Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year! School starts Monday, August 15....

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Another summer is winding down and we begin our new school year MONDAY, AUGUST 15! All students  may look in their Infinite Campus portal for their schedule starting on Thursday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. Look for important information to come to you via your student and parent portal regarding any schedule adjustments. No adjustments will be made for start or end times and only students with "hard conflicts--I passed this class in summer school and don't need it anymore" will be addressed due to the fine balance of student to teacher class size and master schedule balancing.

Speaking of the student and parent portal...

New to Infinite Campus? This is our student information system where parents and students see attendance, grades and have access to much more!Image result for guhsd infinite campus In order for your student to be enrolled with us, you alreaady created an account. However, if you need a reminder on how to access it, you can click on the  icon above.   You choose the level of communication you want to receive via this important tool--GRADES are ONLY PUBLISHED within this portal! It is critical that all parents, guardians and students are using and checking their Infinite Campus accounts and messages. If you need any assistance with this, please call us at 956-0400 and we are happy to help you or you can call the GUHSD District Help line at 956-HELP (4357) We also have a computer kiosk in our main reception area for your use if needed.

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Our website has many resources for your planning for this year including our important bell schedule and list of important dates...please check our website frequently to keep up to date. 

Image result for Save the date"Back to School Night" is Thursday, September 8 from 6-8 p.m. Visit your student's classes, meet their teachers, and get to know West Hills.  More information to follow...we hope you will join us!

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Incoming Freshman...Class of 2020!! Check out this important information and plan to be with us Wednesday, August 10 in the Gym and on campus for our HOWL day! Your parents are invited to attend that same night for HOWL PARENT NIGHT...we hope to see you both in the Gym at different times on August 10. 

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Upper Classmen and women...Check out this information for YOU!

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By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require postsecondary education. Employers are demanding highly trained, competent and skilled workers in a wide array of industries.  That’s why the Grossmont Union High School District and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have joined forces to set all GUHSD students up for success. Students in the Class of 2019 and beyond from these east county high schools are automatically considered Higher Edge Scholars and will be able to participate in exciting new programs that will begin to be offered to students in the 2016/17 academic year. Students that fulfill the requirements of the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship criteria will be rewarded with FREE college for their first 30 units at either Grossmont or Cuyamaca Colleges.

PARENT and COMMUNITY SUPPORT: A huge THANK YOU to all parents, grandparents, guardians, and wonderful West Hills Wolf Pack families for all of your support through the years. We have two wonderful organizations that work TIRELESSLY on behalf of our school and our current students: PTSA and the West Hills High School Foundation. PTSA focuses on the current school year and the current students. The Foundation reaches out to Alumni and current parents to support school wide needs and activities. We hope you will JOIN them and continue the great tradition of exemplary parent and community involvement in our school! 

Programs and Specialty News....

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Manufacturing Pathway

West Hills High School has begun a new Career/Technical Education (CTE) pathway for our students.  Based on community needs and input, we are instituting a manufacturing pathway.  The Manufacturing Pathway is a three-year sequence of courses starting in the 10th grade year.  Year one is Drafting & Design which will teach the students manual and CAD drafting.  Students will learn to use AutoCad and be introduced to SolidWorks.  Year two takes the students to the new manufacturing facility.  It will have the CAD lab along with various CNC machines, a laser cutter, and various machines for working with different materials.  Year three will take students to the design and manufacture of prototypes and add robotics to set-up manufacturing processes.  Drafting & Design is articulated with Cuyamaca College and students may earn up to three units of college credit. We look forward to a terrific learning experience and a group of student poised to enter a high wage, future focused industry sector upon graduation! If your student is interested in this pathway and for more information, please contact the teacher, Mrs. Kathy Worley at kworley@guhsd.net or by calling 956-0400.

Congratulations Sam Ryan...
...for winning the Superintendent's Award at the spring District Art show. She received a check from Superintendent Ralf Swenson for $100 to purchase her work for display in the District Office. We are so proud of ALL of our art students!

West Hills DramaKids (and Adults) win kudos in prestigious regional competition!

National Youth Awards judges chose West Hills students from among our regions' most competitive programs--both public and private schools and private theatre organizations. We are very proud of our Pack members who won in the following categories:

Abigail Button for Outstanding Lead Actress in The Drowsy Chaperone

Shardin Johnson for Outstanding Lead Actress in The Drowsy Chaperone

MJ Turner (our choreographer) for Outstanding Choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone-She was the only choreographer that won.

Outstanding Production went to The Drowsy Chaperone (SD Junior Theatre was the only other program that won this award.)

Carrin Edwards Outstanding Direction for The Drowsy Chaperone (Also, SD Junior Theatre was the only other program that won this award.)

Congratulations also goes to Haley Rezdendes for being selected to participate in the Grossmont College production of  80 Days; A New Musical. Many high school students auditioned, and Haley is pictured the lower row, center,  with her cast mates--the only high school student to be chosen to perform with the college production!

As always, please visit our website for contacts and more information