The Panther Press

Official Newsletter of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School


May 11, 2020 - Volume 2 - ISSUE 31

Welcome to the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Newsletter! It is designed to keep everyone (parents, students, staff, and community members) informed of the many events that are happening in and around the school. It contains links, pictures, and videos so that you have a more interactive experience and the ability to learn more about various topics.

Communication is incredibly important to understanding so we ask that you share our news as much as possible. We also welcome feedback! It is the only way to continuously improve. So, please interact, get involved, and let us know what you think by contacting us and sharing our news!

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Students' Voices

Superintendent's Council Speaking Out and Answering Questions!

Did you know there is a group of students who meet with Superintendent Szymaniak and Dr, Jones on a monthly basis, but have now changed that to once a week during the closure? There main goal is to ask your questions, get answers back to you, and continually improve Whitman-Hanson Regional High School!

They now have an Instagram page! Check it out (@whhs_updates) follow, and get any questions answered!

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Dr. Christopher Jones

Message to Community

Hello Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Families,

We have had some beautiful days. I hope you have had the chance to enjoy them. Here is the latest news on a few dates that are coming up fast as well as some other important news concerning AP exams, grading, and curriculum.

Advanced Placement

All students taking Advanced Placement exams are exempt from all of their other classes assignments for the week during which they are taking the exam. The High School Leadership Team and I thought this was a good idea given the current conditions (pandemic, new testing format, etc.). We have distributed the testing lists to the teachers. Students are only exempt on the week they are taking an exam.

Please note that AP teachers who have an exam next week may hold an optional Zoom meeting this week as an opportunity to touch base with students before they take their exam for the purpose of last minute tips, strategies, or clarification of information.


Questions concerning the determination of students’ final grades have arisen since we began inputting scores from make up work and what was completed before we left school on March 13th based on the traditional method of grading.These scores will continue to be entered as teachers complete their grading so some scores will change. This is an important part of how we will determine the final grades for students.

Our student information system keeps a year long, running grade based on all the different weights and percentages. For example, on March 13th students had a “Semester 2 In Progress Grade” that tracked what a student had for a Semester 2 grade at that moment in time. Additionally, students also had a “Final Average In Progress Grade” that tracked what their final grade was at that moment in time.This is the grade to which students will have the +10, +5, -5, or -10 added (or subtracted). The end result will be the final grade for the year. This is a system that follows our three tenets of flexibility, continued learning, and holding students harmless.


The Commission released new guidance concerning what teachers should be covering for students in the last 5 weeks of the school year. His aim was to have students exposed to crucial material that will best prepare them for success next year. In the interest of communication and clarity, I have included a flexible list of topics your students will be covering here. It is organized by core subject area. Each tab on the sheet is a different subject.

Important Dates

We have a few important dates coming up that everyone should be prepared for if we are to end the year smoothly.

May 26 - Senior obligation and locker exchange for seniors whose last name begins with A-K.

  • Seniors will drive through the front loop at 9AM and turn in all school property and outstanding obligations. In return they will receive their Cumulative Folders, Medical Records, locker belongings, and cap and gowns.

May 27 - Senior obligation and locker exchange for seniors whose last name begins with L-Z

  • Seniors will drive through the front loop at 9AM and turn in all school property and outstanding obligations. In return they will receive their Cumulative Folders, Medical Records, locker belongings, and cap and gowns.

May 29 - Senior District Parade

Seniors are unable to tour the district schools to say hello and goodbye to their teachers this year so we are bringing the district to them! At 1:30PM district staff will assemble around the high school driveway to wave goodbye with signs. Students can also decorate their cars! Make sure there is someone to drive the graduates so they can film and take pictures!

July 31 - Outdoor Graduation

Plans are being formalized to hold an outdoor live graduation ceremony at 6PM on this date. More information to follow.

As I always say, I am grateful to be part of this community. Thank you for your patience, effort, and willingness to set aside differences and disagreements in an effort to help our most treasured possessions; our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Chris Jones

Clean the Slate

A few thoughts about how we limit our success and ability to overcome hardships by staying focused on past mistakes and worrying about future problems.
Clean the Slate
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Mrs. Ruth Carrigan

AP Exams are Finally Here!

They start on Monday, May 11 and run for several weeks. To prepare, it is highly recommended that students check out the AP Testing Guide. Other helpful links include What Students Need on Exam Day and Five Steps to Get Ready. Please be sure to practice using AP Exam Demo. Any students with difficulty receiving College Board emails should click here. If you have questions or have decided not to take your exams, please contact your school counselor.

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Panther Pathways Virtual Visits for Students

Panther Pathways Virtual College Visits - Get to know these universities via a Zoom call with admissions reps and current college students. This is a great way to find out about post-secondary options while you are unable to visit in person. If you'd like to sign up, please click on the links below:

Tuesday, May 12 at 2:30 PM

University of New Hampshire - Flagship comprehensive state university in New Hampshire. Website is

Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 PM

UMass Lowell - Excellent MA state university in MA with many programs in engineering, science, nursing and more. Website is

Tuesday, May 19 at 2:30 PM

Florida Gulf Coast University - Based in Fort Meyers, FL, FGCU is a popular choice for WH students. Many excellent programs. Website is

Thursday, May 21 at 2:30 PM

Roger Williams University - Very popular college with WH students located in Bristol, RI on the shores of Mount Hope Bay. Many great programs. Website is

Tuesday, May 26 at 2:30 PM

College Essay Workshop featuring Heidi Erikson, Senior Associate Director of Admissions from Quinnipiac University. Sign up details available soon.

Thursday, May 28 at 2:30 PM

Common Application Virtual Workshop. Sign up details available soon.

Tuesday, June 2 at 2:30 PM

Virtual visit with MA Air National Guard. Sign up details available soon.

Service Academy Info Session

Students interested in one of our nation's Service Academies are invited to a virtual Service Academy Night sponsored by Congressman Keating on Thursday, May 21 at 6 PM. If interested, email This is appropriate for interested students in grades 9 - 11.

Juniors and Parents

We are still booking post-secondary planning sessions. Please follow this Junior Planning Meeting Request link to set up a planning session with your counselor.

Social/Emotional Support for Students and Families

Please check out these resources through the BRYT network - parent support groups and webinars. Please contact Mrs. Robichaud if you have any questions.

Please stay in touch and ask for help when you need it. School may be closed, but we are still here for you. We will be checking email regularly and will respond to you as soon as possible. Take care of yourself and stay safe!

Please reach out to your school counselor if you have any questions!

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Resources and Opportunities for Learning to Students

Additional Resource Series

The site has recently added resources they have asked us to share with our community. It is a Back to School for Parents Series focused on three different areas.

Being a Parent in College -

Financial Aid Resources -

Private Student Loan Guide -

Community Resource Guide

This 11 page resource is published by the Hanson Food Pantry, but covers the local area. It offers resources for everything from medical services to shelter, to fuel.

Crisis Services for Students Experiencing Mental Health Emergency

CALL 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

The National Suicide prevention Lifeline is a 24 hour, toll-free suicide prevention hotline. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis.

Local Food Insecurity, Financial, Fuel, and Rent Resources

  1. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE. Food stamps and income for families with dependent children meeting income eligibility. 61 Industrial Park Rd., Plymouth, 508-732-3100, Fax: 617-887-8765
  2. Good Neighbor Energy Fund in Massachusetts
  3. Interfaith Social Services | Serving the South Shore Since 1947
  4. Project Bread | Home
  5. South Shore Community Action Council | Welcome
  6. WELLSPRING, Hull, MA Offering a Hand Up – Not a Hand Out
  7. XFINITY INTERNET ACCESS. Comcast is providing 60 days of free access for people who are not current Comcast subscribers. Please go to for more information.
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Athletics - Mr. Bob Rodgers

Whitman Hanson athletics honored the class of 2020 with the #BeALight campaign from NFHS. Mr.Casey, Boss Moss and I turned the lights on at 8:20pm (20:20 in military time) to show all of our seniors how much we love and miss them all. Watch the entire video below or download it as we end it with every senior in the Whitman Hanson class of 2020.
Whitman Hanson Class of 2020 - Light Up The Night
We also want to commend all of our students who have been active in community service during this difficult time. From making over 100 birthday wish videos (sorry we have stopped this project so our students can focus on their academics), various teacher appreciation videos, zoom meetings with youth players and even yard work for elderly neighbors, our students have always answered the call.

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