West Hills STEM Academy News

April 2022

An Update From Principal Melissa Rohr

Happy Spring!


We hope that you enjoy your Spring Break this week and had a wonderful time meeting with teachers during conferences.


Spring break often triggers the belief that the end of the year is here, when in fact there is more than half a semester of learning left to take place. As we round the corner towards the last quarter of school, please help us finish strong. Help your student to attend school regularly. Check in with your student about how their day went, and touch base with your teacher to help support your student's growth. We have many more hours of learning left in the year and each one counts! Stay healthy and safe during break!

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April - June Calendar

April - 1 Parent/Student Conferences

April 4-8 - Spring Break

April 13 - PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm on Zoom


May 27 - Possible Snow Make‐Up Day

May 30 - Memorial Day


June 17 - Last Day of School

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Character Trait for April - Respect

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Second Step Program

Dear Family,


As you know, we are using the Second Step program in your child's classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps our school be a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn. To help make our school even more safe and supportive, we are also going to use the Second Step Child Protection Unit. In these lessons, students will learn three types of skills:


Personal Safety. Students will learn important safety rules, such as safety with guns, sharp tools, and fire, and when riding on wheels or in cars. They will also learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not.

Touching Safety. Students will learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches,and rules about touching private body parts. They'll also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.

Assertiveness. These lessons will also give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations. Your child will bring home Home Links to help you understand what he or she is learning about safety at school and to give your child another chance to practice safety skills. To keep your child safe and protected, everyone at school needs to be involved. So all our staff will get special training in how to:


• Recognize and report suspected child sexual abuse

• Respond to and support children who have been abused or who are facing other challenges

• Use strategies that promote a safe and supportive school climate


If you have any questions about the Child Protection Unit or the Second Step program, please contact the school. If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons please call the office to have your child opt out.. For more information on our school's child-protection policies and procedures, check our school website or contact the school office.


Go online to SecondStep.org and log in by using the grade level activation key to learn more about what your child is learning in the Second Step program. Thank you for helping us make our school a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.



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Join Our PTA

You can participate in volunteer opportunities to benefit our school. You will have the opportunity to connect with other parents!


We'd love to have you!!


Join at http://www.memberplanet.com/s/westhillspta/join

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Please Complete Your Family ABCs!

The ABCs are our improved Annual Back-to-school Check-in process or ABCs (formerly known as the Annual Demographic Update). Please take a few moment to complete this important process.


The ABC process must be completed for all students in the district - including both previously enrolled as well as newly registered students.

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Tech Support for Families

We have updated our Tech Support for Families website for 2021-22 and invite you to check it out!


A link to the tech support webpage is on every school and the District website (look for the graphic like the one on the left), and can be accessed at BremertonSchools.org/TechHelp.

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New! Free online tutoring for grades 3-12!

We are pleased to offer free online tutoring through TutorMe for all Bremerton School District students in grades 3-12. Students can access TutorMe through Clever.


More information is available on the District's Family Technology Support website.

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FREE therapy available to all Bremerton School District students and staff

The mental health of our students is a top priority. That’s why we’re offering a free new service: Gaggle Teletherapy.


If your student is feeling sad, hopeless, angry, or anxious—or having challenges with family, friends, or relationships—therapy could help.


Gaggle Therapy is a free, confidential option to connect weekly with a therapist online and on your student’s schedule. Students can be referred by a teacher, counselor or parent, and students age 13 and older can self-refer.


Getting started is easy and only takes a few minutes. Learn more or sign-up your student here.

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PCHS School-Based Health Clinic at Mountain View Middle School

The Peninsula Community Health Services clinic at Mountain View Middle School provides services to Bremerton School District students (Preschool - 12th grade) and staff. PCHS can bill most insurance companies. Learn more at BremertonSchools.org/Clinic.

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