WHS PTO Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:45 pm. All are welcome! Here is the link to log in: https://zoom.us/j/95863382792?pwd=T2NtMU5NTHM1ejdZNVpnbmt5YWZWUT09
SATs will be held at WHS on Saturday, November 7.
District to Hold Virtual Town Hall Meeting about High School Mascot Watertown Public Schools will hold a virtual town hall meeting about the use of the current high school mascot on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm. The virtual town hall meeting is occurring as part of the district’s continuing conversations about the use of the high school’s mascot, which have been taking place in response to a public request to change the Watertown High School mascot. Since October, the Watertown Public Schools Mascot Committee, which was established by the Board of Education in September, has been meeting to engage in a community discussion, with the assistance of experts in the field, on the subjects of race, culture, as well as the use of a Native American school mascot and name. Mascot Committee members include Watertown Board of Education members, community members, parents, Watertown High School students, staff members, and administrators. The committee’s goal is to inform the Board of Education of their findings on the matter of the mascot’s use and to present to the Board recommendations about the current name and mascot in January. Interested participants should register to speak at the town hall and/or submit testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org. The town hall will be livestreamed for public viewing on the Watertown Public Schools YouTube channel and participants can log into a Google Meet in order to speak during the Town Hall at meet.google.com/qgu-ngyf-mqt, or by phone at 1 443-574-7607 PIN: 357 769 343#. Comments made during the Town Hall will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Interim Superintendent Dr. John Ramos will serve as the Town Hall’s facilitator.
Here is the link to the Watertown Public Schools Mascot Committee Website: https://sites.google.com/watertownps.org/whs-mascot-committee/home
SATs are still being held at WHS on Saturday, September 26, 2020!
The first WHS Virtual PTO meeting is on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:45 pm. The link to join the meeting is here: https://zoom.us/j/97222085819?pwd=VlJLeTdmcG01WGF5VHk5SUpVZEM3QT09 Thank you!
Wednesday, September 9 is our first distance learning day! Please make sure students have logged into their Watertown email to get information about Google Classroom codes and Google Classroom invitations. Google Classroom access is necessary for distance learning days!
There will be specific information about the start of the year at WHS sent out this week, and we will also hold family information sessions via Zoom. I am writing today to make you aware of the family information session dates. The same information will be provided at each session so that you do not have to log-in to multiple sessions. Thursday, August 20 - 9:00 am or 6:30 pm - Both sessions geared toward ninth grade families and students new to our WHS community Friday, August 21 - 9:00 am - All are welcome! Monday, August 24 - 9:00 am or 6:30 pm - All are welcome! Log-in information for each session will be sent out to all families on the morning of those sessions. Students are also welcome to participate!
Reminder to Class of 2020 Families to register to view the graduation video at Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamsted on Wednesday, July 29. Please check your email for all of the details!
School Nurse Mrs. Spagnoletti will be in the office on Thursday, July 30 and again on August 19th to answer any questions that families might have or to receive physicals. Parents can pull into the small drop off loop and can call Mrs. Spagnoletti directly at (860) 945-5021 when they arrive at the high school and she will go out and get the physical forms. Physical forms can also be mailed directly to the high school at 324 French Street to the attention of the school nurse.
Hello, Class of 2020 Families! I hope everyone is doing well during these warm summer days. I am writing to provide you with some more specific information about the viewing of the Class of 2020 Graduation Video on Wednesday, July 29 at the Pleasant Valley Drive-In, 47 River Road, Barkhamsted. The video will begin at 8:45 PM, and the drive-in parking lot will open at 7:00 PM. Since the drive-in can only accommodate 190 cars, only one vehicle per family is allowed. Please register to attend this event at the link at the end of this message. We will need about 6-7 volunteers to assist with vehicle check-in and directing cars into parking spaces. Please sign-up to volunteer on the same page where you will register to attend. You can bring your own snacks, and the drive-in's concession stand will also be open. You can sit in your vehicle to watch the video or sit in front of your vehicle in chairs that you bring. Please bring a mask so that if you go to the concession stand or the bathroom, you can wear it at both of those locations. As with any event these days, six feet of distance is strongly recommended between your attending party and other attendees. The graduation video will also be available on the district website after July 29. Please click here to register for the graduation video viewing event. I hope that you continue to enjoy the summer, and thank you for your support of our students and our school. Sincerely yours, Janet P. Parlato, Ed.D. WHS Principal
Hello, Class of 2020 Families, I hope everyone is doing well now that we have turned the corner into these warm summer days. The photographs that were taken of each student on graduation day are now ready for pickup at Images Studio! The photo lab included an additional 5x7, so each student will receive two photographs from graduation day free of charge. Thank you as well to Images Studio for sharing the cost of the first photograph with the high school! Images Studio is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00-4:00, Fridays from 9:00-2:00, and evenings by appointment. Thank you again for all of your support of our students and our school, and I hope you enjoy the photographs. Janet P. Parlato, Ed.D. Principal
Yearbook pick-up for all students who have ordered one will be on Thursday, June 18 from 10:00-2:00 in the front bus loop at WHS.
Class of 2020 Gift Bag and Cupcake Pick-Up from 12:00-2:30 tomorrow, Monday, June 15 in the small drop-off loop!
Today, Thursday, June 11, is the last day to drop off books and pick-up materials from 8-12. There are no drop-off or pick-up times tomorrow.
WHS Book Drop-Off and Item Pick-Up Schedule Monday, June 8 8:00-10:00 Grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning with A-L Monday, June 8 10:00-12:00 Grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning with M-Z Monday, June 8 12:00-2:00 Any Grade 12 students Tuesday, June 9 8:00-10:00 Grades 9 and 10 with last names beginning with A-L Tuesday, June 9 10:00-12:00 Grades 9 and 10 with last names beginning with M-Z Tuesday, June 9 12:00-2:00 Any Grade 11 students Wednesday, June 10 8:00-10:00 Any students with last names beginning with A-L Wednesday, June 10 10:00-12:00 Any students with last names beginning with M-Z Thursday, June 11 8:00-10:00 Any students with last names beginning with M-Z Thursday, June 11 10:00-12:00 Any students with last names beginning with A-L
Luminary Lighting at Veterans' Park is actually Saturday, June 13, and the Senior Parade is Sunday, June 14, beginning at WHS.
Hello, Class of 2020 Families, We’re heading toward the home stretch, and I wanted to provide you with some information about a few upcoming events and provide one reminder. The Senior Photo Signs will be placed at Veterans’ Park for viewing beginning on Saturday, June 6. On Sunday, June 13, in the evening, there will be a luminary lighting near the signs to showcase all of the photos. This will be the kick-off event for Senior Week! You will be able to pick up your senior’s sign to take home from Veterans’ Park on either June 17 or June 18. The Senior Parade will be on Sunday, June 14, with arrival at WHS at 12:30. Here is the car registration form if you have not yet completed it. Another email will come next week with specific directions for the June 17 graduation. Also, we are still waiting to hear from the publisher about the status of our yearbooks. The reminder in this message has to do with grades. Please check your child’s grades on PowerSchool tomorrow or this weekend so that there are no surprises as we get toward the finish line. Friday, June 5 is a full make-up work day for students, and so are June 10, 11, and 12. Ninety-nine percent of seniors’ work should be submitted by Friday, June 12 at the very latest. Again, checking PowerSchool will give you information to reinforce the important message about work completion that we have been emphasizing for months.We all appreciate your help as the days get warmer and everyone’s attention is far away from academics. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we continue through these challenging and unprecedented days. Sincerely yours, Janet P. Parlato, Ed.D. Principal
WHS Book Drop-Off and Item Pick-Up Monday, June 8 8:00-10:00 Grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning with A-L Monday, June 8 10:00-12:00 Grades 11 and 12 with last names beginning with M-Z Monday, June 8 12:00-2:00 Any Grade 12 students Tuesday, June 9 8:00-10:00 Grades 9 and 10 with last names beginning with A-L Tuesday, June 9 10:00-12:00 Grades 9 and 10 with last names beginning with M-Z Tuesday, June 9 12:00-2:00 Any Grade 11 students Wednesday, June 10 8:00-10:00 Any students with last names beginning with A-L Wednesday, June 10 10:00-12:00 Any students with last names beginning with M-Z Thursday, June 11 8:00-10:00 Any students with last names beginning with M-Z Thursday, June 11 10:00-12:00 Any students with last names beginning with A-L
Graduation Time Slot Information: On Thursday, May 28 at 6:00 PM, I will send you an email with a link to Sign-Up Genius, where you will be able to sign up for one of the following time slots for the June 17 graduation. The link will also be available on the Watertown High School website. 1:30-2:00 (25 slots will be available) 2:15-2:45 (25 slots will be available) 3:00-3:30 (25 slots will be available) 3:45-4:00 (25 slots will be available) 4:15-4:45 (25 slots will be available) 5:00-5:30 (25 slots will be available) 5:45-6:15 (25 slots will be available) 6:15-6:45 (25 slots will be available) 6:45-7:15 (25 slots will be available)
Class of 2020 Families, please see your email this afternoon for initial information about WHS graduation. Thank you.
Class of 2020 Families, the last chance to order your child's photo graduation sign (the free sign that will be displayed at Veterans' Park) is Sunday, May 17 at 3:00 PM. The same is true for caps and gowns orders. They must be submitted to the company by May 17. Thank you!
Class of 2020 Families, please check your email for some more graduation information. Thank you, and enjoy the weekend!
If you ordered a cap and gown when the link was first sent out, and the only choice was to ship the cap and gown to the high school, the company should have refunded your money. Please order again. If you were able to enter your home address when purchasing, you are all set.
Advanced Placement Testing is coming up, beginning on May 11! An email was sent to Grades 11 and 12 families this morning with specific information about Advanced Placement exams this year.
Class of 2020 Families, please check your email regarding updated information about Senior Capstone Projects!
Please check your email for an explanation of the WHS grading plan for the period of March 30-June 17. Thank you.
Grade 12 Students and Families, please check your email today for information about elective courses and the rest of the school year! Thank you.
Grade 12 Families, please check your email today for important information about ordering caps and gowns as well as two Class of 2020 sign opportunities. Thank you!
WHS students' public service announcement, "The Battle for Integrity", was one of the top three chosen by the School for Ethical Education. Congratulations to the director, screenwriter, and cast! https://drive.google.com/file/d/13xNIMB1ww5nlLlQge3grPIR9tt8qqz24/view?usp=sharing
WHS Student Emails are now live! Directions to log in are here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19hnk85evvIzC4nht5-seZ0ySLFi4PSMJSfzKE3MV4L4/edit?usp=sharing
Hello, WHS Families, The link below provides an overview of Distance Learning at WHS for students: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tTD2jZZt7-rTUMiBHIEb2SEI8NOWLZpB/view?usp=sharing Here's to a successful first week for all!
Hello, WHS Families! Watertown High School Distance Learning begins on Monday, March 30. Please ask your child to be sure that he or she can log into Google Classroom with a Watertown Public Schools Google account. Thank you for your assistance and have a safe weekend!
WHS Drive-Thru Library will be available on Wed. March 18 from 10:00am-1:00pm. Pick specific books or types of books you like; we will bring them to your car on Wed. March 18 in the small drop-off loop. See this link for more information: https://forms.gle/SRB8jQqEsh7SxoPc9
WHS Engagement Activities for the time away from school: Go to: classroom.google.com Please log in with your Watertown Google account To join the class, use code: 42wxcms Thank you for your efforts and interest!
The SAT testing scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at WHS is cancelled. We will know more about a makeup date once we hear from the College Board. Thank you:
Early dismissal on Wednesday, March 11, 2020! Parent/teacher conferences scheduled for Wednesday evening and for March 24 are postponed until further notice. Thank you.
Hello, WHS Families, Dr. Harrison will present the 2020-21 district budget tonight, Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 pm at Swift to the combined WHS and Swift Parent/Teacher Organizations. All are welcome to hear this important information. Thank you!
We are extending course registration for all students in Grades 9-11 until Friday, February 28!
Eighth grade families will receive course registration information via email today! The registration portal opens at 4:00 today, February 21.
Exciting news for sophomore Emalyn Osborne, who placed second in the *whole state* for her speech for the Voice of Democracy contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Emalyn responded in great detail to the question, What Makes America Great? Definite #WHSPride!
Happy New Year, WHS Families! Please check your email for very important information about midterm examinations. If you did not receive an email, please check your junk folder, or contact the office to ensure that we have the right email address for you. Thank you.
Hello, WHS Families, December 20 is an early dismissal day for Watertown High School (and all of the Watertown Public Schools.) High school dismissal is at 12:10. On behalf of the faculty and staff of WHS, I wish you a peaceful holiday season. Thank you for your support.
Watertown High School will offer evening counseling and support services on Thurs, December 5 from 6:00-8:00 in the WHS Library. We are fortunate to partner with K9 First Responders, a therapy dog volunteer group, who will have dogs onsite for support for students and adults.
Hello, WHS Families, Quarter 1 Report Cards are now available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal. The Homecoming Dance is on Friday from 6:00-10:00. Students must be in school until 1:00 to be able to attend the dance. Enjoy the upcoming weekend. Janet Parlato, Ed.D. Principal
Interact Club is holding a canned food drive from Wednesday, November 20-Tuesday, November 26. The Homeroom with the most collected items wins doughnuts to be enjoyed on Monday, December 2. Thank you for supporting the WHS Interact canned food drive this year!
Good morning, WHS Families, The Homecoming Dance is Friday from 6:00-10:00 at Grand Oak Villa. Friday is a full day of school for all students. In order to attend the Homecoming Dance, students must remain in school until 1:00 if they are going to be dismissed early. Thank you.
Hello, Watertown High School Families, Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13, is an early release day for students for parent/teacher conferences. On Thursday, November 14, there is a fundraiser for all grades in the evening at Triple Play, where a percentage of each check or takeout order will be donated to WHS. Thank you, Janet Parlato, Ed.D. Principal
Watertown High School and TOWN are partnering to host Alumni Night at the WHS football game on October 25, 2019 7:00pm. We'll have alumni contests, bites from local vendors, and town pride swag to purchase. We’re excited to enjoy a beautiful Fall weekend with the community. This alumni event is for all WHS alumni, not just football players! Swing by our booth to buy t-shirts, postcards, and taste-test delicious food from local alumni vendors.
WHS will have an early release day tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, for a professional learning session in the afternoon for teachers. Thank you!
Watertown High School will conduct a walking evacuation drill this morning. We will be accompanied by fire and police personnel to ensure a safe walk for all. Another message will be sent when we return to the high school.
WHS picture make up day for all students is Friday, October 18th during Flex. All Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who missed picture day or need a retake can have their picture taken tomorrow in the auditorium
8th Grade Open House for the Class of 2024 is Thursday October 17th, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Watertown High School auditorium. All 8th grade Watertown students and their families are invited to attend.
Hello, everyone, Tomorrow, Thursday, September 19, is an early release day for Watertown Public Schools. WHS students will dismiss at 12:10. Also, as a reminder, Picture Day is Friday, September 20. Thank you, Janet Parlato, Ed.D. Principal
Senior College and Career Parent Night is Thursday September 26th from 6-7:30 in the WHS Auditorium. Topics include: the college application process, financial aid, essay writing, and admissions FAQ. We encourage senior students and parents/guardians to attend.
Plan to attend this year's College & Career Fair! September 26th 2019 - 6:00 to 7:30 pm - Location: WHS Gymnasium. All grades 9-12 and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. This year close to 80 college & career representatives will be there!