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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on Apr 29, 2016 15:43

April 29, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

April 29: WHHS Junior Formal, Cielo

April 30: Bailey band and chorus car wash, Emmett's Auto Service, 10-2 p.m.

April 30: WHHS PTSA book fair fundraiser at Barnes and Noble

May 1: Free youth softball clinic for Westie girls 5-14, 4-5 p.m., WHHS

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

May 2: WHHS senior College Signing Day materials due

May 2: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall; click for agenda

May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3: Carrigan 5th and 6th Grade Band Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

May 4: K-12 Fine Arts Festival, Savin Rock Conference Center, 5-7 p.m.

May 5: PreK Art Show, Savin Rock Conference Center, 5-6:30 p.m.

May 5: A Taste of Drama, Carrigan, 6:30 p.m.

May 5: FAFSA Night for Juniors, 6-7 p.m.

May 6: WHHS College Signing Day celebration

News & Notes

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.

WHHS juniors who will be seniors this fall will be able to file FAFSA applications for college financial aid as early as October 1 (instead of January as it has been previously). Come to WHHS for an info session May 5 at 6 p.m. on this new FAFSA timeline and what it means for current juniors.

Join the WHHS girls softball team for three free youth clinics starting this Sunday. Girls 5-14 are invited to come learn about and practice hitting, fielding, throwing and base running from 4-5 p.m. on Biondi Field on the WHHS campus. There's no need to participate in all three sessions or RSVP--just come and have fun.

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.

The press box at Frank Biondi Softball Field on the West Haven High School campus will be named for Thomas “Tinker” Blake in a May 4 ceremony at 6:45 p.m. right before a home softball game. All are welcome to attend and honor Tinker, a 1974 WHHS grad and lifelong Westie.

• The West Haven Community House is holding youth open mic nights May 6 and May 20 from 6-9 p.m. for free for young musicians and singers of all abilities who want to come and perform either as an individual with the “house band” or as part of their own band. Interested musicians should contact Cathy McCarthy to sign up at (203) 996-5576.

Community leaders, parents and students are invited to Savin Rock Community School on Wednesday, May 4, at 8:20 a.m. for a public school walk-in. The event will feature a short program consisting of introductions, music and honoring student essays. After the program, participants will join hands in solidarity as they walk into Savin Rock Community School.

West Haven Youth Lacrosse hosts its 2nd Lacrosse Day at Ken Strong Stadium at WHHS tomorrow, Saturday, April 30. Players from the West Haven League will be playing teams from Clinton and Hamden. The event is free and from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be raffles and give-aways. The West Haven Blue Devil will also be at the event to cheer on our teams. It will be a great day of fast-paced lacrosse for boys and girls teams.

The public is invited to see "The Feast in the Sky" opera May 3 at 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the John Lyman Center Kendall Drama Lab at 501 Crescent Street in New Haven. Kids are free, and the general public is $5 per person. Any donations will support the growth of Opera-tunity and the Southern Connecticut State University Crescent Players. There is limited seating. RSVP by May 2 to bellis2@southernct.edu with your amount of requested tickets and names of ticket-holders. See attached flyer.

Students singing praises of opera show this week

Our budding fine arts critics are giving two thumbs up to "The Feast in the Sky," an opera performed in all six of our elementary schools this week. The show was created just for West Haven Public Schools by alumnus Mark Hanke and a few of his theater colleagues. This is the second year in a row the school district has partnered with Mark for a special opera. Each interactive performance incorporated art projects students made (like the colorful masks seen in the above photo) and corresponded to classroom curriculum. The opera features an African myth from Nigeria. Teachers prepared students by reading the myth in class, comparing and contrasting the myth with others in their curriculum, teaching about African and Nigerian culture, and giving an overview of opera. The story is about a tortoise who is starving due to a famine across the land. He notices the birds are well fed and are about to partake in a "Great Feast in the Sky." Tortoise tries to convince Parrot to take him to the sky, where he plans to steal all of the birds’ food for himself. The opera teaches lessons about greediness, sharing, friendship, inclusiveness, and asking for help in times of need. To see video clips of the opera, click here.

K-12 & PreK art shows set for Wednesday, Thursday
fine arts festival
We're proud to again exhibit amazing artwork from students across all of our grades. Stop by the Savin Rock Conference Center between 5 and 7 p.m. May 4 to see K-12 student artwork, performances and folk dancing and listen to some music from a school band (and a sample song from this week's opera). And on May 5, the pre-K Art Show will be at the Savin Rock Conference Center from 5-6:30 p.m. Students from pre-K programs across the city will be displaying their artwork and participating in activities inspired by spring.

Forest fourth-grader takes top honors at Future Chefs contest
   chefs collage  

Steak and cheese sandwiches, avocado and hummus on multi-grain toast, ambrosia, watermelon cake---all made by fourth-graders Wednesday in the third annual Future Chefs Challenge. Jordan from Forest Elementary School won over judges with his watermelon cake topped with fresh berries and earned a new bicycle for coming in first place. Sodexo, the school district's food services management company, again sponsored the competition. Fourth-graders were asked to submit ideas for snacks, and one finalist from each elementary school competed at WHHS with help from food services staff members. Judges were Superintendent Neil Cavallaro, Executive Assistant John Lewis from Mayor O'Brien's office, and Dawn Reiss-Melillo, a catering and display cooking chef for Food Services.
Our contestants were:
--Edison from Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School, making his "Big Eddie Sandwich"
--Danny from Washington Elementary School, making his "Steak and Cheese Bomb"
--Ryan from Alma E. Pagels Elementary School, making his "Cow Combo"
--Ava from Savin Rock Community School, making ambrosia
--Jordan from Forest Elementary School, making watermelon cake
--Daniel from Seth G. Haley Elementary School, making toast with hummus and avocado
Superior Court Judge, a WHHS alum, visits for Law Day 
Connecticut Superior Court Judge Peter Brown, a WHHS graduate of the Class of 1980, visited social studies students at WHHS today in honor of Law Day, which is May 1 and honors the 50th anniversary of Miranda Rights. When he was a student at WHHS, Peter was a member of the band and president of the Student Government. In addition to serving as a judge since 2004, he is also a professor of criminal law at the University of New Haven. Assistant State's Attorney Marjorie Sozanski and Supervisory Assistant Public Defender Paul Eschuk also joined the judge at WHHS to discuss their jobs and Miranda Rights.

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