COMING UP AT WESTHILL:
* Monday 2/16 & Tuesday 2/17 - NO SCHOOL
* Wednesday 2/18 - School Resumes
* Thursday 2/19 - Period 8 Tutoring Program - Media Center
* Thursday 2/19 - WPTSO Meeting & Principal's Update 6:30pm
* Thursday 2/26 - Period 8 Tutoring Program - Media Center
Thursday, February 19th - 6:30pm
The WPTSO will hold a brief meeting
followed by Principal Figluizzi's updates
on topics such as:
- Ongoing course selection for the Fall semester
- New credit system/requirements
- The new SAT and what you need to know
- New Anonymous Alert program
Click the link below to access
Westhill's athletic schedules:
THIS WEEK'S HOME GAMES:
Mon 2/16 - Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Brien McMahon @ 4:00pm
Mon 2/16 - JV Boys Basketball vs. Brien McMahon @ 5:15pm
Mon 2/16 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Brien McMahon @ 7:00pm
Wed 2/18 - Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Ludlowe @ 4:00pm
Wed 2/18 - JV Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Ludlowe @ 5:15pm
Wed 2/18 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Fairfield Ludlowe @ 7:00pm
Wed 2/18 - Varsity Boys Ice Hockey vs. Trumbull @ 8:10pm
Sat 2/21 - Varsity Boys Ice Hockey vs. Stamford High - Time TBA
Sat 2/21 - Varsity Girls Gymnastics vs. TBA @ 3:00pm
WESTHILL SCHOOL CLIMATE SURVEY
* PLEASE COMPLETE *
The band is in need of
a student piano player.
If interested, please contact
SAVE THE DATE
7TH ANNUAL ALL-COUNTY
ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE, AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE COLLEGE FAIR
Wednesday, April 22nd
411 High Ridge Road
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Anonymous AlertsMembers of the school community can anonymously submit any suspicious activity, bullying or other student related issues to a school administrator.
This system will be monitored between the hours of
7:00am and 5:00pm during the school year.
If any Sophomores want to apply for
The Academy of Finance Program,
the deadline is February 23rd
WHS 2015 FASHION SHOW
& SCHOOL SHOWCASE
Calling all volunteers! We are less than 4 weeks away from our biggest event of the year, the
WHS Fashion Show & School Showcase.
Our theme this year is
"Throw Back Thursday: Back to the 80's and 90's!"
Please join us and get involved. Students are also welcome! Every little bit of help is appreciated, especially with publicity and talking this up with your WHS friends and family so we can boost attendance at the show.
Become part of our Facebook group,
WHS 2015 Fashion Show & School Showcase
and share with others!
Show Date: March 19th
Tickets: $10 at the door
$15 VIP seating (front row, center seats)
Program Ads & Shout Outs:
See attached form to submit requests.
Thank you all and we hope to make this another successful fundraiser and fun event for
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.
If you are having difficulty accessing the PowerSchool Parent Portal, you may contact us by filing out a support ticket at
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.
CAREER OF THE WEEK
This month will highlight the
The current career of the week is
Please take a look at the attached for information such as job description, skills required, education needed, average salaries and resources for schools.
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.
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.
Please see the scholarship opportunities below. These scholarships may not be directly linked to Naviance but the links to the actual websites are included below. If interested, please research the qualifications of the specific scholarship. Some are available to freshmans, sophomores and juniors as well. Please see what you may be eligible for.
Here are the top 10 Black History month scholarships for this year:
#1 - Steve Harvey Foundation/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program: Offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Deadline is in March 2015. Learn more atwww.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/coca-cola-pay-it-forward-scholarship-program.html
#2 - "Selma" Speech and Essay Scholarship Contest: Inspired by the recent film released by Paramount Pictures, this scholarship is open to U.S.. high school students ages 14-18 who are currently enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2015/01/selma-speech-and-essay-contest.html
#3 - 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship Program: Open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The scholarship is based on academic achievement and community service. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more atwww.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/12/100-black-men-of-america-future-leader.html
#4 - Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship: Funded by Regions Bank (located in 16 states), this program awards scholarships each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/regions-riding-forward-black-history.html
#5 - Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: For minority high school students in the United States. In addition to a financial grant, the foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, and internships. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more atwww.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/03/jackie-robinson-foundation-scholarship.html
#6 - GEICO Achievement Award Program: Helps current college students who are sophomores and juniors earn scholarship money to complete their education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a business, computer science, or mathematics program. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more atwww.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/01/geico-achievement-award-program.html
#7 - Buick Achiever's Scholarship Program: Designed to give the financial assistance to student leaders, who can not afford to attend college. Funded by the GM Foundation, the program annually gives away 100 renewable scholarship awards and 1,000 non-renewable scholarship awards. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/04/buick-achievers-scholarship-program.html
#8 - National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships: Offered to students interested in a career in journalism. The scholarships are for high school students and undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled in college full-time and majoring in journalism.Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/05/nabj-national-association-black-journalists-scholarships.html
#9 - United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships: Provides extraordinary amounts of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) and other colleges as well. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/04/united-negro-college-fund-uncf.html
#10 - Kroger "I Can Make History" Contest: Open to elementary, middle school, and high school students, grades 4th through 12th, this contest will award more than $71,000 in prizes in the categories of art, essay, music and poetry. Deadline is in February 2015. Learn more atwww.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/kroger-i-can-make-history-contest.html
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.
For questions and more information on the Foundation’s Thrive by 25 Initiative, please contact Alexis Bivens, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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!
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.
Most needed items:
Canned meats/chili/Chef Boy-Ar-Dee
Stop & Shop or Shop Rite gift cards
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the WHSBPA every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WHSBPA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com