What are you doing after school?
September 21, 2018
Today’s newsletter is dedicated to getting involved in school! We have so many opportunities for students to explore interest areas that go beyond the classroom and athletic fields. A quick review of recent National Honor Society inductees demonstrates that being engaged in your school community contributes to academic success. Check out these stats:
*84% of inductees were involved in our athletic program.
*48% of inductees were involved in our music program.
*41% of inductees were on our math league team.
*61% are members of one of our community service clubs
*79% are involved in two or more activities.
*100% have or are participating in an extracurricular activity.
The message is simple- there is an activity for everybody, so get involved!! Clubs and activities are forming now! Please make sure to scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for important updates about the school, counseling center, and PTSA membership.
Thomas 2018-2019 Clubs & Activities
Barrel of Monkeys Men's’ Choir:
Webster Thomas Barrel of Monkeys Men’s Choir is a 9-12 non-audition choir where guys of all different musical abilities have the opportunity to grow as musicians and enjoy friendship and harmony. We perform at least three concerts between September and June, featuring a variety of musical styles including pop, jazz & folk. Rehearsals are Thursday mornings from 6:55-7:20 in the chorus room (120). A light breakfast is provided!
Best Buddies is an international organization that is changing the world for people with special needs. The Best Buddies mission is to fight for advocacy and inclusion by creating friendship and leadership opportunities for kids just like us. There are over 200 million people in the world that have some sort of intellectual and/or developmental disability. Students with these disabilities often don't have the same social opportunities as most kids their age, but still, have lots in common with them. Best Buddies forms one to one friendships among students with similar interests. You spend time together inside and outside of the school environment doing things you both enjoy. The goal of Best Buddies is to form friendships, so in efforts to make that happen we will have at least 4 chapter events a year and do all sorts of fun activities together to form bonds. When you join Best Buddies you are not only making a commitment of friendship to another person but you are also helping to take strides to make a more inclusive community for people with differences. By getting involved in our Thomas chapter you are making an impact on not only someone else's life to but also in your own life.
Our first meeting is Thursday September 20th in room 147 from 2:30-3:15¨
This club is open to all Titans and works toward making our community better. This includes the Thomas community, Webster, & the Rochester area. Mr. Craig Johnville and Mrs. Denise Warren are the advisors. See them for more information and opportunities. The C.A.R.E club will meet after school on the 3rd Thursday every month from 2:30-3:15 in the C.A.R.E. room (Feb and April will meet on the 4th Thursday). Students can volunteer their time during their 4th, 5th or 6th lunch/study hall blocks to work on different community service projects. You do not need to attend the after school meetings in order to volunteer during your lunch block. Follow us on Twitter! @TitansCARE
Who: Everyone is welcome (and bring a friend!)
When: Thursdays after school 2:30 - 3:30 beginning 9/20
Where: room 310
Why: Fun ! Challenge your mind!
contact: Mr. Zaleski email@example.com
The Webster Thomas Improv Club meets every Friday after school in Room 111. Come learn the arts of comedy and improvisational acting. It's a great way to end the week!
Computer Science League Club
The club competes in the ACSL (American Computer Science League) and St. Bonaventure, Cornell, Lockheed Martin, and Webster Thomas programming competitions. Information about the club will be shared on the morning news beginning in October.
Creative Writing Club and Literary Magazine
At the end of the year, we publish our best works of literature and art, chosen by a student panel. Experience as a writer is not necessary, just the desire to be creative.
The Thomas Dance Team is a student run team working together to choreograph dances that they perform during half-time at home basketball games. No matter what your dance experience, if you like to have fun and show some school spirit, come check out the Thomas Dance Team. We will have an informational meeting sometime in October and practices usually run 1-2 times a week after school from November - February. For more information stop by Mrs. Hewitt’s room (140) and watch for the dance team performance at the pep rally.
Hey do you live on Earth? Do you breathe in air, eat food, and drink water? Well then Earth, Webster Thomas’s brand new environmental club, may just be the club for you. Earth, Webster Thomas’s environmental club, is a bunch of passionate people working for positive environmental change. Our mission is to discuss, educate, and take action on environmental issues and sustainability in Webster Thomas, our local community, and the world. Through activism we hope to spread awareness and inspire everyone to lead a more conscious, sustainable lifestyle. Another goal of ours is to create policies in our schools and local community as well as promote ones in our state and national government that have a positive environmental impact. Most importantly we’re here to advocate for our Earth, and create a greener future for all.
We are looking for students wishing to make a difference for their world. Our first meeting is after school Thursday September 27th in Mrs. Drury’s room, room 205. Please contact Celia Darling or Mrs. Drury with any questions.
We meet on Friday's after school from 2:30-3:05 in the Field House and play Ultimate Frisbee and Can Jam!
Future Business Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.
FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at 2:45 in Mr Deuschle's Room, 254 (not sure the room number).
The International Club is for students who have an interest in international cultures and current events. The plan for the year will be a variety of events that highlight cultural traditions in Spanish, French and German-speaking countries. Some of these include the German Oktoberfest,“Dia de los muertos”, a German Christmas cookie extravaganza, mardi gras, and foreign film and cuisine nights. Of course, the insight and ideas of the student body will also play a major role in the club and so there will be plenty of opportunities for student-run activities and events. The goal of the club is to encourage students to explore and enjoy learning about other cultures and languages.
*Meetings will be held once a month on dates that will be announced monthly.
*For more information about the club and meetings, please see Mlle. Doores in rm 222.
Key Club is a member club of Kiwanis International, a worldwide organization dedicated to community service and the betterment of lives, especially children’s, around the world. We work closely with a large collection of charities, non-profits, and other organizations in the area to assist them with events that otherwise may not be possible. Our mission is to do as much good and help as many people as we can, and we hope you share our love for service! Our first informational meeting will be held this Monday, September 18 at 2:30 in Mrs. Marchner’s room, 407. For more information on Kiwanis International visit http://www.kiwanis.org/home and to learn more about Key Club check out https://www.keyclub.org/home.aspx.
Link Crew is a student mentoring and leadership program that is open to selected Juniors and Seniors. The application process begins in May for the following school year. Upperclassmen work with Freshmen to welcome them to Webster Thomas High School while supporting them socially and academically during the first semester of school.
Masterminds: The Varsity Sport for Your Brain
What’s a Mastermind you ask?
Do you know the capital city of Senegal?
Can you name all 4 Beatles?
Could you figure out the angles of a 3-4-5 triangle?
Then Masterminds might be the team for you.
Masterminds is a competitive game similar to Jeopardy.
We compete against other schools on teams of 4 at a time.
We meet once a week and compete about once a month.
We have places for all areas of knowlege and all grade levels.
Come by Mr. Christman's room TUESDAY after school to learn more and consider joining.
See Mr. C if you're interested but have a conflict.
Masterminds - Its the varsity sport for your brain.
Come join the fun and mathematical challenges. Math League meets once a month and is open to any student. Please see your math teacher for further information. See the advisers: Mrs. Abel and Mr. Fagan
The Morning News
The Morning News: This Titan Team is available to any student that wishes to be a part of the crew or on-air anchor. Students arrive at 7 am (or as soon as their bus gets to school) Students run the entire production. If you are interested in being a part of the The Morning News Team see Mr. Buttles in room 245.
Mountain Bike Club
Meets Thursdays 3- 4:30. Location: Meet at the Pole Barn and ride as a group to Whiting Rd Trails. Enjoy the great outdoors before the snow falls. We are the Webster Mountain biking club. This group of young people are excited to rip through the trails both in the fall and spring. We are exploring nature and at the same time getting a great workout. Take the opportunity to be at one with nature and still pedal hard while winding through the trails moving over rocks stick and occasional mud. The best part is that we provide the bikes and helmets. Come one come all and experience the thrill of the ride! See Mrs. Pagano in room 130 for all the info and a permission slip.
Music Technology Club
Music Tech Club will provide a wide range of collaborative musical experiences for students interested in combining current music technology with personal musicianship and career goals. This club is designed for students interested in creating loop-based and original compositions and arrangements. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge of existing technology and will have the opportunity to explore digital audio workstations in a lab environment, as well as industry standard sound and light boards in the auditorium. We meet every Thursday after school from 2:30-3:15 in Room 114. If you are interested, see Mr. Piazza in Room 116 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Honor Society
National Honor Society members should demonstrate four qualities- leadership, character, service and scholarship. Juniors are invited by mail to apply for membership if their GPA is 90 or above. Underclassmen can prepare by seeking out opportunities to show their leadership skills, practice good character and keep track of community service that you participate in. Members can expect monthly meetings, regular service projects and to be held in high esteem in your school and community!
The Sparx Robotics Team is starting their 16th season this fall. Each year students design and build a 120 pound robot to compete in a game designed by F.I.R.S.T. Students who are interested in Engineering, Math, Science, Marketing, or Photography should attend our New Student Recruiting meeting on Wednesday, September 19 at 7pm - 8:00 pm in the Thomas South Cafeteria. At this meeting students will hear details about the team, receive the meeting schedule, see past robots and get a chance to talk to students on the team. The Team meets every Wednesday, Sept through Dec, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the South Cafeteria for training before the build season. In October we will compete in the Ruckus, an off season competition right here in Rochester. In January through March the team meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to design and build a robot according to the rules of the 2019 game which will be announced by FIRST on January 5. If you need more information, send an email to David_Schenk@webstercsd.org.
Science Olympiad is a team competition in which students compete in events for gold, silver and bronze medals. These events pertain to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,300 teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. There are multiple levels of competition: invitational, regional, state, and national. In addition, invitational tournaments which serve as practice for regional and state competitions. Teams which excel at the regional competitions advance to the state, and then to the national level. Competing in Science Olympiad is a huge head start in launching a possible career in science and exposing students to the several different fields of science and technology. Competing on the Science Olympiad Team is also a great addition to any college resume. We are looking forward to starting up the team at the end of September.
Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 25th in room 305. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Anne, Mrs. Visca, Mr.Schug or Mr. Schenk.
Even if you have never participated before, this is an excellent way to learn how to ski or snowboard at a discount with friends and advisors nearby. We make 6 trips to Bristol Mountain on Thursday nights. Our trips start on the first Thursday after the New Year and continue for the next 6 weeks. Lessons are available for all levels of skiers and boarders, and are included with all lift packages. Further information will be available by the end of September from Mr. Crombach.
Do YOU have Questions about…Life? Truth? Love? Teen Issues? Family?
Do you ask “Is there a plan for my life, or just good and bad luck?” Have Questions about. . . God, the Bible, Religion, and Their relation to YOU and YOUR SITUATION?
“SHINE” … a student led Faith Discussion Group may be a place for you. All Faiths, Strong Faith, No Faith, “I don’t Know” Faiths are all welcome to share in a respectful uplifting discussion of how to make it through a confusing world. Treats and Snacks always served up with the student conversation. Drop in Fridays after school Room 216. No Membership, specific point of view, or long term commitment required. Hosted by Mr. Christman
Show Choir is a music group whose members are from both Thomas and Schroeder. We are known for our upbeat , energetic performances with singing, dancing, and accompaniment by a live pit band. We practice Mondays after school at Schroeder in the fall and Thomas in the spring. The Show Choir sponsors the Talent Showcase in December which features talent from students in Show Choir, as well as students at both high schools.
Do you want to practice your Spanish or learn some words and phrases? Do you want to have fun with your friends? Do you want to learn more about the Spanish culture? Then Spanish club is for you! We will be planning fun activities such as Spanish dance classes, watching movies, making foods, arts/crafts, playing board games etc. The first informational meeting will be on Thursday 9/27 at 2:30 in room 232!
Speech & Debate
Speech and Debate meets on Tuesdays at 2:45 in Room 220. All are welcome, come at any time! If you are good at public speaking, performing, acting, arguing and/or debating, this is the right team for you! The team competes in local tournaments each month where students participate in a competitive speaking/performance or debate events. If you are a part of our team you can choose to compete individually or as a part of a duo in many different events. Each event is unique because it offers students an opportunity to try different public speaking or debate tactics, find what they like best and excel! By joining Speech and Debate you are joining an nationally acknowledged community. Event skills learned here can easily transfer to college teams too! There is a lot to learn, great friends and a lot to gain by becoming a Speech and Debate team member! Hope to see you soon!
Spring Musical - Cinderella
The Thomas spring musical is an opportunity for students to be involved in the different aspects of the musical theater experience including pit orchestra, stage crew, acting, program/poster design, light and sound, and set construction and painting. We also are committed to making the experience more about the process so that fulfillment not only comes from a great performance, but from an exciting journey of discovery and growth. Auditions for the spring musical are held in November with rehearsals beginning in January. Students wishing to be involved in any aspect of the production are encouraged to talk to a music teacher and/or listen to the morning show for information.
Star Wars Club
We are interested in talking about and watching all things Star Wars. On release years, we always plan a club trip to see the movie. We meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in room 316.
Student council is a club that organizes and runs school-wide events such as spirit week and the pep rally, as well as charity events. The student council works together with its members as well as advisors to bring creative new ideas to annual events.
Mrs. Warner’s email--> Rachael_Warner@webstercsd.org
Mrs. Nieves’s email--> Jennifer_Nieves@webstercsd.org
Mrs. Laracco's email--> Lori_Laracco@webstercsd.orgMeeting Times: Thursdays right after school in room 411 (Mrs. Nieves).
TIES (Together Including Every Student) is a program which promotes the participation of children 8 years of age through young adults with developmental disabilities in extracurricular and community activities, by providing effective support. This support is provided by trained student volunteers in grades 8-12 in the Webster School District. Participants and volunteers join a wide variety of activities, such as programs through Webster Parks and Recreation, arts and crafts classes, sports programs, swimming, after-school activities, intramurals, school of religion, etc. Volunteers attend a 45 minute training session at their school. The time commitment for volunteers is based on the volunteer’s schedule. If you are interested in participating, volunteering or have questions about TIES, please contact Carolyn Maciag, email@example.com, (315)317-6377
The Thomas Titan Trap Club
The Thomas Titan Trap Club is part of the USA High School Clay Target Shooting League.
We shoot every Tuesday from May 19th for 10 weeks in a row.
Focus is always on Safety and Fun over scores.
Our home field is the Outlet Gun Club on Atlantic Avenue in Penfield.
We have room for 25 active participants of all experience levels and abilities. No Expertise or real experience is necessary, just a willingness to try it out, be safe, and take instruction are the only requirements. We even have limited "loaner" equipment for those who don't have the gear yet but want to try.
Listen for announcements for sign up dates.
See Mr. Christman or Mr. Tuchrello for more details.
Tri-M Honor Society
Students must apply and be selected for demonstrating excellence in music, academics, and citizenship. The charge to Tri-M members is to promote music within the school and the community. We meet once a month and plan events, such as Musical Movie Night and Open Mic Night. We have performed at several local nursing homes and have sponsored events during lunch blocks during the month of March, Music In Our Schools month.
TV Pro Club
TV Pro Club is an extension of the Multi Media Communication Systems course.
It's for students who have or are taking the course and enjoy editing videos using Adobe Premiere.
Some videos will be shown on the Morning News.
The club meets every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 in room 245.
See Mrs. Streit in room 247 for more details.
Varsity Radio Club
Do you like Alternative or Indie music?
Are you thinking about a career in communications?
Would you like to hear your voice and favorite music being broadcast out over airwaves and internet on 90.5fm WBER?
If the answer to ANY of these questions is a resounding YES!, then you should consider checking out the WEBSTER VARSITY RADIO CLUB.
**Our informational meeting is Thursday, September 27th at 2:45pm in Mr. Stahl's room, 334 in the back (North) hall at Thomas.
**This is a club for both Thomas and Schroeder students - so spread the word!!!
Video Game Club
Video Game Club is open to everyone. We will meet every Monday after school to play video games. Most members play computer based games, but some bring in their own hand-held devices and video game consoles. If you love playing video games and would like to do it with others who share your passion, this club is for you! See Mr. Callard or Mr. Mykins in the Counseling Center for further details.
Video Game Club's kick-off meeting will be after school, the Monday after Columbus Day. Listen to the Morning Show for further details.
Spectrum Scholarship Recipient
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Europe trip forming...
From the Nurse...
If your child is sick with fever, rash, sorethroat, cough, nausea and vomiting. Please consider keeping your child at home. Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer is encouraged.
if fever is 101.2 or higher they must stay home until fever free for 24 hours without medication. For Strep they must be on an antibiotic for 24hours before returning to school.
looking ahead to Homecoming...
Here are some highlight's of events for homecoming week!! Another great way to get involved and show your Titan pride.
Homecoming Dance- The Homecoming Dance will be on Thursday evening, October 4th from 7-9 pm. Tickets will be $5 and will be on sale throughout Homecoming week.
Student council welcomes any students that are interested in being on our dance committee to help us in our planning and preparation for the dance. We will be having a meeting after school on Tuesday in Mrs. Nieves’s room 411
Homecoming Football Game- Our Homecoming game this year against Schroeder will be a Pink-Out! Pink T-Bird shirts will be available for pre-orders today ONLY during lunches. We had a great response and would love for you to join us. Shirts are $8. Sign up today!
5K Run- Student Council is also looking for volunteers to help with the Run, Walk and Roll 5K to benefit Miracle Field on Sunday September 30th. If you are interested in getting community service hours please sign up in Mrs. Warner's room, 450. Here is a link to register:
Here class by class themes for the week....
Class of 2022 news...
The Class of 2020 Class Dues Letter along with individualized Class Dues slips were distributed in English classes this week.
Save the date for PROM! Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Casa Larga Vineyards
YEA out in the field...
From the Counseling Center...
From the world of Titan Sports...
The boys team beat Greece Odyssey Monday but lost to Irondequoit and Pittsford Sutherland
Top finisher for the boys was Mitchell Carpenter (Thomas) ran a 17:22 and finished in 4th.
Irondequoit 18, Webster Thomas 39
Pittsford Sutherland 27, Webster Thomas 31
Webster Thomas 16, Greece Odyssey 47
The girls team beat all three opponents Greece Odyssey, Irondequoit and Pittsford Sutherland.
Top finishers for the girls were . Lia Kowalski (Thomas) with a time of 20:27 finished 2nd. And Molly O'Brien (Thomas) with a 20:36 finished 4th.
Webster Thomas 23, Irondequoit 36
Webster Thomas 22, Pittsford Sutherland 39
Webster Thomas 15, Greece Odyssey 50
Field Hockey continued their winning ways with a 4-0 victory over ER. Goals were scored by a Kaitlin Jordan 2 (who earned her first and second varsity goal) Leanna Caruso and Brianna Belick added 1 goal each. Abby Suhr recorded her 3rd shutout of the season. The girls will play Irondequoit home tonight at 7pm
The boys lost a close hard fought game with Greece Athena Last Friday. 14-7. The Titans lone touchdown was scored on a punt return by Collin Hill. They travel to Canandaigua this weekend to take on the Braves at Evans field. Kick off is at 2 pm.
Webster girls golf team beat Churchville Chili Monday 57 to 21 at
Mill Creek Par 33. Mikah McDonnell 35 was the top medalist with a 2 over 35
Other top finishers included
Ava LaBelle 38
Emma Hetrick 41
Elizabeth Rutalis 52
The Girls lost to a tough Mercy team 41.5- 36.5Tuesday afternoon at Shadow Lake Front 9 Main Course
Mikah McDonnell 36 even par
Emma Hetrick 46.
Ava LaBelle 48.
They lost to Victor 42-36 Thursday afternoon at Champion Hills
Mikah McDonald again shot even par 33.
Emma Hetrick 44.
Ava LaBelle 45.
Izzy Giorgione shot 57 with 2 pars in her first scoring match ever!
Webster is now 9-3 overall and 6-1 in County play.
Boys lost a tough match-up Monday against a very strong Hilton team. Boys lost to Spencerport Thursday night 2-1. They were first to score goal on a chip over the keeper by senior Chris Riek and held the lead until the end of the first half. Spencerport scored the winning goal with about 6 minutes left
The girls beat Churchville Chili 5-1 at home Tuesday night. They Goals were scored by Sara Tomei with 3, Alexandria Visca with 1 and Karly Tausch with 1. The girls lost to State and nationally ranked Spencerport Thursday night 4-0. Next up for the girls is Hilton tomorrow afternoon.
Girls lost Monday to a tough Mendon team 6-1. The only winners were at first doubles. Team of Stephanie Romero & Abby Quinlan winning 6-4, 6-3
The girls lost to 5-2 to Brighton . Earning team points were Catherine Gamble winning first singles 6-0,6-0 and the first doubles team of Alexa Monrad & Stephanie Romero winning 6-1, 6-1 in their match.
Webster Girls swim beat Mercy yesterday at the WAC 107 - 70.
Double Winners and top performances include:
Allison Broccolo (Webster) 100 Butterfly (1:03.78), 100 Backstroke (1:06.28)
Dana Witte (Webster) 50 Freestyle (25.50) 500 Freestyle (5:18.17)
Suzanne Sokolowski (Webster) 100 Freestyle (56.37) 100 Breaststroke (1:12.63)
Katie LeClaire (Webster) Diving (229.65)
Webster swim is now 1-1 on the season.
Have a great weekend!