MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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Dear Parents and Guardians: On behalf of the Westfield High School Staff, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  This week is a short school week.  See the table below school instructions for our students.

Date

Instructions

Nov 23

Student Check-In and Teacher Office Hours

6:30 pm-7:30 pm Winter Sport Town Hall 

(link will be sent via e-Notify) 

 

Nov 24

 

A Day/Synchronous Instruction

 

Nov 25-27

 

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Nov 30

 

Student Check-In and Teacher Office Hours

No assignments due or collected

 

Dec 1-2

 

A Day & B Day/Synchronous Instruction

No assignments due or collected

 

We have asked a lot of our staff and students, and I’m sure I speak for the staff when I say we appreciate the notes, phone calls, and emails of support.  We look forward to our students' safe return to learning 

on November 30.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Attendance Emails

This week, we received a high volume of phone calls regarding student absences.   As a reminder, parents/guardians must contact their student’s sub school office to excuse an absence; email is not the acceptable process to use when notifying our school of your student’s absence.    We are aware of the FCPS online portal; however, Westfield High School is not monitoring or accepting any absences submitted via email. 

If your student has been marked absent for a specific class, please contact that teacher to determine if the absence was marked in error.  The teacher will notify the appropriate sub school to make the correction.

A Monday reminder:  All students must check in with their 3rd period teacher between 8:00 am-8:30 am. 

Students cannot excuse their own absence by emailing the sub school office, teacher, or counselor; the parent/guardian must contact the sub school office by phone to report the absence.

We request parents continue to submit their excused student absences via our attendance line (703-488-6316) or use the sub school contact information below.  Spanish attendance line: 703-488-6316.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

 

Westfield HS Sub School Offices

Sub School 1

A - Dam

Ms. Brunner

703-488-6456

Sub School 2

Dan - Jac

Ms. Schumacher

703-488-3888

Sub School 3

Jad - Mol

Ms. Feathers

703-488-6598

Sub School 4

Mom - Sam

Ms. Oleksiak

703-488-6360

Sub School 5

San - Z

Ms. Skahn

703-488-3899

Employee Awards

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 Google form:  https://forms.gle/GnFLyLzm6ntBU539A .   You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) 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 link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

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 New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is December 18, 2020.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Principal Announcement

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Please join me in congratulating Meredith Norris on her appointment as Principal of Stone Middle School. Over the past seven years, Ms. Norris has made an indelible mark on Westfield. She has been a dynamic leader as an assistant principal, a passionate advocate for students, and a valued colleague to our staff. While we will miss her presence on our campus, we feel fortunate that Ms. Norris will continue to dedicate her talents to those in the Westfield Pyramid.

Congratulations Meredith!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

The Region 5 Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Ms. Meredith Norris has been named the new principal for Stone Middle School.

 

Ms. Norris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position having served as a dedicated educator for over 16 years in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Ms. Norris has served as the acting principal at Stone Middle School since October 1, 2020 following Dr. Mitchell’s promotion to the position of Executive Principal, Region 2. Prior to being named the acting principal at Stone Middle School, Ms. Norris served as an assistant principal at Westfield High School since June of 2014.  Previously, Ms. Norris served as the Special Education Department Chair at Chantilly High School.  Ms. Norris has also served as the principal for Fairfax County Public Schools Summer Learning Programs in three different schools over the span of four years.  In each of these roles, Ms. Norris’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on student success and engagement.   

 

While serving as the acting principal at Stone Middle School, Ms. Norris has skillfully led the coordination of the return to school plan for students, staff, and families by overseeing staffing, instructional, technology, and finance needs during this unprecedented time in our division’s history.  Ms. Norris has worked closely with her administrative team to ensure there is a strong instructional focus in all classrooms at Stone MS, with an emphasis on the engagement model, equity, and Portrait of a Graduate skills.  In addition, Ms. Norris developed the “Portrait of a Panther” program, which recognizes ten students on a weekly basis for demonstrating Portrait of a Graduate attributes during our current distance learning instructional model.

 

Ms. Norris has proven to be a gifted administrator who is valued by her staff, supervisors, and colleague administrators.  She has a record of success in leading instruction that results in high academic achievement for all students. During her time at Westfield (the feeder high school for Stone MS), Ms. Norris supported the implementation of innovative practices that closed gaps in access, opportunity, and achievement, most notably amongst English Learners and Students with Disabilities.  She has a proven ability to create and sustain strong collaborative teams and develop leadership skills in the teachers and administrator colleagues she works with on a daily basis.  She is a highly effective communicator who exudes passion and a tireless dedication to doing what is best for students.

 

Ms. Norris is a leader who puts great focus on developing/strengthening relationships and promoting a sense of belonging, teamwork, and pride amongst students, families, teachers, and the community.  She is eager to deepen the relationships she has already begun to develop with all stakeholders in her new role.  In fact, Ms. Norris attended Stone MS as a student having grown up in the same community she now serves!

 

Ms. Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Education in Special Education, and a Master of Education in Education Leadership from George Mason University.  She holds a Postgraduate Professional License with endorsements in Administration and Supervision K-12, Specific Learning Disabilities K-12, and Emotional Disturbance K-12.

 

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Meredith Norris as the new principal of Stone Middle School.  She will be assuming the position on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

 

Rebecca Baenig

Region 5 Assistant Superintendent

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Athletic Check List - Winter Sports Town Hall

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Bulldog Student Athletes and Parents –

In preparation for the Winter Athletic Season there is a lot to do! This email provides you with information such as a paperwork check list and details about our Winter Sports Town Hall.

Please see below for a check list to help ensure all your forms are in and complete.  Several forms have been added to our new registration process to maximize the use of this data collection and to minimize handling of any paper. 

Please make sure you have completed all of them.  This may require that you log back into your athletic registration account.  It is more important than ever to make sure we know who is going to show up for tryouts for our winter sports.

Please go through this list carefully as things have been added!

  1. Have you communicated with the head coach that you are interested in trying out?  Contact and emails can be found here: Look for Coaches Info
  2. Have you handed in a hard copy of your VHSL Physical form?  The form can be found here:  VHSL 2020 Physical Form. Hard copies can be scanned to slpartner@fcps.edu or dropped off in the Activities Office.
  3. NEW THIS YEAR!   Have you completed the online Athletic Registration?  This Registration Link will allow you to complete the following: Emergency Care Card, Concussion Education, Weight room form, Drivers form, field trip form.....ALL of these are required of athletes.

The Westfield Activities Office is excited to host a Winter Sports Town Hall Meeting on Monday November 23, 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30pm.   A link will be sent out to families via e-notify on November 23.

The focus will be on the startup of winter sports.  The Winter Sports Town Hall will be recorded for those that are unable to attend.   If you have questions you would like answered during the Winter Sports Town Hall please complete this FORM. We will try to answer as many questions possible during our Winter Sports Town Hall and will use these questions to guide our presentation.

If you would like to explore transportation options to tryouts the week of Dec 7 (Basketball ) or the week of Dec 14 (winter track, swim & dive, gymnastics and wrestling), please complete the following questionnaire: Tryout Transportation Questionnaire.

We are looking forward to seeing our athletes.  We are finalizing our tryout schedule and hope to have those dates posted on our website www.westfieldathletics.org by next week.

Thank you Bulldogs, for your continued support and patience as everything is evolving! 

GO BULLDOGS!

 

Terri K. Towle

Director of Student Activities

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Virginia College Application Week

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Westfield HS Celebrates Virginia College Application Week

Nov 16-20, 2020

 The goal of Virginia College Application Week is to provide opportunities for all seniors to apply to at least one college or university!

 

How to Participate in Virginia College Application Week
  1. Take a look at the schedule below and pick one or more events you’d like to participate in.
  2. Open the attached document for event details and action items and read through them.
  3. Some events require no additional action items. Just join the link at the time of the event! Be sure to add the event(s) to your calendar and/or set a reminder on your phone so you don’t miss it.
  4. For the others, follow the action items closely to be sure you’re able to participate fully in the event.
  5. Be sure to check out all of the participating schools that do not charge application fees. If you’re interested in one or more of these schools, but need help with the application process, please reach out to me (lqcudahy@fcps.edu) or your counselor.

Schedule

Northern Virginia Community College Info Session –

Mon, Nov 16, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Richard Bland Info Session / Application Workshop –

Mon, Nov 16, 3 – 4 pm

Virginia State University Info Session / Onsite Admissions Opportunity –

Tues, Nov 17, 10:15 – 11 am

Norfolk State University Info Session / Application Workshop –

Tues, Nov 17, 3 – 4 pm

University of Mary Washington Onsite Admissions –

Weds, Nov 18, evening

Radford University Onsite Admissions –

Thurs, Nov 19, 3 – 5 pm

Longwood University Onsite Admissions – RESCHEDULED:

Mon, Nov 23, 11 am – 1 pm

Event Details and Action Items Northern Virginia Community College Information Session – Mon, Nov 16, 10:30 – 11:15 am Richard Bland College of William and Mary Info Session / Application Workshop – Mon, Nov 16, 3 pm
  • Find out about Virginia’s only public residential junior college and unique transfer opportunities
  • Learn the steps to apply
  • Opportunity to schedule one-on-one application review.
  • Join the Mon, Nov 16 @ 3 pm session: https://richardbland.zoom.us/j/94579360608.
Virginia State University Info Session / Onsite Admissions Opportunity – Tues, Nov 17, 10:15 am
  • Register HERE to attend the info session and/or participate in the admissions event.
  • To participate in the VSU virtual "on-site" admission, complete your free online application at www.vsu.edu/apply
  • Inform your counselor that you are participating in the Onsite Admissions Day and be sure to request a transcript be sent to VSU.
  • VSU is test optional. If you wish to submit SAT/ACT scores, request the official scores be sent by the testing company.
Norfolk State University Info Session / Application Workshop
  • Find out about this popular HBCU in Norfolk where several Westfield students attend.
  • NSU recently announced a partnership with Netflix for the first ever Netflix Virtual HBCU Boot Camp.
  • Seniors will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with the admissions representative.
  • Join Zoom Meeting  https://nsu-edu.zoom.us/j/3381218198?pwd=dlZ2dEZBaEpBQVdQdExWSlg1bjF2Zz09 Meeting ID: 338 121 8198, Passcode: BEHOLD
Longwood University Onsite Admissions – Mon, Nov 23, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Register here: HERE. You will be assigned a time after you register.
  • Complete your Longwood University application by Thurs, Nov 19.
  • Longwood is test optional.
  • If you wish to submit SAT/ACT scores, request the official scores be sent by the testing company.
  • Inform your counselor that you are participating in the Onsite Admissions Day and be sure to request a transcript be sent to UMW.
  • Note: Nursing students are not eligible for the on-site admissions day.
University of Mary Washington Onsite Admission – Weds, Nov 18, afternoon announcement/evening appts
  • Register HERE on UMW link.
  • Complete your UMW application by Mon, Nov 16.
  • You will receive a decision via email on the afternoon of Weds, Nov 18. You will have the option to schedule a one-on-one time with the admissions officer in the evening.
  • UMW is test optional. Be sure to check the test optional box on the application, if needed.
  • If you wish to submit SAT/ACT scores, request the official scores be sent by the testing company.
  • Inform your counselor that you are participating in the Onsite Admissions Day and be sure to request a transcript be sent to UMW.
  • Note: Nursing students are not eligible for the on-site admissions day.
Radford University – Thurs, Nov 19, 3 – 5 pm
  • Register HERE on Radford link.
  • Complete your Radford application by Mon, Nov 16
  • Radford is test optional. Be sure to check the test optional box on the application, if needed.
  • If you wish to submit SAT/ACT scores, request the official scores be sent by the testing company.
  • Inform your counselor that you are participating in the Onsite Admissions Day and be sure to request a transcript be sent to Radford.
These Virginia College Application Week Participating Colleges do not charge an application fee:
  • Bluefield College
  • Charleston Southern University
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Danville Community College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Fairmont State University
  • Ferrum College
  • Furman University
  • Greensboro College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Merrimack College
  • Norfolk State University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Radford University
  • Radford University Carilion
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Richard Bland College of William & Mary
  • Roanoke College
  • Southside Virginia Community College
  • Sweet Briar College
  • University of Lynchburg
  • Verto Education
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Virginia Western Community College
  • Widener University
  • WVU Potomac State College
  • Xavier University

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 1ST QTR REPORT CARD, ONLINE/IN PERSON DATA

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Parents/Guardians: Student Information System (SIS) is the system of record for student records.  We encourage families to use SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue.  If you have not set up your account, please do so soonest.  

First quarter report cards are available in SIS ParentVue and StudentVue. Paper report cards will be mailed the week of November 16 and should arrive at homes before the Thanksgiving Break.  

We have completed processing all verifications of parents’ online or in-person preferences for their students.  We are now engaged in the multi-week process of preparing our master schedule.  The final numbers are below.  

Grade

Online

In-Person

All Grades

46% (1245 students)

54% (1435 students)

09

46% (326 students)

54% (384 students)

10

50% (312 students)

50% (308 students)

11

47% (314 students)

53% (352 students)

12

43% (293 students)

57% (391 students)

 

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Virtual High Five - Last Friday afternoon, we posted a form in our Schoology Student All group that provided an optional opportunity for students to give a “virtual high five” to staff members.  Over the last week our students have submitted 439 individual "Virtual High Fives".  These high fives are then emailed to teachers.  The response has been phenomenal.  The positive encouragement and feedback our students are providing to teachers is invaluable!  THANK YOU!  

 

Thanksgiving Break

There will be no school November 25-27 in observance of Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving Break. 

 

School Pictures

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1glVGj0I23BP6CkT33WwUI-AUihIyU-5iiErqUtJ5oTQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

The Guardian baby/senior ad due date extended

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - VETERANS DAY

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Dear Parents and Guardians: I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day.  Those students attending in person instruction will be online.  

On behalf of the Westfield HS Students and Staff, I thank all of our Veterans for their service to our country.  You are appreciated.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION

REPORT CARDS

Report cards for 1st quarter and beyond must be printed and mailed by schools for all parents/guardians who have not opted to “Go Paperless.” The PDF version of the report card will appear in the Report Card module in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Instructions on how to print and generate PDF report cards can be found under Grading Secondary - Report Card Setup and Printing (pdf). The grading windows are available on the intranet SIS More Information page.

Parents and/or guardians can opt to “Go Paperless” at any time by logging into ParentVUE, going into “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless".  Parents should select this option prior to November 6th to ensure they do not receive a printed copy of the first quarter report card. All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent the mailing of the report cards.

 

Westfield Theatre Mainstage

We hope you will join us for the first Westfield Theatre mainstage of the season! The cast and crew have worked very hard to get this virtual show ready for you to experience! Tickets are on sale NOW for She Kills Monsters Virtual Realms. $10 for family or $5 for individual/student. Performance dates - November 20 and 21 at 7:00pm and November 22 at 2:00pm. Ticket holders will receive a link to the streaming performance.

 She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen tells the story of Agnes Evans, a teen who finds her little sister Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook sometime after Tilly's death. Agnes stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In the process, Agnes discovers how little she truly knew about her own sister. A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty dragons, and ’90s pop culture – a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

https://www.westfieldtheatre.com/shekillsmonsters

 

2020-2021 Yearbook Photos for All Grades

The following information outlines the FINAL opportunity for your child to have his/he portrait taken and receive a school ID for the 2020-2021 school year.  This process will require your student to enter the building. 

Date

Time

Students

Mon Dec 7, 2020

By appointment only, 

11:30 am - 6:50 pm

Make appointment here

Seniors Only

Mon Dec 7, 2020

By appointment only, 

12:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Make appointment here

Grades 9, 10, 11

 

A Note for Seniors Only

*Important School Yearbook Attire Information - all seniors must wear their own dress clothes during the photo shoot. By order of Fairfax County shared tuxedos, drapes, and caps/gowns will no longer be provided by Victor O’Neill Studios. Solid colored dress shirts/tops work well for the camera; jackets and ties are optional. Casual images will still be taken. Cap and gown images will be offered at a later date in the school year. 

In order to promote an efficient experience, please review and complete the following items. 

 

The night before you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Verify your appointment time and date. 
  • Review the copy of the Westfield High School parking lot map, which outlines the traffic pattern you will follow. It is also at the bottom of the page.

The morning/afternoon you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Follow the directions of Westfield Security and staff volunteers. 
  • Enter at Door 11 (Kiss and Ride). After you have completed your photo, you will exit from Door 13 (Seniors) or Door 14 (underclassmen). See Westfield High School parking lot map
  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building and waiting to take a photo. The photographer will direct students to remove their mask prior to taking the photo. Students will replace their mask immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Student IDs will be issued on this date. 
  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s administrator and do not attend the senior or underclassmen photo event.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Naeve - jlnaeve@fcps.edu.

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: FINAL OPPORTUNITY for yearbook photos for all grades

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

The following information outlines the FINAL opportunity for your child to have his/he portrait taken and receive a school ID for the 2020-2021 school year.  This process will require your student to enter the building. 

Date

Time

Students

Monday, December 7, 2020

By appointment only, 

11:30 am - 6:50 pm

Make appointment here

Seniors Only

Monday, December 7, 2020

By appointment only, 

12:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Make appointment here

Grades 9, 10, 11

A Note for Seniors Only

*Important School Yearbook Attire Information - all seniors must wear their own dress clothes during the photo shoot. By order of Fairfax County shared tuxedos, drapes, and caps/gowns will no longer be provided by Victor O’Neill Studios. Solid colored dress shirts/tops work well for the camera; jackets and ties are optional. Casual images will still be taken. Cap and gown images will be offered at a later date in the school year. 

In order to promote an efficient experience, please review and complete the following items. 

The night before you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Verify your appointment time and date. 
  • Review the copy of the Westfield High School parking lot map, which outlines the traffic pattern you will follow. It is also at the bottom of the page.

The morning/afternoon you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Follow the directions of Westfield Security and staff volunteers. 
  • Enter at Door 11 (Kiss and Ride). After you have completed your photo, you will exit from Door 13 (Seniors) or Door 14 (underclassmen). See Westfield High School parking lot map
  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building and waiting to take a photo. The photographer will direct students to remove their mask prior to taking the photo. Students will replace their mask immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Student IDs will be issued on this date. 
  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s administrator and do not attend the senior or underclassmen photo event.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Naeve - jlnaeve@fcps.edu.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - FOLLOW UP TO TOWN HALL

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Dear Parents and Guardians: 

As a follow up to yesterday's town hall meeting, I am providing the following responses:

Q1: If more students are at a bus stop than can be safely transported will the students be denied access to the bus? 

A1: This should not occur, so the answer is no.  The transportation routing staff assigns students to buses according to the bus' capacity.  Up to 23 students can be assigned to the large capacity buses at 1 student per seat.  Siblings are permitted to sit together which will increase approved capacity.  

Q2: Will Westfield have a freshman and new student orientation prior to the return to school?  

A2: Yes. 

Q3: Since bus capacity is limited and to encourage students to drive to school, can FCPS suspend the parking fee for the 2020-2021 school year?

A3: The request has been forwarded.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

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Bulldog Student Athletes and Families: 

 

Beginning Tuesday November 3, 2020, FCPS activities and athletic programs will transition to a new online student athlete registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

 

  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- to be kept in the Activities Office
  • A new online procedure for the annual state-mandated concussion education program

 

Each family will create an account and from this account, can register their student(s) for various athletic opportunities for the current school year. While registering does not guarantee a spot on the team, this information will help to ensure your student is ready to go on the first day of tryouts.  Students can be registered for one or more activities throughout the year and families can sign in as needed to update information. It will be necessary to update this information each school year. 

 

Please note the following:             

 

  • There are multiple steps to registering. Go to the site below and create your account. An email will be sent to you with a link that will allow you to begin the 7 step registration process. Once the 7 steps are complete, you are then registered.
  • You will still need to submit a valid VHSL Pre-participation Exam Form (physical) directly to the school prior to your student’s participation; all other requirements will be completed through this registration process. A hard copy of a completed physical is still required. The physical form can be found HERE  The hardcopy of the form can be dropped off in the student activities office or emailed to our head athletic trainer Shandi Partner   slpartner@fcps.edu
  • Families who have already submitted their emergency care card and/or concussion education form will be asked to verify completion again as part of the registration process.  We do apologize for this inconvenience- please bear with us as we make this transition.
  • This process will help us minimize paper collection, streamline data entry, run compliance reports, and become more efficient within the Activities Office.

 

 Westfield High School Athletic Registration Click Here

 

Any questions please contact the Student Activities Office - Assistant Director of Student Activities Office Isaac Bumgardner  ijbumgardner@fcps.edu

Administrative Assistant Tina Tagliavia tmtagliavia@fcps.edu

 

Thank you Bulldogs for supporting this effort!

 

Terri Towle

Director of Student Activities

Westfield High School

4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-488-6300
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Friday, November 6 is the deadline for parents to verify their preference for their preference for online or in person learning.  We will hold a town hall on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm to discuss concurrent instruction and our plan to return to school.  I will provide the link to the town hall via e-Notify.  

Reminder Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 are student holidays and professional development and teacher workdays, respectively.  Students are not required to check-in with their teachers on Monday, November 2.

The superintendent has extended the first quarter; therefore, students may submit late or missed  assignments up to 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 2.  Students should contact their teachers if they have questions about late or missed assignments.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION

REPORT CARDS

Report cards for 1st quarter and beyond must be printed and mailed by schools for all parents/guardians who have not opted to “Go Paperless.” The first quarter posting window is Wednesday, October 28th - Friday, November 6th at 11:59 p.m. Printed report cards should be mailed once all grade changes are complete, no later than Friday, Nov 20th. Mailing labels can be generated for the reports cards to be mailed. PDF versions of the report cards should be generated at the same time to ensure the print and PDF versions are consistent. The PDF version of the report card will appear in the Report Card module in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Instructions on how to print and generate PDF report cards can be found under Grading Secondary - Report Card Setup and Printing (pdf). The grading windows are available on the intranet SIS More Information page.

Parents and/or guardians can opt to “Go Paperless” at any time by logging into ParentVUE, going into “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless".  Parents should select this option prior to November 6th to ensure they do not receive a printed copy of the first quarter report card. All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent the mailing of the report cards.

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now open for the Westfield High School Outstanding Employee Awards!

 

To submit a nomination for a Westfield High School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination Google form:  https://forms.gle/GnFLyLzm6ntBU539A .   You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) 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 link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

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 New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

 

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

 

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is December 18, 2020.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - YEARBOOK PHOTOS FOR ALL GRADES

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Dear Parents and Guardians: 

The following information outlines our Yearbook photo plan.  This process will require your student to enter the building. 

Date

Time

Students

Monday, November 2, 2020

All Seniors appointment slots are filled for this day.

Seniors

Monday, November 2, 2020

Underclassmen Appointments Available

Grades 9-11

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

All Seniors appointment slots are filled for this day.

Seniors Only

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be one more day, Monday, December 7, 2020, for all students to have their original portrait or retake done. The sign up link will be published as soon as it’s available from the photographer.

In order to promote an efficient experience, please review and complete the following items. 

The night before you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Verify your appointment time and date. 
  • Review the copy of the Westfield High School parking lot map, which outlines the traffic pattern you will follow. It is also at the bottom of the page.

The morning/afternoon you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Follow the directions of Westfield Security and staff volunteers. 
  • Enter at Door 11 (Kiss and Ride). After you have completed your photo, you will exit from Door 13 (Seniors) or Door 14 (underclassmen). See Westfield High School parking lot map
  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building and waiting to take a photo. The photographer will direct students to remove their mask prior to taking the photo. Students will replace their mask immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Student IDs will be issued on this date. 
  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s administrator and do not attend the senior or underclassmen photo event.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Naeve - jlnaeve@fcps.edu

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - PTSA MEETING

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Westfield High School PTSA

 ** PTSA meeting-October 28 at 7pm**

All are welcome! 

Our agenda includes: Discussion of the revised PTSA by-laws, discussion of upcoming events, Dr. Copeland’s State of the School address.

To join the meeting: 

  • Log in to Schoology at lms.fcps.edu with your Schoology account (teacher, parent or student).  Do you not yet have a Schoology/SIS Parent Account?  Request one here!

 

  • Click on the group 240-Westfield PTSA and then click the Collaborate Ultra button on the left menu.

         

  • You’ll see the date and time for the meeting.  Click the date and then Join Session starting at 6:45 on Wednesday, October 28.

 

**Also: please review the revised PTSA by-laws which will be discussed at the meeting and voted on at our November meeting.  They can be accessed in the 240-Westfield PTSA Schoology Group.**

  • Go to the group, then click on the Resources button on the left menu.
  • Note: Any section marked with a # sign is required by the National and/or

State PTA organization.  All other changes are highlighted with comments.

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Go Bulldogs!

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - INSTRUCTIONAL ADJUSTMENTS

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Dear Parents and Guardians: I am sharing with you an extract of a message I sent to the staff last week.  The administrative team and I have received emails and messages expressing concerns about the challenges of online learning.  Everyone has also acknowledged and appreciated the efforts our teachers have given to promoting students learning.  It is my belief these adjustments will make a positive difference in our students learning success and overall well-being.  

“Colleagues: Over the past 10 weeks, I have seen and heard of the herculean effort you have exerted to learn to teach online, learn Schoology, and get to know your students.  This is only a summary of the more obvious things you have done.  From phone calls with students and parents, I am aware of the amount of GRACE you have shown our students and each other.  For this I am truly thankful.  I believe it will make a difference in how we navigate the remainder of the school year.

I will state the obvious.  Teaching and learning online is not easy.  While I have no idea when we will return to normal, I am concerned the stresses placed on you and our students cannot be maintained indefinitely.

There are a myriad of factors that have contributed to so many students doing so poorly - technology issues, technology knowledge, single learning model - distance learning, new learning management system - Schoology, etc.  While all of these are valid reasons, failure at this point of the year given our current condition benefits no one; moreover, we have a responsibility to give our students a fair opportunity to demonstrate learning despite these challenges.  

I am proposing the following options to allow our students to get caught up and allow you to “take a breath” and recenter as we continue with distance learning.  

Instructional Adjustment #1 - For the week of October 26, teachers will pause instruction of new content and allow students to make up missed assignments.  All classes will meet synchronously so the teacher can explain his/her expectations to the students.  A sample structure for an instructional block is as follows: 5 min: check-in/check-up; 10 min review of what work needs to be submitted; 30-40 min independent work; 10 min redirect, repeat independent work; 5 min wrap-up.  

In those classes where students are current with their assignments, the teachers may opt to continue uninterrupted.  This instructional adjustment does not eliminate the Monday, October 26 check in and office hours.

Instructional Adjustment #2 - Effective Wednesday, November 4, teachers are strongly encouraged to break up the 80 minute block by offering 60 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of office hours for students.  This break in instruction can be in the midst of the 80 minute block or at the end, depending on the students’ instructional needs.  Ideas for structuring the 80 minute instructional block can be found in the slide deck about the Engagement Model in Virtual Learning.  The office hours portion of each class can be used to check in with students, provide work time, or meet with small groups to provide intervention.  

We are not in the business of failing students, and we believe these practices can make a positive difference for our students’ academic success and demonstrate GRACE.“ 

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION

Tutoring Opportunities (Shared with Staff)

Our tutoring platform is ready to go! Yahoo!

We are excited to connect Westfield's Honors Society students with those students who need some additional support with content. 

Distance learning offers a variety of unique challenges and opportunities for learners and teachers so we will be assessing the functioning of the tutoring program throughout the year. Please feel free to provide feedback regarding your experiences with tutoring and that of the students you refer. 

Here’s how the process will work:

  1. Access the Tutoring Master Sheet
  2. Select the appropriate Honor Society Form based on the student’s need 
  3. Each form will ask for students' areas of need, availability, and contact information. 
  4. Honor Society representatives will regularly review Tutoring Form responses and contact students to set up tutoring conferences. 

We are sending this to Student Services Faculty members and Honor Society Sponsors today. It will  be advertised in the Bull@Ten all next week. 

Please feel free to email Jess Finley (jmfinley@fcps.edu) with questions or comments.

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Deveyva Garcia to Westfield.  Daveyva has lived in Fairfax for more than 30 years.  Her background is in Hospitality and Human Resources.  She is married and has three sons and a Chihuahua.  She enjoys tea, entertaining, crafting, and reality TV.  

Welcome to Westfield!

New Office Hours

Starting October 26, 2020, as our students begin returning to in-person learning, our school office hours will change as follows:

 

Main Office Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sub School Offices   Monday – Friday    7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

                                                                         

While we continue to keep the health and safety of both students and staff our top priority, access to our building will remain limited to those with pre-arranged appointments with Westfield personnel. 

Please refer to our website for news and staff contact information.

Attendance Emails

FCPS prepared an online portal where parents can submit their excused students’ absence via email.  As an administrative team, we decided this was not a prudent way for parents to submit their students absences because it was open to fraudulent entries; furthermore, we asked that the portal not be activated on our webpage, and we did not advertise it.  Unfortunately, some parents found the portal and have submitted absences using it. 

We want all parents, and particularly those who may have used the portal, to know we do not monitor it.  We have not accessed it, and we have no plans to use it.  We request parents continue to submit their excused student absences via our attendance line (703-488-6316)Spanish attendance line: 703-488-6316.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

SUB SCHOOL OFFICE LAST NAMES Sub School 1 (Ms. Brunner) A-Dam Sub School 2 (Ms. Schumacher) Dan-Jac Sub School 3 (Ms. Feathers) Jad-Mol Sub School 4 (Ms. Oleksiak) Mom-Sam Sub School 5 (Ms. Skahn) San-Z

 

Join the PTSA

We need your support to help us continue our programs at WHS.  You can sign up by completing the membership form and mailing it back to WHS or sign up online on the PTSA website.

Signup HERE to join the PTSA online or LINK to paper Membership Form

We also need some Class of 2021 Senior parents to volunteer to get ideas and plan for a end of the year Senior celebration (All Night Grad Party event).  We need Senior parents to step up and help plan an event!

If anyone is interested in helping with any or all of these committees please contact Volunteer Coordinator Regina Seetoo at volunteercoord@westfieldhs.org

Like us on Facebook “Westfield High School PTSA”

Any questions?  Contact Bonnie Donnelly HERE

Go Bulldogs!

www.ptsa.westfieldhs.org

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Free/Reduced Lunch Renewal

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Free/Reduced Lunch Renewal

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020. Please click on this website link to renew your application https://www.myschoolapps.com/  Click the word Language in the upper right hand corner of the screen and choose Spanish so that you can read all of the instructions in Spanish.

The FCPS Food and Nutrition services website is as follows:  https://www.fcps.edu/node/42238 and the phone number is 703.813.4800.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food cards

If you received a P-EBT card last school year in the mail, your benefits should continue and you should have received monies added to the card by September 30, 2020. If you have lost it, you will need to request a new one. Directions to do this are in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) located at this website as follows: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/pebt.cgi   Choose the big blue bar to read everything in Spanish. Please check here to have all of your questions answered regarding the P-EBT card.

Again, it is important you renew your F/R lunch benefits by October 20, 2020 to continue to also receive any P-EBT benefits. Understand that the P-EBT benefits are temporary and may stop in the near future and once children begin returning to school in-person. Check back at this website for the most up-to-date information. 

Renovacion de almuerzo gratis/reducido

Si presentó una solicitud para comidas gratis o de precio reducido el año pasado para su (s) hijo (s),  recuerde enviar una nueva solicitud para este año escolar. El estado de elegibilidad actual vencerá el 20 de octubre de 2020. Haga clic en el enlace de este sitio web para renovar su solicitud https://www.myschoolapps.com/  Haga clic en la palabra Idioma en la esquina superior derecha de la pantalla y elija Español para que puedes leer todas las instrucciones en español.

El sitio web de servicios de alimentos y nutrición de FCPS es el siguiente: https://www.fcps.edu/node/42238  y el número de teléfono es 703.813.4800.

Tarjetas de alimentos de Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

Si recibió una tarjeta P-EBT el año pasado por correo, sus beneficios deberían continuar y debería haber recibido el dinero agregado a la tarjeta antes del 30 de septiembre de 2020. Si la perdió, deberá solicitar una nueva. Las instrucciones para hacer esto se encuentran en las Preguntas frecuentes (FAQ) ubicadas en este sitio web de la siguiente manera: https://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/pebt.cgi  Elija la barra azul grande para leer todo en español. Marque aquí para obtener respuestas a todas sus preguntas sobre la tarjeta P-EBT.

Nuevamente, es importante que renueve sus beneficios de almuerzo F / R antes del 20 de octubre de 2020 para continuar recibiendo también los beneficios P-EBT. Comprenda que los beneficios de P-EBT son temporales y pueden terminar en un futuro cercano y una vez que los niños comiencen a regresar a la escuela en persona. Vuelva a visitar este sitio web para obtener la información más actualizada.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 3RD PERIOD AND CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we continue to adapt to the challenges of learning during a pandemic, we would like to continue to promote and support as many safe activities as possible.  Clubs and activities have been a major source of student involvement in our school; therefore, we want to continue the tradition of student participation through our clubs and activities.

Starting Tuesday, October 20 during the last 35 minutes of 3rd period each week, students may work on assignments, meet with a teacher on a prearranged basis, or attend a virtual extracurricular activity meeting.  Teachers will continue to teach social-emotional and academic skills for the first 45 minutes of 3rd period.  Staff who sponsor a club or activity will be present in the virtual meeting space. 

The opportunity to meet during 3rd period will only be allowed while we are in the online learning phase of instruction.  When we return to in person instruction, virtual extracurricular activity meetings will not be allowed during 3rd period.

 

Updated Tuesday/Thursday 3rd Period Schedule 

Starting Tuesday, October 20

9:45-10:30 Learning Seminar 

Students engage in social-emotional learning and relationship building to ensure they are connected to the school community.

10:30-11:05 Student Choice

Students may use this time to: 

meet with teachers by appointment

attend virtual club/activity meetings

work independently on asynchronous work

 

If your student is not a member of a club or activity, please encourage him/her to get involved.  Many clubs and activities have pages on Schoology, so students can easily join and access meetings.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

 

NEWS AND INFORMATION

AP Exam Opt Out Information

On October 13th, an email was sent to all students (and their parent) enrolled in an AP course this school year.  This email included their 2020-21 AP Exam Opt Out form.  This form contains the list of AP exams taken in high school and their 20-21 AP courses. FCPS pays the exam fee for the first 6 exams a student takes. Students who choose to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $95 per AP test.  

If the student would like to opt out of one or more of their exams this year, please check the box next to the exam(s) and provide a parent signature at the bottom of the AP Opt Out form. 

All completed forms should be emailed to Sonya Williams,  snwilliams1@fcps.edu  no later than October 23rd.

If a student is planning to take all their AP exams, they DO NOT need to complete the Opt Out form.

For further questions about the AP exam tests fees, please use the link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/testfees-questions

Please reach out to the AP Test Coordinators with any questions you may have.

Nicole Shaw – ntshaw@fcps.edu 

Jennifer Fargo – Jkfargo@fcps.edu 

 

NCTE/ELATE Award Winners

Please join me in congratulating Deborah Van Trees who along with her GMU colleague, Jonathan Marine received the 2020 English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE) James Moffett Award.  Their research proposal is to study the impact of writing conferences as they move the onus for the conference and feedback to the students rather than the teacher.  It is a continuation of the student engagement movement, but the students take up far more responsibility for their own participation as writers and peer reviewers.  They will be recognized at the ELATE Virtual Event on November 20 and present their results at the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention in Louisville, KY.

  Summer Residential Governor’s School Application Information

Students interested in applying to the 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s (SRGS) programs must complete the academic or the visual and performing arts interest form no later than November 9, 2020. No late applications are accepted.

The academic interest form is available for the Schools for Humanities, Math/Science/Technology, Medicine/Health, Agriculture, Engineering, and Marine Science.

The visual and performing arts interest form is available for the dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music programs.

Additional information about the SRGS programs, application process, and timelines are found online.

 

2020 FCPS Virtual College Week

This year, FCPS will host a Virtual College Week from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23, 2020.  This event will feature two live virtual sessions each evening starting at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. During these sessions, FCPS students and families will be provided an opportunity to meet virtually with subject-matter experts and ask questions about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and postsecondary planning.  Students and their families must register here to attend any of the sessions.  The registration link is available on the FCPS Virtual College Week web page.

 

School Pictures

School picture days are quickly approaching! If you would like your child’s picture taken for purchase and inclusion in the 2021 yearbook, (NOTE: This is optional and will require your child to enter the building.) please choose a date/time below.

Once you make an appointment, you will receive the link to preorder with your child’s appointment confirmation email. 

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. 

 

Date

Time

Students

Monday, October 26, 2020

Underclassmen Appointments Available

Underclassmen

Monday, November 2, 2020

Underclassmen Appointments Available

Underclassmen

 

The night BEFORE your child comes to school to take his/her picture:

  • Verify the appointment time and date. 
  • Review the copy of the Westfield High School parking lot map, which outlines the traffic pattern you will follow. It is also at the bottom of the page.

The morning/afternoon your child COMES to school to take his/her picture: 

  • Follow the directions of Westfield Security and staff volunteers. 
  • Enter at Door 11 (Kiss and Ride). After students have completed their photo, they will exit from Door 13 (Seniors) or Door 14 (underclassmen). See Westfield High School parking lot map. 
  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building and waiting to take a photo. The photographer will direct your child to remove his/her mask prior to taking the photo. Your child will replace his/her mask immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Student IDs will be issued on this date. 
  • If your child is sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your child’s administrator and DO NOT allow your child to attend the photo event.  

If you have any questions, please contact the yearbook adviser, Mrs. Jessica Naeve at jlnaeve@fcps.edu.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Yearbook Photos

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2020-2021 Senior and Underclass Yearbook Photos

Dear Parents and Guardians: 

The following information outlines our Yearbook Photos plan.  This process will require your student to enter the building. 

DATE TIME STUDENTS Saturday, October 24, 2020

All Seniors appointment slots are filled for this day.

Seniors Only Monday, October 26, 2020

All Seniors appointment slots are filled for this day.

Seniors Monday, October 26, 2020

Underclassmen Appointments Available

Underclassmen Monday, November 2, 2020 Seniors Appointments Only Seniors Monday, November 2, 2020

Underclassmen Appointments Available

Underclassmen Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Seniors Appointments Only Seniors Only

 

In order to promote an efficient experience, please review and complete the following items:

The night before you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Verify your appointment time and date. 
  • Review the copy of the Westfield High School parking lot map, which outlines the traffic pattern you will follow. It is also at the bottom of the page.

The morning/afternoon you come to Westfield High School: 

  • Follow the directions of Westfield Security and staff volunteers. 
  • Enter at Door 11 (Kiss and Ride). After you have completed your photo, you will exit from Door 13 (Seniors) or Door 14 (underclassmen). See Westfield High School parking lot map
  • Everyone is expected to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building and waiting to take a photo. The photographer will direct students to remove their mask prior to taking the photo. Students will replace their mask immediately after the photo is taken.
  • Student IDs will be issued on this date. 
  • If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your student’s administrator and do not attend the senior or underclassmen photo event.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Naeve - jlnaeve@fcps.edu.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - 10/12: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Monday, October 12, is a School Planning Day and a Student Holiday. Teachers will participate in professional development and planning activities.  Office hours will not be offered, and there will be no student check-in. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments on this student holiday. 

Our school offices will be closed.  They will reopen on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

 

Technology Interruptions and Outages

Thank you for your patience this week as we experienced a multi-division Schoology outage on Wednesday morning.  Teachers and students handled this with grace and were back in class by the afternoon! 

  • In the event that students are unable to log in to Schoology, teachers will email next steps and assignments to students at their fcpsschools email account.  
  • If Schoology is operational and the outage impacts Blackboard Collaborate or Google Meet, teachers will post a message in Schoology or email students at their fcpsschools email account. 

If your student experiences problems with their technology, please visit the FCPS Technology Support for Families page for videos, help guides and links to request support by both phone and email. 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

 The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

 

We Can Help

As families experience challenges at home, we would like to help as much as possible. If your family is in need of food, school supplies and/or clothing necessities, please email Sonya Williams at snwilliams1@fcps.edu.  We will attempt to support these necessities as much as possible. 

A medida de que las familias tienen diferentes retos en sus hogares, nos gustaría ayudarles tanto como nos sea posible. Si su familia necesita alimentos, útiles escolares y/o ropa, envíe un correo electrónico a Sonya Williams a snwilliams1@fcps.edu. Intentaremos apoyar estas necesidades tanto como nos sea posible.

 

Attendance Line and Absence Follow-up

If your student will miss class for any reason, please call the attendance line at 703-488-6316 to report the reason for the absence.  Please be specific about the reason your child will not be attending.  If the reason is a health concern, your message must indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms:

    • Feeling feverish or chills
    • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F
    • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, menstrual cramps stress, or injury)
    • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
    • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties (not due to diagnosed respiratory condition or if different than normal pattern of chronic condition)
    • A new sore throat (not due to another health condition)
    • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or health condition)
    • Fatigue (more tired than normal or sudden onset)
    • New muscle pain (not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise))
    • New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
    • Abdominal pain (not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

School staff will be responsible for contacting those parents/guardians who have not provided information as to why their student is absent. School staff will also provide the school health team with information regarding any student that has remained home due to the above COVID like illness symptoms.

  2020 FCPS Virtual College Week

This year, FCPS will host a Virtual College Week from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23, 2020.  This event will feature two live virtual sessions each evening starting at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. During these sessions, FCPS students and families will be provided an opportunity to meet virtually with subject-matter experts and ask questions about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and postsecondary planning.  Students and their families must register here to attend any of the sessions.  The registration link is available on the FCPS Virtual College Week web page.

 

SAT Testing

Due to low enrollment/interest, Westfield High School will not be a testing location for the Saturday November 2020 & Saturday December 2020 SAT test. Westfield High School will host Saturday SAT testing in the Spring 2021. Please register on collegeboard.org. 

 

Behind the Wheel Classes

Adult Community Education (ACE) is now accepting registration for behind-the-wheel classes.  Registration is available on the ACE website https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/CategorySubjectListing.aspx?ProgramID=28&ProgramName=Driver+Education&IsCourse=1

In addition, ACE will be offering PSTD on Saturdays beginning in October.  If you are a senior still needing to attend PSTD, please take advantage of these offerings.  Students in grades 10 and 11 may also choose to attend one of these sessions but will be responsible for the $30 fee.  Registration is available at the link above. 

 Questions related to ACE classes may be directed to Jard Shoemake at wcshoemake@fcps.edu.

 

October 30 - 2 Hour Early Release Schedule

The end of the 1st quarter is October 30. On this day, students will be on a 2 Hour Early Release Schedule.  The schedule is in the table below.

 

  Start Time End Time Minutes 2nd period 8:10 am 9:00 am 50 min 4th period 9:15 am 10:05 am 50 min 6th period 10:20 am 11:10 am 50 min Lunch 11:20 am 11:50 am 30 min 8th period 12:05 am 12:55 am 50 min

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL: Schoology Outage Today

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Dear Parents and Guardians: 

Schoology is experiencing an outage across multiple divisions.  Teachers will be sending an email to students on their fcpsschools.net account.  Please have your student check fcpsschools.net email for asynchronous (independent) assignments.   

At the start of each period, please have your student attempt to login to Schoology and refresh the page.  If you cannot access Schoology, then expect an asynchronous assignment via email. 

Stay healthy, Be Safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL - TECH SUPPORT, FAQs,

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Dear Parents and Guardians: I want to start by apologizing to those parents and students who came to Westfield last week for a textbook distribution.  While the event was planned, we miscommunicated the start time, and some parents waited approximately an hour.  We appreciate you for paying attention to our announcements, and we do not want to lose your trust in our planning.  Thank you for understanding.

We have received approval to take underclassmen photos.  Instructions for taking your student's photo will be released in the coming weeks.  

Stay healthy; be safe; GO BULLDOGS!

 

Anthony E. Copeland, PhD

Principal

NEWS AND INFORMATION Technology Support:

If you are in need of technical support for you or your student, please first check this page for troubleshooting videos and guides in multiple languages.  If you need additional support, please visit the following links to request help:

  • Student Technology Support Request - students can submit their own tickets for help with their technology by completing this form.  In most cases, a response is sent within 24-48 hours to their fcpsschools.net email.  
  • Parent Technology Help Desk - The Parent Technology Help Desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.  Please specify if you need an interpreter when you call.  Parents can also submit a ticket to the Parent Technology Help Desk.  
  October 12 Student Holiday:

October 12 is a student holiday for Indigenous Peoples Day and a school planning day for staff.  On October 12, there  will not be a 3rd period check in, office hours or asynchronous student work time for students.  You can view the entire 20-21 FCPS School Calendar here.

  Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q1: I'm a bit confused about which grade book is "the" accurate source of grades (most complete).  I see different cumulative grades in SIS versus Schoology.  

A1: “The” accurate source for students’ grades is SIS.  While Schoology has a gradebook function, it is not currently synched with SIS -  the gradebook of record.  While Schoology may be synched with SIS once fully adopted in FCPS, always refer to SIS ParentVue for your student’s current grade.  

Q2: I had a question about office hours for teachers. 

I was watching the teacher videos and I noticed that more than two of his teachers have the same office hours of 8:30am - 9:30am.  I don't anticipate (at least I hope not) him needing to meet two teachers who have the same office hours, but I was wondering what happens if this is the case?

A2: Thank you for asking for clarification.  In those instances where the student needs to attend the office hours of teachers who have the same time slot, the students should inform one of the teachers he will meet with the teacher during his/her time slot after attending another teacher's office hours. 

Please note teachers are expected to be online and available during office hours. 

 

Senior Class (2021)

Please note that all seniors need to complete the Cap and Gown google form so we can order for graduation. Please have your senior fill out this form by December 1, 2020. Students have to access the link through their FCPSschools.net account. Also the slide deck from the meeting held on Tuesday Sept. 29th was sent to your student’s email account. Please review that with your child if you have questions or were unable to attend the meeting. As always, you may reach out to Ms. Hoyseth in Sub school 5 for more information regarding the senior class. 

 

Monday Absences

The number of students marked absent on the first three Mondays of the school year at Westfield were as follows:

  • September 14 - 427
  • September 21 - 367
  • September 28 - 337

All Students, minus those who have academy classes on Mondays, are required to attend the Monday Check-In beginning at 8:00 am.  The Check-In lasts 30 minutes.  Teachers have Office Hours/Tutoring immediately following Check-In.  

 

We Can Help

As families experience challenges at home, we would like to help as much as possible. If your family is in need of food, school supplies and/or clothing necessities, please email Sonya Williams at snwilliams1@fcps.edu.  We will attempt to support these necessities as much as possible. 

 

Free and Reduced Price Meals

If you were eligible for Free or Reduced Meals in previous years or would like to determine your eligibility, please use the link below to access the online information and the form to complete.

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals

 

Parent Digital Tool Permission Application 

At Westfield High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families.  Some of the digital resources your student may use this year will require your consent before they can be used.  You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where you need to indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year.  This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.  We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.  Please reach out to your student’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

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