Welcome to Westfield High School, Home of the Shamrocks! I am Alicia Denniston, proud principal of this amazing school. This is my second year in this role. Before being named principal, I served as WHS Assistant Principal for eight years and was a Spanish and ESL teacher here at WHS. When I came to WHS in 2007, after spending my first five years in education elsewhere, I knew I was home. Fun fact: My birthday is March 17. I told my interview team back in 2007, that I was born a Shamrock and it was meant to be. I live here in Westfield with my husband, Matt, who is also an educator and an officer in the National Guard. We have four children, who attend Westfield schools--Benson (11), Arabella (9), Anneliesa (7), and Alister (5).
WHS continues to receive yearly accolades that remind us this is a wonderful school with a talented group of students and staff. While we are proud of these achievements, our culture here and the dedication of our staff is what makes this school the special place that it is. Our chief cornerstone of culture is Students First. Period. That is the lens through which we make decisions and through which we establish our why.
I hope that you will take a moment to read my Principal’s Blog and find out more about what makes WHS special, our mission, and how we intend to grow and improve this year and into the future. Watch for updates to the blog throughout the school year. Also follow my Instagram to see evidence of our WHS life ready mission, cornerstones, and Westfield Way in action!
At WHS, we have a mission to equip each student with the academic, wellness, and career skills to make them “Life Ready” for the day they leave us. We want to help them connect to their passions and their purpose so that they can truly have unlimited future opportunities. It is our true hope that each student of ours feels valued here, grows and thrives, finds their voice and is willing to leave their comfort zones to connect with others and to lead and inspire. While this has always been our mission, we are making an intentional focus this year to make more authentic connections with students. Our new hashtags this year are #EVERYRockValued and #EVERYRockConnected. As our student body grows, so does the richness of our diversity. We want students to be confident in their own skin, proud of who they are and where they come from and then courageous enough to use their voice and make an impact on the school and community.
We know there is always work to do, and we also know to truly prepare our youth for the present and the future, it takes a true partnership with our students, staff, parents and greater Westfield community. We are excited to partner with you and are thrilled you have entrusted your students to our care at WHS. Go Rocks!!