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School Begins: 7:25 AM

School Ends: 2:05 PM

Early Release: 11:45 AM

2 Hour Delay: 9:25 AM

 

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Lunch Waves

L1: 100s, 400s, Art

L2: 200s,  300s, AgSci

L3: 500s, 600s & Gym

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Sean Otterspoor
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Free SAT Practice

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Practice anytime, anywhere, at no cost

 

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Anonymous Alerts

Members of the school community can anonymously submit any suspicious activity, bullying or other student related issues to a school administrator(s). 

This system will be monitored between the hours of 7 am to 5 pm during the school year. 

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To the Westhill High School Community:

Stamford Public Schools (SPS) is committed to communicating accurate and timely information to staff and students with regard to issues of health and safety, I want to inform you of a recent case of tuberculosis (TB) that might impact a small number of people at Westhill High School. With regard to this issue the City of Stamford Department of Health and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) have asked us to share the following information with you.

I understand this information may prompt many questions and concerns. I assure you that close contacts of the patient will be determined through interviews and contacted by the Stamford Health Department Tuberculosis Team.

 

Camille Figluizzi

Principal, Westhill High School

  • Saturday, 12/3 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 12/4 at 3:00pm (followed by a Meet & Greet)
  • Friday, 12/9 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 12/10 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 12/11 at 3:00pm

All performances will take place at Westhill High School CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Your child recently completed the Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment. This assessment is given to all children in the State of Connecticut during grades 4, 6, 8, and 10.  The fitness assessment establishes a minimum level for fitness based on health-related criteria.

The goals of the assessment program are to:

  • provide for continual monitoring of students’ fitness levels in targeted grades
  • provide additional test achievement information about students, schools, and districts
  • provide earlier identification of students not meeting a fitness standard
  • improve instruction as a result of test analysis

 

Download a copy of the 10th Grade Fitness letter 

The Writing Center’s 1st Quarterly Essay Competition is HERE!

ALL SUBMISSIONS DUE by

Friday, December 2nd

Submit Literary Analysis and AP Essays

For more information, come to Room 213.

Available to grades 9-12 CP and Honors classes, AP Language and AP Literature

Students are not permitted to stay after school unless they are involved in an activity, tutoring or staying with a teacher for extra help.

Passes will be needed to board the 3:30pm buses. 

This year Westhill will once again be hosting a Science Fair in the spring. A date in March will be chosen soon.

Winners will receive monetary prizes and may go on to present their projects at the Norwalk Community College Science Fair. First Prize is $250 There will monetary prizes for 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions also.

Some information for you to consider:

  1. You may speak to your teacher for guidance in selecting a topic
  2. You need to choose a topic by the end of November so that you may plan out your timeline for completing your experimentation by the spring (background research, needed supplies and how to fund your research, when you can find a mutual time for a science teacher to be after school and any other needs you may have)
  3. A successful project will take planning and work over the course of the school year – not to be left to a week before the fair. You will be judged on your research, data analysis, scientific content and overall presentation.

This is a wonderful item to add to your resume and opportunity to work on a topic you are curious about –One topic covered in a previous science fair was – “Does Bacteria Grown on Mascara?” (This topic was chosen because of a student’s experience with stinging eyes and blurry vision the morning after wearing mascara).

To maintain access to WHS computer systems including wifi all students must return a signed copy of this agreement to their English teacher by October 19th. 

Parent Portal Accounts 

  • Middle and high school parents, who already have accounts, will be able to use last year’s log on credentials to access the portal.
  • Parents of students entering sixth grade or those who are new to the district should receive their credentials in the mail in the next two weeks. The mailing will include access credentials and a brochure with step-by-step directions.
  • Parents who have questions should call their child’s school directly and ask to speak with the Parent Facilitator.
  • Parents with PowerSchool Portal password problems should open a help desk ticket. Please include your name, child's name, grade and student ID number.

 

Student Portal Accounts

  • All WHS students have personal portal accounts. Information on accessing your portal account was emailed to your @stamfordpublicschools.org gmail.
  • Student's requiring a PowerSchool portal password reset should email sotterspoor@stamfordpublicschools.org from their school gmail account with the subject "PowerSchool Password Reset".

Financial Aid sign-ups to help you with the FAFSA form have begun! Just sign up on NAVIANCE under college visits. Please be reminded that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT if you do not stop by your counselor's office to pick up the necessary paperwork. See your counselor ASAP to sign up!

 

CHANGES TO THE FAFSA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SUMMARY

Starting with Academic Year 2017-18, the traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 will change to October 1. In addition, families will be able to use tax information from the prior year. The January 1 start date made it difficult for families to get their tax information gathered in time to complete the application. By moving the start date up three months earlier to October 1, students will have more time to fill out this vital information, they’ll have tax information at hand, and families will have more time to evaluate the school’s financial aid award package.

WHAT IT MEANS

Students enrolling for academic year 2016/2017 will submit a FAFSA beginning January 1, 2016; families should use their 2015 income tax information. Students enrolling for academic year 2017/2018 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016; families should again use their 2015 income tax information. Impact: With more time to award financial aid, some schools may choose to adjust their calendar. This could mean changes to the admissions timeline as well as the timing for financial aid award letters and tuition bills. Students should check their colleges of choice to see if any dates or submission deadlines change.

Dear Stamford Public Schools Junior Class Families:                    

 

I am excited to announce that the Stamford Public Schools will be implementing a Senior Internship Experience program for the spring of 2017. 

 

The Senior Internship Experience (SIE) will take place from mid-May 2017 through the end of June 2017 for approximately five weeks (ending date subject to change based on graduation date).  The SIE will provide various internship opportunities at different locations across the City of Stamford.  This program will give students the opportunity to pursue their unique interests and passions outside the construct of their formal education program.  In the fall, we will be hosting orientation meetings for students at all of the high schools.  Information will be provided on Naviance and various mailings to clarify all dates and deadlines for the program.

 

In order to participate, seniors must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of  2.0
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Successfully meet grade, attendance, and behavior requirements for both semesters 1 and 2 of senior year
  • Have coverage of health and auto insurance (auto insurance if driving to, during, and from the internship site)
  • Must not have failed or be in danger of failing any senior year course (this includes PE)
  • Must be meeting all graduation requirements
  • Endorsement from their parent or guardian
  • Review and approval from the Guidance Counselor, Principal, and SIE Coordinator

 

Students who are approved to participate in the Senior Internship Experience will end their regular classes, after AP testing, and will have their grades finalized and classwork requirements ended as they transition to their internship sites full-time (30 hours per week).  The internships effectively take the place of attending classes for the last five weeks of school.  All internships are unpaid.  Students will have a mentor on the job and a school faculty mentor who will monitor their progress throughout the internship. 

 

I look forward to a successful program for our seniors.  We will send out further details in the upcoming school year with information on how to apply.  If you have specific program questions, please contact Michelle Lappas from the Mayor’s Youth Services Bureau at 203-977-0830.

 

Sincerely,

 

Michael S. Fernandes, Ed.D                                                                            

Assistant Superintendent - Secondary Schools

Studies have shown that parental engagement in a child’s education is the single most important factor in student achievement.  As part of Stamford Public Schools continued effort to improve communication and engagement with our families, we are happy to let you know that we are launching our PowerSchool Parent Portal for all middle school and high school parents and students. 

This portal will provide you with secure access to information about your middle school and/or high school children’s grades and attendance records through a single account.  You will need a computer with internet access to create your account.  If you do not have access to a computer, you may visit the public library nearest you. A detailed information sheet enclosed that you should keep for future reference.

 

¡Bienvenido(a) a PowerSchool Parent Portal (Portal de Padres de PowerSchool)! Los estudios han mostrado que la participación de los padres en la educación de un niño(a) es el factor más importante de todos en el éxito estudiantil. Como parte del continuo esfuerzo de las Escuelas Públicas de Stamford de mejorar la comunicación y la participación de nuestras familias, nos complace dejarles saber que estamos lanzando nuestro Portal de Padres de PowerSchool para todos los padres de las escuelas (inter)medias y las escuelas secundarias (escuelas superiores). 

Este portal le proporcionará acceso seguro a información sobre las calificaciones y los récords de asistencia de su niño(a)(s) de escuela (inter)media y / o escuela secundaria (escuela superior) por medio de una sola cuenta.  Para crear su cuenta, va a necesitar una computadora con acceso al Internet.  Si no tiene acceso a una computadora, puede visitar la biblioteca pública que le quede más cercana.  Hay también, adjunta, una hoja informativa detallada que debe guardar para su uso como referencia en el futuro.

PowerSchool Parent Portal | Parent Portal Help Desk

If you are having difficulty accessing the site or experiencing other technical issues, please complete the support form.

Please provide your full name, your child's name and grade and as much information about your problem as possible so that we can resolve your issue quickly and route your question to the appropriate person.

 

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WHS MISSION STATEMENT

Westhill High School values learning because it promotes academic excellence, civic responsibility, and personal growth. Our community provides all students with opportunities to acquire, analyze, and apply knowledge.

WHS School Improvement Plan

Policy Reminders

The attendance policy has changed beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

Absences:
After a student returns from any absence they are to report to Mr. Pereira's office (located in the 100s, across from Room 103) between 7:00 and 7:20am. Mr. Pereira will review their absence documentation (doctor’s note, etc.) and issue them a slip to present - with their note - to their teachers. Students must have each teacher sign the slip on the appropriate line, in order to document the rationale behind the absence. At the end of the day, the student is responsible for returning the slip (with all signatures) and documentation to a mailbox in the main office designated for this purpose.
 
NOTE: Absence documentation should come in the form of a note (parental, doctor, court summons - as examples) and as soon as possible upon the student's return to school. Phone calls and emails, while appreciated, will not count towards documentation.
 
 
Early Dismissal: 

If there is a need for your child to leave school early, please send in a note (including a morning telephone number to confirm dismissal) with your child. They will be issued a yellow dismissal pass from class and you can meet your child in the office. Students should report to the main office before the warning bell for Block 1 to get the dismissal approved. We are hoping to greatly decrease the classroom interruptions that occur when we do not follow this procedure.

Alateen Meetings

Alateen meetings are every Wednesday at 8:21 in the Raynor Conference Room. All students who have a family member or friend affected by alcohol use are welcome.

The Westword

The Westword Online. Student voice of Westhill High School.

Sports Team Photos

If you are interested in purchasing a team photo, please contact Yearbook at 203.968.9658 or Westhill.yearbook@gmail.com. Athletes may come to room 202B for an order form.