Monday, January 26, 2015

Student of the Month- December 2014

Congratulations to Ben Allen, our December Student of the Month! Here are a few inspiring words about Ben Allen from Mr. Ed Van Tassel, Physical Education/Health teacher, who nominated him for this distinguished award:

"It brings me great pleasure to recognize Winthrop High Schools December Student of the Month.

I have often shied away from nominating students due to the fact I, myself, would prefer not to be in the spotlight.  And, I feel this individual also tries to stay out of the limelight, but the quality of his or her character and the magnitude of his or her achievements just do not allow for this.

December's Student of the Month can be described as a hardworking, appreciative, and respectful citizen who is willing to step up and face any challenge head on, whether that challenge be in the classroom, in the athletic world or in a leadership role.  I would like to take a minute to highlight some of these areas.

This student just gets the job done and not just the easy stuff.  This student sets big difficult goals and works really hard toward them.  When receiving a recommendation to take an easier math class, this student took the harder road and had to work diligently to make it.  This student takes the initiative to get extra help and makes up assessments. 

A kind word or deed is also something that is often associated with this individual.  This students is always polite and respectful in the classroom and appreciates the people who have invested time into his or her.

This student has stepped up whenever a leader has been needed.  As president for the Class of 2015, he helped orchestrate a winter carnival upset, giving hope to all future underclassmen.  Ben Allen's  leadership also shows up on the sports' teams that he has been a part of.  Every coach you talk to will echo that he is one of the hardest workers.  He leads by example at every practice, game, team dinner, and in the hallways of our school.

These characteristics, qualities and behaviors are what make Ben a leader and role model in our school, and it is my pleasure to be a voice for the Faculty of Winthrop High School to honor Ben Allen as December's Student of the Month."

Well done Ben!

Congratulations Students and Staff!!!

Winthrop High School has been recently selected as the featured High School on the Kennebec County website as of last week. On January 22, 2015, Mr. Robert G. Devlin, County Administrator of Kennebec County along with a camera crew visited Winthrop High School to ascertain footage of our High School and students in the academic setting. Mr. Devlin commended the students, staff and facilities, as well as, complimented the community of Winthrop for their investment in the students at Winthrop High School. Our school was chosen among other area businesses to be featured for its stellar commendations including our recent ranking of #331 of the best High Schools in the Nation and our #3 ranking in the State of Maine by Newsweek Magazine. Congratulations to all that make WHS a great place to attend school. You can find their featured piece at soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

College Night

Good morning,

Winthrop High School will be hosting a Winter College night for both Maranacook and Winthrop High Schools on Thursday, January 22nd at 6:00 p.m. We will have sessions on college admissions, how to read PSAT scores and how to save for college among other topics. This is an appealing opportunity for parents of Sophomore and Juniors, please come join us!

Winthrop High School Juniors will also be reviewing their ASVAB scores and taking a career inventory to compare their skills and interests. We will be using this data later this Spring with all students in a "Career Day" which will entail inviting area professionals from Winthrop to speak with our students about careers that are appealing to them.

Lastly, Winter break is the best time to fill out the FAFSA for financial aid for those students attending two and four year post-secondary institutions next fall. Remember- the application becomes available on January 1st and the sooner it is completed, the more money you may qualify for. This is also a great time to apply for state and National scholarships.

Please do not hesitate to call our guidance office with any questions at 377-2228 ext. 305.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy New Year!

As the chilly air has come upon us, we have been keeping warm inside with raging productivity beginning this New Year. Although many students were effected by tragedy over the break, positive support from staff and counselors, and a shared vision of moving forward supporting one another was important and experienced.

Interestingly enough, I have asked some students what their personal New Year's resolutions were.... here are a few:

1. Eating healthier
2. Getting more exercise
3. Being nicer to people

1. Making more friends
2. Talking to people that I am not close to
3. Being a support for others

Out of this world!
1. I want to meet someone famous
2. To earn 100 coins on trivia crack
3. To get accepted to my first choice of identified post-secondary options

I wish all of you and our student body much success, whatever your New Year's resolution.....

~Winthrop High School is a great place to be~