Winterhaven Weekly - 2/15/18

posted Feb 15, 2018, 8:34 PM by Unknown user

Upcoming Events: 

  • February 17 – United States Navy Band at Cleveland High School 7:00 pm
  • February 19 – Presidents Day – No School
  • February 20 and 22 – Variety Show Auditions starting at 3:40 pm
  • February 21 – Two Hour Late Start


Counselor’s Corner Hello again,

Here’s what’s going on in the counseling realm at Winterhaven.  In the K-6 classrooms, we continue our focus on race and diversity.  All grades watched Momondo’s DNA project film.  We then are breaking into learning about individual people in the project and using their experiences and ways of looking at their own culture as a lens to examine our own values around race and our ancestry.  So far, the kids have been very engaged and interested.  In the K-3 classrooms we will be supplementing our conversations around those films with some readings. In 4th, 5th and 6th grade we will also be watching and discussing Verna Myers’ TED Talk about race in addition to the DNA Project.  It’s a powerful talk.  

Cleveland has rescheduled with our 8th graders for next Thursday, February 22nd at 8:45. They are the last school that will visit us.  Students headed to other PPS schools should have met with the counselor from that school here at Winterhaven (Franklin, Grant), visited the school to do this (Benson, and maybe Jefferson) or  filled out forecasting forms with me (Lincoln, Roosevelt).  Again, I encourage you to double check your address with PPS’ take on where you are headed.  If you have a split home, please let Nancy know so she can correct your address so you get all the information from the high school you plan on going to. 

One of the things that is coming up in our discussions and videos on race and DNA is the fact that there are no racial DNA markers.  To quote an article on OPB’s website: (; “Two random Koreans are likely to be as genetically different as a Korean and an Italian.”  Humans tend to identify themselves and others as belonging to one or more races.  So our weekly question becomes: “What purpose does the idea of race have in our world?  Do we know the history of it?”  The OPB site above is a good, quick site to get a little background on these ideas.  


RACE - The Power of an Illusion | PBS

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Teenagers and Screen Time

Does your child spend a lot of time looking at a screen?  Do you wonder what the impacts of that are?  Join us for the viewing of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time will be shown at the Cleveland High School Auditorium on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7 pm. The Winterhaven middle school will have viewed the film in an assembly earlier on the same day.

Event is FREE - Space is limited - Registration is encouraged to reserve your seat.  


Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School



Variety Show –Our amazing Variety show gives Winterhaven students a way to showcase creative and interesting things that they enjoy doing. As always, we are looking for a VARIETY of acts to be in the show:  music, dance, comedy, skits, athletics, speech, novelty, magic...just to name a few. 



Tuesday 2/20 starting at 3:40

Thursday 2/22 starting at 3:40


Sign-ups, details and requirements for auditions are available on-line at:

We will also be auditioning for our MC (Master of Ceremony) or the host(s). If you are interested in being the host you need to sign up for an audition slot. You can audition as the MC solo or in a small group. Please contact me and I will help you know how to prepare for this type of audition.


Dress Rehearsal:

Tuesday 2/27 3:30-5 pm


Thursday 3/1 

-In school 1:15 pm

-Evening 6:30 pm

As always we will need volunteers (parents & students) to pitch in, so please sign up online at:

We are also looking for someone who has a camera that would allow us to take a video of the performance.

If you have any questions please contact Kari Key at


Winterhaven Lottery - If you are a current Winterhaven family and your student has a sibling that wants to attend Winterhaven next year, please contact the office for further information.


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