Principal's Newsletter

May 6, 2022

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whs diversity council

Watertown High School is developing a diversity council that will meet regularly to discuss issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are looking for parent representation on the council and are asking YOU to apply :-)

At Watertown High School we define diversity as:

A series of identities including differing abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, languages, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Meetings will take place approximately once per month. We will have 10 total members on the council to include: 2 parents/caregivers, 4 students (1 from each grade, ideally), 2 teachers, 1 administrator, 1 support staff

We will work to:

Embrace and support an inclusive school culture focused on anti-racism.

Support educators and District staff in fostering anti-bias and anti-racist practices.

Create opportunities to foster relationships and engage other groups to have conversations around anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.

Please reply to with your information including Name, Student’s name, and reason for wanting to join the Diversity Council.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Many thanks to the PTSO who put on a wonderful luncheon, breakfast, and treat session in honor of WHS teachers and staff this week! You made us all feel very special and loved. To our staff: we appreciate all you do for the students and families at Watertown High School!

sepac newsletter

The May Newsletter from the Watertown Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) contains updates from their April meeting, links to upcoming training, opportunities to get involved, and a parent programming survey that gives Watertown caregivers a chance to offer input into upcoming SEPAC programming.

Class of 2022

The seniors are almost to their last day of school! Please make sure your child has paid for class dues and for their cap and gown. Linked is the list of important senior announcements for the remaining part of their high school career. If you have any questions regarding class events in the last couple of weeks, please contact the class advisors: Hillary Glencross or Dave Mastro.

Senior Assassins

Senior Assassins is a game that involves students targeting each other using water guns. This is NOT a school-sanctioned event and is discouraged. This game puts students in unsafe situations involving vehicles, trespassing, and behavior that may appear suspicious to law enforcement and the general public. We ask that students find other ways to enjoy their last few weeks of high school.
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COVID/Mask update

Pooled testing was conducted again on Monday (5/2) and identified1 case of COVID in the building. Per the metrics laid out by the Superintendent and approved by School Committee, masking will be optional at WHS.

Returning after COVID

  • If you test positive for COVID and you are asymptomatic, you may come back on day six. The day you test positive for COVID is day 0. For example, if you get a positive test on Wednesday (day 0), you can return on the following Tuesday (day 6). See chart below.

  • If you are symptomatic and then you test positive, day 0 is the first day you start to develop symptoms.

  • If you test positive and develop symptoms AFTER your positive test, day 0 resets to the day you become symptomatic.

  • YOU CAN ONLY RETURN after 5 days of isolation if you were asymptomatic, OR if you are fever-free and your symptoms are resolving.

  • If you have COVID, you cannot be part of pool testing for 90 days from your positive test, as you may test positive for up to 12 weeks on a PCR test.

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Upcoming events

5/10 - Community Conversations with the Superintendent - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

5/10 - Community Conversations with the Superintendent - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

5/17 - MCAS Grade 10

5/18 - MCAS Grade 10

5/18 - Early Release Day (Professional Development)

5/19 - Quarter 4 Progress Reports (issued in advisory)

5/19 - WHS Spring Concert Performance - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

5/20 - Kimball Farms - 4 p.m.

5/26 - Senior Slide Show/Ice Cream Party - afternoon

5/26 - Senior Awards Ceremony - 7 p.m.

5/30 - No School - Memorial Day

5/31 - Prom - 6 p.m.

6/2 - Senior Barbecue - 11:30 a.m.

6/3 - Graduation - 6 p.m.

6/3 - All Night Party - 11 p.m.

6/7 - MCAS Science

6/8 - MCAS Science

6/14 - Community Conversations with the Superintendent - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

6/14 - Community Conversations with the Superintendent - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6/20 - No School - Juneteenth Observance

6/28 - Quarter 4 Report Cards (mailed)

Please refer to the WHS Calendar for more!