Good News from Wareham High School

February 2, 2008 STUDENT ATHLETES ~ WORK HARD Wareham High School’s Varsity Girls Volleyball received the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Gold Academic Excellence Team Award presented to the team for having achieved a cumulative 3.53 grade point average during the 2007 season. The studentathletes receiving this recognition are senior Tri-Captains Heather Holmes, Bonnie Thorne, and Megan Welch; Seniors Audrey Collier, Cheryl Hathaway, Layne Petrie, and Lakesha Wiley; Junior Victoria Morse and Sophomores Rebecca Shaw and Melissa Welch. These young ladies epitomize the value of athletics in education and represent the essence of the term Student Athlete. Congratulations on your hard earned and well deserved award. WHS MUSIC In music auditions this fall, several WHS students were placed in elite music groups for the various music festivals this January and February. They include: All-Cape Music Festival: Senior Kelly Orcutt, top ranked trumpet player on Cape Cod; Senior Sarah Martin, Clarinet, Sophomore Kaleigh Kelleher, Flute; and Junior Brittany Nyman, Soprano Junior Southeast District Festival: Freshman-Ashley McDowell, Alto Southern New England Honor Band at the University of Rhode Island: Senior Kelly Orcutt, Trumpet, Senior Laura McQuade, Alto Saxophone; Sophomore Lisa Horigan, Flute; Sophomore Amanda Labossier, Bassoon.

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AWARD WINNERS Martha Spragge and Robins Patel have won awards for artwork submitted to the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. This is a very prestigious competition that puts our students up against students from every high school in Massachusetts. Martha won a Silver Key (2nd place) for a drawing titled “Shattered Reality” and Robins won 3 awards for Photography: a Silver Key and 2 Honorable Mentions. NOVEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH – MEIN HE Since her arrival at WHS in September of 2005, Meien has displayed outstanding and consistent effort both in the classroom and beyond. A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Meien has worked diligently to master English. Presently a junior, she has been a member of the Junior Honor Society for two years. She belongs to the Foreign Language Club, and has participated in winter and spring track as well as soccer and volleyball. While Meien takes her schoolwork very seriously, her ready wit and laughter make us smile! She is always willing to take on any challenge, especially those which involve helping others. DECEMBER STUDENT OF THE MONTH – ZAHRA MELENDEZ Zahra arrived at WHS in September of 2006. As a native speaker of Spanish, she faced the challenge of completing her freshman studies in English as well as adjusting to the cold weather of New England – quite a contrast to her home in Puerto Rico! Happily, Zahra has excelled not only in learning English, but in her academics and in sports as well. She is a member of the Junior Honor Society. She has participated in soccer for two seasons and is a valuable asset to the team, having served as captain in this year. Zahra’s sweet smile and sunny disposition make her a joy to know. In the classroom and on the playing field, she willingly takes on new responsibilities, and she can always be counted upon to follow through. HEALTH NEWS Wareham High School in collaboration with the Massachusetts Dental Society will be offering the opportunity for students to see a dentist for Free Dental Services on a date to be announced which will be in April of this school year. Parents please call the health office for more information. 508-291-3510 ext. 711, to speak to Mrs. Schutt our school nurse.


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JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT Mark your calendars: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m., Wareham High School will be holding a Junior Parent Night for College Planning for all parents and guardians of WHS Juniors. This event, sponsored by the high school guidance department and presented jointly with Steven Briggs, Director of Admissions at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will include information on the college admissions process. This presentation will mirror the one that juniors will receive in the classroom prior to March 25th. SATS The guidance staff will be visiting junior classes in early March to provide registration forms, a practice test and additional information on the May 3rd SAT to be given at WHS. The SAT is the standardized exam that is required for admission at almost all four-year colleges. The registration deadline for the May exam is April 1st. COLLEGE HOMECOMING Thirty-one WHS alumni presently attending college came back to WHS on January 3rd to speak with the seniors about their college experiences. This program, sponsored annually by the guidance department, allows alumni to give their first hand views on a variety of aspects of college life. An informal reception in the library followed. FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Over seventy-five parents/guardians of seniors attended the annual financial aid night on January 10th. Eileen O’Leary, Director of Financial Aid at Stonehill College presented an overview of financial aid including step-by-step instructions on filing the FAFSA form. Scholarship information was presented by the guidance staff. A question and answer period followed. EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH The November Employees of the Month are Lynn Sykes and Tina Clark: Lynn Sykes: As many already know, Ms. Sykes is a key contributor in our after-school program, summer program and night school program. She purposefully and appropriately Advocates for struggling students, always investigating new curriculum or strategies. From design, to instruction, to assessment, to re-teaching key objectives, Ms. Sykes models planned effectiveness. Her interests and research in the areas of technology and diagnostic reading programs have, and will continue to, benefit WHS Students.


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Tina Clark: A week in the professional life of Mrs. Clark includes; providing valuable input regarding academic initiatives, assembling a coaching team for winter track and developing a flexible schedule that works for the students-athletes and the coaches, providing much needed driving hours in the evening that students need before a deadline, preparing engaging lessons in physical education, and constantly demonstrating the athletic and interpersonal behaviors we expect from students. This is only the piece of her week we are aware of. The December Employees of the Month are the Mentor/Protégé team of John Wilson and Judi DeBonise. John Wilson: High expectations, opportunities for self-improvement and proof of higher order thinking skills are on display in Mr. Wilson’s room daily. A colleague wrote “Mr. Wilson pushes students to expect more of themselves, to think, to analyze, and to make connections. He is often the last person out of this building at night, fine-tuning his plans, or grading resubmitted papers. His great work is done with a dignity for the profession and often goes unnoticed”. Judi DeBonise: Successful organizations of all kinds need people who are there at the right time, always asking “How can I help?” One of those people at WHS is Mrs. DeBonise. Peers submitted her name for this recognition for fixing computers, managing school data, helping to teach employees new software, and demonstrating effective research strategies. Mrs. DeBonise is successfully collaborating with department heads, teachers and TA’s to train students to efficiently use electronic and print media. The faculty is impressed with her preparation in the library and thoughtful suggestions about student research.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO: Danielle Ambrose Jamie Andrade Caitlin Bennett Vanessa Borges Nicole Canha Kendall Dunphy Jordan Fonts Karen Fuller Bay Path College Curry College St Joseph’s College of Maine Rivier College Cape Cod Community College University of Tampa U/Mass Dartmouth Assumption College Cape Cod Community College Mitchell College Anna Maria College University of Southern Maine Wesleyan College University of Hartford Mass Maritime Academy Mass Maritime Academy Bay Path College University of Maine Orono College of the Holy Cross U/Mass Amherst Cape Cod Community College Cape Cod Community College Becker College Suffolk University Cape Cod Community College Franklin Pierce University Cape Cod Community College Fashion Institute of Technology Lasell College Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Nicholas College Bridgewater State College Allied Health Services Cape Cod Community College Mass Maritime Academy Fitchburg State College Cape Cod Community College Cape Cod Community College

David Johnson Simon Kvilhaug Victoria Lockyer Thoms MacDonald

Megan MacKenzie Sarah Mahoney Nicole Mendes Brittani Patton Tyvonne Pina Noelle Richard Trevor Robinson Devon Rufo Jarred Sewall

Amanda Sylvia Matthew Topoulos Christopher Townsend Jamie Tucker Chad Turner

John Vaccaro Nicholas Vroom

Cape Cod Community College Cape Cod Community College

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Russell Wedge Megan Welch Chelsi White Brandy Young

Franklin Pierce University Thomas College Curry College Lasell College U/Mass Dartmouth Castleton State College