Tiger Tribune

White Plains High School Principal's Newsletter

November 2021

From the Principal

Dear Tiger Families,


It is hard to believe that we are more than one quarter of the way through the 2021-2022 school year already. At this point into the second quarter, students should be into well established routines with their classes. Parents should take the time to discuss grades with their child, and develop a plan on ways to do even better than the first quarter.


As the weather begins to quickly shift from fall to winter in the coming weeks, it reminds us of the holiday season, which begins this week with Thanksgiving. This time of year is focused on family, gratitude, and a spirit of caring. We are grateful for the hard work that our custodians, support staff, and faculty do to ensure our students have a great experience here at WPHS. We are also grateful for the continued support of our families and PTA, who consistently step up and support the work that we do! Finally, we are fortunate to have students that work hard, care for others, and challenge all of us to be better on a daily basis.


We want to thank you for your continued support and partnership with our common goal of your child's success in the 2021-2022 school year.


Respectfully,


Emerly A. Martinez

Principal

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Attendance and Lateness to Class

Please discuss with your child the importance of attending class and arriving to class on time daily. If your child is late to class they are missing instruction. Cutting will be addressed by your child's House Administrator. Reminder that students who are tardy three times from a class could result in an afterschool detention. Please speak to your child's teacher or House Administrator if there is a specific concern.

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School Climate and Expectations

This fall we have made some strides in helping our Tigers with reacclimating to our school expectations. We have taken the following steps:


  • The High School Administration visited classrooms to discuss behavior and the Code of Conduct with our Freshmen and Sophomores in October.
  • We have increase our Security support to monitor bathrooms, stairwells, and halls.
  • Administration continues to address individual students who need additional supports to assist with adherence to the Code of Conduct.


Supporting our Students Social-emotional Well-being:


The past two weeks our School Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists have partnered to have discussions with our Freshmen and Sophomores on the topics of:


  • Managing Conflicts with Peers
  • The Dangers of Social Media
  • What supports are available and how to access them


Student Survey

This past week students participated in a survey seeking their input with regards to the school environment and personal experiences. This information will be helpful as we move forward with providing ALL students a welcoming and affirming school environment.

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WPHS Athletics

Congratulations to our first three Seniors who have committed to play in Division Sports programs.

WPHS Swim & Dive State Championships

White Plains has a State Champion in Two events! Alexa Reyna has set a new school and Section record in the 200 freestyle. Alexa didn't stop there. She then swam to a new school, section and STATE record in the 500 freestyle. Alexa is an All-American in both events. Salma Reyna, Krystin Casellas, Grace Hricay and Saskia Aikman finished 9th in the 200 medley. Alexa Reyna, Krystin Casellas, Grace Hricay and Saskia Aikman placed 8th in 200 free relay. Freshman Saskia Aikman finished 9th in the 50 free. We're beyond #WPProud of these Lady Tigers!

LoHud Article

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WPHS Guidance Team Honored by LUCA!

The WPHS Guidance Department is being recognized as a Partnership Honoree by the nonprofit organization Latino U College Access (LUCA) for our support of educational equity. WPHS and Latino U College Access have been partners since 2015! LUCA and the Guidance Department partner in guiding first-generation college Latino students and families as they pursue higher education - from college exploration to graduation and into thriving careers. WPHS received a $30,000 grant with the support of State Assemblymen Chris Burdick to support our partnership with Latino U!

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Free Breakfast and Lunch at WPHS!

USDA Announces Meals at No Charge for ALL Students!


The Food and Nutrition Program will once again provide nutritious BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEALS FREE OF CHARGE FOR ALL STUDENTS!


Click here for Food Services Department and Benefits Form.

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WPHS PTA Corner

Parents be sure to join the PTA!

The PTA provides support to our school community in a variety of ways, such as grants, staff appreciation, and scholarships!


Follow this link for membership information.

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Useful Links

White Plains HS

White Plains High School, located on a beautiful 75-acre campus, offers almost 400 courses to ninth through twelfth graders. The district takes great pride in the school's rich diversity, unique breadth of educational opportunity, impressive facilities and highly qualified staff.


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.