TMHS Principal's Newsletter

December 2017

From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

On October 31, 2016, the TMHS community suffered a great loss. A 15 year old TMHS student died after attending an underage drinking party that weekend where approximately 60 students had also attended. Just a few months later, on January 1, 2017, I received a phone call from our school resource officer informing me that 47 TMHS students were caught at two underage drinking parties on New Year's Eve. As a result of these two significant events involving underage drinking we had a mandatory presentation on social host law and underage drinking for all juniors and seniors and their parents in March. There were over 700 members of the TMHS community in attendance at this presentation.


On November 18, 2017, seven TMHS students were suspended for being under the influence of alcohol at a school sponsored event. During the investigation of the events that occurred that day we learned that students had consumed alcohol at homes before taking the fan bus to the football game in Weymouth.


There are too many incidents of underage drinking in this community. All of these incidents involved parent acceptance and allowance of underage drinking. It is clear that there are some parents who allow underage students to drink in their homes. In no way should this be allowed or condoned by the adults in this community. It is illegal for students under the age of 21 to consume alcohol or for adults to allow them to consume alcohol in your home. It is not all right to allow underage students to drink in your home as long as you take their keys. It is also not all right to say that they are going to "drink anyway" so why don't we allow them to do it with our supervision. Research shows that adolescents' brains are wired to engage in more risky behaviors. When they are presented with the opportunity to take risks they will. When students engage in drinking they are not only at risk of alcohol poisoning but serious injury, violence, sexual assault or rape, and death. Without clear rules, expectations and supervision adolescents will continue to take risks. They need the adults in their lives to do this. They don't need the adults in their lives to be their friends.


As a school community, we care deeply about our students. We also know that teenagers can make poor decisions and we are here to support them as they face the consequences when they make mistakes. Recently, a 17 year old student told me that when her friends drink they are more afraid of the school consequences if they get caught than they are of their parents. Our students are getting mixed messages about underage drinking. We know that it takes a partnership between the school and the parents of the community for our students to become successful, healthy and responsible people. As a school we continue to educate our students about the dangers and risks of alcohol (see article below) in health classes. Each year the TMHS PAC sponsors a speaker for our entire student body on the impact of alcohol or drugs. This March we will be having Trevor Ayotte's presentation Wicked Sober. We will also be having the mandatory social host law meeting for all juniors attending the prom and their parent on March 1, 2018 at 7:00pm. Both the District Attorney Marian Ryan and Tewksbury Police Chief Tim Sheehan will speak on the dangers of underage drinking the social host law.


There needs to be a commitment by the entire community to change the current narrative of acceptance of underage drinking. Our kids need us to.

Health Class Unit on Alcohol and Addiction

The freshman class is working on the alcohol/addiction unit right now. During our first class we discussed the effects alcohol has on the body and brain, as well as what a standard drink is, and how many drinks affect your Blood Alcohol Content. On the second class day, we built on that knowledge and discussed the risks for driving under the influence of alcohol, alternatives for drinking and driving (such as using Uber, a Designated Driver, making a plan BEFORE alcohol is involved, and calling someone you trust if you had to for a ride). Then we talked about why people drink and drive even though they heard this all before at some point. One of the biggest influences for people is that they don't believe it will happen to them. So that's where we took the lesson next...students wrote newspaper articles which featured themselves as the drunk driver. They had to talk about how it happened, how they were caught, and what their BAC was at the time. Then Officer Pratt came to our classes and discussed procedures for field sobriety tests, students used the "drunk goggles" to simulate how a persons motor skills, and perceptions might impact these tests. Officer Pratt also discussed many legal implications associated with drugs/alcohol/traffic violations etc. Students were given the opportunity to ask any questions they had about the law and other situations. When we come back to school next week students will be working with their drunk driving articles some more. They will have to discuss and write about how it feels to know the article was in the paper, and that their peers, neighbors, and teachers have read it. This is meant to simulate what a person might feel when they make the mistake of drinking and driving. They will also be given a "sentence" for their DUI by me and then they will need to reflect on how the implication of the sentence may affect their long term goals which we wrote about back in September. Will they be put on hold, will they be impossible, etc, basically they will have to take a look at how their choices may affect their goals.

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Information on Vaping

Please see the flyer, from our School Nurse Jessica McClellan, with information about the dangers of vaping.
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Senior Project Video

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there was an informational meeting for senior parents about the senior project option for all seniors during fourth quarter. Here is a video that includes the information. Click here for overview of TMHS Senior Project.

SADD Club and National Honor Society Join Forces to Help Children this Holiday Season!

SADD, with the help of the National Honor Society, ran another successful gift drive to benefit the residents of the Nashua Children's Home. We were able to provide presents for 42 children ages 10-19 who otherwise would have had nothing. Each child received gifts and their own personal stocking, complete with their name and stuffed with goodies. We want to thank the entire TMHS community for rising to the occasion, and helping to make the holidays a bit brighter for those less fortunate!"

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Guidance News

Seniors: Sixty percent of the graduating class have applied to colleges at this time. Students who haven’t submitted their applications are encouraged to meet with their counselor to set up a mailing date. It is important to note that there are many schools that have deadlines of January 1st, January 15th, and February 1st.


All senior students should be checking weekly for available scholarship opportunities. Scholarship information can be found on the Guidance webpage, on their Naviance accounts, and in the career center. After the New Year, the guidance office receives information on many available scholarship opportunities. We highly recommend that students are checking weekly to see what is new.


The PSAT results have been released by CollegeBoard. Students can access their scores electronically by logging into their CollgeBoard accounts. Paper copies of the score reports are available in Guidance for students to pick up before or after school. Khan academy has partnered with CollegeBoard to provide free SAT preparation. Students may access the SAT prep via their CollegeBoard account.


Junior students are encouraged to begin thinking about their post-graduate plans. February and April vacations are ideal to visit college campuses while they are fully operational. We highly recommend that students sign up for an informational tour and ask lots of questions to gain insight into the school they are visiting. The Junior Parent Breakfast and junior assembly are scheduled for February 2nd. The parent breakfast will start at 7:45am. Information will be emailed to all parents in January.

Fine and Performing Arts Department

Art News

The Fine and Performing Arts classes Literacy tree made in conjunction with Mrs. E and the Larrabee Library has been on display the month of December. This year’s tree was based upon “Gingerbread Christmas”, a children’s holiday book written and illustrated by Jan Brett. Thank you to our talented contributing artists on a job well done!


The Tewksbury Education Foundation hosted a holiday season fundraiser at Barnes and Noble in Burlington, MA on Saturday, December 2nd all day. All district art teachers had student work on display. Thank you to parent member, Danielle Clark for all of her hard work organizing. The day was a great success!


The school recently opened a new gallery space for the amazing artwork created by our art students. It is located in the cafetaria and features all kinds of work from monochromatic paintings to paper orbs. It is a sneak peek into what the art show will look like this year.


Ms. Arnold’s Senior Art Studio recently submitted work to the Scholastic Art Awards. Fingers crossed!

Music News

Congratulations to Ms. Ware and the TMHS Band & Chorus for an excellent performance at their Winter Concert!The event was held at the high school on December 14th in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center. The ensembles performed many holiday-themed songs that set a festive tone for the season. Ms. Ware also took the groups Christmas Caroling on December 20th. They first went to the Heatherwood Retirement Community. There, they met the Wynn Middle School band and performed several famous Christmas Carols for the residents that attended. The Wynn Middle School was the next destination for the groups. The TMHS and Wynn bands performed at lunch, while the chorus went to the 8th grade classrooms to sing their songs. Finally, they performed without the Wynn’s band at Bayberry Senior Living Community. It was a day full of Christmas spirit!

TMHS Theater Company

The TMHS Theater Company is busy preparing for the Spring musical Jekyll & Hyde to be held April 26-28th at TMHS. Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. Please note the show is PG-13.

Yearbook Update

Surprise your son or daughter with a Recognition Ad. Find your favorite photo from their childhood! This is a fun section of our yearbook and your son or daughter will be surprised when they open their yearbook and see a message from you letting them know how proud you are of all their accomplishments. The proceeds help us to pay for the yearbooks. If you would like to have a Recognition Ad in the yearbook, these ads can be created for your student right on the Jostens website. The website is www.jostens.com/yearbookads The deadline for Recognition Ads is January 31, 2018.


Yearbooks can be ordered online at jostensyearbooks.com. The price is $65 until the end of December. This price will increase to $70 on January 1, 2018. So order now! If you would like to pay by personal check, checks may be made out to TMHS Yearbook and submitted to Mrs. Sullivan in Room A103.


Any questions, please email: ssullivan@tewksbury.k12.ma.us

Tewksbury Memorial High School Athletic Awards

MVC ALL STAR AWARDS

2017-2018


Fall Cheerleading - Brenna Kaiser’19 and Sara Clapp’18

Coach - Ashley Maddaleni


Boys Cross Country - Patrick Carleton’18, Alec Hirtle’18, and Casey Ryan’19

Coach - Peter Fortunato


Girls Cross Country - McKenzie Clark’20 and Devyn Veits’19

Coach - Peter Molloy


Field Hockey - Lauren VanGorder’18, Hannah Knoops’19, and Jessica Caredeo’19

Coach - Pat Ryser


Football - George (William) Matovu’18, Nolan Kavanaugh’18, Shane Darrigo’18,

and Zachery Frontain’18

Coach - Brian Aylward


Golf - Cameron Grace’19 and Garrett Lane’18

Coach - James Sullivan


Boys Soccer - N/A

Coach - Chris Burns


Girls Soccer - Marissa Ladderbush’19 and Jennifer Lerman’18

Coach - Samantha Tavantzis


Swimming - Hannah McKenna (Methuen), Kyra Donahue (Methuen),

and Quang Vu (Methuen)

Coach - Jason Smith


Volleyball - Allison Wild’20

Coach - Allison Luppi



MVC ALL CONFERENCE AWARDS

2017-2018


Fall Cheerleading - Samantha Schultz’18

Coach - Ashley Maddaleni


Boys Cross Country - Joseph Forest’18

Coach - Peter Fortunato


Girls Cross Country - Girls Rachel Sessa’18, Makayla Paige’21, Holly O’Leary’18,

and Lily Robinson’19

Coach - Peter Molloy


Field Hockey - Allison Couillard’18

Coach - Pat Ryser


Football - Justin Rosberg’18, Blake Hiltz’18, Masyn Lorick’18, Brandon Winn’18,

James (Jay) Connolly’19, and Braden Hiltz’18

Coach - Brian Aylward


Golf - Ben McKay’18

Coach - James Sullivan


Boys Soccer - Ronald Florino’19

Coach - Chris Burns


Girls Soccer - Haley Mignon’19

Coach - Samantha Tavantzis


Swimming - Kara Davidson (Methuen)

Coach - Jason Smith


Volleyball - Brooke Lamothe’18

Coach - Allison Luppi

Calendar of Events

January

1 No School—New Year's Day

2 School Reopens

2 Senior Project Applications Available

8-31 International Club Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive

15 No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

18 Hats Off Luncheon 12:15pm

19 Admin Chat 7:30am

25 Half Day - Teacher Workshop

29 School Council 4:00pm

Tewksbury Tribune

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Tewksbury Tribune online school newspaper is back! Go to: www.tewksburytribune.com to read all the school news that's fit to print!

Music News

Congratulations to Ms. Ware and the TMHS Band & Chorus for an excellent performance at their Winter Concert! The event was held at the high school on December 14th in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center. The ensembles performed many holiday-themed songs that set a festive tone for the season. Ms. Ware also took the groups Christmas Caroling on December 20th. They first went to the Heatherwood Retirement Community. There, they met the Wynn Middle School band and performed several famous Christmas Carols for the residents that attended. The Wynn Middle School was the next destination for the groups. The TMHS and Wynn bands performed at lunch, while the chorus went to the 8th grade classrooms to sing their songs. Finally, they performed without the Wynn’s band at Bayberry Senior Living Community. It was a day full of Christmas spirit!