On Tuesday, May 11th, you will see Winthrop High School students and teachers and Winthrop Middle School 8th graders and teachers working in the community and lending their hands to make Winthrop an even better place.  Every year, students and staff look forward to this day when they are able to connect with community members and give back. We will be raking, digging, painting, mulching, sweeping-- and CARING as we work together on United Way's Day of Caring 2017.
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WHS Valedictorian, Matthew Ingram Portland Press Herald Varsity Maine 2017 Finalist
Finalists will be recognized and winners announced on stage in a ceremony honoring the best in Maine high school sports. The awards show will be held Tuesday, May 2, at the Costello Sports Complex on the University of Southern Maine campus in Gorham. The Varsity Maine Awards, hosted by the Maine Sunday Telegram, will be hosted by Erin Ovalle and DJ Mijo. For tickets, go to pressherald.com/vmea. In addition to the 10 nomination categories, girls’ and boys’ athletes of the year will be selected by the sports staffs of the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

Madeline Beaulieu, Maine Girls’ Academy; Kate Guerin, Mt. Ararat; Matt Ingram, Winthrop; Hayden Sattler, Ellsworth; Ben Steeves, Bonny Eagle.
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The Winthrop Late Start Committee is thankful for your feedback on a recent survey they administered and asked students, community and teachers to respond to. Those results have been helpful and considered. 

Important HEALTH INFORMATION... click the links below to learn more about the reported cases of pertussis in the Winthrop area.

Congratulations to WHiRR. 
They performed well at the FIRST Robotics Pine Tree Competition on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.

Students spent the year building a robot that performed well in the competition. After their work on Friday and Saturday morning, they made it to the alternate bracket. While they were not asked to step in for any of the teams that were selected for finals, they learned a great deal and are excited to put that knowledge to work next year.

Special commendations goes to Emma Dwelle (right) who earned the Star of the Day Award for her work as the Safety Director for the Team. She puts safety FIRST!

Thanks to those who brought James Orrigo, motivational speaker, to Winthrop High School on March 30th
Kayleigh Oberg and Matti Rice wrote a grant to the Winthrop Education Corporation to bring James Orrigo to Winthrop High School. James had a clear path in life. But after suffering an injury and losing his mother to her battle with cancer, he didn't find defeat; instead, he found motivation. He set lofty goals of bringing joy and smiles to children in hospital beds around the nation. In his presentation, he encouraged all the students and staff at WHS to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  

James had this to say about his visit to WHS:  "I wanted to say thank you so much for the opportunity to reach your students! You have a great group and the messages really resonated with so many! Today was such a privilege, thank you for all you do. Below is a quick video that shows some of the many students that were inspired from today's talk. I look forward to our paths crossing again." 

While James was here, students spoke to him about his journey, his mission, and his message. This is what they had to say--- click HERE to access the YouTube video uploaded by James after his visit to Winthrop High School. 

Many thanks to the Winthrop Education Corporation for their generosity. The grant amount that Kayleigh and Matti requested was funded in full. We appreciation your dedication to the Winthrop Schools and our programming that works to enrich the lives of all Winthrop children.

Congratulations to WMS student, Sage Fortin who won the Hero Essay Contest!!! 

She was surprised when the subject of her essay, Travis Mills, visited her at school and was there to hear her read her essay to teachers and classmates. Great job, Sage!  Keep up the good work!!!  And, many thanks to Travis Mills for being an inspiration to Sage and to us all.  You truly are a hero and show everyone the value of a positive spirit! Go HERE to see WMTW's story on Sage and Travis' visit to Winthrop Middle School.

Winthrop Schools Guidance Counselors and Administration at Western Maine Partnership Professional Development

On January 9 the WMEC hosted a workshop, facilitated by Curt Jack, which provided time, resources, tools, and a process for the development of a PEPG model to meet the unique needs of non-classroom practitioners and individual districts. Click HERE to get the latest information in the Western Maine Education newsletter. 

STEM day at Winthrop Grade School
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Thanks to the Winthrop Middle and High School students in Amanda Boyce's WHS Honors Geometry class who worked with students in grades 1-5 at the Winthrop Grade School at the PTA sponsored annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) DAY in March. The WMS and WHS students taught WGS students angles in real life-- mini-golf, basketball, and catapults. The students, both young and old, enjoyed a great day getting to know each other and learning how math is used every day. 

Future Engineers Build, Explore and Learn...

Mrs. Marcia Luszczki's students vistited and participated in the Maine Engineering Day at the University of Southern Maine. The students had a great time learning in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) environment. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Congratulations to Winthrop High School's 
Class of 2017 Top Ten  
Corinna Coulton, Andrew Pazdziorko, Molly Glaser, Matt Ingram (Valedictorian) Kayleigh Oberg, Kyle Keezer, Megan Chamberland (Salutatorian), Jacob Hickey, Sarah Spahr, and Shie Smith.

2017 Excellence in Education Award Winners... 
Each year at the annual faculty and staff meeting, Superintendent Rosenthal recognizes outstanding educators.  This year, he awarded the honor to Ashley Fecteau, WMS education technician; Sue Hunt, WPS Special Services Director; Pam Turcotte, WGS art teacher; and (not pictured) Lita Blanchard, WPS social worker. This a great honor for Winthrop Public Schools' educators.  Congratulations to these excellent educators.

Winthrop is on the Top Ten list for Best Towns to Raise Families
Now the world knows what we have always known...
WINTHROP IS A GREAT PLACE FOR FAMILIES! Winthrop is recognized in the latest 2017 Report of the 10 Best Towns in Maine to raise children. "Winthrop is great for families who love the outdoors!" It is true-- we play outside!!! And, we love to learn!
Winthrop Public Schools' Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model  
The Winthrop Public Schools' Teacher Evaluation plan was approved by the Maine Department of Education. This validates the work that the district's evaluation team has done over the past two to three years with regard to intensive training and implementation of the strategies associated with the Marzano model. This is a huge landmark for our district, especially given that we are one of the first wave of schools to have our plan approved by the DOE. While there is still more work to do, it is good to know that the framework of our evaluation model is in place and that we continue to move forward with regard to full implementation.  To see the details of the plan, please click the image to the left.

Maine Education Assessment Results 2015-2016
Below is the student proficiency data.  In looking at where Winthrop Public Schools have brought students in relation to what other districts in the region are doing, I am thrilled with the overall results of the information. The Maine Department of Education website has a new interactive feature which allows viewers to compare districts in one chart; below, you will find all of the districts in the Kennebec region and the proficiency percentages by subject for each. Also included is the state average. What I am proud to say is that we lead all of the other districts in all three subject areas: math, science, and ELA with regard to student proficiency percentages. I cannot say enough about the direction this district is headed! I am so proud of all of the work that every educator is doing toward the achievement of these results.  I am equally proud of the leadership our principals take in heading the charge.  I offer my thanks to each of our staff members for their work with each and every one of our students-- regardless of his or her title or position in this district; it takes all of the spokes on the wheel to make the bicycle turn and roll efficiently and for those efforts, I thank our educators who well represent our profession and make our community proud.  
--Superintendent Gary Rosenthal--

            English/Language Arts                                                Mathematics                                                     Science

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Winthrop Public Schools' Strategic Plan 

On December 3, 2014, the Winthrop Board of Education approved the final draft of the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. On January 5, 2015, the Plan was  presented to the Winthrop Town Council for their review. A copy of The Plan follows and will be used as a framework for the development of our upcoming FY16 budget.

Strategic Plan – Parts I and II

Strategic Plan – Appendices A-D

Mission Statement

The Winthrop Public School Communities’ mission is to create a solid foundation 

for students that allows them the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to 

achieve success in a global world.


                        Superintendent Gary Rosenthal
                         17A Highland Avenue
                       Winthrop, Maine 04364
                            Questions? Concerns? Click HERE to ask.
                       Superintendent Rosenthal's 
                               2016-2017 Goals for the Winthrop Public Schools

Winthrop Public Schools Rated by Niche as One of the Best in the US

The Niche rankings focus on the overall student experience at all schools (nationwide) in developing their "Best Schools" list. The Winthrop Maine Public Schools earned an overall grade of B in the 2017 Rankings. Academics, health and safety, teachers, student culture and diversity are all aspects of the analysis. Winthrop High School made the Top 100 list and ranked #28 of all the schools in Maine; the five-year graduation rate average is 91% and our students' attendance rate in 2016 was 86%.  The Winthrop Grade School and Winthrop Middle School both scored a B+. The Winthrop Public Schools are rated one of the safest schools in the state. Based on student and parent ratings of health and safety, area crime rates, rates of expulsion and suspension, and school-related arrests, Winthrop is 36 of 86 safest school districts in Maine.

A high ranking in Overall Experience generally indicates that:
            • Students are very happy with their experiences in all aspects, including academics, teachers, health and safety, resources, facilities, extra-curricular activities, sports and fitness.
            • The school is an exceptional academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes.
            • The school is made up of a diverse population and fosters an accepting, positive school culture.
            • Students are actively involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities and sports the school offers.

            • "Winthrop is a town of supportive people who value education, outdoor activities, and sports. All students are treated with respect and encouraged and supported to be their best. I was able to be a three season athlete and got a lot of support and encouragement from the teachers, administrators and the community." --Senior student, Class of 2017
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Winthrop Public Schools District Calendar of Events

District Calendar of Events

DOE Dispatches

Newsweek's 2014 Top HS List
Click on the image to the left or HERE to read "The Methodology of Newsweek's Top High School Rankings". Winthrop High School was one of only four schools in Maine to be recognized in this national ranking.

It is with a great deal of pleasure and excitement that I am able to announce that Winthrop High School has been named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America's Top High Schools for 2014.  This is a terrific honor for Principal Morin, his staff, as well as for the staff members of the Grade School and Middle School, all of whom had a strong hand in the preparation process of the students at our high school.  This is the second recognition for the high school, having been named one of America's Best High Schools in 2012 by US News and World Report.  

Mr. Gary Rosenthal, Winthrop Schools Superintendent

Crosby, Craig. "Winthrop High School Wins Praise". Kennebec Journal 21 Sept. 2014: 1.
" . . . the two towns in AOS97...Winthrop and Fayette . . . had the highest-performing schools in central Maine . . . "
- Kennebec Journal, May 2, 2013

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