TMHS Principal's Newsletter


From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

Every day adolescents are confronted with the challenges of navigating peer interactions and social media that more often become a negative feedback loop. And many students believe that academic excellence and perfection are most important in life. I recently read an article about a high school that made practicing kindness a priority in their school. At TMHS we have also done many things to make kindness a priority, similar to the high school in the article. We have instituted many yearly events and activities that focus on our relationships with each other and our students as well as showing kindness toward all in our community. Starting this fall our Student Council began sending mobile gratitudes to faculty members. They write out anonymous messages of gratitude and appreciation and share them with faculty. Also, many teachers have students practice mobile gratitude with each other. Each October, we have all sophomors and fifty juniors participate in our Challenge Day where the focus is on building relationships with each other and showing kindness to each other by using our words and actions. And in March all of our faculty participate in a relationship mapping exercise, similar to the high school in the article, where we identify students who we feel we need to connect with more. And this month our GSA Club organized No Name-Calling Day on January 23rd. This day was created to celebrate kindness and to stop bullying and name-calling in schools. On January 23rd members of the GSA handed out name tags to students and faculty who would like to participate in this worldwide show of kindness and inclusion. Students also had the opportunity to send anonymous messages of kindness via text. No Name-Calling Day/Week was inspired by James Howe’s novel The Misfits about students who, after experiencing name-calling, run for student council on a No Name-Calling platform. The week is rooted in the idea that we should not merely recognize the importance of kindness, but actively add kindness into our every action.

Below is the link to the article.

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Mandatory Social Host Meeting - February 28th

Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 28th at 7:15pm! If you are the parent of a junior who is planning on attending the junior prom, you and your student are required to attend this presentation by District Attorney Marian Ryan and Police Chief Tim Sheehan on Social Host Law and Underage Drinking. Students will not be allowed to purchase tickets to the junior prom if they and a parent have not attended the presentation.

Seniors and senior parents who did not attend the presentation last year and are planning on participating in Senior Week this year, MUST attend the presentation this year. Those seniors will not be allowed to purchase tickets to Senior Week activities if they do not attend the presentation. If you were not present last year for the presentation, you will receive a letter in the mail the first week in February.

I came across this article on the impact parental drinking has on adolescents. Our children continue to be impacted significantly by the behaviors and attitudes of their parents, even when they are in high school. I hope you will take the time to read this article and reflect on your own attitudes and behaviors around alcohol.

Student Course Selection for 2019-2020

From February 13th to February 25th students will be able to go into Aspen to select elective courses for the next school year. Teachers will have made recommendations for major courses and students will be able to see their teachers recommendations in Aspen. During the first week in February, Guidance Counselors will go over this process with all students.

Talking to Teens about Vaping

Here is another article I came across that addresses talking to teenagers about vaping. Vaping has become a significant health concern for adolescents. We need to continue to have conversations with our children and students about the negative impact vaping has on their health and future.

January Hats Off Award

Congratulations to Mercy Olu'19 and Grace Morris'19 for the Tewksbury Rotary Club January 2019 Hats Off Award. These two outstanding seniors were honored at a Rotary Club Luncheon on Thursday, January 24th at the 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.

Athletic Department News

Congratulations to Fall Athletic All Scholastic:

Makayla Paige'21 - Cross Country - Boston Herald and Boston Globe

Jay Connolly'19 - Football - Boston Herald and Boston Globe

Shane Aylward'20 - Football - Boston Herald and Boston Globe

Congratulations to Coaches:

Mark Bradley - Girls Basketball - 125 Wins

Brian Aylward - Football - Boston Globe

Spring Sports Sign Up Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th at 6:00pm.

Winter Sports Awards Night is scheduled for Monday, March 11th.

Refreshments at 6:30pm followed by awards at 7:00pm.

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Upcoming Events

Affinity, TMHS Winter Color Guard

NESBA Winter Percussion and Color Guard Competition

Saturday, February 2nd at 4:00pm in the TMHS Gymnasium

TMHS Theater Company performs A Midsummer’s Night Dream, a one act play.

Saturday, March 2nd at 12:15pm at the Bromfield School in Harvard, MA

Music in Our Schools Festival featuring Tewksbury Music Students

Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00am in the TMHS cafeteria

Affinity, TMHS Winter Color Guard

NESBA Winter Color Guard Championships

Saturday, March 30th tentative performance at 3:30pm at Salem High School in Salem, MA

TMHS Theater Company presents Godspell, a musical.

Performances will be held in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, April 25th at 7:00pm

Friday, April 26th at 7:00pm

Saturday, April 27th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

35th Annual Tewksbury District Art Show featuring art students K-12

Friday, May 10th from 6:30-9:00pm

6:30-7:30pm Band & Chorus Concert in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center

7:00-9:00 pm Public Showing of Art Exhibit in the TMHS cafeteria.

Saturday, May 11th from 10:00am-2:00pm

Public Showing of Art Exhibit in the TMHS cafeteria.

Tewksbury’s Got Talent! Talent Show

Thursday, May 16th at 7:00pm in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center

TMHS Marching Band Clinic

All students grades 5-12 are welcome!

Sunday, June 2nd from 9:00am-3:00pm in the TMHS Gymnasium

Band & Chorus performing at TMHS Graduation

Friday, June 7th at 6:00pm TMHS Gymnasium

TMHS PAC is in Need of Donations

TMHS PAC is in need of donations for two upcoming PAC sponsored events, Trivia Night held in March and our Annual Calendar Raffle held in April, both of which raise money for scholarships, All Night Long graduation party and arts and enrichment programs. We are looking for items that would make for a good raffle items. Some suggestions are

  • Gift Baskets
  • Gift Certificates
  • Gift Cards
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Electronics
  • Sporting/Theater/Concert Tickets
  • Attraction Tickets

These are just some suggestions. Anything you think that would be an appropriate raffle item would be greatly appreciated. Cash donations are always welcomed. We are sending this out early and often, to get as many donations as possible.

Click here to make a donation.

TMHS PAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts to the TMHS PAC are considered tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. When you make a tax deductible donation, we can provide you with a receipt if requested. Thank you.

National Honor Society Website

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

Calendar of Events


1 Report Cards Issued

8 Junior Parent Breakfast 7:45am (snow date February 15)

8 Junior Assembly 8:45am (snow date February 15)

15 Half Day - Early Dismissal

18-22 No School - February Recess

25 School Council 3:00pm

28 Mandatory Social Host Meeting 7:15pm