Westwood Weekly

Week of April 19

WHS Grades Update

The following is how Westwood High School will be addressing the issue of marking period 3 and semester 2 grades: All students will receive the grade they earned as of March 12 for the third marking period. All students will be given the opportunity to make up any missing work assigned prior to March 12. The deadline for missing work is May 1. All learning activities provided to students after March 12 are strictly voluntary and will not be counted as grades or impact their 3rd marking period or semester grade.

All students will receive a “credit” for the fourth marking period. This is in response to Governor Whitmer’s executive order No. 2020-35 requiring that schools not grade online work during the school closure.

In following Governor Whitmer’s executive order No. 2020-35, no grades will be given for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result, second-semester grades will be recorded as a “credit” for all students. A grade of “credit” has no statistical impact on a student’s GPA. Teachers will recommend optional remedial work for those students who were struggling with the content at the time of the school closure.

Updates from Mrs. Halamka

9th-11th Grade: If you have not yet submitted your course requests for the 2020-21 school year, you will be receiving a new request form in the mail. Please fill this out and mail it back to me in the self-addressed, stamped envelope as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone.

9th-12th Grade: Please continue to check your email on a regular basis. I will continue to send out emails that are pertinent to your school schedule, grades, scholarship applications (12th grade), financial aid applications (12th grade), and much more. If you have any questions about the information you receive from me, please do not hesitate to ask.

Self-Care During Covid-19

Everyone around us is experiencing some form of loss right now, which can be difficult to manage. Each one of use has been impacted by covid-19 in different ways. You may be experiencing a range of emotions – disappointment, frustration, loneliness, sadness, anger – which are perfectly normal under these circumstances. During this time, it’s important to take a compassionate approach to how we care for ourselves, our families, and those around us. Give yourself permission to feel your feelings, whatever they may be. Be kind to yourself during these difficult times. This is something we have not experienced before, and therefore don’t have a set playbook of how we should respond. Kindness and compassion toward yourself, is never selfish. In fact, it will help maintain strength and build resiliency, allowing you to be more effective in caring for those around you. Recognize all of the positive. Our community has turned out in so many ways to support one another during this difficult times. Each of these acts, whether big or small, remind us of the common good and why we are UP Strong.

Jamie Dieterle, LMSW, CAADC

Physical Health and Wellness Ideas

Hello there Patriots. I hope this finds you all well. Please see the following information on staying well in this unusual time. As we are getting settled into our new normal, it is important to keep as much of a routine as possible to be successful. Eating healthy and getting exercise is important. But remember, getting enough rest is important too. To be successful in our online enrichment activities, we have to keep our minds sharp. Establishing a routine is key. It is easy to stay up too late and sleep in late. Be careful not to sleep through our Zoom Meetings. We love seeing you all even if it is not in person. Stay well, enjoy this article full of helpful tips...