Wolf Call Weekly


Welcome to this week!


Welcome to the LAST EDITION of the Wolf Call Weekly for 2020!

This edition covers Week of 12/14/20-12/18/20 and our WINTER BREAK.

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!

WHHS Administration,

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

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"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven't even happened yet."

-Anne Frank-

December Holidays

We celebrate our diversity within our school community and wish

everyone good health and cheer this winter! December is a special month of celebration around the world.

Check out all the different holidays that are celebrated around the world!

  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • Kwanzaa
  • Boxing Day
  • Ōmisoka

For more information about each holiday, click HERE.

A Message from Principal Mrs. Ballarin

With the first semester coming to a close, I would like to ask parents and guardians to continue to encourage their students to remain focused and finish strong in their classes. Final exams are right around the corner, but it is still not too late to take advantage of the time we have left. Students can still participate in tutoring, and talk with teachers to get that extra bit of help down the home stretch.

I would like to thank our students, parents, guardians, staff, and teachers for a great first half of the school year during these challenging times. We appreciate your patience, dedication, and perseverance through our blended and distance learning options.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and safe holiday!

Go Wolf Pack!

Mrs. Robin Ballarin

We Thank YOU!

Since the Wolf Call Weekly debuted on October 26th, we would like to share some data and analytics on our readership. We appreciate you taking the time to read our weekly newsletter and hope you find the information to be informative and valuable!

Go Wolf Pack!

-WHHS Administration-

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Schedule for the week

Chromebook Repair/Exchange Info Link

(Note: Chromebook Repairs/Exchanges will be closed during Winter Break)

As you begin to plan for the holidays in these coming weeks, here are some dates to remember:

Group D: Students in Group D come to school on Monday, 12/14, NOT Friday, 12/18

Quarter 2 ends: Dec. 18; Final Grades posted to transcripts Jan. 18

Winter Break: December 21-January 8, 2021

Quarter 3 begins: January 11, 2021

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Interested in a chance to help support arts in education?

Please join West Hills High School’s Wolf Pack Theatre for our very 1st virtual performance of It’s a Wonderful Life: A live radio play!

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Thanks to the wonder of technology, our students have been able to design, create, perform, and edit this well-known holiday tale from the comforts of their own homes. I am so thrilled and amazed to share their work with you as you experience something close to what a cozy mid 20th century radio hour might have felt like.

On Demand Streaming starts next Wednesday December 16th and runs through Saturday December 19th.

Individual listening tickets are $5.00 ($7.95 including the streaming fee)

Family listening tickets are $10.00 ($12.95 including a streaming fee)

To purchase your tickets click HERE

Need help with purchasing your stream? Click HERE.

Thank you for your continued support of our tremendous theatre program!

Student Tutorial Schedule

If a student doesn't already have a Zoom meeting with one of their teachers, we highly encourage them to attend one of our tutorials. Please click THIS LINK to view the tutorial schedule. Make sure to read the "Important Tutorial Information" section at the bottom!

December "Discussion Prompts" Calendar

December is moving along! Bookmark or print your own copy of this month's calendar (bit.ly/dec20cal) to have some fun conversations!

Each day features two discussion prompts - let's all connect!

Need a work permit during Winter Break?

As we wrap up the second quarter and are getting ready for a well-deserved Winter Break, here are a few reminders for Work Permits:

  • The work permit process is the same and all labor laws must be followed, no exceptions for the holidays!
  • If you need a work permit to work during Winter Break, plan to have any paperwork to West Hills no later than Thursday, 12/17 to be able to process it and have it ready for pick up by Friday 12/18.
  • Staff will NOT will be available to process work permits during the Winter Break (including the district office)
  • Please get your work permit applications turned in early so we can process them before the break.
  • Click HERE for more information about obtaining a work permit

Thank you!

Check out books to read over the break!

Check out the Readers & Writers Club (new members are always welcome!) next book club title

"Children of Blood & Bone" and/or any other books to read for fun over the upcoming winter break!

The library will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 12 pm.

Browse titles and place holds at bit.ly/wh-discover

WHHS IS CLOSED 12/21/20-1/8/21

West Hills is closed to the public each day December 21-January 8 for Winter Break. There will be no in person services December 21-January 8. We will reopen on January 11 at 7am.

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Equity Committee Update!

Our Equity Committee is continuing to meet. You may read the notes from our latest meeting here. If you would like to join the Committee or one of the sub-committees, please contact Mrs. Ballarin at rballarin@guhsd.net or Mrs. Baker abaker@guhsd.net in Administration.

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.

*New Edition* December 2020

Counselor's Corner: Important news you can use with grade level specific information!

Mental Health Resources

From Mending Matters:

We wish you all a restful three week break!

Here are mental health resources for you to use during the break if needed:

Girls Supporting Girls Food Drive Update

Shout out to WHHS Junior Brianna Bentley for organizing and promoting a food drive to help the Women's Shelter! All sorts of donations were dropped off to WHHS by students, staff, and our wonderful community members! Brianna and her classmates delivered the items to the Women's Shelter.

Thank you for all the donated items that were dropped off at WHHS!

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Flu Shot Clinic

Thank you WH Health Pathways teacher Penny McDowell and our student volunteers for partnering with GUHSD Health Occupations Center Nursing students and the San Diego County Public Health Department for carrying out a successful drive thru FREE Flu Shot Clinic this past week. It was an opportunity for our students to apply classroom skills in the community!

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A Peek into the Classroom

Check out our Integrated Math 3 Honors course taught in person AND via Zoom by Mrs. Dissinger! Students are learning about the Power Property of LOGARITHMS and are using a special math program (Desmos) on their chromebooks! Who said "You can't do math on a Chromebook!". Students are able to work on paper and their Chromebook all while practicing social distancing and proper sanitation. Thank you Mrs. Dissinger and students for allowing us to "peek into your classroom!"

Check out our Dance course taught by Mrs. Gwyn! Both blended and distance learners have learned 14 eight counts to put together a fun hip hop dance. Their goal now is to choreograph their own two eight counts to complete the dance with their own style and flair all while practicing social distancing and proper sanitation. Please click on the video links below.

Also, click on this link to see why students like dance!

Thank you Mrs. Gwyn and students for allowing us to "peek into your classroom!"


Check out our 9th grade ENS course taught by Mr. Hondros and Mr. Kinser! Our 9th grade blended learners have been working on their Frisbee throwing skills this past quarter as well as practicing their skill at Frisbee Golf. The last two weeks of the quarter were spent participating in a Frisbee Golf Tournament amongst their classmates. Students are learning the rules, strategies, and techniques of Frisbee Golf in a friendly competitive manner. The top participants will be awarded a "class championship." Thank you Mr. Hondros, Mr. Kinser, and students for allowing us to "peek into your classroom!"

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Social Media Awareness

Last week, we focused on Social Media Awareness in our Advisory classes. Winter Break means lots of free time for our students. We know that teenagers will spend a large amount of that time on social media. It is incredibly important that they are cognizant of the potential impacts social media can have on their lives.

Please take a moment to open THIS DOCUMENT play THIS VIDEO. We encourage you to pause the video and review the discussion questions presented at the 16:45 mark.

Thank you for your participation!

CIF Update regarding athletics

Wolf Pack students and families,

CIF State released a statement on 12/1/20 Regarding Education-Based Athletics for 2020-21 School Year. The official CIF statement can be found HERE.

A few things to note...

  • All full practice and competition start dates are officially on hold until updated guidance is issued (Not expected from the California Department of Public Health until after January 1).
  • All Regional and State Championship events are going to be removed from the Season 1 Sports calendar.
  • Boys volleyball will be moved to Season 2 to avoid the loss of a second full season.

While this is not what we would wish for our student-athletes, we remain committed to following state and local guidelines regarding schools and COVID-19. We will continue to hope for a change in guidelines in January that will allow our athletes to compete and will send updates as we receive them.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Connect with WHHS


Main: @whhswolfpack

Seniors: @whhsclass2021

Juniors: @whhsclass2022

Sophomores: @packof2023

Freshman: @whhsclass2024

ASB: @whhsasb

Guidance/Counseling: @whhs.counseling

Library: @westhillslib

Yearbook: @wolfpackyearbook

AVID: @whhsavid


Mending Matters: @mendingmatters

Homepage: http://wolfpack.guhsd.net

WHHS Distance Learning Hub: https://sites.google.com/guhsd.net/whhs-hub/home