Student Newspaper - The Watchdog

Mission Statement

The Watchdog as a publication strives to inform and entertain the community, provoke conversations and debates, and provide a snapshot of student and community life. Our publication is cautious to report only the most factual version of the news available while maintaining the integrity of our staff.

Editorial Policy

  • The Watchdog is an open forum for student and faculty expression at Westfield High School. It is established to disseminate news, sporting events, and opinions on matters of interest, importance, and concern to the community.

  • The Watchdog will publish no material that is libelous, obscene, or has a clear potential for disruption of the school routine, as has generally been determined by law.

  • The Watchdog staff makes every effort to avoid conflicts of interest, to be fair and balanced in reporting, and to reflect the diverse population.

  • The Watchdog solicits letters to the editor from both the students and faculty. Letters must be signed, no anonymity. The Watchdog reserves the right to edit such letters for grammar, usage, clarity, punctuation, and length.

  • The Watchdog reserves the right to refuse advertising for reasons of appropriateness, as determined by the editorial board.

  • The content of the Watchdog is determined by the editorial board. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the faculty adviser, administration of Westfield High School, or Fairfax County Public Schools.


If you are interested in joining newspaper, register for the journalism class during enrollment. Contact Helen Mondloch with any questions