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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on May 19, 2016 15:01

May 20, 2016
The Westie Wrap-Up: Your weekly review of West Haven Public School news, updates and reminders. 
 Mark Your Calendar

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.

May 23: Mackrille Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

May 23: WHHS Senior Scholarship Night, Cielo, 6 p.m.

May 24: Academic Awards Ceremony, WHHS auditorium, 8:20 a.m.

May 24: Adult Education graduation, WHHS, 7 p.m.

May 25: WHHS Charging Ahead applications due to School Counseling

May 25: Half-day of school (no Pre-K classes)

May 25: Savin Rock Spring Choral Concert, 6:30 p.m.

May 25: WHHS PTSA Rita's Scoop Night fundraiser, 5 p.m.

May 25: WHHS PTSA painting party fundraiser, Full Circle Pizza, 6:30 p.m.

May 26: WHHS Senior Band Concert, 7:30 p.m.

May 27: WHHS Honors Awards Ceremony, 9 a.m., Cielo

May 30: No school; Memorial Day

News & Notes

The West Haven Babe Ruth Police Union Local 895 League is holding registration this Monday, May 23, from 6-7 p.m. in Painter Park on Kelsey Avenue for ages 15-18. The fee is $150. The league has 20 games starting June 6, with play-offs and a tournament if the team qualifies. For more information, contact Todd Tompkins at 203-410-5577 or John Santos at 203-435-7524.

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.

WHHS art display is "Talkin' 'Bout My Generation" 
A West Haven High School beginning art class created a display inspired by artist Keith Haring and The Who's "My Generation" song. Students illustrated words they felt described their generation. Here's more from art teacher Deb Suraci: "Interestingly enough, when we were finished, we decided that the words they chose described 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds from any generation. Most of the words could have been used to describe their parents or grandparents as 15-, 16- and 17- year-olds, perhaps with the exception of social media and technology." The "Talkin' 'Bout My Generation" project pieces were displayed in the WHHS lobby.

Arts remain a focal point in West Haven schools
In West Haven Public Schools, fine arts is a growing centerpiece of every grade’s curriculum. The program has undergone something of a renaissance over the past several years, adding new classes, interactive operas, theater groups, presentations and trips, and drumming up more and more participation and enthusiasm from students, parents and staff along the way. In a time when there’s increasing attention paid to core classroom subjects, the West Haven Public School District has made a point of highlighting the importance of arts education and its connection to other academic areas. The movement manifested itself in an abundance of arts activity as April transitioned to May, including the spring concert season for all schools, opera performances, a trip to the symphony, fine arts festivals, a new theater show at Carrigan, and more.

Washington School mentors celebrate successful year
WHHS students in the Washington Mentors program held their last tutoring visit earlier this month and visited the elementary school this week to celebrate another successful year. Around 30 WHHS students were involved in the program, which started two years ago as a way to provide volunteer/career pathway experience to students interested in later working with children as a job and to give the little ones some extra help and additional one-on-one time in the classroom. The volunteer work is even inspiring some of the high-schoolers to later pursue teaching as a career. Mentors would visit Washington after their classes were done for the day, since WHHS is on an earlier schedule than Washington. Organizers expect to continue and grow the program next year.

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