Saturday, August 19, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

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Welcome students, parents and community partners! We are very excited to have the first month of school underway with such good success. Over 1700 students arrived on campus Tuesday ready for a terrific year of growth and learning. We are also very excited to note this is West Hills 31st year as a school and are planning a great week of celebration the last week of February culminating in our West Hills Foundation Gala Dinner and Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel (more exciting information to come!).

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This year we are also up for the renewal of our 6 year school accreditation. We expect a visit via the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting team to do this. West Hills has been  working within our community surveying students and parents (during PACK Day), meeting in our focus group  per the WASC process, and getting feedback from students via our Student Senate meetings to participate in this process. We will continue to do so as we prepare our WASC report and self-reflection along with our Action Plan in preparation for our March visit from the WASC Committee. Our School Site Council are also involved  and we will be inviting parents to give feedback to the visiting committee at one time (TBD) during the March 18-21, 2018 visit. More specifics and information to come on this piece. In the meantime, we thank you in advance for your support as we strive to be the best school for our students and community that we can be!


Image result for solar eclipseSolar Eclipse coming Monday, August 21 at 10:23...

Please take a look at this important information for parents and students regarding this event. In San Diego, this partial eclipse will occur at 10:23 which is during our passing period. Please help us to teach our students to NOT look at the sun due to damage done to the eyes. We have tried to message in school not to look at the sun as well and wanted you to know of our efforts. Thank you.


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Please mark your schedules--Wednesday, September 6 is our "Back to School" night where you can visit your students' classrooms and meet their teachers. Classroom visits begin at 6:00 p.m. with optional activities starting at 5:15 p.m. More information will be sent via the parent portal and to your student via their period 3 class. Looking forward to seeing you on campus!


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The last day  for School I.D.  and yearbook photos for grades 9, 10 and 11 is August 24
Students may come to the Gym Foyer before school, at break, at lunch, and after school to get this taken. 
Senior Photos are taken at the Boyd Anderson Photography Studio in Grossmont Center. The sitting for the senior section of the Yearbook is free with optional choices for Senior portraits. All seniors must be photographed by Oct. 29 and need to make an appointment via the Boyd Anderson website. Appointments are limited --make yours today! 


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Image result for ChromebookChromebook Information for the 2017-18 school year is available and important deadlines are coming up...please click the link for additional important information regarding insurance claims for the 2016-17 school year (deadline Aug. 25, 2017) and for purchasing the optional insurance for this school year (deadline Sept. 30, 2017). Students need to bring their own Chromebook and charger daily to school and we ask they report theft, loss or damage ASAP to the library so we can assist them in solving the issue. 





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Please check out our ATTENDANCE policies linked in our STUDENT HANDBOOK online at wolfpack.guhsd.net under "Students". Please remember to CALL in 956-0434 all day absences, and send a note for partial day absences. We are sorry, but we are not able to deliver to classrooms forgotten items--if a student knows to come to attendance to come pick up their items, they are welcome to do so without MISSING class. 

Please remember to UPDATE your home address or phone number with the West Hills office staff if you move or you have changes.This is critical if your student has an emergency and we need to reach you. Simply call 956-0400 and tell us you need to update your information. The PRIMARY parent or guardian listed in our parent portal can also do this online via their login. 


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 Join the free resource for information if WHHS has urgent information for you regarding an EMERGENCY or for a timely TRAFFIC update. Text @bf6c9d to 81010 from your cell phone to join. This is a "one way" messenger only and you control if you want to continue receiving the texts or not



In partnership with the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation and El Capitan High School, we wanted you to know about this important FREE HEART SCREENING for ages 12-25
check out this information to HELP SAVE A LIFE!



News from the Classroom....

West Hills Choir Performing with rock band Foreigner

Check out the terrific performance that got the WH Honors Choir a gig with Foreigner at their concert at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista coming up and a shot at winning $2000 for their program! There is still time to buy tickets...check it out and CONGRATULATIONS! Can't wait to hear you with the band on August 29!



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This summer, Mrs. Addy's AP Chemistry students got the opportunity to perform research in an inorganic synthesis lab at Point Loma Nazarene University. Students got to foster their interest in the sciences and gained experience working in a nitrogen atmosphere glove box, as well as attending presentations to hear about other scientific research at the university. We are looking forward to having this same opportunity next summer for students interested in majoring in the scientific field.



Students enjoyed working on a college campus and applying their studies in a research environment. We are fortunate in our college and career partnerships! Thank you PLNU,  Dr. Laurence BeauvaisDr. Sara Choung,  and Mrs. Addy for giving our students this opportunity. If you or your student is interested in science or AP Chemistry, please talk with any of our wonderful science teachers or Mrs. Addy in room S-5 or by email at saddy@guhsd.net.







Image result for Grossmont Healthcare explorations summer instituteAnd our Healthcare Explorations Summer Institute (HESI)  students were also busy this summer at Grossmont College and Sharp Grossmont Hospital...follow this link to the Face Book page to view their summer video on how this internship has allowed them to apply their classroom studies to live patients!

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West Hills Theater Program continues to win honors!

Every year, the National Youth Arts (NYA) Association has judges that come to youth theatre productions, critiques the shows, and hosts an award show in the summer. NYA critiques shows from San Diego to LA, Colorado, Arizona, and New York.  

This year, the awards show was on July 2nd and West Hills won two awards and had four nominations! This is quite an accomplishment for a public high school! 

Awards: Ashley Carter for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. She is the only person that won this award in our San Diego area!

Ms. Carrin Edwards, teacher, as Outstanding Direction for The Crucible. Ms. Edwards insists "it's not really about me, it shows how hard the kids worked on this show."  Also, West Hills was the only public school to win this award! The three others that won were private schools and theatre organizations. 



We are also very proud of our nominations: 

Nominations: 1. Analisa Reynoso for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for Zombie Prom
2. Sheamus O'Brien for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for The Crucible
3. Selena Noriega and Jaden Roschefski for Outstanding Costume Design for Zombie Prom
4. Ms. Carrin Edwards  for Outstanding Set Design for Zombie Prom. Again, she notes "the kids build and paint the set so this award is not about me."  

Congratulations to our talented and dedicated drama students who were nominated, won and participated! You continue to entertain and enthrall us with your work and passion for theatre of all kinds! Can't wait for this year's productions! 

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Fall Athletics are well underway....check out our athletics website for contact information for specific coaches and sports as well as sports clearance forms, information for student athletes and parents, and much more! We rely on each sporting program to keep our website up to date so please contact the coach if you have a question or we can help you in any way with athletics. 

Go Wolf Pack!