Principal’s Post – Aug 27, 2019

 

Principal’s Post August 27th, 2019

Westview Students & Parents:

I hope you are enjoying your summer and are looking forward to the start of school!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some important information about school start-up.

Staff Updates – please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to Westview.

  • Bahia / Career Life Education 10 & Jr. Leadership
  • Bemister / Learning Services Life Skills
  • Dalton / French 8-10
  • Hampton / Computers 8-12
  • Kim / Computers 9-10
  • Rowley / Math 8-12
  • Sharpe / Counselling (Grades 9, 11, & 12s M-Z)
  • Stanley / Westview Cafe
  • Swire / Foods 8-11
  • Szabo / Accounts Clerk

 Opening Day & Week – Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Please note on the first day, not all students attend at the same time. Take a look at the schedule and determine by grade the time you need to arrive.

Grade 8s

  • 9:00-1:00 – Grade 8 Link Orientation
  • 1:00-1:30 – Grade 8 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15 – Grade 8 Advisory

Grade 9-12s

  • 11:00-11:30 – Grade 9 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 11:30-12:00 – Grade 10 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 12:00-12:30 – Grade 11 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 12:30-1:00 – Grade 12 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 1:00-2:30 – International Student Orientation (led by Linda)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th:
Students will visit all 8 of their classes on Wednesday, September 4th. Classes will be shortened to allow students to attend all eight blocks, but daily start and end times will be the same as the normal bell schedule, with the warning bell at 8:25 am and dismissal at 2:40 pm. We will resume our regular block rotation / bell schedule on Thursday, September 5th.

Link Crew & Grade 8s

Link Crew is a peer mentorship program where senior students in grades 11-12 connect with our new grade 8s to help with the transition to high school. Ms. Doran-Eddy & Ms. MacDonald have selected and trained an amazing group of Link Crew leaders who will lead students through an orientation on the first day of school. Link Crew will also be a year long connection where every gr. 8 student is paired with a Link Crew student leader who will serve as a mentor throughout the school year. We are really looking forward to the positive impact this program will have on our new grade 8s.

Social Media 

To view all the great things that are going on at Westview, please visit our website (wss.sd42.ca) and follow us on twitter (@WSSsd42) and Instagram (@wsswildcats).

Class/Schedule Changes 

Students will receive their schedule in Advisory on Tuesday, September 3rd. For students who want to make a change to their schedule, Course Correction Forms will be available for pick up and drop off in the main office.

  • Please note that submitting a Course Correction Form does not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request. 
  • Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the counsellors by email:

 Locker Assignments & Student Fee Payment 2019

If students fees have paid the $28 student fee online through our portal, students will be able to come to school Thursday, August 29th and choose a locker. Be sure to have a lock or purchase one from the school as well.

  • Thursday, August 29th – 9:00-10:00am (Grade 11-12s)
  • Thursday, August 29th – 10:00-11:00am (Grade 9-10s)

Westview Secondary will also be assigning lockers and collecting fees during Advisory on September 3rd – 6th, 2019.  The mandatory school fees ($28), and optional fees for locks ($6) and Yearbooks ($55) may be paid on-line through the parent portal.

WSS app

For parents you will have access to the full year calendar of activities and events, simply download for free from your app store by searching for “MySchoolDay”. Once downloaded select Province > School District 42 > School. This app serves as an agenda for students. It is simple to use and allows students to personalize settings. Students will be able to: add classes and colour code them; record homework, view personal calendars monthly, weekly or by day layouts; add events for morning, lunch or after school activities such as sports, fine arts, study groups, etc.

Administration

Darren Rowell (Principal) Grade 12s

Steve Kater (Vice Principal) Grade 9 & 11s

Karl Lindgren-Streicher (Vice Principal) Grade 8 & 10s

We must extend a huge thank you to the Westview custodial team for their commitment and hard work, the school facility is in beautiful condition and ready for you all!

I am very excited to begin the school year and the opportunities that await Westview students.

Go Wildcats Go!!

Mr. Rowell

Principal, Westview Secondary School