Bulldog Breakdown 10/2 - 10/8

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that everybody is doing well and enjoying a fantastic weekend! 

I would like to start by introducing you to our new Director of Student Services, Mrs. Vanessa Hunter! There is more information about Vanessa below, and we are excited to have her as a part of our Bulldog Family!

There is a variety of information in the Breakdown this week, so please be sure to take some time and check it out. There are some great parent resources ranging from PSAT/SAT info to quality information from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Ms. Stacey King. I hope that you give them some time. 

Also, remember that Wednesday, October 5 is a student holiday. Please remember to keep your students home on Wednesday.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

I wish your family a great week! Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

 

Vanessa Hunter Introduction

We would like to welcome Vanessa Hunter as the new Director of Student Services at Westfield HS. Vanessa has most recently served as a Resource Counselor in School Counseling Services supporting K-12 School Counseling Professionals and SEL/Wellness initiatives in FCPS. Before her role in central office, Vanessa worked as a School Counselor at West Springfield High School and FCPS’ Non-Traditional School Programs (i.e., Bryant’s AIM Program and Interagency Alternative Schools). She has also supported students as a College Partnership Program (CPP) school-based and summer experience advocate.

Vanessa holds her Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s Degree (M.S.Ed.) in Counseling from Old Dominion University, and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision PreK-12 through FCPS’ Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACCXV). Vanessa is excited to step into her new role as Westfield’s DSS and join the Bulldog Community! #WHS #GoBulldogs 

 

2022-23 AP/IB Test Schedule and Fees

Reference the College Board 2023 AP exam dates site for dates of AP Exams.  All 2023 AP exams will be taken in school and most will be taken in a paper/pencil format.

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. Please visit 2022-23  FCPS AP Testing fee schedule  or AP Testing Fees FAQ for in-depth information regarding the 2022-23 AP Test fees.

 

  • Fees for the first six AP tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. 
  • For each exam beyond six, families will be charged the College Board testing fee of $96. Students who are eligible for Free/Reduced lunch and have completed the Consent to Share form will not be charged the exam fee(s).
  • Students that wish to take AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s).   Please see Ms. Hughes or Ms. Shaw for the registration form. 
  • FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form to be provided by the school in mid-October. 
  • Parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.

AP Opt Out Information:

Students will receive their AP Opt Out form from Westfield High School during the week of October 10th.

Deadline:  If choosing to opt out of an exam, AP students must return the Opt-Out form no later than October 25th to either Nicole Shaw(Subschool 4, [email protected] ) or Dana Hughes(Subschool 2, [email protected] ) .

  • Students who submit an Opt Out form will receive a confirmation email from either Nicole Shaw or Dana Hughes, to confirm the receipt of your Opt Out form. If you do not receive an email by October 31, 2022 assume your form has not been received/processed and see Ms. Shaw or Ms. Hughes immediately.

To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report in early October with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment.

 For further questions regarding AP Testing, please contact Nicole Shaw, [email protected]  or Dana Hughes, [email protected] 

 

Region 5: Fairfax, Chantilly, Westfield, and Woodson High Schools Present: 

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: The Financial Aid Process

For Class of 2023 Seniors and Senior Families

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Fairfax High School Auditorium

3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, VA 22030

Presented by College Access Fairfax. College Access Fairfax is committed to helping FCPS students with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education. 

Presentation Topics:

  • Understanding financial aid
  • How the financial aid process works
  • Steps families need to take to secure financial aid

No pre-reservation is required. 

Spanish & Arabic Interpretation will be available.

For more information or questions, contact: Laura Cudahy, WHS College & Career Specialist, [email protected] 

  

Red Ribbon Week

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Mexican-American man working for the DEA after serving in the Marine Corps, being a fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff in California. While on assignment in Mexico for four years, he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. He was getting close to exposing a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline in 1985, until he was kidnapped that February. He was headed to lunch with his wife when he was last seen being thrown into a van by masked men, his body wasn’t discovered until a month later. 

After his death, “Camarena Clubs” were launched in his hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds wore red ribbons and pledged to lead a drug-free life in his honor. Then President Ronald Reagan was in office, so club members presented a proclamation to First Lady Nancy Reagan which brought it national attention. The campaign became official in 1988 by the National Family Partnership with President Reagan and “Just Say No” creator Mrs. Reagan as honorary chairpersons. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually from October 23-31st. 

Check out this Google Earth video on “The Life of DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena”. 

 Sources & Resources:

DEA

Fairfax CSB Opioid Info

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses      

Medication Disposal

Teen Substance Use

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

DEA Drug Take Back Day

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS. 

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW, M.Ed

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected] 

 

Seeking Speech and Debate judges

Did you participate in Speech or Debate in high school or college?  Or would you like to learn more about how this activity operates?  The WHS team is seeking adult judges willing to volunteer one Saturday to judge at a tournament in the Northern Virginia area.  This is an extremely rewarding activity, watching talented students use their persuasive and analytical skills.  Mr. Deaton, the WHS debate team coach will train you on everything you need to know.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Deaton at [email protected]

 

Community Partner Shoutout

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing community partners. We are going to continue to try and highlight their work as much as possible. Below are a couple that have helped out recently. 

Card My Yard

A big thank you to Card My Yard who has helped us out multiple times this year by placing signs to welcome our students and staff on their returns, as well as the new Superintendent during her visit. Their website is www.cardmyyard.com/centreville and you can also find them on Facebook or Instagram @cardmyyard_centreville. You can use code CMY5 to get $5 off any orders too. 

Grace Covenant Church

A big thank you to Grace Covenant Church who has been a consistent partner supporting our staff and students. Whether it is bringing in extra backpacks and supplies for students in need, or this past week when they brought in snack bags and lunch for staff members. We are extremely fortunate and thankful to have Grace Covenant as a partner!

 

PTSA Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser is underway and we are off to a great start. This year we are raising money to fund programs that will benefit all of our students.

Your participation & support are greatly appreciated! Hurry, orders close on Oct 18th, 2022. All items will be shipped to the school in November. We will share the distribution details once orders are finalized.

Don’t forget to register your student(s) at http://secure-web.cisco.com/1rJUC5IQSxT_29WM3yCTHvDDa_CzFzErJ1uMbAI3M8VW9td1fCfqt7EXvbUvRc1o1t6HvtH--vjg1OEy86sxDaMZtndDUxT1ScwDHKBdhqHJF9WFSXuO-qw8bz4lCbmZUxJY7G8TZLXagqvFgyuYOuGY6CVC3z-b5I1HE5tyohOB17YMbXnkzHF2p5YfWhSeSqjeYR9rv4rjcfRSB2OhTiDMMmXetOhPMbr3MjWAFM3VHoVpmn470szkMVwry9KcNVF7XkcAXonLio51D21Uh1PkMOaGsMsZlqRl0PIfgHHQydTLoF4P5A3dWWr3ybfVncu1D0sOx4FmYBP9BQWHZw21nwa9STqQa0neO-wCc0pNV4z-_y21gFADtSwINKmRrlif6KRsoY4mZmXOL280y_0S6BTsdQtjSaa4LYt30E9AMzUl6wh6iYujkI86F_tyHLYRy56vejG9ZCb5eALWPrA/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.Shopfund.com and share the fundraiser with family & friends to get 10+ online supporters!

Thank you for your support!

P.S. We will hit our goal if every family sells a minimum of 10 items.

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  1. Click on the link https://secure-web.cisco.com/17fuxsQNZFyvT0b9SnEa0IpsfnRoKIBjKeEF8eAP5OJBQaugHIRL1rowvK2nhLHjjh-BrqvBtO-dm84XhjYqi_Wnp05dlILO12Hsq7tcr5o3TYbmRnQKsHedX4efHZ8Fi2FLWpVldfhBYIRszenHLaJZsN9zoUXBTB1KqnNSpdmumJn4rXnFwZt0xQiMzqUZaVzg8ZKf7VLAh0KKiyvGIl_ZS0o97DEo2vGKBUAF1slAtY-n83c5Fdb1PdKBcTGJSzwN9tc4RAhJG6YzV6xXw6wRH6riTfLmklWeISbmuEAUL1pKgTQrgflQ4_CPN-Y00dGYZTBce1J7mUtmp5GJHvI7qAzFNbHc4yvp5l17GFNE5fyQy_pQ3C232Di4hcWQmEizlu1oKq7u0Sy6H2CdOCoLkEpI9eAI1CU16XaoSnwvUXTScGg8Oz9H41_oktkDHedpf-3NVQuLHl2KTXdVp0Q/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopfund.com%2F
  2. Click on Parents and Sellers button
  3. Click on Parents and Sellers Register button
  4. Enter email and set password, click on the Register button.
  5. Fill out the form

-Select State as Virginia

-Enter school as Westfield HS PTSA - Chantilly 20151 -Enter the homeroom teacher's last name or enter NA -Please enter your cell number -Click on Add student -Click on  Shop Now button

 You are ready to place your orders!

 

WHS Food Pantry

PTA FOOD PANTRY is looking for donations to help kids in need.  We have seen a huge increase in snack requests since last year.  Please consider checking out our wish list and adding an item to your cart.  It will ship directly to the school.  We are also accepting similar items (individually wrapped snacks, new sweatpants, book bags and water bottles) at the bin on my front porch if you would rather not purchase online.  Please reach out to me with any questions about donating.  

Wishlist: https://tinyurl.com/wfhsfoodpantry

Donation Bin: 5445 Tree Line Dr, Centreville VA

Questions: [email protected]

Thank you!

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

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Calendar

A comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Monday, 10/3

Girls Volleyball, All Levels vs. Madison (Home) Dig Pink Night!

Freshman & JV @ 5:45 pm, Varsity @ 7:15 pm

 

Girls Field Hockey, All Levels Vs. Oakton (Home)

JV @ 6:15 pm, Varsity @ 7:30pm

 

Wednesday, 10/5

STUDENT HOLIDAY

 

Thursday, 10/6

Freshman and JV Football Vs. South Lakes (Away)

Freshman @5:30pm, JV @7:00pm

 

Girls Volleyball All Levels Vs. Centreville (Away)

Freshman & JV @ 5:45 pm, Varsity @ 7:15 pm

 

Friday, 10/7

Girls Field Hockey All Levels Vs. South Lakes (Away)

JV @ 6:15 pm, Varsity @ 7:30pm

 

Varsity Football vs. South Lakes (Home)

7:00pm @ Westfield HS

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Bulldog Breakdown 9/25 - 10/1

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that everybody is doing well and enjoying a fantastic weekend! Additionally, Shana Tova to all who celebrate!

There is a variety of information in the Breakdown this week, so please be sure to take some time and check it out. Some things involve Westfield specific items, while others are generalized to high school age students and your FCPS experience. There are some great resources and I hope that you give them some time. 

Also, remember that tomorrow is a Teacher Workday which becomes a student holiday.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

I wish your family a great week! Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

 

Meet our Staff Videos!  

Meet our staff through videos posted on our webpage!  These videos will provide you with an introduction to each teacher, expectations for their course, how to contact them and where to find more information! 

 

PTSA Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser is underway and we are off to a great start. This year we are raising money to fund programs that will benefit all of our students.

Your participation & support are greatly appreciated! Hurry, orders close on Oct 18th, 2022. All items will be shipped to the school in November. We will share the distribution details once orders are finalized.

Don’t forget to register your student(s) at http://secure-web.cisco.com/1rJUC5IQSxT_29WM3yCTHvDDa_CzFzErJ1uMbAI3M8VW9td1fCfqt7EXvbUvRc1o1t6HvtH--vjg1OEy86sxDaMZtndDUxT1ScwDHKBdhqHJF9WFSXuO-qw8bz4lCbmZUxJY7G8TZLXagqvFgyuYOuGY6CVC3z-b5I1HE5tyohOB17YMbXnkzHF2p5YfWhSeSqjeYR9rv4rjcfRSB2OhTiDMMmXetOhPMbr3MjWAFM3VHoVpmn470szkMVwry9KcNVF7XkcAXonLio51D21Uh1PkMOaGsMsZlqRl0PIfgHHQydTLoF4P5A3dWWr3ybfVncu1D0sOx4FmYBP9BQWHZw21nwa9STqQa0neO-wCc0pNV4z-_y21gFADtSwINKmRrlif6KRsoY4mZmXOL280y_0S6BTsdQtjSaa4LYt30E9AMzUl6wh6iYujkI86F_tyHLYRy56vejG9ZCb5eALWPrA/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.Shopfund.com and share the fundraiser with family & friends to get 10+ online supporters!

Thank you for your support!

P.S. We will hit our goal if every family sells a minimum of 10 items.

 

STEPS TO REGISTER:

  1. Click on the link https://secure-web.cisco.com/17fuxsQNZFyvT0b9SnEa0IpsfnRoKIBjKeEF8eAP5OJBQaugHIRL1rowvK2nhLHjjh-BrqvBtO-dm84XhjYqi_Wnp05dlILO12Hsq7tcr5o3TYbmRnQKsHedX4efHZ8Fi2FLWpVldfhBYIRszenHLaJZsN9zoUXBTB1KqnNSpdmumJn4rXnFwZt0xQiMzqUZaVzg8ZKf7VLAh0KKiyvGIl_ZS0o97DEo2vGKBUAF1slAtY-n83c5Fdb1PdKBcTGJSzwN9tc4RAhJG6YzV6xXw6wRH6riTfLmklWeISbmuEAUL1pKgTQrgflQ4_CPN-Y00dGYZTBce1J7mUtmp5GJHvI7qAzFNbHc4yvp5l17GFNE5fyQy_pQ3C232Di4hcWQmEizlu1oKq7u0Sy6H2CdOCoLkEpI9eAI1CU16XaoSnwvUXTScGg8Oz9H41_oktkDHedpf-3NVQuLHl2KTXdVp0Q/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopfund.com%2F
  2. Click on Parents and Sellers button
  3. Click on Parents and Sellers Register button
  4. Enter email and set password, click on the Register button.
  5. Fill out the form

-Select State as Virginia

-Enter school as Westfield HS PTSA - Chantilly 20151 -Enter the homeroom teacher's last name or enter NA -Please enter your cell number -Click on Add student -Click on  Shop Now button

 You are ready to place your orders!

 

Class of 2023 Senior Pictures

We at Victor O’Neill Studios, your school’s official school photographer, are excited to see you on the following date(s) for your senior portraits at the school:

October 31 & November 1 for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Final Session C

**This is the last opportunity for senior portraits at the school**

The attire for the school’s yearbook pose will be in the traditional Tuxedos and Drapes. We will provide the Tuxedo and Drapes. In addition to the yearbook session we also offer sessions that include casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portraits. Please follow the link below to choose your session type and appointment time.

 https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/Westfield2023

If you have any questions please email [email protected] 

 

Seeking Speech and Debate judges

Did you participate in Speech or Debate in high school or college?  Or would you like to learn more about how this activity operates?  The WHS team is seeking adult judges willing to volunteer one Saturday to judge at a tournament in the Northern Virginia area.  This is an extremely rewarding activity, watching talented students use their persuasive and analytical skills.  Mr. Deaton, the WHS debate team coach will train you on everything you need to know.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Deaton at [email protected]

 

Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year.  Each region is asked to nominate a parent from to serve on the committee.  The Governance Manual indicates that:

“The School Board shall appoint 33 members to the committee; a majority shall be parents of students with disabilities or persons with disabilities” It also states that the committee will consist of  “One parent of a student with disabilities representing each of the five FCPS Regions”.

This year, to assist in identifying potential nominees, the ACSD is providing the attached Public Interest Form on their webpage.  DSS will send to our region leadership team any interest forms that they receive from a parent in our region.  In addition, we wanted to reach out to you to see what names you might offer.  We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities, and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement. 

The School Board approves ACSD nominations on September 1st, so DSS would like to have Region nominations back before that date.

 

Rainbow Fentanyl

The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were confiscated at the Arizona border  as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county.  

The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentynal yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.

The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below. 

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) provide Tier 1 support throughout FCPS. Each high school pyramid is assigned a SAPS who conducts brief interventions, psychoeducation, and presentations to students, staff, families, and community members. Topics of discussion include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as current trends on substances. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270. 

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW, M.Ed

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected] 

Sources & Resources:

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release

DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Narcan Training (English & Spanish)

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends

 

WHS Food Pantry

PTA FOOD PANTRY is looking for donations to help kids in need.  We have seen a huge increase in snack requests since last year.  Please consider checking out our wish list and adding an item to your cart.  It will ship directly to the school.  We are also accepting similar items (individually wrapped snacks, new sweatpants, book bags and water bottles) at the bin on my front porch if you would rather not purchase online.  Please reach out to me with any questions about donating.  

Wishlist: https://tinyurl.com/wfhsfoodpantry

Donation Bin: 5445 Tree Line Dr, Centreville VA

Questions: [email protected]

 

Thank you!

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

A comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Monday, 9/26

Teacher Workday

Student Holiday

Tuesday, 9/27

Girls Volleyball, All Levels vs. South Lakes (Home)

Freshman & 

JV Start 5:45p m

Varsity start 7:15p

@ Westfield HS

Superintendents Community Conversation

6:30pm 

@ Westfield HS

Wednesday, 9/28

Varsity Golf

Regional Championship 

9:00 am

@ Algonkian CC

Girls Field Hockey

All Levels 

vs. Centreville (Away)

JV @ 6:15 pm

Varsity @ 7:30pm

@Centreville

Thursday, 9/29

Varsity Golf

Regional Championship 

9:00 am

@ Algonkian CC

Girls Volleyball

All Levels

Vs. Chantilly (Away)

Freshman @ 5:00pm

JV @ 6:00pm

Varsity at 7:15pm

@Chantilly

 

From FCPS

ESSER III Funding Supports Student Success: Your Voice Matters

In the fall of 2021, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. 

ESSER III focus areas have included resources for prevention and mitigation of COVID, academic services, multilingual engagement, support for students’ social emotional needs, and professional development. 

Your Voice Matters!

A feedback form will be live on the ESSER III webpage Friday, September 23. Your input will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. Watch this video to see the impact ESSER III funds are having in our schools. Learn more on FCPS’ website

4700 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly, VA 20151  | Main Office: 703-488-6300
Attendance: 703-488-6316 | Web | Twitter

Bulldog Breakdown 9/18 - 9/24

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that you are all doing well and have been enjoying your weekend!

Please take some time to check out the Breakdown below. There are a couple of things I’d like you to take specific note of. First, we are looking for some personnel support opportunities within our building from community members. Second, there is new food bank information. The food bank helps many of our students, so please check it out. Lastly, another quick reminder to check out the section below regarding our town hall with Dr. Reid, our new Superintendent, to be held this Tuesday. Make sure to register using that link to ensure your space. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

I wish your family a great week! Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please join us, along with Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, who will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: 

https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

 

Teacher/Support Opportunities

Our special education office has an immediate need for a full time team member who will be responsible for scheduling logistics, maintaining strict timelines, managing databases, filing, parent correspondence, and other office-related duties. This position is full time, 10-month contract of normal school operating days, with benefits. If you have previous office (or similar) experience and are interested in being a part of the amazing Bulldog Family Faculty, please consider sending your resume to our Special Education administrator, Xiara Davis, at [email protected]

Do you have any students at WHS who are preparing to take their DMV Driver’s Permit Test? Once a month, WHS administers the DMV Permit Test to students after school. Use this Information and Schedule Document to see more details and register for upcoming test dates. *Please note that students will need to be logged into their FCPS Google Accounts to access this document*

 

WHS Food Bank

Westfield Food Pantry is a PTA run group that aims to serve students and their most basic needs.  Food, clothing, and school supplies are just some of the areas we collect for.  Our Wishlist is updated frequently with items requested by those assisting our students.  Your purchase from the wish list ships directly to the school and gets into the hands of the students ASAP. If shopping in person is more your speed, purchases of LIKE ITEMS from the list can be dropped off at our collection box (5445 Tree Line Dr, Centreville) any time. Please take a moment to help our Westfield Family by making a purchase from the list.  Message to Share:   Westfield Food Pantry is a PTA run group that aims to serve students and their most basic needs.  Food, clothing, and school supplies are just some of the areas we collect for.  Our Wishlist is updated frequently with items requested by those assisting our students.  Your purchase from the wish list ships directly to the school and gets into the hands of the students ASAP. If shopping in person is more your speed, purchases of LIKE ITEMS from the list can be dropped off at our collection box (5445 Tree Line Dr, Centreville) any time. Please take a moment to help our Westfield Family by making a purchase from the list.  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/EKHX9C5YWW24?ref_=wl_share    

If you have any questions about donating, please email Jen at:

 [email protected]

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!   If you have any questions about donating, please email Jen at [email protected] THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

 

Senior Events

9/19/2022 - Senior Panoramic Photo - through 3rd period class - Stadium (Rain Location- Gym)

9/23/2022 - ‘23 Spirit Day - Students can wear their Class of 2023 Senior t-shirt or a college/career shirt. 

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

A comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Monday, 9/19

Girls Field Hockey

All Levels

Vs. South Lakes HS

JV starts 6:15pm

Varsity starts 7:30pm

@Westfield HS

Varsity Golf

District Tournament

10am @ Twin Lakes Golf Course

Tuesday, 9/20

Freshman/JV Football

Vs. Madison HS

Freshman start 5:30pm

JV start 7:00pm

@ Madison HS

Girls Volleyball, All Levels vs. Centreville

Freshman start 5:00pm

JV Start 6:00pm

Varsity start 7:15p

@ Westfield HS

Superintendents Community Conversation

6:30pm 

@ Westfield HS

Friday, 9/23

Varsity Football

Vs. Yorktown HS

7:00pm @ Yorktown HS

 

From FCPS

2021-22 Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The county has posted the results for the 2021 survey

The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. 

The results provide a snapshot of our youth in Fairfax County but also serve as a barometer of our own effectiveness as a community in fostering healthy choices in our young people. Data from the Fairfax County Youth Survey is used as a measurement tool in the FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 2 - Caring Culture - Healthy Life Choices.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Visit our website for more information on the upcoming Fairfax County Youth Survey

Family Engagement Survey Results

FCPS administered its second Family Engagement Survey in the 2021-22 school year to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. Key findings include:

  • 91% responded that “My child feels safe at school.”
  • 90% feel their school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures.
  • 90% feel the information provided by my child’s school is easy to understand.
  • 89% feel welcome at my child’s school.
  • 89% feel their school is safe.

The survey was open from March 13-April 10 and was available in 10 languages. All families with students in preK through 12th grade were invited to participate. View survey results on our website

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Breakdown 9/11 - 9/17

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that you are all doing well and have been enjoying your weekend!

Today is the anniversary of September 11.  On this date in 2001, a grave tragedy occurred in our nation. We recognize that this anniversary may be difficult for some of our families, and we support any in our community who still mourn the loss of loved ones on that tragic day. We also acknowledge the sacrifice of our first responders and those who serve to protect our nation. 

There are a lot of events going on this week, so please check the calendar. I encourage you and your family to routinely check both Schoology, as well as out activities website, www.westfieldathletics.org. A new event that we are hosting this year is a “Fall Kickoff.” This event, geared towards all families, will be hosted this before the football game on Friday night. Come out and take a shot at dunking me in the dunk tank!

Another quick reminder to check out the section below regarding our town hall with Dr. Reid, our new Superintendent, to be help on Tuesday, September 20th. Make sure to register using that link to ensure your space. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Attendance E-Mails

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.

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 contact your student’s sub school office directly.   

Please refer to our website for additional information regarding the reporting of your student’s attendance: https://westfieldhs.fcps.edu/about/attendance

 

Senior Class News and Updates

Thank you to the parents who have e-mailed to volunteer this year. Here are some upcoming events:

9/14/2022  - Senior Post Secondary Options Night - 6:00-8:00pm 

 

  • 6-6:30pm NOVA Info Session (Spanish translation available) Cafeteria
  • 6:30-8pm  Post-Secondary Options / College Application Process 

 

Learn about the college application process and options to pursue after high school. Presentations will be with your individual counselor (see below for location).

 

  • Spanish-Speaking Family Session - Career Center
  • Subschool 1 (Last names: A-Dam) – Lecture Hall
  • Subschool 2 (Last names: Dan-Jac) - Library
  • Subschool 3 (Last names: Jad-Mol) – Chorus Room
  • Subschool 4 (Last names: Mom-Sam) – Orchestra Room
  • Subschool 5 (Last names: San-Z) - Cafeteria

 

9/19/2022 - Senior Panoramic Photo - through 3rd period class - Stadium (Rain Location- Gym)

10/31-11/1, 2022 - Senior Photos - Lecture Hall - More information to come. 

 

  • Senior T-shirts, magnets, and stickers are available for sale next week at the Fall Kickoff.
  • Information is updated on the Class of 2023 Schoology page, Instagram and Twitter. 

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please join us, along with Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, who will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: 

https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

 

Senior Families 

Please join us for the Senior Post-Secondary Options Night on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (in person, various locations). You will learn about options to pursue after high school, the college application process, Northern Virginia Community College, and more! There will be time to ask questions with both the counselors and the NOVA representative.

Spanish translation available for the NOVA Info Session; Spanish-Speaking Family Session at 6:30 pm.

Northern Virginia Community College Information Session – 6:00 – 6:30 pm - cafeteria

Post-Secondary Options Session with Counselors – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – locations to be announced

Laura Q. Cudahy

College & Career Specialist

Westfield High School

 

Families in Need of Support

Westfield High School has partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide students in need healthy meals for the weekends. Westfield is delivering approximately 50 meals to students every Friday afternoon. If you have a student who could benefit from a Friday meal at anytime this school year, please reach out to Sara Genetin at [email protected] or 703-488-6382. 

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

A comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Monday, 9/12

Girls Volleyball, All Levels

Vs. McLean HS

Freshman start 5:00pm

JV start 6:00pm

Varsity start 7:15pm

@ McLean HS

Tuesday, 9/13

Varsity Golf vs. Madison

3:30pm @ Westwood CC

Girls Field Hockey, All Levels vs. Centreville

JV starts 6:15pm

Varsity starts 7:30pm

@Westfield HS

Thursday, 9/15

Girls Volleyball, All Levels

Vs. Herndon HS

Freshman start 5:00pm

JV Start 6:00pm

Varsity start 7:15p

@ Herndon HS

Freshman & JV Football

Vs. South County

Freshman start 5:30pm

JV start 7:00pm

@ South County

Friday, 9/16

Varsity Football

Vs. South County

7:00pm @ Westfield

Fall Festival for all Families before the game!

 

From FCPS

Attendance Awareness Month Importance of Strong Attendance Habits

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

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Bulldog Breakdown 9/5 - 9/10

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that you are all doing well and were able to enjoy the long weekend!

It’s been a great opening to the school year and we feel like we’re settling in nicely. I want to give a huge shoutout to your students, who have come in with great energy and really focused on acting with Westfield Pride. We will continue our class meetings this week highlighting our expectations, as well as encouraging them to help create the type of school community that they are proud to be a part of.  Please encourage your students to start looking to take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities offered by our clubs and activities as they kick the year off. Here is a link to a listing of those clubs as you are talking with your student: Westfield HS Clubs

Another quick reminder to check out the section below regarding our town hall with Dr. Reid, our new Superintendent, to be help on Tuesday, September 20th. Make sure to register using that link to ensure your space. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: 

https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

 

Senior Families 

Please join us for the Senior Post-Secondary Options Night on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (in person, various locations). You will learn about options to pursue after high school, the college application process, Northern Virginia Community College, and more! There will be time to ask questions with both the counselors and the NOVA representative.

Spanish translation available for the NOVA Info Session; Spanish-Speaking Family Session at 6:30 pm.

Northern Virginia Community College Information Session – 6:00 – 6:30 pm - cafeteria

Post-Secondary Options Session with Counselors – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – locations to be announced

Laura Q. Cudahy

College & Career Specialist

Westfield High School

 

Digital Consent

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.

Here is the 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. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your student will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

If you have multiple children at Westfield, the form will need to be filled out individually for each child. Also, if your child attends an academy or online campus you will need to fill this out for each school setting.

The site may experience a high volume of traffic, as all parents in FCPS attempt to provide permission for their children. If the link does not work at the time you attempt to fill it out, please try again at a later time. We appreciate your patience.

If you need the consent form in another language please click here and choose another language on the menu at the top right of the page. If you need a translated form, please do not use Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions, please email Kyle Laspe, Assistant Principal at [email protected]

 

Families in Need of Support

Westfield High School has partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide students in need healthy meals for the weekends. Westfield is delivering approximately 50 meals to students every Friday afternoon. If you have a student who could benefit from a Friday meal at anytime this school year, please reach out to Sara Genetin at [email protected] or 703-488-6382. 

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

Comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

 

Tuesday, 9/6

Girls Field Hockey

@ Oakton HS

Freshman/JV 6:15 pm

Varsity 7:30 @ Oakton HS

Thursday, 9/8

Freshmen/JV 

Vs. Marshall HS

5:30 @ Westfield HS

Friday, 9/9

Varsity Football 

@ Marshall HS

7:30 @ Marshall HS

 

 

From FCPS

How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages 

You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/guardians who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about other communications that are translated. 

 

Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. 

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 

Resources: 

 

 

 

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security has a safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected].

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Bulldog Breakdown 8/28 - 9/3

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Good Afternoon Bulldog Families–

I hope that you and your family had a great first week, and a fantastic weekend! We enjoyed welcoming you and your students as they returned to Westfield, and saw a lot of fantastic energy and excitement. It’s set to be a great year!

Below is a good amount of information. Please make sure you take a look the upcoming events such as the Superintendent’s Community Conversation happening here at Westfield on September 20th. Additionally, there are welcome videos from our magisterial School Board members that you should check out. 

Thank you all (as well as your students) for a fantastic opening to the school year!  As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8

Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: 

https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

 

School Board Videos

Please take a second to view welcome back videos from our School Board members! Use the links below to view:

The Honorable Stella Pekarsky: https://youtu.be/2_bPrRpMXZs

The Honorable Melanie Meren: https://youtu.be/GYe_f1ZXK0o

 

Tutoring Services Update

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

 

Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: 

Senior Class Parent Volunteers Needed - Please e-mail Laura Waterman at [email protected], if you are able to volunteer/help plan events for the seniors this year! 

 

Athletic Game Information/Expectations

Fall athletic games started last week.  We have many games still ahead of us.   Here are a few things every Bulldog needs to know.   Tickets for home games are $5.  We will accept cash. However, we encourage you to buy your tickets ahead of time at etix.com Buy OnLine Tickets Here.   You may also buy a Westfield Athletic Booster Pass that will get you into home regular season games the whole year.  Buy a Booster Pass Here.  

For Varsity Football games please note the following:  there is no re-entry to the game, you will have to pay to re-enter, no bats/balls/scooters/skateboards are allowed in, no backpacks allowed, and no outside food or drink will be allowed in. No grilling is allowed in the parking lot, one car per space and please do not impede sidewalks or driving lanes.  Pets/Animals are prohibited on school grounds at any time, for any event. 

Schedule of events can be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Please come on out and support the Bulldogs.  Please continue to represent us with great sportsmanship and class.  

GO BULLDOGS!

 

Digital Consent

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.

Here is the 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. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your student will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

If you have multiple children at Westfield, the form will need to be filled out individually for each child. Also, if your child attends an academy or online campus you will need to fill this out for each school setting.

The site may experience a high volume of traffic, as all parents in FCPS attempt to provide permission for their children. If the link does not work at the time you attempt to fill it out, please try again at a later time. We appreciate your patience.

If you need the consent form in another language please click here and choose another language on the menu at the top right of the page. If you need a translated form, please do not use Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions, please email Kyle Laspe, Assistant Principal at [email protected]

 

Families in Need of Support

Westfield High School has partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide students in need healthy meals for the weekends. Westfield is delivering approximately 50 meals to students every Friday afternoon. If you have a student who could benefit from a Friday meal at anytime this school year, please reach out to Sara Genetin at [email protected] or 703-488-6382. 

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

Monday, 8/29

Girls Volleyball 

All Levels @ Battlefield

Freshman/JV at 6:15pm

Varsity at 7:15pm

Girls Field Hockey

All Levels @ Westfield HS

JV at 6:15pm

Varsity at 7:30pm

Wednesday, 8/231

Girls Volleyball vs. Marshall

Freshman/JV 6:15 pm

Varsity @ 7:15 pm @WHS

Thursday, 9/1

Varsity Football vs. Washington-Liberty

7:00 pm @ Westfield HS

 

From FCPS

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Additaionlly, view this graphic for a quick view of available telephone numbers for translation: Translation Services

 

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

 

Labor Day (Holiday)Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Bulldog Breakdown 8/21 - 8/27

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Good Afternoon Bulldog Families–

I hope that you and your family had a great week! We really enjoyed seeing many of you at the Bulldog BBQ this Thursday. It seems like everybody is ready to be back and I can feel the excitement already. I truly believe that this is going to be an incredible and defining year for Westfield High School!

There is a lot of information below from both me and FCPS. There are a few things that I want to highlight though. First and foremost, I want to reiterate that your students’ safety is our top priority here at Westfield. Our Superintendent, Dr. Reid, sent out an e-mail earlier this week regarding an incident at Glasgow Middle School. I urge you to speak with your students about the importance of being proactive with any safety and security concerns they have, and encourage both you and them to reach out to ANY trusted adult in the building, including subschools and myself. Safety and security is our highest priority. 

Also, please make sure to look at the section about FCPS’ new cell-phone policy. Cell phones need to be off and put away during class time unless otherwise instructed by teachers. A lot of research has been done surrounding cell-phones with adolescents and in the classrooms, and the consensus is that policies such as this improve achievement and reduce stress. I’m hopeful that we’ll see both of those outcomes this year with the new policy. 

Lastly, I know there has been some confusion with schedules and Schoology. Much of this is due to technology issues that we have been resolving all week and into this weekend. Please know that we are fully staffed at Westfield and that while your students’ schedule might say “vacancy” or something like “Soc Science Teacher”, we do have highly qualified teachers for every class. The same goes for Schoology which you will see more about below. 

We are extremely excited to welcome everybody back this week! As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8

Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Cell Phone Policy

The new SR&R section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. We will be reiterating this with students throughout the year, and look forward to your support at home. 

Students in secondary and high schools must silence phones and put them away during all instructional periods, unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities

Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell, after the last bell, during passing periods, and lunches.

 

Updated Schoology Pages

There have been some technology issues with Schoology that have delayed the creation of some teacher Schoology pages. These issues should be resolved by the end of the first week of school, and you and your student will have access to teacher pages by then. Please understand that this is no fault of our teachers and they have been working diligently to make sure that pages are ready to go as soon as possible. I appreciate your understanding.

 

Transportation/Drop-Off

Unless meeting with a performance group, athletic team, or other staff sponsored organization, students should not enter the building before 7:30am. 

Kiss & Ride: You may drop your students off at Door 11 starting at 7:30. When entering the Kiss & Ride loop, please make sure to pull forward as much as possible to allow more cars. This helps the line move quickly and clears traffic from Stonecroft Boulevard.

Bus stops and route information will be shared with families via the ParentVUE accounts on August 9. For more information about bus transportation, including how to access the Bus Delay Notification System, visit the Transportation page.  Transportation will load that information in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE under Student Info > Transportation. You can only see this information if you log on via the website, not the app.

If you have any specific transportation questions, please contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000.

 

Digital Consent

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.

Here is the 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. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your student will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

If you have multiple children at Westfield, the form will need to be filled out individually for each child. Also, if your child attends an academy or online campus you will need to fill this out for each school setting.

The site may experience a high volume of traffic, as all parents in FCPS attempt to provide permission for their children. If the link does not work at the time you attempt to fill it out, please try again at a later time. We appreciate your patience.

If you need the consent form in another language please click here and choose another language on the menu at the top right of the page. If you need a translated form, please do not use Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions, please email Kyle Laspe, Assistant Principal at [email protected]

 

Families in Need of Support

Westfield High School has partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide students in need healthy meals for the weekends. Westfield is delivering approximately 50 meals to students every Friday afternoon. If you have a student who could benefit from a Friday meal at anytime this school year, please reach out to Sara Genetin at [email protected] or 703-488-6382. 

 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

 

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

Monday, 8/22

First Day of School!

8:10 am @WHS

Wednesday, 8/23

Field Hockey vs. Lake Braddock

JV 6:15 pm

Varsity 7:30 pm @WHS

Thursday, 8/24

Girls Volleyball vs. Marshall

Freshman/JV 6:15 pm

Varsity @ 7:15 pm @WHS

Friday, 8/25

Varsity Football vs. Unity Reed

7:00 pm @ Unity Reed HS

 

From FCPS

Topic: SOL Test Results

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced 2021-22 Standards of Learning (SOL) data for school divisions that shows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made steady progress towards a return to pre-pandemic levels.

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.

 

Topic: COVID Updates

Earlier this week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

 

Topic: Text Messages for Parents

Parents can Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information

Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using [email protected]

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

 

Topic: Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

 

Topic: Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Please remember to look for an email from FCPS with information about how to review this annual information:

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

Please look for an email that you should have received August 18 in which FCPS shared the Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. If you have children at different grade levels, please read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2022-23 Opt-Out Booklets.

 

Topic: Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000.  For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

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Bulldog Breakdown 8/14 - 8/21

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Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that you and your family have been enjoying a fantastic summer! This is our first Bulldog Breakdown for the 2022-23 school year and our Westfield family cannot wait to welcome you all back for the 2022-23 school year. The first day of school is next Monday, August 22. We’re excited for an incredible year and hopefully you all are too!

Below is a lot of information for the upcoming weeks as we get ready to kick the year off. Please take some time to check it so you and your family do not miss any opportunities and/or deadlines.  

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8

Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal

Westfield High School

 

Bulldog BBQ

The Bulldog BBQ will be Thursday, August 18th, from 4:00-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet your teachers, learn about clubs and activities around the school, watch some performances, and meet up with old and new friends. Please see the fliers below for more specific information. 

Bell Schedule

The following link is the bell schedule for the 2022-23 school year: WHS Bell Schedule 2022-23. Please make sure to keep this on hand for you and your students. 

Lunch/Food

Per FCPS, All students who wish to eat school breakfast and/or lunch will be required to purchase their meals this year.  Those who qualify and register for Free and Reduced lunches will be able to receive those services the same as before.  

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

All students will have the opportunity to eat lunch outside in either the courtyard or back lawn (weather permitting).

Food deliveries from restaurants are not permitted during the school day. This includes any delivery services as well. Food that is delivered to school in this way will be held until the end of the day, when students can then pick it up.  

Transportation/Drop-Off

Unless meeting with a performance group, athletic team, or other staff sponsored organization, students should not enter the building before 7:30am. 

Kiss & Ride: You may drop your students off at Door 11 starting at 7:30. When entering the Kiss & Ride loop, please make sure to pull forward as much as possible to allow more cars. This helps the line move quickly and clears traffic from Stonecroft Boulevard.

Bus stops and route information will be shared with families via the ParentVUE accounts on August 9. For more information about bus transportation, including how to access the Bus Delay Notification System, visit the Transportation page.  Transportation will load that information in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE under Student Info > Transportation. You can only see this information if you log on via the website, not the app.

 

Digital Consent

 

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.

 

Here is the 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. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your student will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

 

If you have multiple children at Westfield, the form will need to be filled out individually for each child. Also, if your child attends an academy or online campus you will need to fill this out for each school setting.

 

The site may experience a high volume of traffic, as all parents in FCPS attempt to provide permission for their children. If the link does not work at the time you attempt to fill it out, please try again at a later time. We appreciate your patience.

 

If you need the consent form in another language please click here and choose another language on the menu at the top right of the page. If you need a translated form, please do not use Internet Explorer.

If you have any questions, please email Kyle Laspe, Assistant Principal at [email protected]

Families in Need of Support

Westfield High School has partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to provide students in need healthy meals for the weekends. Westfield is delivering approximately 50 meals to students every Friday afternoon. If you have a student who could benefit from a Friday meal at anytime this school year, please reach out to Sara Genetin at [email protected] or 703-488-6382. 

Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A

 

Tech Updates

Need Tech Support? CLICK HERE

 

Calendar

Aug 18

Bulldog BBQ/Open House

4-8:00pm

Aug 18

Varsity Football Home Scrimmage

10:00 am

Long Term Event: 

Class of 2023 Graduation - June 5, 2023, 9:30am - Eagle Bank Arena

From FCPS

SR&R Updates

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document

The SR&R explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families.Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in secondary and high schools must silence phones and put them away during all instructional periods, unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities. Cell phones may be used on campus before the first bell, after the last bell, during passing periods, and lunches.  

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. 

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Topic: Emergency Care Updates in SIS ParentVUE

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides [email protected] (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

WeCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to go online to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, transportation, attendance, weather closings and delays, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email and text messages. Occasional phone messages are sent as well

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

Topic: Trust Policy 

You may have heard that the Fairfax County School Board approved a Trust Policy that solidifies our commitment to foster a caring culture and strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all students and families. 

This policy aligns with Fairfax County’s Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy to ensure that FCPS students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials.

The school division is already performing much of the work referenced in the Trust Policy. The policy, along with the upcoming regulation, will serve to solidify our efforts, so all FCPS staff, students, and families have a common understanding of the policy.

Every FCPS employee plays an important part in carrying out the Trust Policy and will demonstrate cultural responsiveness in supporting families, students, and other staff by protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) of students and families. Employees will follow a clear, standardized process for requesting, accessing, or disclosing prohibited personal information as outlined in FCPS Regulations 2202 and 4220.

Additional information is available in multiple languages on FCPS’ Trust Policy webpage. Please email FCPS’ Office of Professional Learning and Equity, [email protected], with questions about the policy. 

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Westfield Summer Stage

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Westfield Summer Stage Presents

Disney's High School Musical

July 15,16, 22, 23 at 7:00pm and July 17 at 2:00pm

 

Buy tickets here.

http://www.westfieldtheatre.com

 

Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

 

It's the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella's alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

Disney's High School Musical is fun for the whole family.

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