Friday, March 28, 2014

Kicking off Spring at the "Frosh/Soph Spring Hop"

The cafeteria at WHS is alive tonight with 340 students dancing up a storm at the Freshmen & Sophomore Spring semiformal dance - more commonly known as the "Frosh/Soph Spring Hop" - and they are having a great time!

Since many of our attendees are younger, they sometimes require a little extra help...

Assistant Principal Mr. Liberti lends a hand

But once they are ready to go, they look fantastic!

WHS Sophomore Danielle Bennedetto with Jeffrey Jones

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Warrior Give Back Day

Today is "Warrior Give Back Day", organized and sponsored by our Student Council  On this early release day from school, more than 120 WHS students will participate by giving their time in service to area YMCAs, schools, and non-profit organizations.  You can identify our student volunteers all around Wakefield this afternoon by their enthusiasm and bright green t-shirts, as shown on Carly Buckley & Gianna Tringale below.

I could not be more proud of our students' generosity and leadership.  Thank you, Student Council and all participants!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Jazz Night Concert

Jazz Night
On Tuesday, March 25, at the Savings Bank Theater at 7:00 p.m., the Music Department will host their annual Jazz Night Concert.  Featured performers are the Galvin Middle School Jazz Band, the Wakefield High School Winter Percussion Ensemble, and Wakefield High School Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II.  All proceeds from this concert will go to the Benjamin Mohla Scholarship Fund.  Ben was a member of the Class of 2010 and an active member of the Wakefield Schools' Music Department.  Ben played trumpet and his passion in music was jazz:  he was an integral part to the WHS Jazz Ensemble winning state gold medals and first place at the Berklee HS Jazz Festival.  Please come out and enjoy a great night of jazz while supporting the Benjamin Mohla Scholarship Fund!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Career Exploration

As part of our career and college readiness curriculum, the WMHS Guidance Department utilizes the month of March to engage our Sophomores and Juniors in career exploration activities.  Guidance counselors introduce all Sophomores to the online Naviance program to complete a Career Interst Profiler module.  This assessment is based on Holland Interest Codes, a system used to classify occupations into job categories, interest clusters, and work personality environments.  Assessment results personalize a list of occupations that match the interests of each student, along with an overview of the college majors related to these occupations and colleges that offer it.  

On March 19 we hosted our annual Job Shadow Day.  More than 100 students in the Junior class explored chosen career fields by shadowing employers at their place of employment for the day. Guidance counselor and Job Shadow Day coordinator Brian Robertson reached out to the Wakefield community and beyond to connect our students with professionals representing a wide range of careers, including accountants, lawyers, police & fire, speech pathologists, chefs, nurses, educators, software developers, and many more.  

Wakefield attorney Jack Foley with Meghan Guarino & Kristina Major

Justin Suarex, Job Shadow Day Coordinator Brian Robertson, Key Note Speaker Gus Dettore, & Josh Bishop

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Parent/Community opportunity to meet WMHS Principal Finalists

Parents and members of the community are invited to meet the four finalists for WMHS Principal on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14.  These are open parent & community meet-and-greet sessions and will be held in Special Education Conference Room 2012.  Each afternoon, the first candidate will be present from 12:30 - 1:15 and the second from 1:20 - 2:05.   All are welcome!  Please sign in at the Main Office upon your arrival.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hall of Fame

Friday, March 7 marked the 7th annual Wakefield Memorial High School Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame Induction.  Our esteemed 2014 honorees began their day by visiting their former high school, enjoying a building tour led by Student Council officers followed by a luncheon in our Warrior Cafe, prepared and served by students  in our Culinary Arts program.  The inductees then met with our seniors in The Savings Bank Theater at WMHS.  Here they shared their life and career journeys - along with a bit of wisdom and advice - as our soon-to-be alumni approach graduation day.  Following the assembly, students had an opportunity to interact with our honored guest; pictured here are students talking with retired Lieutenant Colonel Bob Walsh, Class of 1968:

An evening induction ceremony was held at the Bear Hill Country Club, enjoyed by family, friends, colleagues, and community.  

The following WMHS graduates entered the Hall of Fame in recognition of their significant achievements:

Robert Walsh 1968, Military
Marion Whiting 1950, Government
AJ Beebe 1978, Education     
Maryann Shea 1980, Science/Medicine
Brad Mastrangelo 1982, Arts

2014 special recognition inductees also included:

Nancy Fredrick, Special Achievement
The Savings Bank, Business

A photo of all of the inductees following our assembly:

...and a photo of me with AJ Beebe's two very proud sons, Cameron ('14) and Connor ('12) at the evening banquet:

Budget Public Hearing

Calling all families/community members:  

On Tuesday, March 11, the community will have an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed FY15 budget during a public hearing at 7pm at WCAT studios.  We strongly encourage families to attend to share their ideas and thoughts about the proposal.  After receiving this important feedback, the School Committee is scheduled to vote the budget on March 25th.

Friday, March 7, 2014

World Language Week

March 3 - 7 is World Language week at WHS, highlighted by a daily celebration of the languages, music, food, and traditions of international cultures.  Pictured below are juniors Abagail Murphy and Grace Fanikos sporting home-made tees featuring Central & South America: