Advanced Capstone students Ashley Mawanda and Diana Margaryan have opened their web-based style/entertainment talk show "The Ashley & Diana Show" 

Ashley & Diana Show Ep 1: https://vimeo.com/305817502

On the radio side of the station, three different live shows continue to rotate through the 4th Period class daily. Days 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 - 11:40AM to 12:28PM / Day 3 - 11:55AM to 12:43PM

Listen Live (Click link, then click play on the player): http://player.streamlicensing.com/4757?l&stream_id=8932

On-demand "Best of" clips will be found on our SoundCloud page below:

http://www.soundcloud.com/wrdr_raiderradio

FIND WHSonWCATV ONLINE!!! GIVE US A LIKE OR FOLLOW!!!

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.
  • The Cunniff Afterschool Program is looking for a few student volunteers to help the English Learner students with their homework. Please contact Ms. Phillipson, the ESL coordinator at ext. 37297, or (617) 972-4297, or at Kathryn.Phillipson@watertown.k12.ma.usfor more information.
  • Camp Abilitiesis April 15-April 19, 2019.  We will be running a variety of activities with students who are blind or visually impaired. These activities include goal ball, swimming, biking, archery, tennis, and track & field to name a few. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers must commit to the entire week. Times are 8am to noon, noon to 5pm, or both. Location:  Perkins Campus. For questions or to sign-up:  linda.oleson@perkins.orgor (617) 972-7233.

FITNESS CENTER HOURS FOR JANUARY

Monday          3:10pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday         3:10pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday    4:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday       3:10pm – 4:30pm

Friday             3:10pm – 6:00pm (note: closing at 5pm on 1/11/19)

No student should be in the fitness center without supervision.

WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

Upcoming Home Games:

Friday January 11

~5:15pm – Girls Varsity Basketball v. Wilmington

~5:30pm – Boys JV Basketball v. Wilmington (@ WMS)

~7:00pm – Boys Varsity Basketball v. Wilmington

~7:00pm – Girls JV Basketball v. Wilmington (@ WMS)

Saturday January 12

~10:00am – Varsity Wrestling v. Multiple

~12:20pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Burlington

Tuesday January 15

~5:15pm – Girls JV Basketball v. Belmont

~7:00pm – Girls Varsity Basketball v. Belmont

Wednesday January 16

~6:00pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Wilmington

Friday January 18

~5:15pm – Boys Freshman Basketball v. Stoneham

Saturday January 19

~10:00am – Varsity Wrestling v. Multiple

~12:20pm – Boys Varsity ice Hockey v. Essex Tech

~2:20pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Lexington

Sunday January 20

~1:30pm – Boys Varsity Swim v. Winchester

Tuesday January 22

~7:00pm – Varsity Wrestling v. Melrose

~8:30pm – Boys Varsity Swim v. Somerville

Wednesday January 23

~5:15pm – Boys JV Basketball v. Boston Green Academy

~7:00pm – Boys Varsity Ice Hockey v. Bedford

~7:00pm – Boys Varsity Basketball v Boston Green Academy

Friday January 25

~5:15pm – Boys Varsity Basketball v. Wakefield

~5:15pm – Girls JV Basketball v. Wakefield (@ WMS)

~7:00pm – Boys JV Basketball v. Wakefield (@ WMS)

~7:00pm – Girls Varsity Basketball v. Wakefield

Saturday January 26

~12:20pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Belmont

Sunday January 27

~1:00pm – Boys Varsity Swim v. Melrose

Tuesday January 29

~5:15pm – Boys JV Basketball v. Woburn

~6:30pm – Boys Freshman Basketball v. Woburn (@ WMS)

~7:00pm – Boys Varsity Basketball v. Woburn

Wednesday January 30

~5:15pm – Boys JV Basketball v. Fenway

~6:00pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Woburn

~7:00pm – Boys Varsity Basketball v. Fenway

~8:00pm – Boys Varsity Ice Hockey v. Newton South

Thursday January 31

~7:00pm – Varsity Wrestling v. Newton North

Follow Watertown Athletic scores and events on Twitter:@WatertownSports

To find the latest up-to-date schedules and scores:

https://watertownhs.bigteams.com

SCHOOL CLOSURES (SNOW DAYS) AND DELAYED OPENINGS 

State law requires 180 days of instruction and also requires that any school closures (“snow days”) be made up before June 30. School closures and delayed openings are: 

  • Posted on the District’s website (www.watertown.k12.ma.us), the WPS Facebook page (@watertownpublicschools) and the WPS Twitter feed (@watertownschool) 
  • Emailed to parents and staff from the Superintendent’s office via the District’s messaging service
  • Broadcast to the following stations: 
    • WCVB Television (Channel 5)

    • WHDH Television (Channel 7)

    • NBC Boston (Channel 10 and NECN)  
    • WFXT Television (Channel25)
    • WBZ Television (Channel 4) 
    • WBZ Radio (AM 1030) 

Some television stations provide a free text alert service notifying of closures and delays (e.g., www.fox25boston.com/weather/closing-login). 

We will post on the above locations as soon as the decision is made. On most occurrences, the decision to open, delay or close school is made between 5:30 and 6:00 AM. It is only on rare occasions that conditions are such that a clear decision can be made the night before. In those cases we endeavor to make the decision to have it broadcast on the 11:00 PM news. Additionally, the District will call households once a decision has been made about the school cancellation or delay. 

Please DO NOT CALL the School Department, Police Department, or Fire Department for school cancellation information as these lines must remain open for emergency situations. 

Delayed Openings 

A delayed opening may be announced to allow the District and/or Department of Public Works to adequately prepare streets, walkways, and parking lots for safe travel. Delayed openings will be for one (1) hour to two (2) hours after the schools’ regular scheduled start times. Before-school programs are cancelled on days with delayed openings. Lunch will be served at the regular time and school will close at the regular time. 

Preschool 

Preschool classes are cancelled on days of school closure. On days with delayed school openings, AM preschool will be cancelled and PM preschool will begin at the usual time. 

Extended Day 

Extended Day programs are cancelled on days of school closure. On days with delayed openings, before- school Extended Day programs are canceled and after-school Extended Day programs begin as usual. On occasion, the District may call for an early release or cancel PM and evening activities including after- school Extended Day programs. Please stay attuned to the aforementioned television and radio stations for notifications of PM closures. 

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS are sent to first period teachers every morning and displayed on the Lobby TV.  You can also find them on Twitter:  watertownhighschool@watertownhigh

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 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