Westwood Weekly

Week of May 31, 2020

High School Updates

This is the last week of distance learning as school officially ends this Friday, June 5.

Chromebook Returns - For those of you who borrowed a Chromebook to assist in distance learning, we will be collecting them on June 9, 10 and 11, between 8am-2pm. There will be a cart in the entryway of the high school where the devices can be placed.

WHS has set tentative dates for an outdoor graduation ceremony. The dates are June 25 or July 16. Plans for the event are being developed and we hope to be able to hold our ceremony on June 25 on the football field. Much of what we are able to do will depend on guidance from Governor Whitmer's Office.

End of the year report cards will be sent the week of June 8. Students will not receive a letter grade in marking period 4 nor will they be assigned a grade for semester 2. Instead, students will receive credit or no credit.

Seeking a Better Way of Life

As we reemerge and begin to seek new routines and normalcy, each of us has the opportunity to reflect upon how our lives have changed since March. Though there have been hardships, difficulty which cannot be downplayed, there are also lessons we have learned that can allow us to reshape our individual and family lives. Many individuals may have been running on auto-pilot. Then the hustle and bustle of daily life came to a halt, allowing a rare opportunity to focus on moments we may not have had or paid attention to pre-pandemic. People who live introspectively through crises recognize aspects of their life that they once thought were significant, and now no longer have relevance. Take stock and assess whether there are areas of your life that you would like to leave behind – perhaps being overly scheduled, time spent in meetings, or consumerism. Reflect on areas of your life that were enhanced – perhaps quality time with family, focus on health and wellness, or a simpler way of life. In the coming months we will grow to understand the long term impact of the pandemic and how life will change as a result. As you reflect on the changes to daily life for you and your family, take this opportunity to make sustainable changes that allow you to live a better, healthier life going forward.

Stay safe and well,

Jamie Dieterle, LMSW, CAADC

WHS Class of 2020 Parade

Thank you to the following fire departments for taking part in the parade to honor the Westwood High School Class of 2020: Ishpeming, Champion, Humboldt, and Michigamme-Spurr. In addition, thank you to the Ishpeming Township Police Department for leading the parade as well as the National Guard for being a part of this special event.

Also, thank you to all those involved in planning the parade and all the parents, family members and friends who came out to show their love for this year’s graduates. It was a fantastic night that truly represents the tremendous support our community shows our students and schools.