Wolf Call Weekly
Welcome to this week!
HELLO WOLF PACK STUDENTS AND FAMILIES,
We hope that you had a wonderful start to your quarter 3.
If you have a questions about your Quarter 3 classes, contact your teacher via email or during their scheduled availability.
In an effort to continue improving communication to our families and community of West Hills High School, please take a moment to review the weekly, informative messages below.
Are you looking for previous editions of the Wolf Call Weekly? The West Hills website has them as a resource. (Info, Wolf Call Weekly)
We encourage your participation as an active reader of these communications that will help bridge our communication between WHHS and Students & Families. Thank you for your continued support for all students at West Hills!
Robin Ballarin, Principal
Apri Baker, Assistant Principal (A-G)
Carrie Gaeir, Assistant Principal (H-O)
John Hoadley, Assistant Principal (P-Z)
Cyndi Nowlen, Manager of School Facilities
Schedule for the week
As you plan for the beginning of Quarter 3, here are some dates to remember:
Quarter 2 ended on Dec. 18; Final Grades are posted to transcripts January 18, 2021
Check your schedule (Quarter 3 classes are Periods 1,3,5, & 7)
Check your email as you may get updates from your Teachers
Create a plan to set yourself up for success
Group A resumes on campus on January 19
- January 18: No School- Campus closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- January 25-29: Great Kindness Week led by WH ASB
- January 26 @4PM: Equity Committee Meeting (see below for more info)
Community College Admissions/Financial Aid Presentation
- Tuesday, January 26
Click HERE for the zoom link!
Questions? Please email Mrs. Albrecht: email@example.com
Equity Committee Update!
If you would like to join us, please email April Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robin Ballarin (email@example.com) and we will add you to the email invite for our next meeting January 26 at 4 p.m. online.
Our sub-committees were the idea of students in our committee at large and are student lead! We welcome all who want to work on our racial, gender, religious and cultural equity issues within our community.
You may read the notes from our latest meeting here.
Important Dates for February and March 2021
- February 8th - No School- Campus closed in observance of Lincoln's Day
- February 15th- No School- Campus closed in observance of Washington's Day
- March 12th- End of Quarter 3
- Monday March 15th - Thursday March 25th -Campus closed for Spring Break
- Friday March 26th- Quarter 4 begins (CORRECTION from previous WCW..Friday, March 26 during Spring Break no students attend campus and rather log in to ALL classes via Schoology or Google Classroom for Distance Learning schedule, activities, assignments & class updates)
Attention WH seniors and Parents
Hello Wolf Pack Seniors and families:
Please take some time to fill out the Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) form online for eligibility for two years of California Community College for FREE!
Regardless of your household income, if you are a graduate of a California high school, you could get two years of Community College class fees for FREE! Many families think you have to have a certain income to be eligible and you do NOT!
Complete yours today...it is never too late and even if you do not think college is for you right now, if you change your mind, you've already completed an important financial aid step for yourself!
We will be hosting Grossmont College free webinars for Wolf Pack Seniors and their families in the near future... see the above post!!
Stay tuned on social media and in your portal!
Go Wolf Pack!
A Peek Into the Classroom!
2020 NYA Awards Winners
We are so excited to announce the following (albeit belated) 2020 National Youth Arts Awards earned by West Hills High School Theatre students for the 2019-2020 school year!
Supporting Performance in a Play: Lindsay Wilson (pictured below) as Juror #12 in 12 Incompetent Jurors
Supporting Performance in a Play: Dylan Blanchard as Juror #8 in 12 Incompetent Jurors
Supporting Performance in a Play: Christine Pankow as Juror #6 in 12 Incompetent Jurors
Congrats to our students and we thank you for your continued support of our theatre program!
Daily Attendance and Participation
At Level 2, students either come to campus once a week or have full distance learning. To reinforce the idea that school happens every day, teachers will now track roll and participation each day. Students are expected to interact with the curriculum for each class every day. Individual teachers will communicate with students on how they will be marking participation. Students and parents will have access to the attendance tab in the Student and Parent Portal in Infinite Campus starting on January 18.
We have also activated a feature in the Student Campus Portal where students can check-in with their teachers each day. Teachers may request students to complete this task each day. Directions on how to do this will be shared with students.
Please see the video below for an overview of the student portal and participation.
Mandatory Live Zooms
To complement the Daily Attendance and Participation change, teachers may now require students to attend live Zoom meetings:
- either during, before, or after the regularly scheduled class period each day or on specific days.
- to both distance-only and on-campus students.
Additionally, teachers may award points for activities completed during these virtual class sessions.
Note: It is possible that not all your student's teachers will be doing this.
Do you currently have a job or want to get one?
If the answer is "yes" to either question then please remember these important guidelines:
- All work hours must be outside of school hours.
- This means you cannot work during the classes you are enrolled in (following our bell schedule day) and when your teacher has required zoom meetings.
- Students must meet and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A (grade point average) to obtain and keep a work permit.
- Attend school regularly (including zoom sessions) on time to obtain and keep a work permit.
If you obtained a new job or switched employers, you need a new work permit.
Click HERE for more information about obtaining a new or updated work permit.
Mental Health Resources
How many hours a week should I be working on school work?
- school is still 5 days a week.
- students need to be engaged in virtual and/or in-person learning everyday.
- 9th/10th classes- 7 hours a week per class x 3 classes = approximately 21 hours per week
- 11th/12th classes and other classes - 10 hours a week per class x 3 classes = approximately 30 hours per week.
Students and Parents/Guardians:
The faculty and staff are proud to partner with you in the education of your student. Educational success for all students cannot be complete without an effective partnership with all parents/guardians. You are the most essential part of your children’s education, and it is important that we build a strong relationship in order to best serve your student’s educational needs.
We strongly encourage you to review the 2020-21 Student Handbook.
This week we highlight the PARKING ON CAMPUS policy.
Parking is a privilege on the West Hills High School campus.
Two large paved areas are provided for student parking. The East Parking Lot is located in front of the Industrial Technology building and the West Parking Lot is in front of the tennis courts. Additional parking can be found at West Hills Park, just west of the school. Parking in the area directly in front of the school is reserved for staff and visitors, not students. In addition students are not permitted to park in the HOC parking lot
If you need to go to your car or be in an out of bounds area during school, please contact the Administration office for assistance.
For more information, see our policy on page 27 or contact your assigned Assistant Principal.
A Friendly Reminder...
- to WEAR FACE MASKS at all times while on campus: This is NOT optional.
- if you are wearing a clear face shield, you MUST WEAR A FACE MASK in addition to the face shield.
Neck and Face Gaiters Reminder
- Also, The CDC has updated their website and our District has asked us to make sure we are not allowing neck and face gaiters on campus any longer.
- Please see the CDC page here for more information.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Connect with WHHS
Mending Matters: @mendingmatters
WHHS Distance Learning Hub: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/whhs-hub/home