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Newsletter 3/19/18
Dr. G
Monday, March 19, 2018


March 19, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:

This Newsletter highlights some of events that may of interest you. 


Sports Awards Banquet: It was a pleasure to see so many families and relatives attend this banquet to witness our Winter student athletes be recognized by their coaches for the dedication, passion and commitment each made to themselves and the respective teams. Congratulations to our Girls and Boys participating on the Basketball Teams and the Cheer Team. Also, a huge thank you for the dedication work of our coaches: Jordan Sharra and assistant Tim Hildreth, Neal Stetson and assistant Kayla Murdock, and Stephanie Taylor and assistants Monica Poole and Meredith Poole. You made this possible!  


Senior Scholarship: This is timely, important and worth repeating. Scholarship packets to attend higher education degrees are available by contacting Christy Frazier:  224-5135 or 485-4700. You may also contact her through email: this is a wonderful financial aid opportunity.


Spring Sports: Just a reminder, Baseball and softball tryouts begin next week for children in grades 6 through 8. Please contact Ms. Nicholson for details.


Kindergarten Registration: Please share this information with families, neighbors and friends! Registration for Kindergarten are the weeks of April 9 through 13 and April 16 through 20 for children who turn (5) five BEFORE September 30th. Please bring the child’s birth certificate, Immunization/physical, proof of residency (e.g., tax bill, utility bill, or renter’s lease). Hopefully, this advanced notice will provide the time necessary to gather necessary documents. We are looking forward to having your child become part of the Winchester School Community!


Fiscal Year 2019 School Budget: Naturally, the School Board is pleased that all School Articles passed. However, there is a greater picture here. The School Board would like to thank all residents who took the time to review the school budget, brave the elements and cast their vote. We live in a democracy and your vote truly does matter, regardless of how you decided to cast your ballot. Your involvement and interest in your community is greatly appreciated. Thank you!


School Bus Rules: An effort is being made to make sure all students are safe in their ride to and from school. Some students are forgetting the rules and the principal and others are getting on the bus to remind students to be respectful of self and others, including the bus driver. Your help is needed. We believe your voice matters to your child and a reminder from you to support our efforts will make a tremendous impact. You can find all the Bus Rules on the District website by going to: Documents and clicking on 2017-2018 1st Student Transportation .  They are displayed on each bus as well. Perhaps you could start the conversation by asking your children to tell you what the rules are and how well they are following them. Perhaps you could ask which rules they are having trouble following and offer some suggestions on how they might do a better job following them?  Here are a few to get you started: Stay in your the seat when the bus is in motion; Speak with an “indoor” voice; Keep book bags, backpacks in lap; Keep all your body parts inside the bus; Use a healthy vocabulary and avoid mean language, swear words, and saying things that make others feel bad; Keep the fluids in your mouth – don’t share them; Never throw anything; Help the driver keep his/her eyes on the road by not doing things put the attention on you, keep your hands to yourself!  Remember, the bus is a classroom on wheels! Let us have a safe ride.


Normal Winchester Openings when Keene High has a Two Hour School Delay: IMPORTANT!!

I understand that our past practice is whenever Keene has a two  hour delay the Winchester School District automatically follows with a two hour delay. Please be informed that this may not be the case in the future. For example, the day after this last storm all our roads and school parking lot was clear, and it did not appear we needed a delay and a normal start time was going to be announced with a phone call. However, because parents are accustomed to Winchester also delaying when Keene delays, we did not send out a message informing parents that Winchester would have a normal start to our school day.

The concern was that parents might have turned off their TV or radio once they saw Keene’s delay, and just assumed Winchester was delaying, and therefore, students would not be waiting for their bus at the normal pick up time. If we have a normal start, it will be important for parents to have their children out at the bus stops promptly because as soon as the buses drop off students at Winchester School, they will immediately begin picking up high school students attending Keene. If we have a normal start and Keene has a delay, it may mean a few high school students ride on our buses. Before any decision is made, this is being researched and the School Board will make an informed decision. Presently, we are in the exploratory stages.  If you have suggestions or comments, please direct them to the Winchester Superintendent. This will be followed- up in subsequent Newsletters. 






Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey