West Hills STEM Academy

June 2020

Mission/Vision

West Hills STEM Academy is dedicated to working with our community to serve the whole child, fostering the lifelong learner skills of persistence, confidence and readiness to thrive and contribute to society.

Life, Career and College Ready!

MELISSA ROHR NAMED PRINCIPAL FOR WEST HILLS STEM ACADEMY




Ms. Rohr (pronounced “roar”), assistant principal at West Hills STEM Academy, has been selected as the new principal at West Hills STEM Academy.


In her 15 years in education, Ms. Rohr has taught in the Peninsula, Coupeville and Jurupa Valley, (in East Los Angeles, California) school districts. She was the assistant principal at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley CA, before joining the Bremerton School District as assistant principal at West Hill STEM Academy for the 2019-20 school year.


In her leadership roles in other districts, Ms. Rohr has focused on bringing inclusion and a sense of belonging for students and staff. While working in East Los Angeles, she focused on equity and culturally responsive education. She is committed to data-focused leadership to help direct and move students forward.



Ms. Rohr received her Associates from Clark College, her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University, and her Master’s in Education from Pacific Lutheran University, and her administrative credentials from Western Washington University. She grew up in Shelton and Vancouver, Washington.


Ms. Rohr has one grown son. Her hobbies include running camping, gardening, motocross racing, boating, and playing guitar. She admits that her world revolves around her dog, a year and a half old Border Collie.



"I am so excited for what our future at West Hills STEM Academy holds! This past year has given me a glimpse into so many possibilities, and we will be focusing on our commitment to have every Griffin not only feel they belong, but also love coming to our school. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and partner with the families and community of West Hills. I look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!" -- Ms. Rohr

Kelli Andrews Named Assistant Principal for West Hills STEM Academy

Kelli Andrews has been selected as the new assistant principal for West Hills STEM Academy.



Mrs. Andrews joined the Army after graduating from high school and became a Black Hawk pilot. She later went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington, and a Master's in Science in Teaching from Old Dominion University. She earned her administrative credentials from Western Washington University.



Mrs. Andrews holds a National Board Teaching Certification and has served for 13 years as a biology, biotechnology, and AP biology teacher at Bremerton High School. She has also served in a building leadership role as the Science Department Chair. She believes that education is the key to empowering our students to success and happiness.



Mrs. Andrews enjoys laughing, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and three sons.

Yearbooks Still Available to Purchase Online

Colorful WEST HILLS STEM 2020 yearbook available online at treering.com Set up an account, purchase, or just take a look!


General Instructions: When you go to treering.com and set up an account, treering will ask you to purchase a yearbook, you can always press the 'purchase later' button. As part of the account process, they will ask you for the school CODE. Here is the school code to set up your account - 1015665058021065.

Important Dates for 2020-2021 School Year

First Day of School - September 2, 2020
Winter Break - December 21, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Spring Break - April 5, 2021 - April 9, 2021
Last Day of School - June 18, 2021
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2020-2021 7th Grade Immunizations

In Washington State, the Tdap vaccine is required for school attendance in certain grades. The Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child.


Starting on August 1, 2020 the Tdap school requirement is changing to start at 7th grade to better align with the updated 2019 national immunization schedule (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html). In the past the Tdap booster was required starting at 6th grade.


For the 2020-2021 school year all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine:


  • For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.
  • For students in 8th to 12th grades, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 7 to be accepted for school entry.



To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.


If you have already let the school know that your child has had the required Tdap vaccine or your child has a valid exemption on file with their school, they will be unaffected by this rule change and you will not need to do anything.


To find out more about this change, or the other changes to immunization rules also happening this fall, please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.

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2020-2021 Certificated Staff

Preschool

Katrina Jones
Kelsey McCreary

Kindergarten

Lisa Beeman

Kaelin Larson
Nelida Vela

First Grade

Ashley McNeil

Patrick Murphy

Beverly Jewett

Second Grade

Julie Durham
Stephanie Tubberville

Andrew Nelson
Third Grade STEM
Rachel Chamberlain

Rachael Batschi
Third/Fourth Grade SLIT STEM

Mary-Anne Craig

Fourth Grade STEM

Thomas Hornburg

Melissa Haithcock
Shayla Sharlow
Fifth Grade STEM
Stephanie Doornink
Sarah Straume

Allyson Smith

Spanish and Dual Immersion
Ivelis Botti, 4th Grade

Jose Gonzalez, 5th Grade
Sixth Grade STEM

Chelsee Bunch

Dawn Parker

Seventh & Eighth Grade STEM
Wendy Nelson

Margaret Cordray

Cathleen Markham

Elizabeth Magiera

Health & Fitness

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CTE-Graphic Arts

Joneva Barry-Meller

Music

Vanessa Lee

Administration
Melissa Rohr

*Kelli Andrews

Counselor

Kasia Roque

Patti Sgambellone

Support Services

Danan Myers
Stephanie Codorniz

Melissa McConnell

Maria Briones

Emily Thatcher

Charlene Serra

ISP

Mollyshannon Neel

Instructional Coach

Desiree Hall


*New to West Hills STEM Academy

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Bremerton School District Non-Discrimination Statement

The Bremerton School District complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participation in educational programs and/or extra-curricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and ADA Coordinator, Garth Steedman, at 360.473.1031 or garth.steedman@bremertonschools.org or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh, at 360.473.4400 or john.welsh@bremertonschools.org.Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.