The Panther Press
Official Newsletter of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
September 19, 2021 - Volume 4 - ISSUE 4
Welcome to the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Newsletter! It is designed to keep everyone (parents, students, staff, and community members) informed of the many events that are happening in and around the school. It contains links, pictures, and videos so that you have a more interactive experience and the ability to learn more about various topics.
Communication is incredibly important to understanding so we ask that you share our news as much as possible. We also welcome feedback! It is the only way to continuously improve. So, please interact, get involved, and let us know what you think by contacting us and sharing our news!
Important Dates to Plan
September 24 – Freshmen Parent Coffee with the Counselors
September 30 - Delayed Opening
October 2 - SAT at WHRHS
October 8 - Early Release (Staff Professional Development)
October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day
October 13 – Grade 12 Credit for Life Fair & Grades 10 & 11 PSAT
October 14 - Delayed Opening
October 19 - Picture Retakes
October 28 - Delayed Opening
November 4 - Quarter 1 Ends
November 5 - Early Release (Grading Day)
November 5 - Meet the Teacher Scheduling Opens for Parent-Teacher Conference Appointment Scheduling
November 9 – Parent Portal Opens for Quarter 1 Grades
November 9-10 – MCAS Math Retest
November 10 – Early Release – Parent-Teacher Conferences by appointment only 12-2PM & 6-8PM
November 11 – NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day
November 16-17 – MCAS ELA Retest
November 18 – Delayed Opening
November 24-26 – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Day
November 29 - Winter Sports Start
Afterschool Enrichment is Starting!
Award Winning WHRHS Program Continues to Grow!
The Afterschool Enrichment Program begins on Monday, 9/20. We meet in the HS library Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 1:40pm-4:00pm. Imagine finishing most (if not all) your homework before leaving school.
In the library you will have a quiet space to do your homework, receive academic support, meet new friends, enjoy a free snack, and participate in enrichment classes. A late bus is provided at 4:00pm. The afterschool team is looking forward to seeing you on Monday.
Check out many of the details below. This is not an opportunity you want to miss!
Community Input Needed!
Every student will have an opportunity to complete the survey during the school day on September 28th. Parents/guardians will also be provided with a link to the survey on September 27th.
Watch for an email from the school with the link to the survey as well as in the Panther Press. We ask that every family complete one survey. You do not need to complete multiple surveys if you have more than one student in the school. The survey is mobile-ready and can be completed on a computer, tablet, or phone.
Help WHRHS Reflect!
Whitman Hanson Regional High School invites parents of students and other interested community residents to assist in a Self-Reflection which is currently being conducted by the school’s professional staff.
The Self-Reflection is a significant component in the Accreditation process of the Commission on Public Schools for the Accreditation of Whitman Hanson Regional High School by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All aspects of the school will be assessed during the Self-Reflection. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Self-Reflection committee, which will assess the school’s alignment to the Standards for Accreditation.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational/technical and career institutions. Approximately 725 public schools throughout New England are currently accredited through the Association's Commission on Public Schools. The Commission works with individual schools to improve the quality of their programs at all levels through a process of Self-Reflection, peer review, and ongoing monitoring.
Anyone interested in volunteering time or in learning more about the Self-Reflection should contact Director of School Counseling Ruth Carrigan or Assistant Principal David Floeck who are coordinating the Accreditation process at the school.
Later this month a survey link will be sent to all parents as part of the self-Reflection process. This data is very important to the process and we encourage all parents to participate in the survey. Students and staff will also be asked to complete a survey as part of the process. We will continue to keep you updated throughout the process and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Dr. Christopher Jones
School Council Members Needed
Please take a few moments to complete this short survey if you are interested. Once I receive names, I will inform you of the next steps.
Small Steps to Create Habits
Long term success is built through habits that began as small steps.
We all have goals we want to accomplish, but often we set them so large that they become so overwhelming its like drinking water from a firehose. It isn't long before we pull away and just think about what could be instead of actually making it happen.
We often overlook the massive amount of progress we can achieve by making small, consistent adjustments to our lives. The strength in those changes is that they become habits. Once that happens we can stretch them into larger changes and move toward that larger goal we had in mind.
I offer a few strategies to help put this mindset into action in the video below. I also offer some from a different perspective. Don't forget to let me know your thoughts and to share it with other people if you know anyone else who may find value in this message.
Not everyone outside the walls of our awesome school get to see the fantastic things going on each day. This short video is meant to showcase some of the great things occurring at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School during the week!
Take a look and feel free to comment...this is our story...and everyone is part of it.
Mr. David Floeck
The Importance of Routines and Planning
On late start days the traffic still exists, just at a later time, so everyone must plan ahead so they can arrive at school on time. If everyone waits until five minutes before school starts to arrive it creates heavy traffic and subsequently students late to school.
Due to heavy traffic and the blocking of access to the school building, all parents who come to the school in the afternoon for pick up have been advised not to arrive for pick up until 2pm. The school administration and Hanson PD will continue to monitor the parking lots in the afternoon. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding so we can ensure the safety of our students.
School Counseling - Mrs. Ruth Carrigan
Freshmen Parent Coffee with the Counselors - We invite parents in grade 9 to join the school counseling staff for Freshmen Parent Coffee with the Counselors on Friday, September 24th at 7:30 AM.. In this informal session, you will get a chance to meet your child's school counselor, and we will be available to answer questions and provide tips and advice to help you and your students make a successful transition to high school. We plan to record this program for later viewing on the School Counselor Website. Follow this link to sign up: Freshmen Parent Coffee with the Counselors Registration.
MCAS for Seniors -Members of the senior class who are interested in potentially qualifying for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship or the Koplik Certificate of Mastery are invited to take the November administration of MCAS. The tests will be administered over four days (November 9, 10, 16, 17). Please follow this MCAS Registration link to sign up for the November MCAS. Senior students must sign up by Monday, September 27 to have an exam ordered for them.
Attention AP Students/Parents - AP Exam Registration/Payment forms have been shared with students taking AP classes . Forms and payment (either full payment or minimum $40 deposit per exam) are due on October 29, 2021. All checks should be made payable to WHRHS. If you need a copy of the form, follow this link . Students may also pick up a copy of the form in the school counseling office.
Senior Parent Coffee with the Counselors - If you missed our senior parent program on September 10, feel free to follow this link to view the program. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Credit for LIfe Fair - On October 13, 2021, the School Counseling and Related Arts Departments, and High School Administration will be hosting our Credit for Life Fair for the Class of 2022 where SENIORS learn the real-life budgeting and money management skills they will use throughout their lifetime. We are currently looking for parent and community volunteers to help out. If you are interested in participating as a booth volunteer on the day of this event, please contact Nina Conslini at Nina.Consolini@whrsd.org.
PSAT for Juniors & Sophomores - On October 13, 2021 while the seniors attending the Credit for Life Fair, the PSAT will be administered to 10th and 11th graders. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT but it's more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year. Copies of the PSAT Student Guide will be given to students in the next few weeks. For an advance copy, or for more information about the PSAT, feel free to follow this link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf.
Panther Pathways Visits - WHRHS is hosting a series of in-person visits this fall to help students with post-secondary planning. All visits will be held in the School Counseling Office at 1:45 pm on the days indicated. If your student would like to sign up, please follow the links below:
9/21/2021 at 1:45 PM Emerson College
9/22/2021 at 1:45 PM Endicott College
9/23/2021 at 1:45 PM Elms College
9/27/2021 at 1:45 PM Bridgewater State University
9/28/2021 at 1:45 PM Iona College
9/29/2021 at 1:45 PM Air Force
9/30/2021 at 1:45 PM Mass Army National Guard
10/05/2021 at 1:45 PM Lasell University
10/6/2021 at 1:45 PM Massasoit Community College
10/07/2021 at 1:45 PM Westfield State
10/13/2021 at 1:45 PM Regis College
10/14/2021 at 1:45 PM UMass Lowell
10/20/2021 at 1:45 PM Merrimack College
10/26/2021 at 1:45 PM Suffolk University
10/27/2021 at 1:45 PM Bentley University
11/02/2021 at 1:45 PM University of Maine
11/03/2021 at 1:45pm Plymouth State University
11/17/2021 at 1:45pm Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Fall 2021 – Nurse’s Corner
Welcome back to school! We are excited to be back to full in-person learning and happy to see all our students back in the building every day.
However, there is still an indoor mask mandate in place for our district even if one is vaccinated. The Delta variant of Covid is active and so we must still take precautions. It is very important NOT to send your child to school sick! This is a good standard in general but especially living in the times of Covid! It remains more important than ever to adhere to the CDC guidelines of: wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, and maintaining social distancing in order to have success.
Here is a useful tool that will help you in deciding whether to send your child to school: the Covid 19 Signs and Symptoms Check List. Please keep your child home if he/she is exhibiting any of the symptoms on the list and if you have any questions -call the school nurse for further assistance. Please be advised that the school nurses must follow the Mass. Department of Public Health Mandates in deciding if your child must go home if he/she is ill during the school day. Please be advised that if it is necessary for your child to be quarantined as a close contact to a positive case that the school MUST adhere to the protocols as defined by the Mass. Department of Public Health.
Also, if your child is an athlete and happens to test positive for Covid you must submit a written doctor’s note clearing your child to return to play sports. This is per the MIAA and there will not be any exceptions to this protocol. The school and the school nurses do not have any leeway in state Covid protocols and we are obligated to enforce them.
Please send in to the school nurse any documentation if your child has been vaccinated for Covid-19. There is further information available on Covid19 on our website.
Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is requiring a second dose of the Meningococcal vaccination for all students in the 11th grade. Please send in your child’s documentation of the vaccine into the clinic as soon as possible.
Medication during the School Day
Please refer to the student handbook or the Health Services website regarding medication to be administered by the school RN during the school day. All prescription medications must be in the original prescription bottle with a written MD order and signed parental consent form. These forms may be downloaded from the website. Students are NOT allowed to carry medication with them during the school day.
Please do not hesitate to call the clinic at any time with any questions/concerns concerning your child’s health- we are here to keep your child healthy!
Ms. Margaret Baker RN, NCSN
Clinic phone: 781-618-7452
Clinic fax 781-618-7409
Athletics - Mr. Bob Rodgers
Captains Take a Leadership Role
At our captains council meeting this week, our student leaders committed to using their influence to help their classmates and teammates recognize how disrespectful and disappointing the recent Tik Tok challenges are. Along the same lines, we are challenging all students to help keep our school clean. If you see trash around our facility, please do your part and pick it up. If everyone pitches in, we can keep our school looking great and in the process we are doing the opposite of the silly Tik Tok challenge.
Here is a rundown of the exciting week of Whitman Hanson athletic action:
The boys soccer team turned in the most exciting moment of the week when Adam Sousa turned what looked to be a sure loss into a hard fought 2-2 tie with Hanover when he drilled a 35 yard laser beam with just 3 seconds to play. Adam also had the other goal of the game for the Panthers who have 2 ties and 1 loss in their three games this season. The defense led by by captain Jacob Donovan and fellow senior Ethan Smith continues to play well.
The girls soccer team suffered a 3-1 setback this week on the road at Plymouth North but quickly bounced right back by beating Hanover 1-0 on the road Friday. Just 2 minutes into the second half Kayla Cassidy took a Liv Borgen feed and fired the ball into the lower corner of the net. The Panthers continued to pressure but were unable to put anymore on the board. Makenna Marshall, Megan Bizier, Emily Leitch and Skylar Jordan all played well defensively in front of keeper Ava Patete (7saves) who picked up the shutout. The long awaited matchup with Hingham takes place Monday night at 6:30pm at Whitman Hanson.
Whitman-Hanson volleyball defeated Plymouth North 3-1 (25-21, 25-9, 11-25, 25-20) in their league match. The Panthers started off strong, winning the first set and second set. Freshman Caroline Gray was consistent throughout the match with 23 serves, 2 of them being aces. Gray also tallied 18 assists, 7 assisted blocks, and 2 solo blocks. Senior Captain Abby Martin also tallied 7 assisted blocks and 7 kills, too. Fellow senior Captain, Lily Welch, had 7 kills, while senior Anna Stone was not far behind with 5 kills. The Panthers are back in action on Monday when they face Hanover.
The Whitman-Hanson Field Hockey Panthers played to a 3-3 tie with West Bridgewater. The Panthers went up 1-0 in the first quarter with a goal from Senior Captain Olivia Phelps. The Wild Cats were able to net 2 goals in the second before the half to take the lead. The Wild Cats scored in the third to take a comfortable 3-1 lead. The Panthers dominated the third period offensively and Senior forward Ally Ayers scored her first of the season. Ally Ayers tied the game up in the fourth with a second goal. Both teams continue to attack each other offensively for the remainder of the game.
Whitman Hanson golf is still searching for their first win of the season after losing to league favorite Hingham Harbormen at South Shore CC, 306-236. Hingham’s high powered line up was too much for the Panthers, but senior captain Pat McBroom led his team with a 4 over par, 40.
The Whitman-Hanson Football team lost their home opener to the Foxboro Warriors 38 to 0 Friday before a packed crowd, many of whom were sporting their favorite Hawaiian outfits. Leading the way on offense for the Panthers was Junior Will Frazier who carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards. On defense, the linebacker duo of junior Evan Casey and senior Jake Guiliani combined for 13 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss. The Panthers face off against the Rockland Bulldogs Friday at home.
The Whitman-Hanson Boys Cross Country team (1-1) fell to host Marshfield (1-0) 21-39 Tuesday afternoon. Top finishers for the Panthers were Senior Captains Nathan Tassey (3rd, 16:53) and Gordon Johnson (4th, 17:10) along with Sophomore Logan Bourgelas (9th, 18:09.)
Whitman-Hanson Girls Cross Country (1-1) lost at Marshfield Tuesday afternoon 15-50. Marshfield placed the first 7 runners for the win. Senior Myah Kamperides (8th, 20:14) and Freshman McKenna McCarthy (9th, 20:24) had good outings for the Panthers.
It will be a while before our cheerleaders have a competition, but they had a great week too. Friday they welcomed the future cheerleaders for a clinic, pizza party and a joint cheering adventure on the sideline.
Once again a reminder the miaa app and miaa website is no longer the place for the schedules. We use arbiterlive.com. You can get a direct link to the WH page at www.whathletics.com.