Westwood Wire

January 24, 2021

Dear Westwood Families,

We have experienced a successful start to 2022 at Westwood Junior High. We hope that you continue to find the Westwood Wire to be a proactive, timely, relevant and succinct form of communication. Please expect this newsletter in your email inbox as well as the Westwood Twitter page, school website and PTA platforms every three weeks. In addition to a message from me, the topics will include campus updates, academics, athletics, counseling, fine arts and library. We hope to continue our collaboration with you by compiling our communication in a way that is meaningful to you and allows you to best engage with the wonderful work being done at Westwood Junior High.

We continue to be vigilant about our campus and district safety and risk mitigation measures. Thank you to PTA, families who donated and Mrs. Teeple for organizing 8 picnic tables so that students can enjoy outdoor lunch. The support of this community, especially though PTA, is felt by our faculty, staff and all students. Please join us for tomorrow’s PTA General Meeting on Zoom. Thank you!

In closing, some reminders:

  • We are celebrating our School Board this month as part of National School Board Appreciation Month and updated our marquee to include our message of thanks.

  • Today, Monday January 24th, you received an electronic progress report from your student’s Wolf Den teacher. Please look this over with your student and if you have any questions, please reach out to teachers.

  • This week is Safety Week - January 24-27th - in Wolf Den where all drills are reviewed.

  • Last chance to buy a 2022 Westwood Yearbook is January 28th, see link below.

  • RISD is once again using BrightBytes.net to survey parents, students and teachers about the use of technology in education. Parents can help by taking 5-10 minutes to complete the survey linked below.

Thank you all for your continued support and collaboration as we work to build strong relationships with all members of Westwood Junior High to ensure a sense of belonging, acceptance and responsibility for maintaining our collective safety and high quality learning environments.


Katie Mottram


Big picture

Westwood Teacher of The Year

Our 2021 - 2022 Teacher of The Year is Josh Worthington!

Please help us congratulate him!

Big picture

Teacher Shout Outs

Thank you to all who nominated our teachers last semester! Please continue to do so this semester so we can share with them how great they are doing.

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.

Click below to nominate a teacher for the Howl Out Award!

Big picture

Safety Drills

Next week we will practice Safety Drills on campus. Please see below for the scheduled drills.

Monday 1/24- Fire Drill

Tuesday 1/25- Secure/Hold

Wednesday 1/26- Shelter in Place

Thursday 1/27- Lockdown


  • Food deliveries from third parties such as Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc. are NOT accepted on campus. Lunches should only be delivered by a parent or others who are listed on the students emergency card.
  • When picking up a student early for an appointment please come into the office to sign them out - we can not release a them even if you call. Early student pick up between 3:20 - 3:40 PM is not permitted.
  • The middle lane in the front carpool is not to be used for pick up! Please stay in the pick up lane to the right side (closest to the building)
  • Masks must be worn inside any RISD building

Last Chance to Purchase a 2021-2022 Yearbook!


The LAST DAY to purchase a 2022 yearbook is Friday 1-28.

You can purchase online at jostensyearbooks.com or click on the below.

After School Program


The time has finally arrived to begin registering for the after-school program at your junior high school.

First, we do have a couple of updates for a few schools (Apollo, Liberty and Westwood) and will probably have more in the future. Please go here to view updates for your school.

Click here to begin the registration process.

The links above will also provide you with:

  • the name and email address for your campus after-school program site coordinator
  • the calendar for this semester
  • each school's schedule of classes

Do not hesitate to email me, lysa.rousse@risd.org if you have any questions or problems when registering.


Lysa Rousse
Coordinator Director for Extended Learning

General PTA Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Please REGISTER to receive the zoom link!

PTA Nominating Committee is:

Shereen El-Domeiri

Kate Morrison

Catherine Fenoglio

Alternates are:

Whitney Sawyer

Dina AlSaid

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Big picture

A message from the Counselors

7th grade Parents:

We are starting the pre-registration process for your students to choose 8th grade classes. Please use the 8th grade pre-registration resources guide to help discuss with your student what classes they want to take next year. The counselors will help students choose classes February 7-11th. Students will get a final opportunity to make changes to classes during course verification the last week of March.

8th grade Parents:

The Eagle Celebration at Richardson High School is January 19th at 6:30 p.m. Students and Parents wanting to learn more about the magnet programs at RHS should attend. The 2022 magnet application opens on January 15th and closes on January 31, 2022. All information regarding the magnet programs at Richardson High School can be found on the RHS magnet website.

The Richardson High School counselors will be at Westwood on Thursday, February 3rd. They will meet in small groups with our 8th graders during their Reading/Language Arts class period to review/change their 9th grade courses in their Personalized Graduation Plan (PGP). If you and your student want to review what courses they entered into their PGP, your student can log into their Naviance account to find their plan. Directions on how to log in through class link can here found on the WWJH Counselors PGPs website. 8th graders will get an additional time to make changes to their 9th grade classes the end of March through course verification. The WWJH counselors will also meet in small groups with our 8th graders later this spring to finish their PGPs for 10-12th grade.

RHS Magnet Program

  • January 19 – RHS will hold an open house for parents and students interested in any of the magnet programs.
  • January 31 – RHS Magnet applications are due.
Big picture


Tennis tryouts have started! Please contact Coach Wake (aaron.wake@risd.org) or Coach Hohman (amber.hohman@risd.org) for more information.


Game Tickets

Tickets to any sporting event are available for purchase on the RISD athletic homepage linked below.
Big picture

WWJH Choir Pop Concert

Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 7pm

7630 Arapaho Road

Dallas, TX

WWJH Small Gym

Free and open to the public

Featuring performances by all WWJH Choirs plus selected solos and group numbers.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Big picture

BrightBytes Survey

RISD is once again using BrightBytes.net to survey parents, students and teachers about the use of technology in education.

Parents can help by taking 10 minutes to complete the survey. Each school survey is only available for parents on their school’s homepage. Select your school’s homepage to take the BrightBytes survey.

Parent input is very important for instructional technology planning in RISD. There are no right or wrong answers to the survey questions, and everyone will have a different set of responses, depending on their experiences. All survey responses are confidential.

The survey is now open and closes on Jan. 29. (en español)

RISD Secondary Grade Reporting Calendar

RISD COVID-19 Pandemic Site

Translate this Newletter on your Desktop / Traducir en la computadora

  1. Locate Accessibility on the right
  2. Select Translate Newsletter
  3. Select your language

Translate this Newsletter on your phone / Traducir en tu telefono