Friday Parent Updates

Friday Parent Update March 1st

Hello WHS Families,

This has been a busy week with Course Selection for Grades 9-11.  Students met in their individual Advisories to begin choosing their classes for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. Please know that the Powerschool Portal for course selection will be open until Friday, March 15th. During the next two weeks be talking to your children about courses they have been recommended for or the electives they are thinking about taking for next year. Don't forget to refer to the 2024-2025 WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide for course information. School Counselors Ms. Jill Britton (A-K), Ms. Rachel Kurek (L-Z), and Mrs. Leslie Carson (Career and College Readiness Coordinator) are available to assist you if you have any questions regarding the course selection process. 

      

WHS Classroom Snapshot:

African American, Black, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies  and US History classes attended Harlem on My Mind at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center to learn about the Harlem Renaissance in celebration of Black History Month.

         

Mr. John Bubello, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), visited with students interested in learning more about careers in finance, including students from Mr. P. Hanssen's Financial Algebra class. Students learned what financial planners and advisors do, the knowledge and skills they need to be successful, and how to go about becoming a CFP.  

  

The Senior Class learned about the Scholarship application process during their Advisory. Please visit the School Counseling Office to fill out Local and Westbrook Foundation Scholarships.

 

Student Activities:

SADD sponsored a Fun Night for 5th and 6th graders at the WMS.

      

The Safe a Life Tour visited WHS. Student learned about the importance of good decision making and being the positive change. MADD and Law Enforcement officers spoke about the negative impacts of distracted driving and how to stay focused while driving. Thank you Mr. Bialicki and his Teen Leadership class who organized the event.

          

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, March 5th-WHS Course Selection with the 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, March 6th SAT Prep Workshop for Juniors from 12:50 P.M.-2:20 P.M.
  • Thursday, March 7th-Early Dismissal Day for Professional Development
  • Friday, March 8th-No School for Professional Development
  • Thursday, March 14th-Parent/Teacher Conferences from 1P.M.-6-P.M. Virtual and In Person (You will be notified when the schoolappointments  portal is open)
  • Friday, March 15th-Music Trip to Boston to experience Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • Tuesday, March 19th-Spring begins!
  • Wednesday, March 20th- In School SAT for Juniors
  • Friday, March 22nd-Westbrook Project Graduation Fundraiser from 7 P.M.-8:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 23rd-Light on Westbrook hosted by Oxford Academy from 6:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. (See the flyer below)

Student Council Fundraiser/Cookie Dough & Cake Rolls:

https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2024-spring-westbrook-high-school-student-council/anjali-cotton/ 

Westbrook Project Graduation Fundraiser:

 

District-wide PTSO Fundraiser:

  

WPS and Oxford Academy Fundraiser:

 

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

The Westbrook Athletic Department would like to invite you and your family and friends to our individual winter sports award nights on the following days and times:

  • Monday, March 4 @ 5:30 P.M.- Indoor Track and Field- WHS Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30 P.M.- Boys Basketball- WHS Gym 
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30 P.M.- Girls Basketball- WHS Gym 
  • Tuesday, March 12 @ 5:30 P.M.-Cheerleading-WHS Cafeteria

We look forward to seeing you at these celebratory events. 

***It's time to sign up for one of our competitive spring teams! We encourage all students to play a spring sport even if it's their first time! Please sign up no later than Friday, March 8th, to guarantee clearance to start on the first day of practice.
Spring Registration Link: https://students.arbitersports.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2024

Fun March Facts:

“March” is named for the Roman god of war, Mars. However, we think of it as the beginning of spring, as March brings the vernal equinox, the Full Worm Moon, and the return of Daylight Saving Time! March's birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. These stones symbolize courage. Its birth flower is the daffodil. The zodiac signs are Pisces until approximately March 20 and Aries from approximately March 21 onward.    

       

Stay warm and dry this weekend. Spring will soon be here!
My best,
Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update Combined-2/16 and 2/23

Dear WHS Families,

Given the two short weeks, we thought it best to combine them. We have had some exciting events and activities to share from the last two weeks. 

On February 15, 2024, Westbrook High School hosted a regional event for high school seniors from Westbrook High School and six area school districts. Each year, General Dynamics Electric Boat partners with Connecticut and Rhode Island technical schools to provide high school seniors with an opportunity to apply to and interview with representatives from Electric Boat for a potential job offer in one of six trade areas: welding, shipfitting, electrical, pipefitting, carpentry, design, and machining.

      

To read the full press release, visit https://whs.westbrookctschools.org/2024_electric_boat_job_fair

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:  

Biology classes engage in experiments after hearing different Materials Sciences/Engineering programs from UCONN students.

      

Student Activities:

Senior Night for Girls Gymnastics

        

SCW Blue Knights Boys Ice Hockey

        

Students begin rehearsal for the Spring Musical Little Shop of Horrors!

  

Student videographer prepares to interview former Principal Bob Hale about the importance of CIAC's Unified Sports Program.

  

FBLA hosts family movie night: The Lorax

     

Senior!!! The Westbrook Local Scholarships are available in the Guidance Office. Apply now.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Friday, February 23rd-FBLA hosts Family Movie Night with The Lorax @ 6:30 in the WHS Auditorium
  • Saturday, February 24th- Boys Ice Hockey Senior Game @ 7 P.M. at the Cromwell Rink
  • Wednesday, February 28th-WHS Course Selection during Advisory
  • Tuesday, March 5th-WHS Course Selection with the 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, March 6th SAT Prep Workshop for Juniors from 12:50 P.M.-2:20 P.M.
  • Thursday, March 7th-Early Dismissal Day for Professional Development
  • Friday, March 8th-No School for Professional Development
  • Thursday, March 14th-Parent/Teacher Conferences from 1P.M.-6-P.M. Virtual and In Person (You will be notified when the schoolappointments  portal is open)
  • Friday, March 15th-Music Trip to Boston to experience Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • Tuesday, March 19th-Spring begins!
  • Wednesday, March 20th- In School SAT for Juniors
  • Saturday, March 23rd-Light on Westbrook hosted by Oxford Academy from 6:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M. (See the flyer below)

Student Council Fundraiser/Cookie Dough & Cake Rolls:

https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2024-spring-westbrook-high-school-student-council/anjali-cotton/ 

WHS Safe Grad Night Fundraiser:

 

Important WHS Project Graduation Message:

Help Support Westbrook Class of 2024!
Essex Savings Bank generously donates each year to
non-profit organizations based on customer votes.
If you are an Essex Saving Bank customer, please vote for Westbrook Project Graduation! Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Balloting is open for voting until 2/29/24.

District-wide PTSO Fundraiser:

  

WPS and Oxford Academy Fundraiser:

 

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

The Westbrook Athletic Department would like to invite you and your family and friends to our individual winter sports award nights on the following days and times:

  • Monday, March 4 @ 5:30 P.M.- Indoor Track and Field- WHS Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30 P.M.- Boys Basketball- WHS Gym 
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30 P.M.- Girls Basketball- WHS Gym 
  • Tuesday, March 12 @ 5:30 P.M.-Cheerleading-WHS Cafeteria

We look forward to seeing you at these celebratory events. 

***It's time to sign up for one of our competitive spring teams! We encourage all students to play a spring sport even if it's their first time! Please sign up no later than Friday, March 8th, to guarantee clearance to start on the first day of practice.
Spring Registration Link: https://students.arbitersports.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2024

Have a wonderful weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update February 9th

 Dear WHS Families,

Students received their 2024-2025 WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways Guides during Advisory this Wednesday. Students were given time to read through the guides and  look at course offerings in their selected Pathway. The course selection process will begin the end of February.

  

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

Students in Global and Community Class brought middle and high school canned good donations to the Food Pantry.  Thank you for the continued support of this yearlong food drive.

  

Guest chef and WHS Graduate/Resident Jay Taylor cooks up some Steak and Eggs with the students in Culinary!

      

Student Activities:

Shoreline Conference Student Athlete Character Building Seminar

    

Senior Celebration for  OSW Cheerleading

  

Senior Celebration for Boys Basketball

        

Boys Basketball Pink Game

Girls Basketball Pink Game

        

Come celebrate Westbrook's #17 in the Daniel Hand Co-op this Saturday, February 10th @ 7:30 P.M. at the Northford Ice Rink (Blue Rink) as they face Guildord High School for their Senior Game.

      

Junior Achievement Motivational Monday

Electric Boat Application Day

FMLA Family Movie Night

  

Students are painting another addition to the the author book spine on the wall in the library.  Neil Schusterman has been added.

    

WHS staff and students volunteered to read the first chapter of age appropriate books to our middle school students for World Read Aloud Day

    

The Daisy Dash. Have some fun and join in the run!

  

   Upcoming Activities: 

  • Friday, February 9th-Senior Night for Gymnastics @ FlipFlop Gymnastics in Deep River at 7:15P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Robotics Team @ St. Bernard's High School from 9 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-Shoreline Cheerleading Competition in the Westbrook High School Gym @ 11:00 A.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Girls Basketball Senior Night @ 4:45 P.M. in the WHS Gym
  • Saturday, February 10th-Girls Ice Hockey Senior Game @ 7:30 P.M. at the Northford Ice Rink (Blue Rink)
  • Sunday, February 11th- Superbowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers kicks off at 6:30 P.M.
  • Monday, February 12th-Junior Achievement Motivational Monday-See Ms. Carson
  • Monday, February 12th- WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Tuesday, February 13th-NAEP Testing for Seniors- A schoolmessenger was sent home to all Seniors from the Guidance Department.
  • Tuesday, February 13th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine's Day 
  • Thursday, February 15th-Electric Boat Application Day 8 A.M.-11 A.M.
  • Friday, February 16th-Tuesday, February 20th- February Break
  • Saturday, February 24th- Boys Ice Hockey Senior Game @ 7 P.M. at the Cromwell Rink

Student Council Fundraiser/Cookie Dough & Cake Rolls:

https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2024-spring-westbrook-high-school-student-council/anjali-cotton/ 

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

The Westbrook Athletic Department would like to invite you and your family and friends to our individual winter sports award nights on the following days and times:

  • Monday, March 4 @ 5:30 P.M.- Indoor Track and Field- WHS Cafeteria
  • Monday, March 4 @ 6:30 P.M.- Cheer- WHS Cafeteria 
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30 P.M.- Boys Basketball- WHS Gym 
  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30 P.M.- Girls Basketball- WHS Gym 

We look forward to seeing you at these celebratory events. 

***It's time to sign up for one of our competitive spring teams! We encourage all students to play a spring sport even if it's their first time! Please sign up no later than Friday, March 8th, to guarantee clearance to start on the first day of practice.
Spring Registration Link: https://students.arbitersports.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2024

Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy the warm temperatures.

All my best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update February 2nd

Hello Westbrook Families,

Happy Groundhog Day! So early this morning in Gobbler's Knob (Punxutawney, Pennsylvania),  Punxutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow, predicted that there will be an early Spring!

The last two weeks have been bustling as WHS has started Semester 2, Senior Transcripts have been sent to colleges, and students are updating their portfolios with course projects and POG rubrics. The WHS 2024-2025 Program of Study and Career Pathways Booklet has arrived today. Students will receive the Program of Study next Wednesday, February 7th during Advisory. Students will begin the course selection process in late February.

  • Friday, February 9th-Senior Night for Gymnastics @ FlipFlop Gymnastics in Clinton at 7:15P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Robotics Team @ St. Bernard's High School from 9 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Girls Basketball Senior Night @ 4:45 P.M. in the WHS Gym
  • Monday, February 12th-Junior Achievement Motivational Monday-See Ms. Carson
  • Monday, February 12th- WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Tuesday, February 13th-NAEP Testing for Seniors- A schoolmessenger was sent home to all Seniors from the Guidance Department.
  • Tuesday, February 13th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine's Day 
  • Wednesday, February 14th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Thursday, February 15th-Electric Boat Application Day 8 A.M.-11 A.M.
  • Friday, February 16th-Tuesday, February 20th- February Break
  • Saturday, February 24th-Ice Hockey Senior Game @ 7 P.M. at the Cromwell Rink

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

  

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshot:

The Law Class enacted a Mock Trial which incorporated all aspects of the criminal justice system. The step by step process that occurs during a criminal trial was narrated giving the student audience (including our 8th graders) a clear understanding of our legal system.

      

Introduction to Broadcasting Student Video to highlight WHS's new Crumb Castle

Crumb Castle

The Community and Global Action Class spruces up the rock to support the American Heart Association and Valentines Day!

          

Student Activities:

Electric Boat Application Day

  

Junior Achievement Activities: Motivational Mondays

    

Interact sponsors National Wear Red Day! in support of Heart Health. They raised over $70.00.  

  

FMLA Family Movie Night

  

The Daisy Dash. Have some fun and join in the run!

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, February 5th-Junior Achievement Motivational Monday-See Ms. Carson
  • Tuesday, February 6th-WHS Project Graduation Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Wednesday, February 7th-Leadership Conference @ 9 A.M. at Morgan High School
  • Friday, February 9th-Senior Night for Gymnastics @ FlipFlop Gymnastics in Deep River at 7:15P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Robotics Team @ St. Bernard's High School from 9 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, February 10th-WHS Girls Basketball Senior Night @ 4:45 P.M. in the WHS Gym
  • Monday, February 12th-Junior Achievement Motivational Monday-See Ms. Carson
  • Monday, February 12th- WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Tuesday, February 13th-NAEP Testing for Seniors- A schoolmessenger was sent home to all Seniors from the Guidance Department.
  • Tuesday, February 13th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the library
  • Wednesday, February 14th-Valentine's Day 
  • Wednesday, February 14th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Thursday, February 15th-Electric Boat Application Day 8 A.M.-11 A.M.
  • Friday, February 16th-Tuesday, February 20th- February Break
  • Saturday, February 24th-Ice Hockey Senior Game @ 7 P.M. at the Cromwell Rink

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Wishing everyone a sunny bright weekend.    

My best,

Tara

 

 

Friday Parent Update January 12th

Dear WHS Families,

It certainly has been a blustery January so far. Representative Joe Courtney visited Westbrook High School  to hear about our Program of Studies and Career Pathways. He was particularly interested in our Career Z Challenge  and our partnership with Electric Boat. 

  

Student Activities:

Safe Futures Collection Drive

  

College Signing Day

        

Unified Basketball Tournament

 

Don't forget to order your WHS Yearbook!

  

The Robotics Team is Rockin' It!!

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, January 15th-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School
  • Tuesday, January 16th is an A Day.
  • Tuesday, January 16th-ASFAB Results are in. Mrs. Carson will be meeting with students to interpret the test results with students.
  • Tuesday, January 16th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Friday, January 19th-Quarter 2/Semester 1 ends.
  • Monday, January 22nd-Quarter 3/Semester 2 begins.
  • Monday, January 22nd-WHS Athletic Boosters @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Monday, January 29th-Teen Leadership classes are attending a Leadership Seminar based on post secondary career opportunities.

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

 

Athletic Picture Information and Schedule:

Westbrook High School winter athletic department photos will take place on Tuesday, January 16, starting at 4:45 p.m. 

We are excited to continue to use PC Sports for our athletic department pictures. Attached to this email is the pricing guide. Please review Patrick's photo gallery at www.pc-sports.com to see his amazing pictures!

Please know that all pictures can be purchased online. Each athlete will be given a personal QR code on the day of the photoshoot. Please make sure to ask your athlete(s) for a copy of the QR code on picture day. Then, please go online and enter your information. You will receive an email once the pictures are ready to be purchased. 

Athletes are to wear the following on picture day:

  • Cheer- Team Uniform 
  • Gymnastics- Team Leotard 
  • Indoor Track and Field- Black Uniform 
  • Boys Basketball- Purple Uniform 
  • Girls Basketball- Purple Uniform 

Picture times for each team are below (WHS Main Hallway):

  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Cheerleading and Gymnastics 
  • 5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. - Indoor Track & Field
  • 5:20 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. - Boys Basketball 
  • 5:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Girls Basketball

Please contact Caitlin Eichler, at ceichler@westbrookctschools.org, with any questions. Thank you and Let's Go Purple Knights! 

Hoping everyone had an enjoyable extended weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

 

Friday Parent Update January 5th

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone was able to relax and spend time with family and friends throughout the well deserved holiday break. WHS was very busy prior to the break with ASFAB testing, our Drama Production, the Winter Concert, and Spirit Week. This week, Advisory groups engaged in a Portrait of a Graduate activity that focused on the attribute Perseverance. Also know that the FAFSA portal opened on December 31st (studentaid.gov). School Counselors are available for assistance in the registration process. All important dates for testing, score results, and college planning can be found in the School Counseling Newsletter  December School Counseling Newsletter .pdf (sent 12/15/23). The 2024-2025 WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways booklet is going to print next week as we gear up for the Course Selection process which will take place in mid February.

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshot:

AP US History Classes re-enact Lincoln's Funeral. Students took  on the roles of historic figures who spoke about Lincoln's impact on their lives.

      

Culinary Classes whip up some fabulous Fettuccini Alfredo for their Pasta Unit.

      

Student Activities:

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of One Spotlight Town on a wonderful production!

The African American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino Studies class attended Blues and Beyond, a journey in music, culture, and history. 

          

WHS Winter Band Concert

      

Spirit Week

      

Senior Projects are underway.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, January 8th- SLC Student Leadership Conference Character Matters from 9 A.M.-10 A.M.@ Morgan 
  • Monday, January 8th-Junior Parent Night @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, January 10th-WHS Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, January 10th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 7 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Thursday, January 11th-Students are delivering collected necessary items to Safe Futures. 
  • Monday, January 15th-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No School
  • Tuesday, January 16th-ASFAB Results are in. Mrs. Carson will be meeting with students to interpret the test results with students.
  • Tuesday, January 16th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Friday, January 19th-Quarter 2/Semester 1 ends.
  • Monday, January 22nd-Quarter 3/Semester 2 begins.
  • Monday, January 22nd-WHS Athletic Boosters @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Monday, January 29th-Teen Leadership classes are attending a Leadership Seminar based on post secondary career opportunities.

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Enjoy a wonderful winter weekend!

    

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update December 13th

Hello Westbrook High School Families,

It has been a busy week with classroom historical enactments, cultural and musical activities, and field trips to the Senior Center. 

Student Activities:

Teen Leadership students attended the Westbrook Senior Center on Wednesday where they participated in a holiday activity of gingerbread house decorating. Students also brought one of the school's keyboards and initiated a community sing along with everyone in attendance. Another group will be participating in a different activity on Friday. Teen Leadership is making an effort to engage students in some intergenerational activities with the Westbrook Senior Center. 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th-WHS Theater Department presents One Stoplight Town  @ 7 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Monday, December 18th-Friday December 22nd-Spirit Week (See Flyer)
  • Monday, December 18th-Athletic Boosters @6 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Tuesday, December 19th-ASVAB Testing @ 9:30 A.M.
  • Wednesday, December 20th-WHS Music Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the Auditorium
  • Friday, December 22nd-Early Dismissal Day 
  • Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st-Holiday Break
  • Sunday, December 31st-FAFSA opens
  • Tuesday, January 2nd-School is back in session (B Day)
  • Monday, January 8th-Junior Parent Night @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Have a great weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update December 8th

Hello WHS Families,

December is already flying by. We are approaching the midpoint of Quarter 2, winter sports are underway, and the WHS Theater production One Spotlight Town prepares for opening night next Friday, December 15th. Grade level Advisories met this week: Seniors learned about financial literacy, Juniors and Freshmen focused on time management, and Sophomores engaged in a Naviance lesson.

Student Activities:

WHS Theater Department presents One Spotlight Town.

  

Shoreline Conference Class Act Winter Sportsmanship Conference

      

Culinary and Bakeshop open Crumb Castle for business.

  

WHS supports National PJ Day to help children with cancer. Thank you to staff, students, and community businesses that contributed.

           

Interact Maui Relief contributes to Rotary Donation of $10,000.

  

Interact and Teen Leadership combine efforts for donations to Safe Futures and BHcare displayed on our Spirit of Giving Tree.

      

School Counselors attend a Southern CT State University Conference on Program Updates.

  

Senior Projects are underway.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, December 12th-Board of Education Meeting 27 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, December 13th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Wednesday, December 20th-WHS Music Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the Auditorium
  • Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th-WHS Theater Department presents One Stoplight Town  @ 7 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Monday, December 18th-Friday December 22nd-Spirit Week (Themed days TBD)
  • Tuesday, December 19th-ASVAB Testing @ 9:30 A.M.
  • Friday, December 22nd-Early Dismissal Day 
  • Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st-Holiday Break
  • Sunday, December 31st-FAFSA opens
  • Tuesday, January 2nd-School is back in session
  • Monday, January 8th-Junior Parent Night @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend.

  

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update November 10th

Hello WHS Families,

Happy Veterans Day! WHS enjoyed planning and preparing for our combined WHS/WMS Veterans Day Ceremony followed by a Community/WPS Veterans Day Ceremony on the Town Green. Please remember to thank a Veteran.

Veterans Day Highlights  

Veterans Day Slideshow:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkpVWINoBwU

WHS/WMS Veterans Day Ceremony

          

Veterans Day Town-wide Ceremony on the Green

           

WHS Classroom  Observation Snapshot

English classes display artistic reflections of Literature

                  

US Government learns about the Electoral College.

AP Biology focuses on the multiplying and dividing of Carbons.

Student Activities

Rotary Youth Leadership Association (RYLA) WHS participants received 1st Place!

  

Rotary Foundation Expo: WHS  RYLA Winner debriefs with a RYLA Judge and learns about grant writing.

    

National College Signing Day 

   

WHS Girls Soccer Team heads off to the CIAC Class S State Tournament.

  

WHS Theater students prepare the showcase for One Spotlight.

  

Upcoming Activities

  • Monday, November 13th-AP Exam payment is due to Lisa Anderson in the Guidance Office. Students participating in AP Exams received letters  on Wednesday, November 1st.
  • Wednesday, November 15th-FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Blood Drive from 11 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Use this link to set up an appointment and pre-answer questions to make the day of donation as smooth as possible. You must have an appointment, but can register at any time up until the day of the drive. With just one donation, you can save up to 3 lives during this critical blood shortage. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! 
  • Monday, November 20th-NHS Inductions. Time TBA.
  • Wednesday, November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th-Thanksgiving Break-No School
  • Wednesday, December 6th-WHS Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Wednesday, December 13th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th-WHS Theater Department presents One Stoplight Town in the WHS Auditorium @ 7 P.M.

WHS Music Boosters Poinsettia Fundraiser:

The Poinsettia Fundraiser has become an expected tradition in Westbrook and the neighboring towns and an opportunity for students to generate revenue for the Westbrook Music Boosters, as well as win cash prizes for themselves.
The fliers with detailed information, instructions and order form are below:  
The Music Boosters use the funds to offset costs to music students at all three schools. In the past this has included, reducing travel expenses, providing private lesson scholarships, annual musical achievement prizes & college scholarships, and providing refreshments for the receptions after our large concerts.
Thank you to everyone involved! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update for December 1st

    Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Break sharing time with family and friends. It is hard to believe it is already December and we are looking forward to another wonderful school/community event: the Westbrook Tree Lighting on the Town Green this Sunday, December 3rd. 

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshot:  

AP Psychology and Anatomy and Physiology observed the student lead dissection of a sheep brain. Students identified parts of the brain and their functions. 

    

Student Activities

WHS National Honor Society Inductions

        

Boys Soccer Awards Ceremony

       

Girls Soccer Awards Ceremony

         

Girls Field Hockey Awards Ceremony

  

WHS Band rehearses for the Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 3rd @ 4 P.M.

    

CAS-CIAC Student Leadership Conference

    

WHS FCCLA hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive. Thirty-one pints of blood were collected!

    

WHS Interact

  

  The WHS Program of Study and the Career  Pathways Program and the WHS Promotional Video makes it showing at the CABE/CAPPS Conference.

      

WHS Bake Shop students bake, build, and decorate the Water's Edge gingerbread house.

  

WHS Students receive recognition from the Westbrook Board of Selectmen for their diligent efforts in this summer's beach cleanup.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Sunday, December 3rd-Westbrook Tree Lighting  @ 4 P.M. on the Town Green
  • Wednesday, December 6th-WHS Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Tuesday, December 12th-Board of Education Meeting 27 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, December 13th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Wednesday, December 20th-WHS Music Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the Auditorium
  • Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th-WHS Theater Department presents One Stoplight Town  @ 7 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Monday, December 18th-Friday December 22nd-Spirit Week (Themed days TBD)
  • Tuesday, December 19th-ASVAB Testing @ 9:30 A.M.
  • Friday, December 22nd-Early Dismissal Day 
  • Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st-Holiday Break
  • Sunday, December 31st-FAFSA opens
  • Tuesday, January 2nd-School is back in session
  • Monday, January 8th-Junior Parent Night @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Library

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

  

Have a wonderful weekend!

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 27th

Hello WHS Families,

It was great to see so many parents at the Fall WHS Parent /Teacher Conferences. If you did not have an opportunity to attend either in person or virtually, know that our teachers are always available to discuss your child's academic progress. Please don't hesitate to call or email.

*Also any Juniors who are going on the Aerospace Alley or Town Hall Field Trip, your permission slips are due in the Guidance Office on Monday, October 30th.

Welding Lab Update:

The Plasma Cutter has arrived.

      

Student Activities:

Manufacturing Day at the Lee Company

  

WHS Boys Soccer Senior Game

      

WHS/LOL Girls Field Hockey Pink/Senior Game

      

FCCLA Halloween Bake Sale  

  

                  

Veterans Day Video

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 30th-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st-Halloween
  • Wednesday, November 1st-Junior Job Shadow Day at the Aerospace Museum and Town Hall
  • Wednesday, November 1st-Pictures are due for the WPS Veterans Day Video (See flyer above)
  • Monday, November 6th-Financial Aid Night @ 6:30 P.M. (Virtual)
  • Tuesday, November 7th-Election Day/No school for students/ Professional Development for teachers
  • Friday, November 10th-Veterans Day is observed. WHS/WMS In school Assembly @ 8:15 in the WH Gym. Veterans are welcome. 
  • Friday, November 10th-Veterans Day is observed. WHS/WMS will attend the Town wide Ceremony at the Town Green @ 11:00 A.M.
  • Monday, November 20th-NHS Inductions. Time TBD.
  • Wednesday, November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th-Thanksgiving Break-No School

Project Graduation Announcement:

Project Graduation is, once again, having an Election Day bake sale on November 7th from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M. at the Westbrook Town Hall and will be looking for bakers and volunteers.  

  

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

It was a beautiful weekend. I wish everyone a relaxing end to October as we begin the month of thanks and giving.

  

All my best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update November 3rd

Hello WHS Families,

So, we are approaching the end of the First Quarter (Friday, November 10th) and students are busy with academics, athletics, and acting! Seniors are awaiting early decision information and other are awaiting Internship confirmation. Juniors just had a career oriented field trip to Aerospace Alley and Westbrook Town Hall. Freshmen spent this week's Advisory learning about Naviance and receiving their login credentials with a follow up  Guidance lesson from Ms. Britton and Ms. Kurek with Strengths Explorer. Sophomores focused on team building, collaboration and problem solving.

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshot:

Ms. Britton and Ms. Kurek present the Strengths Explorer to Freshmen.

        

Freshmen US Government and Civics classes reenact the Constitutional Convention.

     

Student Activities:

WHS Unified Youth Leadership Summit at Rocky Hill High School

  

SADD Halloween Party at Town Hall

                 

Junior Field Trip to Aerospace Alley and Westbrook Town Hall

             

Next Gen Boat Experience at Electric Boat- Pipefitting: Cutting, Etching, and Burring and Electrical

                        

CIAC Class S Shoreline  Conference Field Hockey 1st Team, 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention

  

CIAC Class S Shoreline Conference Boys Soccer 2nd Team and Honorable Mention

  

CIAC Class S Shoreline Conference Girls Soccer Honorable Mention

  

Upcoming Activities:  

  • Monday, November 6th-Financial Aid Night @ 6:30 P.M. (Virtual) Please click on the link to register: College Planning Saving for College Westbrook HS (2).pdf  (also sent via schoolmessenger )
  • Tuesday, November 7th-Election Day/No school for students/ Professional Development for teachers
  • Wednesday, November 8th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 PM in the WHS Culinary Room
  • Friday, November 10th-Veterans Day is observed. WHS/WMS In School Assembly @ 8:15 in the WH Gym. Veterans are welcome. 
  • Friday, November 10th-Veterans Day is observed. WHS/WMS will attend the Town wide Ceremony at the Town Green @ 11:00 A.M.
  • Monday, November 13th-AP Exam payment is due to Lisa Anderson in the Guidance Office. Students participating in AP Exams received letters  on Wednesday, November 1st.
  • Monday, November 20th-NHS Inductions. Time TBA.
  • Wednesday, November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th-Thanksgiving Break-No School
  • Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th-WHS Theater Department presents One Stoplight in the WHS Auditorium @ 7 P.M.

Project Graduation Announcement:

Project Graduation is, once again, having an Election Day Bake Sale on November 7th from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M. at the Westbrook Town Hall and will be looking for bakers and volunteers.  

  

Westbrook Music Boosters Poinsettia Sale:

  

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Wishing everyone a calm weekend!

  

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 20th

Hello WHS Families,

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors took the PSAT this past Wednesday while Seniors engaged in a Personal Finance presentation and a Financial Career Panel. Seniors also continue to meet with visiting colleges and universities.

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

Crystal Maldonaldo, Young Adult Author and New England Book Award Winner, visits Westbrook High School.

        

      

Student Activities:

College Visits

        

Girls Field Hockey Exchange Student Game

      

Fun Activities in the Library: Remember to submit your writing piece.

Please consider contributing to the Interact Food Drive with specialized items.

It is never too late to join Homework Club. 

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Saturday, October 20th-OSW Homecoming Dance @ OSHS Auditorium 7PM-10 PM
  •  Thursday, October 26th-Field Trip to the Lee Company
  • Thursday, October 26th-WHS Fall Parent Conferences Virtual/In Person 1 P.M.-6 P.M. The schoolappointments portal is open.
  • Friday, October 27th-Picture Retakes
  • Monday, October 30th-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st-Halloween
  • Monday, November 6th-Financial Aid Night @ 6:30 P.M. (Virtual)

Project Graduation Announcement:

  

Project Graduation is, once again, having an Election Day bake sale on November 7th from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M. at the Westbrook Town Hall and will be looking for bakers and volunteers.  

  

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Senior Games

  • October 23- Boys Soccer
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 P.M. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Putnam High School 
  • October 26- Field Hockey 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Canton 

Pink Games

  • October 20- Girls Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Coginchaug Regional High School
  • October 20- Field Hockey
    • 4:45 P.M. home game versus Somers High School 

Have a pleasant weekend and stay dry!

My best,

Tara Winch

 

Friday Parent Update October 6th

Hello WHS Families,

It was a wonderful start to the week on Monday, October 3rd with a very successful and fun Field Day! Monday morning started with individual Advisories for attendance and then transitioning to grade level Advisories so students could review the day's activities and events. Students enjoyed breakfast before heading out to the field to kick off Field Day and welcome the Seniors as they arrived by fire truck escort. Earlier, Seniors were bussed to the Westbrook Town Beach for their Senior picture and then a complimentary breakfast as the Elks. A huge thank you to the staff and students for an awesome day! 

Students Activities/ Field Day Highlights:  

Grade Level Showcases

    

 

       

 Field Day Activities/Events

     

Game Room

       

Pumpkin Carving

       

  

  

Pumpkin Painting

            

Bake Off followed by WHS Chopped!

            

STEM RV Car

        

Talent Show: WHS's Got Talent!

              

Chalk Art  

        

 Student Activities:  

Michael's Cup Sportsmanship Award

      

   

     

WHS SADD Chapter

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 9th-Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day-No School
  • Tuesday, October 10th-Board of Education Meeting in the WHS Library @ 7 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 11th-Professional Development-Early Dismissal for students
  • Wednesday, October 18th-PSAT's 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade. Detailed information will be sent from the Guidance Department.
  • Thursday, October 26th-WHS Fall Parent Conferences Virtual/In Person 1 P.M.-6 P.M. You will be notified when the schoolappointments portal is open.
  • Friday, October 27th-Picture Retakes
  • Monday, October 30th-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.

Senior Class Fundraiser

The Class of 2024 is currently selling  Lyman Orchards' pies and cookie dough to raise money for prom and their class trip. They are all delicious!!! The fundraiser ends on Wednesday, October 18th.
If you are interested in ordering pies or cookie dough (the holidays are right around the corner), please feel free to click on the following link and place your order: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2023-fall-westbrook-high-school-senior-class/caitlin-eichler/You will be able to pick up your pies and/or cookie dough in the WHS Library on Friday, November 17, from 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Please contact Caitlin Eichler, at ceichler@westbrookctschools.org, with any questions. 

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Senior Games

  • October 23- Boys Soccer
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 P.M. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Putnam High School 
  • October 26- Field Hockey 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Canton 

Pink Games

  • October 10- Boys Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Valley Regional High School
  • October 20- Girls Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Coginchaug Regional High School
  • October 20- Field Hockey
    • 4:45 P.M. home game versus Somers High School 

Have an enjoyable extended weekend break.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 13th

Hello WHS Families,

Although it was a short week, it was another busy week for staff and students. Seniors are applying to colleges, underclassmen are gearing up for PSATs, and teachers are engaging in the Goal Setting/SLO process. Due to some staff changes this year, we have some wonderful new additions to the WHS Staff.  We would like to extend a warm WHS welcome to the following new Staff:

  • Ms. Justine Tomon who will be teaching AP Literature and English 12. 
  • Ms. Alison Signorelli who will be overseeing the AP/VHS Physics.
  • Ms. Isabel Araya (Class of 2020) will be working in classrooms as our Bilingual Tutor.
  • Ms. Molly McKenna who will be our new Drama Director.

WHS Classroom  Snapshot:

Teen Leadership School Climate Class visited SCSU and participated in their Red Flag Campaign event which focuses on the healthy and unhealthy aspects in relationships. They met and were stationed on campus with members of the Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support (VPAS) Center. The affiliation will assist them with Westbrook High School's Red Flag Campaign this school year. 
  
 
9th, 10th, and 11th Graders will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 18th.
  

Student Activities

WHS Interact assists the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

  

  

See Ms. G for the Halloween Writing Contest

  

Classes will be signing up to visit with Crystal Maldonado. 

  

Welcome to our new Drama Director Molly McKenna.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Wednesday, October 18th-PSAT's 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade. Detailed information will be sent from the Guidance Department.
  • Thursday, October 26th-WHS Fall Parent Conferences Virtual/In Person 1 P.M.-6 P.M. You will be notified when the schoolappointments portal is open.
  • Friday, October 27th-Picture Retakes
  • Monday, October 30th-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st-Halloween

Project Graduation Announcement:

Project Graduation is, once again, having an Election Day bake sale on November 7th from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M. at the Westbrook Town Hall and will be looking for bakers and volunteers.  More info to follow.

Senior Class Fundraiser:

The Class of 2024 is currently selling  Lyman Orchards' pies and cookie dough to raise money for prom and their class trip. They are all delicious!!! The fundraiser ends on Wednesday, October 18th.
If you are interested in ordering pies or cookie dough (the holidays are right around the corner), please feel free to click on the following link and place your order: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2023-fall-westbrook-high-school-senior-class/caitlin-eichler/You will be able to pick up your pies and/or cookie dough in the WHS Library on Friday, November 17, from 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Please contact Caitlin Eichler, at ceichler@westbrookctschools.org, with any questions. 

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Senior Games

  • October 23- Boys Soccer
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 P.M. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Putnam High School 
  • October 26- Field Hockey 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Canton 

Pink Games

  • October 20- Girls Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Coginchaug Regional High School
  • October 20- Field Hockey
    • 4:45 P.M. home game versus Somers High School 

Have an enjoyable weekend break.

  

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update September 29th

Dear WHS Families,

Staff and students have had a fun-filled busy week engaging in Spirit Week. Students have demonstrated creativity, collaboration, and cooperation with a touch of competitiveness while dressing for theme days, creating colorful showcases, and bringing lots of non-perishable food items for the Food Drive Challenge. We are all looking for to a beautiful sunny day for Field Day on Monday! Staff and students will be treated to a picnic lunch.

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observation:

Freshmen learn about different types of government with Gummy Bear Government in Social Studies.

          

Student Activities:

Visiting Colleges this Week

    

JV Math Team is off to a great season.

    

WHS Boys Soccer Officials Appreciation

      

  Spirit Week

          

Art Club-Tap into your creative side.

     

Senior Class Fundraiser

The Class of 2024 is currently selling  Lyman Orchards' pies and cookie dough to raise money for prom and their class trip. They are all delicious!!! The fundraiser ends on Wednesday, October 18th.
If you are interested in ordering pies or cookie dough (the holidays are right around the corner), please feel free to click on the following link and place your order: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2023-fall-westbrook-high-school-senior-class/caitlin-eichler/You will be able to pick up your pies and/or cookie dough in the WHS Library on Friday, November 17, from 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Please contact Caitlin Eichler, at ceichler@westbrookctschools.org, with any questions. 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 2nd-Field Day
  • Tuesday, October 3rd-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 3rd-CIAC Leadership Conference/Michael's Cup Award presentation. Congratulations WHS for your Sportsmanship!
  • Wednesday, October 4th-Individual Advisory Groups
  • Wednesday, October 4th-Music Boosters Meeting in the WHS Culinary Room @ 6:30 P.M.
  • Friday, October 6th-Professional Development Day-No school for students
  • Tuesday, October 10th-Board of Education Meeting in the WHS Library @ 7 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 11th-Professional Development-Early Dismissal for students
  • Wednesday, October 18th-PSAT's 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade. Detailed information will be sent from the Guidance Department.
  • Thursday, October 26th-WHS Fall Parent Conferences Virtual/In Person 1 P.M.-6 P.M. You will be notified when the schoolappointments portal is open.
  • Friday, October 27th-Picture Retakes
  • Monday, October 30th-Project Graduation Meeting in the WHS Library @ 6:30 P.M.

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Officials' Recognition Games

  • October 6- Girls Soccer
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Lyman Memorial 

Senior Games

  • October 5- Girls Soccer 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 P.M.
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus The Morgan School
  • October 23- Boys Soccer
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 P.M. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Putnam High School 
  • October 26- Field Hockey 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 P.M. home game versus Canton 

Pink Games

  • October 10- Boys Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Valley Regional High School
  • October 20- Girls Soccer
    • 3:45 P.M. home game versus Coginchaug Regional High School
  • October 20- Field Hockey
    • 4:45 P.M. home game versus Somers High School 

Hopefully everyone is staying safe and dry in this very wet weather. Have a good weekend.

Take care,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update September 22nd

Hello WHS Families,

Students and staff have been busy preparing and planning for next week's Spirit Week and Field Day. Students have met in their grade level Advisories to brainstorm themes and organize events and activities for a fun filled week. 

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observation:

9th Graders begin setting up their portfolios. Work samples will reflect proficiency in each of the six Portrait of a Graduate competencies as rated by the Portrait of Graduate Rubrics.

  

Bakeshop students entered a variety of baked goods in the Guilford Fair. Ribbons abound!

    

Student Activities:

The Freshmen had a beautiful day for their field trip to Camp Hazen.

                  

 

Grade level Advisories begin preparing and planning for Field Day!

        

Food Drive Grade Level Challenge

      

Students rally to help Maui!

  

WHS Spirit Week!

Monday, 9/25- Hawaiian Day
Tuesday, 9/26- Formal Day
Wednesday, 9/27- Country versus Country Club Day
Thursday, 9/28- Jersey Day
Friday, 9/29- Class Color Day
(freshmen-purple, sophomores- blue, juniors-red,
seniors- black)

  

Tissues for the Teachers!

  

Community Coffee Delivery

 

All Students are welcome.

  

Interact focuses on community based service projects and fundraisers.

  

A great place to do your homework or get extra help.

  

 

Girls Field Hockey tied HK this week.

    

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Officials' Recognition Games

  • September 21- Field Hockey
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus The Morgan School 
  • September 26- Boys Soccer
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus Nathan Hale-Ray High School 
  • October 6- Girls Soccer
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus Lyman Memorial 

Senior Games

  • October 5- Girls Soccer 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus The Morgan School
  • October 23- Boys Soccer
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus Putnam High School 
  • October 26- Field Hockey 
    • Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:00 p.m. 
    • 4:00 p.m. home game versus Canton 

Pink Games

  • October 10- Boys Soccer
    • 3:45 p.m. home game versus Valley Regional High School
  • October 20- Girls Soccer
    • 3:45 p.m. home game versus Coginchaug Regional High School
  • October 20- Field Hockey
    • 4:45 p.m. home game versus Somers High School 

Wishing everyone a warm, wonderful weekend. Happy First Day of Fall!

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update September 8th

Dear WHS Families,

With the shortened week and the early dismissal days, the week certainly flew by. I hope everyone was able to stay cool. Our water filling stations helped staff and students stay hydrated throughout the week. A special thank you to our WHS Cafeteria staff for preparing the Grab and Go meals for our students.

Just a reminder: The WHS Student/Parent Handbook is posted on the WHS website under Parent Resources and Student Resources. It contains important information about district and school policies, procedures, academic/behavioral expectations, athletics, and extra-curriculars. Hopefully, it is a helpful resource to you.

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observations:

Biology classes monitor and observe the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

      

Student Activities:

  

Interact is assisting with Save the Sound Beach Cleanup at Westbrook Town Beach on Saturday, September 16th form 9 AM-11 AM.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, September 11th-WHS PTSO Meeting @ 5PM in the WHS Culinary Room
  • Tuesday, September 12th-Board of Education Meeting @ 7PM in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, September 13th-Advisory/ Portrait of a Graduate Brainstorming Carousel
  • Wednesday, September 13th-WHS Open House @ 6 PM in the WHS Gymnasium
  • Friday, September 15th-Junior Achievement  resume writing sessions in Senior Seminar
  • Friday, September 15th-School Pictures in the WHS Auditorium
  • Monday, September 18th-Senior Night/Post Secondary Planning @ 6 PM in the WHS Library
  • Friday, September 22nd- Freshmen Field Trip to Camp Hazen
  • Monday, September 25th-Friday, September 29th-Spirit Week
  • Friday, September 29th-Field Day

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch

 

 

Friday Parent Update September 15th

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures as Fall approaches. It was a very busy week at WHS with Academics, Advisory, and Athletics. Students are hard at work engaging in their classes. School Counselors were in Senior Seminar classes to discuss the components of Naviance, College Board information, college essays, resume writing, and the Senior College Planning Night on Monday, September 18th.

WHS Open House

              

      

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observations: 

Students participate in a Portrait of a Graduate Brainstorming Carousel for Advisory.

           

Students begin warming up and making progress with their individual fitness goals in Individual Fitness.

s    

Josh Kelly from Junior Achievement discusses resume writing to Seniors in Senior Seminar.

    

WHS Student Representatives to the Board of Education attend their first meeting of the 2023-2024 school year to update the Board on WHS activities.

   

Student Activities:

Sophomores promote "Converse Spirit" for Picture Day!

  

Interact is assisting with Save the Sound Beach Cleanup at Westbrook Town Beach on Saturday, September 16th form 9 AM-11 AM.

Athletic Acknowledgement:

Congratulations to Janet Dickey, WHS Field Hockey Coach!

Coach Dickey was inducted into the 2023 CT Field Hockey Hall of Fame.

   

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, September 18th-Senior Night/Post Secondary Planning @ 6 PM in the WHS Library
  • Friday, September 22nd- Freshmen Field Trip to Camp Hazen
  • Monday, September 25th-Friday, September 29th-Spirit Week
  • Friday, September 29th-Field Day
  • Tuesday, October 3rd- CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the Aqua Turf Club.

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

*Football Fees
Tickets to all Morgan/Old Saybrook/Westbrook (MSW) home football games will cost $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.  
The Morgan School will accept cash, credit card, or digital ticketing for all home football games. If you would like to purchase tickets in advance, please click on the following link to see all future home games:  https://gofan.co/app/school/CT17492
The Morgan School will also have GoFan card readers at the gate if you would like to purchase tickets onsite with a credit card.

Wishing you a great weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch

 

 

Friday Parent Update September 1st

Hello WHS Families,

WHS has had a positive start to the new 2023-2024 school year. We kicked off the week with Freshmen/New Student Orientation on Monday. Upperclassmen were able to acclimate the Freshmen and new students to their schedules, athletic and extra curricular offerings, advice for a successful four years, and a tour of WHS. Parents attended a Panel Presentation where they met important school personnel and WHS Booster representatives. Students started Thursday and Friday with Advisory so they had an opportunity to meet with their Advisors, hand in all the necessary forms, and get reaquainted with their schedules and the daily class/school expectations. We look forward to continuing the momentum on Tuesday, September 5th which is an A Day. Also, please know that Advisory will meet every Wednesday, and will alternate between small group and grade level Advisories with a focus on the Digital Portfolio and the Portrait of a Graduate Competencies.

Freshmen/New Student Orientation

  

First Day of School at WHS

                                             

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observations:

AP Biology: Molecule Structure and Breakdown   US Government: Branches of Government    Culinary: Getting to Know you (Espresso You)

         

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, September 4th-No School-Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5th-Classes resume with an A Day Schedule.
  • Tuesday, September 5th-Project Graduation Meeting @ 6:30 PM in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, September 6th- WHS Music Boosters @ 6:30 PM in the WHS Culinary Room
  • Tuesday, September 12th-Board of Education Meeting @ 7PM in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, September 13th-WHS Open House @ 6 PM
  • Friday, September 15th-School Pictures
  • Monday, September 18th-Senior Night/Post Secondary Planning @ 6 PM in the WHS Library
  • Friday, September 22nd- Freshmen Field Trip to Camp Hazen
  • Monday, September 25th-Friday, September 29th-Spirit Week
  • Friday, September 29th-Field Day

Athletic Schedule:

https://stats.ciacsports.com/cgi-bin/schedule-2324.cgi?school=Westbrook&sport=&levels=&combine_time_results=1&show_bus_info=1&site=&starttoday=&today=&startmonth=&startday=&startyear=&endmonth=&endday=&endyear=&type=Game^Scrimmage^Postseason

Have a wonderful three day weekend!

All my best,

Tara Winch

End of the Year Parent Update Monday, June 12th

Hello WHS Families,

The end of the year is fast approaching. Remember the last day of school is Wednesday, June 14th and Graduation is Friday, June 16th. We have been finishing up Digital Portfolio presentations in Advisory, Senior Project presentations in Senior Project Seminar, UCONN Exams, and athletic seasons. 

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observation:

Westbrook's First Selectman John Hall visited Mrs. Stopa's AP Government Class to discuss local Town government and how to get involved in your community.

    

Student Activities:

WHS Boys Baseball Awards

    

WHS Boys Tennis Awards

    

WHS Boys and Girls Track Awards

      

WHS Girls Tennis Awards

      

No I in Team Diamond Club Baseball Awards

      

Halo Awards

        

Electric Boat Signing Day

         

Upcoming Activities:  

  • Monday, June 12th-Wednesday, June 14th- Early Dismissal Days
  • Tuesday, June 13th 10:00 A.M. - 12 noon-  Graduation Rehearsal. Thursday, June 15th 10:00 A.M.-12 noon Graduation Rehearsal if needed.
  • Wednesday, June 14th- Class of 2023 Daisy Walk About. The bus leaves at 11:00 A.M.
  • Friday, June 16th-Senior Breakfast @ the Westbrook Elks at 8:00 A.M.
  • Friday, June 16th- WHS Graduation @ 5:00 P.M. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled with end of the year celebrations! May you have a safe and fun-filled summer.

My best,

Tara

 

 

Friday Parent Update May 26th

Hello WHS Families,

It has been a very busy two weeks with Awareness Day, Underclassmen Awards, Senior Awards, and Athletic Shoreline and State Finals. We are also celebrating the WHS Theatre Department's 11 Halo nominations and the Broadcast Communications Class Fox 61 News Award nomination. The WHS  Band and Choir will also be participating in the town's Memorial Day Celebration on Monday. Come out to the Westbrook Town Green and join the festivities!

Student Activities:

Awareness Day sponsored by Teen Leadership

     

        

WHS Girls Tennis Senior Day

  

WHS Boys Tennis Senior Day

  

WHS Softball Senior Day

    

WHS Softball Awards

      

All Shoreline Conference Softball Honorable Mention

  

Underclassmen Awards and Senior Awards and Scholarships

    

Shoreline Conference Outstanding Junior in Social Studies

      

Shoreline Conference Outstanding Junior in Math

    

Rotary Day of Service at Westbrook Town Beach

  

Junior Achievement Field Trip to the South Central CT Regional Water Authority

                

WHS Unified Field Trip to the New Britain Bees Baseball Game

        

CT Department of Education Get Out and Play Day for Mental Health

     

        

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, May 29th-Memorial Day-No School
  • Tuesday, May 30th-WHS Baseball Award on the Baseball Field @5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 30th-The Halo Awards at the Palace Theater in Waterbury @ 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 31st-NGSS Testing for Juniors in the WHS Library @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Friday, June 2nd- Senior Class Trip to Holiday Hill (7:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 9th- Junior/Senior Prom at St. Clements Castle (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16th- Graduation @ 5:00 p.m. 

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a wonderful fun-filled Memorial Day Weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update May 12th

Dear WHS Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring weather. WHS completed two weeks of AP testing and will now move on to AP make-ups and the NGSS for Juniors which will be administered in science classes. All students are presenting their Digital Portfolios in Advisory over the next two weeks using the Portrait of a Graduate rubric.  

Classroom Observation Snapshots:

Forensics Science Class got a visit from the FBI Evidence Response Team. Students learned about how evidence is collected from crime scenes.

   

 

        

Junior Achievement presents a Resume Building Workshop

  

Student Activities:

Unified Field Trip to Old Saybrook Park and Rec to make flower pots for Mother's Day.

  

Senior Day for Boys Baseball    

    

Boys Baseball Officials Appreciation Day

      

Girls Softball Officials Appreciation Day

     

Band and Chorus Concerts

           

The Music Department celebrates its Seniors

  

Interact Day of Service: Beach Clean-Up Saturday, May 20th

 

 

Coach's Acknowledgement:

Girls Tennis Coach Paula Fitzgerald celebrates her 500th win!

     

Upcoming Activities:

  • Sunday, May14th-Happy Mother's Day! Wishing all the mothers a beautiful day.
  • Thursday, May 18th- Underclassmen Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Monday, May 22nd- Senior Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Friday, June 2nd- Senior Class Trip to Holiday Hill (7:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 9th- Junior/Senior Prom at St. Clements Castle (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16th- Graduation @ 5:00 p.m. 

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Keep your eye on the end of the year! It's approaching quickly.

  

 

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers who share their children with us every day. Thank you!

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update May 5th

Dear WHS Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend soaking up some well deserved sunshine. WHS students are busy completing and presenting their Digital Portfolios in Advisory, presenting Senior Projects in Senior Project Seminar, and completing AP exams. Spring athletics are in full swing and the Music Department is hosting two concerts this week. (See dates below)

Student Activities:

Senior Project: New Bridge at the Town Forest

        

Cupcake Wars at Morgan High School

          

CIAC Unified Sports Banquet and the Teammate Awards

    

Acoustic Cafe

                                    

    

  CAS-CIAC Scholar- Athlete Banquet

         

Interact Beach Cleanup for the May 20th Day of Service

    

Bottle It Up! Fundraiser

  

Seniors share their plans for after high school

  

Teacher Appreciation Week-Thank you to all our teachers!

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, May 8th-Friday, May 12th-Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 9th-Board of Education Meeting @7 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, May 10th- Small Ensembles and Select Singers Concert @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 11th- Concert Band/Concert Choir Concert and Senior Night @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 18th- Underclassmen Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Monday, May 22nd- Senior Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Friday, June 2nd- Senior Class Trip to Holiday Hill (7:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 9th- Junior/Senior Prom at St. Clements Castle (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16th- Graduation @ 5:00 p.m. 

AP Test Dates and Times: 

  • Monday, May 8th @ 8:00 a.m.- Calculus A/B
  • Monday, May 8th @ 12:00 p.m.- Computer Science Principles
  • Tuesday, May 9th @ 8:00 a.m.- English Language and Composition 
  • Wednesday, May 10th @ 12:00 p.m.- Biology 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- French Language and Culture 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- World History: Modern 

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

 

Happy Spring! May we find joy in the rebirth of nature.

  

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend.

My best,

Tara

 

Friday Parent Update April 21st

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable April Break spending time with family and friends. We are fast approaching the end of the year with many exciting activities ahead. A special thank you to Leslie Carson for representing Westbrook High School at the Education Innovation Showcase Summit in San Diego this week. Although we did not reach the Top Three, we are proud to have been recognized in the Top Ten for our Career Connected Learning and Career Pathways Program.

Classroom Observation Snapshot:

Mr. Savage’s Cockatoo visits Westbrook High School

 On Wednesday, April 19th, Marshmallow,  Mr. Savage's cockatoo visited WHS and was the focus of a power point presentation for Mr. Savage’s science classes. The topics covered in the power point are related to parts of the curriculum in Biology, Integrated Science, and Anatomy & Physiology. It also touched on the chemistry of bird eggshells. The presentation included biological taxonomy (classification) specific to cockatoos: the biomes that cockatoos inhabit in Australia, their ecological niche in them, a comparative anatomy comparison of cockatoo’s and human’s major body systems, and caring for a cockatoo as a pet. Many students were able to hold and pet Marshmallow, who is calm, friendly, and well socialized for interaction with adults and children. Ms. Hoppes’ Biology classes,  Mr. Dailey’s Integrated Science classes, and a student from Ms. Lesandrine’s classroom all got to visit with Marshmallow. The Senior Citizens visiting with the Community and Global Action class also got to visit.  A special thanks to senior Carley Thompson who has assisted as the “bird handler” for the three years Marshmallow has visited WHS. In these three years, Carley and Marshmallow have developed a strong bond!

        

Student Activities:

WHS Students help out with Stuff a Plush at Daisy.

         

The Community and Global Action Class meets with our our Senior Citizens to plan upcoming social activities.

          

The WHS Literary Magazine is looking for submissions.

  

Ms. G is running a Spring Poetry Contest in the library.

  

Unified Sports is sponsoring a Sneaker Drive.

  

The WHS Annual Acoustic Cafe is looking for participation.

  

Get your submissions in for the Annual Earth Day Contest.

  

CAS Art Award Recipients

      

WHS Athletic Department Updates:

  • Tuesday, April 2nd-WHS Athletic Department Spring Sports Photos Beginning at 2:30 p.m. We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning over to PC Sports for our athletic department pictures. Please take a peek at Patrick's photo gallery at www.pc-sports.com to view his amazing pictures!! Please know that all pictures can be purchased online. Each athlete will be given a personal QR code on the day of the photoshoot. Pictures can then be purchased after they are taken. 
  • Wednesday, April 26 Home Outdoor Track and Field Meet at 3:45 p.m. This is the WHS Outdoor Track and Field Senior Day!!  Senior day celebrations will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Please note a change in the Jazz Band Schedule:

  •  Tuesday,4/25; Wednesday, 4/26; Thursday, 4/27 Jazz Band will meet at 7AM. The following weeks, we will do every morning until the concert on May 10th.

Upcoming Events and Activities:

  • Monday, May 1st- National College Decision Day
  • Tuesday, May 2nd- Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the WHS Culinary Room
  • Friday, May 5th- Junior and Senior Class Dues and Signed Junior and Senior Contracts Due
  • Friday, May 5th- Acoustic Cafe @ 7:00 p.m. (WMS Cafetorium- Doors open @ 6:30 p.m.) 
  • Wednesday, May 10th- Small Ensembles and Select Singers Concert @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 11th- Concert Band/Concert Choir Concert and Senior Night @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 18th- Underclassmen Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Monday, May 22nd- Senior Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Friday, June 2nd- Senior Class Trip to Holiday Hill (7:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 9th- Junior/Senior Prom at St. Clements Castle (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16th- Graduation @ 5:00 p.m. 

AP Test Dates and Times: 

  • Monday, May 1st @ 8:00 a.m.- U.S. Government and Politics 
  • Tuesday, May 2nd @ 12:00 p.m.- Psychology 
  • Wednesday, May 3rd @ 8:00 a.m.- English Literature and Composition
  • Thursday, May 4th  @ 12:00 p.m.- Statistics 
  • Friday, May 5th @ 8:00 a.m.- European History 
  • Friday, May 5th @ 8:00 a.m.- United States History 
  • Friday, May 5th by 8:00 p.m.- Upload 2D Art and Design Portfolio 
  • Monday, May 8th @ 8:00 a.m.- Calculus A/B
  • Monday, May 8th @ 12:00 p.m.- Computer Science Principles
  • Tuesday, May 9th @ 8:00 a.m.- English Language and Composition 
  • Wednesday, May 10th @ 12:00 p.m.- Biology 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- French Language and Culture 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- World History: Modern 

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Fundraiser:

WHS Student Council is currently selling butter braid pastries until Monday, May 1st, to raise money for the two student council senior scholarships. 
If you are interested in placing an order, please feel free to click on the following link: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2023-spring-westbrook-high-school-student-council/caitlin-eichler/ 
Please know that family and friends from afar can purchase items other than braided bread. These additional items will be delivered to their house. All braided breads will be picked up in the Westbrook High School Library on Friday, May 5th, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update March 31st

Dear WHS Families,

It was a busy week with Seniors finalizing their Westbrook Foundation Scholarships applications and Quarter three coming to a close. Last week we celebrated being named a Top 10 Finalist in the Education Innovation Showcase Summit. Leslie Carson has provided some background information to give some perspective on our journey.

Summary of Westbrook's Career Connected Learning and Career Pathways:
Westbrook High School began its Career Connected Learning in 2019 by first developing a framework to organize the career readiness opportunities.  We focused on (1) connecting faculty to businesses to help align curriculum to workplace skills through activities like teacher externships; (2) finding opportunities for business/industry partners to come into the classrooms as guest speakers and student project mentors; and, (3) job shadowing and internships where students are learning workplace skills in the workplace environment.  
 
In Spring 2019, we began developing a career pathways model for all of our students.  Westbrook's career pathways model is designed to support the development of career and life readiness for ALL learners and includes interconnected academic and elective courses revolving around a career theme, experiential learning and close connections  to postsecondary and business/industry partners.  The school's bi-monthly advisory periods connect students to an adult who advises them for four years of high school using lesson plans focused on academic support, college and career readiness, and social-emotional learning.  
 
We have seen some dramatic shifts in some important school data, according to the State of Connecticut Next Generation School Accountability reporting.  Since the 2018-19 school year, the percentage of students on track for graduation in four years at improved from 73.3% to 97.5%.  The percentage of students successfully completing College and Career Readiness Courses (AP, dual enrollment, career technical education, and work experiences courses) has improved from 60.3% to 81.1%.  Student access to art courses has improved from 49.1% to 56.6%.

Student Activities:

Poetry March Madness
  
 
Lotus flower making with the public library in our library!
 
    

Students from Video Production and Broadcast Communication visit Fox 61 News.

     

Juniors visit the Hartford College Fair.

        

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, April 3rd-The beginning of Quarter 4.
  • Monday, April 3rd- The U.S. Coast Guard will be visiting during lunch waves.
  • Tuesday, April 4th- CAS Arts Banquet at the Aqua Turf.
  • Wednesday, April 5th-Faculty Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 5th-Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the WHS Culinary Room.
  • Friday, April 7th-Good Friday-No school
  • Monday, April 10th-Friday, April 14th-Spring Break-No School

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a Happy Spring!

My best,

Tara

 

 

 

Friday Parent Update April 28th

Dear WHS Families,

April showers bring May flowers. Hopefully, you are staying safe, warm, and dry. The next two weeks are very busy with AP testing, College Decision Day, musical concerts, and athletic events. 

Student Activities:

The Unified Prom held at Valley Regional High School

        

Wesleyan Career Fair for Sophomores

          

The Superintendent's Leadership Award Luncheon

  

The Boys Basketball All State Awards Banquet

  

The Annual Acoustic Cafe is looking for participation!

Upcoming Events and Activities:

  • Monday, May 1st- National College Decision Day
  • Tuesday, May 2nd- Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the WHS Culinary Room
  • Friday, May 5th- Junior and Senior Class Dues and Signed Junior and Senior Contracts Due
  • Friday, May 5th- Acoustic Cafe @ 7:00 p.m. (WMS Cafetorium- Doors open @ 6:30 p.m.) 
  • Wednesday, May 10th- Small Ensembles and Select Singers Concert @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 11th- Concert Band/Concert Choir Concert and Senior Night @ 7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 18th- Underclassmen Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Monday, May 22nd- Senior Awards (WHS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.) Invitations will be sent to award recipients.
  • Friday, June 2nd- Senior Class Trip to Holiday Hill (7:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 9th- Junior/Senior Prom at St. Clements Castle (6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday, June 16th- Graduation @ 5:00 p.m. 

AP Test Dates and Times: 

  • Monday, May 1st @ 8:00 a.m.- U.S. Government and Politics 
  • Tuesday, May 2nd @ 12:00 p.m.- Psychology 
  • Wednesday, May 3rd @ 8:00 a.m.- English Literature and Composition
  • Thursday, May 4th  @ 12:00 p.m.- Statistics 
  • Friday, May 5th @ 8:00 a.m.- European History 
  • Friday, May 5th @ 8:00 a.m.- United States History 
  • Friday, May 5th by 8:00 p.m.- Upload 2D Art and Design Portfolio 
  • Monday, May 8th @ 8:00 a.m.- Calculus A/B
  • Monday, May 8th @ 12:00 p.m.- Computer Science Principles
  • Tuesday, May 9th @ 8:00 a.m.- English Language and Composition 
  • Wednesday, May 10th @ 12:00 p.m.- Biology 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- French Language and Culture 
  • Thursday, May 11th @ 8:00 a.m.- World History: Modern 

Athletic Schedule for Spring Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Fundraiser:

WHS Student Council is currently selling butter braid pastries until Monday, May 1st, to raise money for the two student council senior scholarships. 
If you are interested in placing an order, please feel free to click on the following link: https://my.mcmfundraising.com/2023-spring-westbrook-high-school-student-council/caitlin-eichler/ 
Please know that family and friends from afar can purchase items other than braided bread. These additional items will be delivered to their house. All braided breads will be picked up in the Westbrook High School Library on Friday, May 5th, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wishing you a warm and dry weekend.

My best,

Tara 

Friday Parent Update March 24th

Dear WHS Families,

It is an exciting time at WHS as we celebrate the news of being selected as a Top 10 Education Innovation Showcase Finalist for our Career Pathways and Career Connected Learning. A special thank you to Leslie Carson who continues to work with staff and students  enhancing educational opportunities through the Pathways Program. We look forward to the Showcase Summit on Tuesday, April 18th where they will announce the top three and hear the final pitches live.

      

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observations:

School Counselor, Jill Britton, visited Junior classes to educate student on the Naviance College Match, Resume Builder, and Career Interest Inventory.

  

AP Psychology students learn about preparing for the AP exam and the benefits of taking AP courses from a college perspective.

    

Biology and Chemistry classes learned about the different Materials Sciences/Engineering programs from UCONN students.

     

Students then engage in an experiment to make plastic. 

      

    

Student Activities:

WHS Girls Basketball Awards

    

SCW CooP Ice Hockey Banquet and Awards 

   

WHS/8th Grade Combined Band and Choir Concert

        

 Band and Choir students visit Washington, D.C. Trip highlights included hearing Jazz musician Kenny Garrett play at Blues Alley, visiting the Smithsonian Museums and the monuments, as well as participating in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery. 

 

       

 

         

        

Congratulations to former Westbrook Athletic Director Paula Fitzgerald 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee

  

Upcoming Activities:

Spring sports have begun!

  • Thursday, March 30th-Hartford College Fair for Juniors. 
  • Friday, March 31st-Westbrook Foundation Scholarship Applications are due.
  • Friday, March 31st- The end of Quarter 3.
  • Monday, April 3rd- The beginning of Quarter 4.
  • Wednesday, April 5th-Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the WHS Culinary Room.
  • Friday, April 7th-Good Friday-No school

Hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update March 10th

Dear WHS Families,

It has been a fun-filled busy Spirit Week at WHS. Students and staff participated in theme dress days, NHS sponsored Grade level Penny Wars to raise money for Disability Awareness, and a non perishable food drive for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

Classroom Snapshot Observation:

AP US History studies the positive and negative economic impacts of  Roosevelt's  New Deal through a Station Activity.

          

 

Student Activities:

WHS Spirit Week 

         

Group Activities

          

Pep Rally Activities

           

         

Grade Level Showcases

         

How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play hits the WHS stage. 

        

           

Professional Development for Teachers: Using EduProtocols to enhance teaching and learning while  maximizing student engagement.

         

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, March 13th -Boys Basketball Awards @ 6 P.M. in the WHS Gymnasium
  • Tuesday, March 14th-Board of Education Meeting @ 7P.M. in the WHS library
  • Wednesday, March 15th @ 7 P.M.-WHS/8th Grade Combined Band/Choir Concert in the WHS Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 16th-Early Dismissal-Parent Conferences 1P.M.-6 P.M. The schoolappointments portal is open. Notification and instructions were sent out via schoolmessenger.
  • Thursday, March 16th-Sunday, March 19th-WHS Music Department Trip to Washington, DC Trip
  • Wednesday, March 22nd-In school SAT Testing for Juniors
  • Saturday, March 25th- Light On Westbrook @ 6:30 P.M. at Oxford Academy. Visit our website for more details.

WHS  Spring Sports Registration:

https://www.familyid.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2022-2023

Community Fundraiser:

Join us on March 25th for Light On Westbrook, a photography exhibition and photo drawing.  The proceeds from this event will benefit The Meal Project for Westbrook Youth, a Westbrook Public Schools initiative.  Visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/light_on_westbrook_1226994 

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update March 3rd

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed our first snow day of the season. As you know, that puts the last day of school on Wednesday, June 14th. We have a set Graduation date of Friday, June 16th. The scheduling process is underway and students have completed the course selection process. Please know you can always contact your child's School Counselor at any point with questions regarding your child's selected courses, course plans, and college planning.

Student Activities:

The WHS Girls Basketball Team defeats St. Bernard's in Round One of the State Tournament

                                    

The WHS Girls Basketball Team puts forth a valiant effort against the second seed Thomaston, but are defeated in Round Two of the State Tournament.

                                   

                

Students enjoy Cookie Design and Decorating in Bakeshop

        

 Indoor Track Awards Night

         

WHS Theatre Department presents How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play

Upcoming Activities:

  • Thursday, March 9th-Early Dismissal Day. All school performance of How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play followed by a Student Council sponsored Pep Rally!
  • Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th- How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play @ 7 PM in the WHS Auditorium
  • Friday, March 10th-No School-Professional Development
  • Thursday, March 16th-Early Dismissal-Parent Conferences 1PM-6PM. The schoolappointments portal will open the week of March 6th. Notification and instructions will be sent via schoolmessenger.
  • Thursday, March 16th-Sunday, March 19th-WHS Music Department Trip to Washington, DC Trip
  • Wednesday, March 22nd-In school SAT Testing for Juniors
  • Saturday, March 25th- Light On Westbrook @ 6:30 P.M. at Oxford Academy. Visit our website for more details.

WHS  Spring Sports Registration:

https://www.familyid.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2022-2023

Community Fundraiser:

Join us on March 25th for Light On Westbrook, a photography exhibition and photo drawing.  The proceeds from this event will benefit The Meal Project for Westbrook Youth, a Westbrook Public Schools initiative.  Visit https://www.westbrookctschools.org/light_on_westbrook_1226994 

Wishing you a relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara 

Friday Parent Update February 24th

Dear WHS Families, 

I hope you enjoyed your extended weekend. Students were back in action on Wednesday engaged in their classwork, preparing for dress rehearsals, and practicing for the State Tournament. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, come join us at the Westbrook Town Beach for the 2023 Polar Plunge: Freezin' for the Season sponsored by the WHS Athletic Boosters.

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Student Activities:

8th Grade Students visited WHS for a Career Pathways and Course Selection Presentation.

      

WHS visits Westerly Education Center as they continue their partnership with Electric Boat.

                                               

Preparing for the CT State Science Fair.

                     

WHS Spirit Day!

  

Interact kicks off their next community project.

        

WHS Theatre Department has chosen a spoof on Shakespeare for this year's drama production.

  

Don't forget to order your WHS Yearbook.

 

Calling all art students!

  

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Sunday, February 26th-the WHS Athletic Boosters Polar Plunge at Westbrook Town Beach @ noon
  • Wednesday, March 1st-SAT Prep for Juniors in the WHS Library @ 1 PM
  • Thursday, March 2nd-SAT Prep for Juniors in the WHS Library @ 1 PM
  • Thursday, March 9th-Early Dismissal Day. All school performance of How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play followed by a Student Council sponsored Pep Rally!
  • Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th- How to Survive Being in a Shakespeare Play @ 7 PM in the WHS Auditorium
  • Friday, March 10th-No School-Professional Development
  • Thursday, March 16th-Early Dismissal-Parent Conferences 1PM-6PM. The schoolappointments portal will open the week of March 6th. Notification and instructions will be sent via schoolmessenger.
  • Thursday, March 16th-Sunday, March 19th-WHS Music Department Trip to Washington, DC Trip
  • Wednesday, March 22nd-In school SAT Testing for Juniors

WHS  Spring Sports Registration:

https://www.familyid.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2022-2023

Have a lovely weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update February 17th

Dear WHS Families,

I hope everyone is looking forward to the long weekend ahead. Don't forget there is no school on Monday, February 20th and Tuesday, February 21st. We return to school on Wednesday, February 22nd and it is an A Day. 

  

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

Students are working on the Electric Car and a State Science Fair project in Technology Education.

    

Senior Project Mural

  

Algebra II students work on arithmetic and general sequences focusing on explicit and recursive formulas.

    

Senior English students create artistic representations for the dagger symbol  in Shakespeare's plays.

           

Advisory:

Students grades 9-11 began selecting their classes for next year. School Counselors and teachers will be checking in with students to assist with any questions they might have.

Seniors met with Joan Angelini from the Westbrook Foundation to learn about scholarships offerings, the application process, and important deadlines for applying.

Student Activities:

WHS Boys Basketball Senior Night

    

The Knights in action as they come from behind to beat Hale Ray!

         

  

...and the fans went  wild in white!

    

Interact kicks off their next community project.

  

WHS Theatre Department has chosen a spoof on Shakespeare for this year's drama production.

  

Don't forget to order your WHS Yearbook.

  

There is always time to join a WHS extra curricular activity or club!

          

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, February 20th-Presidents' Day-No school
  • Tuesday, February 21st-Presidents' Day extended-No school
  • Wednesday, February 22nd-We are back in school. It is an A Day.
  • Friday, February, 24th- Virtual Career Industry Panel with experts in the field of Behavioral Health and Social Services careers. Please see Ms. Carson for details.
  • Sunday, February 26th-Freezin' for the Season Fundraiser. See flyer below.

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

WHS  Spring Sports Registration:

https://www.familyid.com/westbrook-athletics/whs-westbrook-spring-athletics-2022-2023

Stay warm and enjoy the sunshine!

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update February 10th

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying this unexpected beautiful February weather. The students were able to eat lunch outside and enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures. Perhaps you are looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday and may the best team win!  Hopefully, parents have had a chance to peruse the WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide as students will be selecting  courses next Thursday during Advisory. Again, if you have any questions about course selection, please do not hesitate to contact your child's School Counselor, Jill Britton or Rachel Kurek.

WHS Classroom Snapshot Observations:

Senior English classes concluded Shakespeare's Hamlet Unit by creating epitaphs for the main characters using color, symbols, and  quotations that embodied the essence of the character. Students enjoyed working collaboratively with artistic and creative expression tied to literary analysis.

        

         

Student Activities:

WHS Girls Senior Basketball Game

      

    

  The WHS Knight holds Court!

  

WHS Unified Bowling

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Sunday, February 12th-Super Bowl Sunday!
  • Tuesday, February 14th-Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Tuesday, February 14th-Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM in the WHS Library
  • Thursday, February 16th-Advisory: Grades 9-11 Course Selection/ Grade 12 Seniors will write letters to the Freshmen

WHS Project Graduation Fundraiser:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Enjoy the beautiful weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update February 3rd

Dear WHS Families,

Second semester has begun and it is a very busy time here at WHS. Students are settling in to their  second semester classes and continue academic growth in their full year courses. The School Counseling Office has completed its Scholarship Wall where all Westbrook Foundation and local scholarships are posted and available. Come in and take a look!

Student Activities:

World Read Aloud Day at Daisy

        

WHS Unified Basketball Tournament at Coginchaug High School

      

 

WHS Robotics Team/ Their first competition at Middletown High School

      

OSW Combined Choral Festival 

        

Thank you to our teachers who played in the orchestra and conducted the choirs.

    

Congratulations Brandon on 1,000 Points

     

Girls Basketball Officials Appreciation Game

     

Boys Basketball Officials Appreciation Game

  

WHS Indoor Track Senior Day

  

Freezin' for the Season Poster Contest

           

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, February 6th-US Navy Recruiters visit WHS during the lunch waves.
  • Thursday, February 9th-ASVAB @ 9 AM. Any student Grades 10-12 interested in Career Exploration, please see Ms. Carson (Please check your schoolmessenger sent at 3:14).
  • Tuesday, February 14th- Happy Valentine's Day!
  • Tuesday, February 14th- Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM in the WHS Library.
  • Monday, February 20th-Presidents' Day-No School
  • Tuesday, February 21st-Extended Presidents' Day Break- No School

WHS Project Graduation Fundraiser:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Please stay safe and warm this weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch

Friday Parent Update January 27th

Dear WHS Families,

So we have hit the midyear mark! Today is the last day of Quarter 2/Semester 1. Teachers and students have been working diligently this week and School Counselors Jill Britton and Rachel Kurek have been meeting with students to tweak Semester 2 schedules. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors received their WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide during Advisory this past Tuesday. Please take a peek.

Classroom Observation Snapshot:

The Video Production Class project "Coffee Wednesdays" makes the Fox 61 Student News.

Coffee Wednesdays

Student Activities:

WHS hosted the Unified Basketball Tournament

      

The WHS SADD Chapter visited Daisy Elementary to promote kindness.

  

The WHS Robotics Team practices for its first Robotics Competition in Middletown on Saturday, January 28th at Middletown High School.

      

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, January 30th-The beginning of Quarter 3/Semester 2. Monday is a B Day.
  • Monday, January 30th-Junior Planning Night @ 6 PM in the WHS Library (Look for the email on Thursday, January 5th @ 1:53 P.M.)
  • Thursday, February 2nd-*Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Athletes- Due February 2, 2023  2023 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application https://caadinc.org/scholarship-application-2023_xfillable.pdf
  • Thursday, February 2nd-OSW Combined Choral Concert at Old Saybrook High School @ 7PM

WHS Project Graduation Fundraiser:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Have a wonderful weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update January 20th

Hello WHS Families,

It was a short but busy week. I hope everyone had an enjoyable extended weekend. Please know that due to a printing delay, the WHS Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide will be distributed this Tuesday, January 24th during Advisory in preparation for Course Selection in mid-March.

Student Activities:

Highlights from the foul line!

    

Meet the WHS Purple Knight who will be cheering on the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams at home games.

      

WHS SADD Chapter hosted and organized the Fifth and Sixth Grade Fun Night which included pizza, dodgeball, board games, and a presentation on the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

  

WHS Interact keeps busy with its monthly community-based service projects. On Wednesday, January 18th, Interact students hosted the OS Rotary Club to share all their projects.

  

      

WHS sang in the CMEA Southern Regional Mixed Choir.

    

Student- made Lattes for the staff!

      

The US Marines visit WHS. Sgt. Major Gavilanes has served in the U. S. Marine Corps Special Forces all over the world and is currently assigned to the Springfield district Marine Corps recruiting command.  He is Sgt. Gingras' boss.  Sergeant Brian Gingras (our assigned recruiter).  When not recruiting, Sgt. Gingras serves in the US Marine Corps Infantry.  Private Logan Lespier (recent graduate of US Marine Corps Parris Island boot camp). Private Lespier graduated from Meriden HS last year and will be serving in the US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Unit.   

Students participated in a Boot Camp Push-Up Competition.

    

WHS Unified Sports visited Lyme/Old Lyme for a Cornhole Tournament.

         

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, January 24-Advisory: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will receive their 2023-2024 Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide in preparation for Course Selection in mid-March.
  • Tuesday, January 24th-Thursday, January 26th-School Counselors will be visiting Junior classes to discuss Junior Planning.
  • Thursday, January 26th-WHS Unified Sports Basketball Tournament@3:20 P.M. in the WHS and WMS gyms.
  • Friday, January 27th- The end of  Quarter 2/Semester 1.
  • Monday, January 30th-The beginning of Quarter 3/Semester 2.
  • Monday, January 30th-Junior Planning Night @ 6 PM in the WHS Library (Look for the email on Thursday, January 5th @ 1:53 P.M.
  • Thursday, February 2nd-*Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Athletes- Due February 2, 2023  2023 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application https://caadinc.org/scholarship-application-2023_xfillable.pdf

WHS Project Graduation Fundraisers:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a relaxing  weekend. Hopefully, we will see some sunshine.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update December 16th

Dear WHS Families,

I hope you are staying warm and dry in this cold, damp winter weather.  

The WHS School Counseling Department sent out their newsletter on Friday, December 9th with lots of important and helpful information. Please check your email for a schoolmessenger. It has been an exciting time in the School Counseling Office as Seniors continue to receive and share college acceptances. 

Student Activities:

Students visited the State Capitol and the Supreme Court

    

Small Ensembles Concert

            

Reading holiday themed books to Mrs. Kukta's 2nd Grade Class

  

Shoreline Unified Basketball Tournament at Valley Regional High School

       

Community Toy Sharing

        

  Interact PJ Day for Children with Cancer

            

SARAH Holiday Party

      

Upcoming Activities:

  • Next week is Student Council Spirit Week! Monday, December 19th-Holiday Headwear/ Tuesday, December 20th-Seasonal Scarves and Socks/ Wednesday, December 21st-Happy Hawaiian/ Thursday, December 22nd-Jolly Jersey/ Friday, December 23rd-Festive Friday.
  • Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th-Guest speakers will be sharing experiences about drug and alcohol addiction in our Health classes.
  • Wednesday, December 21st-WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6 PM in the library
  • Friday, December 23rd-Early Dismissal- Holiday Activity Day and Assembly

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy weekend. 

My best,

Tara A. Winch

 

Friday Parent Update January 6th

Hello WHS Families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break spent with family and friends. I wish you much health and happiness in the New Year! WHS enjoyed a holiday themed Spirit Week culminating in a fun-filled holiday activity day starting with a breakfast, followed by Advisory, Kahoot, Gingerbread creations, a competitive volleyball round robin, and our Holiday Assembly including musical selections from the WHS Band and Chorus, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mr. Hale's Magic Show, and Holiday Hangman.

Holiday Highlights

Gingerbread Houses

                                                                                            

 

Lip Sync Activity

            

The WHS  Band and Chorus            

                             

A Charlie Brown Christmas

   

Volleyball Round Robin

  

 

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

  • Spanish 2 Students focus on grammar and learn about changing Adverbs to Adjectives.

       

  • Law Class students begin rehearsals for their Mock Trial. 

    

  • Piano Class students put final touches on their performance pieces.

         

  • AP World students delve into the Industrial Revolution and begin to prepare for SAQs (Short answer questions), LAQs (Long answer questions), and DBQs (Document based questions).

     

Student Activities:

  

WHS Project Graduation Fundraisers:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, January 10th-Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM
  • Tuesday, January 24th-Thursday, January 26th-School Counselors will be visiting Junior classes to discuss Junior Planning.
  • Friday, January 27th- The end of  Quarter 2/Semester 1.
  • Monday, January 30th-The beginning of Quarter 3/Semester 2.
  • Monday, January 30th-Junior Planning Night @ 6 PM in the WHS Library (Look for the email on Thursday, January 5th @ 1:53 P.M.
  • Thursday, February 2nd-*Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Athletes- Due February 2, 2023  2023 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application https://caadinc.org/scholarship-application-2023_xfillable.pdf

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Have an enjoyable weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update January 13th

Dear WHS Families,

Happy Friday! WHS has been busy with their classes as the end of Quarter 2/Semester 1 is right around the corner (Friday, January 27th). The Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide  will be ready for distribution next Thursday, January 19th in preparation for Course Selection in mid March.

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

  • The Law Class participated in three rehearsals to prepare for their culminating activity: a Mock Trial.

    

  •  Here is a clip of the final verdict, delivered by the foreperson.

 

  • The Algebra 1 classes completed a Slope and Linear Equations Project. Students had to draw a picture on coordinate graph paper using a minimum of five lines then had to label the slope of each line on the picture: positive, negative, zero, or undefined. After calculating the slope and y-intercept, students wrote an equation in slope-intercept and standard form.

          

Student Activities:

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, January 16th-Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-No school
  • Wednesday, January 18th-WHS Interact Club hosts the Old Saybrook Rotary Club to present their civic and community projects.
  • Wednesday, January 18th-WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6 PM in the WHS Library
  • Thursday, January 19th-Advisory: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will receive their 2023-2024 Program of Study and Career Pathways Guide in preparation for Course Selection in mid-March.
  • Tuesday, January 24th-Thursday, January 26th-School Counselors will be visiting Junior classes to discuss Junior Planning.
  • Friday, January 27th- The end of  Quarter 2/Semester 1.
  • Monday, January 30th-The beginning of Quarter 3/Semester 2.
  • Monday, January 30th-Junior Planning Night @ 6 PM in the WHS Library (Look for the email on Thursday, January 5th @ 1:53 P.M.
  • Thursday, February 2nd-*Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Athletes- Due February 2, 2023  2023 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application https://caadinc.org/scholarship-application-2023_xfillable.pdf

WHS Project Graduation Fundraisers:

 ProjectGradOnlineRaffle flyer 121622.pdf 

WHS Athletic Boosters Fundraiser:

  

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a relaxing extended weekend.

My best,

Tara

Friday Parent Update December 9th

Dear WHS Families,

PSATs for ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders have arrived and School Counselors Jill Britton and Rachel Kurek have visited English and Social Studies classes to pass out hard copies of the PSAT Score Reports and explain what the scores mean.  Please know that the PSAT Score Reports are also available online. Please contact your child's School Counselor if you would like more information or have any questions. Jill and Rachel also presented a Developmental Guidance Lesson to Freshmen focused on identifying student strengths and skills in the areas of  creativity, critical thinking, leadership, and social emotional self management.

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

  • This week the Law Class hosted State Representative Devin Carney and Attorney Colin Heffernan. Discussions focused on getting involved in local government, attending law school, and other important skill sets necessary for success in the legal arena.

    

AP Psychology students created Touch Boxes for the Sensation and Perception Unit.

      

Students in Individual Fitness are focused on strength training and recorded and assessing weekly progress.

    

Student Activities:

 Westbrook Public Service Librarian, Ariel Wander,  visited our high school library with the public library’s button maker. Members of FBLA, Robotics, The Daily Knight , Faculty, and Students created buttons!  What a fun way to end a Thursday!
    
  

 Interact members delivered the toys for the Toys for Tots Fundraiser to local children's charities in New Haven.

         

Unified Sports Youth Leadership Summit

    

Upcoming Activities:

  • Keep an eye out for the December School Counseling Newsletter which contains helpful and important information.
  • Tuesday, December 13th-the Law Class and AP US Government Class are visiting the State Capitol and the Supreme Court.
  • Tuesday, December 13th-Board of Education Meeting @7:00 P.M. in the WHS Library.
  • Wednesday, December 14th-Small Ensembles Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Monday, December 19th-Friday 23rd-Holiday Spirit Week
  • Friday, December 23rd-Early Dismissal

Athletic Schedule for Winter Sports:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy weekend. 

My best,

Tara A. Winch

Friday Parent Update December 2nd

Dear WHS Families,

Happy December! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Break. Students are busy with their 2nd Quarter coursework, college applications, sports awards ceremonies, NHS Inductions, and preparing for this Sunday's Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Westbrook Town Green!

WHS Classroom Observation Snapshots:

  • Grade Level Advisories met on Thursday, December 1st: Freshmen focused on Study Skills/ Sophomores focused on What's My Impact/ Juniors focused on Mind, Body, and Spirit/ Seniors focused on Financial Aid.
  • The Law Class/In conjunction with the Criminal Law Unit, students presented their Crime Reduction Projects to local Law Enforcement agents. Students discussed ranks of Law Enforcement, crime statistics in the state, and different units within Law Enforcement.

    

Student Activities:

OSW Football put up a good fight at the Thanksgiving Day Game against Morgan

   

WHS students marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

      

W/LOL Girls Field Hockey Awards Ceremony

     

WHS Boys Soccer Awards Ceremony

     

WHS Girls Soccer Ceremony

     

2022 National Honor Society Inductions

      

CAS/CIAC High School Leadership Conference

    

WHS Interact Club Toys for Tots Fundraiser

    

Upcoming Activities:

  • Friday, December 2nd-Middletown Symphonic Band @ 7 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Saturday, December 3rd- WHS and Alumni Marching Band Rehearsal for the Tree Lighting Parade 10:00-10:30 A.M. at WHS
  • Sunday, December 4th-Westbrook Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Westbrook Town Green (Look for the Candy Catapult Robot in the parade)

    

  • Friday, December 9th- Interact members will deliver the toys from the Toys for Tots Fundraiser to local children's charities in New Haven. 
  • Wednesday, December 14th-Small Ensembles Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • The December Music Boosters Meeting has been canceled. See you the first Wednesday in January.
  •  We are awaiting the PSAT Score Reports. As soon as we receive them, we will notify parents. Jill Britton and Rachel Kurek will be meeting with students to explain and interpret the score reports for students.

 

Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch

Friday Parent Update November 11th

Dear WHS Families,

Happy Veterans Day!  WHS Student Council hosted a school-wide Veterans Day Assembly filled with history, personal perspectives, vocal and instrumental music, and a video montage to honor and celebrate our Veterans. 

Visit to view the Veterans Tribute Video and additional photos.

https://whs.westbrookctschools.org/2022_veterans_day

Artistic Interpretation of the American Flag by WHS Art students.

   

Student Activities:

CIAC State Field Hockey Game Westbrook defeats HK in overtime 1-0.

     

CIAC State Boys Soccer Game Old Saybrook defeats Westbrook 3-0.

    

AP Psychology Class -The Homemade Brain Project

            

            

Bakeshop students whipped up some delightful treats for the Veterans Day Reception.

     

   The Veterans Day Town-wide Ceremony

                

Pathway Exploration at Coventry High School in RI. Staff from WHS, CHS, and Electric Boat discuss possible school/business partnerships to expand our Pathways.

          

WHS presents High School Musical On Stage!

 
 
Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, November 12th, at 12:00 P.M.
Adult ticket: $15.00 / each
Student ticket: $10.00 / each

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, November 15th-Winter Sports Registration-Please register by this date so you have all cleared paperwork approved to begin Winter Sports.
  • Tuesday, November 15th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. Daisy Ingraham Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, November 16th-WHS Athletic Boosters Meeting @ 6:00 P.M. in the WHS Library
  • Wednesday, November 16th- Student Council Meeting @ 7:30 A.M. in Room 223
  • Thursday, November 17th- CIAC 2022 Sportmanship Conference @ The Aqua Turf-The bus leaves at 7:15 A.M.
  • Friday, November 18th-Martha Redbone: Native American/African American  Interactive Musical Folklore Presentation for Grades 8-12 @ 1:00 P.M. in the WHS Gymnasium
  • Friday, November 18th-Class of 2023 Pie and Cookie Dough Delivery and Pick Up at the outside Library doors (past the WHS main doors)

Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update November 18th

Dear WHS Families,

Another busy week goes by as the Thanksgiving Break approaches and December is around the corner.

Student Activities:

Chef Jay Taylor teaches students how to make fried rice in Culinary class. Mr. Taylor also talked to students about the required education for the Culinary Pathway.

         

Students connected their 3D Brain Project with resources in the Robotics lab. This brain was created on the 3D printer.

  

 MADD and SADD team up to collect pajamas.

  

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WHS wore purple and sold purple ribbons for a $1.

  

Art and Culinary students build a life size gingerbread house at the Water's Edge.

      

WHS Student Athletes attended a CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the Aqua Turf Club to receive the Fred Balsamo Sportsmanship Award and the  Michael's Achievement Cup as a "Class Act" School.

        

WHS hosted the Martha Redbone Roots Project in celebration of Native American Heritage Month (sponsored by the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center).

      

There are still tickets left!

Adult ticket: $15.00 / each
Student ticket: $10.00 / each
 
      

Fundraiser:  

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, November 21st- B Day
  • Tuesday, November 22nd-A Day- WHS hosts the 8th Graders for an afternoon visit to Westbrook High School to shadow, learn about courses and programs, and ask questions of an Upperclassmen Student Panel.
  • Wednesday, November 23rd-No School-Pre Thanksgiving Day OSW Football Game. OSW vs. Morgan @ Old Saybrook
  • Thursday, November 24th-Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, November 25th-No School
  • Thursday, December 1st-Advisory Day-Each grade is engaging in a different topic. Freshman:  Study Skills, Sophomores:  My Success Habits, Juniors:  Body, Mind, Spirit, Seniors:  Financial Aid to College

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update November 4th

Dear WHS Families,

It's hard to believe that Quarter 1 has come to a close. Students have been working diligently in their academic courses while also engaging in various extra curricular activities. Varsity/JV Math Teams continue to practice and compete, Girls Field Hockey and Boys Soccer teams are entering tournament play, and the musical is in dress rehearsal. As of November 1st, forty-seven percent of our Seniors have applied to college and many others will be applying by the December 1st date. It is a busy time of year!

The Weekly Update:

  • Monday, October 31st-Halloween-Staff and students enjoyed dressing up for the day!

    

  • Tuesday, November 1st @ 6:30 P.M.- The WHS School Counseling Department hosted a Virtual Financial Aid Night. If you were unable to attend, please contact Lisa Anderson for information.  
  • Wednesday, November 2nd -Juniors went on an informative and enjoyable Pathways field trip to Aerospace Alley and TheaterWorks.
  • Friday, November 4th- Quarter 1 Ended.

Student Activities:

WHS Interact Club

  

WHS SADD Chapter @ the Park and Rec Halloween Party

  

Unified Fall Festival @ Daisy

      

FBLA begins construction on the WHS Mobile School Store

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Sunday, November 6th-Daylight Saving Time Ends.
  • Monday, November 7th-Quarter 2 Begins.
  • Tuesday, November 8th-Election Day
  • Tuesday, November 8th-No school for students. Professional Development for teachers.
  • Thursday, November 10th-Advisory Day
  • Friday, November 11th-Veterans Day - WHS Veterans Day Assembly @ 9 AM in the WHS Gymnasium/Town-wide Ceremony at 11 AM on the Westbrook Town Green. WHS Band/Chorus will perform.
  •  Friday, November 11th-High School Musical -Tickets will be available for purchase on line only.
    Look for the link on our website then! 

  

  • Tuesday, November 15th-Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. Daisy Ingraham Cafeteria
  • Thursday, November 17th-CIAC Sportsmanship Summit @ the Aqua Turf
  • Thursday, November 17th; Friday, November 18th; and Saturday, November 19th-WHS Theatre Department presents High School Musical  @ 7 PM in the WHS Auditorium.

Athletic Schedule: 

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

  • Monday, November 7th @2:00 P.M.-WHS Girls Field Hockey vs HK /First Round CIAC State Tournament Game @ Home
  • Monday, November 7th @ 5:00 P.M.-WHS Boys Soccer vs Old Saybrook /First Round CIAC State Tournament Game @ Old Saybrook

Enjoy the fall foliage and warm weather.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 28th

Dear WHS Families,

The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the temperatures are definitely cooler! Happy Fall! This week WHS held its Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences both in person and virtually. If you were unable to schedule conferences, you may always contact your child's teachers by phone or via email to discuss academic progress and any concerns you might have. Also, your child's School Counselor is also a great resource to access in regard to any questions or concerns regarding your child. (Jill Britton services A-K, Rachel Kurek services L-Z )

Here are some snapshot observations from WHS Classrooms:

  • Teen Leadership students will starting a Teen Leadership Middle School Club for 7th and 8th graders that will focus on Social Emotional Awareness and Mental Health Awareness activities.
  • Freshmen learned about Naviance and completed the Strengths Explorer with Ms. Britton and Ms. Kurek.

  

  • Seniors in Forensics tested for blood types.

      

The Weekly Recap:

  • Tuesday, October 25th- WHS hosted a Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Meeting. Chamber members visited the new Robotics lab and heard from WHS students about their projects.

        

 

  • Tuesday, October 25th- Advisory Day- All students set up their Digital Portfolios with the new Portrait of a Graduate requirements.
  • Wednesday, October 26th- Girls Field Hockey Senior Day Westbrook defeats Waterford 3-0.

                 

  • Wednesday, October 26th- The WHS Band and Chorus Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium

        

  • Thursday, October 27th-Members of the WHS Band visited the Coast Guard. Students learned about the composition of a march (John Philip Sousa), listened to the orchestral masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, and participated in a Q & A session with the Assistant Director of the Coast Guard Band, Jeff Spenner.

          

  • Thursday, October 27th-  WHS Fall Teacher/Parent Conferences were virtual and in person from 1P.M.-6 P.M. 
  • Friday, October 28th- OSW Homecoming Dance: Under the Sea @ Old Saybrook High School from 7:30 P.M.-10 P.M. Wear your parka-it's going to be a chilly one!

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 31st-Halloween-Looking forward to creative costuming. 
  • Tuesday, November 1st @ 6:30 P.M.- Virtual Financial Aid Night (Look for the link sent out by the WHS School Counseling Department.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd -Juniors have a Pathways field trip to Aerospace Alley and TheaterWorks.
  • Friday, November 4th- Quarter 1 Ends.
  • Monday, November 7th-Quarter 2 Begins.
  • Tuesday, November 8th-Election Day/Board of Education Meeting 7 PM in the WHS Library
  • Tuesday, November 8th-No school for students. Professional Development for teachers.
  • Friday, November 11th-Veterans Day - WHS Veterans Day Assembly @ 9 AM in the WHS Gymnasium/Town-wide Ceremony at 11 AM on the Westbrook Town Green. WHS Band/Chorus will perform.
  • Thursday, November 17th; Friday, November 18th; and Saturday, November 19th-WHS Theatre Department presents High School Musical @ 7 PM in the WHS Auditorium. Ticket information will be coming soon.

Athletic Schedule:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

Have a safe and restful weekend.

My best,

Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 21st

Dear WHS Families,

I hope your week has been going well. WHS continues to be a busy place with active classrooms, senior Games, musical rehearsals, and college, career, and military visitations. The end of Quarter 1 is fast approaching (Friday, November 4th). If students are looking for a place to study or some general extra help, please know that Homework Room is available after school Monday-Thursday from 2:20 P.M.-3:35 P.M. with a late bus pick up at WMS at 3:45 P.M.

Here are some snapshot observations from WHS classrooms:

  • Seniors in UCONN/AP English are writing reflections on their recent participation in Literature Circles. They were to evaluate their role, rate of participation, and consider the effectiveness of textual evidence presented.

  

  • Seniors in Anatomy and Physiology are studying the human skeletal system. Students are identifying bones with their skeleton friend, Chad.

   

  • Juniors in AP US History are learning about the Articles of the Confederation and the Constitutional Convention. 
  • Sophomores in British Literature are studying the poetry of William Wordsworth. They are going on a nature walk next week (weather permitting) to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of nature as expressed in the poem "Tintern Abbey."

The Weekly Recap:

  • Friday, October 14th- Girls Soccer Officials Appreciation Game

  

  • Tuesday, October 18th- The National Guard held informational sessions during the lunch waves.
  • Thursday, October 20th- Boys Soccer Senior Day

    

  • Thursday, October 20th- WHS JV Math Team had a successful showing at their Math Meet at Guilford at 3:15 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 20th-Unified  Field Trip to Coginchaug High School. Students  collaborated with their Campus Unification/Unified Sports teams and tie dyed t-shirts, played a soccer game, and had a dance party. Westbrook students partnered up with Coginchaug students to meet new people and gain new experiences. Since Coginchaug has such a strong Unified program, our students took back some ideas that we want to implement in our own class as well.

  

  • Friday, October 21st- Robotics students visited the IMH Group at The Lee Company for their National Manufacturing Day.

  

  • October is Mental Health Awareness Month.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Tuesday, October 25th- Advisory Day- All students will set up their Digital Portfolios with the new Portrait of a Graduate requirements.
  • Wednesday, October 26th- Girls Field Hockey Senior Day (rescheduled) 3:00 P.M. Game time 4:00 P.M. vs Waterford
  • Wednesday, October 26th- The WHS Band and Chorus Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Thursday, October 27th-  Teacher/Parent Conferences. Virtual and In Person from 1P.M.-6 P.M. More information to follow next week.
  • Friday, October 28th- OSW Homecoming Dance: Under the Sea @ Old Saybrook High School from 7:30 P.M.-10 P.M. 
  • Tuesday, November 1st @ 6:30 P.M.- Virtual Financial Aid Night
  • Friday, November 4th- Quarter 1 Ends

    Athletic Schedule:

    http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

 
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend.
 
My best,
Tara Winch

Friday Parent Update October 14th

Dear WHS Families,

Although a short week, it was a busy week here at Westbrook High School with academics, athletics, a major music event, and extra curricular activities. Ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders took the PSAT on Wednesday. Having all three grades take the PSAT in the fall gives students early exposure to the standardized testing format and an opportunity to challenge themselves in the areas of English and math. Teachers will also have an opportunity to assess strengths, weaknesses, progress, and growth in these areas once scores are released as a means to inform future instruction. Parents will be informed when the scores are available.

Here are some snapshot observations from WHS classrooms:

  • Freshman English classes worked on an organizer to prepare for the short story unit summative assessment essay.  The organizer includes students' thematic ideas  supported by textual evidence that will be turned into a rough draft for the formal essay in class next week.
  • Sophomore English classes worked on an organizer to prepare for the Anglo-Saxon British epic Beowulf summative assessment essay.  The organizer includes students' ideas supported by textual evidence that will be turned into a rough draft for the formal essay in class next week.
  • Seniors received Yearbook information from Mr. Bialicki regarding specific student sections, pages, formal pictures, and important deadlines.
  • Students have been engaged in problem solving  and critical thinking while manipulating applications to improve the functioning of their robots in Mr. Dailey's Robotics class.  

      

The Weekly Recap:

  • Tuesday, October 11th-Boys Soccer Pink Game

  

  • Wednesday, October 12th-Girls Soccer Senior Game

      

  • Thursday, October 13th- Girls Field Hockey Pink Game 

  

  • Thursday, October 13th- Unified Sports Trip to Mystic Aquarium with Lyme-Old Lyme High School 

  

  • The School Counseling Department hosted several college and university visits this week. 

  

  • These students were the WHS representatives at the 2022 Shoreline Music Festival, a two day event made up of students from the 12 Shoreline Conference high schools. The event culminated in a live concert at Coginchaug Regional HS on October 13th. Our students enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with other schools and appreciated the experience. Bravo!
 
       
 
The first and third pictures are of the Shoreline Music Festival Concert Band participants.
The second photo is of the Shoreline Music Festival Concert Choir participants.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 17th- Field Hockey Senior Day (Senior Day celebrations begin at 3:00 P.M.) 
  • Tuesday, October 18th-The National Guard will hold informational sessions during the lunch waves.
  • Thursday, October 20th- Boys Soccer Senior Day (Senior Day celebrations begin at 3:15 P.M.) 
  • Thursday, October 20th- JV Math Meet at Guilford at 3:15 P.M.
  • Friday, October 21st- Robotics students will visit the IMH Group at The Lee Company for their National Manufacturing Day.
  • Wednesday, October 26th- The WHS Band and Chorus Concert @ 7:30 P.M. in the WHS Auditorium
  • Thursday, October 27th-  Teacher/Parent Conferences. Virtual and In Person from 1P.M.-6 P.M. More information to follow next week.
  • Friday, October 28th-OSW Homecoming Dance @ Old Saybrook High School from 7:30 P.M.-10 P.M. All Westbrook students are welcome. Please see Ms. Eichler for details.
  • Tuesday, November 1st @ 6:30 P.M.- Virtual Financial Aid Night
  • Friday, November 4th- Quarter 1 ends
  • Athletic Schedule:

    http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

 
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.
My best,
Tara Winch
 

 

Friday Parent Update October 7th

Dear WHS Families,

It has been an active few weeks at WHS and it's hard to believe it is already October! Students have been busy in their classes and actively engaged in their learning. Here are some snapshot observations from WHS classrooms:

  • Freshmen have been working on a US Citizenship Research Project in Social Studies. 
  • Sophomores in AP European History have been exploring DBQs and researching how to analyze and synthesize textual information. Sophomores in Modern World History are  learning about the ingredients of a Revolution.  As part of the lesson, students worked in small groups on note taking and summarizing informational texts.  
  • Juniors are concluding an opening unit on rhetoric. They are also working on writing their own persuasive speeches using the strategies of ethos, pathos, and logos as well as various rhetorical devices. AP Language and Composition students are working on a rhetorical analysis essay using released items from past AP exams. 
  • Seniors have been working on their Senior Projects fulfilling the research component, writing letters of intent, and deciding on Internships. In addition, they have been writing Personal Essays for their college applications.

 Student Activities:

  • WHS hosted a JV Math Meet with nine high schools comprised of 20 Freshmen and 21 Sophomores competing in five rounds of questions and then a team round.  Topics included Arithmetic, Evaluations, Linear Equations (non-verbal), Arithmetic Percent, and Areas of Polygons.   

    

 

  • Rehearsals and set construction are underway for Disney's High School Musical  to be performed at WHS on November 17th, 18th, and 19th, @ 7 P.M. Ticket information will be coming soon.

               

 

  • The FCCLA Club participated in the Guilford Fair's baking contest for the first time this year. Eleven students participated and each brought home a ribbon for their hard work. In total, the club earned three 1st place ribbons, two 2nd place ribbons, and six 3rd place ribbons. The highlight was a Sophomore's  cheesecake brownies, which won Best in Show for Junior Baking!  
     

Weekly Recap:

  • Monday, October 3rd- Boys Soccer Officials Appreciation Game

    

  • Thursday, October 6th- Girls Soccer Pink Game

  

  • Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th- Teacher Professional Development: Over the last two days, teachers have been using a tool called the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to assess how often students demonstrate specific life skills in the past month. The purpose of the DESSA is to identify which life skills students have already learned and which skills they might still need to develop. Once teachers identify the skills students still need to learn, they will teach those skills using lesson plans that accompany the DESSA. Our goal is to ensure that students are continuously developing the skills they need for lifelong success. 

Please know that we have a new friendly face in the Main Office. Ms. Tonya Tollefsen has joined us as WHS's new Attendance/Athletics Secretary. To contact her for attendance, absences, questions, or concerns, please email her at  ttollefsen@westbrookctschools.org.

  

Upcoming Activities:

  • Monday, October 11th- No School- Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • Wednesday, October 12th- PSAT Day for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade
  • Wednesday, October 12th- Music Boosters Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Wednesday, October 26th- WHS Band/Chorus Concert @ 7:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 27th- 1 P.M.-6 P.M. Teacher/Parent Conferences 
  • Friday, November 4th- Quarter 1 ends

Athletic Schedule:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

I wish everyone a relaxing and long weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch

Friday Parent Update September 30th

Dear WHS Families,

Weekly Update:

  • WHS geared up to celebrate Spirit Week which culminated in an exciting and fun Field Day! Students participated in a variety of activities including a food drive to assist the Shoreline Food Pantry.
  • Our School Counseling Newsletter was sent out this Wednesday. The Newsletter contains pertinent information including testing dates, scholarship information, grade level activities, and support services in the WHS Counseling Department.
  • Senior Parents benefited from an informative post secondary planning night that was held this week by School Counselors Jill Britton and Rachel Kurek, and our Career and College Readiness Coordinator, Leslie Carson. If you were unable to attend, please contact the School Counseling Office for the information.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 5th-WHS Music Booster Meeting @ 6:30 P.M. in the Culinary Room
  • Thursday, October 6th-Teacher PD/Early Dismissal- 12:15P.M.
  • Friday, October 7th-Teacher PD/No school

Athletic Schedule:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing weekend. Happy October!

My best,

Tara Winch, Principal

 

 

Weekly Parent Update September 25th, 2022

Dear WHS Families,

So summer is behind us and fall is apon us with cool temperatures and crisp breezes. We have just completed our second full week of school and and the days have been productive and full. I hope everyone has eased into the new school year and that students are enjoying their time at the high school.

The Weekly Recap:

  • School Counselors Jill Britton and Rachel Kurek have met with all Seniors to present Post Secondary Planning information. They also worked one on one  to create Common Application accounts and add at least one  college/university to which they plan to apply. Students also updated Naviance, matched their Common Application, and worked on their resumes.
  • Every Thursday for the month of September, all grades have met in their individual Advisories to prepare for Spirit Week and Field Day to maximize teambuilding, collaboration, and participation.
  • Mr. Savage's biology students have been learning about the 4 stage life cycle of the monarch butterfly through a butterfly hatchery experiment. 
  • Mrs. Hourihan's Painting Class has been working on some murals in our library.  This project is student driven with their ideas for their favorite books and people.  Elvis and Princess Diana are just two of the faces that are being sketched in the biography section.  It's a work in progress!
  • The Broadcast Communications Class is working on the WHS Veterans Day Video. Please forward your Family Member Veteran photos to nesposito@westbrookctschools.org

 

Upcoming Activities:

  • Spirit Week

    • Monday, September 26th: Twin Day
    •  Tuesday, September 27th: Mini Me Day
    • Wednesday, September 28th: Formal Dress Day
    • Thursday, September 29th: Decade Day -Freshmen-60's, Sophomores-70's, Juniors-90's, and Seniors-80's
    • Friday, September 30th: Field Day! Wear your class colors! Freshmen- Purple, Sophomores-Blue, Juniors-Red, Seniors-Black
  • Wednesday, September 28th-Senior Parent Information Night for Post Secondary Planning @ 6PM in the WHS Library
  • Thursday, September 29th-Math Meet @ 3 PM in the WHS Library
  • Friday, September 30th-Senior Picture @ Westbrook Town Beach followed by the Senior Breakfast at the Elks. Bus departure time form WHS: 7:50 A.M.

Athletic Schedule:

http://ciacsports.com/site/?page_id=105 

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing weekend.

My best,

Tara A. Winch, Principal