Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WHS students in Switzerland

Our WHS Cultural Exchange student ambassadors are in Basel, Switzerland, having a learning experience of a lifetime!  Check out teacher and program co-coordinator Andy Moody's blog to share in their adventures:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Service, Integrity, Leadership, & Spirit

Congratulations to Brian Dickey and Emily Hammond in their selection as 2014 SILS Award winners.  The SILS award for Service, Integrity, Leadership, and Spirit is sponsored by the Middlesex League Principals.  Each of the twelve Middlesex League schools selects two juniors to receive this prestigious honor at the annual awards luncheon, held today in Burlington, MA.

In addition to the qualities listed in the award’s title, recipients must demonstrate an excellence in academics, exemplary attendance, active participation in extracurricular activities, and a commitment to school and/or community service.  

Junior SILS recipients Brian Dickey & Emily Hammond

I had the honor of introducing these two outstanding students at the awards ceremony today.  As SILS recipients, they both personify all of the qualities that characterize the award.  Brian is an intelligent young man of exceptionally strong personal character. He is kind and accepting, approaches all that he does with commitment and enthusiasm, and he is a person of great integrity.  Emily has such an unassuming, humble manner, coupled with the poise, confidence, and resilience of the most naturally gifted leaders I know.  She has a warm and engaging sense of humor, is generous and kind, and has the most wonderful spirit that ignites the very best in others. 

I was so proud of Brian & Emily as they represented Wakefield Memorial High School today!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WEF Celebration of Learning Banquet

 The annual Celebration of Learning Banquet, sponsored by the Wakefield Education Foundation, took place on Wednesday evening.  It was a wonderful night, celebrating excellence in teaching and learning across the district.  Pictured below are award recipients from Wakefield High School:

Juniors recognized for academic excellence & commitment to our school's core values
Joe Hurton, Daniella Ianuzzi, Courtney Sullivan, Dan Wensley
Seniors recognized for academic excellence & commitment to our school's core values
Lily Glynn, Maggie Barto, Dylan Sellers, Matt Guarino

41-year faculty member Nancy Fredrick

School Psyachologists Victor Branco & Jason Levene

Also recognized were retiring staff members Susan O'Keefe and Alana Anderson.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Student artists recognized at Boston Globe Art Show

2014 Globe Art Show Winners
Wakefield High School receives 20 awards
Wakefield High School artists were awarded two Silver Keys and 18 Honorable Mentions in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Student artwork was judged against hundreds of talented students from all over the state.

Silver Key Award Winners:

Michael Calamonici, After the Rain, Digital Photography

Hannah Roberto, Landscape at Night, Torn Paper Collage

What is the Globe Art Show?   Each year the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with The Boston Globe to bring the competition to local communities. The Globe Art Exhibit is the longest running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S.  A panel of professionals review each work of art using the following criteria: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. This exciting competition is open to art students in grades seven through 12 in all public, private and parochial schools in Massachusetts. The Alliance has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Robert Redford.
   The Wakefield High School Visual Arts Department recently entered the 2014 Boston Globe Art Exhibit.  High school students received two silver keys, and 18 Honorable Mentions. Listed below are our winners. The entire collection of award winning work will be exhibited at Arts Night on June 11 at the Americal Civic Center.

In addition to the two gorgeous Silver Keys above, the following students were recognized for their outstanding achievements:

Emily Heil, Valley Sunset, Torn Paper Collage, Art 1
Mary O'Connell, Self Portrait, Graphic Design
Haley Riley, Up Close and Personal, Graphic Design
Deirdre Beck, Reflective Portrait, Illustration
Deirdre Beck, Artistic Hand, Illustration
Amy Wilson, My Childhood, Illustration
Raquel Riley, Movie Night, Ceramics
Andrew Robertson, Angel of Mercy, Black & White Film Photography
Sarah Thompson, Wakefield Warrior, Black & White Film Photography
Karina Vargas-Aquino, Positive/Negative Print, Black & White Film Photography
David Willard, Self Portrait, Pencil Drawing, Art 2
Michelle Dejoie, Sunlight on Corn, Digital Photography
Bridget Rollins, Drinking Glass, Digital Photography
Bridget Rollins, Graffit Digital Photography
Kim Wiltshire, Heroes Digital Photography
Scott Barbaro, The Narrator TV Production
Jamison Kenney, Cash Flinging Rapper TV Production
Brian Saviano, Emergency Alert TV Production

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Les Miserables

WHS Theater Arts Presents Les Miserables this weekend at The Savings Bank Theatre at Wakefield High School - the thunderous standing ovation following the opening night performance was a fitting conclusion to a truly breathtaking show!

Pictured here are the incredible leads Matthew Stanley as Jean Valjean and Liam Dailey as Javert:

The vocal performance of all of the leads was extraordinary:  Carley Buckley, Sandra Mercer, Emily Sheeran, Adam Tarpey, Steven Scarpa, Julia Blois, & Gabe Bianchet-David. Congratulations to the entire ensemble cast, crew, and orchestra!

A heartfelt thank you and congratulations to Director Will Karvouniaris, Vocal Director Ana Morel, and Instrumental Director Tom Bankert who provided this opportunity to our fortunate are we to have this talented and dedicated team of music/theater teachers at WHS!

All shows are sold out except for Sunday evening @ 6:30 p.m.  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime achievement at Wakefield High School; I have never been more proud of our school, our students, and our Performing Arts Department.

Welcoming reception

Parents, alumni, & members of the Wakefield community:

Please join us for a reception 
welcoming the next principal of 
Wakefield Memorial High School 
 Mr. Rich Metropolis
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
WHS Cafeteria

Sponsored by the WHS Student Leadership Forum
Light refreshments will be served  ~  All are welcome!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Announcement of High School Principal

From Superintendent Zrike:  

Wakefield Community,

I am pleased to share that Mr. Richard Metropolis has been named the new principal at Wakefield Memorial High School. Mr. Metropolis will join the Wakefield community effective July 1st. 

In 1999, Mr. Metropolis began his education career teaching history and social studies at Wakefield High School.  He assumed the leadership role of Department Coordinator in Social Studies in 2004. After 11 years at Wakefield High School, Mr. Metropolis became Assistant Principal at Sandwich High School on Cape Cod. There he has served as an instructional leader supporting teachers with curriculum development, teaching practice and the implementation of quality assessments.  Most importantly, he distinguished himself as a student-centered administrator, always advocating for the needs of the young people he serves.  Mr. Metropolis has also played an important role in building management; overseeing safety and crisis protocols, facility maintenance and testing coordination.  Mr. Metropolis holds a B.A. in History from the University of New Hampshire, a M.Ed. from UMass Lowell and a C.A.G.S. From Cambridge College in Educational Leadership.  Mr. Metropolis is a passionate and reflective leader who is looking forward to returning to the Wakefield Public Schools to continue the pursuit of educational excellence.  

In the coming weeks, we plan to host an event where Mr. Metropolis can meet with students, staff, parents and community members.  We will let you know when this event is scheduled. 

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not extend my gratitude to the members of the search committee who worked tirelessly to find a strong leader for Wakefield Memorial High School. Their time, enthusiasm and perspective were invaluable to the process.  


Stephen Zrike