Warrior Whistle Newsletter

March 2021 Edition

TCHS- Brandywine Campus STUDENT OF THE QUARTER for the 2nd Marking Period 2020-2021 School Year

These students have done an outstanding job at TCHS – Brandywine Campus and are demonstrating the attitude and scholarship that are valued so highly.

Caitlin Cieslukowski: Allied Health-Chester County Hospital

Jordan Dermond: Allied Health-Community Health

Yonatan Lopez Monterroso: Automotive Service Technology

Caroline Miller: Allied Health-Chester County Hospital

Laurel Vargas-Acateco: Health Career Pathways

BSUnited (Henderson, East, and Rustin BSUs) Annual Knowledge Bowl Black History Trivia Contest

The Annual Knowledge Bowl Black History Trivia Contest sponsored by BSUnited (Henderson, East, and Rustin BSUs) on February 24th was a great success! The participants in the Knowledge Bowl persevered despite challenges of competing over Zoom and provided everyone with a valuable experience. Thank you to the advisors/co-advisors, Interns, and students who helped make this an awesome event!!!!

Thank you also to Mr. Okoteh Sackitey and Mr. Paul Chambers for providing some historical commentary for the Knowledge Bowl.

Jenaea Davenport - HHS

Taylor Williams - HHS

Aaliyah Robinson - HHS

Alana Alexander- RHS

Amaya LaToison - RHS

Amber Thomas - RHS

Jacob Barksdale - RHS

Cara Garber - EHS

HHS Advisors- Dr. Bell, Ms. Dorsey, Ms. Wilson
RHS Advisors- Srta. Graham, Mr. Chambers
EHS Advisors- Ms. Worrell, Ms. Hill, Dr. Brown
History Expert- Mr. Sackitey

Congratulations Merit Finalists!!!

On behalf of Henderson High School and the West Chester Area School District, We would like to congratulate you all on this amazing accomplishment. You will be recognized at the end of the year at Senior Recognition Ceremonies. We are extremely proud to have seven Merit Finalists – the most in Henderson’s history!!!


Vishnu Ayai Saravana Khumaran

Gabrielle (Gabi) Fernandes

Archana (Archie) Kulkarni

Joseph Liu

Abheya Nair

Samarth Parameswar

Alice Xiang

Henderson High School 2021 Spellman Humanitarian Service Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who have dedicated and impressive amount of service hours across a wide variety of service areas, which include but are not limited to; public, hospitals and healthcare, scouting, church, and mission trips!!! Congratulations for your selfless service to others!!!

Sam Bender

Robbie Colson

Sakina Farooq

Gabrielle Fernandes

Althea Hutchinson

Archana Kulkarni

Abheya Nair

Catherine Startup

Alicia Tai

Santiago Ventura

The Tradition Continues Virtually: HHS 37th Annual Alice Thomas Scholarship Ceremony

On Saturday, March 6, 202, nearly a dozen students, administrators and advisors socially-distanced for the Henderson BSU 37th Annual Alice Thomas Scholarship Reception while the rest of the participants enjoyed a virtual banquet via Zoom. Proceeds from the event go towards the BSU Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors. A special thank you goes out to Dr. Camille Burge (Villanova University) for being this year’s guest speaker, and we would like to congratulate Rev. Crystal Jennings, Henderson’s Marion Jackson, and BSU President Aaliyah Robinson for receiving the Dr. John H. Hewlett, Bell-Majors, and Alice Thomas awards, respectively.

Henderson High School Wrestling Team

The HHS Wrestling Team went 9-0 in all dual matches winning a third Chesmont Title!!!

The Qualified 9 wrestlers to Districts and 7 are moving on to Regionals (the most in any school for District 1)!!! The team was selected as one of the four teams to represent District 1 for District Duals to enter the team state tournament.


-See the link above for a great cause that was supported by our warrior wrestlers

Congratulations to Coach Beighley and the HHS Wrestlers

Henderson's Chamber Choir

Henderson's Chamber Choir provided a virtual Valentine's Cabaret to help the HHS Community participate in a stress free, no worries cabaret of Love Songs.
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HHS Virtual 9/10 and 11/12 Orchestra Cabarets- MIOSM

March is Music in our Schools Month (MIOSM). Now more than ever, the arts need to be part of a students' well-rounded education. Jon, Kendra and I are happy to celebrate all the ways music plays a part in the lives of our Henderson students. Even this year when life has been turned upside down, great things have been happening in the music department.

In celebration of MIOSM, the HHS Orchestra students have produced 2 solo cabarets. The links to both are below along with program notes written by the students. In the program notes document the students are listed in the order they perform and with the start time of their performance. If you can spare a little bit of time, I ask that you watch the performances of the students you have in your classes. I am so proud of each of them for accomplishing this cabaret. Every HHS Orchestra student is represented. Students chose a solo at their level in January and have worked since then on performing it to the best of their ability and some with accompaniment. We held a Master Class on 2/22 with Daniel Han of the Philadelphia Orchestra and learned some ways in which to work on solos with Mr. Han during the Zoom Master Class.

As a side note, if you do not follow the HHS Music Dept on Instagram, I highly recommend it. This month we have testimonials from Henderson alumni about how their experience in the HHS Music Dept has shaped them into who they are today. So far we have had videos from the following HHS Alumni, Abby Leopold, Steven Masino, Jaime Soutos, Steven Shelmerdine, Francesco Protasi, Lily Knowles, Alex Ferry, and Will Merrill. More to come next week.

Instagram - HHSmusic

Enjoy the performances!!!

MIOSM 9/10 Virtual Cabaret Link


MIOSM 9/10 Virtual Cabaret Program Notes Link


MIOSM 11/12 Virtual Cabaret Link


MIOSM 11/12 Virtual Cabaret Program Notes Link


9/10 Cabaret Performers 11/12 Cabaret Performers

Foram Shah (9) Archie Kulkarni (12)

Sougi Akurathi (10) Sam Prochnau (11)

Eesha Jadhav (9) Andrew Pruden (11)

Sai Karanam (10) Abheya Nair (12)

Russell Platt (9) Zeke Lieberman (12)

Lauren Zisk (9) Sarah Zisk (11)

Hailey Meade (9) Aiden Kamph (11)

Ruby Fain (9) Robbie Colson (12)

Aki Sharma (10) Vishnu Ayai (12)

Vedant Bedekar (9) Joe Liu (12)

Rahul Abraham Joseph (10) Courtney Landow (11)

Will Cortes (9) Suprit Shadangi (12)

Danielle Hana Hung (9) Kylie Quigley (11)

Sanjana Singhania (10) Frankie Lister (11)

Sam Gilman (10) Catherine Cronauer (11)

Christian Cosme (9) Keshvi Chheda (11)

Paige Colson (9) Ben Phung (11)

Kaylee Giaquinto (10) Nolan Prochnau (12)

Brian Heller (10) Mrs. Kelly

Sid Gadiyar (10)

Patrick Hedgecock (10)

Miruna Vasilescu (9)

Mrs. Kelly

Chester County Hospital Donation

Henderson High School Staff participated in a dress down day to donate breakfast to the Chester County Hospital. We partnered with Rolling Stars (on Market St) to provide 60 individually wrapped breakfast sandwiches to the Telemetry and Covid Floors at the Chester County Hospital.

Rolling Stars was amazing to work with and offered a generous discount on the sandwiches. Please support their business if you have the chance to!!!

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Return to School - Reminders and Procedures for March 29th

HHS Safety Plan for Students, Parents, and Teachers.pdf

Welcome Back - March 29.2021.mp4

On Monday March 29, we will officially transition to students returning five days per week. Wednesday, March 31 will be the last remote day for ALL students. When we return from Spring Break, students that selected in-person will be attending five days per week. We are excited to have more students in the building and have been extremely busy preparing for another change. Attached in this email are the Health and Safety Plan procedures. We ask that both students and parents to please take a few moments to read over our return to school document with important reminders and procedures. In addition, please take a moment to read some important reminders and general guidelines below:

Self-Guided Tours

On Wednesday, March 24, we will open the school for self-guided tours. We have many students that have not been in the building either at all or a LONG time. Students and their families will have the opportunity to walk around the school to find their classes. We will also have student council located throughout the building during the first two days to help students find their way to classes. We ask that all students/parents wear masks and social distance while touring the building. A school map is provided in the attachment. Please review times for the tours:

  • A-C 2:00 – 2:30
  • D – H 2:30 – 3:00
  • I – L 3:00 – 3:30
  • M – Q 3:30 – 4:00
  • R – T 4:00 – 4:30
  • U – Z 4:30 – 5:00

Important General Notes

  • Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well! Students may stay home and attend class remotely. If your child stays home and attends remotely, they will be marked present. Please also send Mrs. Price (sprice@wcasd.net ) an email if your child should have attended brick and mortar but choose to stay home for the day.
  • All remote students will continue to check in each period through zoom. Teachers will be taking attendance.
  • Everyone must wear a mask covering both the nose and mouth (except when eating in the cafeteria).

Drop Off/ Pick Up Information

The student drop off and pick up should not take place at the main entrance to the building anytime before 7:30 a.m. or between 1:30 – 1:50 p.m. These times are specifically reserved for buses. Cars moving between the bus lanes cause potentially dangerous situations with students walking across the front entrance drive to enter the building or to get on their bus.

Drop off and pick up during the times noted above should take place in either circle on Montgomery Avenue or Penn Street. When entering the circles, please do not stop in front of the doors but continue moving around the circle as far as possible. This is to avoid blocking circle entrances as well as both streets.

Drop off and pick up when school is in session may be done at the front entrance.


  • No homeroom – please report directly to 1st/5th Block by 7:30
  • Doors will open at 7:00 – Parent may drop off their children at Athletic Wing or Auditorium Wing. Buses will drop students off at the front of the building.
  • If your child reports to school before 7:15, they should report to the cafeteria (eaters) or auditorium (non eaters). A free breakfast will be served to everyone. No individual items will be available (including coffee). We will not be accepting cash transactions for the remainder of the year.
  • If you arrive after 7:15, please report to your 1st or 5th block class. Please wait out in the hall and maintain six feet from others.

Late Arrival/Early Dismissal

  • Parents who have already signed up for early dismissal/late arrival DO NOT need complete out this form again.
  • If your child signed up for late arrival, please drop off him/her at the front of the building. Students may enter the building at 8:50 (second block).
  • Make sure that you filled out the early dismissal/late arrival form. (ONLY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREDY DONE SO). Late arrival/early dismissal will show on your child’s schedule in parent portal.
  • Students who have elected early dismissal (4th or 8th period) may leave school at the end of their 3rd Block (11:48 for C Lunch and 12:19 for A and B Lunch).


  • CHANGE- The 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grades will swap eating locations starting March 29. 9th and 10th grade students will eat in the aux gym while 11th and 12th grade students will eat in the cafeteria. Please review the cafeteria guidelines in the Safety Plan.


  • Students will be dismissed at 1:45. They should leave the building immediately at the nearest exit (unless seeing a teacher for extra help). Parents picking up their child should wait in the athletic or auditorium circles.

Junior/Senior Prom UPDATE

The junior prom and senior prom will take place as scheduled on the WCASD calendar. The junior prom will be held from 7-10 P.M. on Saturday, May 8 and the senior prom will take place on Friday, May 14 from 7-11 P.M. After prom events and activities will take place during the senior prom.

Both proms will take place outside on the Henderson campus. In the event that we have inclement weather, the District has purchased two large tents (80’ x 40’). These tents may also be used for sports/activities award banquets, concerts, art shows, and outdoor lunches for upperclassmen (when the weather becomes warmer).

The proms will continue to follow school rules and students will be required to wear a mask at all times (unless they are eating in designated areas). We will not be having a sit down dinner due to COVID restrictions, however h'orderves and similar type food will be served at both events. Students will be allowed to take a guest from another school (electronic guest form will be required to submit).

More details regarding the proms will be forthcoming including sign up forms and electronic tickets (students must purchase tickets in advance). Thank you to our parents, advisors, and teachers for planning these traditional events.