MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: FCPS Outstanding Employees

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Please join me in congratulating the following Westfield faculty members who were nominated by peers and/or community members for FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards.  Some will continue to compete at the Westfield Pyramid and Region 5 levels for the possibility of being named an FCPS Outstanding Employee.

 

Westfield Nominees for FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards:

Bobbi Snyder                                       Jennifer Brunner

Alan Johnson                                       Andrew Donnelly

Kim Escamilla                                      Soraya Rahnama

Lon Pringle                                           Emily Tsantes

Jenna Sweitzer                                     Ryan Chapman

Carson Huling                                       Jessica Finely

Isaac Bumgardner                                Brittney Lee

Terri Towle                                           Alex Manikas

Monica Charles-Williams                     John Baranowski

Meredith Norris

 

The five staff members listed below will compete at the pyramid level to be considered for an FCPS outstanding employee in their designated category:

 

Westfield High School Outstanding New Teacher: Alex Manikas

Westfield High School Outstanding Leader: Meredith Norris

Westfield High School Outstanding Operational Employee: Jennifer Brunner

Westfield High School Outstanding Teacher: Ryan Chapman

Westfield High School Outstanding Professional: Bobbi Snyder

 

Congratulations to all.

 

GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Respiratory Illness Information

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last week, we were notified by the Health Department that our school is experiencing a high number of flu and flu-like illnesses within our school community. Please review the health department information below and contact our school public heath nurse or your physician with any questions.

To help control the spread of respiratory illnesses: Have your child vaccinated against influenza (“the flu”):

Vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. CDC recommends all persons aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year.  Flu vaccine is readily available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies. We encourage you to get it as soon as it is available in the fall or early winter.

Teach your child how to stop the spread of illness:
  • Use tissues and dispose of them properly. 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your upper sleeve.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available (with supervision for younger children).
  • Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
Clean and disinfect surfaces at home that people often touch:

Use regular household cleaning products or mix ¼ cup chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of cool water to wipe down often touched areas. Always follow label instructions for any disinfectant.

Look for signs of illness in your child:

Symptoms of flu include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Symptoms of throat infections commonly include fever and sore throat without the stuffy nose and cough. The common cold usually does not present with fever.

Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if your child shows symptoms of a respiratory illness:

Fever (100.4°F or greater) AND chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.

To stop from spreading illness to others, keep children home when they are ill:

If your child has flu symptoms he or she should remain home and away from others until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol®) and symptoms are better. If your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes treatment for your child, follow all directions for taking the medicine. If your child has been diagnosed with bacterial pharyngitis (“strep throat”), he or she should remain home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics so as not to spread disease to others.

A fact sheet on influenza is following containing more information. If you have any questions, please contact your school public health nurse or the Acute Communicable and Emerging Diseases Program at hdcd@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-2433, TTY 711.

 

Influenza Fact Sheet What is influenza?

Influenza is commonly referred to as "the flu." It is caused by a virus. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B.

When does influenza occur?

Influenza occurs most often in the late fall and winter months in the United States and sometimes continues into the spring.

Who gets influenza?

Anyone can get influenza. Illness is most serious in young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes) or those with weak immune systems.

How is it spread?

Influenza spreads easily in secretions from the nose or throat, usually when an ill person coughs or sneezes. One also can get influenza from touching a surface, like a table or doorknob, that is contaminated with the secretions of someone who is ill and then touching their mouth, nose or eye.

How soon after exposure do symptoms appear? What are the symptoms of influenza?

Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after exposure. Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, chills, cough, sore throat and body aches. Diarrhea is not common. Although most people are ill for less than a week, some people have serious illness and may need to be hospitalized.

How is influenza diagnosed and treated?

Lab tests are available to diagnose influenza; however, doctors usually diagnose influenza from the person’s symptoms.  Rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine (e.g., acetaminophen [Tylenol®]) are the usual treatments. Some prescription drugs may reduce the severity of influenza. Aspirin should not be given to children with flu-like illnesses because of the possibility of a serious complication called Reye’s syndrome.

How long can a person spread influenza?

Influenza can spread from one person to another beginning about one day before to about a week after the illness starts.

Who should be vaccinated against influenza?

All children over than 6 months old and all adults are recommended by CDC for influenza vaccination (except for those who have a specific reason not to get the vaccine such as an allergy). Vaccination every year is important because: 1) influenza viruses change from year to year, and 2) protection from the vaccine decreases over time.

Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza infection or complications. This includes all children aged 6 months-18 years, all persons aged >50 years, and:

• Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;

• Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;

• People who have long-term heart or lung problems, including asthma; and,

• People who have other serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV), or a seizure disorder.

People in these higher risk groups also can be protected if those around them – in families and at work – are vaccinated against influenza.

What else can one do to stop the spread of influenza?

Good health habits can help prevent influenza. These include covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; washing your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Antiviral medications may also be used to prevent or treat influenza, but are not a substitute for vaccination. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/flu/) or talk to a healthcare professional.

 

Sincerely,

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: PTSA Mulch Days

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PTSA Mulch Day Sale!

Dear Bulldog Families - 

 

This week, we kicked off our annual Westfield High School Mulch Sale!  Sales will continue through March 7th or until we sell 13,000 bags, whichever comes first.  Order early because we always sell out!  Our Westfield students will be participating this year by spreading mulch.  This service is limited and sells out very quickly, so don’t wait!  

 

This important fundraiser helps the PTSA to provide a safe and sober All-Night Grad Party for our Westfield Seniors, as well as other vital PTSA programs.  We so appreciate your support! 

 

This year the PTSA is partnering with Meadows Farms to deliver the mulch.  Rest assured you will still be receiving the exact same, high quality mulch from the same supplier we have used for years.  The mulch will be packaged in Meadows Farms bags. As mentioned, some of our Westfield sports teams will still be doing the mulch spreading, if you choose to order this service.  

 

There will be two delivery dates this year - March 21st & March 28th.  You will be notified by March 18th via email which day your mulch will be delivered.  We cannot take requests for a particular delivery date.  If you are ordering mulch spreading, your mulch will be delivered on March 21st with spreading on March 22nd.  

 

Please visit the PTSA Mulch Day Page to place your order online now.  It’s quick, easy, and one less thing to worry about later.  If you don’t wish to order online, please download and mail this order form.

 

Don’t wait - order today!

 

Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!

 

The Westfield High School 

All-Night Grad Party / Mulch Committee

Questions?  Please contact us.

 

*Important details:

  • High-quality, double shredded mulch is only $5.25 per bag
  • $1.55 of that amount is tax-deductible
  • Minimum order is 15 bags
  • Delivery limited to the WHS boundary area only
  • Mulch delivery to front of driveway
  • Delivery dates 3/21 & 3/28.  Spreading date 3/22 (rain date 3/29)

Thank you for your support!       

   

www.ptsa.westfieldhs.org

Tell your Westfield friends to subscribe to News You Choose “Westfield High School PTSA” Follow this LINK to subscribe.

Like us on Facebook “Westfield High School PTSA”

Have something about a club, team, or class at Westfield that you’d like in the News You Choose?

Contact Jennie Ryman, WHS PTSA President at jennierymanptsa@gmail.com

Go Bulldogs!

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Science Fair/National History Day Fair

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Science Fair

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, students will be participating in our school fair.   We need your help with judging.  We ask that judges arrive between 3:30-3:45 p.m. to read abstracts & grab some light refreshments because judging will begin at 4:00 p.m.  All judging must be completed at 6:30 p.m., but if your judging category is done prior to this time, you are free to leave.  

 

This is a valuable experience and for many this type of independent research is their first experience with hands-on science.  The fair provides students the opportunity to see not only what their peers have done, but also to gain the experience of presenting to and getting feedback from knowledgeable adults. 

 

You do not need an advanced degree in the field, but we will be asking you to assess the students’ abilities to communicate their understanding of the experiment, as well as their scientific thought and process.   

 

If you are willing to participate, please complete this survey.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Rory McGlinnen

Westfield High School-Department Chair

rbmcglinnen@fcps.edu 

 

Mary Constantino

Westfield High School – Science Fair Coordinator

mbconstantin@fcps.edu 

 

Sixth Annual National History Day Fair at Westfield High School

Do you want to be a part of history? If so, volunteer at our National History Day Fair!  The Social Studies department is in need of a few more judges to evaluate the History Day projects created by the honors students at our school. Come be a part of our gallery walk or watch amazing documentaries created by our students. The Sixth Annual National History Day Fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 6th.  If you are interested in becoming a judge, please follow the link to sign up: https://forms.gle/jhoF6mCRs1Bb4byLA

 

Please note, you may not judge your own students’ category.

 

Questions? Email Jennifer Santiago  jmsantiago@fcps.edu

Important Dates

January 13-February 27:         Academic Advising (Grades 9-11)

January 20:                              MLK Holiday – Schools and Offices Closed

January 24:                              End of the Second Quarter

January 27 & 28:                     Student Holidays

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Academic Advising

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ACADEMIC ADVISING

 

Academic Advising Season has begun. Starting January 2020, students will meet individually with their school counselor to choose their courses for the 2020-21 school year. It is so important that parents and students are informed of their academic options. Families are encouraged to talk with current teachers for their recommendations for next school year. 

Throughout last week, students received information about courses, graduation requirements and electives. Westfield High hosted a Curriculum Night and Electives Fair so that students can gain the details they need to make good choices. Some students might have missed some of these things so we want to provide you with some additional resources.

Westfield High School Academic Advising Webpage: https://westfieldhs.fcps.edu/academics/academic-advisingcourse-selection

WHS Student Services Google Site (only students with an fcpsschools account can access this): https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/wfhsschoolcounseling/academic-advising

Both of these items should have a shortcut on your student's laptop. Please use these invaluable resources.

NEW THIS YEAR: We are asking students to put in the classes you want to take in 2020-21 into your SIS Student account. Then students will meet individually with their counselor to review the selections. What students enter in SIS is not permanent. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and make changes with their counselor. Students are asked to choose 7 classes and 3 alternate electives. Attached is a course selection sheet for students, directions to add classes in SIS and the course catalog.  Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS Parent account. If you do not have an active account, please contact Student Services to obtain a login.

All counselor meetings will take place through history classes. The individual registration meetings will start on Monday January 13th with 9th grade students.  

 

Important Dates:
9th graders Individual Registration Meetings with Counselors: January 13 - January 22

10th graders Individual Registration Meetings with Counselors: January 29 - February 12

11th graders Individual Registration Meetings with Counselors: February 18 - February 27

Rising 9th Grade Parent Coffee April 24th at 9am

June 12: Deadline to make any changes to your 2020-21 course selections

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - Enrollment in the Arts & PE Uniforms

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Enrollment in the ARTS!! Not just for the artistic!

Consider enrolling your student in a Fine or Performing Arts course for the 2020-21 school year!! Art classes are important to ALL students! Does your child struggle with independent thinking? Creativity? Time Management? Working in groups? Expressing themselves? All of this and more is learned through exposure to the arts. Students who are enrolled in the arts don’t only become better at art, they develop skills to approach all of their other classes in creative ways! As I always say to my students’ parents at Back to School Night, “We learn 20 different ways to draw an apple… but it’s not about the apple.” We are preparing our students to compete in an innovation rich work force… Innovation is a skill that can be taught. IT IS TAUGHT IN THE ARTS.  Find us on Social Media #whsbulldogarts Follow these links for more information about the arts! Reach out to Elaine Florimonte eflorimonte@fcps.edu for more information about the arts at Westfield.

 WHY ART EDUCATION? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFRfJb2ONk

 ART & MUSIC Fine & Performing ARTS feature on Westfield LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBti45FbR_k    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdfiLadDusc

 ADVANCED ACADEMICS STEAM more than STEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6q0WqriR0&list=PLSz76NCRDYQHB27y9t4_E0DBTznjjpmk6

 ART Westfield Pyramid Art Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DqbK2deqQI   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOPEtkGb27I

 ABOUT OUR ART FACULTY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o5D7uzKYeE     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oBV3LOvMZ4  

PE Uniforms

Starting Thursday, December 19, 2019 and running through January 16, 2020 we are offering FREE SHIPPING to our school with every PE uniform order from our new online store, Athletic Union https://athleticunion.com/westfield. The FREE SHIPPING code to use when checking out with your purchase is #WESTFIELD.

Details are in the flyer below.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - Class Selections for the 2020-2021 SY

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope the Holiday Break afforded you and your student the opportunity to rest and enjoy time together.  As we finish up the second quarter of the school year, students will also register for classes for the 2020-2021 school year.  I am asking your assistance in helping your student select his/her courses.

 

New this year! Students can begin selecting their classes for the 2020-2021 school year via their Student SIS account. Please work directly with your student to choose their courses starting on January 6, 2020.

 

Thanks to our staff and the Westfield Live team, we have videos on Westfield Live YouTube page you can review to assist your student in selecting courses.  Please encourage your student to balance difficult courses with an elective.  We are fortunate to have staff members who teach enjoyable electives in a myriad of subjects.  These electives are also a great way to help balance a challenging schedule.  The following link will allow you to access the entire student services playlist on the Westfield Live YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw94t_y_QIE&list=PL5z12jECI5W4HJ3t_GCXO1qwByYuqS47V.

 

As in previous years, the opportunity to change your schedule once the 2020-2021 school year begins will be limited; therefore, it is imperative you work with your student to carefully consider the desire courses and level of rigor he/she can successfully manage in an academic year. 

 

GO BULLDOGS!

Sincerely,

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Curriculum Presentation/Academic Advising

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Westfield High School

Spanish Speaking Families Curriculum Presentation

January 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Westfield HS Lecture Hall

Mrs. Williams, Director of Student Services

Parents come to learn about types of Diplomas, required classes, electives, Academy courses and SOLs

Questions please call Araceli Manoatl, Spanish Speaking Parent Liaison at aamanoatl@fcps.edu or 703-488-6564.

____________________________________________________

Westfield High School

Reunión de Padres

Lugar: Lecture Hall

8 de enero a las 6:30 p.m.

Sra. Williams, Directora de Servicios Estudiantiles

LOS INVITA A TODOS

Venga y aprenda que tipos de Diploma otorga la escuela, Clases Requeridas, Clases Electivas, Cursos en las Academias, Exámenes SOL

TIENE PREGUNTAS LLAMAR A ARACELI MANOATL 

aamanoatl@fcps.edu or 703-488-6564

Academic Advising: 2020-21 SY

Academic Advising Season has begun. Starting January 2020, students will meet individually with their school counselor to choose their courses for the 2020-21 school year. It is so important that parents and students are informed of their academic options. Families are encouraged to talk with current teachers for their recommendations for next school year. This year, students will choose classes via their SIS Student accounts. After the students choose their courses via their accounts they will meet with their counselor to confirm the selections. Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS Parent account. If you do not have an active account, please contact Student Services to obtain a login.

There are numerous ways to stay informed about course selections and graduation requirements which include:

  • Watching the daily Westfield Live episodes via YouTube to learn more about course options. On Monday, December 2, 2019, Westfield Live began featuring departments at Westfield. Each episode features a specific department and information about courses available.
  • Curriculum Night will be January 9, 2020 at Westfield High School. This is a chance for parents and students to come talk to teachers about courses available, homework expectations, reading materials required.
  • Electives Fair will take place during the school day for students on January 10, 2020. Students will be required to visit three elective course presentations to learn more about the elective course options, homework requirements and materials needed for the course.
  • Stone Middle Electives Fair will take place on January 14, 2020. Westfield staff will present options to rising 9th graders.
  • Open Houses at Fairfax Academy & Chantilly Academy, please see the flyers below.
  • Students are encouraged to attend AP Informational sessions that will be held during the school day in the month of December and early January.

The goal of all of these activities is to ensure that our students are making the best decisions when it comes to course selections. It is not easy to go through a schedule change, so it is extremely important for students to choose wisely and be informed about their decisions. After mid-March 2020, requests to change any course selection will be made via the school counselor based on space availability. After June 12, 2020, Westfield Student Services cannot honor any requests to change elective courses, so it vital that students choose wisely. Please speak with your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.

 

Sonya Williams

Director of Student Services

Westfield High School

703-488-6382 voice

Snwilliams1@fcps.edu

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Enrollment in the Arts & PE Uniforms

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Enrollment in the ARTS!! Not just for the artistic!

Consider enrolling your student in a Fine or Performing Arts course for the 2020-21 school year!! Art classes are important to ALL students! Does your child struggle with independent thinking? Creativity? Time Management? Working in groups? Expressing themselves? All of this and more is learned through exposure to the arts. Students who are enrolled in the arts don’t only become better at art, they develop skills to approach all of their other classes in creative ways! As I always say to my students’ parents at Back to School Night, “We learn 20 different ways to draw an apple… but it’s not about the apple.” We are preparing our students to compete in an innovation rich work force… Innovation is a skill that can be taught. IT IS TAUGHT IN THE ARTS.  Find us on Social Media #whsbulldogarts Follow these links for more information about the arts! Reach out to Elaine Florimonte eflorimonte@fcps.edu for more information about the arts at Westfield.

 WHY ART EDUCATION? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFRfJb2ONk

 ART & MUSIC Fine & Performing ARTS feature on Westfield LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBti45FbR_k    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdfiLadDusc

 ADVANCED ACADEMICS STEAM more than STEM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv6q0WqriR0&list=PLSz76NCRDYQHB27y9t4_E0DBTznjjpmk6

 ART Westfield Pyramid Art Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DqbK2deqQI   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOPEtkGb27I

 ABOUT OUR ART FACULTY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o5D7uzKYeE     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oBV3LOvMZ4  

PE Uniforms

Starting Thursday, December 19, 2019 and running through January 16, 2020 we are offering FREE SHIPPING to our school with every PE uniform order from our new online store, Athletic Union https://athleticunion.com/westfield. The FREE SHIPPING code to use when checking out with your purchase is #WESTFIELD.

Details are in the flyer below.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Winter Break/Outside Food/Visitors

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Winter Break

This year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar.  School offices will be closed during the entire break. Please refer to our website https://westfieldhs.fcps.edu/ for staff or activities contact information.

During this time, if you have an emergency that requires notification of school administration, please contact the FCPS School Security Call Center at 571-423-2000.

There will be no assignments or assessments on Monday, January 6 or Tuesday, January 7 – the first two school days following the Winter Break.

We wish our students, families and staff a safe and restful break!

Outside Food

FCPS Regulation 5003.4: Food Sales and Services: No food or beverages shall be offered for sale to students from midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the instructional day on the school premises by a provider other than the individual school food service department.

No school or organization shall contract for, or offer on its own at other times, any sale or service of food or beverage to students in competition with an established school food services program.

Students should not be ordering food from food delivery services during school hours.  This is a safety concern that also disrupts the educational process within our building.  Outside food is in direct competition with FCPS food services. Furthermore, these delivery drivers are often directed to use entrances that are not authorized for use during the school day. Please help us to support a safe and secure building by not allowing students food deliveries during the day. 

There has been a steady increase in the number fast food deliveries dropped off by families during the school day.   We would like to encourage students to utilize the healthy food choices available in our school cafeteria rather than receive fast food.   

Visitor Procedures/Former Students

While we welcome Westfield Alumni back to visit, we would like to remind visitors that instruction is continuing all this week. Visitation with teachers should be made by appointment only or with the approval of an administrator, unless the visit is scheduled and has an instructional purpose, please visit staff after 2:55 p.m.  

All visitors must enter the building through Door 1 and check-in at the main office.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The main office will be closed throughout the winter break. Upcoming events are as follows:

12/23/19:  Winter Break begins

1/6/20:      School Resumes

1/9/20:      Curriculum Night

1/10/20:    Electives Fair

1/20/20:    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/24/20:    Second Grading Period Ends

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MESSAGE FROM STUDENT SERVICES: Academic Advising 2020-21

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Academic Advising: 2020-21 SY

Academic Advising Season has begun. Starting January 2020, students will meet individually with their school counselor to choose their courses for the 2020-21 school year. It is so important that parents and students are informed of their academic options. Families are encouraged to talk with current teachers for their recommendations for next school year. This year, students will choose classes via their SIS Student accounts. After the students choose their courses via their accounts they will meet with their counselor to confirm the selections. Parents can always view the course selections via their SIS Parent account. If you do not have an active account, please contact Student Services to obtain a login.

There are numerous ways to stay informed about course selections and graduation requirements which include:

  • Watching the daily Westfield Live episodes via YouTube to learn more about course options. On Monday, December 2, 2019, Westfield Live began featuring departments at Westfield. Each episode features a specific department and information about courses available.
  • Curriculum Night will be January 9, 2020 at Westfield High School. This is a chance for parents and students to come talk to teachers about courses available, homework expectations, reading materials required.
  • Electives Fair will take place during the school day for students on January 10, 2020. Students will be required to visit three elective course presentations to learn more about the elective course options, homework requirements and materials needed for the course.
  • Stone Middle Electives Fair will take place on January 14, 2020. Westfield staff will present options to rising 9th graders.
  • Open Houses at Fairfax Academy & Chantilly Academy, please see the  flyers below.
  • Students are encouraged to attend AP Informational sessions that will be held during the school day in the month of December and early January.

The goal of all of these activities is to ensure that our students are making the best decisions when it comes to course selections. It is not easy to go through a schedule change, so it is extremely important for students to choose wisely and be informed about their decisions. After mid-March 2020, requests to change any course selection will be made via the school counselor based on space availability. After June 14, 2020, Westfield Student Services cannot honor any requests to change elective courses, so it vital that students choose wisely . Please speak with your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.

 

Sonya Williams

Director of Student Services

Westfield High School

703-488-6382 voice

Snwilliams1@fcps.edu

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: PSTD Meeting; Football Tickets

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Partners for Safe Teen Driving-Room Change

The Tuesday, December 10th Partners for Safe Teen Driving meeting at Westfield High School will now be held in the cafeteria.   Parents/Guardians should plan to arrive at 6:45 p.m., as the presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Late arrivals will not be admitted, once the doors are closed. Reminder to students that they need to bring a pen.

State Football Semi-Final Tickets

Come out and support your Westfield Bulldog Football Team as they advance to the state semi-finals.

Tickets to the state-semi football game can be purchased online  (see link below)

South County at Westfield

Saturday Dec 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Online is the only way to get presale tickets.

Regular tickets will go on sale at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Buy Tickets Here!

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Gates will open at 2:00 p.m., kick off at 3:30 p.m.

 GO BULLDOGS!

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: State Football Semi Finals

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State Football Semi-Finals

Dear Bulldog Fans:

Come out and support your Westfield Bulldog Football Team as they advance to the state semi-finals.

Tickets to the state-semi football game can be purchased online  (see link below)

South County at Westfield

Saturday Dec 7 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Online is the only way to get presale tickets.

Regular tickets will go on sale at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Buy Tickets Here!

 

Gates will open at 2:00 p.m., kick off at 3:30 p.m.

 

GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Westfield High School, I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Holidays are meant to be shared with family and friends, and we hope you will be able to enjoy this time with your student; therefore, we will collect NO assignments and give NO assessments on Monday, December 2 or Tuesday, December 3 - the first two school days following the Thanksgiving Break.

GO BULLDOGS!  

Sincerely, 

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - Korean Exchange Program

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Westfield High School, with support from the Fairfax County Public Schools and the South Korean Ministry of Education, has a partnership With Haewon High School located in Incheon, South Korea. Westfield High School students have a unique opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program with international education students from Haewon High School.

We are seeking 10 families from the Westfield community who are each willing to host two Haewon High School students, January 14-21, 2020, in their homes.  The alternate scheduled dates for the Haewon High School students visit is January 28- February 4, 2020.  The opportunity to signup for this program will end soon.

In exchange, selected Westfield students will travel to Incheon, South Korea during the week of April 12 through April 22 (FCPS Spring Break).  The cost to Westfield students, who are selected for the program will be approximately $1,100 (An estimated value of well over $3,000).

 

Background Information:

Incheon Haewon High School is located in Cheongla International District within Incheon City not far from the capital city Seoul.  It is a public co-educational school that adopted an international school curriculum as a model to lead the globalization of education supported by the Korean Ministry of Education.  The Exchange Program will provide Westfield students with special classes at Haewon High School designed for guests, as well as other activities that will enrich their educational experiences and help them make new friends in another part of the world.  The program will also offer excursions to different parts of Korea such as Seoul, Kyeongju, and Busan.  Throughout the visit, our students will increase their cultural awareness and deepen their understanding of Korean society and its history that cannot be learned from a textbook. 

 

What we are looking for:

  • 10 Westfield High School families (we currently have 7 and need 3 more) who are willing to host two Korean students in their home during the Korean students visit in January.  These students may speak very minimal English, and may be either male or female.
  • Students and families who will be excellent ambassadors for Westfield High School and FCPS.
  • Families willing and available to provide guests with  experiences that allow exposure to local landmarks and culture.
  • Westfield Students will be expected to travel to Haewon High School in Incheon, South Korea during the week of Spring Break (Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 12 or Monday, April 13 2020  Westfield students will be staying in a combination of both private homes and hotels. 
  • All individuals over the age of 18, who reside with the host family, must be willing to submit to a background check through Fairfax County Public Schools.

If you have additional questions about the Korean Exchange Program, please stop by Sub School 5 in the R wing or email Luann Hoyseth at lrhoyseth@fcps.edu

Sincerely, 

 

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL-FCPSOn, Outstanding Employee Awards

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Westfield High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the google form links below. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form links have more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below. We have extended the deadline to Monday November 11, 2019.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category. Outstanding Teacher Award Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/jKt98q4nQdSQzXsMA

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: within their first three years of being a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.  Outstanding New Teacher Award Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/VAX46PaT4qxWfUZt9

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility:  has at least three years’ experience as a building principal (in any school/school district). Outstanding Principal Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/tvAN98KT12CUTq7h9

Outstanding Leader

Eligibility: at least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule C or School Based Administrator scale employee (not building principal): common positions in this category are assistant and associate principals, director of student activities, director of student services. Outstanding Leader Nominator Form: https://forms.gle/CzCP2mxCRVZzzrAZ7

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position. Common positions are administrative assistant, office staff, safety and security assistant, custodial staff, food service staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, parent liaisons

Nominator form: https://forms.gle/sYbWywZMcfgw5UXJ9

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position. Common positions are  school based technology specialist,  technology support specialist, assessment coach, career center specialist, instructional coach, psychologist, social worker, school counselor, safety and security specialist, resource teacher

Nominator Form: https://forms.gle/fNKiYcS62idA5aLg8

FCPSon - Technology Support Fee

As part of FCPSOn, an annual technology support fee of $50 will be charged to high school students. This fee will help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with self-provided laptops. The technology support fee is included in the FY 2020 Approved Budget.

Billing

The technology support fee will be billed centrally using FCPS’ e-commerce platform, My School Bucks (MSB), which retrieves information from the Student Information System (SIS). Students who have Free and Reduced status AND have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status.

The technology support fee will be billed on Monday after the end of first quarter of each school year for all eligible students who are enrolled at that time. Subsequent bills for students who are transferring into the school district will be issued on the first Monday after the end of the second and third quarters. There will be no proration of the fee.

Parents/guardians and students who do not have an MSB account will receive a bill from MSB to the primary email address recorded in SIS. They are also encouraged to enroll in My School Bucks.

Refunds

Refunds for fees will be allowed for students who have paid the fee and are able to show that they subsequently have obtained an FRM status with the option to use that information.

Student Obligations

Students who have not paid the fee will incur a student obligation.

Lost and Damaged Laptops

There will not be additional fees for incidental damage. However, schools will treat repeated instances of damage from negligence the same way they would treat negligent damage to any school property. Students may be financially liable for lost/stolen computers.

Free/Reduced Lunch Eligibility/Verification

Application forms were distributed to households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced-price meals for their children.  Applications are also available at each school, at the central office, and online. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must only fill out one application per household and return it to the school division.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data.  

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services may check your eligibility at any time during the school year.

If you need help filling out the application form, please contact the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

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Senior yearbook ads are STILL available!

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SENIOR/BABY ADS FOR YEARBOOK

Procrastinators rejoice! While the deadline for submitting senior/baby ads for the 2020 yearbook has come and gone, we STILL have space to sell a few more!  Please go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use 5577 for Westfield. Act NOW - we can only accept them on a first come, first served basis.

There are 2 ways to create/submit your ad        

You can create, submit, proof, and pay for your senior baby ad using the Herff Jones Order Center Online Ad Creation tool. Select your ad size, choose a template (templates range from 1-10 pictures), upload your pictures, add your personalized message, and customize your senior baby ad. (The more space you purchase, the larger your photos will run and the more photos you can include in your selected template. The amount of text that will fit is also determined by the ad size purchased. Available ads range from a full page to a sixteenth-page.) Pay with a credit card once your ad is completed. You will receive a PROOF from Herff Jones to ensure accuracy. Once your ad is complete, it will be submitted electronically to the yearbook staff.

 

The other way to order an ad is by using the order form on the Westfield homepage, and the Guardian staff will create your ad. Submit your text, photos, and payment (cash or check made out to Westfield High School) to Mrs. Jessica Naeve’s mailbox in the school’s Main Office.

 

Questions about senior baby ads? Contact Jessica Naeve, Guardian adviser, at jlnaeve@fcps.edu

Need technical assistance? Call the Herff Jones Tech help line at 1-866-287-3096

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - Westfield Cares, Technology Fee

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

On Monday, November 25, 2019, Westfield High School in collaboration with the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Westfields Marriott will conduct the annual Westfield Cares program. The Westfield Cares program is a full day event focused on the physical and mental well-being of our students by educating them about the dangers of substance abuse and mental health stigmas and coping skills. The theme for this year’s Westfield Cares program is “Overcoming Life Obstacles”. All sophomores are invited to attend this program.

Permission slips will be distributed to sophomores in their Health and Physical Education 10 class on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Sophomores who return their permission slips prior to the Westfield Cares program will start their morning watching the film, Angst in the auditorium.  Following the preview, participants will walk to the Westfields Marriot. The program at the Marriot will include guest speakers, mindful movement breaks, and guided table discussions/activities led by table facilitators. The Westfields Marriott will provide all participants with a special Thanksgiving Day lunch. 

Please encourage your sophomore to attend this program.  Return permission slips to Student Services in H128 no later than November 15, 2019.

We will host a preview of the film, Angst for all parents on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Our intent in sharing this film with all families is to raise awareness of anxiety and start a dialogue among families and community members.  We will have community agencies available before and after the preview to offer information and resources. We will also facilitate a panel discussion following the preview from approximately 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The following link provides more information about the film, Angst https://angstmovie.com/.

I hope you will be able to attend the preview and support our efforts to help our students.

Sincerely,

 

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

Westfield High School

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Technology Support Fee

As a reminder, the technology support fee will be billed on Monday, November 4.  Talking points about the Technology Support Fee are available online.

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