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 October 16, 2016



COMING UP AT WESTHILL

Mon 10/17 - JROTC Fundraising Week
Mon 10/17 - Photo Retakes 8:00am - 2:00pm  Teachers Cafe
Mon 10/17 - Neighbors Link  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mon 10/17 - Parkway Diner Night  6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tues 10/18 - Photo Retakes  8:00am - 2:00pm
Wed 10/19 - Photo Retakes 8:00am - 2:00pm
Wed 10/19 - PSAT Exams for 10th and 11th graders
Wed 10/19 - Delayed Opening for 9th and 12th graders
Wed 10/19 - Open School Night  7:00pm
Thurs 10/20 - Photo Retakes  8:00am - 2:00pm 
Thurs 10/20 -College & Career Night @ Stamford High 6:30 - 8:30pm
Fri 10/21 - Photo Retakes 8:00am - 2:00pm


 




PSATs ARE OCTOBER 19th
 
On Wednesday, October 19, tenth and eleventh graders will be taking the PSAT (Preliminary SAT).


This three hour test is important for preparing students for the SAT required of juniors by the Connecticut State Department of Education and necessary for admission to many colleges. The PSAT scores are also helpful in placing students into Advanced Placement (AP) courses. PSAT results are expected to be available for students through the College Board in December.

There is no cost for participating in the PSAT and the high schools will assist students in registering.

Students do not need to prepare for the PSAT in any way except to have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast on the day of the PSAT administration.


9th and 12th Grade Parents

  

In order to give all sophomores and juniors an optimally quiet test setting, ninth and twelfth graders will come to school on a delayed opening schedule. Buses will be at student bus stops three hours later than the usual pickup time.  School will end at the same time as always. 




OPEN SCHOOL NIGHT

This year's Open School Night event is scheduled for
 Wednesday, October 19
 beginning with Period 1 at 7:00pm.  As you are aware, this is an extremely important school event -- the night when you meet your child's teachers and find out what they are learning in each course as well as the routines and requirements of each class.

Please note that all Guidance Counselors and Pupil Personnel Staff (psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists) will be in the Career Center if you wish to speak with them.

The warning bell will ring at 6:55pm, so don't be late!




VIKING SPORTS

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Click the link below to access
Westhill's athletic schedules:




HOME GAMES THIS WEEK:

Mon 10/17 - JV Football vs. Fairfield Ludlowe @ 4:00pm
Mon 10/17 - V Girls Volleyball vs. St. Joseph @ 5:30pm
Mon 10/17 - JV Girls Volleyball vs. St. Joseph @ 4:00pm
Tues 10/18 - FR Boys Soccer vs. Darien @ 3:30pm
Wed 10/19 - V Field Hockey vs. Stamford High @ 3:30pm
Wed 10/19 - JV Field Hockey vs. Stamford High @ 4:45pm
Wed 10/19 - V Girls Soccer vs. Darien @ 4:00pm
Wed 10/19 - JV Girls Soccer vs. Darien @ 5:15pm
Wed 10/19 - V Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Trumbull @ 4:00pm
Wed 10/19 - FR Girls Volleyball vs. Fairfield Ludlowe @ 4:00pm
Thurs 10/20 - FR Boys Soccer vs. Norwalk @ 3:30pm
Thurs 10/20 - V Field Hockey vs. Brien McMahon @ 3:30pm
Thurs 10/20 - JV Field Hockey vs. Brien McMahon @ 4:45pm
Fri 10/21 - V Girls Soccer vs. Norwalk @ 3:30pm
Fri 10/21 - JV Girls Soccer vs. Norwalk @ 4:45pm
Fri 10/21 - V Girls Volleyball vs. Ridgefield @ 5:30pm
Fri 10/21 - JV Girls Volleyball vs. Rigefield @ 4:00pm
Sat 10/22 - V Football vs. Norwalk @ 3:00pm
Sat 10/22 - V Boys Soccer vs. Ridgefield @ 1:00pm
Sat 10/22 - JV Boys Soccer vs. Ridgefield @ 3:00pm




PARKWAY DINER NIGHT

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Come to the Parkway Diner
for dinner on
Monday, October 17th
from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
and let the Northstar Playmakers serve you.  
All tips will help fund Westhill's theater program.
Please come support our Northstar Playmakers at
Lushe's Parway Diner     1066 High Ridge Road





COLLEGE & CAREER NIGHT
  
Thursday, October 20th
from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
at Stamford High School
 
The Guidance Department is sponsoring its annual College/Career Night.  Representatives from over 180 two and four-year colleges, trade and vocational schools, as well as representatives from college related services will participate.  Included are a diverse group of public, private, large and small schools.  Various branches of the military services will be available to discuss enlistment and educational programs.  These include military academies and R.O.T.C. programs.







Haunted House




THE PELLICCI'S EVENT 
HAS SOLD OUT!

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Any questions please contact: 
 Antonia Brennan  (203) 561-5640
Brennanparty@hotmail.com
or Jennifer Edwards  (203) 918-9645


PLEASE CONSIDER 
DONATING AN ITEM








UPCOMING COLLEGE VISITS
 
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Juniors and Seniors:  Representatives from the following schools will be visiting Westhill in the coming weeks:

 


* Mon 10/17 - University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT

* Mon 10/17 - Lynn University - Boca Raton, FL

* Mon 10/17 - Union College -  Schenectady, NY

* Mon 10/17 - Southern CT State University - New Haven, CT

* Tues 10/18 - University of Colorado - Boulder, CO

* Tues 10/18 - Elon University - Elon, NC

* Tues 10/18 - Hartford Art School - West Hartford, CT

* Tues 10/18 - New York University - New York, NY

* Tues 10/18 - Plymouth State University - Plymouth, NH

* Tues 10/18 - Bentley University - Waltham, MA

* Wed 10/19 - Miami University - Oxford, OH

* Thurs 10/20 - University of Southern Maine - Gorham, ME

* Thurs 10/20 - American University - Washington, DC

* Thurs 10/20-John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY - NY, NY

* Thurs 10/20 - Curry College - Milton, MA

* Fri 10/21 - University of Delaware - Newark, DE

* Fri 10/21 - Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, PA

* Mon 10/24 - Fairfield University - Fairfield, CT

* Tues 10/25 - Saint Anselm College - Manchester, NH

* Tues 10/25 - Washington University - St. Louis, MO

* Thurs 10/27 - United States Marine Corps Recruiter

* Fri 10/28 - Johnson & Wales University - Providence, RI

* Fri 10/28 - Roger Williams University - Bristol, RI

* Fri 10/28 - University of Toronto - Toronto, Ontario Canada



If you are interested in any of these schools, sign into NAVIANCE , 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.


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Hartford Art School will be visiting the Fine Arts Department on October 18th at 8:30 a.m. Room 7- Art Level Get a pass from your Art teacher, and permission from the teacher whose class you may be missing! or get a pass from Naviance, and STILL get permission from the teacher whose class you will be missing! Passes and permission must be documented by Mr. Pereira AFTER they are signed when you attend the session. An attendance list will be posted, for all teachers to check,
 in the Daily Bulletin the next day.

 






SENIOR DUES

Class of 2017! 

Westhill offers a “Senior Dues Package” to cover ALL Senior year expenses (except Prom tickets, which will go on sale in late April). This package eliminates the need to pay for items separately – and at greater cost – over the course of an

 already-hectic year:


Dues are payable now by bringing the completed form AND payment to Mrs. Grant or Ms. Tobin as indicated under item 8 on the form.
Dues will ALSO be accepted DURING 
Open House on Wednesday, October 19. 
Come to our table in the MEDIA CENTER
 starting at 6pm until the end of the evening. 











SENIORS - FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid sign-ups to help you with the

 FAFSA form have begun! 

Just sign up on NAVIANCE under college visits. 

Please be reminded that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCEED WITH YOUR APPOINTMENT if you do not stop by your counselor's office to pick up the necessary paperwork.

See your counselor ASAP to sign up! 


As you are now aware, seniors and their families can begin to complete the FAFSA for Fall 2017 beginning October 1.  Families will use their 2015 federal income taxes when completing the FAFSA – the same tax returns families used to file for financial aid last season.  


CHANGES TO THE FAFSA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SUMMARY Starting with Academic Year 2017-18, the traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 will change to October 1. In addition, families will be able to use tax information from the prior year. The January 1 start date made it difficult for families to get their tax information gathered in time to complete the application. By moving the start date up three months earlier to October 1, students will have more time to fill out this vital information, they’ll have tax information at hand, and families will have more time to evaluate the school’s financial aid award package. WHAT IT MEANS Students enrolling for academic year 2016/2017 will submit a FAFSA beginning January 1, 2016; families should use their 2015 income tax information. Students enrolling for academic year 2017/2018 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016; families should again use their 2015 income tax information. Impact: With more time to award financial aid, some schools may choose to adjust their calendar. This could mean changes to the admissions timeline as well as the timing for financial aid award letters and tuition bills. Students should check their colleges of choice to see if any dates or submission deadlines change.







YEARBOOK PHOTOS
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SENIORS

 
 for Senior Portrait information


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UNDERCLASSMEN

Dear Underclassmen and Families - 

If you never took a Yearbook/ID Photo, or took one and DO NOT LIKE IT (your ID card, with Yearbook photo on it, will be coming to you in your English class in the near future - along with school photos packages IF you ordered them), you will proceed to the Auditorium during a class period that you can afford to miss PART of, on

 either October 17th or October 28th.


No appointment necessary, any questions about school photos or photo packages may be relayed to the photo company, Lifetouch, by calling 1-800-426-9533.



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All School Musical


TO ORDER TICKETS ONLINE





fire service






BMOS College Fair





WESTHILL ALUMNI 
SARAH DARER LITTMAN

Book Launch





DONORS CHOOSE
 
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Donors Choose 2 2







SPIRIT WEAR

sweatshirt

Your next opportunity to buy Spirit Wear
 will be Wednesday,
October 19th
during 
Open School Night

You can make checks payable to
 "Westhill PTSO"


Please volunteer to help at the Spirit Wear Table.  There will always be a Spirit Wear committee member at the table, but a second set of hands during the sale really helps.








STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
 C.A.R.E.  TEAM


Family Center’s School Based Health Center at Westhill is looking to expand the existing Student Health Research Team to include both research and peer education topics. The result will be the Student Health Center C.A.R.E team which focuses on students being Champions, Advocates,Researchers, and Educators for the Westhill student community. 


What is a Student Health Center C.A.R.E. Team?

The Student Health Center C.A.R.E Team is a group of students interested in finding solutions and educating their peers about health topics that are of interest to them. With adult support, team members will work together to identify problems areas, collect, analyze and interpret data and present their findings to shape the future of health interventions and education programs within the SBHC and beyond. The team is entirely student driven; meaning we want to hear what YOU have to say about what happens in YOUR school. Your voice is important to us!

 

Who are we looking for?

Are you interested in being a Health Center Champion? Are you interested in health research and advocacy?  Are you a natural born leader? Do you enjoy teaching others and serving as a peer educator? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Then we are looking for YOU!

 

We are looking to recruit a group of students who have both the desire and commitment needed to carry out this multi-year-long project. The team will meet afterschool from mid-October to mid-May. There will be a late bus available at 3:30pm to assist with transportation, as needed. Any snow days, early dismissals, holidays, etc. will be rescheduled accordingly.

 

What is in it for you?

As part of the Student Health Center C.A.R.E Team, you will learn valuable skills that you can utilize throughout your high school career and beyond. Some of these skills include:

  

·         Data collection - learning how to create surveys, conduct focus groups, develop questionnaires, etc.

·         Data Analysis – how do you read data? What does the data actually show?

·         Team Building – learning to work cooperatively with others to achieve a common goal.

·         Public Speaking

·         Writing/Problem solving skills

·         Time Management

·         Advocacy

·         Leadership skills

·         Health Promotion Projects

·         How to be a Peer Educator

 

  

Join us for an information session on Thursday, October 20th from 2:15 - 3:00pm

 in the health center. 







FOOD DONATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR OUR WEEKLY BACKPACK PROGRAM

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Please help the WPTSO feed over 30 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.   Suggested items include:

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
Fruit cups
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.



RENEW YOUR MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT WESTHILL!      

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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!

If you have any questions, please contact Zoe Schwartz at 203-595-9185 or danzoe@optonline.net
 


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