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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Oct 23, 2015 16:27


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  The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders.

Capes & Crowns fundraiser dinner tonight
October 23: Carrigan Family Mystery Night for 6th grade

• October 23:
Capes & Crowns Dinner with princesses and superheroes; WHHS, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

October 28: WHHS Powderpuff Football Game, 6 p.m.

October 28: "College Fund Strategies: How to Best Pay For College" info session for WHHS families, 6 p.m.

October 31: WHHS Fall Fest (9:30-12:30), Blue Devil Car Show (9-noon), tours for future students (8-11:30) Children's Theatre shows (10 & 11:30) & Trick or Trunk (9-12:30), all on WHHS campus

November 1: Family Fun Lap Run, WHHS track, 8 a.m. - noon

November 2: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall

November 3: No school; Election Day

November 4: Adult Ed info session on National External Diploma Program and GED; call 203-937-4375 to register

November 11: No school; Veterans Day

November 16: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall

  capes and crowns
The Seth G. Haley Elementary School PTA has teamed up with West Haven High School's Theater Workshop for the Capes and Crowns Dinner in the WHHS cafeteria tonight, October 23. The event is open to children of all grades and has seatings at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a ziti dinner and meet your favorite superheroes and princesses. Children may dress as their favorite character. Admission is $10 per child and $5 per adult. 

Social media transforms Bailey literature circles
The latest photos on Instagram, favorite tweets on Twitter, news of who unfriended who on Facebook—social media-centered conversations on all this and more aren’t taboo topics during English lessons at Bailey Middle School. Well, as long as those Facebook profiles belong to the likes of Harriet Tubman or George Washington, and as long as the tweets and Instagram pictures chronicle events from books like “The Giver.” Bailey students are using paper templates of blank Facebook profiles, Instagram posts, Twitter updates, or other social media platforms they’re familiar with to make connections between literary works and their own lives, imagine new story plots for characters, summarize a story’s main events, or simply examine a piece from a new perspective. During one lesson, students may create a Facebook page for a character, and in another, they may compose tweets about a book's main events. Bailey teacher Caitlin Pinto and district English Language Arts Coordinator Colette Bennett are giving a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in November in Minnesota on the classroom strategy.
 News and Notes
Carrigan after-school enrichment programs and late buses start Oct. 27. Here is the bus schedule and route.

The Bailey PTA is holding a Family Fun Lap Run at the WHHS track Nov. 1. Participants may register the morning of the race. The registration fee is $20 per runner/walker, and the spectator fee is $5 for ages 5 and over. Participants and spectators will be treated to samples, raffles, a Subway lunch and a vendor showcase. Registration on the morning of the event is 8-9 a.m., with the lap runs beginning at 9 a.m.

WHHS seniors may meet with Balfour representatives in the café from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 12 to buy graduation caps & gowns. Orders placed by Dec. 20 will have the discounted price of $25.  Check out the new "bling" tassel for an additional $10.

WHHS sophomores and juniors may visit with Balfour in the cafe Nov. 9 from 6-7 p.m. or on Nov. 10 and 12 to order class rings.

Carrigan's math newsletter for October is now online.

Forest's math newsletter for October is now online.

  WHHS students design, publish mobile app

WHHS students Brett Gradoia and Riyad Al-Bakri are the first students in the school's Mobile Game Design class to have a game published to the iPhone and Android app stores. Gradoia, a sophomore, created the game last year in the class run by WHHS teacher Deborah MacNeil, and Al-Bakri, a freshman, began helping last year to finalize the game's graphics and coding. Apple accepted the game for its app store a few weeks ago. The game challenges users to tap a button as many times as possible in only a few seconds and beat the high score. Designing the app meant finding ways for it to have music and sound effects, graphics, a timer and a high score display. Though the process to publish the app to app stores was lengthy, MacNeil said she hopes to help students publish more of their ideas this year.

WHHS college funding info session Wednesday
WHHS parents and students from grades 9-12 are invited to an info session on college funding strategies Wednesday, October 28, from 6-7 p.m. in the WHHS cafeteria. The Barnum Financial Group will be presenting the “Strategies in Planning for College: How to Survive Funding Your College Education" workshop. John Pearson, a financial adviser and financial services representative with Barnum Financial Group’s Center for College Planning, has been invited to speak to parents and their college-bound students about funding options, borrowing options, cash flow management and other financial strategies.

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