Thursday, November 9, 2017

November is underway and Final exams are coming up!

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November is underway as we give thanks and look forward to time left in the semester...and to Thanksgiving break. The entire campus is CLOSED November 20-24, 2017. School resumes with a Monday Collaboration late start day on Monday, November 27. Before we go on break..there is a lot to share....

Image result for Veteran's DAy West Hills is closed Friday, November 10 in honor of all those who serve, past and present. We thank you and your families, for your service and your sacrifice.

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Our 12 week progress grades to students have been recorded and are available to view in the Parent and Student portal. Please look at your students' grades and talk with them about their progress--both successes and challenges. Please know that our goal is your students' success! Please contact teachers with individual questions about the grades you are viewing as well as ways for your student to improve if they are earning below a "C" in any course. There are about 6 weeks left in this semester-- Final exams are  December 19-21, 2017. Please avoid pulling your student from this week for travel. This is VERY difficult for students to return and "make up" final exams--they typically do not do well and their permanent, final grade on their transcript is often affected negatively.

All students must earn 220 credits to graduate and colleges and universities accept "C" grades and higher. Military careers ask for many of the same requirements so this is a CRITICAL AREA for support and encouragement for our students. Any grade of an "F" must be made up to earn credits towards graduation. Teacher contact information as well as Guidance information and our tutorial schedule may be found on our website at

Please join us for a GREAT CAUSE...FUNDS RAISED are going towards the purchase of much needed and asked for SHADE for our students!

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. This includes important information for each grade level and since November is College Application month for Seniors, we particularly encourage you to take a look! 

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West Hills is in our accreditation process cycle through 2018. Every public school in California goes through periodic accreditation and examination from the Western Association 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. Take a look here for our self-study overall areas of Strengths and Growth. We are happy to hear your feedback using this google form. We have shared this with our ASB students, our Faculty and Staff, and are seeking input from our Student Senate and from you as our parents and guardian community. Below are our Student Learning Outcomes. A successful graduate from West Hills will be able to demonstrate the following:

News from around the campus...

From the world of DRAMA....please join us for our newest musical comedy..there are two performances left...TONIGHT and SATURDAY night 

In late October, Mrs. Biggerstaff,  Mrs. Addy and students from AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and Honors Physics went to the Scripps research facility and attended a lecture about how to pursue a career in science. They then got to tour the Torbett Lab  where studies in  experimental medicine and immunology are underway. We are always trying to make connections between the classroom and students' futures!

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. 

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, personalizing 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. 

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Please 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. 

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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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!  
Image result for Amazon smilePTSA is proud to be part of the Amazon Smile program. Access your current Amazon account from account, select West Hills High School PTSA and 25% of your purchases get donated from Amazon to our WHHS PTSA at no additional costs to you! That's it...simply bookmark this link in your browser and every purchase you make benefits West Hills. Tell your friends and family...we are so grateful to you if you do! 

Go Wolf Pack!