Welcome to Westfield High School, Home of the Shamrocks! I am Alicia Denniston, proud principal of this amazing school. This is my first year to serve 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 before that. 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 (10), Arabella (8), Anneliesa (6), and Alister (4).
WHS continues to receive yearly accolades that remind us this is a wonderful school with a talented group of students and staff: AP Honor Roll, Top Ten Schools in Indiana and named to the top 4% of schools in the nation by US News and Weekly Report, top graduation rate in the county, athletic state titles, Career and Technical Education award...I could go on. While we are proud of these achievements, our culture here and the dedication of our staff who believe “Students First. Period”, Collaboration is Crucial- ”We are better together than we are on our own”, Rigor for ALL-” all students are capable of challenging work that will prepare them for the day after graduation”, and that a Growth Mindset is imperative-- is what makes this school the special place that it is.
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!
Rockin' The Hybrid
Throughout trimester one, our WHS teachers were challenged to have a robust virtual learning platform that encouraged connections with our students while giving them a positive atmosphere in which they would want to learn and participate. Based on the feedback we have received from students and parents we are making this happen!Trimester two is sure to bring its own challenges but we will continue to look for ways to do better and reach more students making the hybrid/virtual/in-person learning model or any combination of those a success at WHS because putting our students first and preparing EVERY Rock to be ready the day after graduation drives every thought, conversation, and plan we make to grow and be better as a school every single day.We would like to thank senior Jake Richardson for creating a video showing a little more about our hybrid model of teaching and what that looked like during first trimester.
Westfield High School Theme - Service
Westfield High School is excited to focus on monthly themes that are aligned with our Life Ready skills. In addition, these themes match CORE content as well as national/global awareness months.
February’s theme at WHS was respect. We are excited to congratulate our staff and students who were nominated as role models in showing respect. These individuals care for the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of others. They preserve the dignity and differences of others. They seek to understand people who are different from themselves and find value in others who hold opposite views than themselves. These individuals respect all peoples, races, genders, ethnic groups. They do the right thing the right way all the time and handle change with an open mind.