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WHS News - November 15th

posted Nov 15, 2013, 7:40 AM by Joel Villegas
Nurse’s Newsletter
Please find attached notes from the school nurse.
Term 1 Report Cards and Mission Assessment
Term 1 Report cards have been issued today Friday, November 15.

In addition to the Term 1 Report Card, students will also receive a Mission Assessment Report. Students are assessed by their teachers on their progress toward the 21st century academic skills listed in our school's Mission, Core Values, and 21st Century Learning Expectations (the document appears on the homepage of the Wakefield Memorial High School website). We will repeat this process at the end of Term 3 to assess our students' progress over the course of the school year.  This is an important focus for us as a school community as we live our Core Values and cultivate the academic, social, and civic skills that we believe will prepare our students for success in the future.

Parent Teacher Conferences
We will host our fall Parent-Teacher conferences in a different format this year, over two days:

On Tuesday, November 19, conferences will be held in teachers' classrooms from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Maps and information will be available in the cafeteria upon your arrival.
On Wednesday, November 20, conferences will be held in our evening format, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., utilizing the Cafeteria and Library as centralized locations for parents and teachers to meet.  You will find all information in the Cafeteria lobby upon your arrival.

Please plan on 5-minute conferences on the day you choose to attend; if more time is needed with a teacher, we welcome parents to schedule an appointment following the initial conference.
iParent Sign Up
Wakefield Memorial High School is now offering an opportunity for parents to participate in the iParent Access System of our iPass Student Management Software. Parents will be able to view their child’s biographical data as well as attendance, term grades, and standardized test scores from your home computer via the Internet. The goal of this program is to increase communication and access to information between parents and Wakefield Public Schools.

To participate you will need to have your child’s student identification number. This can be found on a student’s schedule, report card or progress report. Also you will need Internet Explorer 5.0 or later or Netscape 4.0 or later installed on your computer. This system is for parental access only; do not allow your child to establish your account.

To enroll in the system:
1.    Go to the Wakefield Public Schools homepage at http://www.wakefield.k12.ma.us
2.    Click on the “Parents” tab and click on the link labeled iParent Registration.
3.    Please fill out the appropriate information on the on-line form and make sure all boxes are completed. Complete this now for all your children in the district.
4.    Please write down your User ID and Password for future reference, keeping in mind that both pieces are case sensitive.
5.     When you finish click SUBMIT at the bottom of the page. The form that you submit will be reviewed to ensure that the person requesting access is entitled to receive confidential information for the student(s) listed on the application.
6.    Please refer to the iParent Documentation for a System Guide for Parents on the “Parents” tab of the district website.

Once you are contacted by email that approval has been granted, you may use the iParent Login link on the district’s webpage “Parents” tab to access your child’s information. You will also have the ability to updates telephone contact information as it changes for emergency purposes. We hope that you find iParent a useful tool to enhance our school partnership.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Beebe in the guidance office at arthur.beebe@wpsk12.org.

WHS Swim Team Shatters Records

Congratulations to the WHS Swim team!  The results of their most recent meet, including the new school records, are posted below.  We are all proud of you!
North Sectional Swim Meet Results
200 medley relay- 14 place – Time: 2.04.15
Shannon Grady
Nicole Pecjo
Melanie Orcutt
Carianna Gasdia

200 Freestyle relay (New WHS record) 7th place – Time: 1.46.63
Carianna Gasdia
Madison Guay
Nicole Pecjo
Shannon Quirk

400 Freestyle Relay (New WHS record) 7th place – Time: 4.01.96
Melanie Orcutt
Carianna Gasdia
Madison Guay
Shannon Quirk

200 Freestyle- 1.56.76 (New WHS record) 2nd place
Shannon Quirk

500 Freestyle- 5.07.48 3rd place
Shannon Quirk
Melanie Orcutt
Shannon Grady
Nicole Pecjo
Taylor Guarino
Carley Buckley, the manager, sang the National anthem

Winter Sports Sign Ups
Fall sports are coming to an end, and after a great season of talented athletes it’s time to move onto winter activities. Basketball sign ups were Wednesday, November 13th. If you missed, don't worry! It’s not too late, go see Ms. O'Connell if you still want to sign up for Girl's basketball.  Indoor track is also getting started. Signups were on November 14th, but you can still run into the indoor track action by talking to Mr. Reinoso for more information. Signups for the winter gymnastics team were on November 14th, if you still want to join gymnastics, contact one of the current senior captains; Erica Santaniello or Caroline Dahney, or sophomore captain, Catherine Urbano.

If you didn't see the activity you are interested in here, feel free to contact the athletic office secretary, Kristine Collins at kristine.collins@wpsk12.org or(781) 246-6458 to make sure you're not too late. All winter tryouts will begin on Monday, December 2.  Time and places are to be announced.  Good luck and go Warriors!

Reminder - Thanksgiving Break is Two Weeks Away!
Thanksgiving break is only two weeks away! Don’t forget about the shortened week that goes along with it. There will be a half day on Wednesday, November 27th, followed by no school on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. Enjoy the upcoming break!

Wakefield Lecture Series
The final lecture of The Wakefield Lecture Series will take place this coming Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 in the Heritage Room of The Americal Civic Center.
Nancy Bertrand, author of numerous books about the history of Wakefield, will be talking about “The Buildings of Wakefield”. She will explore the architectural life of South Reading/Wakefield, highlighting its rich and varied past. Copies of her books will be available for signing at the conclusion of her lecture.

Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield to Hold 2nd Annual Festival of Trees
Again this year, Wakefield’s Holiday Stroll on December 7, 2013, will feature a Festival of Trees!

Last year’s outdoor raffle event will be moved indoors to the new location of the Wakefield Club in the Americal Civic Center at 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. We are looking for donated trees from charities, businesses, athletic or academic teams of any kind! Trees can come from families, friends, clubs, churches, civic or scouting groups. It is a great group activity, sure to get participants in the holiday spirit. There is no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded in categories determined by participation.  

The tree display will open to visitors during the Holiday Stroll on December 7, 2013 from 3pm until 7pm. Admission to the event is $1 per person. Tickets are $1 per chance. Visitors can put their tickets in a box next to their favorite tree, in an attempt to win that tree!

To participate, please email wakefieldfestoftrees@gmail.com or call 339-203-2515.

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Dr. Smith’s Blog
Have you heard that Dr. Smith has a blog? Dr. Smith’s blog shows what Wakefield Memorial High school is all about. Learn more about events going on at Wakefield High School such as sports, clubs, and other academic fundraisers.  Dr. Smith also focuses heavily on the teaching and learning going on at the school and the great community we have built together. Make sure to visit the link below for Dr. Smith's blog.