Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

03.08.2019 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

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

Mar 9 – SATs (WHS is not a test site)

Mar 12 – Band-A-Rama, 7pm WHS Gymnasium

Mar 14– Mr. WHS! 6pm, Shaw Auditorium

Mar 18– Progress Reports distributed

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

Mar 22– MusicFest for all ages at Watertown Middle School

Mar 26 & 27– WHS ELA MCAS

Mar 28-Apr 11- Art Show, Watertown Mall

Apr 1 - Art Show Opening Reception, 5:00-7:00pm,Watertown Mall

Apr 3- 8th Grade Program of Studies Night at WHS, 6:30pm

Apr 5-7– NYC WorldStrides Heritage Festival with WHS musicians

Apr 13– ACTs (WHS not a test site)

Apr 15-19– April Recess

May 4– SATs (WHS is a test site)

May 7– Secondary Transition Fair, 6-7:30pm

May 6-17– AP Testing

May 15– Early Release Day – Professional Development

May 15– WHS Spring Concert

May 21-22– WHS Math MCAS

May 23– Senior Athletic Awards

May 24– Memorial Day Assembly

May 27– Memorial Day (No School)

May 30– Seniors Last Day; Senior Awards Night

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

June 1– SATs (WHS not a test site)

June 4&5– WHS Science MCAS

June 7– Graduation

June 13– Junior Cruise

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

PLEASE REMIND ALL STUDENTS TO BRING THEIR CHROMEBOOKS TO SCHOOL FULLY CHARGED ON MONDAY, MARCH 11

On Monday March 11 we will be administering the biennial Youth Risk Behavior Survey for all students, as well as an infrastructure trial for the upcoming computer-based MCAS exams. Both of these things require student use of their ChromeBooks.  Please ensure that your students bring their Chromebook to school on March 11thfully charged! For optimal performance, please reboot and chargeall Chromebooks!

URINETOWN THE MUSICAL DESCENDS UPON WATERTOWN HIGH MARCH 8,9,10!!

Come join the WHS Drama Program for Urinetown the Musical!  Don’t let the name fool you.  Our talented and hilarious cast assures a good time for the whole audience.  A serious water shortage has controlled the town of Urinetown for decades.  All townspeople have to pay to use water for drinking, cooking and even for peeing! The people of this community are miserable, and down on their luck, with no hope in sight…until Bobby Strong starts his revolution! Join us Friday @7pm, Saturday @7pm, or Sunday @2pmto find out what happens.

MR. WHS MARCH 14TH!

The biggest social event of Watertown High School will be happening on March 14th. The crowning of Mr. WHS will take place in the auditorium at 6pm. Who will be crowned Mr. WHS? Will it be Chris Peterson, Noah Ferraresso, Brandon Alleyne, Luke Murphy, Malcolm MacDonald, Anthony Chebli, Duncan Lepera, Max Bunnell, Ben Fandetti and Mange Camara. The boys will be competing in 5 events from Casual Wear, talent portion, Formal wear, the famous Rose ceremony and the Ultimate question and answer session. Come and witness history at WHS and prepare to laugh the night away as you see these boys perform on stage.Don’t be the person who misses it! Tickets are on sale at lunch for 7 dollars and 10 dollars at the door.

IT IS TIME TO REGISTER FOR SPRING ATHLETICS

Spring offerings are: Baseball, Lacrosse (for both boys and girls), Outdoor Track & Field (for both boys and girls), Tennis (for both boys and girls), Softball.

Please go to the athletics website or the Athletics Office in Room 181A for the FamilyID link to register.  All students that wish to participate (including team assistants/manager) must be registered in FamilyID by Wednesday, March 13th in order to be cleared to participate for the first day of the spring season, Monday, March 18th. See Ms. Smith or Mr. Murphy in Athletics with any questions or concerns.

PROGRESS REPORTS

Please note the change in date for Progress Reports.  They will be distributed during Advisory on Monday March 18th.

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 mandatorypre-prom/pre-cruise presentation on TUESDAY MARCH 19THfrom 7:00PM to 9:00pm.   Any seniorwho plans to attend the promand anyjunior who plans to attend the junior cruise must attendthis 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.

RYLA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Sophomores:  The Rotary Club is looking to sponsor four sophomores to attend the RYLA Leadership Conference in June. This is a FREE three-day leadership conference for students around Massachusetts. Interested students should stop by the

Guidance Department for an application.The deadline to apply is March 15.

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

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

March 16th, 3:05-4:15pm

March 29th, 3:05-4:15pm

Meetings are in the Lecture Hall.  Any questions – see Mr. Boyd!

MODEL U.N. FEBRUARY COMPETITION RESULTS!

The Model UN team competed at the very prestigious BOSMUN in Boston. The Model UN team competed against 98 teams from all over the United States and from Countries overseas such as China and South America countries.  The team did an outstanding job at this conference and Eleni Hum was recognized as one of the top delegates at this conference. Only 31 delegates are given this award out of 1,200 delegates. What makes this even more impressive is that Eleni is a freshman.  If you get a chance please congratulate them on a job well done. Members: Eleni Hum, Gleb Partensky, Henry Yusem, Negar Hamidi, Oliver Schatzle, Joe Ignacio, Patricio Pino and Anna Fabian Coaches: Mr. Buck & Mr. Mastro

WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE

The WHS Blood Drive will be held on Thursday March 21stfrom 8am to 1pm. Please see Mr. Rimas in Room 250 for an appointment.

8TH ANNUAL WATERTOWN MUSICFEST

The 8th Annual Watertown MusicFest will be Friday March 22nd at the Middle 

School. The Friends of Watertown Music is recruiting all musical people to 

perform – solo or in a band or any size group in between!  Please register by 

March 12th on their website at WatertownMusic.org.  Posters are around school 

and on music room doors.

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/  

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 compdtitions!  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

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, prescription or over-the-counter, to school.  With proper documents, students may carry insulin and enzymes, epinephrine, and inhalers with them. With 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.

CHESS CLUB

The Chess Club will now be meeting after school on Thursdays in Room 253.

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.

TREES FOR WATERTOWN – TEENS FOR TREES

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

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.
  • Any student interested in volunteering at Mount Auburn Hospital this summer, should get an application packet from Mrs. Hoffman in Room 257.  The application forms need to be completed and received by the director of volunteer services at the hospital, no later than April 10, 2019.
  • 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.

WINTER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS!

  • Boys Track- Thank you to Coach Thomas Whittenhagen who will be retiring at the end of the season. The boy’s track team had a good solid season.  Led by captains Nathan Follett and Mange Camara the team had several excellent performances including 3rd place at the Division 5 Relay Meet and tied for 4th at the Division 5 State Meet.  Individually Mange Camara had an historic season including winning two events, the 55m dash and 300m, at the Division 5 State Meet.  He also set school records in those events.  Also setting a school record was the 4 x 200m relay team of Max Juscen, Karim Monroe, Nathan Follett and Mange Camara. Mange Camara won the 300m at the state, all state, and New England meets. He will be running at the National meet this weekend in New York.
  • Girls TrackAbigael Peterson placed in the state, all state, and New England meets. She has advanced to the Nationals this weekend in New York. Abigael is also the new Watertown indoor track record holder for the high jump. The new record is five feet five inches.
  • Boys Basketball- The team finished 12-9. They made the tournament for the 24th straight season.
  • Girls Basketball- The girl’s team finished with a 9-13 record. The team won 8 more games than the previous season. They beat Shawsheen Technical School in the first round before eventually falling in the second round to Saint Mary’s of Lynn.
  • Wrestling- The team had a 20-10-1 final record. This was the largest team in the programs history. JJ Santos advanced on to the state meet. He came in third place overall last week at the sectional meet. Also placing at the sectional meet were Michael Manoukian 5th, Jose Aguilar 5th, Chris Peterson 5th, Sebastian Correa 6th, and Brandon Latin Hernandez 6th. Freshman Claire Fabian came in fourth place overall in the girls wrestling state tournament.
  • Boys Hockey- The team finished with a 9-9-4 record.  The hockey team defeated Wayland in the first round and lost a very close game to a very good Dracut / Tyngsboro team in the second round.
  • Girls Hockey- Thank you to head coach Steve Russo for all his hard work. He will be retiring after the season. Coach was with us for the last 15 seasons.
  • Cheerleading- The cheerleading program had a great winter season advancing all the way to the Regional competition.
  • Boys Swimming- The team placed in 26th place at the North Sectional Swim Meet. The team qualified for the state meet in the 200 and 400 relays. Senior Chris Kerrigan qualified for the state meet individually in the 200 and 500 meter free-style. 

HOURS FOR THE FITNESS CENTER (subject to change):

Monday                3:10 - 6:00

Tuesday              3:10 - 5:00

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.

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 CALLthe 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 ANNOUNCEMENTSare 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 officeany time that you have a meeting at, or are visiting WHS.  All visitors must leave a picture IDat the main office and wear a Visitors Badgeduring their visit.

Students entering the buildingmust 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