|Mrs. Robin Ballarin|
Welcome to our second semester! We are very excited to CONGRATULATE all of our HONOR ROLL (3.5 GPA and higher) students and our PERFECT ATTENDANCE (not missing any school for any reason) students! Your hard work and dedication results in these kudos--THANK YOU for investing in yourselves! Thank you, too, to all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and community members who support every student on our campus. We also want to CONGRATULATE ALL of our ALPHA PLUS students! This unique award was conceived by Mr. David Hunter, first ASB teacher and Assistant Principal of West Hills. He visioned an award in which each teacher would choose one student from each class period to be their "Alpha Plus". Students who had stood out as the one who improved the most, or demonstrated leadership and dedication to the subject matter the most, or who just impressed the teacher with their character in exemplifying the "West Hills Way" the most that semester. Mr. Hunter wanted West Hills to celebrate the development of leadership "among the many" and so we celebrate each and every student on this list and the many who have received this prestigious pin and award throughout their high school career. Here's to continued great good success for all this year!
If My Parents Only Knew: January 23, 2019 at West Hills High School
In partnership with Santana High School, El Capitan High School, San Diego Youth Services and the Santee School District, we invite all parents in the community to join us for honest and informative discussion from Santee and Lakeside teens around the topics of Suicide Prevention, the pressures on teens today, how to communicate with teens today and much more! Opening with a key note speaker for about 15 minutes in the West Hills Bob Guess Theater for the Performing Arts, we then move into break out sessions where panels of teens will share on a topic and an expert moderator will then facilitate a conversation with parents and community members around that topic. You will be able to attend 2-3 sessions in this one evening. Please see this flier for parking and an overview and this flier for a list of the break-out sessions to choose from. for more information.
Make a International Student's Dream Come True!!
Looking for host families at West Hills High School.
Learn about another country without leaving your home.
For more information call Karen Toledo @844-723-7403.
West Hills, in partnership with San Diego State University and the Graduate School of Nursing, engaged in an Action Research Project semester 1 with West Hills students in 10 classes. They conducted an anonymous survey sent out to all students regarding their knowledge and use of vaping. They then gave a presentation on the realities of vaping, the potential effects on the human brain and body and then surveyed the students again. The results were encouraging--education works! Students who said they might vape or had vaped now reported a 72% decline in that choice. Please see the presentation below. We want to educate ALL in our community about vaping in general, and know that if we can prevent a student from smoking or vaping by the age of 18, they are 86% less likely to use cigarettes or other inhalants in their futures.
The price of cool: A teenager, a Juul and nicotine addiction
The New York Times
The New York Times
E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle. Read the full story
Please take a read through the most recent newsletter from our Guidance Department. News for each grade level is included and was sent via our Parent and Student Portal in December.
Class of 2023: Freshman Showcase
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