TMHS Principal's Newsletter

February 2018

From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

In March our students will be selecting their program of study for the next school year with the guidance of their counselor, parents, and teachers. Before students begin this process, our teachers will have made thoughtful recommendations for the level of study for each of their students. Our guidance department has already visited with students in small groups to discuss graduation requirements as well as courses available to students at each grade level for next year. I would ask that you have a conversation (maybe many!) with your student about their course of study for next year. We want all of our students to be challenged and balanced in their course of study. Encourage your student to push themselves outside their comfort zone in the classroom. If they are particularly interested in a subject area, suggest they take an honors or AP course in that area. It is important that they challenge themselves academically. College admissions officers will tell you that they are more interested in the rigor of the course of study of a student than they are in straight “A”’s on a student’s transcript. It is also an important life skill for our students to have to work harder in a class. As we all know life is full of challenges and learning how to work through them, ask for help, and sometimes struggle are important skills for our students as they move into young adulthood. It is beneficial for students to have an experience where they work hard, learn, and maybe only get a C. It is in this moment that they learn deeply about who they are as a student and person. They also often realize that it is the course where they earned the C where they learned the most! Three years ago I was reading my alma mater’s alumni magazine where the President of the university, William Fox, wrote about honoring the C student. He wrote that colleges have established a pattern of grading that has an expectation of perfectionism. I would agree that to some extent high schools have as well. President Fox goes on to challenge that idea by discussing the lessons of taking a difficult course and earning a “C”.

“We have developed a perpetual habit on our campuses, in our culture, in all the professions, of making the acquisition of prizes, the grand recognition of high achievement, and the acing of the big test a matter of ultimate significance. I am immensely privileged to watch students every day do extremely difficult things in thought or performance, often with excellence. Simply amazing. And yet, I also wonder or worry that something has been lost by dismissing the power of the C to inspire, deepen determination, and grant the profound realization that it may be the best opportunity ever extended. In no better way than earning the undesirable C can someone discover what can be accomplished in life before anything that truly matters has been accomplished anyhow.

"There will be many instances in life of earning a C, no matter what the transcript recorded while in college. We may take up a new sport or art, which we will never master. We may write a report for the office that is not top-form. We may make a business decision that yields middling to mediocre results. Knowing and remembering the lessons of the C student can be reassuring. This is also a person who should never be underestimated.”

A Word From the President: Honoring the C-Student, William L. Fox, St. Lawrence University Magazine, Volume LXIV, Number 1, Winter 2015.

From Source to Sink

Students from Mrs. Gordon’s C block Environmental Science class recently toured the Tewksbury Water Treatment Plant. Their classroom study of natural resources provided them with background knowledge about the source and treatment of Tewksbury’s drinking water. This tour allowed them to see the actual process of taking water from the Merrimack River through the many steps required to clean, test, and deliver it to our homes, schools, and businesses. We are grateful to the staff at the Tewksbury Water Treatment Plant for hosting our visit and sharing the intricate process of bringing our water from its source to our sinks.

Pictured below are images of the master control board, water filtering tanks, treatment room and testing laboratory.

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The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts High School Essay Winner!

Congratulations to sophomore, Amaya Allen'20, on her essay "Community Gardens - A Solution to Blight, Crime and Hunger"! Amaya will receive a certificate and a monetary gift for her winning essay!

SADD Sponsors "Dating Game" on February 13th

March Madness Challenge – Good Nutrition is Our Mission

During the month of March our Food Services staff here at TMHS has organized a challenge to encourage healthy and nutritious eating. Below are the challenges for students to participate in for each week during the month. Please encourage your student to participate!

1st Week

Presentation in the Café on Good Nutrition. As part of the presentation, kids will be challenged with a contest to come up with a nutritious lunch that they would like to eat involving the four main food groups. Individuals or groups can submit as many recipes as they like during that week. The winning entry will be approved by the Food Services Department. Prize for the contest will be a $50 gift card, the lunch being named after the winning individual/group and served on a day during the last week of March.

2nd Week

Trivia Contest. A winner will be picked among the correct entries. $25 gift card.

3rd Week

Search Word Contest. A winner will be picked among the correct entries. $25 gift card.

4th Week

The winning recipe will be served on a date determined by the Food Services Department. An announcement will be made early in the day regarding the winner and the lunch.

Also, we will put up posters, flyers, etc regarding the March Madness Challenge and good food and nutrition throughout the cafeteria.

Culture Fair Sponsored by the World Language Department

As part of our celebration of multicultural week, the World Language department will be hosting a Culture Fair on Tuesday evening, March 13th from 6-8:00pm. Come see our students display their knowledge and hard work on different cultural topics that they have become an expert in. We will also have a student-curated art gallery and student-led tour of well-known Hispanic, French, and Roman art. There will even be hands-on activities and prizes for younger attendees.

 Through this fair, students and attendees enrich each other’s cultural knowledge and learn from each other.

Through this fair, students and attendees enrich each other’s cultural knowledge and learn from each other.

Immigration Speaker Coming to TMHS

As part of multicultural week, the World Language department has invited Dr. Robert Forrant of UMass Lowell to come do a presentation on immigration in the Lawrence Mills area. He will be here in our auditorium on Wednesday, March 14th during last block (G).

Academic Decathlon News

Tewksbury Memorial High School’s Academic Decathlon team competed in the Massachusetts Regional Academic Decathlon competition on Saturday, February 3rd at Quincy High School. Students impressed judges in a series of written tests, an essay, two speeches (prepared and impromptu), and an interview. The competition provided students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and public speaking skills.

Congratulations to Kunal Pal, who earned a bronze medal in the Science round, and Stephanie Tam, who earned a silver and gold medal in the speech and interview rounds respectively, as well as top scorer. Mihir Bagul, Kayla Giaimo, Felicia Ragucci, and Abigail Varghese were also among the students who diligently prepared in anticipation of the competition. The team is always welcoming new members, and those interested should see Ms. Kelleher in room B208.

Athletic Department News

Congratulations to Masyn Lorick'18 who signed his NLI to play Football at Stonehill College and Justin Rosberg'18 on his commitment to play Football at Wesleyan University.

Also....Congratulations to Kelly Golini'18 on being named MVC/DCL Division 1 Player of the Year in Girls Ice Hockey!

Guidance Department News

All senior students should be updating their college status on their Naviance accounts. Students should go to the college tab, click the link to the Colleges I am applying to, and then click on the pencil on the right hand side. This will bring the students to the list of their schools to update the application status. This information is important for students to enter into the Naviance system. Students also need to enter the college they plan to attend in the fall in the binder on Mrs. Whitehouse’s desk.

Southern New Hampshire University conducted an on-site decision day for seniors interested in applying to the university. Application fees were waived and decisions were handed to the students on site.

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Seniors should continue to research available scholarship applications. There are many opportunities available in guidance for students to access. Please remember, links to scholarship applications are available on the Guidance webpage and Naviance. Hard copies are available in the Career Center.

Junior students should swing by the Guidance office to request an appointment with their counselor for the Junior visit. Additionally, junior students should be registering for SAT exam on the College Board website. When registering for the SAT exam, students will need to upload a picture for their admission ticket. It is imperative that students carefully read the instructions for the picture. If the picture does not meet the published guidelines the student will be turned away at the test site.

Junior students are encouraged to use their Naviance accounts to identify colleges of interest. Many schools offer spring college tours for junior students. As an FYI this summer and fall, many schools may offer application fee waivers for attending an open house and tour.

On Friday, February 2nd, TMHS held its annual Junior Parent Breakfast. A representative from Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA) co-facilitated a presentation on how to prepare your child for college. There was a great turn out!

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Important upcoming Guidance dates:

ASVAB Testing: March 22nd - must register by March 16th (open to junior and

senior students)

National College Fair registration deadline is March 16th (fair in Boston on April 12th)

Fine and Performing Arts Department News


The Tewksbury Memorial High School Theater Company will be performing their one act play on Saturday, March 3rd at The Massachusetts Education Theater Guild competition. It will be held at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Admission to the competition is $10. This year’s play is “The Great Nursing Home Escape”. Come enjoy some good hearted drama and comedy! Best wishes to the TMHS Theater Company, “Fly with Wings”!

Also this Spring, the Tewksbury Memorial High School Theater Company will be holding another tag sale fundraiser at TMHS. Date to be determined, stay tuned!


The Music Department is looking forward to the upcoming event, Music in Our Schools Festival. It will be featuring Tewksbury music students and held Sunday, March 4th from 12-3:00pm in the TMHS cafeteria. Hope to see you there!

The NESBA Winter Color Guard Championships will be held Saturday, March 31st at Salem High School in Salem, MA. Affinity Winter Color Guard will perform at 12:26pm. Affinity appreciates your support!


The first semester Drawing students have winter bird drawings on display at Town Hall Annex. Please stop by and check them out. As well, there is Senior Art Studio work on display outside the TMHS Larrabee Library. There will also be continued rotating displays in the new cafe gallery space.

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The Department would also like to congratulate Connie Ong, senior, on her early action acceptance to Massachusetts College of Art and Design!

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Upcoming Fine & Performing Arts Department Events

Senior Art Studio - Student Exhibit

Friday, March 2, 2018


Coffee and Cotton

250 Jackson Street

Lowell, MA

Music in Our Schools Festival

Featuring Tewksbury Music Students

Sunday, March 4, 2018


TMHS Cafeteria

Affinity, the TMHS Winter Color Guard

NESBA Winter Color Guard Championships

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Affinity Winter Color Guard Tentative Performance


Salem High School, Salem, MA

The Tewksbury Memorial High School Theater Company

Musical Jekyll and Hyde

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center

Friday, April 27, 2018


Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center

Saturday, April 28, 2018

2:00pm & 7:00pm

Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center

The 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

TMHS Cafeteria

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10:00am-2:00pm Public Showing of Art Exhibit

TMHS Cafeteria

TMHS Marching Band Clinic

All students grades 5-12 are welcome!

Sunday, June 10, 2018


TMHS Gymnasium

TMHS Theater Company

The TMHS Theater Company is busy preparing for the Spring musical Jekyll & Hyde to be held April 26-28th at TMHS. Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. Please note the show is PG-13.

Mandatory Social Host Law Meeting for Juniors and Parent/Guardian

On Thursday evening, March 1st at 7:00pm there will be a mandatory meeting for all juniors attending the junior prom and a parent/guardian. It will take place in the TMHS auditorium. If a senior did not attend the meeting last year with a parent, they will be required to attend in order to purchase senior week tickets. If your child is not a junior or senior and is attending the prom as a guest, they do not need to attend this meeting.

Juniors will not be able to purchase tickets for the prom if they do not attend the meeting with a parent. Students must make adjustments to work schedules in order to attend the meeting. If you have an extenuating circumstance that does not allow you to attend the meeting, you must make arrangements through the Main Office to view the presentation.

TMHS S.E.L.F. (Social Emotional Learning Fair)

On Thursday evening, March 1st, we will be having our 2nd Annual Wellness Fair at TMHS! It will be from 5:30-7:00pm. It is open to the entire community. There will be vendors and information on yoga, fitness, massage, nutrition, dance therapy, chiropractors, and acupuncture. We will also have a therapy dog and a raffle! The sponsor of the event is Whole Foods. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Junior Prom Information

The Junior Prom is scheduled for Thursday evening, March 29, 2018 from 6-10:00pm at the Tewksbury Country Club. Tickets will be sold at all lunches beginning on Friday, March 2nd through Friday, March 9th. Tickets are $55 each - cash or check made payable to "Class of 2019". Class dues must be paid through Junior year to purchase tickets. All attendees will need to bring a signed permission slip from parents/guardians when they purchase the tickets. Permission slips can be picked up at the Social Host Meeting on Thursday evening, March 1st or in Mrs. Fabiano's Room, D105, after March 1st. Outside guests will be permitted; permission slips for outside guests and CORI forms will be available in Room D105. Permission and CORI forms, if applicable, must be turned in at the time of ticket sales for outside guests. Tickets for guests will ONLY be sold on March 9th, with priority given to TMHS students before non-TMHS students. All students will be bussed to the Tewksbury Country Club from TMHS and returned to TMHS following the event.

Spring MCAS

Spring is right around the corner and with this season comes the MCAS assessments. It is required for a student to pass Science, ELA and Math MCAS to graduate from high school in Massachusetts. Our students take the Science (Biology) MCAS during the spring of 9th grade and ELA and Math MCAS in the spring of 10th grade. The schedule of the high school MCAS dates is included in the link below. Please do not schedule family vacations and make every effort not to schedule doctor's appointments on these testing days if your student is scheduled to take an MCAS. The state only allows make up opportunities for students if they provide a doctor's note indicating they were ill. Thank you.

Yearbooks for Sale

Yearbooks can be ordered online at This price is $70. Order now! If you would like to pay by personal check, checks may be made out to TMHS Yearbook and submitted to Mrs. Sullivan in Room A103.

Any questions, please email:

Calendar of Events


1 Social Host Mandatory Meeting 7:00pm

1 S.E.L.F. 5:30-7:00pm

4 Music in Our Schools Festival 12-3:00pm

6 No School - Professional Development

9 Progress Reports Available

10 SATs

12 NHS Induction 7:00pm

13 Culture Fair 6-8:00pm

14 National Student Walkout 10:00am

15 Hats Off Luncheon 12:15pm

16 Admin Chat (Science/World Languages) 7:30am

19 Student Assembly Sponsored by PAC

26 School Council 4:00pm

27 MCAS ELA Comp

28-29 MCAS ELA Reading

28 Parent/Teacher Conference 6-8:00PM

29 Junior Prom at TCC

30 Half Day

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