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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on May 13, 2016 16:25

May 13, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

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

May 15: Free youth softball clinic, WHHS, 4 p.m.

May 16: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall. Click for agenda.

May 17: Seth Haley Science Fair, 6 p.m.

May 17: WHHS PTSA Family Bingo Night, 6 p.m., Cielo

May 18: WHHS choral concert, 7 p.m.

May 18: Mackrille Science Fair, 6 p.m.

May 19: Pagels PTA Carnival Night, Savin Rock Conference Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 19: Bailey 7th Grade Band and Chorus Concert, 7 p.m.

May 20: WHHS PTSA Tip-A-Teacher at Duffy's Tavern, 5-9 p.m.

May 21: Seth Haley PTA Spring Carnival, 11 a.m.

News & Notes

Pagels' May math newsletter is now online.

The Savin Rock PTA is holding a "Royal Ball" Sunday, May 15, at Cielo from 2-4 p.m. Guests are invited to dress as kings, queens, princes and princesses. The event is open to the public and features pizza, snacks, drinks, a face-painter and a DJ. The cost is $25 for a family of four, $5 for each extra person 14 and under, and $10 extra for adults.

Food Services notes are going home for students with outstanding lunch balances above $7.50. Students are not allowed to buy snacks if they owe more than $7.50. For questions, call 203-937-4373.

This year's one-page online calendar has been updated as a reminder that June 13 is the last day of school and the last three days of school are half-days.

The West Haven Seahawks organization is offering the Challenger Cheer Program for boys and girls of any age with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. A parent/caregiver must be present. Contact Kelly Last at whseahawkschallenger@gmail.com.

Mr. Sullivan, a WHHS teacher of the hearing impaired, has created a team called "Westies" for the Walk for Hearing on June 11 in Hartford. The event is a fundraiser for advocacy, education and support groups for hearing-impaired children and adults. For information on donating to his team, click here. To join his team, click here.

Applications are available in WHHS School Counseling for the fall semester of the Charging Ahead program and are due back by May 25. Click here for an informational letter about Charging Ahead. Accepted students take a college class for free at UNH and earn college credit. This is open to rising juniors and seniors.

The Delgado brothers were profiled by the New Haven Register for being top tennis players at WHHS.

WHHS' Athletics Department is being profiled by CPTV Sports on Tuesday on cptvsports.org Tuesday at 5 p.m. Find out what how WHHS has built such a successful athletic program and see interviews with student-athletes.

• 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 announced its third quarter honor roll.

Volunteers are needed to help plan the WHHS post-graduation celebration and to assist during the event. The next planning meeting is June 1--new and existing volunteers welcome. Email pamela.gardner@whschools.org to volunteer or make a donation.

Mackrille, Forest staff honored by district & state 
Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School was recently recognized by the State Department of Education as a “School of Distinction” based on results of the state's Next Generation Accountability System report. The school was among one of 84 schools in the state to be given that prestigious title for the performance of all students, as well as the performance of students in high needs subgroups, in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Forest Elementary School was also commended by the state for its results and significant progress. Teachers and staff at both schools received a celebratory lunch this week, and city and school officials, including Superintendent of Schools Neil Cavallaro, Assistant Superintendent Anne Druzolowski, Board of Education Chairman James Morrissey, Board of Education member Rosa Richardson, Mayor Edward O'Brien, and City Clerk Deborah Collins, came to the schools to visit with teachers and see classroom lessons in action. Mackrille Principal Judith Drenzek was also chosen to speak Thursday at Stamford Achieves' Success "Symposium 2016: Connecticut Schools that Achieve" at Stamford's UConn campus. Drenzek was one of six school principals chosen to present at the event.
WHHS Unified Sports student-athletes honored
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West Haven High School students Charlie Jefferson and Michelle Ankrah were recently honored at the annual Unified Sports Michaels Cup Banquet for their participation in WHHS' Unified Sports program. They're pictured here with Coach John Dolan, WHHS Athletic Director Jon Capone, Coach Bill McDermott, Coach Alison McBride and WHHS alum Josephine Ankrah. WHHS' Unified Sports team gives students with special needs a chance to hone their skills in soccer, basketball, track and other sports and work with student volunteers, or “partners,” who are often from a school’s other athletic teams.

WHHS football players to compete at college level
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WHHS' football team will see three seniors graduate and continue playing at the collegiate level. Marquis Lockhart starts classes at UNH this fall, with plans to major in computer engineering, while Drew Highsmith will be studying biology at UNH in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer. Adrian Jaynes will be on a sports management career track at Southern Connecticut State University to pursue a goal of eventually working with a football team, and may also minor in music production. The happy news underscores the team’s growing emphasis on post-high school plans, whether those plans include athletics at a university or not. Head Coach Rich Boshea said he’s pleased that eight out of this year’s 11 seniors are continuing their education in college and that another will attend a trade school.

Bailey students compete, fundraise for nonprofits with Rotary
A group of Bailey Middle School 7th-graders made presentations to the West Haven Rotary Club this week to persuade the Rotary to make a donation to their chosen charities. They were the top three groups chosen from their school competition that asked students to pick an international charity and present compelling facts in a PowerPoint to a panel of Bailey judges. Fourteen Bailey School Students represented three charities at Rotary level of the competition. A $500 donation was given to the international group Right2Thrive, and $250 awards were given to the American Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Mrs. Tremblay and Mrs. O’Connor, Bailey Middle School Rotary advisors, thank all of the teachers, staff and students that participated in the event.

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