Westwood Wire

October 5, 2021

Dear Westwood Families,

As we approach the end of the first quarter, we continue to focus on building strong relationships with all members of Westwood to ensure a sense of belonging, acceptance and responsibility for maintaining our collective safety and high quality instructional environments.

In reflection of August and September, we are excited about the arrival of our Wolf mascot costume, the start of accelerated instruction, the intentionality of our professional learning communities focused on student learning and outcomes, the completion of BOY MAP testing, our campus wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, minute meetings with our counselors, fine arts performances and a successful start to football and volleyball seasons.

As we enter October, we continue our focus on excellence in learning and are thrilled with our partnership and work with PTA to create events where we come together as a community, provide an outdoor lunch option for our students, and support our work for the MST Ed-Talks on November 4th.

Thank you for taking time to read this newsletter and for our continued collaboration to support all members of our Westwood community.


Katie Mottram


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Carpool Lane

We have recently received some complaints from our campus neighbors. Please follow the directions below to facilitate a safe and effective arrival and dismissal process.

Reminder to all parents: Please DO NOT pick up or drop off students in the RED highlighted areas (Meandering Way, La Cosa Dr. & Spring Creek Rd.). We have received several complaints from our neighbors regarding student safety. Students may only be picked up and dropped off in the YELLOW highlighted areas. This is to ensure the safety of all our students. Please do not stop on Arapaho Rd. or in the middle carpool lane of the drive in - this causes excessive traffic. Cars are not allowed in the back circle drive - this is reserved for busses.

Student Drop-off begins at 7:45am. Students dropped off before this time are not supervised by staff.

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Food Deliveries

Please do not send your student lunch though a third party. Food deliveries from third parties such as Door Dash, Favor, Uber eats, etc are becoming a security hazard on campus and a disruption to instruction during the school day.

We ask that if you must deliver lunch to your student you do so personally or by someone listed on the students emergency card.

Students will NOT be called out of class to pick up food, they must pick it up on their way to lunch before the bell rings.

Student ID's

All students have been issued a student ID. These must be worn by all students before entering the building as stated in the Student Code of Conduct:

Students are required to wear their badges every day. Badges must be visible on a lanyard around their neck. Replacement badges can be purchased in the Library for $5.00. If a student forgets their badge, they will need to purchase a temporary badge in the cafeteria before school starts. Temporary badges are 50 cents. If a student does not have 50 cents, they may obtain a temporary badge and will be issued a lunch detention.

Q1 Grades

Q1 grades close next Friday October 15th. Teachers may begin posting grades on October 7th, please remind your students to turn in all assignments before this date.

Q1 report cards are tentative to be published in Focus on October 19. If you do not have a parent Focus account follow the link below for more information on how to create one.

Testing Dates

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Teacher Shout Outs

This award will be given monthly to teachers for showing WOLF characteristics. These include being welcoming, offering opportunities, demonstrating leadership and being future focused. Your recognition and celebration of our teachers and staff is an amazing gift and if you would like to shout out a teacher or staff member who has shown WOLF characteristics towards your student please complete the form below.

Mascot Tryouts

Mascot Tryouts coming soon!

If your child would like to tryout to be the very first Wolf mascot please ask them to sign up by the end of the day on Tuesday October 12th! The sign up sheet is located outside the Principals office door #312.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

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  • Wolf DEN Door Decorating
  • Daily Hispanic Heritage trivia announcement with Coach Nino
  • Classroom projects for Hispanic Heritage posted in the hallways
  • Survey of Westwood students' countries of origin with infographic posted celebrating the Hispanic heritage of our students

WWJH Clubs

Clubs have started meeting on campus! Please encourage students to sign up for something that interests them. Below is a list of clubs and sponsors, contact information for each sponsor can be found on the WWJH school website.

  • Yearbook - Mr. Johnson
  • Beta - Mrs. Zutavern
  • NJHS - Mrs. Wilkin
  • Knitting - Ms. Markos
  • French - Rustom
  • Robotics - Mrs. Ma
  • Book Club - Mrs. Moore
  • Chess Club - Mrs. McLachlan

Weekly Announcements

Keep up to date on what’s happening at Westwood with the weekly announcements! They’re updated every Friday.

Yearbooks on sale now!

Only a yearbook can bring you right back to the cringy styles, school pride and special moments shared with friends. You won’t regret having it all captured for years to come in the yearbook.

Click below to order now!

T-Shirt Donations

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Household Family Data - PLEASE COMPLETE

It is very important that RISD families complete this Household Family Data in order for RISD schools to receive Title I and State Compensatory Education funding. If eligible, this funding directly benefits your child's school through additional employees, and resources like tutoring services, additional technology, and professional training for teachers at your child’s school. RISD wants to continue to provide these important learning supports at our eligible schools, but that is dependent on parent/guardian assistance through completion of this form.

Families who have not completed this should have received a text reminder to complete this.

Chromebook Insurance

The deadline to purchase Chromebook insurance has now passed, if you would still like to purchase insurance for your student's Chromebook you can do so by paying $29 cash at the school front office. Insurance will cover the following: accidental damage (drops & spills), cracked screen, liquid submersion, fire, flood, natural disaster, power surge, theft &vandalism.

Chromebook Chargers

Has your student lost his/her charger? Do you need an extra one to keep at home? Purchase one through Amazon below.
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From the Counselors

The counselors have completed minute meetings with all our Westwood Wolves. We really enjoyed getting to talk with each student and get feedback on how we can help them this year. Our Westwood Counseling Team will follow-up with students based on the information we received during our meetings.

Mrs. Ruttenburg and Mrs. Scoggins will be creating groups to work with students on stress. If you would like your student to work with a counselor on their stress, please complete this link (Stress Group) to refer. Groups will meet once a week for 3-4 weeks and target specific student needs.

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Parent Expcetations

Parents of athletes, please read the letter from Richardson High School Athletics regarding the expectations of participation in our athletic programs. It is the goal of our Westwood Athletic Program to align with RHS within RISD athletics and we appreciate your support in contributing to a positive and educationally aligned program for our students.

Boys and Girls Athletics has gotten off to a good start with football and volleyball games. The cross country teams will begin competition next week at Huffhines Park in Richardson, TX. The schedules and rosters for the in-season fall sports are attached.

If attending an athletic event in RISD, please remember:

1. Only clear or approved bags may be brought into Richardson ISD junior high and high school gymnasiums, fields and stadiums, per RISD clear bag guidelines.

2. Backpacks are not allowed at RISD events (this includes HS Football and Volleyball games

3. Masks are required for indoor event

4. RISD student conduct at school and district events is governed by the RISD Student Code of Conduct.

5. RISD students must have school ID when attending events.

Game Tickets

Tickets to any sporting event are available for purchase on the RISD athletic homepage linked below.
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WWJ Choir Fall Concert

Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 6:30-7pm

7630 Arapaho Road

Dallas, TX

Concert will be held in the Westwood small gym. Free and open to the public, come support!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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  • The 1st meeting of the Westwood Book Club was September 24th during lunch time. Students will have about a month to read the selection for their lunch period and then meet to discuss the book. It was wonderful seeing so many readers in attendance! Our next meeting will be Friday, October 29th.

  • We are celebrating Teentober in the library. This is a nationwide celebration of teens, libraries, skills, and knowledge. There will be an activity each week to celebrate.

October 4th-7th – Name that Book Contest

October 12th-15th – Database Challenge

October 18-22 – Digital Citizenship

October 25th-29th- Name that Villian

All activities will be in your student’s Library Google Classroom.

  • October 22nd is RISD Reads Day! For over 10 years we have celebrated this day by allowing students to read the first 20 minutes of class. It’s a favorite day for students and teachers alike. We are excited to make sure that every student has a great book to read that day!
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RISD Secondary Grade Reporting Calendar

RISD COVID-19 Pandemic Site

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