West Hills STEM Academy News

December 2020

An Update From Principal Melissa Rohr

Happy December West Hills Griffins!


Our school is committed to helping our students succeed and grow academically, and this month, I wanted to touch on the importance of students using iReady to accomplish this. Our iReady programs for Math and Reading are incredibly useful tools, but at the moment, roughly 60% of West Hills' students are logging into iReady. For many, learning at a distance during this time can be difficult, and we believe that the utilization of iReady programs can ease some of the challenges your students may be experiencing.


Are my students set up to begin using iReady?

At the beginning of the year, your student(s) took a test that allowed iReady to level them into a custom program designed for their learning needs. Students should be spending 30-45 minutes a week on ELA, and 30-45 minutes a week on Math.


What is iReady?

The iReady program includes built in games that reward students for completing and passing assignments. These games then collect information based on a student's perseverance when presented with difficult tasks. This helps the program to provide a challenge to your student that is neither too easy nor too discouraging. In other words, when students work on iReady on their own, the program can continue to adapt to their needs.


What are the advantages of using iReady?

There is significant research showing that students who spend at least the recommended amount of time on this program advance at a faster rate. Those same students are also much more likely to achieve their growth goals when compared to those who do not utilize the program. While 60% of students are logging into iReady, just 20% of students at West Hills are participating in the recommended number of minutes. Our goal is to significantly increase that number, and that's where you come in!


Please join us in encouraging your student(s) to engage in 10 minutes of Math and 10 minutes of Reading on iReady each day, for at least four days a week. The data we've collected so far shows that it can make a meaningful difference in their learning this year!

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December, January & February Calendar

December 16 - Virtual Family Night - Register by December 5th.

December 21-January 1 - Winter Break


January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Non Student Day

January 29 - Non-Student Day


February 15 - President's Day - Non Student Day

February 17 - Virtual STEM Fair - 5:00pm-6:30pm

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Griffey is Here!

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West Hills Goes To Space!


West Hills STEM has partnered with West Sound STEM and Blue Origin to provide the first class an opportunity to send a post card to the astronauts in the International Space Station. Ms. Magiera's 7th grade homeroom is testing our new partnership this month!



Students wrote postcards in response to questions posed by Governor Jay Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdahl, and Director of Commerce Kate Brown. Students answered what the first school on the Moon should look like, what the first business on the Moon should be, or what the constitution on the Moon should have in it. Student's postcards will launch from Houston, Texas in December and travel to the space station.

Upon completion of the mission the cards will be stamped by the astronauts and returned to the students. Our plan is to expand this partnership upon a successful test run.


West Hills STEM is truly out of this world!

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Virtual Family Night - Register by December 5th

West Hills STEM Academy invites you to our Virtual December Family Night!

For more information and to register, please go to this link: https://forms.gle/HZkVGsJXatgfi8or8 by December 5, 2020.

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Introducing K-5 Virtual Makerspace!

Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. In partnership with DODEA, West Hills STEM Academy is offering a Virtual Makerspace.


Each month there will be a new Makerspace Challenge. Your kindergarten through 5th grade student will be asked to join a google classroom that will include all challenge instructions, videos, places to share projects, and teacher contacts. All materials will be provided on a specific pick up date that you will receive via email or remind for each month. You may sign up for all or just a couple months, you choose!

If you would like to sign your student up for a Virtual Maker's Space experience, please follow the links below. Please fill out a separate registration for each student you are registering. All registrations must be submitted by the date listed below to have supplies for the next month.

If you have any questions, please contact: Desiree Hall desiree.hall@bremertonschools.org or call 360-473-4605.


Please register here:

https://forms.gle/LnUYfSR4MR9z3DMt9

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WEST HILLS PE ALL STARS

These students have been attending PE regularly this year! Way to go Griffins!


Ophilia Redeen

Ellie Smith

Aliya Bourboulis

Chloe Donohue

Kyanite Hawkins

Hailynn Garrett

Ryleigh Mosman

Zoey Iiams

Aaliyah Hoban

Taigan Lehan

Laveon Moore-Williams

Carter Rawls

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Did You Know?

Bremerton is a Title 1 School District and West Hills STEM receives additional funding to support continued improved student performance. The requirements and responsibilities for building capacity are as follows:



West Hills STEM, to the extent practicable, provides full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children. We provide information and school reports in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents understand. To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents and the community, our district and schools assisted by Title 1 provide opportunities



1. Through family nights, parent conferences, special events, participation in district and school committees, multimedia resources and information, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school or district, as appropriate, in understand topics such as:

a. Child development and social/behavioral development and concerns

b. The state’s early learning goals and academic content standards and state academic achievement standards

c. State and local assessments

d. The requirements of Title I.

e. How to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.

f. Available extended learning opportunities

g. Available community resources.



2. Provide Materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve

their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parent involvement. (i.e. bookflix)



3. Ongoing professional development for all staff regarding current struggles of families, outreach and resources available to families and how to partner with families.



All our Title I schools coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with Headstart, Before and After school care, community preschools and other community organizations such as Salvation Army Homeless camp that have families whose students attend our schools.

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Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy

Our Title I Parent Involvement Policy is shared and reviewed through PTA meetings during a normal school year. This year the compact was sent to parents at conferences on October 28th and November 4th. Every student and parent/guardian had an opportunity to review and sign our school/parent/student compact that outlines what each member of the team will do to help make your student successful at school.

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Student Clubs

Student clubs are up and running on Wednesdays. For more information check out this page on our website.


https://sites.google.com/bremertonschools.org/coachcorner/student-and-family-events

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Assemblies

We will have our K-5 assemblies every month. They will post the last Wednesday. Grades 6-8 will be on a quarterly basis. Assemblies will focus on character traits and academic celebrations.

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