Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

10.12.2018 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

Oct 16 – WHS Open House for 7th& 8thGrade Families, 6:00-8:30pm

Oct 17 – Parent Coffee with Principal & Guidance; 8:15am-9:15am,  Alumni Room

Oct. 18 – WHS Think Pink Day!

Oct 18 – National Honor Society/Cum Laude Induction, 7:00PM

Oct 20– Homecoming Dance 6:00-10:00pm

Oct 22 – Watertown School Committee, 7:00pm, Town Hall

Oct 22-26– STEM Week in Massachusetts 

Oct 27– ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

Nov 3 – SAT (WHS is a test site)

Nov 6 – Election Day & Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Nov 7 – End of Term 1

Nov 8 – Start of Term 2

Nov 8, 9, 13 – ELA MCAS Retest

Nov 12 – Veterans Day observed – no school

Nov 14, 15– Math MCAS Retest

Nov 16, 17 – Fall Play, Alice in Wonderland

Nov 19 – Progress Reports issued

Nov 19 – ESL Parent Night, 5-7pm

Nov 19 - Watertown School Committee, 7:00pm, Town Hall

Nov 21 – Early Release Day

Nov 22-23 – Thanksgiving Recess;no school

Nov 28 – Parent Conferences; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Dec 1 – SATs (WHS is not a test site)

Dec 6 - Parent Conferences; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Dec 8 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

Dec 10 - Watertown School Committee, 7:00pm, Town Hall

Dec 12 – Progress Reports issued

Dec 12 – Winter Concert, 7:00pm

Dec 24 – Jan 1– Winter Recess, no school

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

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.

STUDENT ELECTION RESULTS - CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Class of 2019

President– Christine Zhu

Vice President– Kristen Tracy

Treasurer– Gabby Nolan

Secretary– Julia Greim

Executive Committee– Gabby Venezia, Ava Grillo, Catherine Connors, Shannon Hughes, Olivia Lampasona

Student Council– Justin Viasus, George Darmody, Chris Ianetta, Catherine Connors, Dianna Margaryan

Class of 2020

President–Mia Zarkadas

Vice President– Caileigh Sullivan

Treasurer– Devon Breen

Secretary– Brianna Williams

Executive Committee– Anna Aiello, Ally Kennedy, Liam McCurley, Lakshmi Thangaraj, Nicole Topanian

Student Council -  David Abrahamyan, Toni Carton, Anna Fabian, Helen Gjino, Anthia Vrahliotis

Class of 2021

President– Caiden Kiani

Vice President– Teodora Misic

Treasurer– David Manoukian

Secretary– Guilia Salvucci

Executive Committee– Grace Darmody, Leah Bailey, Elaine Andrade, Jenna Petrie

Class of 2022

President– Emma Fallon

Vice President– Frederick Labossiere

Treasurer– Anthony Lampasona

Secretary– Marissa Del Carmen

Executive Committee– Jesse Cavarretta, Meredith Greene, Zach Paquette, Nathan Theodore

Student Council– Alishba Amin, Mona Houjazy, Frederick Labossiere, Anthony Lampasona, Lara Cordeiro

School Site Council– Mona Houjazy

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

  • Juniors and Seniors:  Guidance is hosting a college visit to Bridgewater State University on Wednesday October 17th.  Please stop by Guidance for a permission slip and to sign up.  Permission slips must be returned by the end of day on October 15th to be eligible to attend.

VOTING – IT IS YOUR VOICE IN GOVERNMENT

Attention students who will be 18 by the November 6th election:  You have until October 17th to register to vote in the November 6th election. Interested? See Mr. Rimas in Room 250. First we register, then we vote!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBOTICS TEAM 2423!

Congratulations to the WHS Robotics Team for placing 2ndin the Beantown Blitz competition Saturday, October 6th!  Team members have been working hard and their performance reflects their efforts. Keep up the good work!  The robotics team meets each Tuesday at 7pm in the robotics lab, Room 153.  Come learn about robotics and programming from professional engineers.  For more information see Ms. Rotondo in Room 161.

HOMECOMING DANCE OCTOBER 20TH

The Homecoming dance will be held on Saturday, October 20th in the WHS Gym from 7-10pm.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.  See a Pride member to get your ticket today! Remember that if you wish to bring a guest, there is a pre-approval process that you must follow.  See Mr. Brewer for more information.

TODAY, FRIDAY OCTOBER 12TH

The Design Squad will be meeting after school in the Fab Lab.  We will be getting ready for STEM Week challenges!

THINK PINK OCTOBER 18TH

WHS Thinks Pink on Thursday October 18th to support the fight against cancer.  Wear pink that day!

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

  • The Armenia Tree Project is getting ready to kick off its Annual Fund campaign, and is looking for volunteers to work the phones at their Woburn office on one or more of the following dates from 6 to 8pm:  October 16, 17, 23, 24.  They will provide pizza, phones, and sample scripts. 
  • The Boys and Girls Club needs student volunteers for the following:
    • Tutoring elementary/middle school students
    • Peer tutors in the Teen Center
    • Athletic Program Assistant

If you are interested in either of these service opportunities, please see Ms. Hoffman in Room 257.

NEW PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Attention drummers and non-drummers alike:  all are welcome to join the new after school Percussion Ensemble this year.  No experience is required.  If you are interested in giving this a whirl, please talk to Mr. Jordan in the Band Room.

WORD PAINTER!

Calling all writers, artists, editors and photographers!  Do you like to write poems or stories? Enjoy photography? Like to draw?  If any of those things describe you, come and join Word Painter, the WHS creative writing magazine in Room 351 after school on Tuesday September 25.  If you have questions, see Mr. Cooke in Room 351~

OCTOBER 10TH FOR WHS – READYING ALL STUDENTS FOR THEIR NEXT STEPS

We had a very successful morning of testing on October 10th for all of our freshmen (iReady diagnostic testing) and sophomore and juniors (PSAT). iReady data is available in real time and can be used right away to help us to personalize instruction and help all students to learn and grow.  The PSAT experience is great for de-mystifying one step in the college applicatiion process, and building confidence in our students.  We are pleased to be able to provide that step for our students, free of charge to families.  PSAT test-takers will also be able to take advantage of free online SAT prep through Khan Academy.  Once the PSAT scores are released in December, we will make information about accessing scores and using the many associated resources available to students’ families through Advisory, Guidance classes, workshops and Guidance Night on January 16, 2019.

STEM WEEK OCTOBER 22-26

STEM Week Announcement

   From an announcement by the office of the Governor: “In an effort to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of STEM education, the Baker-Polito Administration has declared a statewideSTEM Weekfrom October 22-26, 2018, and is asking educators to participate by planning lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math throughout the week.

   “Massachusetts is the home of dynamic, global leaders in industries such as life sciences, robotics, and advanced manufacturing. These companies grow and add jobs here because of our STEM-oriented ecosystem. STEM Week is an important way to encourage students to get engaged in our Innovation Economy at an early age,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said.”

Watertown High School has several events planned for STEM Week including:

  • 2 STEM Career Panels Wednesday 10/24 9:00-10:00am and Friday 10/26 1:00-2:00pm
  • High School Project Lead the Way™Engineering students will facilitate a STEM challenge activity with the entire 7th grade at Watertown Middle School on Friday, Oct. 26th
  • Business students will be taking a Field Trip to Pulpdent, a Watertown family owned and operated dental research and manufacturing company established in 1947
  • In-classroom Skype opportunities with Peter Girguis -- Harvard Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, Dava Newman -- Aerospace biomedical engineer and space suit designer, Sarah Parcak -- Groundbreaking Egyptologist, Alan Stern -- Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission, or Rainer Weiss -- Nobel prize-winning physicist
  • WHS Library/FabLab STEM activities
  • WHS Library Resources Highlighting STEM Careers

FITNESS CENTER HOURS FOR OCTOBER

Monday          3:10pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday         3:10pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday    CLOSED

Thursday       3:10pm – 4:30pm

Friday             3:10pm – 6:00pm

No student should be in the fitness center without supervision.

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/  

WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

Follow Watertown Athletic scores and events on Twitter:@WatertownSports

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

https://watertownhs.bigteams.com

HOME GAMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

Friday October 12th

~7:00pm Boys Varsity Football v. Stoneham

Saturday October 13th

~10:00am B&G Varsity X-Country v. Lowell Catholic

Monday October 15th

~4:00pm Coed Varsity Golf v. Wakefield

Tuesday October 16th

~3:45pm Boys Varsity Soccer v. Wakefield

~4:00pm Girls Varsity X-Country v. Wakefield

~4:00pm Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Wakefield

~4:15pm Boys JV Soccer v. Wakefield

~4:30pm Girls JV Volleyball v. Wakefield

~4:45pm Boys Varsity X-Country v. Wakefield

~5:30pm Girls Freshman Volleyball v. Wakefield

Wednesday October 17th

~4:15pm Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Wakefield

~4:15pm Girls JV Field Hockey v. Wakefield

Thusday October 18th

~4:15pm Boys JV Soccer v. Melrose

~5:30pm Boys Varsity Soccer v. Melrose

Friday October 19th

~4:00pm Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Melrose

~4:00pm Girls Freshman Volleyball v. Melrose

~4:15pm Girls JV Field Hockey v. Melrose

~4:15pm Boys Freshman Soccer v. Melrose

~4:30pm Girls Varsity Swimming v. Winchester

~4:30pm Girls JV Volleyball v. Melrose

~6:00pm Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Melrose

~7:00pm Boys Varsity Football v. Wakefield

Sunday October 21st

~5:30pm Girls Varsity Swimming v. Wakefield (@Arlington B&G Club)

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 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