Winthrop High School Newsletter
Get the App for the WHS Library Databases!
Click here to access this app, which will give you free access to the WHS Library's databases on your ipad or smartphone! Ask the librarian for the one-time password.
Free Access to ABC-CLIO Databases During National Library Week
In honor of National Library Week, the Winthrop High School Library has been granted free access to all of the ABC-CLIO databases effective now through April 30, 2014. Ask the school library media specialist for the username and password!
Here are the links to all of the ABC-CLIO databases:
WHS Student Council
Congratulations to our WHS Student Council! They received the Gold Council of Excellence Award for the 2nd year in a row, and a Silver Medal Award for their lip sync performance. They were also awarded a plaque for being the top charitable school in the State of Massachusetts for their Polar Plunge Fundraiser. Jessica Vigliotta was elected MASC State Secretary. Seniors Andrew Almeida, Diandra Gillis, and Lexi Vacarro were recognized as Commonwealth Award Recipients. Also, Vincent Crossman was given a Distinguished Service Award for 15 years to the MASC.
Check out the NEW books at the WHS Library!
Click on the book images to read about each book.
For History Day, students picked a historical topic of their choice that related to this year's NHD theme: Rights and Responsibilities in History. Since the fall, WHS history teachers have collaborated with the WHS library media specialist to provide students with opportunities to conduct primary and secondary research, use databases, and create annotated bibliographies. After analyzing their sources, students chose to present their work in one of four ways: creating an exhibit, website, documentary, or performance.
The following WHS students attended the Massachusetts Regional History Day Competition at Winchester High School on Saturday, March 1, 2014: Gina LoPresti, Michael Mazzone, Abigail Love, Christine Haskell, Carly O’Keefe, Maura Lanza, Annie Mahoney, and Mia Simonetti.
Congratulations to the following students who received Honorable Mention awards for their exhibits:
Students' Names: Titles of the Students' Exhibits:
Abigail Love & Christine Haskell:
Extra, Extra Read All About It!
Carly O'Keefe & Maura Lanza:
The Disability Movement
Annie Mahoney & Mia Simonetti:
Euthanasia: Choice Between Life and Death
Winthrop's Got Talent
Winthrop’s talent show was held on Friday, March 14th at the high school.
Congratulations to our Northeastern Hockey League Girls All Stars: Caroline McKinnon, Cat Salvetti, Katie Jeter, and Gretchen Howard. Our Girls Hockey Team won the NEC Conference Championship!
Chris Page was named the NEC Most Valuable Player for Boys’ Ice Hockey. Congratulations to the NEC All Stars for Boys’ Ice Hockey: Chris Page, Stephen Goddard, Pat Todisco, John Orlando, Charlie Page, and Ray Feeley.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The WHS Student Council held another American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, March 13th in the WHS Gym.
IParent and IStudent
IParent and IStudent are features of the IPass student information system that provides parents and students access to their grades, assignments, discipline and attendance records in an effort to facilitate and improve communication between home and school. Please click the links below to access instructions on how to open your parent or student account.
To open an IParent account, click here.
To open an IStudent account, click here.
WHS Mock Trial
Congratulations to the WHS Mock Trial for their first two season trials and wins as the plaintiff team against the Malden HS defense at Cambridge District Court, and as the defense team against Melrose HS plaintiff in Lynn District Court. Congratulations to Ana Aravena, Sara Buchanan, Dominic DeRocco, Caitlin Egan, Michael Mazzone, Michael Melanson, Kelly Russo, Julia Tracy and Mark Tracy!
The Winthrop High School Drama Society will present its entry for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild High School Drama Festival, "Flyboy" on Thursday, February 27th at 8:00 PM at Winthrop High School's Fortunato Hall. "Flyboy" will also be presented at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School on Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 AM. "Flyboy" tells the story of a young boy who inexplicably stops speaking. In vignettes told from his silent perspective, his parents try to figure out why he has stopped speaking and what to do about it. Are we in his imagination? Are we in the pages of one of his books? Are we his memories? This poignant story is told in a unique and modern style.
Students of the Term
The WHS Students of the Term for the second quarter are Andrew Almeida, Ana Aravena, Jordan Atkins, Christopher Beaudry, Elizabeth Carsley, Angeleah Correale, Courtney Dalton, Harry Floyd, Lucy Floyd, Michael Gallagher, Nelson Hernandez, Marina Huenchunir, Medi Karame, Erisha Kokoneshi, Sean Magrath, Erica Mietzsch, Ivan Rodriguez, and Mark Tracy.
SAT Prep Course
In preparation for the May 2014 SAT test, a 10 week 40 hour SAT Prep Course is being held at Winthrop High School. The course begins Monday, February 10th from 3:00pm-7:00pm and is held every Monday (excluding school vacation weeks) until April 28th.
Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Awards Night
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce held the 23rd Annual Kick-Off Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday, February 1st. The recipients of the Youth Leadership Award were Annie Mahoney and Thomas “Jake” Chiudina. The Educational Excellence Award recipients were Bernadette Carsley and Michael Kirby, and the recipient of the Coach of the Year Award was Warren MacPhail.
The WHS Student Council hosted a Polar Plunge on Sunday, January 26th at 12:00pm to raise money for Special Olympics. A luau was held afterwards at the Winthrop Yacht Club. Thank you to all who were “freezin for a reason!”
WHS Students Make the Most of 5 Dollars
WHS students in the World Religions class did some amazing things that caught the attention of the Winthrop Sun Transcript. The students were given five dollars and asked to find a good use for it, then return to tell their stories. The stories they returned with were heartwarming and inspiring, proving that the new generation is much more than meets the eye. Click Here to read the full article from the Winthrop Sun Transript.
News in the Arts
The 3rd Annual Music Matters festival was held on Saturday, February 15th at 7:00pm at the Winthrop Elks. Featured bands included The Band of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Somerset, Fineline, and Just Kill Me Rico.
The WHS Drama Society presented Dinner Theatre 2014 “Boston Strong”, January 12-15. In keeping with the spirit of “Boston Strong”, there was a 50/50 raffle each night to benefit the One Fund. Proceeds of this year’s productions will help defray the costs of WHS’ 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. An encore performance of “Boston Strong” was also performed on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00pm at Winthrop High School. The special encore performance was presented as a concert.
The Vocal Vikings held a Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 19th at the Winthrop Playhouse.
News in Sports
Jordan Corbett-Frank is the recipient of this year’s Irving Alexander Memorial Trophy and was recognized by the Rotary Club last Monday.
Christa Vaccaro was voted a League All Star on the vault in gymnastics.
The WHS Boys Basketball team held its annual Youth Night on Tuesday, January 28th at Winthrop High School. Youngsters who wore Viking colors were offered free admission. The Varsity game against Revere was held at 7:00 pm, the JV game was held at 5:30 pm, and the Freshman game was held at 4:00 pm.
The WHS cheerleaders competed at Nationals in Walt Disney World.
Michael Bruno, a senior on the swimming team, qualified for the States in the 500 free!
Early Admission Acceptance
Congratulations to Mark Tracy on his early admission acceptance into Harvard, and congratulations to Stephanie O'Brien on her early admission acceptance into MIT!
School Resource Officer
WHS welcomes Officer Dawn Armistead in her role as School Resource Officer!
American Red Cross Blood Drive
The WHS Student Council held an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, December 19th in the WHS Gym. Thanks to all who donated!
Meet the Author Day
On Tuesday, December 17th local author, Jo Ramsey, will be in the WHS Library during the school day so that students and staff will have the opportunity to meet a young adult author who lives in Winthrop. Jo Ramsey will be donating her latest books to the library, and all students who stop by to meet her will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for surprise prizes.
Open House at WHS will be December 3rd from 5-7 PM. The format of the High School Open House has changed! Prior to the Open House parents will have the ability to schedule 5 minute Open House Night appointments with their children’s teachers.
Here is the link to the instructions for setting up an account and scheduling appointments.
Important! WHS will not be able to accommodate walk-in appointments so please set up your appointments as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of appointments available for the Open House event.
This year Student Council students will be providing free daycare services for your children in the cafeteria from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Children must be potty trained and parents will be required to provide identification in order to sign their children in and out of the cafeteria. Please reserve your spot on winthrophs.schoolappointments.com. Under “Book appointments” choose ***DayCare Services***.
WHS students and staff collected 400 new and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots to help brighten the holidays for children in need!
WHS Library Readers’ Advisory- Recommended Books for the Holiday Season
Click on the book covers below to read more about each book.
A Christmas Carol, by
Students of the Term
The Winthrop High School Students of the Term for the first quarter are Sean Alioto, Andrew Almeida, Vanessa Arevalo, Mia Crehan-Bryson, Vanessa Dale, John DelSolio, James Forster, Kevin Gomez, Cara Hoey, Kristin Johnston, Emily Kilroy, Serena Lilaj, Salah Amin Louali, Katelyn MacDonald, Sean Magrath, Margaret Mahoney, John Orlando, Nicholas Peppe, Robbie Pino, Rachel Rogowicz, Stephanie Santilli, Ana Carolina Silva de Farias, and Kim West.
While Winthrop's new middle/high school is being built, students in grades 8-12 will be housed at Winthrop Middle School for the next two and a half years.
NEMASC Leadership Conference
45 members of the WHS Student Council attended the NEMASC Leadership Conference at Amesbury High School on November 14, 2013. WHS junior Jessica Vigliotta was on the NEMASC Executive Board and helped plan the conference for over 500 delegates.
In the week leading up to the Thanksgiving Pep Rally, students will be participating in Spirit Week by dressing according to the theme of the day. The grade with the most participation is awarded points toward the pep rally total. On Wednesday, November 20th, the theme is Wacky Wednesday- mismatched colors, backwards clothes, etc. Thursday, November 21st is Throwback Thursday- clothing that reflects the style of a past decade. Friday, November 22nd is Class Color Day- Seniors wear black, Juniors wear red, sophomores wear purple and freshman wear orange. Monday, November 25th is America Monday- wear anything patriotic to represent American pride and respect for the armed forces. Tuesday, November 26th is Disney Day- dress up like your favorite Disney character. Wednesday, November 27th is Blue and Gold Day- wear blue and gold for the pep rally.
The WHS Student Council will be holding our annual "Food Wars" Food Drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank from 11/13/13-11/19/13. Each grade is assigned a certain food item to bring in during the week leading up to the annual Thanksgiving Pep Rally. The grade that brings in the most food will be awarded points toward the pep rally total.
There will be bins located in the front lobby for canned pumpkin (freshmen), canned peaches (sophomores), pasta (juniors) and canned peas (seniors).
All grades, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to bring in the above listed items.
On Tuesday, November 5th, the citizens of Winthrop overwhelmingly voted yes for a debt inclusion to build a brand new middle/high school.
Congratulations to newly elected School Committee member Dawn Sullivan and re-elected members Brian Perrin and William Holden. Congratulations to Town Council President/School Committee member Peter Gill on his re-election.
The following WHS students served as student greeters at the election polls: Kathryn Hetherton, Michelle LaSala and Liandra Reyes at the Middle School, and Haley Collibee and Robert Pino at the Senior Center.
Perfect Scores on 2013 MCAS Test
The following 9th and 10th grade students received a perfect score on the 2013 MCAS test: Danielle Bocchio, Jakob Hain, Haley Holden, William Holden, Anna Reidister and Julia Tracy.
WHS Library Readers' Advisory- Recommended Books for Veterans Day
Click on the book covers below to read more about each book.
The Thin Red Line: A Novel by James Jones
Winthrop High School's Principal Eileen Belastock has invited parents to come and chat with her and some of the staff about the wonderful things happening at WHS. There will be two coffees held on Tuesday, November 19th. The first will be held from 8:30 - 9:30am in the WHS Cafeteria. The second coffee will be held from 5:00 - 6:00pm in the WHS Library. There will be coffee, tea and water along with some delicious baked goods made by WHS Life skills students.
Jordan Corbett-Frank was named The Lynn Item’s Player of the Week! Congratulations to Jordan Corbett-Frank who was also named to the All-Northeastern Conference Team as a linebacker, James Baxter who was named an All-Conference offense lineman, Dylan Driscoll who was named NEC All Star, and Ben Spinazzola who was named NEC All Star!
The WHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team clinched a spot in the State Tournament! The Lady Vikings also played Cristo Rey on Monday and won. This was a game to raise awareness for breast cancer. It was a very successful fundraiser.
The WHS Varsity Cheerleaders competed at Regionals on Sunday, November 17th in Lowell and qualified for States. At the State Competition at Wachusett Regional on Sunday, November 24th, they placed 5th in the state and qualified for the Nationals. Congratulations to the team: Irene Saulnier, Rachel Rogowicz, Alana Farmer, Elizabeth DiBennedetto, Kelly Swanson, Diandra Gillis, Ashley Singarella, Ashley Patti, Dakotah Squire, Marissa Gullotti, Jessica Vigliotta, Kelty Stafford, Paige McGovern, Emily McGovern, Angeleah Correale, Haley Curtis, Acacia Lynch, Shanel Turransky, Olivia Robson, Alyssa Ferrara, Anabelle Mcadams, Victoria Donahue, Gianna Guarino, Alexis Colameta, and coaches Rachel Mustone and Stephanie Bono.
The WHS Boys Varsity Golf Team finished their season with a 13-5 record and placed 2nd in the Conference. The Boys played their sectional finals at Far Corners Golf Course in Boxford and came in 4th Place out of 20+ teams. Congratulations to Michael Rich for making it to the State Individuals, which was held on October 28th in Barrington, MA.
The Powder Puff Game will be on Saturday, November 23th, at 1PM at Dela Russo Stadium against Revere.
In 2008, WHS had 47 students enrolled in AP classes and 21 received qualifying scores. In 2013, WHS had 241 students enrolled in AP classes and 100 students received qualifying scores!
WHS Supports Danvers High School
The Winthrop High School Varsity Football game vs. Danvers High School was rescheduled to Saturday, October 26th at 6:00pm on Miller Field. WHS did a 50/50 and WHS's portion was donated to Danvers. A Moment of Silence was held for Colleen Ritzer. The WHS cheerleaders gave the Danvers cheerleaders 24 pink balloons which were released to the sky in memory of Ms.Ritzer. The Student Council & Viking Pride Foundation also handed out pink ribbons. Our hearts are heavy for the students, faculty and the community of Danvers. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, as well as the family of Colleen Ritzer.
WHS Drama Society
The WHS Drama Society is performing the play, Priscilla Dreams the Answer at Fortunato Hall at Winthrop High School from November 7-9 at 7:00 P.M.
WGBH Quiz Bowl
The "Super Sunday" Preliminary competition is taking place at WGBH Studios on November 3rd. This year's team members are Mark Tracy, Joey Bosco, Jacob Lloyd, Caitlin Egan, Rachel Wadkins and Eric Wadkins
The Class of 1963 recently celebrated their 50th high school reunion. Festivities included a cocktail hour at the Winthrop Golf Club, a reception at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and a breakfast at The Winthrop Arms. A large group attended the high school football game to cheer for the Vikings, and some of the former students met with high school students during their lunch hour. They shared high school experiences with some of the current students. It was a great experience for both the current students and the former students!
Winthrop High School is pleased to open iParent to all parents. Any parent that would like to view their child's grades at any point in time may do so once they have signed up for an iParent account under "Parent Information" at the top of this page. Please be patient as the iParent account may take up to a few days to be approved by the school.
WHS Library Readers'Advisory- Recommended Books for Halloween
Click on the titles listed below to read more about each book.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Breast Cancer Awareness Day
On Wednesday, October 9th, WHS students and staff will be wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. The WHS Student Council is raising money on Wednesday to donate toward finding a cure for Breast Cancer.
John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
The recipients of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship are Alexandra Alioto, Elizabeth Anderson, Nicholas Brandi-Miller, Christopher Capone, James Carroll, Justin Casilla, Sarah Colclough, Carly Corbett-Frank, Jordan Corbett-Frank, Lucas DeOliveira, Lorina Derocco, Katlyn Fennell, Daniel Figueira, Thomas Flaherty, Anthony Kovacev, Michelle Lasala, Julia Lidicky, Jacob Lloyd, Erostin Lushka, Alana MacNeil, Marykate Mancini, Timothy McCone, Taylor McCormack, Mayomi Meggison, Ross Mulholland, Stephanie O’Brien, Jessica Parker, Liandra Reyes, Rachel Rogowicz, Jesse Rosenthal, Libybet Rueda, Katelyn Stimpson, Mark Tracy, Alexis Rose, Eric Wadkins, Rachel Wadkins, and Jacqueline West. Congratulations!
Mr. Macero is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority voted unanimously to support the building of a combined grade 6-12 middle/high school on the site where the present high school is located. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo was in attendance and spoke on behalf of the town in favor of this project. “The MSBA clearly understands the importance of this project to the residents of Winthrop and it’s just another example of how the Commonwealth is working in close alignment with local communities to improve the educational opportunities for all our children.” This endorsement by the MSBA means that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is financially supporting approximately one half of the $80 million project to build a new, fully outfitted combined middle and high school that will replace two separate schools that have been determined to need replacing. There will be a debt inclusion vote of the town on November 5, 2013. If the school is approved by the voters, the new school design will take approximately one year to complete. Construction would take approximately 30-36 months and the school would be open in January 2017.
SAT's at WHS
Seniors and Juniors may sign up for the SAT's that are being held at Winthrop High School on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The regular deadline for the SAT's is October 3, 2013. The late deadline is October 18, 2013 with a late fee. Your registration ticket must be presented the day of the SAT's. No student will be admitted without this registration ticket. Students with free and reduced lunch, please see your Guidance Counselor. The cost is $51.00, which is payable by credit card online. The late fee is $27.50.
On Wednesday, October 16th, PSAT's will be held for Juniors and Sophomores. There will be a delayed opening for Freshman and Seniors. Students coming in late are to be in their first class by 10:40 am.
Freshman Class Officers
Congratulations to the newly elected Freshman Class Officers – President Madalyn Fainga’a, Vice President Hunter Gillis, Secretary Megan Chavis, Treasurer Gene August and Videographer Elizabeth Carsley.
Class Act of the Week
High School student Kelley Russo was surprised in her Viking Long Ships class by Channel 7. She had been nominated for the Class Act of the week for her commitment to the Music Matters program. She raised almost $20,000 for the program. Her family, Mr. Macero and Kelly were interviewed. View the clip at http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/class-act/10011918463926/class-act-kelly-russo-of-winthrop-high-school/. Congratulations, Kelly!
WHS will be having a Neon Dance on Saturday, September 28th. Tickets are $10.00 and are sold during school lunches or in Room 224. Only WHS students may attend.
WHS Activities Fair
- Student Council
- Social Committee
- Class Officers
- Mock Trial
- Chess Club
- Yearbook Committee
- Outdoors Club
- Japanese Club
- Science Club
- Art Club
- Digital Media Club
- Math Club
- Academic Club
Childhood Cancer Awareness Day
3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser
The Winthrop High School Guidance Department will now be issuing working papers for 14 to 17 year old students. To obtain the form, click the Student Activities and Resources link on the left and print out the form. You can also obtain one from Guidance. The employer fills out the first page along with a signature from your doctor and parent/guardian. Once the form is complete, you can obtain a permit. Completed forms will be processed in the Guidance office Monday-Thursday 2:15-2:45 PM. More information regarding working permits and child labor laws can be found on the website, www.mass.gov/dos/youth.
New WHS Administration
Winthrop High School is proud to have Mrs. Belastock as its new principal and Mr. Crombie as its new assistant principal.
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!