Westfield High School is destined for amazing things in 2019-20. I am so fortunate to lead a school with teachers who are passionate and committed to helping our students learn and grow. I am also fortunate to have such focused, responsible and gifted students, supported by parents who see the value in a quality education. This is clearly a winning combination that allows us to follow the path of excellence. Excellence is not the result of a good intention or clever slogan. It is not a vague value that is easily achieved. It comes from a strong, urgent desire to improve how we do things when we see something we can do better. We are working hard to ensure that Westfield High School will be recognized as a top performing school in academics, athletics, and student activities. It has been said that: “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore give yourself fully to your endeavors. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something worthy of your potential.” As we strive for excellence, we will not be tentative.
As we evaluate and celebrate our past success, we also know that we can be even better this year. We are working hard to ensure that our students are prepared for the day after graduation - to be Life Ready. Within our wellness initiative, we are striving to improve the physical and mental wellness of each student now and for their future by connecting them to their passions and purpose in life and teaching them to separate their identity from their performance. We will connect students to caring adults, extra-curriculars, and community involvement. My staff and I have also been discussing the importance of career and college readiness. We believe that proficiency in an identified set of skills- literacy, analytical reasoning, communication, and problem solving to name a few- are necessary for ALL students to be prepared for the day AFTER graduation. We are striving for ALL students to be CAREER ready. Students need to understand the reason why they are attending college is to continue their preparation for a career. All educational roads- at WHS and at the post-secondary level- lead to a career. Westfield High School will be purposeful in developing comprehensive strategies that bridge the gap between education and career/workforce preparation. This shift in how we view preparation will be yet another layer in ensuring our students have every advantage necessary for their success that day AFTER graduation.
Westfield High School is a great place to be. I believe that strong community-school relationships are essential to high academic, extra-curricular and athletic achievement. Find any successful school and you will also find parents and community members that are involved and supportive of the school. This community recognizes the value of educational, athletic and extracurricular activities. Therefore, Westfield High School expects our students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. I hope you are proud of our students as they reflect these expectations through their character, courage, and commitment. Your support is greatly appreciated and remember - IT’S GREAT TO BE A SHAMROCK!
Connections Opportunities Remediation Enrichment
WHS CORE Advisory
WHS is excited to roll out a new student program called CORE Advisory for the 2019-20 school year! The purpose of CORE is to provide needed supports (Connections, Opportunities, Remediation, Enrichment) to ensure ALL students are developing the skills to be Life Ready. CORE Advisory will be a dedicated time that allows students to pursue and teachers to direct high-quality learning opportunities for ALL.
- 35 minute flex period called CORE Time.
- CORE Time meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 4th and 5th period.
- WHS will utilize the Enriching Students (ES) software to track students and events.
- WHS faculty will create learning opportunities for students by using ES.
- WHS faculty will assign students who need remediation, enrichment, and/or additional supports.
- Students will select specific learning opportunities to meet their needs.
- Every student will be assigned to a CORE Advisory with a teacher serving as the CORE Advisor.
- The classroom that each student’s CORE Advisory meets will be their home base for CORE Time. Students will meet in their CORE Advisory for the first week of CORE Time.
- If CORE Advisory is not meeting, students have the opportunity to choose or be assigned (using ES software) to different learning opportunities during CORE Time. Thursday, August 15 will be the first CORE Time for teacher and student selection.
- Faculty and students will adhere to the Collective Commitments of CORE Time.
Collective Commitments of CORE Time:
- We will be productive and engaged in our learning environment.
- We will remain on-task and focused on our learning opportunities.
- We will respect the learning of others.
- We will use cell phones/computers/devices only to meet our instructional needs. (Not to be used for social media, games, videos, etc.)
NO EXCUSES. NO OPT-OUT. We all have work to do! #GetYourStuffDone #GYSD
Teachers and students will soon receive a welcome email from Enriching Students with login and password information. There will also be videos provided by ES on how to navigate and use Enriching Students software. Enriching Students will also have app students will want to download. The app will provide easier access to ES and allow for push notifications.
Clubs and Freshman Mentoring:
Designated club day is Friday during CORE time. Academic competition teams, journalism groups, and student government will be allowed to meet on Mondays when mentoring and career groups are not. Mentoring will typically meet two Mondays per month.
Sophomore Career Awareness & Exploration:
New this year, we will have Career Awareness and Exploration that will be the focus for sophomores during CORE Time to help students make connections between school and careers for the future. Students will explore various careers, understand the different pathways to those careers, and develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and dispositions to be successful. A variety of activities will be available to help the students determine their aptitudes and skills, allowing them to match areas of interest and ability with careers. Students will also develop individualized plans connecting high school course work to required post-high school education and training. The goal will be to develop the necessary career skills in every student that will lead to a fulfilling, financially secure, and successful career. Career Awareness & Exploration will typically meet two Mondays per month.