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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Apr 22, 2016 14:36

April 22, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

April 27: Future Chefs Challenge for fourth-graders, 3:30 p.m., WHHS

April 27: Carrigan 5th Grade Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

April 27-29: Opera performances in elementary schools

April 28: WHHS and Bailey Jazz Concert, 7 p.m., WHHS

April 28: WHHS ASVAB Career Assessment

April 28: PTA Council's 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair, 6-8 p.m., Bailey gym

April 29: WHHS Junior Formal, Cielo

May 2: WHHS senior community service hours due for graduation cord

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

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4: K-12 Fine Arts Festival, Savin Rock Conference Center

May 5: PreK Arts Show, Savin Rock Conference Center

May 5: FAFSA Night for Juniors 

May 6: WHHS College Signing Day celebration

News & Notes

The PTA Council is sponsoring the 4th Annual Health and Wellness Fair this Thursday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. in the Bailey gym for K-8 families. Storm from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Ronald McDonald will make appearances (and do Zumba with kids!), more than 20 vendors will be giving away samples and information, and participants will have a chance to win door prizes. Stop by and see West Haven firefighters and police officers, Shoreline Wellness, the schools' Food Services Department and more. Admission is a non-perishable food item for WHEAT.

WHHS School Counseling is celebrating College Signing Day on May 6 with students who commit by May 1 to a college, trade school or the military. There are a few important final steps so seniors can participate. Click here to see them .

Our WHHS Theatre Workshop students might be having the best April break of anyone--they traveled to Paris and London! Check out a blog about their trip.

Former WHHS teacher John Avery, who taught physics for nearly 30 years until he passed away in 1960, will be honored April 25 when a new education center is named after him at the Pequotsepos Nature Center Coogan Farm in Mystic.

The WHHS Junior Formal "Masquerade" will be held April 29 at Cielo. Tickets are $45 for an individual and $80 per couple and will be available in the main office, D204, Period 3 in D202, and Period 5 in F11 on Monday, April 25. Juniors must pay all debits beforehand and all juniors and their guests must have a completed prom contract in order to purchase tickets.

Our Pupil Services webpage now has announcements and a list of upcoming events to help our families with students in special education (both in our city schools and in out-of-district schools) connect with local resources, activity groups and more.

Support our seniors: Donations, volunteers needed
blue and white up all night 

Help give West Haven High School seniors the send-off they deserve: Volunteer for or donate to the WHHS post-graduation celebration, "Blue and White...Up All Night." Since 1994, WHHS has organized the event to give our new graduates a safe celebration after commencement. But we need YOUR HELP to continue this special Westie tradition. Blue and White...Up All Night will be held this year on June 13-14 at the Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge soon after the graduation ceremony ends.

--Sponsors interested in making a monetary donation can make checks payable to Project Graduation and mail them to 1 McDonough Plaza, West Haven, CT 06516.

--To volunteer, email pamela.gardner@whschools.org. (Volunteer now by assisting with planning the event. OR, join us during the event by running an activity, manning the food tables, pitching in when needed--choose the time of day/night you want to help.)

--To contribute raffle prizes, email pamela.gardner@whschools.org.

Students partner with West Haven Land Trust
More than 80 third-graders recently partnered with the West Haven Land Trust in promoting Earth Day (which is today) and the environment. They participated in a poster contest, which had a theme of "the Sound & Recycling." Submissions were displayed April 13 at a Land Trust event in the St. John Vianney Church conference room.

The 1st place winner was Aniah Glover, Forest Elementary School (standing in the photo above with Renny Loisel, President, Land Trust of West Haven). Second place went to Abby Giaquinto, Seth G. Haley Elementary School. Sharon Paine, Forest and Alma E. Pagels Elementary School third-grade science teacher, holds up the poster from the third-place winner, Marilyn Suchite-Henostroza, in the photo. Our science teachers for kindergarten through fourth grade helped coordinate the contest, which correlated to a recycling curriculum being taught in third grade.

Teachers and judges included Tricia Maloney (judge), Land Trust of West Haven; Joanne Poffenberger (judge), West Haven High School Chemistry Teacher; Raffaela Fronc (judge), Science and STEM Coordinator K-12; Joanne Conlan, Science Facilitator, Savin Rock Community School; Kim Parlee, Seth Haley Elementary School science teacher; Nicole Cosgrove, Mackrille Elementary School science teacher; Cheryl Jennings; Washington Elementary School science resource teacher; and Sharon Paine, Forest Elementary School and Pagels Elementary School science teacher.

Pagels class creates bird houses out of recycled materials

Alma E. Pagels Elementary School third-graders in Ms. Biagetti's class recently created bird feeders from recycled household materials during a science unit on recycling.


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