2019 Summer Reading

It’s that time of year; time to think about summer reading!

Depending on whether you are enrolled in a college prep or honors/UConn English class for the 2019-2020 school year,
you will be responsible for reading either one or two books over the summer and taking high quality notes to be used in
a Socratic Seminar. It is crucial you do this assignment well, since your summer reading Socratic seminar(s) will be your
first grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

Enjoy your summer reading, and get off to a great start for the new school year!

Assigned texts:

Incoming Freshman (Current 8th Graders)

  • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (Everybody)
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (Honors only)

Incoming Sophomores (Current Freshman)

  • Grendel, John Gardner (Everybody)
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (Honors only)

Incoming Juniors (Current Sophomores)

  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (Everybody)
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (Honors only)

Incoming Seniors (Current Juniors)

  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (Everybody)
  • The Stranger, Albert Camus (UConn only)

You are free to use any edition of the assigned texts, including Kindle or e-books. The town library has many copies of
these texts. If you wish to purchase a text, you may do that as well.

Whatever edition of the text you read, use the  2019 Summer Reading Socratic Seminar Packet to complete your notes for the Socratic seminar.


Student and Staff Achievements

Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations

Core Values

Westbrook High School is committed to educating all students to achieve their unique potential as 21-st century learners. Faculty and staff value collaboration and reflection in order to provide instruction that engages all students in an equitable learning environment.


Westbrook High School believes that students learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning experiences and encouraged by a safe, supportive school climate that nurtures social connections, emotional well-being, academic skills, and personal integrity.

Learning Expectations

Students will meet expectations by:


  1. Reading a wide variety of texts effectively
  2. Writing effectively for a variety of purposes
  3. Presenting ideas accurately with the support of engaging media
  4. Thinking critically to solve problems and reach well-reasoned judgments
  5. Working responsibly and collaboratively


  1. Developing a spirit of belonging


  1. Contributing to a positive school climate by actively participating in the school community and respecting others

Recent News from Westbrook High School

  • Bus Routes Available

    Bus routes have been made available within the parent and student portal of PowerSchool.  To view this information, please login to the PowerSchool portal and and look for the section labeled "Bus Information" on the main screen.  For bus route questions, please contact the main office of the school where your child is enrolled.

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  • New Sunscreen Law

    July 1 presents us with many new laws.  Of those that are effective on July 1, the laws briefly described below, referencing sunscreen and access to HIV prevention drugs, impact the health and well-being of our school-aged children.


    Sunscreen for school children

    Students who are 6 and older will now be allowed to carry and apply sunscreen before outdoor activities at school ⁠— provided they have a written note from a parent or guardian. Prior law treated sunscreen the same as other over-the-counter medications, meaning it required a doctor’s note and had to be administered by the school nurse. “Use of sunscreen at a young age is a critical and necessary component of skin cancer prevention,” the SUNucate Coalition, which advocated in favor of the bill, wrote to legislators. Connecticut joins 22 other states that have similar laws, according to the group.

    Youth access to HIV prevention drugs

    Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. State law already allowed minors to be treated for HIV or AIDS without their parents being notified. Youth ages 13-24 account for 22 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S., according to Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan,  one of the bill’s chief sponsors. If youth are required to receive parental consent to obtain PrEP “we are effectively requiring that they choose between their right to privacy and their right to medical treatment,” Rep. Jeff Currey, an East Hartford Democrat and another co-sponsor of the bill, wrote in testimony submitted to state legislators.

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  • Health and Safety Tip

    Dear Westbrook Families:

    A very recent sighting of a small bat in the lower parking lot of Daisy Ingraham reminds us that there are simple steps to follow to be safe when any small or large animals or birds are found to be out of their habitat, sick or infirmed.  The first step is never to approach or touch any unfamiliar animal or bird and to report its presence to the authorities. While we have had no reports of any children or parents touching the bat in the parking lot, the potential for any safety concerns prompts us to share the information that our medical professionals would advise.  For more information regarding keeping yourself or your children safe when in the vicinity of any unfamiliar animals during the day or at night, please click on the link recommended by our medical professionals .  Thank you.



    Patricia A. Ciccone



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  • Performing Arts Trip to New York City

    This past weekend, 49 WHS performing arts students traveled to New York City for three days of arts and culture. Among the highlights were an organ demonstration at St. John the Divine Cathedral, Mozart's Requiem performed by the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the 9/11 Museum and Freedom Tower Observatory, "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway, and a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall.  View the photo gallery at https://whs.westbrookctschools.org/2019_music_trip?fbclid=IwAR1_Wm4-lSWUC3-iv47lQRdJ-_wezz8tRtlw-QSgCD1A1b6Wu8bLR_0bneI.

    Students on stage

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  • 2019-2020 Calendar

    The 2019-2020 School Year Calendar has been published.  It is available at https://www.westbrookctschools.org/20192020_school_year_calendar or by clicking the "2019-2020 School Year Calendar" link in the calendar menu on the district website.

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Upcoming Events

  • Teacher Professional Development

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  • Teacher Professional Development

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  • First Day of School

    Regular School Day

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  • No School - Labor Day - Buildings Closed

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  • Music Boosters Meeting

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  • WHS Library

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  • WHS Open House

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  • WHS School Photos

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  • Freshman Field Trip to Camp Hazen

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  • WHS

    WHS Spirit Week

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Tara Winch, Principal




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Principal's Acknowledgments

Congratulations Katie Wallace!

2019 American Legion Regional Oratorical Competition Runner up

It is an honor to recognize Katie Wallace for her outstanding academic achievement and performance in the American Legion Oratorical Regional Competition. Katie has represented Westbrook High School for the past three years.

Congratulations Colin Sutherland!

Rotary Student of the Month for Science

Congratulations Alyssa Sirisoukh!  


Rotary Student of the Month for Social Studies

Congratulations Finn McGannon 


Rotary Student of the Month for Math

NEASC Accredidation Information

In October, Westbrook High School renewed its New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation.  Read the newspaper article written about the visit, as well as NEASC's final report, both available below.

WHS School Climate Survey Results