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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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.
THE ACADEMIC ACE AWARD
LATE START COMMITTEE REPORTSThe 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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--
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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.
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.
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