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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on May 6, 2016 16:10

May 6, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

May 6: Bailey Spring Dance, at Bailey, 6:30 p.m.

May 8: Free youth softball clinic, WHHS, 4 p.m.

May 10:
Forest Spring Concert, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

May 11: National School Nurse Day

May 11: Haley Talent Show, 1:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

May 11: Planning meeting for WHHS Blue and White...Up All Night, 6 p.m.

May 12: WHHS FBLA Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.

May 12: 8th grade Bailey Band and Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.

May 15: Savin Rock PTA Royal Ball, Cielo, 2 p.m.

News & Notes

Carrigan's May school newsletter is now online.

• WHHS needs all students, parents and staff to take a survey as part of its self-study for the accreditation process. Click here for the survey and additional information.

WHHS is looking for parents, students, teachers and community members to serve on the School Governance Council. Nominations are due by May 13.

Volunteers are needed to help plan the WHHS post-graduation celebration and to assist during the event. The next planning meeting is May 11--new and existing volunteers welcome. Email pamela.gardner@whschools.org to volunteer or make a donation.

Join the WHHS girls softball team for three free youth clinics on Sundays in May. 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.

• 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.

• The WHHS spring newsletter is now online. Click here to view the spring newsletter and get caught up on WHHS news, final exam info, graduation details and more.

WHHS holds College Signing Day celebration
college signing day 
West Haven High School and its School Counseling Department held its College Signing Day event today for seniors and their parents. More than 100 students participated in the celebration. As students crossed the auditorium stage, their names and colleges or military branches were announced, and they were invited to sign their names on a special banner.

The featured speaker was WHHS 2013 grad Brenda Calderon, who now attends Yale University and is double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. At Yale, she was recently awarded the Science, Technology, and Research Scholars Fellowship for her research in Biomedical Engineering, and she serves as president of the Undergraduate Women in Science at Yale group. She was appointed to serve on advisory committees for both the Dean of Yale College and the Dean of Science and Quantitative Reasoning. She is also a student coordinator at Yale's Latino Cultural Center and Yale's Head Delegate for the Latino Ivy League Conference, and volunteers in the community.

K-12 & PreK art shows highlight student talent
arts festival
The school district's annual Fine Arts Festival drew a great crowd Wednesday evening at the Savin Rock Conference Center. Attendees were treated to K-12 artwork, the WHHS senior art show, some opera, and dance, band and school play performances. This year's level of talent drew many compliments from families and art fans. The PreK Art Show on Thursday at the conference center was also a hit, with youngsters showing off artwork made at area preK and School Readiness sites and partaking in crafts and spring-themed activities.

"Walk-in" unites teachers, students, families, community leaders
The district kicked off the school day Tuesday morning at Savin Rock Community School with a special event and "walk-in" aimed at supporting public schools and education. Teachers and staff, PTA representatives, students and their families, and city and school administrators gathered together in the Savin Rock gym to hear essays from fourth-graders about why they love school, hear from school leaders, sing a song about West Haven, and walk into school for the day hand-in-hand.

Students see Young People's Concert in New Haven 
Students from the West Haven High School Band, Washington Elementary School and Forest Elementary School were treated to Bach, Beethoven and Mozart Tuesday morning at the Young People's Concert by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at Yale's Woolsey Hall. The interactive show also broke down beats and notes to show youngsters what goes into composing a piece of music. This is the second year in a row West Haven schools have attended the symphony.
WHHS softball press box named for Tinker Blake
tinker collage
The press box at Frank Biondi Softball Field on the West Haven High School campus was named for Thomas “Tinker” Blake in a Thursday ceremony right before a home softball game. Superintendent Neil Cavallaro, Athletic Director Jon Capone and former WHHS softball Coach Frank Biondi spoke at the event to honor Blake, a 1974 WHHS grad and lifelong Westie who attended the ceremony with his family. Blake was previously known as the voice of the WHHS girls softball team, serving for at least a dozen years as the game announcer from the time the team’s press box was built and while his two daughters played on the team. He also announced for all SCC championship games and CIAC state championship games for softball, which have been hosted on the WHHS field for the past 15 years. Blake, who was diagnosed with multiple systems atrophy a few years ago, has also been involved in the West Haven Penalty Box Club, West Haven Youth Hockey, the West Haven Twilight League - Amateur Baseball, and the WHHS Athletic Hall of Fame. He also oversaw the creation of the West Haven Football Alumni Association in 2009.

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