April 21, 2014
Dear Westhill High School Community:
Welcome to the final quarter of the school year. While no year is ever the same, I would be the first to acknowledge that this year has had its challenges that have been unique and daunting. Upon further thought, however, there have been so many Westhill & Proud moments in our classrooms and on the athletic fields! Being nationally recognized for having a vision where all students are prepared to access a rigorous curriculum was very gratifying. We have worked hard over the years to train our teachers to teach with a high standard as an end goal. I believe our students are ready for the full implementation of the Common Core and the transition will continue to be a seamless one.
Spring will be a busy time with many celebrations. I hope to see you at many of these happy evenings.
I would ask, again, that you remind your child/children that we will continue to fully enforce all school behavior expectations. No end-of-the-year pranks that are disruptive to the school day will be tolerated. Water balloons, or any other such activity will be dealt with harshly.
The month of May will be a time for a great deal of testing. Advanced Placement testing begins in early May, followed by Perkins testing and then, of course, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) pilot for our juniors to finish up the month. We will hold an informal information evening on Thursday, May 8 for parents and students who may have questions about the test and its administration. I think you have by now received the letter from Dr. Hamilton about the importance of our participation in this assessment.
Finally, I would request that you take a few moments to respond to the family survey that was mailed home recently. Historically there has not been a great return from families and the information given to us does inform some of our future work. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.