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Please note…Monday is a regular start day. Classes begin promptly at 7:25am.

March is Women’s History Month. Today we honor Octavia Butler. Octavia Butler was a science fiction author who was responsible for writing amazing novels such as Parable of the Talents, Kindred, and Fledging. In 1971 she won the Hugo and Nebula awards for her novella Bloodchild. Along with her impressive list of novels, she was recognized with a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (AKA the genius grant) for her astonishing writing skills and career. 

Today is the last day to sign up for classes for next school year. Sign up for your courses for next year online through your Power School account. Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions or concerns about the course selection process.

Attention to all students who drive to school: Only students with a parking pass may park in the main high school parking lot. All other drivers must park at Dupree. Students are not permitted to park at Wapping or the Community Center.

We will be opening parking spots to all juniors and seniors on Monday, March 5. All required paperwork must be submitted along with a complete application in order to be accepted. Spaces are limited and will be processed on a first come first served basis. The cost is $40.

Did you know that more than 15 percent of people in Puerto Rico still remain in the dark nearly six months after Hurricane Maria? Puerto Rico has begun the long road of recovery. You can help and have fun at the same time. Interact Club is sponsoring a basketball tournament on March 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There will be prizes, snacks, and fun. Forms are available outside Room 134 and are due to Mrs. Howard by March 5. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Howard in Room 134 or see an Interact Officer. 

The Science Fiction/Fantasy Club will meet Monday in Room 127. Join us for snacks while we watch and discuss Interstellar. New members are welcome.

Attention sophomores and juniors…. the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) is looking for students interested in their CRILA leadership academy. This prestigious academy meets monthly throughout the 2018-19 school year and its purpose is to train students towards becoming more effective leaders through various trainings and exercises. In addition, there is a 7 day camping trip in Maine this June for those accepted. If interested in applying or getting more details, please visit Mr. Wry in School Counseling. 

Athletic News:
Attention spring athletes: sports paperwork is due MONDAY in order to be eligible for the first day of tryouts.  If you have any questions, see Mrs. Jelly in the Main Office during lunch waves.

All students interested in trying out for the baseball team should attend an informational meeting after school Monday, March 5 in Room 161. Any questions, please see Mr. D'Amato. 

All winter athletes whose seasons have ended should remove personal belongings from their team rooms by the end of TODAY. All athletic uniforms should be washed and returned to your coaches.

Attention all boys interested in trying out for the Boys Volleyball team this month. There will be a brief informational meeting about the tryouts and season on Monday March 12 at 2:15pm in Room 111. If you have any questions, see Coach Holt in the Women's PE office. 
Posted by cdoherty  On Mar 02, 2018 at 8:58 AM
  

Please note…Monday is a regular start day. Classes begin promptly at 7:25am.

March is Women’s History Month. Today we honor Dorothea Dix. Dorothea Dix is known for her work in the 1800s to improve the treatment of the mentally ill. In Massachusetts, Dix visited prisons, wrote reports, talked with doctors, and pushed successfully for new laws to protect the mentally challenged. She even toured Europe and Asia in the 1850s, influencing them to build new hospitals and improve their treatments. Prior to this, Dix’s main triumph was opening the first state hospital for the mentally ill in Trenton, New Jersey.

Another fast fact presented by the Environmental Club: For the second year in a row, the levels of dissolved oxygen in waters of the Long Island have increased. This oxygen is removed from the water in order for fish and other organisms to breathe. Dissolved oxygen levels have been incredibly low recently, mostly because excess nitrogen from sewage and fertilizer run pulls it out of the water. However it seems that efforts by Connecticut and New York State to reduce nitrogen pollution have been successful. The recent increase in dissolved oxygen demonstrates that water quality is improving and the sound is becoming a healthier habitat for aquatic animals that live there. Come to the Environmental Club meeting today in Room 206 at 2:10pm to learn more. 

Bristol Technical Education Center will hold an Open House tonight from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Students can tour the campus, learn about career & technical programs, and work-based learning opportunities. For more information, visit bristol.cttech.org.

Attention freshmen, sophomores and juniors - course selection for the 2018-2019 school year will end TOMORROW. Each student in grades 9-11 is requested to sign up for courses for next year online through their Power School account. Students are to follow the level recommendations made by their current teachers when selecting courses for next year. Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions/concerns about the course selection process. The student portal will close this Friday at the end of the school day. 

Anyone interested in Tech Crew or painting for the Spring Play - come to the Project Room in the Media Center tomorrow from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. We need creative and skilled people.

Open Auditions for the award winning South Windsor Show Choir Choral Spectrum will be held Monday night at 5:00pm in the auditorium. Materials are on the school website under the Music Department or on Google Classroom; use code ea311i.

Are you interested in the theater business? Sign up for an opportunity where you will explore non-stage careers at The Bushnell. Stop by the Career Center of the Business Office to get your slip. Deadline is TOMORROW. For more details see Ms. Festi or Ms. Cruz.

Athletic News:

There will be a mandatory meeting tomorrow in Room 142 at 2:10pm for any girls trying out for the lacrosse team. If you have any questions or cannot attend, see Coach Dobosz in her room before the end of the day on Friday.

There will be a football meeting today after school today in the weight room. New players are welcome.
Posted by cdoherty  On Mar 01, 2018 at 9:33 AM
  
 
February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: 
Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison became the first woman of color to travel into space on September 12, 1992 when she rocketed into Earth orbit on an 8 day mission aboard the spacecraft, Endeavor.  Prior to being approved for astronaut training for NASA, Mae was a physician who earned her medical degree from Cornell and served in the Peace Corps in Africa.

Please join the Freshman Class of 2021 for a fundraiser at a local frozen yogurt establishment at the Plaza at Buckland Hills in Manchester tonight from 6-9 pm. See you there.

Final reminder for seniors. IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: If you have not yet done so, you must sign up for your cap and gown for graduation.  Please see Mrs. Mazzonna or Ms. Andrews for information.  

The Science Fiction/Fantasy Club will meet Monday in Room 127. Join us for snacks while we watch and discuss Interstellar.  New members are welcome.

Bristol Technical Education Center will hold an Open House on Thursday, March 1 from 5:00 -7:00pm. Students can tour the campus, learn about career & technical programs, and work-based learning opportunities. For more information, visit bristol.cttech.org.
 
Attention Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors-- Please note that course selection for the 2018-2019 school year will end this Friday, March 2.  Each student in grades 9-11 is requested to sign up for their courses for next year online through their Power School account. Students are to follow the level recommendations made by their current teachers when selecting courses for next year.  Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions/concerns about the course selection process. The student portal will close this Friday at the end of the school day.  

Here are two announcements for fashion students: For those going on the MFIT field trip, the permission slip is due back by tomorrow. After this date, refunds will not be given if you can't attend the trip. For students in Fashion Club, we will be meeting tomorrow after school in Room 7 until 3:00pm. 
 
Anyone interested in Tech Crew or painting for the Spring Play - come to the Project Room in the Media Center on Friday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. We need you creative and skilled people.

Interact Club is sponsoring a basketball tournament on March 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Entry is $10 per player and all proceeds go to hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. Pick up your form outside Room 134. Forms and money are due March 5. See Mrs. Howard in Room 134 or find an Interact Officer with questions.

The Mock Trial Team meets today after school Wednesday at 2:15pm in Room 157 to review the competition scores and celebrate the season. Please see Mr. Zeuschner if you cannot attend.

The CT State Board of Education has opened their search for two new 2018-19 Student Board Members.  Students, appointed by the governor, will serve from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.  Any junior interested in applying should look for additional information and the posting in the Career Center. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before April 13.

Athletic News:
-ANYONE interested in trying out for SWHS boys’ varsity golf team this spring should attend the mandatory meeting tomorrow after school from 2:10pm - 2:30pm. Please see Mr. Gray in Room 168 for any additional information or if you can't attend. 

-All winter athletes whose seasons have ended should remove personal belongings from their team rooms by the end of this week. All athletic uniforms should be washed and returned to your coaches.  (2/26, 2/28, f 3/1)



Posted by mdunia  On Feb 28, 2018 at 8:54 AM
  

Another fast fact presented by the Environmental Club: Did you know that the Long Island Sound helps to generate approximately $9.4 billion a year? The sound is used by ferries and ships to transport people and goods and provides commercial fishermen a place to catch oysters, crabs, lobsters, bluefish, bass, and flounder. It is also home to many nature centers and aquariums and is used for recreational activities, such as boating and bird watching. Come to the Environmental Club meeting to learn how to improve this important natural resource.

The Italian Club will meet after school TODAY in Room 226. We'll be taking a picture for the yearbook first, so please stop by even if you're not staying for the meeting.

Mind's Eye will hold a meeting today at 2:00pm in Room 146. New members are welcome to attend.

Open Auditions for the award winning South Windsor Show Choir Choral Spectrum will be held Monday, March 5 at 5:00pm in the High School Auditorium. Materials are on the school website under the Music Department or on Google Classroom; use code ea311i. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience.

Are you interested in the theater business? Sign up for a one of a kind opportunity where you will explore non-stage careers at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Stop by the Career Center of the Business Office to get your slip. Deadline is March 2. For more details see Ms. Festi or Ms. Cruz.

Attention students 17 and older, please sign up to donate blood on Wednesday, March 7. Over 30 million blood transfusions are needed in the US each year, and your donation can help to save 3 lives! Sign-ups will be done electronically; the link to the Google form will be available on the junior and senior Google classroom and on the high school home page. If you have questions please see Mrs. Belval in Room 204.

The Mock Trial Team will hold a meeting Wednesday after school Wednesday at 2:15pm in Room 157 to review the competition scores and celebrate the season. Please see Mr. Zeuschner if you cannot attend.

The RACE Committee is using the month of March to celebrate our religious diversity. Please take a few moments in your homeroom to fill out a two question survey that has been shared via a Google Form. This is voluntary; however, your participation would be greatly appreciated.  

The fashion field trip forms to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology must be turned in by Thursday. See Mrs. Ziff in Room 7 during homeroom for forms and to drop off signed ones. Please mark your calendars for a mandatory meeting about the trip on March 27 after school. More details will follow through Google Classroom. 

The CT State Board of Education has opened their search for two new 2018-19 Student Board Members. Students, appointed by the governor, will serve from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Any junior interested in applying should look for additional information and the posting in the Career Center. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before April 13.

Attention all students going on the Jay Peak ski trip. There is a student-parent meeting TONIGHT at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Please see Ms. Lynch or Ms. Andrews if you have any questions.

Athletic News:

All students interested in trying out for the baseball team should attend an informational meeting after school Monday, March 5 in Room 161. Any questions, please see Mr. D'Amato. 
Posted by cdoherty  On Feb 27, 2018 at 8:52 AM
  

Attention sophomores and juniors….the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) is looking for students interested in their CRILA leadership academy. This prestigious academy meets monthly throughout the 2018-19 school year and its purpose is to train students towards becoming more effective leaders through various trainings and exercises. In addition, there is a 7 day camping trip in Maine this June for those accepted. If interested in applying or getting more details, please visit Mr. Wry in School Counseling. 

Attention seniors. IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: If you have not yet done so, you must sign up for your cap and gown for graduation. Please see Mrs. Mazzonna or Ms. Andrews for information.  

Attention all students going on the Jay Peak ski trip. There is a student-parent meeting Tuesday, February 27 at 6:00pm in the cafeteria. Please see Ms. Lynch or Ms. Andrews if you have any questions.

There will be no GSA meeting today. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on March 5 in Room 148 after school.

Calling all techies. There will be a meeting for anyone interested in serving on Tech Crew for the Spring Play, The Matchmaker, on Friday, March 2 at 2:00pm in the Auditorium. See Mrs. White in 144 if you cannot attend. 

The Italian Club meets tomorrow after school in Room 226.  

Final reminder for all Unity Club Members… we will meet today school in the Career Center. 

The Cooking Club will meet Wednesday to enjoy a chocolate-themed menu and take our yearbook photo. Please bring $5 to Sra. Ruiz in Room 233 by the end of today to reserve your spot.

Yoga Club meets today at 2:15pm in the Chorus Room to practice yoga.  

Bobcat Robotics is sponsoring a fundraiser at a local burger restaurant on Tolland Turnpike in Manchester near the BJ's Plaza tonight from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Please mention Bobcat Robotics when ordering. 

Athletic News:
-Girls’ Track and Field will hold an informational meeting after school tomorrow in Room 127.  

-The Boys’ and Girls’ Track Team will hold an end of season celebration today at 2:00pm in Room 157. Please bring your uniforms. 

-ANYONE interested in trying out for SWHS Boys’ Varsity Golf Team this spring should attend the mandatory meeting Thursday, March 1 after school from 2:10pm - 2:30pm. Please see Mr. Gray in Room 168 for any additional information or if you can't attend.

-Attention spring athletes: This is just a reminder that you need to sign up online by March 5 in order to be eligible for the first day of tryouts. If you played a previous sport this year, stop by the Main Office to move your sports forms forward and to drop off your check for your spring sport. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Jelly in the Main Office.

-All winter athletes whose seasons have ended should remove personal belongings from their team rooms by the end of this week. All athletic uniforms should be washed and returned to your coaches.
Posted by cdoherty  On Feb 26, 2018 at 9:01 AM
  

February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: Hank Aaron. Hank Aaron was a major league baseball player who hit 755 home runs during his career, making him America’s all-time home run leader for three decades, and earning him the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank.” He surpassed Babe Ruth, who had 714 home runs, and played in a record 24 All-Star games. He was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

The next meeting of Fashion Club will be on Thursday, March 1 after school in Room 7 until 3:00pm. We will work on new projects and planning upcoming events.

Reminder for all Unity Club Members… we will have our cultural food meeting on Monday after school in the Career Center. Please bring any food items you would like to share with the club for this meeting. Hope to see you all there. 

The Cooking Club will meet next Wednesday, February 28 to enjoy a chocolate-themed menu and take our yearbook photo! Please bring $5 to Sra. Ruiz no later than Monday, February 26 to reserve your spot and see her in Room 233 if you have any questions.

Yoga Club will meet Monday at 2:15pm in the Chorus Room to practice yoga. We will also be taking our yearbook photo and discussing the “Relieve the Stress Fest”. Contact Ms. Lane if you have any questions.

Come to the local burger restaurant on Tolland Turnpike in Manchester near the BJ's Plaza on Monday, February 26 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm to support the Bobcat Robotics team. Our robotics team will receive 10% of the proceeds. Please mention Bobcat Robotics when ordering. We hope to see you there.

Are you a junior looking for a part time job? A local medical office is looking for a high school student from the Class of 2019 to work 6-10 hours during the school week with increasing hours for the summer. Candidates should be motivated workers with attention to detail and are expected to be able to work in a professional setting. For more information on how to apply, please see the job posting on the Career Center bulletin board.

Do you like basketball? Or winning prizes? How about having fun? Interact Club is sponsoring a basketball tournament on March 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Entry is $10 per player and all proceeds go to hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. Pick up your form outside Room 134. Forms and money are due March 5. Questions? See Mrs. Howard in Room 134 or find an Interact Officer.

Athletic News:
The Boys and Girls track Team will hold an end of season celebration Monday at 2:00pm in Room 157. Please bring your uniforms. 
Posted by cdoherty  On Feb 23, 2018 at 9:50 AM
  

February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: Billie Holiday. Billie Holiday was one of the first and greatest of American jazz singers. She was a sensation at New York’s famous jazz club, The Apollo, and was nicknamed “Lady Day” by saxophonist Lester Young, with whom she often recorded. Billie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 for her legendary career.

A local medical office is looking for a high school student from the Class of 2019 to work 6-10 hours during the school week with increasing hours for the summer. Candidates should be motivated workers with attention to detail and are expected to be able to work in a professional setting. For more information on how to apply, please see the job posting on the Career Center bulletin board.

Attention students who are attending the fashion field trip to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, new permission slips must be returned by March 1. If you don't have one, please see Mrs. Ziff in Room 7 during homeroom. You can also return signed permission slips to Room 7. Please mark your calendars for a mandatory meeting about the trip on March 27 after school. More details will follow through Google Classroom. 

Did someone say "chocolate"? Join the Cooking Club as we celebrate all things chocolate. Our menu features chocolate mousse, cream puffs, whoopie pies and so much more. Reserve your spot by bringing $5 to Sra. Ruiz in Room 233 by Monday, February 26, and the cooking session is on Wednesday, February 28. We will be taking our yearbook picture then as well!   

Do you like basketball? Or winning prizes? How about having fun? Interact Club is sponsoring a basketball tournament on March 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Entry is $10 per player and all proceeds go to hurricane relief for Puerto Rico. Pick up your form outside Room 134. Forms and money are due March 5. Questions? See Mrs. Howard in Room 134 or find an Interact Officer.

The Japanese Club meets today in Room 230. Domo arigato, sayonara !!!

The CT State Board of Education has opened their search for two new 2018-19 Student Board Members. Students, appointed by the governor, will serve from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Any junior interested in applying should look for additional information and the posting in the Career Center. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before April 13.

Athletic News:

-Are you a girl interested in Track and Field? Come to an informational meeting after school TODAY or on Tuesday, February 27 in Room 127. See Coach McCullough in Room 127 if you have any questions. 

-ANYONE interested in trying out for SWHS boys’ varsity golf team this spring should attend the mandatory meeting Thursday, March 1 after school from 2:10pm - 2:30pm. Please see Mr. Gray in Room 168 for any additional information or if you can't attend. 
Posted by cdoherty  On Feb 22, 2018 at 8:53 AM
  

February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: 
Phillis Wheatley. Phillis Wheatley was a slave in Boston when she became the first published black poet in America in 1767.  She was purchased in 1761 by John and Susannah Wheatley, who saw that she learned English literature, Latin, and Greek, and was considered a prodigy among the people of Boston, thanks to her sophisticated verse and lively personality.

If you are considering a career in a STEM related field and would like to learn more about past accomplishments of women, then you should consider joining the new club, Women in Technology. The first meeting will be after school today in Room 9.

The Japanese Club will meet tomorrow in Room 230.

The Italian Club will have its next meeting Tuesday, February 27 in Room 226. We will be having pizza and doing some other activities. If you would like to participate, please bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli by Friday, February 23. There is limited space and spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Attention seniors. IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: If you have not yet done so, you must sign up for your cap and gown for graduation. Please see Mrs. Mazzonna or Ms. Andrews for information.  

The Strategy Club meets today in Room 146. All past and present members are invited to come to the meeting and be in the yearbook photo.



Posted by mdunia  On Feb 21, 2018 at 7:33 AM
  

February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: Shirley Chisholm. Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to the US Congress. She served seven terms as a representative from New York’s 12th district, and also ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972, becoming the first African-American woman to run for office.

Attention seniors. IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION: If you have not yet done so, you must sign up for your cap and gown for graduation. Please see Mrs. Mazzonna or Ms. Andrews for information.  

The Strategy Club will meet this Wednesday in Room 146. There will be a club photo taken for the yearbook. All past and present members are invited to come to the meeting and be in the yearbook photo.

The Science Fiction/Fantasy Club meets today for a writer's workshop from 2:00 – 4:00pm in Room 127. Our club picture will be taken for the yearbook as well.

Attention All Unity Club Members, we will have our cultural food meeting on Monday, February 26 after school at the School Counseling Career Center. Please bring any food items you would like to share with the club for this meeting. We will have food and watch music videos from different cultures at this meeting. Hope to see you all there. 

Athletic News:

-Attention spring athletes: This is just a reminder that you need to sign up online by March 5th in order to be eligible for the first day of tryouts.  If you played a previous sport this year, stop by the Main Office to move your sports forms forward and to drop off your check for your spring sport.  If you have any questions, see Mrs. Jelly in the Main Office. 

-Are you a girl interested in Track and Field? Come to an informational meeting after school on either Thursday, February 22 or on Tuesday, February 27 in Room 127. See Coach McCullough in Room 127 if you have any questions. 

Posted by cdoherty  On Feb 20, 2018 at 9:30 AM
  

February is Black History Month. Today, Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society honors: 
Matthew Henson. Matthew Henson was the first human to reach the North Pole. An expert with sleds and dogs and fluent in the Inuit language, he was hired by Robert E. Peary as an assistant in his quest to reach the North Pole. Although Peary was celebrated for the achievement, Henson’s role was largely unrecognized for years. 

Another fast fact presented by the Environmental Club; Did you know that the Long Island Sound has an area of more than 1,300 square miles and contains more than 18 trillion gallons of water? It is an estuary, meaning that it is a mix of saltwater from the oceans and freshwater from rivers. This large estuary is home to over 1,200 invertebrates, 170 species of fish, and dozens of migratory birds. 

The CT State Board of Education has opened their search for two new 2018-19 Student Board Members. Students, appointed by the governor, will serve from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Any junior interested in applying should look for additional information and the posting in the Career Center. Completed applications must be postmarked on or before April 13.

Join the Science Fiction/Fantasy Club on Tuesday February 20 for a writer's workshop meeting from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Room 127. Enjoy taking the time to write and share with others. Snacks will be provided. We will also be taking a club picture for the yearbook.

Today is the last day to sign up for the FBLA competitions - we are signing up by period 5 today. Please e-mail and let Mrs. Barrett know if you are interested in competing by then. 

The Italian Club will have its next meeting Tuesday, February 27 in Room 226. We will be having pizza and doing some other activities. If you would like to participate, please bring $5 to Mrs. Zaccardelli by Friday, February 23. There is limited space and spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Attention All Unity Club Members, we will have our cultural food meeting on Monday, February 26 after school at the School Counseling Career Center. Please bring any food items you would like to share with the club for this meeting. We will have food and watch music videos from different cultures at this meeting. Hope to see you all there. 

Athletic News:
-Are you a girl interested in Track and Field? Come to an informational meeting after school on either Thursday, February 22 or on Tuesday, February 27 in Room 127. See Coach McCullough in Room 127 if you have any questions.



Posted by mdunia  On Feb 14, 2018 at 8:54 AM
  
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