Watertown High School wins the Prom Promise Contest from KC101 Radio!

On Friday May 1st, the day of Watertown High School’s Junior Prom, all juniors participated in a drunk driving prevention program.  The program included a mock crash presentation, hands-on activities/simulations about the dangers of drunk driving, and a video viewing about families and lives that have been affected by drunk driving.  As part of the day, Watertown High School entered into a KC101 Radio sponsored contest called the Prom Promise.  Juniors had access to computers, created accounts, and signed the Prom Promise indicating that they would refrain from drugs and alcohol on prom night and always.  Due to the amount of students that signed the Promise, we were announced as the winning school on a recent radio broadcast!  Members of the KC101 Team and Frontier Communications came out to Watertown High School to present us with our winnings; a $1,000.00 check for our school and a dance party hosted by KC101 DJ Adam Rivers.  The students and faculty were very excited and plan to invite Adam Rivers to DJ at the Homecoming Dance this fall!

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WHS 2015-2016 Student Schedules

We are excited to release the 2015-2016 schedules.  Tomorrow, June 5th, we will disperse student schedules for next school year.  These schedules will be visible on the Portal this summer once we have completed this school year.  Due to issues with Infinite Campus, the schedules will not be visible online yet because we cannot activate the new year without deactivating the current school year for the whole district.  These schedules will also include a cover letter with important scheduling information.  Eighth grade students will get these schedules at Swift by the end of the school day.  At the high school we will make a call on the intercom at around 1:55 for students to return to Homeroom.  Students should wait until the announcement is made to report.  Seniors should go to their Homeroom as well.  Students will be dismissed from Homeroom at the 2:10 bell.  Students who are absent will be able to get their schedule during homeroom next week.  Please remember:
·         If there is a hole in the schedule or a class that has already been passed please schedule an appointment with your counselor using the appointment slips in the counseling office.
·         For other scheduling questions and concerns, counselors will be available in person or via phone/email from 7:40 am-2:40 pm on June 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. You will need to schedule an appointment with them for these days. As in previous years schedule changes will not be made for teacher and/or class period preference.

WHS School Counseling Department Summer Updates

The Counseling Office will be staffed with a counselor two days a week for the majority of the summer. Questions, concerns, comments?  Contact the Counseling Office on any of these scheduled days! To schedule an appointment or to speak with a counselor please contact the office at 860-945-4810.

  • June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
  • July 14th and 15th
  • July 21st and 22nd
  • July 28th and 29th
  • August 4th and 5th
  • August 11th and 12th

During these days, counselors will be available for individual appointments, phone calls, emails, summer school questions, scheduling concerns, new registrations, and anything else that comes up. We will return for the 2015/2016 school year on August 17th.

Student schedules will be made available on Friday, June 5th.There will be no schedule changes made during the remainder of the classes this year unless there is a blank spot in your schedule or if two courses are double booked. If either is the case, please fill out an appointment slip to see your counselor. For other scheduling questions and concerns, counselors will be available in person or via phone/email from 7:40 am-2:40 pm on June 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. You will need to schedule an appointment with them for these days. As in previous years schedule changes will not be made for teacher and/or class period preference..

University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE) registrations are taking place. The UConn ECE program is a concurrent enrollment program that allows high school students to take UConn courses at WHS for both high school and college credit.  Courses taken through UConn ECE are equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut.  Currently, Spanish 5 and AP Chemistry are part of the UConn ECE program.

Don’t forget to follow our department on twitter @WHS_GuidanceDep and @Jfagan2013

Upcoming testing dates:

SAT- WHS offers the testing on June 6th. To find registration dates and register visit http://www.collegeboard.org/. It is recommended that students take the test once in the spring of junior year and once again in the fall of senior year.

WHS English Students Polk Elementary School Visit

Mrs Curci’s Freshmen English classes visited Polk Elementary School on May 15, 22, and 29 to work with students on a MacBeth unit. During their first meeting, the 9th graders led small groups of 5th graders in a lesson about rhyming couplets. At the end of the lesson, students wrote their own poems. During later visits, students created body biographies to illustrate the changes in MacBeth’s character from the beginning of the play to the end.

Here is what students from both WHS and Polk had to say about their experiences:

I loved going to Polk and working with the 5th graders. They definitely made my morning better with their bright attitudes and their eagerness to work. I was very surprised by how they interpreted the play, and they actually helped me understand it more.  It was such a wonderful experience. 

What I liked about working with WHS students is that the high schoolers wouldn’t just do all the work. They would try to include everyone. 

I greatly enjoyed the trip to Polk. We got the kids to be creative in exhibiting their understanding of Shakespeare and also created bonds with them. They were very eager and loved talking to us and we could relate on many things. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I wish I could do it again.

The thing I liked best about the MacBeth project is working with people who are new to us. I also liked working with the freshmen because they taught us what to be prepared for in their grade. 

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21st Century Learning in Biology with Control of Bacteria

Students in the Honors Biology classes tested household disinfectants, antiseptics and several antibiotics to see which substances are most effective in controlling the growth of 4 common strains of bacteria.  Students were able to see how substances, including antibiotics, are not all equally effective on each strain of bacteria.  They also witnessed the false advertisement with the killing power of some cleaning products. Effectiveness was based on the “Halo” that appeared around each chemical disk.  The bigger the halo, the better it worked.  Overall best disinfectant was Bleach.  Best antiseptic was peroxide.  The best antibiotic was Kanamycin.

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