White Plains High School Principal's Newsletter
From the Principal
Dear Tiger Families,
Welcome back to White Plains High School! It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I extend my warmest greetings to you as we prepare for another fantastic academic year. I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health and high spirits.
As we begin this new school year, I want to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the success and growth of every student at White Plains High School. We are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environment where your children can flourish academically, socially, and emotionally. Our talented team of educators and staff are wholeheartedly focused on fostering an environment that promotes both academic excellence and personal development.
I am thrilled to share that the successes of the 2022-2023 school year have laid a strong foundation upon which we will continue to build. Our students' achievements, both in the classroom and beyond, are a testament to their hard work and dedication, as well as the tremendous support they receive from you, their families. It is through this collaborative effort that we are able to create an exceptional educational experience for our students.
A key milestone in our back-to-school preparations is the release of class schedules. As a reminder: student schedules for the upcoming year will be available on our online portal starting Wednesday, August 30th. Please make sure to log in and review your child's schedule. In the event that you have any questions or concerns about their classes or any other aspect of their schedule, I encourage you to reach out to our dedicated team of school counselors. They are here to provide guidance and assistance in ensuring that your child's academic journey is as smooth and successful as possible.
At White Plains High School, we firmly believe in open communication and a strong partnership between our school and our families. Throughout the year, we will keep you informed about important dates, events, and opportunities for involvement. We value your feedback and encourage you to stay engaged with us as we work together to provide the best possible education for your child.
Once again, welcome back to another year of growth, discovery, and achievement. Together, we will continue to build on the successes of the past and create a bright future for all our students. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the White Plains High School community.
Emerly A. Martinez
Fist Day of School Schedule
7:40am - 11:15am: Only 9th grade students report to WPHS for orientation
11:15am - 2:29pm: All students grades 9 - 12 report to school for shortened periods
Bus Information for September 5th
- 9th grade students will be picked up at their bus stop at regularly scheduled time.
- Students in grades 10-12 will be picked up at their bus stop three and a half hours later than their regularly scheduled time. For example, if a student is normally picked up at 7:00am, they will be picked up at 10:30am.
9th Grade Seminar:
2023 Schedule Change Policy:
Starting this school year we will be implementing a new schedule change policy. The policy is outlined below:
- Lateral changes (changing periods or teachers but remaining in the same course) are not permitted.
- Students who are in Honors or AP courses, especially if this is their first experience with courses at this level, are encouraged to remain for a minimum of five weeks so that they can get used to the difference in depth and pacing before deciding to leave the course.
- Schedule changes that involve adding a new course or changing from a Regents level to an Honors or AP level course must be done prior to the fifth week of a full year course, or the third week of a one-semester course.
- Schedule changes that involve moving from an AP or Honors to a Regents level course need to be completed within 5 days of the progress reports during 2nd quarter. When entering a new course, the student may be responsible for completing assignments in the new course.
- A student who drops a course outright (does so without changing levels) may do so up until the halfway point in the course without any notation being made on the student’s transcript. Any course dropped after that will appear on the student’s transcript with a “W”.
- Schedule changes of any kind should be made only after a thorough discussion with the student’s current teacher and his/her school counselor.
- Please note that there are times when schedule changes are prohibited. No classes may be changed during the first or final week of any quarter.
Meet and Greet with the WPHS Administration and the PTA!
Our first Guidance Night, which is a joint PTA meeting, will be held on Thursday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the WPHS Media Center! There will be a brief PTA meeting and then we will introduce our WPHS administrative team. Following that we will begin our guidance presentation. This presentation is designed for parents/guardians of freshmen and other students new to White Plains High School. We will discuss the policies and procedures of the high school, give you an overview of the opportunities that exist with regard to clubs, sports, and activities, and tell you who to go to when you have questions or concerns. Our goal is to make this a successful transition for your child and to answer all the questions that you have about the high school. We look forward to “seeing” you! Please note this presentation will be presented in English and Spanish.
Any questions regarding Clubs and Activities can be directed to Mr. Gaetano Vitiello, Assistant Principal.
Any questions regarding athletic participation can be directed to Mr. Matt Cameron, Athletics Director.
WPHS PTA Corner
The PTA provides support to our school community in a variety of ways, such as grants, staff appreciation, and scholarships!
White Plains HS
From Advanced Placement courses in all major subjects to participation in the Advanced College Experience (ACE) Program at Westchester Community College, the quality of the school's programs is reflected each year in the honors and awards achieved by individual students, teams and clubs. Extracurricular programs include more than 50 clubs, the literary publication The Roar, and performing arts groups. In addition, the school competitively fields over 45 New York State Section I athletic teams. The school was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a School of Excellence in l986-87.