Winthrop High School Newsletter
Raising Funds for the Family of Martin Richard
WHS Drama Society
The Winthrop High School Students of the Month for April were Orges Alabaku, Brooke Bacigalupo, Casie Brazil, Sarina Cerulli, Kyle Dalton, Kathryn Fraher, Xena Herbert, Eric Keller, Alexander Kelly, Nicole O'Brien, Stephanie O'Brien, Bardhyl Peti, Juanita Saenz, and Mariah Ussia.
WHS Mock Trial
Winthrop High School’s Mock Trial Team participated in the annual East Boston Law Day Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at East Boston District Court. The case involved a juvenile assault, and the students had to prepare both prosecution and defense. Defense lawyers were Dominic DeRocco and Michael Mazzone; prosecution lawyers were Caitlin Egan and Mark Tracy; Moriah Goldblatt was the judge and witnesses were Ana Aravena, Julia Ford and Julia Tracy.
Mrs. D'Amore's biology classes have created stunning evolution projects that are displayed in the hallway on the second floor of WHS. Mrs. D'Amore's students conducted extensive research on the evolution of different species in the WHS Library. Students utilized the pathfinder created by the librarian to locate books, databases, and web sites on their topic. Students created works cited pages on their topic after being taught by the librarian how to cite sources, including images found in books and online. Click here to view a slideshow of the projects.
New WHS Administration
We are happy to announce that Eileen Belastock has been selected as the new Principal for Winthrop High School. Ms. Belastock will replace Gail Conlon, who is retiring in August. We welcome Eileen and look forward to having her join our Leadership Team! Matthew Crombie has been selected as the new Assistant Principal for Winthrop High School. Mr. Crombie will replace Robin Kostegan, who is retiring at the end of the school year. We are also excited to have Matt join our Leadership Team!
Option for New Middle/High School
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved the Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee's preferred option of a new middle/high school project! By approving this option, Winthrop has moved into the final phase of schematic design. Once MSBA approves the final stage of schematic design, it will then go to the public for a vote.
Congratulations, Winthrop High School!
We are very proud to announce that The Washington Post has released its annual ranking of high schools, and Winthrop High School has ranked #14 in the state of Massachusetts and #845 in the nation. You can view the entire list at www.washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge.
MTV's Made at WHS
MTV’s Made is back at Winthrop High School! The popular reality show is featuring a group of 10th grade students who want to be “made” into an a Capella singing group. The students are Maura Lanza, Annie Mahoney, Carly O’Keefe, Jessica Vigliotta, Poli & Niki Tsiotis, and Michael Mazzone.
WHS Students in Costa Rica
Over April vacation week, Winthrop High School students Katie Beadle, Jianna Balian, Kathryn Fraher, Sabrina Hitaffer, Emilie Dean and Chiara Powers traveled with WHS teacher Ms. Benvenuto to Costa Rica! They had a very active and tropical trip zip lining and horseback riding through the rainforest, hiking to the top of an active volcano, and kayaking in Lake Arenal. During the trip, students saw sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, end even had monkeys stealing their snacks on the beach! They visited an elementary school in Monteverde and had a chance to experience traditional Cost Rican folklore and culture.
WHS Student Leaders
Massachusetts Young Playwrights' Project
Seventeen members of Mrs. Calinda’s Advanced Drama Class wrote original ten minute plays and submitted them to the Massachusetts Young Playwrights’ Project, sponsored by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in conjunction with Boston University. “Misfortune Cookie” by Moriah Goldblatt and “Moving” by Michael Mazzone were selected as the school winners. These pieces were rehearsed and performed by professionals at the festival on April 10th. “Untitled” by Sabrina Hitaffer was the school runner-up and got a staged reading at the festival.
Student Government Day
Hats off to high school students Mark Tracy and Kelly Russo, who attended the Student Government Day on Friday, April 5th, at the State House. The students were accompanied by WHS history teacher Maria Flanagan. Mark played the role of Speaker of the House!
Winter Sports All-Stars
Congratulations to the following athletes who were named NEC 2013 Winter Sports All-Stars! Girls’ Hockey: Kara Donati, Captain, a Senior from Saugus; Gretchen Howard, 8th Grade Goalie; Julianna Kenendy, Freshman Defenseman; Caroline McKinnon, Sophomore Center; and Cat Salvetti, Junior Captain from Saugus. Boys’ Basketball: Josh Babb, Captain Senior Guard. Girls’ Basketball: Ashelyne Babb, Junior Point Guard. Boys’ Hockey: Chris Page, Junior, Assistant Captain. Boys’ Swimming: Mike Bruno, Junior Captain and Matt Bruno.
April is School Library Month!
Did you know that students who have access to a school library and a certified librarian score higher on standardized tests? Celebrate the valuable contributions of our nation's school libraries this April during School Library Month. Visit http://atyourlibrary.org for more information.
Author at WHS
Students of the Month
The Students of the Month for March were Jennifer Adamson, Davis Beers, Brianna Bocchio, Sam Capone, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Eric Fabrizio, Mike Ferrino, Kristen Ford, Sean Gillis, Christine Haskell, Marina Huenchunir, Christina Catherine Leone, Erostin Lushka, Nick Rizzuti, Juan Rojas-Gomez, Katelyn Tarrio, Anastasia Thano, Janelle Tritto, and Sela Zalwango.
WHS Drama Society
The WHS Drama Society also performed their play at WHS on Tuesday, March 19th.
WHS Saves Lives
WHS students and staff donated blood at the WHS Blood Drive on Thursday, March 14th.
Massachusetts Association of Student Councils Conference
The annual Massachusetts Association of Student Councils Conference was held in Hyannis from March 6th to March 8th. The conference consisted of 3 days of leadership training and workshops, motivational speakers, statewide elections, and presentations of school and individual awards. The WHS Student Council received the MASC Gold Council of Excellence and was deemed as one of the most outstanding councils in the state, recognizing the outstanding programs, projects and fundraisers of the student council in the past year. Winthrop High School also received the Five Start Council Award, which honors the WHS Student Council for its contributions to all MASC leadership activities in the past year. Senior Erin O'leary, Junior Carly Corbett-Frank and Sophomore Jessica Vigliotta received the Commonwealth Award for their significant contributions to leadership, foundation and citizenship. Senior Mike Lessard was awarded the Presidential Medal for his leadership of the WHS Student Council this year. WHS Principal, Mrs. Conlon was presented with the Administrator of the Year Award for outstanding support of student activities. The students listed below attended the conference:
Seniors: Alicia DelVento, Erin O'Leary, Mike Lessard, Joe Gobiel, andJames Oliver
Juniors: Carly Corbett-Frank, Lexi Vaccaro, Diandra Gillis, Andrew Almeida, Eric Anderson, Jesse Rosenthal, and Adam Holden
Sophomores: Annie Mahoney, Christine Haskell, Mia Simonetti, and Jessica Vigliotta
Freshmen: Julia Duplin, Shannon Stimpson, Michael McSwinney, and Brian Perrin.
WHS Mock Trial Team
WHS Students Receive Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival
The High School Drama Society performed at the Annual Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival on Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00am. The festival was held at the Collins Center at Andover High School, and the production was “Winners” by Brian Friel.
WHS Students of the Month
Click here to view a slideshow of History Day projects created by WHS students. At the Regional History Day Competition on March 2nd, the following WHS students received Honorable Mentions: Richard Aiello for his documentary on the Media and the Vietnam War, Erin O'Leary and Nicole O'Brien for their exhibit on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Julia and Mark Tracy for their website on the Beatles. Go to the WHS Library Webpage to view these projects.
WHS Principlal Honored as Administrator of the Year
Congratulations to high school principal, Gail Conlon! She received the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils' Administrator of the Year Award!
WHS Sports News
WHS Girls’ Varsity Basketball are the NE Conference South Champions! Congratulations to Captain Alyssa Mackey, Liana Ferullo, Temisan Meggison, Theresa Jones, Ashelyne Babb, Jenn Adamson, Kristen Siscamanis, Niki Tsiotis, Poli Tsiotis, Maura Lanza and Nina Bartlette. Hats off to coaches Ignacio Oyola, Matt Meservey, Julie Love and Frankie Fabiano.
WHS Helps Bring Water to Kids
WHS Drama Society News
The WHS Drama Society presented the Dinner Theatre production, “Life is a Highway” at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus, beginning January 27th to January 30th. Winthrop High School’s finest performers took viewers on a musical journey that included songs, such as “Mustang Sally”, “Life is a Highway” and “The Long and Winding Road.” Winthrop High School seniors, Maggie Beadle, Moriah Goldblatt, Alanna O’Connell, David Tracy, Jess Hickey, Emilie Dean, Allisyn Dernier led the cast of 37, under the direction of choreographer Jaime Montesano and music director David Limina. Proceeds of the production will help defray the costs of WHS’s participation in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival and will also go toward the WHS drama scholarships offered to graduating seniors.
WHS Readers' Advisory
The WHS Library Web page highlights recommended books that are available at the WHS Library. View the book covers and information about these recommended books online!
The Students of the Month for January were David Kirby, Erostin Lushka, Tahlia Maschang, Sean Magrath, Daniel Manning, Patricia Cabassa, Joseph Fabiano, Nina Bartlette, Taylor Reilly, Cara Hoey, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Meg Dolan, Cal Garufo, Amy Sena, Gabriella Massa, Michael Mazzone, Marissa Gullotti, Lauren Paolini, and James Forster.
School Building Assistance Committee
The influenza outbreak this season has caused over 7,000 confirmed cases in Massachusetts, with over 700 in the Boston area. To help protect yourself and your family from the flu, there are several free flu clinics available throughout Massachusetts. To view a calendar of these clinics, click here. In addition, the CVS locations on Woodside Avenue and Saratoga Street administer flu shots every day. Visit the locations for more information. For more information on flu prevention and treatment, click here. Some frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine are available here.
High school student, David Tracy, represented Winthrop High School at the English Speaking Union’s High School Shakespeare Competition on January 26th. David presented a monologue from Coriolanus and Sonnet 29. David won the school competition, which took place on January 7th as part of the Advanced Drama class. Anastasia Thano took second place, and Alanna O’Connell came in third.
"Pink the Rink" was a fundraiser held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center. There was a high school hockey doubleheader. The fundraiser was in support of Leanne Silverman, a teacher, wife, and hockey mom who is courageously battling with breast cancer. All proceeds benefited the Marie C Petrilli Cancer research and treatment memorial fund.
Winthrop High School would like to recognize and congratulate all students earning grades qualifying them to receive Honors or High Honors. Keep up the good work!
List of High Honors Students:
9th grade: Catherine Johnson, Daniel Dell'Anno, Emily McGovern, Holly Benson, James Forster, III, Julia Tracy, Julianna Kennedy, Mackenzie Chiudina,Margaret Dolan, Nicolae Opincaru, Olivia Owen,
Samantha Capone, and Tiana DiBenedetto
10th grade: Amy Sena, Joseph Bosco, Kathryn Fraher, Lucille Floyd, Marina Huenchunir, Michael Mazzone, and Valentina Ramos
Alexandra Alioto, Eric Wadkins, Erostin Lushka, Jacqueline West, Libybet Rueda Gynn, Mark Tracy,
Mayomi Meggison, and Stephanie O'Brien
12th grade: Alanna O'Connell, Alessandra Scorzella, Alyssa Mackey, Angelica Giardina, Carla Aravena
List of Honors Students:
9th grade: Alexandra Kyriacou, Alexandra Scarfo, Alessandro Giuliano, Brandon Creador, Brian Perrin, Brianna Bocchio, Brooke Bacigalupo, Christina Leone, Domenic DeRocco, Elaine Peng, Elghali Khalfane, Elma Dulovic, Emily Kilroy, Erin LaVigueur, Gabriella Massa, Haley Curtis, Ivan Rodriguez Jr,
Jacqueline Mancini, Jake LaFratta, Jessica Nichols, Joselin Lemus, Josue Gonzalez, Julia Duplin,
Kimberly West, Lilian McGrail, Loran Shuka, Marie Williams, Matthew Bruno, Matthew Feeley,
Nicholas DiSciscio, Nicoletta Giardina, Noah Hodgkins, Olivia Grillo, Orges Alabaku, Rachel Torres,
Reise Turransky, Robert Gioiosa, Sarah Burnett, Shannon Mahoney, Tatiana Santilli, Taylor Reilly,
Taylor Thomas, and Victoria Scorzella
10th grade: Alexandra Mattarese, Ana Aravena, Ann Mahoney, Brianna Mulvaney, Caitlin Janielis, Caitlin Page, Carly O'Keefe, Chiara Powers, Christopher Murphy, Gina LoPresti, Helena Schreibman,
Jamie Gobiel, Janelle Tritto, Jessica Vigliotta, Juanita Saenz, Kelley Furey, Maura Lanza, Meaghan Barry, Michael St. Jean, Niki Tsiotos, Patrick Todisco, Polixeni Tsiotos, Sarina Cerulli, Sean Magrath
Thomas Chiudina, Thomas DiBenedetto Jr., Vanessa Dale, and Yadira Guerra
11th grade: Adam Holden, Alexis Vaccaro, Ariana Rodriguez, Bruna dosSantos, Cara Hoey,
Carly Corbett Frank, Christopher Capone, Emily Cernaro, Jacob Lloyd, Jesse Rosenthal
Jordan Corbett Frank, Justin Casilla, Katlyn Fennell, Kevin Furey, Liandra Reyes, Lorina DeRocco,
Marissa Gullotti, MaryKate Mancini, Michael Bruno, Michael Gennaco, Michael Melanson,
Nahuel Acosta, Rachel Rogowicz, Rachel Wadkins, Ross Mulholland, Taylor McCormack, Timothy McCone Jr, and Tristan Mirata
12th grade: Ashley Moore, Brandi Noseworthy, Brian Manning, David Sobradelo, Dustin Luu, Erin O'Leary,
George Lescay, James Oliver, Janelle Babcock, Jessica Serino, John Dalton , John Sheehan,
Joseph Gobiel, Justine Dorsi, Lina Gomez-Fernandez, Margaret Beadle, Maria Rago, Marissa Perrotta, Michael Salisbury Jr., Peter Gerow, Renee LoPresti, Rufo Barriga, Scott Bocchio, Sophia Grayson, Sophie Gillespie, and Temisan Meggison
Salem State University is offering a dual-enrollement course at WHS in January! The course is sociology and is no cost to qualifying students! Please see your guidance counselor for more information.
Attention all Seniors: Guidance wants you to be aware of your deadlines and make sure that you get all your information into guidance no less than TWO WEEKS BEFORE your deadline. Also, check the guidance link on the side of the website for information on SCHOLARSHIPS! All seniors should be applying for scholarships; there's a scholarship for everyone out there!
The Students of the Month for December were Alicia DelVento, Loran Shuka, Jacqueline West, Cara Hoey, Marie Williams, Samantha Capone, Kim West, Theresa Jones, Chiara Powers, Daniel Manning, Holly Benson, Allie August, Chris Pfeiffer, Maghen Donahue, and Mayomi Meggison.
WHS Supports Sandy Hook
The WHS Student Council sold Candy Grams during school lunches. Each Candy Gram is $1, and all the money is donated to the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary. All students who have donated have their names on green candy canes located in the cafeteria!
On Thursday, December 20, 2012, WHS showed support for all the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy by wearing green and white. On Friday, December 21st, at 9:30 AM WHS students and staff joined other schools across the country in spending serveral minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy.
AIDS Awareness at WHS
The WHS GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) clubs are sponsoring an AIDS/HIV awareness week at WHS. Students and staff are able to make a donation of $1 or more and receive a red ribbon showing their support. On Friday, December 14, WHS students and staff were able to show their support by wearing red in support of the (RED) foundation.
WHS Teacher Honored as a "Teacher of Excellence"
Maria Flanagan, Lead teacher of the WHS Social Studies Department, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2012-2013 Educational Excellence Award by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce! Past WHS faculty recipients of this award have included Neil Shapiro, Jim Nimblett, Chris Donnelly and Eva Kearney. Mrs. Flanagan will receive her award at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner on February 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Harborside hotel at Logan Airport. In addition to Mrs. Flanagan, two WHS students, Jordan Corbett-Frank and Kelly Russo, will receive the Youth Leadership Award.
The WHS Open House for parents/guardians was held on December 4, 2012 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.
WHS's Annual Toys for Tots Drive
Every period 2 classroom was assigned an age and gender of a child in need in the local Boston area. WHS students and teachers got involved and brought in toys for the age / gender specific assigned child for their period 2 class. About 750 toys were collected this year, making the toy drive one of the most successful in WHS history. Thanks for helping share the "holiday spirit" with others!
Students of the Month
Spirit Week culminated with the pep rally on Wednesday, November 21st. Students and teachers wore blue and gold to show their Viking Pride. Pep rally events included the traditional football kick and football throw, pie eating contest, human bowling, 3 legged relay, and tug of war. Several teachers volunteered to take a pie in the face at the rally. Students and teachers put money into a box for charity to vote for the teachers they would like to see take a pie in the face. WHS teachers Ellen Siscamanis, Chris Donnelly, and Adam Sullivan bravely took pies to their faces for the cause of charity! The 2012-2013 Homecoming King and Queen were Rufo Barriga and Alana O'Connell. Members of the Homecoming Court were Joe Gobiel, Alicia DelVento, Dave Gallo, Liana Ferullo, David Tracy, Alyssa Mackey, Mike Lessard, and Ashley Moore. On Thursday, November 22nd, the WHS football team defeated Revere (23-6) at the Thanksgiving Day game!.
Senior members of the National Honor Society are Carla Aravena, Leah Cautillo, David Gallo, Gina Giulano, Joseph Gobiel, Moriah Goldblatt, President Michael Lessard, Public Relations Alyssa Mackey, Mario Mazzone, Jr., Ashley Moore, Nicole O’Brien, Alana O’Connell, Treasurer Erin O’Leary, Maria Rago, Vice President Alessandra Scorzella, Zachary Sullivan, Treasurer Katelyn Tarrio, David Tracy, Julia Wallace, and Secretary Erin Walsh.
WHS Drama Club News
WHS is proud of WHS alumnus, Emily Cramer (class of 2005), who will be joining the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins!
WHS Parent/Teacher Club
The WHS Parent/Teacher Club is a group that helps support quality public education at WHS. The PTC works as a partner with WHS in providing funding for PSAT's, scholarships, class night dinner, and graduation coalition. Regular meetings are held throughout the school year to discuss concerns, issues and suggestions. Please visit the Parent/Teacher Club Web page to learn more about the club's activities and to learn how to join the Parent/Teacher Club.
Congratulations to WHS teacher, Christopher Donnelly who was honored at the 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon of the Bay State Chapter “Freedoms Foundation” on Saturday, November 3rd at Spinelli’s Banquet Facility in East Boston.
WHS Varsity Cheerleaders
Congratulations to the WHS Varsity Cheerleaders who competed at Braintree High School in an invitational on Saturday, October 20th. The girls came in 2nd Place and achieved their highest “first competition score”, which is high enough to qualify them for the regionals. Hats off to Head Coach Rachel Mustone and our Lady Vikings: Alicia DelVento, Colleen O’Keefe, Nicole D’Andrea, Alana Farmer, Marissa Gullotti, Diandra Gillis, Kelly Swanson, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Dakotahlynn Squire, Irene Saulnier, Jessica Vigliotta, Kelty Stafford, Emily McGovern, Paige McGovern and Angeleah Correale.
WHS 2012 Commendation Award
On October 17, 2012, Winthrop High School was one of only 64 schools in Massachusetts to receive a very prestigious award from Governor Deval Patrick in recognition of high achievement, high growth, and/or narrowing proficiency gaps that demonstrate their hard work and commitment to ensuring that all students meet the high expectations set for them. We would like to congratulate all the faculty at Winthrop High School for their hard work in achieving this award. To view the letter of commendation, click here. To view the award, click here.
WHS Says No To Texting While Driving
On Friday, October 19, many students took a pledge to not text behind the wheel. Click here to view the slideshow of pictures from the assembly, and always remember; texting and driving, it can wait!
WHS students sold calenders during the month of November for the Parent Teacher Club Fundraiser.
Carla Aravena, Janelle Babcock, Margaret Beadle, Scott Bocchio, Leah Cautillo, Jeremiah Driscoll, Guilherme Dutra, Michael Ferrino, Nicholas Floyd, David Gallo, Angelica Giardina, Gina Giuliano, Brikena Gjeci, Joseph Gobiel, Jordan Griffiths, Ashlyn Howard, Michael Lessard, Alyssa Mackey, Mario Mazzone, Jr., Frank Mazzuchelli, Temisan Meggison, Rigen Mehilli, Ashley Moore, Brandi Noseworthy, Nicole O’Brien, Alanna O’Connell, Erin O’Leary, Alessandra Scorzella, Jessica Serino, Ariana Shea, Zachary Sullivan, Katelyn Tarrio, David Tracy, Julia Wallace and Erin Walsh.
Juniors and Seniors Voting
On Thursday, October 4, 2012, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo addressed the junior and senior class at Winthrop High School about voting. During lunch, eligible students at WHS were given the opportunity to register to vote.
2nd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser
If you are interested in hiking, rock climbing, camping, skiing, fishing, or snowshoeing, see Mr. Bell in room 220 if you would like to join the WHS Outdoors Club.
Music Fest 2012
The second annual Music Fest took place at the high school on September 21, 2012 to support the Music Matters campaign. For more information, please contact Kelly Russo. Thanks to all who supported and continue to support the Music Matters campaign!
The following students have been recognized as the 2012/2013 James Otis Scholars and attended an awards ceremony on Monday, September 17th at Fanueil Hall, Boston: