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School Ends: 2:05 PM

Early Release: 11:45 AM

2 Hour Delay: 9:25 AM

 

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L3: 500s, 600s & Gym

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

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City of Stamford CT

 
 

JANUARY 2017 WESTHILL MIDTERM EXAM SCHEDULE

 

 

Monday, January 16

MARTIN LUTHER KING

NO SCHOOL

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 17

Period 1 Mid Term Exam

7:25-9:20

  Early Dismissal Bus Run 9:30

 

Period 2 Mid Term Exam

9:40-11:35

 

Dismissed

11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 18

Period 3 Mid Term Exam

7:25-9:20

  Early Dismissal Bus Run 9:30

 

Period 4 Mid Term Exam

9:40-11:35

 

Dismissed

11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Thursday, January 19

Period 5 Mid Term Exam

7:25-9:20

  Early Dismissal Bus Run 9:30

 

Period 6 Mid Term Exam

9:40-11:35

 

Dismissed

11:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Friday, January 20

Period 7 Mid Term Exam

7:25-9:20

  Regular Dismissal Bus Run 9:30

 

Make-up Mid Term Exam

9:40-11:35

 

Dismissed

11:45 a.m.

 

The bus schedule for the 2017 Midterm Exams are as follows:

  • Tues, Jan 17: Usual morning run 9:30 light dismissal | 11:45 Regular Full Dismissal
  • Wed, Jan 18: Usual morning run 9:30 light dismissal | 11:45 Regular Full Dismissal
  • Thurs, Jan 19: Usual morning run 9:30 light dismissal | 11:45 Regular Full Dismissal
  • Fri, Jan 20: Usual morning run 9:30 Regular Full Dismissal | 11:45 Light Dismissal

 

Annually, the Judicial Branch Experiential Learning Program offers high school students two opportunities to explore career opportunities -- the Job Shadow Program and the Court Aide Program.

  • The Job Shadow Program allows high school students to explore career interests and vocational skills by “shadowing” a Judicial Branch employee during a portion of the workday, and is offered from February 1 through April 30.
  • The Court Aide Program allows high school seniors to further explore career interests and vocational skills by providing them with an opportunity to work for a week with a Judicial Branch employee. This program is offered from April 1 to April 30.

We are excited to announce the Stamford Public Schools Senior Internship Experience Program for the Spring of 2017.

The Senior Internship Experience is designed to provide students with the opportunity to become productive and responsible citizens of the 21st century. The program allows students to explore an area of interest outside the constructs of their formal educational program. By helping to foster independence and decision making skills, the program will provide students an opportunity to make a smoother transition from high school to college, the workplace, or military service. The students can explore a career interest or service opportunity in a field prior to beginning formal training in college or other post-secondary schooling.

Why is it important? The youth in Stamford face high barriers to success with:

  • We have 12,674 youth 16-24 years old in Stamford ….. 13% of them are unemployed
  • Work and job readiness programs are important because National Longitudinal Surveys found that: High School students with 20 hrs. of part-time work per week in their Senior year had annual earnings 20% higher 6 to 9 years after graduation, compared to the students who didn’t work

 

Please see https://stamford-sie.org for more information on the Stamford Public Schools Senior Internship Experience.

SENIORS There will be an informational meeting for all of those students interested in applying for scholarships and money through STAMFORD DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS on Wednesday, February 8th at 1:15 in the career center.

You must sign up on Naviance.

They will be conducting a Questions & Answers Workshop for the seniors on how to apply for these scholarships. Please don't miss this session!

Nine high school students qualified for the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Western Regional High School Festival. Thousands of students across the state auditioned before a panel of professionals to be considered. Each student was required to perform a very advanced repertoire in his or her specialty area: Orchestra, Concert Band or Chorus. Those students who scored above a designated threshold were invited to perform at the festival, which comprises the top high school instrumental or choral students in the western part of the state.

  Qualifying WHS choral students, under the direction of Jonathan Curri: 

  • Will Bruno, senior, bass
  • Benjamin Freedman, senior, tenor
  • Marcos Pinto-Leite,  junior, tenor
  • Andrew Putterman,  senior, tenor
  • Nicholas Smeriglio,  senior, bass

Qualifying WHS instrumental students, under the direction of Michael Wyatt:

  • Brian Kaether, WHS junior, violin
  • Noah Schaffer, WHS junior, snare drum

You make us Westhill and Proud!

Spring Musical Auditions

JANUARY 5 & 6 (SIGN UP FOR EITHER DAY)
FROM 2:30-6:00 PM IN THE LITTLE THEATER

SIGN UP SHEET IS POSTED OUTSIDE MR. CURRI'S DOOR
TO THE LITTLE THEATER 

CALLBACKS: TUESDAY, JANUARY 10TH

For more information: http://www.westhilltheater.org/audition_info

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong There will be five performances of GUYS AND DOLLS: April 29 at 7:30 pm April 30 at 3:00 pm May 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm 125 Roxbury Road at Westhill High School

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

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).

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

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.

Homegames

Westhill's 2016-17 Athletic Schedule

  • Tues 1/17 - V Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde @ 7:00pm
  • Tues 1/17 - JV Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde @ 5:15pm
  • Tues 1/17 - FR Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Warde @ 4:00pm
  • Wed 1/18 - V Boys Swimming & Diving vs. New Canaan @ 3:00pm
  • Fri 1/20 - V Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Danbury @ 5:30pm
  • Fri 1/20 - V Girls Basketball vs. Trinity Catholic @ 5:30pm
  • Fri 1/20 - JV Girls Basketball vs. Trinity Catholic @ 4:00pm
  • Sat 1/21 - V Boys Ice Hockey vs. Darien @ 5:20pm
  • Sat 1/21 - V Girls Ice Hockey vs. Darien @ 3:20pm
  • Sun 1/22 - JV Girls Ice Hockey vs. New Canaan @ 6:10pm

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.

Parents, students, families, friends Download the ReplayIt! app and submit your photos to the Yearbook! The app is from Jostens (our Yearbook company), and has a blue icon with an orange "Play" button in the middle.

Create an account, and search for Westhill. Then, upload photos you take - at Homecoming (we really need Homecoming pictures!), sports events, pasta parties, award ceremonies, backstage at the Talent Show or Musical, at lunch in the courtyard - ANY. PHOTOS. YOU. TAKE.