Tiger Tribune

White Plains High School Principal's Newsletter

Winter 2021 Edition

From the Principal

Dear Tiger Families,

We are now 2 weeks into the second semester and I am encouraged on a daily basis by the commitment to excellence demonstrated by our students. I want remind our families that our School Counselors continue to work with students on their course selections for the 2021-2022 school year. We encourage parents to have conversations with your child regarding their academic interests and course options for the 2021-2022 school year.

The National School Counseling Week 2021 was Feb. 1–5, 2021. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s).

I want to thank all of our WPHS Families for the continued support of all the amazing things happening in the Arts, Athletics, and Academics!

Please remember the importance of wearing a face covering properly, covering both the mouth and the nose, practicing good hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing when possible, and avoiding contact with anyone who is sick. These practices all work to limit the spread of contagious illness. For more specific guidance on travel and quarantine restrictions please refer to the holiday travel links below:

CDC Travel Guidelines

NYS Travel Restrictions

Please continue to follow our school Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the month.


Emerly A. Martinez



Poetry Out Loud Competition

Congratulations to this year's Poetry Out Loud contestants and winners:

• Taryn Nichol (9)

• Cristina Hill (10)

• Damaris Morocho (10)

• Genesis Quituisaca (10)

• Zaida Rio Polanco* (11) RUNNER-UP

• Nathaniel Fields (12) WINNER: WPHS CHAMP 2020!

*Current NYS Champ

WPHS will be sending Nathaniel and Zaida to the regionals against Westchester County and NYC contestants, which will be held sometime in February-March. WPHS has been the county winners the past 3 consecutive years!


In-Person Learning

We are asking families who are not sending their child to school for in-person learning to please move to "fully virtual." This is important so that we can accommodate families that would like to have their child participate in the Silver or Gold Cohorts. Please contact your child's House Administrator to confirm your status if your child is attending "Present Virtually" daily.


Science Research News

The annual Westchester-Rockland Junior Science & Humanities Symposium took place on January 30, 2021. Over 300 Science Research students participated in today's fair, representing 36 high schools in the Westchester and Rockland counties.

Students in the "Local" speaker category presented a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation of their final research project to 2-4 judges in their breakout room. They competed with 4-5 other Science Research students in their room and were awarded 1st and 2nd place based on rubric scores. Students in the "Regional" speaker category presented a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation of their final research project to 2-4 judges in their breakout room. They competed with 10-11 other Science Research students in their room and were awarded 1st-5th place based on judge deliberation. Students in the Regional speaker category who placed 3rd and 4th are eligible to virtually present their Poster presentations at the Albany JSHS competition which will be held on March 10th & 11th. Students in the Regional speaker category who placed 1st and 2nd are eligible to virtually present their PowerPoint presentations at the Albany JSHS competition, and may qualify to participate in the National JSHS.

we are #WPProud to report that WPHS had six 6 participants win awards! Please join me in congratulating the following seniors:

Local Speakers:

2nd Place in Cellular/Molecular Biology III (PM): Amanda Mondschein

1st Place in Earth and Environmental Science III (PM): Sydney Lonker

Regional Speakers:

5th Place in Medicine and Health II: Sakshi Gawde

4th Place in Neurology/Genetics I: Samantha Martinez

4th Place in Physical Science I: Catherine Stanton

1st Place in Cellular/Molecular Biology I: Lauren Azrin

Congratulations to all!

Senior Events

We are beginning to plan for the traditional culminating events for our seniors in non-traditional ways with outdoor events! We will be sharing more information in the coming months as the plans become more developed. WPHS is committed to ensuring we celebrate the Class of 2021 in an amazing and safe manner.




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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!

The PTA reached 60% of our annual membership goal in October!! They are now over 235 members strong!!!

Let’s keep it going--if you haven't signed up yet you still have time.

Follow this link for membership information.


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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.