Wahconah News - 12/11/19

Wahconah News - 12/11/19
Posted on 12/11/2019
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Dec. 11, 2019

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday email update! We hope you find the following information, reminders, and repeats to be helpful.


Here is the link to the fourteenth episode of Wahconah Weekly:



We will be using this space on a monthly basis to provide helpful tips and insight to help bridge the gap between home and school. Some of the information shared in this section will include links to useful articles, websites, or videos.

CBRSD Asst. Superintendent Leslie Blake-Davis engages in a great deal of working having to do with curriculum development and instructional practices. She has put together a helpful newsletter to share some of that with CBRSD families. Click on this link to learn more about teaching and learning in CBRSD. Check it out!


(all of this news is announced regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

Understanding Financial Aid Offers -  Over the next few weeks, many of our seniors will begin to receive their college Financial Aid Award Letters, or “Offer Letters” as many colleges are beginning to call them.  While all colleges are required to clearly describe the types of aid available – grants and scholarships, work-study, and loans – it can sometimes be confusing to compare multiple financial aid offers and figure out the bottom line – what is still left over to pay. Check out these great resources to help clarify and simplify:


Important College Financial Aid Info - If you were unable to attend our annual Financial Aid night in October, here are some important resources when it comes to financial aid:

  • Students should review financial aid information on each of their colleges’ individual websites to know exactly what they need to submit and by when. It is important to follow college deadlines for financial aid in order to maximize financial aid opportunities.  

  • All students looking to attend college should apply for financial aid through FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Here is a link to the FAFSA website:

  • Some colleges require the CSS profile. A list of those colleges can be found on the following website:

  • Some college require their own internal forms.

Again, be sure to meet deadlines to maximize financial aid.  


(all of these announcements are made regularly to our students via morning announcements/flyers)

New England Math League – Open to ALL students on Tuesdays from 2:30-3pm. Students have 30 minutes for 6 questions. Students can use a calculator and scrap paper. Students get 4 Points for participating and an extra point for each correct answer!

  • Jan. 7

  • Feb. 11

  • Mar. 17

Job Opportunity – Jiminy Peak is now hiring for seasonal food and beverage positions!  Concessions Jobs with Centerplate. Apply on Berkshire Jobs website www.berkshirejobs.com/centerplate 

• Starting rate $12.75/hr

• Season Pass for skiing and snowboarding to the resort Included

• Meals included for the shift

• Flexible hours

• Must be 14 or older  

Advanced Manufacturing Opportunity - Are you interested in blueprint reading, hands on machining, or CAD? If you are, see Mrs. Shafiroff to learn more about an upcoming training in Advanced Manufacturing Skills.

Job Shadowing - If you are a junior and interested in job shadowing, Mrs. Shafiroff and Dan McMahon will be at all 3 lunches this Wednesday, December 18 to answer questions. They will have a list of employers willing to host students.


The next Wahconah School Building Committee meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 6pm in the Wahconah Library. All meetings are open to the public. Click on the link below to learn more about the progress being made with the project.



If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please consider checking out the information in the attachment below. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with benefits and other food resources in their communities. 

FoodSource Hotline flyer.pdf 


Since we have had one snow day so far, the last day of school will now be June 12th. That means final exams for grades 9-11 will now be June 9, 10, 11, 12. Please plan accordingly! This will be repeated in each Wahconah Wednesday Message for the remainder of the school year.


Due to the nationwide teenage vaping epidemic, we will continually provide helpful information and resources for parents in the space below.

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions.  New resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping. Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping.  To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes:  both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.

Please make note of new free programs to help address the vaping epidemic. 

·       This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709.  In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

·       My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at  mylifemyquit.com.

·       Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips.

·       Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.

·       For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping.

·       More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org.

Talking with young people about vaping is essential—youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit.  Visit GetOutraged.org to learn more or contact Joyce Brewer at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org .


We greatly appreciate those of you who acknowledge and follow this procedure. However, it is important to remember that the driveway directly in front of the school should remain clear for school buses only during the following times:

  • 7:20-7:50am (morning drop off)

  • 2:15-2:30pm (afternoon pick up)

  • 3:15-3:30pm (late bus pick up)

Any parents/families dropping students off or picking students up must use the car lane, which can be accessed, by using the last driveway in the student parking lot. When leaving the parking lot please exit through the middle driveway.

Please note that if a bus’s lights are flashing red, that means you cannot pass it regardless of whether it has a stop sign extended from it or not. We have asked for assistance from Dalton Police (when available) to help monitor this. Thank you for your help.


Please remember that the proper dismissal procedure for ill students is for the student to go to the nurse first. The nurse will examine the student and determine whether the student needs to be dismissed. Ms. Roy (ext. 1131) will then make the call home if she determines that dismissal is warranted.

Also, if you’ve secured a last-minute doctor’s appointment during the school day, please call ahead to Mrs. Farley (our Main Office Administrative Assistant at ext. 1320) so that she can prepare a dismissal for your student.


Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!


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