Westwood Weekly

Week of August 17

Welcome Back

Hello all. This is the first installment of the Westwood Weekly which will be emailed out each Sunday and posted to the NICE Community Schools Website. Each week I will provide general updates and information about what is happening at Westwood High School. In addition, I will highlight the great things our students and staff are doing at WHS.

This is going to be a unique year, to put it kindly. The faculty and staff at WHS have been working very hard to plan for both face-to-face and distance teaching and learning. We have a fantastic staff who will be flexible and adapt to whatever challenges thrown their way. I am confident in our ability to provide our students with a high quality education in whatever environment we may face.

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General Information

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 1. Students will have a full day on Wednesday and early release on Thursday, September 3. There is no school on Friday, September 4 and we are back on Tuesday, September 8. Enjoy the long weekend!

Please remind your child that masks or face coverings are required once they enter the building. Also, it is extremely important that students practice physical distancing when they arrive at school and throughout the school day. Please avoid grouping or crowding before school, between classes, at lunch, and at the end of the school day. Students should stay to the right when moving throughout the hallways, similar to automobiles travelling on the roads. In addition, if your child feels ill, please keep them home. Teachers will make arrangements for students to make up the work when they return or will send the work home.

Learning Options for 2020-21

Students will have three learning options to start the school year.

  1. In the building Monday-Friday, face-to-face instruction
  2. Online learning through our Patriot Online Academy
  3. Hard copy materials provided by the classroom teacher

If you are considering options 2 or 3, please contact the high school office at 906.485.1023 to notify us of your choice or if you have questions about your options.

Patriot Online Academy

The Patriot Online Academy is a State of Michigan, accredited online public school that is FREE to students K-12. We provide the opportunity for students to enroll as a part-time or full-time student with the NICE Community School district. Last year, over 40 students in grades K-12 enrolled in more than 60 core and elective courses. All of the courses are aligned with Michigan standards and are teacher-led by our own local highly qualified
instructors. For more information, contact Kurt Corcoran, Patriot Online Academy Coordinator, by email at corcorank@nice.k12.mi.us or by phone at 485-1023. Information can be found on the web at http://www.nice.k12.mi.us/PatriotOnlineAcademy/Home.aspx.

Return to School Information Guide

Below is the link to information that will help parents/guardians and students answer some of the questions they may have as we begin the school year. The document was mailed home last week as well.