Thursday, December 15, 2016

Student of the Month!!!

Congratulations to Tia Muzima!!!! Student of the month for WHS, November, 2016!!!!
Great work and we are VERY PROUD of you!



Lady Ramblers?

Have you attended a Girls Basketball Game yet this year? What are you waiting for????? Our lady Ramblers take on the Cougars of Dirigo this evening- 5:30/7:00. Come out and support them....you make us proud!


Holiday Concert

Congratulations and a big "Thank You" to our Middle and High School bands and chorus for their outstanding performance last night.....You were wonderful and made us proud!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Congratulations Spencer Steele- Student of the Month

Getting awarded Student of the Month is a big deal.  No, really-- it is a big deal--actually, a really big deal.  Every year, only nine students get the award.  In the four years that you are here, you will have seen only 36 students get  awarded Student of the Month.  Per year, only 3.4% of the student population can say they were awarded Student of the Month.  Like I said, it is a really big deal.

So,  how does one get to be a Winthrop High School Student of the Month? I think for many that process is a mystery, so I am going to share the process.  Every month, Mr. Morin calls all teachers together for a realllllly longggggg meeting.  We talk about everything related to increasing student learning, we also share positive news of Winthrop High School, and work together to problem solve, but the best part of every meeting is when we are able to nominate deserving students for Student of the Month.  Teachers take turns nominating members of the student body.  Once a teacher nominates his or her choice, that teacher then shares why that student’s name has been brought forth.  Most generally, two or three names are suggested and, as a faculty,  we are able to discuss the positive attributes that make each student a great candidate for the honor of Student of the Month.  Once every teacher who wants to nominate has had an opportunity, all teachers vote on their choice. The student who wins the vote will be awarded by the teacher who nominated. This month, I am that teacher.  There, the mystery is no longer a mystery, and now you know why this honor is a really big deal.

I don’t have this student in class, and, honestly, I don’t see this student in the library much anymore.  Most seniors enjoy the atmosphere in the lounge or take field trips to rescue underclassmen with coffees from Cumbies or Polar Pops from Circle K during their tutorials and have, quite frankly,  moved on from the library, but what I saw most recently from this student made me sure that this student is a really big deal and most definitely deserves this award. So, I brought this student’s name to the last teacher’s meeting and shared this story....

Our very first yearbook meeting was on a Friday afternoon.  There was boys’ and girls’ soccer practices and a field hockey and football game scheduled for later that evening.  I had about twenty (short) minutes to share the initial information about yearbook club, share snacks and share ideas.  It is an understatement to say that I hoped to accomplish too much in too little time.  My heart rate reflected my stress level as I motored around the room collecting names, sharing yearbook details, and keeping a careful eye on the clock. That day, I expected ten to twelve students. To my delighted surprise, around thirty students showed up to get involved in selling ads and creating the book to capture the 2016-17 school year in pictures. Among the students were quite a few seniors and juniors, a handful of sophomores, and very few freshmen.  At the end of the meeting, a torrent of questions from all directions flooded me. During the barrage, one of the freshmen students shared with me that he didn’t have a ride home. I guess I was too caught up in collecting the meeting attendance, making extra photocopies,  and figuring out why the projector wasn’t sharing the image I’d prepared to show to totally engage with this student. I dropped the ball, but this month’s Student of the Month did not.  He could have turned his back and walked the other way, he could have pretended he didn’t hear the touch of fear in this student’s voice, he could have been caught up in attendance, photocopies and the projector, too, but he wasn’t.  Instead, he said, “Where do you live buddy?  I will give you a ride home. Well, as long as you don’t mind riding in a Jeep-- do you mind riding in a Jeep?”  I stopped taking attendance, I stopped making photocopies and I stopped projecting--- and I took in that moment of kindness, of consideration, of compassion and I stayed in that moment and smiled and got a little choked up and, right then, I knew I would never forget that moment. And, I never will.  I shared that story with my fellow teachers at our last faculty meeting.

This this past week, one of our favorite Ramblers found himself pretty sick and in the hospital.  Of course, that favorite Rambler is Nate Jewell. Right away, Mr. MacArthur was in contact with Nate’s parents and then was in contact with a few of his basketball players.  One of those players suggested they all sign a card for Nate.  So, first thing on Monday, Mr. MacArthur asked for my help in designing a huge card from the basketball boys for Nate. He and I and Jordan, my library aide, worked on building it--- we constructed with foam poster board, markers and, of course, glitter paint-- which, by the way,  takes forever to dry.  We set it on the window sill with the fan pointed toward  it to help with the drying process, and little by little, basketball boys trickled in.  At some point during the day, though, the card went missing. I later found out that our Student of the Month had taken this card on a WHS tour.  He used his tutorial to get signatures on the card from anyone and everyone who wanted to send well-wishes to Nate.  This card that started out as a sentiment from the boys’ basketball team became a sentiment from everyone and anyone who loves Nate---and who doesn’t love Nate? That is the way with this student.  His “the more the merrier” attitude and his caring heart  made him the perfect delivery service that afternoon when he personally handed the card to Nate in the hospital. He gave up his run to Cumbies, his Polar Pop fix, and his relaxing period in the senior lounge to brighten Nate’s day. We should all be so lucky to have such a good friend….


And, you know what---? We are.  You see, this leader at Winthrop High School has a kind spirit that knows no boundaries.  If you are stranded on the side of the road and he drives by in his Jeep, he is stopping. If you forget your book at school, call him and he is screen shotting, if you didn’t pack your lunch, he is sharing his with you.  And, when (not if) his dog Goose runs away, he is the brother who is probably chasing it.  Whether you are a freshman, a sophomore, a junior or senior--- whether he knows your name or not, Spencer Steele is your friend. In our world today, it’s a struggle to always be a good friend. It’s a struggle to always do the right thing. It’s a struggle to be kind to others when your own climb seems pretty darn steep.  But, Spencer is a good friend, he is doing the right thing and he is kind--- and he is also a pretty big deal because he is our October 2016 Student of the Month.  Congratulations, to our dear friend, Spencer!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Student of the Month- September 2016

Congratulations to Sierra Huff
Student of the Month 2016!!!!


Varsity Club

This year Mr. Stoneton and I discussed how we might recognize students who earned varsity letters in the past and future differently. We are proud of all of our students who earn varsity letters for academic and athletic achievement. Our pride was once shared on the backs of our students jackets, but some find this to be "uncool" or out of style. Mr. Stoneton contacted a distributor, and through his efforts, was able to create a framed varsity letter display that contains their letter, name, and thoughts from us. I am thankful to Mr. Stoneton for providing an option for students to display this level of achievement in their home to be enjoyed by all. We continue to be proud of our students.......





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Spring Career Day

As we begin preparations for a possible Spring Career Day, I am looking to parents and community members who would like to share information about their career in a variety of settings. We sponsored a Career Day for our students about two years ago with great success. If anyone in the following positions is interested, please contact me at krmorin@winthropschools.org:

Accountant
Artist
Attorney
Business
Computer Technician
Construction
Cosmetology
Culinary Arts
Electrician
EMT/Paramedic
Engineer
Fire Fighter
Game Warden
Journalist
Mechanic
Military
Nurse
Pharmacist
Physician
Physical Therapist
Plumber
Psychologist
Public Safety/Police
Real Estate
Scientist
Teacher
Theatre/Acting
Veterinarian 

I am looking at a possible date in the Spring with three 30 minute sessions to allow our students to speak with multiple professionals to accommodate varied interests. Three sessions also allows for smaller more intimate conversations with students about their future plans.

Thanks to all!!!

Fall athletic events

It has been a pleasure to watch student athletes and their efforts this week. Having watched the boys soccer team Tuesday, Field Hockey yesterday, Girls Soccer today, and Golf and Football tomorrow certainly adds to the feeling that our year is progressing in a positive manner. Our X-C team will be participating in a meeting next Wednesday at UMA which should also be an exciting event. I encourage all of our parents, students, and community members to support our student's by catching a game, meet, or match in the coming weeks.......Our students make us proud to be a Rambler.


Fall athletic events

It has been a pleasure to watch student athletes and their efforts this week. Having watched the boys soccer team Tuesday, Field Hockey yesterday, Girls Soccer today, and Golf and Football tomorrow certainly adds to the feeling that our year is progressing in a positive manner. Our X-C team will be participating in a meeting next Wednesday at UMA which should also be an exciting event. I encourage all of our parents, students, and community members to support our student's by catching a game, meet, or match in the coming weeks.......Our students make us proud to be a Rambler.


Fall athletic events

It has been a pleasure to watch student athletes and their efforts this week. Having watched the boys soccer team Tuesday, Field Hockey yesterday, Girls Soccer today, and Golf and Football tomorrow certainly adds to the feeling that our year is progressing in a positive manner. Our X-C team will be participating in a meeting next Wednesday at UMA which should also be an exciting event. I encourage all of our parents, students, and community members to support our student's by catching a game, meet, or match in the coming weeks.......Our students make us proud to be a Rambler.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

School time is in the air...........

Some faculty members and I reminisced today about the feeling that we have during certain times of the year. Every August, at about this very time, we feel the cooler days and colder nights, which for all intents and purposes reminds us that school will be back in session soon. The beginning of each academic year is an exciting time, not only for students, but also staff. We are able to catch up on the memories made during the summer and look forward to the excitement that comes from beginning a new chapter with students as we watch kids grow physically, mentally and emotionally. I look forward to seeing familiar faces within the halls of Winthrop High School....... Welcome back to the 2016-2017 academic year!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Post-Secondary Recognition

A big thanks to Ms. Paul, WHS School Counselor, for planning our first annual Post-Secondary recognition ceremony. All students were given t-shirts to their respective colleges, universities, or workforce organizations that they plan to attend in the fall. This assembly was a proud moment for Winthrop High School graduates, staff and the entire student body!

Box of Life

There are so many exciting events that happen this time of year, but every year there are staples that I can count on; Box of Life presentations. I believe Mr. Lincoln began the tradition of instituting a final project where students present important pieces of writing and connect these with a reflection of their childhood. This year, Mrs. Anuszewski's British Literature class did not disappoint and her students did a wonderful job in measuring every detail of success that has come to be known as the Box of Life. Thanks for sharing!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Student of the month!

Congratulations to Maguire Anuszewski for being nominated and chosen as our student of the month for the month of April! It is rare that a freshman student is chosen for this prestigious award, but his commitment to representing our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Cooperation and Compassion has been noticed by all! Congratulations!


Congratulations to the Top Ten Honor Students for the graduating class of 2016



From left to right: Julie McConnell, Alison Berube, Jessica Tozer, Kennedy Connor, Tyler Nussinow (Valedictorian), Emma Conrad (Salutatorian), Jada Choate, Olivia Audet and Dustin Tripp

CONGRATULATIONS and Job well done! We are very proud of you!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cabaret

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Cabaret this past Friday and Saturday. The Performing Arts Center was a fun filled place to be which showcased students and their talents ranging from duets, to dance, solo's, and instrumentals. Well done to all students who participated; you make us proud!


Friday, April 8, 2016

Team 5471

Congratulations to all of the members of 5471 on a wonderful performance at the Colisee in Lewiston April 8 and 9!!!! Well done!








Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Kennebec Journal

It is my pleasure to announce that Coach MacArthur and Jacob Hickey have been awarded the Kennebec Journal Coach and Player of the Year, respectively. We are very proud of the accomplishments.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Principal's Award

This past Saturday it gave me great pleasure to take part in the annual MPA Principal's Award Banquet, held at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor. Winthrop High School was among the other 153 MPA high schools across the state. WHS is honored to have Anthony Owens as our awardee! Congratulations!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Geometry Proud

Every year, Mrs. Boyce's Geometry students practice decorating ceiling tiles throughout the school in art form that display tessellations. Once again, our students created impressive pieces that will be on display in the main office, in the library, and Mrs. Boyce's room.....very proud!