Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Support For Students & Community Members

The High School crisis team has met to develop plans for students and staff upon their arrival back to school on January 5th. Additional counselors may be brought in as we assess the needs of both students and staff upon their arrival.   

In consultation with mental health professionals, we have decided to, as much as possible, have students continue their regular routine upon returning to school on Monday, January 5th.  We have reached out to area schools and agencies and may have additional personnel on site to support our students and staff.  If you have any information about any students in need, please reach out to any of our resources including:

Keith Morin, Principal- krmorin@winthropschools.org
Kimberly Radley, Guidance Counselor- kradley@winthropschools.org
Lita Blanchard, Social Worker- lblanchard@winthropschools.org

Should you need immediate assistance or want someone to talk to outside of our school hours, the Maine Crisis Hotline (1-888-568-1112) is a great resource.

Friday, December 19, 2014


This week I had the opportunity to attend our Middle/High School Winter Concert. This annual event continues to impress, showcasing talents that never cease to amaze the crowd. Below are pictures of learners that continue to make the Winthrop High School staff feel so proud and so fortunate to be able to work with them on a daily basis.

It is my pleasure to extend best wishes on behalf of your Winthrop High School staff as we approach the end of yet another calendar year.  During the next couple of weeks we sincerely hope that our learners will find the right balance between time with family and  friends. We wish parents/guardians to experience the same satisfaction that comes from how fortunate we feel in working with your learners. 

Thank you to all of the parents for their support throughout the year as teachers and staff return refreshed, recharged, and rededicated for the reopening of school in January of 2015!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winter Wonderland

There are many exciting activities planned in the up and coming weeks before the Winter break. To begin, we hope that many parents and community members visit local business windows to view the fantastic work of our Art Club students under the direction of Mrs. Dyer. Many students have been working weeks on these store front windows in an attempt to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Students have also orchestrated, with the help of a local credit union, a giving tree. Our giving tree is located in the foyer of the High School with items that are identified by the credit union and needed by local families for the holidays. Another exciting event is, of course, our holiday concert. Mrs. Biddlecom, WHS choral/band teacher, in conjunction with the grade school students will put on a wonderful program again this year on December 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Teacher Workshop Days

As many students are energized for having Monday, November 24th and Tuesday, November 25th off, teachers are also excited. Winthrop High School staff will embark on training in four main areas:

-Proficiency Based Education
-Robert Marzano, Teacher Evaluation Model
- Smarter-Balanced Assessments
- Technology Workshops

The Winthrop High School staff is committed to investing in meaningful professional development for our teachers in an effort to continue to provide our students with the very best educational opportunities.

We wish all students and their families the very best over the holiday break!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Important Calendar Events….

On behalf of the entire Winthrop High School faculty, we appreciate those parents/guardians for meeting with us during our scheduled Parent/Teacher conferences this past week. We had a fantastic turnout, with many more appointments that in previous years. I am hoping that many of you were able to stop in to discuss your learners progress. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our faculty members with any questions if you were not able to attend.

We have a few important meetings for parents and students in this week's bulletin…..

Our Winter Athletic Parent/Student evening will be taking place on Wednesday, November 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This is an important meeting to discuss coaching philosophies, mandatory paperwork, and our expectations regarding the Code of Conduct of participation. This venue also allows parents the opportunity to meet with coaches that will ultimately serve an important role in your learners life for the next few months.

The Winthrop High School Guidance Department will be hosting a financial aid night will be held on November 19th at 6:00 p.m. in our Performing Arts Center.  This meeting is important for parents of Senior students who are interested in post-secondary planning and financial aid information. We encourage all parents (underclassmen parents as well) to attend should they be interested. This meeting most often is well attended and we are also opening this venue up to parents of Maranacook Community High School as well.

The Winthrop High School administration will be calling our first meeting with parents of 9th grade students on December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The administration will discuss our continued transition to Proficiency Based Education, improvements to standards based grading, and how to read our newly designed report cards. We will open up the meeting to a few questions and many more will be collected to address and create agenda's for future meetings.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Student of the month

Congratulations to Tyler Nussinow- September 2014 Student of the Month!

Nominated by Ms. Radley, Guidance Counselor at Winthrop High School. She writes, "This young man is always polite, positive, and upbeat to staff and students. Even though he has a difficult class schedule, he is always willing to forgo a free period to help tutor other students who are struggling in their classes. He has been a mentor at the middle school in the past and is planning on continuing second semester. This respected student is an athlete, a young man with course and direction. He is representative of all of our district-wide core values. He respects his peers, is cooperative in mentoring others, is responsible in balancing the demands as a student athlete, is a compassionate brother, and displays integrity in being humble about his talents." It is our honor to award our student of the month to Tyler Nussiow!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A greenhouse for the green and white!

I am incredibly excited about an interdisciplinary project that our students have embarked on this fall and what it can mean for our learners of the future. Throughout the fall months, students have been busy building a new greenhouse funded by the Winthrop Education Corporation (WEC). Students in our Horticulture and Building Construction classes, under the direction of Mr. Fecteau and Mr. MacArthur respectively, have been working tirelessly constructing a new greenhouse for our school. Members of both classes have been involved in the planning, design, construction of a building located behind our concession/storage garage. This opportunity has allowed our learners to work as a team in both our Science and Technology Education departments. The goal is to have this building complete prior to the Winter months to allow for students to begin growing food to be used in our School Nutrition Program and the community at-large. 

I am really excited for this opportunity for students observe how food it is grown, where it comes from, and eventually how it is served to them.  I anticipate that many great things will come from this. Again, many thanks to the Winthrop Education Corporation in supporting our students in Winthrop.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Making a Difference

What a great week for Winthrop High School!

- Members of our Student Council continue to impress us with their efforts in organizing our annual food drive for Make a Difference Day, October 24th. Our students were able to listen to members of our student body and faculty this week in their involvement in volunteerism. Mr. Stoneton has organized a food drive at the last three home Football games and we are well on our way of collecting our goal of 2,000 pounds of food to donate to the Winthrop Food Pantry. We appreciate the help of our community in supporting our efforts to give back to the local community.

-As we continue our transition to Proficiency Based Education at Winthrop High School, members of Gray/New Gloucester High School and their Board of Education were able to meet with us this past week. Much of our discussion focused on elements that we were proud of as a school and district. As we continue our venture, I will be holding quarterly meetings with our parents and the community with additional updates surrounding our transition. Please stay tuned….

-As we wrap up our fall seasons in athletics, we recognize how important it is to thank and honor our athletes and their coaches for all of the hard work that they dedicate to their respective sports. We appreciate your efforts and know that as our Ramblers step on any playing surface they not only represent Winthrop, but also are ambassadors of our fantastic High School. We are fortunate to have parents and community members that continue to support us in our endeavors and thank you! Best of luck to our lady Ramblers in participating in the Field Hockey Championships this Tuesday, October 21st. Congratulations to the members of our golf team and Coach Steeves on winning the State Class C title!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I am tremendously excited to be back at school and entering the 2014-15 school year.  As the start of my third year as WHS Principal, I am eager to introduce a new "Principal's Blog" to our website. My intention is to post weekly updates about the great  things that are happening at our High School that are at times published, but always deserve recognition. I am also eager to use this blog as a venue to get important information out to students, parents and our community regarding academic and social events. 
I look forward to meeting and speaking with all of you and hope that you take the opportunity to review my weekly blog about our success at Winthrop High School.