TMHS Principal's Newsletter
From the Desk of Kristen S. Vogel
This morning as I was driving to work, I listened to a a TED talk on TED Radio Hour on National Pubic Radio. The interview was with Julie Lythcott-Haims, who is a former freshman Dean of Students at Stanford University. Julie uses humor and experience to address overparenting in America. She also offers great insight and suggestions for parents of adolescents. She reminds us that our children are not "bonsai trees" who can be pruned and nurtured into what we want them to be. Our job is to provide structure, love and support to high school graduation and then they will decide their college, major and career- what they want to be. I hope you will take 12 minutes to listen to her interview. She wlll make you laugh and think about our roles as parents.
Access to the High School
Over the past two months we have been engaged in reviewing the access of all of our school buildings in Tewksbury. At the high school, we are able to lock all of our doors and have a check in system for visitors. However at arrival, students were able to enter the building using three different entrances. In order to control access to the high school before school starts, the front doors at the Main Entrance are the only doors that are open. They will be unlocked at 6:45am. Students will not be able to access the school building before that time in the morning. When students arrive to school they will enter the building only through the Main Entrance. When you arrive at the high school to drop off something or to attend a meeting, you will be asked by the secretaries, even if they recognize you, what your reason is for entering the building. This is a protocol that is being put in place at all the school buildings as a school security measure.
Also, after school students should only be in the building or on campus with a purpose. Students who are staying for extra help, clubs, activities or athletics are the only students who should be on campus. We will be gating off access to the classroom areas of the school building starting at 3pm as another way for us to limit access during the after school hours.
TMHS Invades Iceland
Over April vacation, twelve TMHS students went on an international trip to Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice, sponsored by the science department. Ms. Barnett and Ms. O’Hare led the team of students on an action packed adventure of a lifetime! We took an overnight flight from Boston to Reykjavik and upon landing immediately started the fun. We had breakfast at a Viking museum, toured some traditional Icelandic houses, and did a walking tour of downtown Reykjavik.
Day two and three we traveled the “Golden Circle”, which included Hvolsvollur, Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss, Skogarfoss glacier, and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The glacier hike was amazing as we donned harnesses, crampons, icepicks, and we all hiked from the bottom of the glacial morraine lake to the top of the glacier...in the pouring rain. Our guides took great care of us and we all made it to the top and back down again with many great memories to share.
We visited an Icelandic horse farm and got a demo of their special gait called a “tolt”, tasted tomatoes grown in a hydrothermal greenhouse, and visited a geothermal electric power plant (Iceland is the most “green” country in Europe). Of course, no trip to Iceland would be complete without visiting the Lava Museum and the National Heritage Museum. We then headed back to the capital city of Reykjavik, had some free time to discover the downtown (and of course shop), and went swimming in the rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Congratulations to Emma Pereira and Michael Bajdek, members of the Class of 2018, who have been nominated for the Tewksbury Rotary Club April 2018 Hats Off Award. The students will be honored at a Rotary Club Luncheon to be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Tewksbury Country Club.
Hat’s Off is a joint initiative of the Tewksbury Rotary Club and Tewksbury Memorial High School. 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.
Calendar Change Due to Weather Waiver
Friday, May 25, previously scheduled as an early release day for students will now be a full day of school operating on the regular school day schedule.
Last day of school is Friday, June 22 , early release day.
Final Exam Schedules
Senior final exams will begin on May 21. Seniors will only come in at the times they have a scheduled final exam.
Underclassmen final exams will take place starting on June 18. We will schedule seven exam blocks. Students will only need to be present on the exam days when they have an exam. However, we have scheduled extra help sessions before and after the exam times each day. If a student misses an exam due to illness, there are also make up exam times scheduled each day.
Who says AP classes have to be intense????? BELOW: AP Psychology class doing a cupcake review to prep for the upcoming exam. Answer all the questions, then you can eat your cupcake! Yum!
In March guidance counselors met with students in Grades 9-12 to review post-graduate plans and course selections for next year. This extremely important appointment allows the guidance counselors to understand how to better advise students as they progress through the high school.
On Tuesday, April 10, the guidance department hosted a Career Day for our junior students. We were pleased that the following professionals took time out of their busy schedules to meet with our students:
Victoria Gordon: MSCPA - Ecology / Wildlife Rescue
Karen Sawyer: Lowell General Hospital – Nursing
Connor Sullivan: Lowell Spinners – Sports Management and Marketing
John Vogel: Department of Child and Family Services – Social Work
Paul Vogel: - Engineering
David Robertson: MA State House - Government and Law
Haley Cipolla: Zudy – Graphic Design
William Sullivan: Rockland Trust – Business / Finance
Kevin Willett: UML Professor / Retired CFO Washington Savings Bank – Business/Finance
Courtney Spinelli (TMHS Grad): Fox 25 News – Media
Emily Niles (TMHS Grad): Tewksbury Public Schools - Learning and Education
Christopher Doonan: Doonan Architects – Architecture
Shad Hansen: Monadnock Community Hospital – Physical Therapy
Jennifer Merrill: Tewksbury Public Schools – Physical Therapy
Gail Bliss: Tewksbury Public Schools – Occupational Therapy
Officer Doug Pratt: Tewksbury Police Department – Safety Resource Officer
Representatives from various branches of the military were also present.
Guidance counselors are currently holding junior visits to assist students in beginning their post- graduate plans. Counselors will provide students with an informational guide to assist families in preparing for life after high school. Please take a few moments to review this guide for tips on the Common Application, interviewing with college representatives, NCAA requirements, SAT information and more.
Please visit the guidance webpage for important updates and information. Information on volunteer / employment opportunities, new degree programs, or interesting facts about colleges can be found on the links located on the right side of the guidance homepage. If your child is interested in enrichment programs offered at local colleges, click the link for outside summer programs.
As May quickly approaches and seniors are finalizing their college plans please remember that it is essential that students identify the college they plan to attend next fall. This information is needed for guidance counselors to forward the final transcript on behalf of the students. Students will log the information in the binder located on Mrs. Whitehouse’s desk.
Searching for scholarships is an ongoing process. Please remember that some employers provide scholarships for employee dependents. Students should remember that there are also scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, which can be utilized while you are attending college. Don’t forget to check your school’s website for the location of available scholarships. Most colleges open scholarship applications after the first semester.
Senior Awards and Scholarship Night - Thursday, May 24 at 6:30pm
The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30pm with a reception in the cafeteria to follow. All recipients will receive a mailed invitation to their homes. Please be advised, occasionally one or more of our generous donors inform the Guidance department of their recipient selection close to celebration. When this occurs, please note we will make sure that the student is personally handed an invitation to the event.
Summer Paid Internships
TMHS is pleased to share that Thermo Fisher Scientific and Cadence Design Systems are planning to offer a limited amount of paid internship opportunities for area high school students interested in STEM Careers. Since these opportunities are highly competitive, we have partnered with the Greater Lowell Workforce Board and Thermo Fisher to prepare interested students. On Tuesday, May 1, we will be co-facilitating a resume-writing workshop with representatives from Thermo Fisher. On Wednesday, May 9, the Greater Lowell Workforce Board will facilitate an interview skills workshop with area employers. Students interested in pursuing the internship opportunities should register in Guidance beginning Friday, April 13. We will provide additional updates on application submission when we receive additional information from each company.
On Thursday, May 3 from 8:15-9:45am the guidance department will be hosting the 8th annual College Fair for junior students. Between 70 and 80 institutions participate in this event for our junior students. Please visit the junior page on our website for an updated list of schools and organizations that will be in attendance. To access information about specific degrees offered and extra-curricular opportunities, students may click on a school to arrive at the school's website. To assist students in meeting with schools of interest, we have organized the fair in alphabetical order with the institutions beginning with A on the left hand side of the gym.
The New England Association for College Admissions Counseling is also hosting many local college fairs. These are wonderful events for students and families to attend this spring. Please visit http://www.neacac.org/2018-spring-fair-schedule for host sites, dates, and participating colleges and universities.
World Language Culture Fair 2018
During the week of April 3 the World Language Department celebrated Multicultural Week. On Tuesday, we held a Culture Fair open to students and the community. Spanish 3 students all chose a cultural topic they wanted to research further and presented an interactive display on the topic during our fair. These presentations reflected students' class presentations and a paper written fully in Spanish on the topic.
Also at the Culture Fair, French 4 Honors and Spanish 4 Honors students chose an artist to report on. They included the biography and works of that artist and were very knowledgeable as parents walked around asking students to teach them about the artist they chose.
Two French students even gave guided tours through a mini impressionist gallery every 15 minutes, while Latin students gave toga demonstrations!
The World Language Department would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the parents, siblings, friends and community members who came out in support of our students!
International Club News
On April 21 our town celebrated Earth Day by organizing volunteers for clean up and beautification of several public areas. Our students spent the day cleaning up the Shawsheen Launch site, a place where people can fish, go kayaking or have a picnic.
Academic Excellence Award Ceremony
TMHS will applaud the Class of 2018 members who are graduating with honors at an award ceremony planned for Wednesday, May 23 at 1:00pm in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center. Academic Excellence is awarded to senior graduates who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. There are three levels of distinction: cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude. Our awarded seniors will be presented with their medals at this ceremony. Additionally, they will once again don the medals of honor at the graduation ceremony and will be recognized in the 2018 TMHS Commencement Program. Our goal is to proudly recognize the many graduating seniors that have admirably achieved academic success at TMHS.
TMHS will also recognize those students qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy with a certificate, medal, and cord to wear at graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy is a national movement to recognize high school students who have achieved by the time of graduation proficiency in two or more languages. The MA seal was signed into law on November 22, 2017 and the Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) is running a pilot program, currently in its third year and including more than 70 districts across Massachusetts. Tewksbury Public Schools has joined the districts piloting this program and anticipates awarding graduating seniors with this prestigious seal this year. In order to be a recipient students must attain proficiency level in standardized tests such as the AP, AAPPL, STAMP, MCAS, and ACCESS.
Senior Graduation Information
83rd Commencement Exercises - Friday, June 1 at 6:00pm in TMHS Gymnasium
An email has been sent to all seniors' school email to register for graduation tickets. If you do not receive it, check your spam folder. Tickets will be issued to each senior by Eventbrite (an eTicket service). Each senior will be allotted up to four tickets for guests due to the limited space in the gymnasium. If more tickets are needed, you may request up to four additional tickets via the eTicket service. These tickets are not guaranteed. Any additional tickets may be requested via a waiting list. Please contact Mr. O'Leary, Assistant Principal, (email@example.com) with any questions regarding tickets.
Fine and Performing Arts Department News
Jekyll and Hyde PG-13
Ms. Ware, Ms. Scarpa, and students from the Fine Arts and Performing Arts department have been all abuzz with the preparation for their upcoming musical. Ms. Ware has been hard at work to make her dreams of putting on this show come true. Ms. Scarpa has also been working diligently with the student-actors. This is a difficult show to perform and everyone in the TMHS Theatre Company has put a great deal of effort into making it as spectacular as can be. Special thanks to our Theater dads Mr. Dave Crepeau and Mr. Dave Nugent who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the amazing set for Jekyll and Hyde. (Right: Jason Benitez (senior) and Kayla McCaigue (senior) working on a banner for Jeckyll & Hyde.)
34th Annual Tewksbury District Art Show
Featuring Art Students K-12
Friday, May 4, 2018
6:30-7:30pm TMHS Band & Chorus Concert
Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center
7-9:00pm Public Showing of Art Exhibit
Saturday, May 5, 2018
10:00am-2:00pm Public Showing of Art Exhibit
Calendar of Events
3 Full Day
3 Job Fair 8:15am-9:45am
3 Junior College Fair 8:15am-9:45am
4 Art Show 7-9:00pm
4 Band & Chorus Concert 6:30-7:30pm
5 Art Show 10:00am-2:00pm
7 AP Chem Exam 8:00am
7 AP Psych Exam 12:00pm
8 AP Spanish Exam 8:00am
8 AP Art History Exam 12:00pm
9 AP English Lit Exam 8:00am
10 AP US Govt & Politics Exam 8:00am
11 AP US History Exam 8:00am
14 AP Bio Exam 8:00am
15 AP Calc Exam 8:00am
17 AP Stats Exam 12:00pm
17 Hats Off Luncheon 12:15pm TCC
18 AP Microeconomics Exam 8:00am
18 AP Party 1:00pm in Cafeteria
18 Last Full Day for Seniors
21 Senior Exams: A and B
21 Progress Reports Available
22 Senior Exams: C and D
23 Senior Exams: E and F
23 MCAS Math
23 Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony 1:00pm
23 Dance Team Show TBD
24 Senior Exams: G and Make Ups
24 MCAS Math
24 Scholarship & Awards Night 6:30pm
25 Full Day
25 Senior Project Exhibition 8-10:30am
28 No School - Memorial Day
29 Cap & Gown Pick Up 8-10:30am School Store
29 Promenade 3:30-4:30pm
29 Senior Prom at Danversport Yacht Club 6-10:00pm
30 Senior Kimball Farm Outing, Westford 10:00am2:00pm
30 Cap & Gown Pick Up 8-10:30am School Store
31 May Senior Brunch at TCC 10:00am-2:00pm