COMING UP AT WESTHILL:
* Monday 2/02 - Jim Hanneken Scholarship Fundraising Week
* Wednesday 2/04 - Distribution of Report Cards
* Thursday 2/05 - Period 8 Tutoring Program - Media Center
* Thursday 2/05 - ASVAB Exam 7:30am - 10:30am for interested
10th - 12th graders
* Saturday 2/07 - ACT at Westhill
* Saturday 2/07 - Debate at St. Luke's
* Monday 2/09 - FFA Valentines Day Flower Sale Begins
* Tuesday 2/10 - Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation 6:30pm
* Wed 2/11 - Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation (Snow Date)
* Wed 2/11 - FFA Flower Orders Taken Outside Cafe for Delivery
* Thursday 2/12 - Coffee with Camille 8:00am - 8:45am
* Thursday 2/12 - FFA Flower Sale - Cafe & Finch Lobby
* Thursday 2/12 - Period 8 Tutoring Program - Media Center
* Friday 2/13 - Tuesday 2/17 - NO SCHOOL
Click the link below to access
Westhill's athletic schedules:
THIS WEEK'S HOME GAMES:
Mon 2/02 - Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Fairfield @ 3:15pm
Tues 2/03 - JV Girls Basketball vs. Harding @ 4:00pm
Tues 2/03 - Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Harding @ 5:15pm
Fri 2/06 - JV Girls Basketball vs. Bridgeport Central @ 4:00pm
Fri 2/06 - Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Bridgeport Central @ 5:30pm
Sat 2/07 - V Boys Ice Hockey vs. Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe @ 3:30pm
Hello Westhill Parents & Students!
Save the Date for
The 2015 Westhill
Fashion Show & School Showcase
Scheduled for Thursday,
March 19th at 7:00pm
This is our primary fundraiser so please join us for the show and pass it on to your family and friends. Our athletes, musicians, singers, dancers, actors and more showcase their talents...plus our very own students model the latest trends and prom fashions.
Attention Juniors & Seniors!
We still have a few spots left for student models.
Please get your forms in
by Monday, February 2nd!!
Join in the fun with your friends.
Please reference below for access to the model form and indicate your partner on the form. Remember to drop it off in the office by Monday, February 2nd. Don't forget!
For those students who have already registered to model, a confirmation email will be sent to you shortly with more information.
Parent volunteers and donations are needed to help us with this primary fundraiser! There are many ways that you can help with the show. Join our volunteer committee, donate to our raffle baskets and/or sponsor an advertisement for our program. Reference the attachments for further details:
Parent Volunteer Form Advertisement Form
Raffle Basket Form
For questions about the event, please contact
Fay Corsello at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jeanne Carrillo at email@example.com
For additional information about the event, please also check out our Facebook group,
WHS Fashion Show & School Showcase
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all there!
The Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Career Exploration Program
Thursday, February 5th
at Westhill High School
The ASVAB will be administered to interested 10th-12th graders on Thursday, February 5 at Westhill High School. This three-hour assessment will be offered as part of the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. The program provides tools to help students learn more about career exploration and planning, in both the civilian and military worlds of work. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is free of charge.
If you are interested, please see your guidance counselor
or Ms. Badini to sign up!
Your next opportunity to buy Spirit Wear
will be Friday,
11:00am - 1:15pm
Baseball Caps $10
Flannel Pants $20
Flannel Shorts $15
Soffe Shorts $10
Sweat Pants $25
T-Shirts - short sleeved $15
T-shirts - long sleeved $20
WHS Flip Flops $ 2
WHS Lanyards $ 2
WHS Stickers $ 2
Please make checks payable to "Westhill PTSO"
We need volunteers to help sell Spirit Wear on Friday afternoons. There will always be a Spirit Wear Committee member at the table, but a 2nd set of hands during
the sale really helps.
STUDENT RESEARCH TEAM
Our School Based Health Center is looking for students to help on a STUDENT HEALTH RESEARCH TEAM. Please read the attached for details and if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Madeline Chaffee (MChaffee@StamfordCT.gov) in the School Based Health Center located next to the Nurses office.
As part of its Thrive by 25 Initiative, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will be convening youth and young adults (ages 16-25) during after school hours in convenient locations around Fairfield County. Convenings will be held once a month from January through April. In a casual setting over pizza, we want to learn about the challenges our young adults face and share ideas on how we can support them in their quest to achieve independence by age 25.
We believe these convenings will encourage youth voice, youth participation, youth activism and partnerships. Ultimately, the Foundation hopes to build a Core Youth Leadership Team for Fairfield County that meets on a regular basis to work on the Thrive by 25 Initiative, including planning for the Foundation’s 2015 Youth Symposium.
We are asking you to assist us in our Thrive by 25 initiative by distributing the attached flyer and encouraging your local youth to attend one or more of the convenings listed in your area.
Please contact Carol O’Connell at co’firstname.lastname@example.org to register a group wishing to attend so we can plan for the pizza party. Last minute drop-ins are welcome as well! I will be calling you directly over the next few days to answer any questions and determine your interest in participating in the first convening taking place next week.
For questions and more information on the Foundation’s Thrive by 25 Initiative, please contact Alexis Bivens, Program Director, at email@example.com or call 203.750.3210.
If you are a STEM enthusiast, it’s never too early to
at the Stamford STEMfest May 16, 2015
from 10am-4pm at Mill River Park.
AP ONLINE EXAM REGISTRATION
BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd
Stamford Dollars for Scholars announces the online availability of its 2015 scholarship application beginning January 15th. The organization provides scholarships for students who live in or attend high school in Stamford and are pursuing full-time, either a two- or four-year college education or accredited vocational training.
Students completing the 2015 online application have the opportunity to apply for any Stamford Dollars for Scholars scholarships for which they meet the criteria. Additionally, as Stamford Dollars for Scholars is an affiliate of Scholarship America, applicants automatically gain access to Scholarship America's valuable resources and can search other relevant scholarships opportunities.
To learn more about the 2015 scholarships available through Stamford Dollars for Scholars or to complete the 2015 online application, visit the Stamford Dollars for Scholars
Student and Parent Login page on our website
Online applications will remain available
through April 11, 2015.
Below is a link to the Common Black College Application. You will have the ability to apply to 37 Historically Black Colleges for only $35. If interested, please click on the link to see the participating schools. This website is very helpful and insightful and can provide many resources for your post high school planning.
As I have told you all about the Westhill Scholarship Committee's Common Application, I wanted to give you all a heads up that this year we will have a deadline for you to submit.
This year's deadline is FEBRUARY 20th
This should give you plenty of time to submit to your counselor.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED - PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AGAIN. Your info has been received and is on file. At this point, you probably should have received some sort of scholarship information by now.
PLEASE NOTE - this is not an application for an actual scholarship. It is an application to be recognized by our committee and match up potential scholarships.
Any questions, please talk with your Guidance Counselor. Remember the DEADLINE to submit this application will be FEBRUARY 20th.
UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS
Juniors and Seniors: Representatives from the following schools will be visiting Westhill in the coming weeks:
* Tuesday 3/24 - The University of Tampa - Tampa, FL
If you are interested in any of these schools, sign on to Naviance at:
www.connection.naviance.com/westhill , click on the COLLEGES tab, and then click on the COLLEGE VISITS link to sign up to attend the presentation. Print out your confirmation, and get an authorized signature AT THE VISIT.
The WPTSO is looking for help to man the concession stand for the boy's home basketball games. Money earned will go to helping fund our Donor's Choose campaign to fill requests each department has made, After Prom, and other student-centered needs.
the shifts are 2 hours each at Westhill's main gym.
Stamford Public Schools is pleased to announce the launch of the PowerSchool Parent Portal for its high school and middle school families. The Parent Portal will provide families with real-time access to their children's grades and absences, through an easy-to-use, secure website.
"In an effort to provide our families with the opportunity to stay connected and engaged with their children's learning, we are excited to launch this new portal," said SPS Superintendent Winifred Hamilton. "Student success is a shared responsibility and parent engagement is a key factor in that success."
If you are having difficulty accessing the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you may contact us by filing out a support ticket at
RENEW YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT WESTHILL!
You can purchase or renew subscriptions to your favorite magazines at up to 85% off! Each time you make a purchase, our WPTSO will receive up to 40%! You can also support us by sharing this information with friends and family.
It's quick and easy -- and it will help make a difference!
The senior class dues can be paid by seeing Ms. Dunbar in Room 215 (Last names A-L) or by seeing Mrs. Kumar in Room 106 (Last names L-Z) before or after school, or by dropping off a completed form and FULL payment in their mailbox in the main office. The Yearbook order form is also included if you would like to pay them together.
The first document is an explanation of our scholarship program. The second is the application form. If you want to participate in this program, fill out the application and submit it, along with a resume, to your Counselor.
Financial Aid Appointments
For those seniors who have financial aid appointments on Monday with Ms. Blackwell please note the following message from Ms. Blackwell:
Students are to come with the following information:
1. DATE OF BIRTH OF THE PARENTS
2. DATE PARENTS WERE MARRIED, DIVORCED OR SEPARATED OR WIDOWED
3. IF ONE PARENT HAS A PIN NUMBER ALREADY (BRING NUMBER WITH YOU)
4. STUDENT SECURITY NUMBER
Please remind students that the parents date of birth and date married or divorced will not be listed on the IRS TAX form
If the student has a green card bring it or bring your green card number.
Students should bring their list of colleges they are applying to on paper, we do not have enough time for each student to look it up on the computer.
If all of the above is ready when we start the FAFSA., we should be able to process 2 within ½ hour.
FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED
Please help the WPTSO feed over 25 students through the weekly Backpack Program. We fill backpacks with donated food every Friday and students at risk of going hungry over the weekend pick them up and return them empty Monday morning. Please consider donating non-perishables which you or your student can drop off in the main office. Following is a list of suggested items:
Cans of Tuna fish, chicken and/or ham
Spam, protein packets, cans of beans,
Canned vegetables and beef ravioli
Small containers of peanut butter, jelly , crackers
Carnation breakfast packets
Cans/boxes of soup, chili, mac 'n cheese
Small boxes of milk, drink packets, juice
Stop & shop or Shop Rite gift cards
Gently used or new backpacks
Individual servings and/or small sizes (no glass please) work best for packaging. We would happily accept monetary donations as well.
SUPPORT THE JUNIOR CLASS
Here is an opportunity to show your school spirit! The Junior class is selling
Westhill High School Mugs for only $10. They are Dishwasher safe and available in Room 206 (Miss Poyser's).
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR
If you have time to give during the school day, there are ELL (English Language Learners) and bi-lingual students at Westhill who could really benefit from
one-on-one assistance. Please contact Joy Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know your availability. This would be a weekly commitment.
2014 - 2015 EVENT DESCRIPTIONS
AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Listed below are some of the many ways you may get involved at Westhill through the WPTSO. You can contact the chairs directly or send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Aronica at email@example.com Please also let Kelly know if you would like to be notified when general help is needed during the year.
EVENTS / CHAIRPEOPLE
Feb - March
Fashion Show/Westhill Showcase - Volunteers needed to solicit program ads, create raffle baskets, decorate, operate concessions, assist at rehearsals and otherwise help make this night happen. It is our largest fundraiser of the year - and lots of fun too! Contact Fay Corsello 203-722-8700 or Jeannie Carrillo 203-918-6740.
Staff Appreciation Week - Volunteers needed to provide something special for staff members during Staff Appreciation Week in May.
After Prom - Volunteers needed to help coordinate this chaperoned, substance-free, extremely entertaining post-prom event. Committees include registration, decorations, food, and prizes. Parents of ALL students, not just seniors, are needed!
Contact Jeannie Kriftcher 203-329-3431.
Senior Brunch - Volunteers needed to set up, serve food, and clean up for this end of year senior brunch. Contact Lisa Wise 203-722-1417.
Graduation - Volunteers needed to help build the balloon arches for our Westhill graduation ceremony.
Contact Dawn and Dom Bria 203-329-0335.
Staff Brunch - Volunteers needed to help set up, serve food, and clean up for this much appreciated end of year staff brunch.
Contact Anna Hallett 203-968-8521.
Ongoing Throughout The Year
Career Center - Volunteers needed to assist Guidance Department in Career Center and to participate on Scholarship Committee. Contact Mara Hammerman and Elicia Lang 203-322-6290.
Westhill's Donors Choose Program - Chairs will communicate donation requests from Westhill department heads and will coordinate donations to fill the requests.
Contact Joy Katz 203-329-3359 or Kelly Aronica 203-595-9523.
Friday Back Pack Program - Volunteers needed to organize food donations and fill back packs on a weekly basis for students requiring assistance. Contact Jeannie Kriftcher 203-329-3431.
Jr. Book Awards Committee - Volunteers needed to assist with contacting colleges regarding participation in this Jr. Awards program. Volunteers also needed to assist with organization of the Jr. Book Awards event in spring. Contact Risa Pollack 203-967-4756.
Off the Rack Program - Volunteers needed to coordinate donated clothing for students requiring assistance. This program is run on an "as needed" basis. Contact Sue Boria 203-595-0899.
Stop & Shop Card Sales - Coordinator will sell Stop & Shop cards throughout the school year. Cards are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100. If you would like to purchase cards, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Zoe Schwartz 203-595-9185.
WHS Spirit Wear - Volunteers needed to help sell Spirit Wear at special events.
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR TARGET CARD!
Westhill is enrolled in the Target Reward Program, Take Charge of Education. Target donates up to 1% of purchases made at any Target store or at Target.com to schools designated by REDCard holders. As a REDCard member, you automatically receive 5% off of your purchases at Target. When you enroll in this special program, you continue to receive your 5% off, and Westhill receives a 1% donation from Target.
To enroll, you can either call Target at 1-800-659-2396
or go online www.Target.com/tcoe. Our school ID# is 39226
SUPPORT THE WESTHILL BAND
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The Westhill Band Parent Association has set up the following link:
DRIVER'S ED AT WESTHILL
Afternoon classes right at Westhill.
Tuesdays & Thursdays
from 2:30pm - 4:30pm
SIGN UP FOR DISTRICT ALERTS
All families are encouraged to sign up for District Alerts on the Stamford Public Schools website for the latest information on
school closings and delays. Instructions are listed below:
* Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Subscribe to News
* Input your e-mail address and check District Alerts
* Click on Subscribe Me
SCOPES stands for Stamford Coalition of Parents Expecting Success.
We are a group of parent volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of students with special needs in Stamford schools. We strive to provide outreach and a support network for parents.
Starfish Connection, a Stamford charity that benefits our free lunch children, is looking for student instruments -- flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, violins and violas -- for children in our program. If you have an instrument that is no longer being used, please email Judy Martin at email@example.com or call her at 203-276-9690 to arrange a pick up. She will give you a tax letter for the donation.
You can find out more about Starfish Connection at
If this newsletter was forwarded to you by a friend, and you would like to receive the Westhill Newsletter each week, please e-mail Cathy Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org