Winter Hill Community Innovation School

8th Grade Fundraiser

Winter Hill community! The 8th grade is doing a fundraiser for our upcoming field trip to the Frog Pond! To raise money, we are going to be selling these AWESOME Wildcat stickers for $3 each. They come in silver and white and are perfect for water bottles, laptops, or any other hard surface that you might want to sticker with your Wildcat pride! 8th grade representatives will be coming around to classrooms the Tuesday-Thursday after Thanksgiving break (11/29-12/1) with the stickers if you or your students would like to purchase a Wildcat sticker. Student representatives will also be out at dismissal selling the stickers from 11/29-12/1. If you would like to pre-order a sticker, you may order online:

Welcome to Winter Hill

The Winter Hill Community Innovation School is the Somerville Public School district's only Innovation School, which includes limited self-governance and a deliberate and innovative approach to addressing student needs. Our school community is a warm, welcoming and nurturing environment where all students, of any race, country of origin, first language, socio-economic status or neurodiverse learning style, develop into thoughtful, caring and engaged young adults. We recognize the unique identity, personality and talent of each individual student and are committed to educating the whole child. We strive to ensure that all students make continuous academic gains, develop socially and emotionally, take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, and thrive in a community that actively promotes inclusion, diversity, human rights, global responsibility and local action.

Our school includes PreK-8 mainstream classes, the Sheltered English Immersion Program (SEIP) for grades 5 - 8, the AIM (Adapt, Include, Motivate) sub separate program for grade 1 - 8 students with autism, and supports throughout mainstream classes for English language learners and students with disabilities.

In 2017, WHCIS received the The Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools at The Boston Foundation. Read how we support our students in the case study about our innovative practices. Learn More about the WHCIS. We have a student-inspired and developed dress code, the only in Somerville Public Schools.

Learn More about Winter Hill

Meet the Administration


Courtney Gosselin

I have been the principal of Winter Hill since the fall of 2019. Prior to that, I was an Assistant Principal for 4.5 years at Winter Hill and the Nathaniel Bowditch K-8 School in Salem. I spent my first 14 years in education teaching Spanish. I learned Spanish in school and by studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Political Science, a M.A. in Education and a C.A.G.S. in Educational Leadership. I was also a Lynch Leadership Academy Fellow at Boston College. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband, three children and our dog, go to the beach, travel and read.

call/text 781-221-7861

Assistant Principal

Christopher Ames

Before becoming the Assistant Principal at Winter Hill, a role I absolutely love, I was an instructional coach (mathematics) in Somerville Public Schools for six years, a 5th grade teacher in a dual-language classroom (English/Spanish) in NYC, a language instructor (English, Spanish, and French) in Tel Aviv, Israel, a teaching associate in the comparative literature dept. at UCLA, and an interpreter in Bordeaux, France.

Principal Coffee Hour

Friday, December 9, 2022, from 8:30-9:30

Topic: Supporting Students with Peer Conflict

Session will be held in English, Spanish & Portuguese

Principal's Update 12/1/22

A Note from our Principal

December 1, 2022

Translations of the handbook are coming. Please email one of our liaisons MaryLou or Karla with any questions.

Front Office Staff

School Secretary

Nancy McWeeny

She/her This is my 12th year at the Winter Hill School and I think I have the very best job in the world!!

Family Liaison

MaryLou Carey-Sturniolo

This is my 9th year at WH. I love my job for so many reasons but especially because I get to connect with so many families in our community. Together with my husband Jim we have raised 4 incredible young men and a super cute puggle named Trevor. I speak Portuguese and a bit of Spanish. I believe the best method of communication though is a smile!

Eu falo português. Yo hablo español.

Family Liaison

Karla Cabera

I am from Guatemala and my home language is Spanish. I have worked for the Somerville Public Schools since 1988. As a Liaison, I am here to provide families with information about all the resources available for them.

I am very happy to be part of the Wild Cat Family!

Yo hablo español.



Important_dates_registration_calendar_for_SY 24 Registration final.pdf

Registration information for 2023-2024 school year.

To report that your student will be absent, call 617-629-5685