TMHS Principal's Newsletter

December 2019

From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

On December 19th the Senior Project Committee presented to the Class of 2020 the opportunity to pursue an internship, do a research project, or perform a community service project in an area they are passionate or interested in learning more about during the fourth quarter of their senior year. We began this program two years ago with the Class of 2018. Last year we had 192 out of 235 students participate during the fourth quarter. The Senior Project starts in early April, at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However, the preparation for the project has to start now. Seniors should be exploring internship, research project or community service opportunities. Seniors have reported for the past two years that the senior project experience allowed them to explore a career that they had an interest in and for some confirmed the idea of pursuing it and for others it convinced them they should think about another career. We also had students engage in projects that improved our school community through the painting of large murals. This is an experience that is available to all seniors, even if a senior is taking multiple AP courses. We have designed this program to allow for students to come in as they finish up their AP courses and pursue a senior project. Senior project is experiential learning that other area high schools in the Merrimack Valley do not offer their students. This program allows for student agency, independence, initiative, communication, presentation and collaboration. Please encourage your senior to explore and apply for this amazing opportunity! All of us here at TMHS can be a resource and are more than willing to help them think through and prepare their project. There will be a parent information night for senior parents on Thursday, January 9th at 7:00pm. Below is the link to the Senior Project presentation and the link to the Senior Project website.

December Hats Off Award

Congratulations to Ryan Quinn '20 and Gianna Ragucci '20 for the Tewksbury Rotary Club December 2019 Hats Off Award. These two outstanding seniors were honored at a Rotary Club Luncheon on Thursday, December 19 at Tewksbury Country Club.

The award recognizes those students who have distinguished themselves academically, have contributed to the co-curricular program at the High School, and have been actively involved in the community.

Meghan McCarthy Foundation Donation

On December 16th, members of DECA who participated in the Fashion Show, presented a check for $16,115 to Sarah Eldrege from Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the Meghan McCarthy Foundation. The money was raised at the DECA Fashion Show that was held on November 20th. In total TMHS DECA students have raised $90,000 in the past 10 years for the Meghan McCarthy Foundation.

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Community Building Day at TMHS

On December 23rd students had the opportunity to sign up for an activity that was organized by faculty members for the second part of the school day. Students could choose from activities such as Ping-pong, Open mic, Trivia, Cornhole, Cookie/Cupcake decorating, Arts/Crafts, Gaming, and Board/Card games.

It was a great way for our students to have fun and socialize in a non academic way with peers and adults in the community!

World Language Department

Spotlight on Former Students: Karina Crowley, Class of 2017

Currently studying at: Pepperdine University in California

Dual Major: Hispanic Studies and International Relations

Karina Crowley was a student at TMHS prior to the Seal of Biliteracy program. Nonetheless, she benefited greatly from her years of studying Spanish, and she would have been a recipient of the Seal of Biliteracy based on her AP Spanish Language and Culture score.

For Karina, her World Language education at TMHS helped her decide on her college and career path. Not only is she majoring in Hispanic Studies and International Relations, she also spent a year studying in Argentina and uses Spanish in her daily life. Here are some highlights from the interview Mr Bourgoin’s Journalism class conducted with Karina.

How many years of Language did you take?

“I took Spanish all 4 years here to help me get to where I am in college.”

How has being biliterate helped you?

“It’s the second most spoken language in the country now, and it’s really critical to have that background to get to the job that I want to have. It’s just been really helpful for learning not only the language, but the culture as well...It also led me to study abroad last year in Buenos Aires, Argentina.”

What advice do you have for current language students at TMHS?

“Practice. Keep up with it inside and outside of class. You just have to keep up with everything, and let your education be super important to you. “

The Seal of Biliteracy

Our goal is to award and celebrate all students who achieve biliteracy. We encourage juniors and seniors from Latin, French, and Spanish classes as well as any student who can speak, listen, read and write in a language other than English to apply.

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TMHS Support Local Communities

This year the TMHS community provided Christmas presents for 17 families this year! The gifts were provided by each of our athletic programs, the TMHS PAC and members of our faculty and staff. We are so proud of how our school community supports and cares for others in our TMHS family. Below are our team captains with the gifts they purchased and wrapped for families.

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Best Buddies Gingerbread House Party

On Thursday, December 19th our Best Buddies hosted a gingerbread house decorating party! Here are some pictures of the terrific event!

TMHS World Language Students Visit the Wynn Middle School

On Friday, December 13th a number of both French and Latin students traveled to the Wynn Middle School to spend the day engaging in learning with 8th grade students taking French and Spanish. Here are some pictures of the visit!

Fine and Performing Arts Department

Art News

The Art Department has been all a buzz over “Saving the Bees”. Classes are collectively planning a large scale exhibit to “bee” displayed at the Annual District Art Show in May. The Department is hoping to call attention to the world wide issue of colony collapse in pollinating bee populations. No bees= no food. There will “bee” drawings, paintings, ceramics, videos, and sculptures highlighting different aspects of bee culture. Bee ceramics piece by Brian Carta ‘20. Bee painting by senior, Rebecca DeAndrade ‘20.

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Music News

Congratulations to Ms. Ware and the TMHS Band & Chorus for an excellent performance at their Winter Concert! The event was held at the high school on December 12th in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center. The ensembles performed many holiday-themed songs that set a festive tone for the season. Ms. Ware also took the groups Christmas Caroling on December 18th. They first went to the Heatherwood Retirement Community. There, they met the Wynn Middle School band and performed several famous Christmas Carols for the residents that attended. The Wynn Middle School was the next destination for the groups. It was a day full of holiday spirit and cheer!

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Youth Equity Conference 2019

On December 5th TMHS hosted The Youth Equity Conference 2019: Create Equity Everywhere. Over 80 high school student representatives attended from Wilmington, Andover, Dracut, Methuen, Central Catholic, Billerica, Lowell, and Lowell Catholic. The student lead groups participated in three forums: What is Equity?, Thinking about Equity in School, and Next Steps. The conference was sponsored by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Tewksbury Memorial High School, and History UnErased. TMHS students had the opportunity to train and work on preparing for the conference with Miriam Morgenstern, History UnErased co-founder and Kimm Topping, Harvard Graduate School of Education Student and former TMHS student. Mr. O’Leary was the supervising administrator and Ms. Daniel and Ms. LaPierre served as advisors. We are all very proud of the leadership skills our students demonstrated in running the conference and making their vision come to life. Special thanks to our amazing Equity Conference Student Leaders: Caesar Barboa ‘21, Erin Ciampa ‘20, Aidan Crawson ‘22, Maria Da Silva ‘21, Emma Fleming ‘21, Hailey Furilla ‘21, Chris Franklin ‘21, Alexandra Lightfield ‘21, Conor Moynihan ‘21, Madison Robillard ‘21, Sabtari Sabir ‘21, and Jasmine Won ‘20).

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Message from our School Nurses

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, time for Santa to come but also the time for the Flu and it is already here! Please take the necessary precautions to avoid the flu and any illness this winter!

Helpful tips for students

-Wash your hands before eating! It only takes 20 seconds for the hands to be properly washed!

-Wipe down your phone daily! Have you thought about all the places you put your phone on? It goes on your ear and face after!

-Sanitize your surroundings!

-Moisturize your skin!

-Drink an extra amount of fluids every day! Orange juice & tea are always a great start to the day!

- CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit) is gone. Your fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine.

-You need to be fever & vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school!

Aspen Parent Portal and Report Cards

We have piloted the parent portal in Aspen and have had great success! If you would like to sign up to have access to the parent portal, click on this link:

Last year we went to electronic report cards. You will receive an email directly from Aspen when your student's report card is viewable in Aspen. Please be sure that this email is not going to spam:

National Honor Society Website

Below is the link to the National Honor Society website that was created by members.

Calendar of Events


1 No School - New Year's Day

2 School Reopens

9 Senior Project Parent Information Meeting 7:00pm

15 School Committee Meeting

16 Hats Off Luncheon 12:15pm TCC

17 Half Day - Teacher's Workshop

17 Grades Close

20 No School - Martin Luther King Day

27 School Council Meeting 3:15pm

28 Advisory Meets

31 Report Cards in Aspen

31 Junior Parent Breakfast 7:45am

31 Junior Assembly 9:00am