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Welcome to the Windham High School Website

Here you can find information about our Windham High “Community of Learners”. Please take a few moments to explore our school by connecting to pages that might be of interest to you.  

Our faculty page contains links to the web site of each teacher. Their sites list contact information, course information, and may include assignments, handouts, and links to sites or information that students might need. 

We communicate with parents and others using a monthly newsletter. See recent newsletters below for information about what’s going on here at WHS. Other information that comes up in between newsletters is also sent out electronically. Please consider subscribing to our “ListServe”.

Infinite Campus Access requires a user id and password. This information can be obtained from Student Services at the High School.


Dear Parents and Guardians of the Class of 2019:

Welcome to Windham High School and to the exciting journey that will take place over the next four years.  I look forward to partnering with each of you as we both work to prepare students for opportunities beyond high school.

The first day of school for students in grade 9 will be Tuesday, September 1st  This day is for freshman only and is an opportunity for students to learn more about the school, new classes, and the clubs and activities that are offered throughout the school year.  The day kicks off with a light breakfast in the cafeteria and an assembly in the auditorium.  We welcome and encourage parents to join their student for the breakfast and for a short orientation that will end by 8:30 AM.  The food service program will have a limited menu available during the first two days of school.  Students can bring their own lunch, bring cash, or use their food service ID number to purchase lunch.

All freshmen will then have their photos taken on the first day of school. This photo will be used for Infinite Campus, Student IDs and for the yearbook.

The first day of school for students in grades 10 through 12 will be Wednesday, September 2nd.  This will be the photo day for all students in grades 10 through 12.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:   

Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates as well as success in college. 

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   The school day at WHS starts at 7:25 AM each day and ends at 1:56 PM.  Please make sure you are familiar with the school calendar to assist in your family scheduling for vacations and medical appointments.

The doors to Windham High School are locked each day during school hours.  All visitors during the school day should enter through the clock tower entrance at the front of the building.  Due to security concerns, we cannot make any exceptions to this procedure. 

Students at Windham High School will be issued a Mac Air laptop to use for their classes.  Information about purchasing insurance to cover accidental damage will be sent home during the first week of school.  Please take some time to consider this low cost protection for your student’s machine.  An additional low cost measure of protection for your student’s Mac Air is a silicon keyboard protector to protect the computer from accidental spills.  Keyboard protectors can be purchased from Amazon for under $5.00.

Open House is scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 PM.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  The evening is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the classes that your student will be participating in over the upcoming year.

As your 9th grader is preparing for this new school year, please remind them of our dress code and expectations, as they are enforced to ensure a professional learning environment and to reduce conflicts between students. We are working with student council to update the language, but for now the quick way to remember the expectations is “5, fingers, pit to pit, clean slogans, hip to hip.” This means- shorts should have a 5” inseam or greater, shirt straps need to cover undergarments and be two fingers wide and skirts must be to the tips of the fingers all the way around the skirt, shirts need to cover the torso from armpit to armpit, clothing should not include sexual, profane or drug related images of any kind, and pants and shirts should be to the hips.

Finally, during the first few days of school your student will be bringing home a significant amount of paperwork for your review.  Please take some time to review the materials that are sent home and return them to us as soon as possible.  Having up-to-date, accurate records is important for the school year.  We appreciate your time in reviewing these materials.

Have a great school year.

Sincerely,

Chris Howell, Principal


DEAR PARENTS/GUARDIANS:

LIFETOUCH WILL BE AT WHS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, TO TAKE PHOTO

S OF GRADE 9 STUDENTS AND ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, TO TAKE PHOTOS OF GRADES 10, 11 AND 12.

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR ORDERING INFORMATION.

THANK YOU!


Heidi Taylor | Operations Manager - LG Territory | Lifetouch National School Studios Inc.

htaylor@lifetouch.com207-582-0515 (o) | 207-582-0519 (f)


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The Windham High School Girls Cross Country team has been awarded the Class A West "Good Sportsmanship" banner for their work this fall.  Jeff and the girls will be competing this Saturday in Belfast at the state meet and will receive this honor.


READISTEP link


School Trips 2015-6

APRIL 2016 THE MAGIC OF STORYTELLING TOUR

An Educational Tour of: Walt Disney World & Harry Potter World at Universal
Windham High School has partnered with Brightspark Travel, experts in organizing educational tours, to create a fantastic opportunity
for teachers, students, and parents. The Magic of Storytelling Tour has been developed for high school students, with the purpose of
expanding their understanding and appreciation of the art and science of storytelling.  Click here for more information.

 


 

Congratulations to all: WHS Boys Swim Team has won 2014 MPA Sportsmanship Banner.  Ali Wintle is Class A State Champion in the High Jump.  WHS Girls Basketball Team advanced to semi-finals on Friday 7:30pm and faces Cheverus at Civic Ctr, $8 for adults & $5 students.  Windham High School was listed by Newsweek in the top 2000 high schools in the country, currently rated 1828. (click here for the list)  Congratulations!  Windham High School Senior CiAnne Plummer is now Nationally Qualified in the racewalk and is ranked 10th Nationwide.  Note: For updated daily high school athletic schedules, call 892-1810, press option 5 and then option 1.   Hooray for Windham High School's Alpha and Beta Teams who competed in the Maine State Science Olympiad Competition at USM in Gorham.  Students prepared since October; building, studying & practicing labs and we have a HUGE list of achievements to celebrate.  (Click here for the full list!!) Hooray for Becca Keenan and Windham High School Cheerleaders, featured on WGME Channel 13. (Click here to view the segment.)  Congratulations to Deb Lebel, she was selected as New England Coach of the Year by NSCAA; also she was mentioned in the Dec 30 Sports Illustrated for her contributions to Soccer!!   (Click here for article on Deb Lebel )  Windham High School was mentioned in Bangor Daily News article re: solidifying ties between business opportunity and WHS. (click here for the article) Congratulations to Kelli Deveaux as she was named 2014 Assistant Principal of the Year! She will be honored at MPA in March 2014 & recognized by the National Assn in April 2014. Hooray for Deb Lebel, WHS Girls Varsity Soccer Coach has been selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as the Maine "large school" Coach of the Year.  By receiving this honor Deb is now on the ballot and eligible for the New England recognition and possibly nationally!  WHS Principal Chris Howell is interviewed yielding a great overview of:  Proficiency Based Diplomas and Standards Based Grading (please click here)  Hooray for RSU 14 - Each varsity team qualified for tournament play!  Congratulations - HS boys cross country received the SMAA West Sportsmanship Award. Coach Wally Leblanc was recognized by the soccer coaches & league officials for outstanding sportsmanship during the season! Congratulations to Jeff Riddle for being recognized as "Coach of the Year" in the SMAA for boys cross country.  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR VARSITY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM WHO CAPTURED THE CLASS A STATE TITLE!! The WHS Outing Club is featured in this Maine Outdoor Film Festival video (click here to watch) Congratulations to Dr. Rick Nickerson for becoming one of 217 quarterfinalists in the first ever Music Educator Award Ceremony presented by the Recording Academy & Grammy Foundation! (click here for details) Windham High School was listed by Newsweek in the top 2000 high schools in the country, currently rated 1828. (click here for the list)