Important Back to School Information

Are You Ready for the First Day of School?
Posted on 08/30/2017
Back to SchoolThe following outlines important details and upcoming dates to remember for the upcoming 2017-18 school year for the Windham School District and each school. Please refer back to the website for any updates or changes.

Are you ready for the first day of school?

Important Back to School Information

The first day of school is August 30 for Grades K through 12 and September 4 or 5 for Preschool. Are you ready? Are you looking forward to meeting your teachers? Have you finished your summer reading? Do you have all of your school supplies? Here is some important information to help you prepare.

What’s New for 2017-18?

PowerSchool Now Available In All Grade Levels:

The Windham School District is delighted to now offer the PowerSchool Parent Portal at every grade level. PowerSchool streamlines communications and will help keep students and parents informed of upcoming assignments, grades, classroom activities and other important information. Content availability will depend on individual grade level. During the individual Grade K through 8 open house events, parents will be introduced to the portal and it will be made available for parents to access. Instructions for setting up new parent accounts as well as user Access ID and Access passwords were provided within the recent InfoSnap registration verification, however, these will be resent as we get closer to open house events. Windham High School students and parents will be able to access PowerSchool Portal and class as of the first day of school.

1:1 Technology:

We are delighted to announce that beginning this year, each student in the district will be equipped with 1:1 technology. We will be distributing MacBook Airs to all high school students; Chromebooks to every student entering grades 2-8 and iPad resources to kindergarten and grade 1 students. With 1:1 technology, the Windham School District is able to provide a 21st century learning environment and effectively integrate technology into curriculum and instruction to improve student learning, increase learning opportunities, and encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods.

Ready Set Go:

Studies have found that adding more recess time improves academic performance. This year, we are pleased to introduce Ready Set Go where we will add additional recess time at Golden Brook School and Windham Center School. Children will spend this time on the playground, weather permitting. The additional recess time can be found below:

Kindergarten and Grade 2, Golden Brook School : 8:20 to 8:40 am

Grade 1, Golden Brook School:  8:40 to 9 am

Windham Center School: 8:15 to 8:35 am

GO (Get Organized) Binders:

In order to get students’ organized and improve effective functioning skills as well as communications, we are introducing the new GO Binder for Golden Brook School and Windham Center School students. Students are required to take their GO Binders back and forth from school. The binders feature district and classroom schedules, teacher contact information, homework folder, parent/communication folder, schoolwide information and learning resources.  

Helpful Information for the Upcoming School Year

2017-18 District Calendar (PDF)

PLEASE NOTE:  Friday, September 1 is a full day of school and there is no school on Monday, September 4.

Bus Information:

As a reminder, we encourage all students to take the bus to ensure safety. If your child will not be participating in the busing program for the upcoming school year, please notify the district at the earliest convenience in order that we can adjust routes and schedules accordingly. Bus routes are available here.

School Menus:

Menus are available here.  

School Messenger Communication System:

As a reminder, the District contracted last year with SchoolMessenger Solutions as our provider for parent notifications.  SchoolMessenger offers a variety of communication options to utilize when sending messages regarding attendance calls for unreported absences, emergencies, school closings and delays, newsletters, school announcements, athletic updates, and other types of information.

Emergency Messages and Attendance Calls

Parents/Legal Guardians are automatically enrolled based on the information provided for both the Mother/Legal Guardian and Father/Legal Guardian.  The home phone number that has been provided is designated as a required number for Emergency and Attendance Calls.  Cell phone numbers may also have been entered as the primary home number.  Cell phone and email options will also be utilized, but you will have the option at a later designate preferences or to opt-in to receive text messages.

infoCenter – Preferences

SchoolMessenger offers a variety of ways for parents and guardians to manage their communications preferences.  You can download the InfoCenter mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store, as well as sign up online by visiting, which will also be available as a link via your PowerSchool Parent Portal account.  In InfoCenter you may designate which of your numbers you wish to opt-in for text messages or select email only for newsletters and other non-emergency announcements.  For more information about SchoolMessenger and InfoCenter, please download the following document or visit our district website to learn more.  SchoolMessenger InfoCenter for Parents.pdf


Golden Brook School

GBS Staff Directory:

The staff directory can be found here.

GBS Handbook:

The handbook can be found here.

School Supply Information:

Suggested school supply lists for each grade can be downloaded here.

Kindergarten Bus Ride and Meet & Greet:

Monday, 8/28

Parents MUST bring students to Windham High School for the trial bus ride to Golden Brook School. All bus rides begin in the back of the building.

Morning Kindergarten Students

1 pm Students and parents arrive at the back of WHS to board buses

1:10 pm Buses leave for Golden Brook School

1:25 to 1:55 pm Classroom visit

2 pm Morning kindergarten students and parents return to WHS

Afternoon Kindergarten Students

1:35 pm Students and parents arrive at back of WHS to board buses

1:45 pm Buses leave for Golden Brook School

2 to 2: 30 pm Classroom visit

2:35 pm Afternoon kindergarten students and parents return to WHS

Teacher Meet and Greet Information:

8/29, 8 to 9 am Preschool

8/29, 1 to 2 pm Grades 1 and 2

Open House Information:

9/12, 6:30 to 8 pm Kindergarten and Grade 1

9/27, 6:30 to 8 pm Grade 2

Picture Day:

Friday, 9/29

Windham Center School

WCS Staff Directory:

The staff directory can be found here.

WCS Handbook:

The handbook can be found here.

School Supply List:

Suggested school supply lists for each grade can be downloaded here.

Teacher Meet and Greet Information:

8/28, 1 to 2 pm

Open House Information:

9/13, 6 to 7:30 pm, Grades 3 and 4 (Parents of Grade 3 students at WHS should report first to the WCS Gym)

9/14, 6 to 7:30 pm, Grade 5

Picture Day:

Friday, September 22

Windham Center School Ice Cream Social:

9/21, 5 to 7 pm

Windham Middle School

WMS Staff Directory:

The staff directory can be found here.

WMS Handbook:

The handbook can be found here.

School Supply Lists:

School supply lists for each grade can be downloaded here.

Summer Reading Information:

Summer reading assignments for each grade can be downloaded here.

Athletic and Tryouts Information:

Tryouts: (PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration for tryouts is not necessary)

Girls Soccer: 8/28 through 8/30, 2:30 to 4 pm

Boys Soccer: 8/28 through 8/30, 4 to 5:30 pm

All soccer tryouts will be held at the soccer field at Windham Middle School. Please bring shin guards and water bottle.

Field Hockey: 8/28 through 8/30, 2:15 to 4 pm, Windham Middle School Field. Please bring shin guards, mouth guards, eye guards and a water bottle.

Girls Volleyball: 8/28 through 8/30, 2:30 to 4 pm, Windham Middle School Gym. There will be 2 teams selected. One team will be playing in Division 1 and the other team will play in Division 3.

Cross Country: Cross Country begins on the first day of school from 2:30 to 4 pm. Any interested student should bring shorts, t-shirt, sneakers to school on the first day. Cross Country is not a tryout sport. All athletes that come to practice will make the team. We start running on the first day, so it is highly recommended that athletes begin running over the summer. Any student who tries out for another team but does not make it is welcome to join the Cross Country team up until 9/6.

Game Schedules:

We are working to provide information on the Windham Middle School website in coming weeks. In the interim, you may find fall athletics game schedules here and you should refer to site for update or changes.

Meet and Greet Information:

8/28, 2 to 3 pm

Open House Information:

9/5, 6 to 7:30 pm Grade 6

9/6, 6 to 7:30 pm Grades 7 and 8

Picture Day:
Tuesday, 9/12

Eighth Grade Health and Washington, DC Information Night:

9/20, 6:30 to 8 pm, Windham Middle School

Seventh Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip:

October 11-13 Stay tuned for more information

Windham High School

Welcome Back from the Principal:

A message from WHS Principal Stephen Sierpina can be found here.

WHS Staff Directory:

The staff directory can be found here.

WHS Student Handbook:

The handbook can be found here.

School Supply Information:

Individual teachers will advise students of required class supplies in the first days of school. In the interim, students should bring basic supplies such as notebook, pens and pencils.

Summer Reading Information:

Summer reading assignments including incoming Grade 9 student assignments can be downloaded here.

Athletic and Tryouts Information:

To view team information and game schedules, visit here.


Open House Information:

9/7, 6 to 7:30 pm

Picture Days:

Thursday, 9/7

Naviance Training for Parents:

9/21, 6:30 pm at Windham High School Auditorium

NHHEAF Financial Aid Information Night:

9/27, 6:30 pm at Windham High School Auditorium

Open to parents of juniors and seniors, the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) will present a financial aid information night.

Global Leadership Summit:

We are enlisting Grade 9, 10 and 11 students to spend next summer getting their blarney on and putting on their leinenhose in order to help influence the role of technology, while also earning college credit. Featuring nearly 3,000 high school students from around the world and held in Dublin and Berlin, the Global Leadership Summit is a global movement and combines an educational tour with a two-day leadership conference. Participants will begin their trip visiting Dublin and discover why technology giants are flocking to Dublin, while also taking time to explore Celtic life and the city’s landmarks. Students will then travel to Berlin where they will spend time visiting Europe’s emerging great tech hub before participating in the leadership conference. During the two-day conference, students will hear from world-renowned keynote speakers, work with local and global experts, and collaborate with peers in small international teams. The teams will develop a technological prototype and the winning design will be displayed in the Nobel Peace Prize Museum. As a result of this experience, students will learn the design thinking process to develop their own solutions focusing on the Influence of Technology on Society and be inspired to take action back home. Space is limited and is handled on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline for signups is November 1. Interested students should contact the guidance department for more details.  

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