February is Black History Month. Each day this month, we will be joined on the morning announcements by one of our student leaders from our African American Culture Club to share some insights with us. Today, we are joined by Senior Chantel Smith.
Zeta Phi Beta is a historically black Greek-lettered sorority. In 1920, five women from Howard University envisioned a sorority that would raise the consciousness of their people, encourage the highest standards of scholastic achievement, and foster a greater sense of unity among its members. From there Zeta Phi Beta was born. Famous members of this sorority are author Zora Neale Hurston, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, and comedian Sheryl Underwood.
Congratulations to our Minutemen Ice Hockey team on their 3-2 playoff win over Kingsway last night. Goals were scored by Andrew McGinley, Kyle McGarvey and AJ Matlack. Way to go Minutemen!
The Boys and Girls Track and Field teams were in action this past Tuesday at the Cherokee Throwdown. Both teams had great performances in this throwers only meet. On the Minutemaids side - Congratulations goes out to Sophomore Sydney Cella for finishing 5th in the Varsity Division with a strong throw of 33 feet and 4 inches. Sydney currently ranks in the top 10 of South Jersey Group 4. Sophomore Allison Siravo and Freshmen Sophia Dunning both finished 5th in their respective competitions. Allison finished 5th in the Junior Varsity Division while Sophia threw a personal best throw and finished 5th in the Freshmen Division. On the Minuteman side - Congratulations goes out to Sophomore Alex Diaz who threw a personal best throw of 36 feet and 10 inches and finished 6th in the Junior Varsity Division. Sophomore Kevin Cashman also had a strong personal best throw as well. The Washington Township Boys and Girls Track and Field team will next be in action this coming Monday at the SJTCA Individual Meet in New York City. Best of luck to all of that are competing.
Clubs and Activities Announcements
Last night, the WTHS Debate Team closed out their season with a big win over Moorestown High School. Seniors Sreeta Basu and Peyton Ensign, in their final debate, handed Moorestown only their second defeat of the season. Many thanks to Sreeta, Peyton, Aalam Singh, and Oshaz Bajwa for 4 years of hard work, dedication, and team spirit. The WTHS Debate Team will miss you dearly next year, and we wish you good luck and good debating in the future.
The African American Culture Club will hold its 7th annual Black History Month Dinner Theater on Thursday, February 20 at 630 pm in Cafe C/D. Tickets are just $10. See Ms. Lafleur or Ms. Jackson for tickets. The final day to purchase tickets is tomorrow.
Pre-sales for the Valentine's Day Carnation Sale are now over. But not to worry! You can still purchase flowers during lunch periods today until they sell out! The cost is $1 for a single flower and $5 for a bouquet of 6 flowers.
Don't miss TWP Choir's "Pop Experience 2020: You Decide", this Thursday, February 13th at 7pm in the IBPAC. With songs by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Billy Eilish, and more, this is going to be an amazing concert featuring over 300 singers from our high school and middle schools. Tickets are available for $5; see any TWP Choir member and they can buy them for you. But, get them in advance, as all tickets will be $10 cash only the night of the show. We hope to see you all there. And with that I want to wish the best of luck to our students performing and all of our students and staff helping to put the show together. It's going to be a great night of music!
A reminder for all students that tomorrow is an early dismissal day for students as we have staff in-service in the afternoon. School will be dismissed at 12 pm, so please plan accordingly. And also a reminder that school is closed on Monday, February 17th in honor of President's Day.
All students are reminded to check their district issued email at least once per day. We are continuing our efforts to communicate more often with students via email, and it is important for students to get in the habit of checking and using their wtps email address. Now would be a great time to do that.
WTHS is a school that has "No Place for Hate." You can be anything. Choose to be kind.
Make a difference today by extending a hand, or a hug or just a smile. You'll be glad you did.
"Let's make it a great day filled with lots of learning, lots of fun, and lots of reasons to make TWP proud!"