Sunday, May 6, 2018

May Update: Finals are coming up and GRADUATION too!

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The mission of West Hills High School is to graduate critical thinkers and problem-solvers who contribute positively to society as productive, responsible citizens.

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Mrs. Robin Ballarin
We have about three weeks left in this school year and want ALL students to end the year with the very best grades they can. Tutorials remain available. If you have any questions or concerns about your student, please continue to talk with their teacher(s) first--this is the best line of communication. Please remember student grades and attendance is available online in the parent and student portal in Infinite Campus. If you have any problem with the portal, you may call West Hills at 956-0400 during normal business hours, 7:00-3:30 p.m. or our District Technology Help line 619-956-4357. 

Monday, May 28 we have no school. Thank you to all our military service members and their families, active, reserve and  retired, who have served our country. We so appreciate you and your service! 

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Congratulations to all graduating Seniors! Please make sure you continue to work hard and study for finals. Every students needs to earn 220 units to graduate and to participate in our graduation ceremony. You may look at your parent or student portal to see your grades to date and if you are on track to graduate.

Graduation is Thursday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. in our Stadium. Senior information is linked on our website here and senior students received the same handout in class earlier in the year. Parking is very limited for graduation and there is NO PARKING ON MAST BOULEVARD! Please plan to car pool or take a car service to help with this.

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SENIORS planning on going to Grossmont or Cuyamaca Community College in Fall 2018: You can go for FREE regardless of your parents income! But you need to complete the FAFSA online!

This information was sent via email and Infinite Campus portal to all Seniors and their parents. If you would like help filling out the FAFSA form online, West Hills Seniors are invited to attend May 9 at Santana HS in room 202/203, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Final Exams are coming up:

Final exam days are minimum days and listed below:

** ATTENDANCE is key--if a student is arriving late or leaving early from Finals, please have them bring a NOTE to the attendance office. We are not able to send for students to leave early unless in extreme emergency. 

Friday, June 1: Senior finals in some classes--no minimum day schedule. Students work with teachers directly regarding Senior finals. 

Monday, June 4 (all students) 

Finals       Period 1 or 7       8:14 - 10:11
                 Break                10:11 - 10:27
                 Period 4            10:33 - 12:30

Tuesday, June 5 (all students) 

Finals      Period 3            8:14 - 10:11  
                Break              10:11 - 10:27
                Period 5          10:33 - 12:30

Wednesday, June 6 – last day of spring semester (Grades 9-10-11 taking Final exams) 

(Seniors in good standing attend Senior breakfast and MANDATORY Graduation Practice in the Gym beginning at 7:30 a.m. More information given to them in the Senior Handout). 

Finals       Period 2          8:14 - 10:11
                 Break             10:11 - 10:27
                 Period 6         10:33 - 12:30

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We are very proud to announce our Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the class of 2018 (in alphabetical order)


Jessica Brouard
Mariah Cook


Tanner Coe 
Alina Leholm
Megan Swanson
Starla Toto
Christine Tran

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WHHS Band & Color Guard is holding a fundraiser, collecting SHOESPlease drop off your gently used shoes in the box in the front of the Admin office or the band room. We will be collecting donations until May 15th.

Image result for senior awards nightSenior Awards Night: Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. in our Bob Guess Theater for the Performing Arts. Seniors have been notified if they are receiving an award. All are welcome to attend this special night to celebrate and honor our stand out Seniors!

The 31st edition of La Manada, our yearbook, is coming.  Entitled “That’s Life,” the 240-page book explores the West Hills experience, including the highs and lows of life in The Pack.  Books are still available for $80 from Finance or We sold out last year, so reserve yours now to avoid disappointment.  
Distribution is Wednesday, May 30 from 2:30-3:00 outside PD2, but juniors and seniors with photo ID can get their books early at lunch on Friday, May 25.  Any grade with photo ID can get also get the book early at lunch on Tuesday, May 29. All fines must be cleared first.

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GRADES / CREDITS / SUMMER SCHOOL: Please review GRADES online in our Parent Portal. There is still time for students and parents to talk with teaches and improve grades if needed.  Any student with an "F" at the semester's end or on their transcript does need to re-take the course for credit. A student needs 220 credits to graduate. These credit requirements are on our website under "Counseling". Summer School will be offered June 11-June 29, 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. daily.  Students have already been enrolled in summer school and know through their Counselor what course they are enrolled in. Please look in your email and Infinite Campus portal for more information in the next few weeks as we send out reminders and messages. Any student who is a current Senior (needing only one course to graduate), or a junior going into Senior year have priority in summer school due to limited space. Current Sophomores and Freshman have been scheduled as well as space allows.  Please do not plan to have your student miss any of the 15 days of summer school. There are so few days--each summer school day is equal to one week of a traditional semester. 

Image result for school nurse A  friendly reminder from our school nurse, Mrs. Lori Farra...please pick up any medications that your student has in the Nurses' office by the last day of school. We want you and your student to have their medications over summer.

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Best Buddies Club will be selling flowers for $5 on Friday May 11 for Mother's Day. 
Find the flower cart outside of Pack Den and surprise a Mom or Grandma for the weekend!

News from the Classroom....

Image result for Great workCongratulations to Madelyn Harris and Josh Sarvis and their team, Mash's Mission, for raising $22,156.65 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 2018 Students of the Year campaign. Funds raised go to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. We are proud to have you in our school! 

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On Saturday April 28, the San Diego Shakespeare Society's Student Shakespeare Festival was held  outside in Balboa Park on four outdoor stages. With over 300 students and 20 high schools participating,  including Bishops, Canyon Crest Academy, Carlsbad, Valhalla, and Steele Canyon, West Hills  won 3rd place (Savanna Clyne) in Monologues and 1st place in Scenes 
(Lindsay Wilson, Kimberly Watkinson, Riley Ellis, Skylar Strubbe, Kristina Davidson, Dylan Blanchard). Other students that competed were Emily Tripp, Sheamus O'brien, and Benji Giesing. They all performed monologues and scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Also, we had students tech the entire even which included being there from 8am to 5pm and dealing with students, parents, and teachers. The tech students were Christina Keegan, Ali Loeza, Vivi Landeros, Derek Schmitten, Natalie Wood, Lorelei Howe, Carson Holden, Emma Spencer, Destiny Wolf-Gonzales and Jonelle Claar.  Below is a picture of the crew students and the actors that competed. Way to go West Hills! 

Project Lead the Way Engineering Students (PLTW) at SDSU

 PLTW students enjoyed a day at the SDSU Department of Engineering. The professor really spent time with our students talking to them about the MRI machine. He was having them take a screwdriver into the machine to experience the pull of a magnetic field. Then we were shown two different types of wind tunnels that students at SDSU have access to to run experiments. They are so loud, and move so much air, that they are only allowed to be run on the weekends. The friction from the air is enough to heat up the whole building. There is also a shot of our students in front of the Rocket Project club which designs and builds rockets, takes them to the Mojave desert and launches them. Students enjoyed learning more about Aerospace Engineering, the resources at SDSU, and getting a look at hands on experiments. 

Students at the MRI machine (above) 

News from our Exercise and Nutritional Science (ENS) Department

Our swim-run-swim challenge was last week.  This consists of swimming three lengths, running three laps, and swimming three lengths to finish.  All students enrolled in 9th grade  ENS currently  participated and the top three finishers are: 

Jordyn Gonzales beat the school record with a time of 7:37  

First Place boy record holder is Tony Obregon with a time of 7:38

Our second place girl is Camryn Gonzales with a time of 8:16    

Europe Trip Summer 2020 is taking sign ups!

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Has your son or daughter ever expressed interest in visiting Europe?  Perhaps visiting Anne Frank's House in Amsterdam or strolling the streets of Paris?  How about hiking the D-Day Landing Beaches?  Mr. Sutton is organizing his 3rd student trip to Europe for the Summer of 2020.   Sign Ups are open to all current Freshmen and Sophomore students.   There is a meeting on Tuesday May 8 at 7pm in SS-1 for all those that are interested.  Mr. Sutton will be discussing the itinerary, costs, and how to sign up.  If you can't make the meeting please have your child see Mr. Sutton in SS-1 at any time.

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  • Summer & Chromebooks - 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students keep their Chromebooks during the summer. Make sure to power it up again before the first day of school in August. In the event of Chromebook damage or loss, staff will be ready to help during the first week of classes.

  • Seniors & Chromebooks - Graduating seniors will have the opportunity to purchase their Chromebooks for $20 with their English class during the week of May 21st. If not purchasing, seniors must return Chromebooks by Wednesday, May 30th and will be responsible for any damage or missing items. More detailed information will be shared in the next couple of weeks.

  • “On this Day in May” Calendar - Print your own copy and follow along with another monthly calendar created with the help of some student library aides:

Image result for school calendar 2016 GUHSDReminder: School starts TUESDAY AUGUST 14 for the 2018-19 year! Please check this website for full information regarding the calendar for vacation dates, end of the semester dates and end of year for 2018-19. 

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ATHLETICS: If you have a student athlete, they must complete the athletics clearance process done online in order to participate. Please check our website for full information. Note: A student must have a medical physical clearance for all participation in athletics, cheer,  Marching Band and Color Guard. It is good for one year from the date submitted. The ideal time to have that physical is NOW so that you won't need to do one in the middle of the year (again) for a new sport season. 

Thank you for your support. Go Wolf Pack!