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Come celebrate the season with the Band and Orchestra Concerts next week. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra will perform on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm. General Admission tickets will be available online and at the door for $5.00.

Cooking Club: We will be crafting our December menu this Wednesday, December 12 after school in room 105. Officers are required to attend, but anyone can help us in this planning meeting. Any questions? See Ms. Cliff or Sra. Ruiz.

Any Senior interested in the Seal of Biliteracy is to attend the sign up meeting this Monday, December 17 at 7:15 am during late arrival. Please meet in the Language Lab room 234A.

The Japanese Club will meet Wednesday, December 12 after school in room 230.

Student Council will meet Thursday, December 13 at 2:10 pm in room 163.  

 
Posted by cdoherty  at 8:57 AM
  

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: The CATS club is receiving applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in an opportunity to work closely with your peers, lead, and mentor new students, please consider applying! Applications can be picked up in the main office and are due Friday, December 14.

Come celebrate the season with the Band and Orchestra Concerts next week. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra will perform on Thursday, the 13 at 7:00 pm. General Admission tickets will be available online and at the door for $5.00.

The Strategy Club will meet Thursday, December 13 after school in room 7.

The next fundraising meeting for Travel Club will be on Monday, December 10 at 2:10 pm in room 233. Please contact Sra. Ruiz if you are unable to attend.

The second session of the Jump Start Tutoring Program will start in the beginning of January and will run through early March. This is your opportunity to help a middle school student with their homework and give back to our community! Jump Start is held each Thursday afternoon and transportation is available. Please pick up an application from the counseling office and return it by Friday, December 14. This is a great opportunity so get your application today!

The Coolidge Scholarship program is open for this year. This highly selective scholarship is for JUNIORS only. If selected, recipients will receive a full-ride scholarship for four years of undergraduate study to any American college or university. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 23. Information can be found in Naviance or at www.CoolidgeScholars.org

There will be a member of the United States Marines here to discuss the NROTC Scholarship program on Tuesday, December 18 at 1:00 pm. NROTC stands for Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. If you are interested in finding out how this type of military scholarship can help pay for your college education, sign up in Naviance to attend this visit. It is listed under College Visits as NROTC Scholarship.

Seniors: Today is the LAST day to submit transcript request forms for any January 1 application deadlines.

School Counseling and the Career Center will kick-off scholarship season with an information session on Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. Additionally, there will be drop-in hours in the Career Center all day on Wednesday and Thursday, December 19 and 20. Counselors will be available to help you understand the scholarship process better. No appointments are needed. Come during any free periods or your lunch wave during those days.

Cooking Club members: We will be crafting our December menu this Wednesday, December 12 after school in room 105. Officers are required to attend, but anyone can help us in this planning meeting. Any questions? See Ms. Cliff or Sra. Ruiz.
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 10, 2018 at 8:57 AM
  

Today is Day 5 of “Safe Teen Driving Awareness Week”. Being a responsible passenger can make a huge difference. For example:
- Never get into a car with a driver you know or suspect is impaired.
- Do not be a distraction to the driver (avoid being loud or showing them something which takes their eyes off the road)
- Answer the driver’s phone or text for them if necessary
- If you feel unsafe – speak up! Know it’s okay to call 911 if you feel you are in danger.
Fact: Teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable and you can make it happen when you know the risks, make a commitment to yourself and your friends and “Drive 4 Tomorrow”. These messages have been brought to you by !MPACT, an organization of parents, relatives and friends who have lost teens in car crashes. They want you to be safe and “Drive 4 tomorrow”.
 
Attention Sophomores and Juniors: The CATS club is receiving applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in an opportunity to work closely with your peers, lead, and mentor new students, please consider applying! Applications can be picked up in the main office and are due Friday, December 14.

This week is national computer science education week! Did you know that:
- The average starting salary for computer science majors is $71,500
- 68.7% of computer science majors had at least one job offer before walking the stage at graduation 
- Employment in computer occupations is projected to increase by 12.5% from 2014 to 2024 
- SWHS offers a multitude of computer science classes, including AP Computer Science, Video Game Design, Mobile Computer Science Principles, and Web Design.

Come celebrate the season with the Band and Orchestra Concerts next week. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm. Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra will perform on Thursday, December 13 at 7:00pm. General Admission tickets will be available online and at the door for $5.00.

There will be a mandatory meeting for the students on the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art field trip on Friday, December 7 after school in room 121. The meeting will last about 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly and see Mrs. Ziff if for any reason you can't come.

Next Monday, Ski/Snowboard club will have a meeting in room 152 for all of those interested in the March 8-10 ski trip to Sugarbush.

The next fundraising meeting for Travel Club will be on Monday, December 10 at 2:10 pm in room 233. Please contact Sra. Ruiz if you are unable to attend.

The Italian Club will be making and eating pizza and more on Monday, December 10. All are welcome, but space is limited so bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli in room 226 to save your space.

The second session of the Jump Start Tutoring Program will start in the beginning of January and will run through early March. This is your opportunity to help a middle school student with their homework and give back to our community! Jump Start is held each Thursday afternoon and transportation is available. Please pick up an application from the counseling office and return it by Friday, December 14. This is a great opportunity so get your application today!
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 07, 2018 at 9:20 AM
  

The students of the month for November have been selected! They are:
Grade 9: Gabe Oliver and Andrew Bell
Grade 10: Mannat Thomas and Jack Rood
Grade 11: Mackenzie Eppler and Sarah Cloutier
Grade 12: Zola Mitchell and Clayton Calhoun
Congratulations to these stellar students!

Today is Day 4 of “Safe Teen Driving Awareness Week”. It’s hard to understand why some drivers and passengers choose not to wear their seatbelts when it’s known they save lives. Of the teens who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2016, at least 48% were not wearing a seat belt. Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Regardless of how uncomfortable you may find them to be or how short a trip you are on, the smart choice is to always buckle up and “Drive 4 Tomorrow”. Fact: When a teen driver has an additional passenger with them, the risk of getting into a fatal car crash doubles and if two or more passengers are present the odds are five times as likely. Did you know that in 2017, only 59% of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding as passengers?

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: The CATS club is receiving applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in an opportunity to work closely with your peers, lead, and mentor new students, please consider applying! Applications can be picked up in the main office and are due Friday, December 14.

This week is national computer science education week! Did you know that:
- The average starting salary for computer science majors is $71,500
- 68.7% of computer science majors had at least one job offer before walking the stage at graduation 
- Employment in computer occupations is projected to increase by 12.5% from 2014 to 2024 
- SWHS offers a multitude of computer science classes, including AP Computer Science, Video Game Design, Mobile Computer Science Principles, and Web Design.

Art Club will be meeting today after school in room 7. We will be making our acrylic pour paintings, please make sure you bring your supplies and be prepared to make some amazing work! Current and new members are welcome, you may work on other projects if you don't want to participate in the paintings.

There will be a winter accessory clothing drive for NHS from December 3 to December 21. All gently or new clothing and accessories, such as hats, gloves, and jackets, are appreciated. There will be donation boxes in the South Windsor Community Center and here at the high school.

There will be a mandatory meeting for the students on the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art field trip on Friday, December 7 after school in room 121. The meeting will last about 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly and see Mrs. Ziff if for any reason you can't come.

The Science Fiction/Fantasy club will hold its next meeting this Thursday, December 6 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in room 127. Join us as we watch and discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

The South Windsor High School Relay for Life team, Cats for the Cure, will be holding a meeting today, Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 pm in room 145. If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in being a part of our team, please see our Google Classroom page, or Ms. Lyons in room 145.

Next Monday, Ski/Snowboard club will have a meeting in room 152 for all of those interested in the March 8-10 ski trip to Sugarbush.

There will be an FBLA meeting this Thursday, December 6 after school in room 126. See you there!

The Japanese Club will meet next Wednesday, December 12 in room 230. Be prepared to learn about KFC and Christmas, a Japanese tradition!

Photography Club Announcement: Learn to take great pictures! Express yourself! Join the photography club. We are meeting every other Monday in room 11. New members of all experience levels welcome! Seats could fill quickly, we’re on a first come first serve basis. The next meeting is December 10. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity!

The next fundraising meeting for Travel Club will be on Monday, December 10 at 2:10 pm in room 233. Please contact Sra. Ruiz if you are unable to attend.

Seniors: The next wave of Capstone presentations will be on January 17. All written work must be turned in to your adviser on or before Friday, January 4. If you do not present and pass Capstone in January you could then be placed in a structured study hall during second semester to help you complete your Capstone work. This change in schedule could mean your early release privilege is revoked. Please reach out to your adviser for help in completing your Capstone. A checklist is posted on the Senior Capstone website to aid you in finishing your project. 

Athletic News:

There will be a meeting for all students interested in trying out for the baseball team on Thursday, December 6 after school in room 161. Any questions, please see Mr. D’Amato.

Just a reminder that any student-athletes wishing to participate in this upcoming Monday’s NLI Signing Day for Athlete Recognition in the SWHS Library Media Center Seminar Room at 8:00 am should notify Athletic Director, Dave Sytulek if they have not done so already. The deadline to participate in this recognition day is today, December 6 at the close of school. There will be a second Recognition Day in the spring on Monday March 11 for any other student-athletes signing later in the year. This will also be held in the SWHS Library Media Center Seminar room at 8:00 am on that day.
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 06, 2018 at 8:51 AM
  

Today is Day 3 of “Safe Teen Driving Awareness Week”. Distracted driving is any activity that takes your attention away from the road. Distracted driving is now commonly referred to as the “new drunk driving.” Common distractions include but are not limited to:
- Cellphone usage including texting
- Passengers actions (loud & rowdy behavior or encouraging risky driving)
- Eating or drinking
- Adjusting a GPS or the radio
- Fixing your hair or applying make-up
The key to “Driving 4 Tomorrow” is to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on driving. Fact: Did you know that dialing a phone number increases the risk of crash by 12 times and that reaching for an item other than a cell phone increases the risk of a crash by nine times?

There will be a winter accessory clothing drive for NHS from December 3 to December 21. All gently or new clothing and accessories, such as hats, gloves, and jackets, are appreciated. There will be donation boxes in the South Windsor Community Center and here at the high school.

Ms. Lane and the students taking part in the Leadership Greater Hartford Common Ground Program would like to thank everyone who donated to Coram Deo last week. We were able to donate almost $200 to this organization dedicated to helping women recovering from addiction and abuse. We are excited to announce there was a tie in our homeroom competition. Mrs. O'Reilly and Mrs. Ziff's homerooms will receive their prize this Friday. Thank you again for your generous donations.

There will be a mandatory meeting for the students on the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art field trip on Friday December 7 after school in room 121. The meeting will last about 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly and see Mrs. Ziff if for any reason you can't come.

The second session of the Jump Start Tutoring Program will start in the beginning of January and will run thru early March. This is your opportunity to help a middle school student with their homework and give back to our community! Jump Start is held each Thursday afternoon and transportation is available. Please pick up an application from the counseling office and return it by Friday, December 14. This is a great opportunity so get your application today!

The Science Fiction/Fantasy club will hold its next meeting this Thursday, December 6 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in room 127. Join us as we watch and discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Mind's Eye will hold our monthly meeting right after school today, December 5, in room 129. New members are always welcome!

The South Windsor High School Relay for Life team, Cats for the Cure, will be holding a meeting this Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 pm in room 145. If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in being a part of our team, please see our Google Classroom page, or Ms. Lyons in room 145.

Ski/Snowboard club will have a meeting on Monday, December 10 after school in room 152 for all of those interested in the March 8-10 ski trip to Sugarbush.

There will be an FBLA meeting this Thursday, December 6 after school in room 126. See you there!

There will be a meeting for all students interested in trying out for the baseball team on Thursday, December 6 after school in room 161. Any questions, please see Mr. D’Amato.

The Japanese Club will meet next Wednesday, December 12 after school in room 230. Be prepared to learn about KFC and Christmas, a Japanese tradition!

Photography Club Announcement: Learn to take great pictures! Express yourself! Join the photography club. We are meeting every other Monday in room 11. New members of all experience levels welcome! Seats could fill quickly, we’re on a first come first serve basis. The next meeting is December 10. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity!

The Italian Club will be making and eating pizza and more on Monday, December 10. All are welcome, but space is limited so bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli in room 226 to save your space.

There will be a member of the United States Marines here to discuss the NROTC Scholarship program on Tuesday, December 18 at 1:00 pm. NROTC stands for Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. If you are interested in finding out how this type of military scholarship can help pay for your college education, sign up in Naviance to attend this visit. It is listed under College Visits as NROTC Scholarship.

The next fundraising meeting for Travel Club will be on Monday, December 10 at 2:10 pm in room 233. Please contact Sra. Ruiz if you are unable to attend.
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 05, 2018 at 9:04 AM
  

Student Council will meet on Thursday, December 6 at 2:05 pm in room 163.

Meri-Kurisu-masu! KFC on Christmas Eve? Why not? That's become a tradition in Japan. Learn all about the holidays and make Japanese holiday ornaments on today in room 230.

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: The CATS Club is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in an opportunity to work closely with your peers, lead, and mentor new students, please consider applying! Applications can be picked up in the Main Office and drop them off outside of room 143. All applications are due Friday, December 14. Please see Mrs. Frasier, Mrs. Landry or Mr. Warnock with any questions.

The Italian Club will be making and eating pizza and more on Monday, December 10. All are welcome, but space is limited so bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli in room 226 to save your space.

The South Windsor High School Relay for Life team, Cats for the Cure, will be holding a meeting this Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 pm in room 145. If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in being a part of our team, please see our Google Classroom page, or Ms. Lyons in room 145.

Today is Day 2 of “Safe Teen Driving Awareness Week”. Safe teen driving is all about making smart choices. One wrong decision can change your life and the lives of others forever. The leading causes of teen crashes are:
Driver inexperience 
Driving with teen passengers
Nighttime driving
Not using seat belts
Distracted driving
Drowsy driving
Reckless driving
Impaired driving
Fact: Did you know that almost half of all teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occur between 3:00 pm and midnight and approximately 53% occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Please recognize these causes and remember to “Drive 4 Tomorrow”.
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 04, 2018 at 8:53 AM
  

Seniors: If you have any colleges with a December 15 application deadline, your last day to submit transcript request forms is TODAY.

Meri-Kurisu-masu! KFC on Christmas Eve? Why not? That's become a tradition in Japan. Learn all about the holidays and make Japanese holiday ornaments on Tuesday, December 4 in room 230.

The Italian Club will be making and eating pizza and more on Monday, December 10. All are welcome, but space is limited so bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli in room 226 to save your space.

Calling all writers: the Scholastic Writing Awards is accepting submissions until December 4. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a national program that recognizes student achievement in writing and art. If you're interested in submitting original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, or other work, please see your English teacher for more information or visit www.artandwriting.org

The South Windsor High School Relay for Life team, Cats for the Cure, will be holding a meeting this Thursday, December 6 at 2:00 pm in room 145. If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in being a part of our team, please see our Google Classroom page, or Ms. Lyons in room 145.

There will be a meeting for all students interested in trying out for the baseball team on Thursday, December 6 after school in room 161. Any questions, please see Mr. D’Amato.

The Coolidge Scholarship program is open for this year. This highly selective scholarship is for JUNIORS only. If selected, recipients will receive a full-ride scholarship for four years of undergraduate study to any American college or university. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 23. Information can be found in Naviance or at www.CoolidgeScholars.org
Posted by cdoherty  On Dec 03, 2018 at 9:02 AM
  

Photography Club Announcement: Learn to take great pictures! Express yourself! Join the photography club. We are meeting every other Monday in room 11. New members of all experience levels welcome! Seats could fill quickly, we’re on a first come first serve basis. The next meeting is December 10. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity!

Seniors: If you have any colleges with a December 15 application deadline, your last day to submit transcript request forms is Monday, December 3.

All girls interested in trying out for Girls Lacrosse in the spring, there will be a meeting on Monday, December 3 at 2:10 pm in room 152.

Meri-Kurisu-masu! KFC on Christmas Eve? Why not? That's become a tradition in Japan. Learn all about the holidays and make Japanese holiday ornaments on Tuesday, December 4 in room 230.

The Italian Club will be making and eating pizza and more on Monday, December 10. All are welcome, but space is limited so bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli in room 226 to save your space.

The Science Fiction/Fantasy club will hold its next meeting next Thursday, December 6 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in room 127. Join us as we watch and discuss Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Athletic News:

Tryouts for JV & Varsity Boys Basketball for sophomores, junior and seniors will be Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:00-10:00 am in the SWHS Gymnasium.
Posted by cdoherty  On Nov 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM
  

Photography Club Announcement: Learn to take great pictures! Express yourself! Join the photography club. We are meeting every other Monday in room 11. New members of all experience levels welcome! Seats could fill quickly, we’re on a first come first serve basis. The next meeting is December 10. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity!

The ASVAB exam will be offered this Friday at 7:25 am. Those signed up will report to the Seminar Room at that time. If you are not yet signed up and wish to take the test, please come to School Counseling by Thursday.

Attention SWHS, this is the last day of the homeroom competition. Donate money in your homerooms that will go to Coram Deo and make the holidays special for families in need. Remember, the homeroom which raises the most money will receive a prize. Tomorrow is the last day to donate toys to the same cause.

Seniors: If you have any colleges with a December 15 application deadline, your last day to submit transcript request forms is Monday, December 3.

All girls wanting to try out for Girls Lacrosse in the spring, there is a meeting on Monday, December 3 at 2:10 pm in room 152.

Meri-Kurisu-masu! KFC on Christmas Eve? Why not? That's become a tradition in Japan. Learn all about the holidays and make Japanese holiday ornaments on Tuesday, December 4 after school in room 230.

Athletic News:

Tryouts for JV & Varsity Boys Basketball for sophomores, junior and seniors will be this Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30 from 5:30-8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:00-10:00 am in the SWHS Gymnasium.
Posted by cdoherty  On Nov 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM
  

Hey Bobcat foodies! Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers? Join us TODAY after school as we go on a culinary tour of Italy and India. We'll be making butter chicken, stuffed shells, tiramisu, chai, and so much more. There are still spots available - just bring $5 to Ms. Cliff or Sra. Ruiz. 

Ryan Belekewicz will be holding a fundraiser at a local ice cream shop on Sullivan Avenue TODAY to raise money for his eagle project from 6:00-9:00 pm. Please come out to support the project! 

The Strategy Club will meet this Thursday, November 29 after school in room 7.

Attention SWHS, this is day 3 of the homeroom competition. Donate money in your homerooms for Coram Deo, an organization that helps women recovering from addiction and abuse rebuild their lives and families. Remember, the homeroom that raises the most money will receive a prize. Tomorrow is the last day to donate. Also, there is a box in front of the security desk for those who want to donate toys to the same cause.

Calling all writers: the Scholastic Writing Awards is accepting submissions until December 4. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a national program that recognizes student achievement in writing and art. If you're interested in submitting original poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, or other work, please see your English teacher for more information or visit www.artandwriting.org

Athletic News:

Tryouts for JV & Varsity Boys Basketball for sophomores, junior and seniors will be this Thursday, Nov. 29 from 5:30-8:00 pm, Friday Nov. 30 from 5:30-8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8:00-10:00 am in the SWHS Gymnasium. Freshman Boys basketball try outs will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 2:15-3:30 pm and Friday, Nov. 30 from 2:15-4:30 pm. Anyone interested in trying out for any sport must have completed the online athletic registration, brought in a copy of their physician’s statement, and paid the fee of $125 to the main office prior to this tryout. Link to tryout times for all winter sports.

 
Posted by cdoherty  On Nov 28, 2018 at 8:55 AM
  
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