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West Haven Public Schools e-newsletter: The Westie Wrap-Up
Published on May 15, 2015 16:20


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

Edible Arrangements co-founder, WH schools alum donates to Forest
• May 15: WHHS Future Business Leaders of America group talent show, 6:30 p.m., WHHS

• 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. Click for agenda.

• May 18: WHHS girls lacrosse team honoring Amanda Houley, 6:45 p.m., WHHS

• May 18: Seth Haley Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

• May 19: Adult Education Graduation, WHHS, 7 p.m.

• May 19: Washington & Savin Rock Family Math Night, 5:30 p.m., at Savin Rock

• May 20: WHHS Choral Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

• May 20: Mackrille Homework Diner, 4:30 p.m.

• May 21: Mackrille Jump Rope for Heart

• May 21: Bailey 7th Grade Band and Chorus Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

• May 22: WHHS Senior Prom, 6 p.m., Fantasia

• May 25: Memorial Day; no school

• May 26: Washington Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.

• May 27: K-12 Fine Arts Festival, Savin Rock Conference Center

• June 3: Half-day of school for students

A Forest Elementary School alumnus and co-founder of the Edible Arrangements company has donated $5,000 to Forest Elementary School for iPads, cases, keyboards and headsets for its ELL (English Language Learner) program. Kamran Farid made the donation through his Kamran Farid Foundation and visited Forest today with his two daughters to see an ELL class and take a walk down memory lane. He was part of the school's ELL program when he was a youngster there, and had decided he wanted to give back to a program that helped him when he was a child. The ELL classroom previously only had a couple of tablets to use for enrichment or reinforcement; now the room has 11 iPad sets for students to use during  lessons and assignments. Mr. Farid also donated $4,000 to start a food backpack program at Forest for students in need. The Target store in Orange provided $200 for bags so all of Mr. Farid's funding could go toward food. Additionally, he helped connect the Southern Connecticut State University baseball team with Forest so student-athletes could visit Forest and mentor students. Mr. Farid has pledged to continue working with Forest and said he was proud to show his daughters where he went to school. Thank you to Mr. Farid for the generous donations and making a difference in the lives of Forest students.
Tape art takes over WHHS hallways
The West Haven High School Art Department recently completed tape art in the school lobby. The theme was different departments (students) connected with a heartbeat (illustrated through an EKG Line). Students used blue painters tape for the designs over the course of four days.
 News and Notes
The WHHS Band is holding a mattress sale fundraiser tomorrow, Saturday, at WHHS from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mattresses will be on display at the school and be sold below retail value.

The school district's new cell phone app is now available for iPhones and Android for free download from your phone's app store. Simply search "West Haven Public Schools" to find it in the app store.

The WHHS Dance Team is holding clinics May 19 and 26, 3-4 p.m., in the small gym for anyone interested in trying out for the 2015-16 team. Dancers must have an approved sports physical to the school nurse before the clinic.

The public library youth librarian will be in the WHHS library May 19 & May 21 to sign students up for library cards.

Washington's May math newsletter is now online.

The WHHS Varsity Girls Lacrosse team will pay tribute to the memory of Amanda Houley at Monday's home game. Before the game, members will say a few words about her and have a moment of silence. The team is also selling purple T-shirts to fundraise for the Amanda K. Houley Foundation. Email chrystalfanelli@yahoo.com for order and payment information.

  WHHS mentors wrap up year at Washington

WHHS students who have been mentoring and tutoring Washington Elementary School first- and second-graders had their last visit for the school year with the youngsters on Tuesday. More than 30 WHHS students were involved in the program, which started last year 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 initiative provides the chance for mentors/tutors go to Washington after their classes are done for the day, since WHHS is on an earlier schedule than Washington is.

Judge serves as Mackrille's May guest reader
State Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald served as Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School's guest reader for May this week. Students also had a chance to ask questions about his current work as a judge and previous career as a lawyer.

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