Principal's Letter

GOINGS ON AT WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

12.03.2018 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

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

Dec 8 – ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

Dec 10 – Auditions for Spring Musical, after school

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

Dec 12 – WHS Blood Drive, 8am-1pm, WHS Gym

Dec 12 – Progress Reports issued

Dec 12 – Winter Concert, 7:00pm

Dec 13– Parent Coffee with Principal & Guidance, 8:30am, WHS Alumni Room

Dec 17– WHS Site Council, 

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

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/  

PARENT CONFERENCE SIGN-UP LINK

Click on this link to sign up for a time slot to meet with your student’s teachers at the final fall parent conference night on December 6. 

WHS ART CLUB

The Art Club will meet Monday, December 3rd at 3:05pm in the Art Room 171.

COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS IN SHORT SUPPLY!

Are you interested in a career in computer science? Did you know that there are currently over 525,000 computer programmer jobs open and only about 60,000 computer science graduates? Did you know that the average computer programmer job starts at $55,000 per year?  The Watertown Public Library will be hosting an evening to learn more about a career in computer programming. A panel of programmers will speak at the library during the evening of Wednesday December 5th.  They will give attendees some tips on how to break into the field and some insight on what to expect once they do.  Please consider attending this event to learn more about a career in computer science. Watertown Public Library, Dec. 5th, 7:00pm.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MEMBERS OF THE WHS COMMUNITY!

  • First Annual 27.5 Mystery Staff Show

The FAPA department’s first annual Mystery Staff show was performed Saturday December 1st to a crowd of 100+ families, friends, staff and students. The secret of the name of the play was first revealed to the actors and actresses on Friday, who were then chosen for roles and given scripts. The play was blocked and practiced all day Saturday, and performed at 7pm on December 1st.  It is fair to say that all had a rollickingly good time – whether in the audience or in the production itself. Cast members: Zack Allen, Heidi Baildon, Laurie Brackett, Culley Byham, Holly Cachimuel, Megan DiDuca, Aine Dirrane, Jess Donato, Amy Donohue, Chad Foster, Chris McDermott, Pat O’Neill, Nyssa Patten, Matt Rose, Magen Slesinger, Siran Tamakian, Sarah Thiemann and Dan Wulf. 

Created by: Dan Wulf   DirectorKacie Kirkpatrick  Stage Manager:  Toni Carton  Backstage Coordinator: Sarah Vail  …And in case you want to know…the name of the mystery play this year was Robin Hood! Ticket sales will be used to help defray the cost of the biennial NYC Performance festival for all of our WHS musicians.

  • National Merit Program Recognition

Congratulations go out to Nathan Follett and Robert Leonard.  These two WHS students were named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Program, based on their scores on the 2017 PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test). Nathan and Robert were recognized for this accomplishment at the November 19 Watertown School Committee meeting.

  • National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Congratulations to Abigael Peterson for winning this award! Abbi will represent Watertown High School in the local chapter competition with a chance to compete at the state and national level.  Congratulations and good luck, Abbi!

  • Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association

A shout out goes to WHS Boys Basketball Coach, Steve Harrington who was named the Boys Division 3 North 2018 Basketball Coach of the year! Steve was honored at the Annual MBCA Banquet on November 25th.

  • Colony Care Behavioral Health recognizes “one of your truly great teachers”

We received a wonderful thank you for math teacher Karen Trenholm’s work with one of their clients.  Due to extreme anxiety issues, this student did not finish high school in the traditional time frame.  He repeatedly took the GED, passing all sections except for the math. Enter Karen Trenholm, who had previously taught this student when he was in the SEE program at WHS.  Karen volunteered to again work with this student. After several months of working together, this student passed his math GED in March 2018, and is filled with a new sense of confidence and determination. Thanks Karen, for your willingness and persistence with students past and present!

PRIDE COMMITTEE

  • A huge thank-you to the Pride Committee for their work during Spirit Week!  The Theme Days were fun, the Pep Rally was amazing and the Powder Puff game was another great success! Thanks also to the folks who braved the frigid weather to cheer on our football team on ThanksgivingThe sidewalk heaters for the fans were provided that day by the Watertown Superintendent’s Office!
  • The Pride Committee will be selling CandyGrams starting on December 3rd, and will be delivered during Advisory on December 20th. The price is $1. Send one to a friend or a favorite staff member today!

AUDITIONS FOR THE SPRING MUSICAL

Auditions for the spring play Urinetown the Musical, will be held on Monday December 10thafter school.  Urinetown is a comedy that pokes fun at the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility and at musical theater itself! Please sign up for an audition slot on the Drama Board near the Lecture Hall. If you are interested in working Tech Crew for the show, please see Ms. Kirkpatrick in Room 246. 

WHS BLOOD DRIVE

The Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday December 12th from 8am-1pm in the WHS Gym.  See Mr. Rimas in Room 250 for an appointment.

COMIC, GRAPHIC NOVEL AND ANIMATION CLUB

The Comic, Graphic Novel and Animation Club will meet on three Fridays in December:  

December 7, 3:05-4:15pm

December 14, 3:05-4:15pm

December 21 (Holiday Party), 3:05-4:05pm

Any questions – see Mr. Boyd.

PARENT COFFEE WITH PRINCIPAL AND GUIDANCE

Please join us for coffee and conversation, December 13 at 8:30am!

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 will be revealed in January!  Come learn about robotics and programming from professional engineers.  For more information see Ms. Rotondo in Room 161. Follow us on Facebook @team2423kwarqs. See our newsletters and annual report at the links below to learn more about Team 2423 Kwarqs!

2017-2018 WHS Team 2423 Report

WHS Robotics October 2018 Newsletter

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.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Attention Juniors and Seniors!! Guidance is hosting another college trip to UMass Lowell today (Monday December 3rd). We will be touring the North Campus, home of the Engineering, Business, and Science programs. 

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

  • The Watertown Public Library needs volunteers during the winter break for the Life Size Candy Land Game event. See Mrs. Hoffman in Room 257 for more information.
  • 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.us for more information.

PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY 

Do you know anyone interested in being a crossing guard?  Watertown is in need of 

a few more people. Click here for more 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.

FITNESS CENTER HOURS FOR DECEMBER

Monday          3:10pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday         3:10pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday    4:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday       3:10pm – 6:00pm

Friday             3:10pm – 6:00pm

No student should be in the fitness center without supervision.

WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

Upcoming Home Games:

Saturday December 8th

~10:00am – Varsity Wrestling v. Multiple Opponents

Tuesday December 11th

~4:30pm – Boys Freshman Basketball v. Winchester (@ Watertown Middle School)

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

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

Wednesday December 12th

~7:00pm – Varsity Wrestling v. Wakefield

Friday December 14th

~6:30pm – Boys Freshman Basketball v. Wakefield

Saturday December 15th

12:20pm – Girls Varsity Ice Hockey v. Winchester

Sunday December 16th

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

Monday December 17th

7:00pm – Boys Varsity Ice Hockey v. Pentucket

Tuesday December 18th

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

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

Wednesday December 19th

~7:00pm – Varsity Wrestling v. Maimonides

Friday, December 21st

~6:30pm – Boys Freshman Basketball v. Melrose

Follow Watertown Athletic scores and events on Twitter: @WatertownSports

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

https://watertownhs.bigteams.com

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