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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on May 8, 2015 16:00


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

Opera singers give interactive performance
• May 8: WHHS Respect Week "Big Night" presentation, dinner & raffle, 5 p.m. at WHHS

• May 8: Bailey Drama Club performance, 7 p.m.

• May 9: Bailey Drama Club performance, 7 p.m.

• May 10: 4th and final WHHS softball clinic for girls 5-13, Biondi Field, WHHS, 4-5 p.m.

May 11: Forest Spring Concert, 1:30 & 7 p.m.

May 12: Mackrille Family Literacy Night, 5:30 p.m.

May 12: Pagels & Haley Carnival Family Math Night at Haley, 5:30 p.m.

May 12: Carrigan Band Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

May 13: Savin Rock Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

May 13: WHHS deadline to apply for UNH Charging Ahead free class program

May 14: Bailey 8th Grade Band & Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

May 15: Mackrille Spring Concert afternoon performance, 2 p.m.

May 15: WHHS Future Business Leaders of America group talent show, 6:30 p.m.

May 16: WHHS Band mattress sale fundraiser, WHHS, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 18: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall

Opera singers Mark Hanke (an alumni of West Haven Public Schools) and Nicole Weigelt performed an opera for third- and fourth-graders in all six district elementary schools this week. Hanke has been working with the district for the past year to develop the opera and help classroom, art and and music teachers, as well as school librarians, incorporate it into academic activities. The opera, "The Adventures of Great Rabbit," was written for these performances and is based on a Native American myth  that aligns with school curriculum on Native American history. The opera’s musical foundation is a fusion of Eastern (Japanese) and Western classical music. Music teachers taught students portions of songs that were sung during the opera, while art teachers helped youngsters build totem poles that served as scenery.

District cell phone app available for download
Our new school district cell phone app is available for download for free in the app store on your iPhone or Android. Type "West Haven Public Schools" in your app store to download it. The app makes it easy to use your mobile device to view menus, sports schedules, school phone numbers, staff directories and teacher website links. There is also a direct link to Parent Portal, School Climate Surveys, the yearly calendar, and more. When opening it for the first time, it will ask if you want "push notifications." Clicking yes means you'll receive notifications we put out through the app, including snow days/delays/early dismissals, and school power outages. Once in the app, choose which schools you want to see push notifications/calendar events/news for by clicking the small gear-looking symbol in the upper right-hand corner.
 News and Notes
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and School Nurse Day to our district teachers and nurses! Thank you for always going above and beyond for our students.

Tonight is Respect Week "Big Night" for WHHS families at WHHS starting at 5 p.m. featuring a panel of speakers (ESPN commentator Alex Pombo, WHHS grad/UNH admissions rep Monique Bolt, Gateway Dean Mark Kosinski, WHHS grad/Yale senior Stacey Matakaetis, & WHHS senior and actor Tommy Nelson), a free catered dinner and a raffle. Admission is also free.

The application process for the fall session of Charging Ahead classes at UNH is now open for WHHS rising juniors and seniors. Applications to take one class for free at UNH are in School Counseling and due by May 13. Click here for an FAQ.

The latest WHHS newsletter has been posted online.

The PTA Council held its 3rd annual Health and Wellness Fair this week, with vendors, free samples, door prizes, healthy recipe ideas, and visits from Storm of the Bridgeport Soundtigers and Rocky from the New Britain RockCats. The event also collected donations for WHEAT.

Bailey student Rajay Linton is now home and recovering from his heart transplant. He was recently in the New Haven Register where he discussed his progress.

Haley students donated money this week for earthquake victims in Nepal by participating in a penny march and dropping their change in buckets around school.

  Bailey play set for tonight & tomorrow, 7 p.m.

The Bailey Middle School Drama Club is performing "Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother" tonight (Friday) and tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Bailey auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the door for $8 for adults and $5 for students. Bailey students are free with school ID as long as they are with an adult. Come see this fun twist on a classic fairytale. Refreshments will also be sold at the shows by the PTSA.

District's 'Unsung Heroes' honored
The PTA Council honored this year's Unsung Heroes Wednesday night at the annual PTA Council Founder's Day Dinner. This year's recipients are:
Dorinda Borer, Marisa Matrisciano Friends of Education Award; Dina Jones, Bailey; Michelle Caprio, Carrigan; Marilyn Halligan, Forest; Debbie Weiss, Haley; Jennifer Rosenberg, Mackrille; Pamela Gardner, Pagels; the Vertical Church, Savin Rock; Christine Guest, Washington; Michelle Rogers, WHHS; and Mike Raines (Texas Roadhouse), PTA Council.

WHHS holds College Signing Day event
college signing
The WHHS School Counseling Department recognized College Signing Day yesterday, May 7, with a special event in the auditorium honoring seniors who plan to attend 4- or 2-year colleges or enlist in the military. Seniors were called up one by one to the auditorium stage where they signed a special banner and their school counselor announced what school they will be attending or in which branch of the military they will be enlisting.

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