Wildcat Family News

March 2022 Edition

Wildcat Student Accolades

Pippin Production

The High School Drama Club's production of Pippin was amazing! Great job, cast and crew! The Wildcat Family and Westport Community look forward to future productions by this talented team! The first three photos below are from the production.

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Pippin Seniors

We would also like to recognize our Drama Club Seniors and Drama Club Advisor, Mr. Shivers, shown in the photo below. From left to right: Jessica George, Sydney Arsenault, Alaina Rothwell, Amy Tran, Mr. Shivers, Justine Luce, Madison Duarte, Amber Verville, and Anna Gillet.
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John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following students have received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship based on their stellar MCAS performance. Their guidance counselor, Mrs. Ruel, introduced each recipient at the March 17, 2022 School Committee meeting and also summarized their future plans.

  1. Madison Rose Benson: Madison will be attending Salve Regina University, majoring in Environmental Science. Madison created the Environmental Science Club this year and is its president.

  2. Sarah Lynn Carney: Sarah will be attending UMASS-Amherst, majoring in History with interest in teaching. Sarah will be working as an intern at our middle school next quarter.

  3. Alora Eve DaFonseca: Alora will be attending Nova Southeastern University, and she will be majoring in Speech-Language and Communications Disorders. Alora is currently an intern for our Spanish teacher and hopes to work with our Speech Therapist next quarter.

  4. Anna Susan Gillet: Anna will be attending Johnson and Wales to major in Hospitality with a minor in culinary. Anna has been one of our Drama Club members throughout her high school years. However, she has not ruled out Biology.

  5. Liam Crimmins Molloy: Liam has been accepted to several universities this year. He has decided to attend UMASS-Amherst in the Fall to major in mathematics. Liam has been involved in our Dual Enrollment program with Bristol Community College.

  6. Andrew Scott Piva: Andrew plans to attend MTTI in the Fall to focus on Computer Science or Electrical.

  7. Jesse Lee Skov: Jesse will be attending Gordon College in the Fall and plans on playing soccer for Gordon.

  8. Domanick Elijah Vitorino: Domanick plans on attending UMASS-Amherst in the Fall to major in Mathematics. Domanick is an athlete and an academic. He was involved with our Dual Enrollment program this Fall at UMASS-Dartmouth and is currently a part of our work-study program.

  9. Jayden Thomas Zuber: Jayden has not decided which UMASS he will attend in the Fall, either Dartmouth or Amherst, and he is thinking of majoring in mathematics or finance. Jayden is also a part of our Work-Study program.

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Winter Sports Recognition

Westport Middle-High School recently completed another successful winter sports season. The girls' basketball program fielded three levels (Varsity, JV, Freshman) that included 32 players. The varsity team finished 2nd place in the Mayflower Athletic Conference's Comprehensive Division with a 6-2 league record. The team qualified for the MIAA's Division 5 Statewide Tournament as the #22 Seed and defeated Prospect Hill Academy 75-27 in the Preliminary Round before losing to Douglas HS 48-55 in the Round of 32. The team finished the season with an overall record of 14-8.

The boys' basketball program also fielded three levels (Varsity, JV, Freshman) that included 38 players. The varsity team finished 2nd place in the Mayflower Athletic Conference's Comprehensive Division with a 6-2 league record. The team qualified for the MIAA's Division 5 Statewide Tournament as the #13 Seed and defeated Millis HS 72-56 in the Round of 32. The team traveled to Springfield for the Round of 16, where they were defeated by Paulo Friere 50-62 in the Round of 16. The team finished the season with an overall record of 18-4.

Congratulations also go out to the cheerleading squad and pep band who continued to bring energy and excitement to our gymnasium for home basketball games.

Wildcat Academics

New Wildcat Staff

WHS welcomes three new staff members who joined our Wildcat team when staffing vacancies occurred during this school year:

  • Darcy Cohen is our new Special Education teacher.
  • Leslie Meehan is our new Chemistry teacher.
  • Stephanie Pacheco is our new Teaching Assistant.

Quarter 3 Report Cards

Quarter 3 ends on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Report cards will be available in the portal on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Anyone in need of portal login information should email kmckinnon@westportschools.org.

Student Schedules for 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 school schedule will contain various part-time electives, including classes that meet two or three days per week for a semester or full-time for a quarter. The addition two and three periods per week classes affords students the opportunity to take a maximum of five classes per semester rather than four. Additionally, students are still able to explore dual enrollment, internship, and work study opportunities.

Students met with their guidance counselors this month for course selection. Course selection is the first step in the scheduling process. The guidance counselors will continue to meet with students when needed throughout the scheduling process. Please do not hesitate to email your child's guidance counselor with any questions or concerns. Their contact information is provided below:

Wildcat Athletics and Activities Information

Spring Sports

Spring sports began on Monday, March 21st. Westport Middle-High School is looking forward to a competitive spring sports season for our JV & varsity baseball and softball teams and our varsity girls & boys tennis teams. We also have several student-athletes competing on our co-op lacrosse and track & field teams at Bishop Connolly High School.

Blood Drives

The WHS Medical Club is hosting a blood drive on Saturday, April 9th, in the WMHS Cafeteria., from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Senior Medical Club member, Jenna Carreiro, is also hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, May 10th, at White's of Westport, from 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM. HERE is the link to sign up for appointment times for the blood drives. Please consider donating.

Project 351 Spring Drive

Project 351's Spring Service Project is being led by 8th-Grade Ambassador Abigail Krzyston. The drive is collecting donations of new socks, underwear, and pajamas in sizes newborn to size 14. The drive runs from March 23rd - to April 6th, 2022. Donation bins are located at all Westport Community Schools and at StacyCakes on Main Road in Westport, MA.

For more details visit the Project 351 Web Site or donate directly via the project's Amazon Wishlist. Please contact Abigail directly with any questions.

Thank you for supporting Project 351 and Cradles to Crayons!

Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal

Westport High School's first annual Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal is on Thursday, April 14, 2022, from 6:00-10:00 PM at Rachel's Lakeside. Please note that there is no school on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Permission slips are available at the high school Main Office. The permission slips provide information on the menu, ticket price, guest parameters, and eligibility requirements. All freshman and sophomore students interested in attending must return the permission slip and ticket cost by Monday, April 4, 2022.

Career Summit for Seniors

We are very excited for this year's Career Summit for our Senior students, where we will have over 20 employers in attendance! This is an excellent opportunity for our students to participate in career exploration and apply to jobs on the spot. This event will occur during school on Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Westport Middle/High School Gymnasium. The Career Summit Seniors will participate in an intensive training session on professionalism and resume writing before the Career Summit date. At the Career Summit, Seniors will have resumes and be dressed professionally to make a good impression on visiting employers. For more information, please contact Mr. Daniel Marques at dmarques@westportschools.org.
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Junior/Senior Prom

The Junior/Senior Prom is on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 6:00-10:00 PM at Shining Tides in Mattapoisett, MA. More information, including the menu, ticket price, guest parameters, and eligibility requirements, is forthcoming.

PTO, WEF, and Boosters Information

PTO Message

Hello Wildcats!

We would like to thank everyone who volunteered for and donated to the Middle school dances. Also, we appreciate your support for those who donated or attended the Casino night in March.

A Big Thank You to our board members: Kathy Gillet and Rebecca Krzyszton, who worked with our sisters on the WES/ Mac PTO to make this event fabulous. These ladies work tirelessly for the youth in our town. All of our activities and events were fun and successful. Let’s keep it going…..

The Westport Middle-High PTO has some exciting events planned for students this spring!

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

  • April 8th, 2022 - Tentative 5th, 6th & 7th Grade Dance - details to follow
  • April 9th, 2022 - Harlem Wizards Game Sponsored by the WES-MAC PTO
  • June 1-4th 2022 - 8th Grade Washington DC Trip
  • June 17th, 2022 - 8th Grade Semi-Formal @ Rachel’s Lakesider - more info to come….
  • 2022 MA Walk Challenge - sign up after 4/1/2022 and get ready for Westport's October walk/run.

We need New Board Members and New Volunteers - without the support of parents, teachers, and community, we could not run successful events. Please volunteer your time, talents or donate to our organization. Every contribution helps! We can’t continue to offer events for the students and staff without you!!

Visit our Website for the latest PTO information and updates! There you will also find a link for donation and the link to purchase mugs or bracelets. If you have questions or need to contact us, please email us at whspa02790@gmail.com or call 508-493-7671.

Thank You for your support,

All of Us at The Middle-High School PTO

WEF Message

Hello Friends,

We have missed you and hope that this letter finds that everyone is doing well. The past two years have been very difficult for everyone. Our teachers and administrators have been amazing in their efforts to keep the children engaged, active, and learning in the middle of a pandemic with ever-changing rules and requirements. During this challenging time, the Education Foundation was pleased to fund programs such as: the Outdoor Learn through Play Program and the Math Manipulatives program at the Macomber. WEF supported the Owl Pellet project for both Fall and Spring at the Elementary School and the boat building project at the High School.

Most recently, thanks to a private donor, we supported an innovative integrated arts program in the Macomber School with the tools needed for a creative new lesson plan. WEF is dedicated to

supporting the arts in our schools, as evidenced by the direction and choreography efforts in the recent drama production of Matilda. We are now considering grants for programs involving the new Elementary production of Willy Wonka, a moon phases project, ongoing owl pellet research, and literacy geodes. In addition to these contributions, WEF also provides a $1500 scholarship to an art student in the memory of Lydia Poole Barker and a scholarship for those majoring in Education.

We are now in the middle of planning our Annual fundraiser: A Night at the Races. It is scheduled for Friday, May 6th at 6:30 pm and will be held at White’s of Westport.

We ask for your continued help in support of Westport’s teachers and students. Please consider attending our event, volunteering with us, or becoming a sponsor and making a donation. When we all come together; amazing things can happen.

Here is the link to our event page. https://a_night_at_the_races_2022.eventbrite.com

Please email us at info@westporteducationfoundation.com with any questions.

Thank You for your support.

Athletic Boosters Information

Attention Wildcat Families!!

A note from the Westport Athletic Boosters!!

The Athletic Boosters would like to Congratulate all of our Winter Athletes and the Pep band for a terrific season. Also, to our Spring athletes: We wish them a great season ahead!!!

  • Thank you to everyone for the support at the Mattress Fundraiser!! WE sold over 35 Mattresses!!!

  • To everyone who donated or who purchased our Gift Card Calendars, we thank you! The drawing will start this Friday: April 1st. One name will be drawn each day and the winner posted on facebook and contacted by the board.

  • Did you know the WAB supports our Wildcat athletes each year with stipends for team wear, varsity jackets, senior game posters, flowers, and more. In the past we have purchased score boards, flags, and provided celebratory breakfasts at the end of each season. We also provide scholarships to 4 Athletes each year in the amount of $500.

  • We need your help to keep our organization going!!! We are looking for new board members, volunteers, and ideas for the new year, new school, and a new and bright future for our Wildcat family.

Our Next meeting is on Monday April 11th at 7:00 PM.

It is in the Media Center at the New School and always a fun time!!!

Please join us!!!!

Music Boosters Message

Congratulations to both the Middle School Drama Club on their performance of Matilda, Jr. and the High School Drama Club on their performance of Pippin. Our audiences were spellbound by the exceptional talent that was exhibited on stage!

Many thanks to our staff: Mrs. Carvalho, Mrs. Dennis, Mr. Shivers, Mr. Nunes, Mr.Sullivan, Mr. Frost, Mrs. Bedard, our costume coordinator, Tayla Page, assistant director and choreographer, our pit orchestra musicians and conductor, Mr. Russell, for dedicating countless rehearsal hours to our students after school. Finally, thank you to our students for sharing your talents and your passion for the theater arts with our community. We were extremely proud of you!

Looking Ahead - April 2022

April Information and Events

  • April 4th - Due date for Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal Permission Slips.
  • April 5th - End of Quarter 3. Report cards available in the portal on April 12th.
  • April 8th - Senior Training for Career Summit.
  • April 9th - WHS Medical Club Blood Drive from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM; Harlem Wizards Game in the WMHS Gymnasium from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
  • April 12th - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS due to Staff Professional Development Day.
  • April 14th - Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal from 6:00-10:00 PM at Rachel's Lakeside.
  • April 15th - NO SCHOOL (Good Friday).
  • April 18th-22nd - APRIL VACATION.
  • April 28th - Senior Career Summit.

AP Testing and Math/Science MCAS Information

May AP Testing Schedule

Week 1:

  • Tuesday, May 3rd, 12:00 PM - AP Psychology

  • Wednesday, May 4th, 8:00 AM - AP English Literature & Composition

  • Thursday, May 5th, 12:00 PM - AP Statistics

  • Friday, May 6th, 8:00 AM - AP US History

Week 2:

  • Monday, May 9th, 8:00 AM - AP Calculus

  • Tuesday, May 10th, 8:00 AM - AP English Language & Composition

  • Wednesday, May 11th, 12:00 PM - AP Biology

  • Thursday, May 12th, 12:00 PM - AP Physics 1

Grade 10 Math MCAS Information

The grade 10 Math MCAS test administration dates are:

  • Tuesday, May 17th
  • Wednesday, May 18th

Students will begin the MCAS test sessions promptly at 7:30 AM. Both sessions are anticipated to last approximately 2 hours. Please note that MCAS is an untimed test. Students requiring additional time will be provided as much time as needed until the end of the school day.

Grade 9 Biology MCAS Information

The grade 9 Biology MCAS test administration dates are:

  • Tuesday, June 7th
  • Wednesday, June 8th

Students will begin the MCAS test sessions promptly at 7:30 AM. Both sessions are anticipated to last approximately 1.5 hours. Please note that MCAS is an untimed test. Students requiring additional time will be provided as much time as needed until the end of the school day.

Looking Ahead - Senior Planning

Senior Finals and Last Day of Classes

Senior final exams will be administered during the first two blocks of school on June 1st and June 2nd. Senior exams must be completed within the 85-minute block because classes are still occurring for grades 9-11. There is no special final exam schedule containing extended exam blocks or a release day option for the Senior final exam days. Please note the following schedule below:

  • June 1st - final exams may be administered to Seniors during C block and D block.
  • June 2nd - final exams may be administered to Seniors during A block and B block.
  • June 3rd - last day of school for Seniors. All outstanding obligations, including making up final exams, submitting missing coursework, returning textbooks, etc., must be resolved by 2:00 PM today.

Senior Week - June 6th-10th

Please note the following event dates:

  • Tuesday, June 7th - Athletics Awards Night, at 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 9th - Scholarship Night, at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, June 10th - Senior Breakfast and Graduation Rehearsal, at 7:45 AM

Graduation - Saturday, June 11th

Graduation is on Saturday, June 11th, at 11:00 AM in the WMHS Auditorium. Each graduate will receive four graduation tickets on Friday, June 10th, at graduation rehearsal.