Sunday, October 9, 2016

School is underway! October is a busy month...

Now that the excitement of the new school year is underway, we have A LOT going on...

Please check out the Image result for counselor's cornerthat was sent home via our Parent and Student portal last week. It has important information for Seniors applying to colleges as well as SAT and ACT testing information. It can also be found here for your viewing.

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Need a parent portal account in Infinite Campus? We can help you...please come in or call us at 956-0400 so you can access all the information pertaining to your student(s). It is the ONLY PLACE where GRADES are PUBLISHED as well as attendance. Please check the District Parent link for timely important notices and options about the legal sharing of your student(s) information.

Image result for school attendancePlease check out our ATTENDANCE policies linked in our STUDENT HANDBOOK online at 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. SATURDAY SCHOLARS (Previously Saturday School) will be starting for students who need extra tutoring or attendance make up time. Please look for Parent and Student portal messages regarding this coming up soon.

SDSU presented to Juniors and Seniors on 10/06/16 at lunch. Students were able to ask questions and get an informational handout for this important college application season. College presentations are always published in our student bulletin (available online at and announced over the loud speaker to get the word out.

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We also have a PARENT SAFETY INFORMATION FORUM  that the Grossmont Union High School District in partnership with elementary districts in our region are hosting. Topics include school safety, Social Media safety, current drug trends, and pedestrian safety. Hosted by Greenfield Middle school, October 27, click the link above for full information.

Image result for remind app logo 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. 

  AVID Students are working hard with their college Tutors as they look towards our PSAT testing for all Sophmores on October 19 during our minimum day. This test is a critical measure for West Hills as we gather data on the success of our academic program preparing our students for college and career. For the first time, we are able to provide this exam at no charge and intend to do so as long as we have available funds. We hope to expand next year to include all 10th and 11th graders.

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West Hills is in our accredidation process cycle through 2018. Every public school in California goes through periodic accrediation and examination from the Western Associatioin of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We will be reflecting on and evaluating our school program in its entirety and reaching out to students, parents, faculty and staff as we go through this year of our self study. We thank you for you understanding of our WASC Work Days and varous times when our offices are closed (rarely) so faculty and staff can work together. We have one more this year--Wednesday, March 1 (minimum day). All our other meetings work within our normal late start Mondays. We will be sending out more information via the Parent and Student Portal and so thank you for your support. 

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Senior Formal Portraits:  Seniors are reminded to check their portrait appointments that they received in late August.  Sessions resume October 17, and the company confirmed that all available makeup appointments are already booked.  It is critical that you keep your appointment, or your formal will not be included in the 2017 yearbook.  If you still need to reschedule, we encourage you to reach out to your network of friends to see who can switch with you.  

Academic League Season Begins!                     Image result for student debate

What is Academic League? It is an academic competition with two coaches  and anywhere from at least fifteen to approximately forty students competing with other schools in the same district
Students study art ,music,  mathsciencegeographyworld history, and language arts. In the game, students answer question about current events and from any of the above listed categories. If a championship is won, it is possible to compete all the way to a national level. Most games are played with the two teams, judges, and coaches meeting in person, but in the national competition video conferencing may be used.

Our first match will be at Steele Canyon H.S.  on Wednesday, October 26th.  JV begins at 3:30, Varsity 10 minutes after JV match ends, usually at 4:15.  Come and cheer on the Pack!  Our first home match is November 9th against Valhalla.  Home matches are held in Science 8. All are welcome!

News from the Library...

  • Wolf Pack Chromebook FAQ: Are you wondering about what students should do if they have a broken or lost Chromebook? Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to Chromebook logistics.
  • PrepSTEP Test Preparation: All students have access to FREE online test preparation! Learn more about how to log in to take practice tests for PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP tests, and more.
  • Student Access to Track School Checkouts and Fines via Destiny: Students now have the ability to log in and keep track of their school checkouts and fine for library materials, textbooks, technology resources, and more. Find out how!
  • Keep up with more library announcements via social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Theater Program News...Thanks to Theater Director and wonderful teacher Carrin Edwards for letting us know.....

During the last two weekends, West Hills was represented really well!  On Saturday, September 10th, West Hills Theatre did well at Techfest!  Techfest is a yearly event at Grossmont College where the professors teach high school students technical theatre skills and then the high school kids compete. We made it to the Finals! The first picture is our award and the kids who went. The kids in the picture are Ryan Fagan, Nick Webb, Bryan Moore, Breann Brown, John Robinson, Selena Noreiga, and Natalie Wood (the last girl is an eight grader on the SDTEA student board). 

Several Saturdays ago, we hosted the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance (SDTEA) Student Leadership Conference.  SDTEA has a student leadership board and in the past two years, WHHS has had the highest number of students on the board (the board has students from all over San Diego county). The student board presents workshops for Leadership, Drama Club, and Unity for not just high school theatres, but for the entire high school.  There were over 60 theatre students from San Diego county that attended! The pictures below show the kids and workshops. In the " school" photo, the kids in black shirts are on the student board (Danielle Revilla, Jennifer Bologna, Lindsey Abbott, Rose Hawaree, Haley Rezendes, Madie Mock).  The other kids are WHHS students who attended the conference:  Christopher Dixon, Selena Noriega, Jaden Roschefski, and Christina Keegan 


The girl's golf team are co-league champions with a record of 7-1, 12-5 overall.
Match Play begins this week. Way to go LADIES and Coaches! 

The time to secure your 2017 yearbook is now!  Last year, we sold out; avoid disappointment by reserving early.  Books are available at or from the finance office.  You can also order extra signing pages, personalization of the book (printing names and icons on the cover or an engraved tag), a cover, etc.  Families of seniors can design their memory ads, too.  Help is available at Buy early and don't be disappointed. 

West Hills High School Foundation PAVERS make a perfect permanent memory...get yours today at proceeds are invested right back into WHHS!

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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! 

Go Wolf Pack! 

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