Spring 2023 Edition
Dear White Plains High School Community,
I hope this newsletter finds you all well as we enter the spring of 2023. This school year has been full of growth, resilience, and perseverance. I am proud of each and every one of our students, teachers, and staff members for their hard work and dedication.
As we head into the final stretch of the school year, I want to remind everyone to stay focused and continue to work hard. There are still important assignments, exams, and projects to complete, and it is crucial that we finish the year strong.
Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and I am excited to see what the remainder of the school year will bring. We have some exciting events and initiatives planned for the coming months, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of them with you!
I want to thank all of our students, parents, and staff members for their hard work and dedication throughout the school year. Let's continue to work together to make the most of the remaining months of the year and finish strong.
Principal, White Plains High School
WPHS Celebrates our Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Click here for more information about our Val and Sal!
WPHS "Pop-Up" Holocaust Museum
White Plains High School partnered with the Common Circles to create a unique experience for our students that included a message of inclusivity, acceptance, and learning from the past. The We Are White Plains Exhibit was experienced by our entire school community during the month of March and April. We are grateful to have been the first High School in the country to have such a comprehensive approach to learning about the holocausts, antisemitism & hate, and tolerance. Please read more here.
WPHS Goes to Boston!
The students in the Presentational Speaking and Service Learning classes attended the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Boston on Thursday to learn how a bill gets passed in the Senate. Students participated in a series of workshops designed to illustrate the complex process of getting a bill approved. Then they took on the role of a senator and delivered informed arguments for or against the voting rights bill.
National Honor Society Induction
The White Plains High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 166 Juniors this month! Both Seniors and Juniors contributed to over 20,000 Hours of Service to the community this year!
Cafe y Conversaciones Mayo 4 a las 7am
Aplicando a la Universidado en las College & Career Center (Span Only)
College Essay Writing Workshop
Attention Juniors: College Essay Writing Workshop
This 4-day workshop will provide supplemental support to rising seniors on writing the college essay. Direct classroom instruction, following a specific curriculum in a structured setting, should lead to higher quality essays that are ready to be submitted well before the early admissions deadlines.
Who is Eligible?
- Rising seniors who attended the informational session
- Students who complete the application for the workshop (linked below)
- Goal to matriculate to a four-year college in the fall 2024
- Strong record of school attendance
- Committed to all 8 hours of the institute
College Essay Writing Summer Workshop
The program will provide students with 8 hours of classroom instruction on the college essay and will help students complete their college essay including:
· How do I know which topic to choose?
· How should I structure my essay?
· Should I write about X in my essay?
· Who should I ask to get help revising my essay? And when?
· How do I know if my essay is ready to submit?
Students should apply using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/XjN2Rp7mSr
Trades Fair May 18th at Lunch in the College and Career Center
HBCU Panel at Lunch in the College and Career Center Wednesday, May 24th
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States primarily serving African American Students. At this session students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from graduates and active alumni from several HBCU's. The presenters will be discussing the HBCU experience which will include but will not be limited to the academic, social, and cultural experience and the benefit of attending a HBCU. Any questions, please reach out to your school counselor. This panel will run every lunch period.
WPHS Destination Day April 28th
We will be celebrating our seniors by wearing our college swag! All seniors are encouraged to wear swag to represent their post secondary plans!
During Tiger Community time please, the counselors will be in the College and Career Center where there will be some activities for the seniors to participate in! All seniors are encouraged to come by and get a treat and celebrate their achievements!
Course Letters for Next School Year
All students course requests will be sent home in mid-May. Parents and students should review the course requests in the letter. If there are any changes that need to be made, please reach out to your students counselor.
Planning for the Future
In 2018, the White Plains City School District embarked on a process to develop a Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. A facilities master plan attempts to measure the future needs of the district and considers the current state of each of our district school’s buildings as well as potential maintenance and or student/staff needs.
This plan was accepted by the Board of Education in early 2022. The plan outlined the district’s vision for its classrooms and buildings, defining our dreams and our needs and guiding our planning and improvements for the future.
In March 2022, the Phase 1 Recommendations, which included a Capital Bond Proposal for the voters at May's Budget Vote, was accepted. The Capital Bond proposal included the construction of a new addition on the campus of White Plains High School that would include new Career and Technical Education Programs and other innovative facilities for existing program growth and expansion.
Learn more by reading a great article by Amber Lau of The Orange Student Newspaper.
WPHS Varsity Girls Basketball Amazing Season
The Varsity Girls Basketball Team had a phenomenal season, which led them to clinch the Section 1 Championship. The Tigers continued their success, which got them to the state finals! We're super #WPProud of Coach Benji Carter and the girls for all their efforts. Click here for more!
Class of 2023 Important Information
Prom Date - June 1, 2023, at 6:00 pm
Greentree Country Club, New Rochelle, NY
Tickets for Prom Night – Class of 2023 will go on sale on April 24, 2023 thru May 5, 2023. The tickets can be purchased in the Atrium during 5th, 6th, and 7th periods.
Price for tickets- $85 – CASH ONLY
Senior Awards Night
Senior Awards Night – May 23, 2023, at 6:00 pm – High School Auditorium
The Senior Breakfast will be held on June 8, 2023. Time: TBD
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 1986-87.