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West Hi lls High Sc hoo l PTSA Newsle tter

WOLFCALL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1

September 2010

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Daily Bulletins PTSA President’s Welcome

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From the Office of the Vice Principal 9/21-Open House

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9/28—Parent/ Teen Conflict

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9/17—Wolfpack Home Opener Spirit Purchases WHHS Foundation

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9/25—iParent Conference

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ASB News

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9/25—Prescription Take Back Day No Phone Zone Follow Us on Facebook

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Visual & Performing Arts

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● Wolf Pack Afghans ● eScrip ● Important Dates

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● PTSA Reflections ● 2010/2011 Board

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● Join PTSA

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Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year. The beginning of a new school year always seems to bring a measure of excitement and anticipation of great things to come. To support that, our staff here at West Hills is committed to a continued effort to increase parent and community involvement. Our West Hills PTSA is also a strong support system for our school and provides a variety of opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s school experience. Please contact PTSA to find out how you can help. As is the case during most summers, there have been some changes to our school staff. In our Guidance office, Jason Martinez has moved on to take a position as the District English Language Counselor. Jamie Bean, formerly in our Math Department, has accepted the position in Guidance. Returning to us in Individual Instruction is Jeanette Orahood, and leading our Industrial Arts Department is Kathy Worley, who transferred from Mt. Miguel. New to the Social Science Department this semester is Lucas Reilly, and joining our school as Band Director is Courtney Pate. West Hills has a long standing tradition of Academic Excellence, and this year is no different. We were named to Newsweek Magazine’s, “America’s Best High Schools” for 2010, and once again, West Hills High School increased student achievement scores in 2009/2010. West Hills currently boasts the highest pass rate in the Grossmont District for first time test takers of the High School Exit Exam. Beyond standardized tests, our students demonstrate amazing achievement in the Arts as well. Last year we were honored to have a student from West Hills win the Congressional Art Competition. Our Theater and Music programs are unrivaled as well. We strive to give your children our very best, and are proud to share in their accomplishments. At West Hills, we are also extremely proud of our progress with our student relations programs. Over the summer we sent 40 students to the Grossmont District’s Camp LEAD. I was fortunate to be able to attend the camp personally on two separate occasions, and was amazed by the care and compassion demonstrated by our students. In an effort to continue this important work, we are proud to host our 2nd Annual Unity Week, with motivational speaker Keith Hawkins working with our Sophomore Class on September 27th and 28th. We will also continue to hold our Multi-Cultural Day and monthly Mix-it-Up programs which have proven to increase positive student relations. I look forward to a positive school year working with our students, our parents and our community to insure that West Hills High School is the best that it can be. Sincerely,

Patrick Keeley Principal


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Hello West Hills Families -

everychild. onevoice. West Hills High School Marybeth Meek PTSA President m.meek@cox.net West Hills High School 8765 Mast Boulevard * Santee, CA 92071 619-956-0400 * www.wolfpack.guhsd.net

West Hills High School PTSA is a member of: Foothills Council of PTAs (GUHSD PTSA’s) www.foothillscouncil.org Ninth District PTA (San Diego/Imperial Co.) www.ninthdistrictpta.org California State PTA * www.capta.org National PTA * www.pta.org

DAILY BULLETINS Check the ALL NEW West Hills Wolfpack HOME page frequently to keep up to date on daily 3rd period PA announcements & Friday’s Pack TV.

www.wolfpack.guhsd.net

It's a pleasure to be the PTSA President at West Hills this year and I look forward to a fun and productive year with our dedicated PTSA board and hard working staff of West Hills High School. With that said, I would like to give a huge thank you to Karen Fleck for her continued support to me as your new President. Karen will continue to be a valuable fixture here on campus, working with the West Hills Foundation and a ton of other PTSA happenings. We began this school year by hosting a tremendously successful Staff Appreciation Breakfast the week before classes began. Betsey Goodall, along with a host of volunteers, donated goods, prepared food, and served breakfast to our well-deserving staff. A big thank you to everyone who made this event happen. Please plan to join us in the gym on September 21st for a very quick association meeting prior to Back to School Night. PTSA representatives will be present to answer questions, collect memberships, and talk to you about how you can get more involved in your student’s school experience. Please stop by our table in the foyer to say, “Hello”. We would love to meet you! I would also like to invite you to our PTSA sponsored Parent Ed Night here in the Science Hall on September 28th. Lynda Ariella, PhD, a local psychologist who specializes in teens, will give a talk on "Parent -Teen Conflict". Lynda has appeared at other area schools and parents have given rave reviews of her presentations. It promises to be a night of enrichment for all who attend. Thank you to everyone who has already joined PTSA this year. Your membership helps us to continue to provide dynamic programs for our students and support to our teachers. If you haven't joined yet, I hope you will consider making a very small investment that will come back to your student in a big way. Beyond membership, there are a number of ways for you to get involved. Opportunities range from helping out at one-time volunteer events to becoming a regular member of our board. We currently have a few essential positions that need to be filled. If you have an interest, please contact me personally and we can talk about how to get you more "plugged in". Welcome back to school and I look forward to seeing you around our campus. Sincerely,

WOLFCALL EDITOR Deborah Horger whhsbandmom@cox.net

Marybeth Meek PTSA President 619-990-8549 m.meek@cox.net


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From the Office of the Vice Principal Hello and Welcome Back! As we begin the new school year, we would like to remind you of a few important items: Visitations were made to all Freshmen Global Studies classes in the past week, emphasizing the necessity for students to familiarize themselves with school rules and make good choices. Some of the topics you may want to discuss with your freshmen student include school policies pertaining to appropriate dress, proper use of electronics, and intolerance for academic dishonesty. Students were also reminded that hats and headgear are not allowed on campus. Students received information packets which included the Parents’ Rights handbook, school calendar, and an application for Free and Reduced Lunch. Even if you are unsure whether or not your student qualifies, please fill out the form and return it to the office. It is important that all students who do qualify are served breakfast and lunch daily. Be assured that your information will be kept completely confidential. Consistent attendance is essential for your student’s success. Please make sure that your student attends school daily and arrives to class on time. If your student must miss school, it is important that you call the attendance office to report the absence. The attendance office number is 9560434. Students who miss school frequently or are tardy to class may lose the option of a period 1 start time, and may be moved to a period 2 start time mid-semester. Our first West Hills dance is this Friday, September 17, after the football game. Students must present their school ID for admittance to the dance. The dance ends at 11PM and curfew is imposed at that time. Please pick your students up promptly at 11PM at the end of the dance. Students who are left waiting for rides may have future dance privileges revoked. We are looking forward to a great year! Check out our new school website for the most up-to-date information.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR

WEST HILLS FALL OPEN HOUSE BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:30pm—Cookies & Cold Beverages (PTSA sales—Gym Foyer) 6:20pm—Welcome Assembly (Gym) 6:45-8:31pm—Classroom Visits WHHS Spirit Wear will be available for purchase


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West Hills High School PTSA Presents a FREE PARENT SEMINAR

PARENT-TEEN CONFLICT A Presentation by Psychology Expert in Teenage Behavior Dr. Lynda R. Ariella

Tuesday, September 28th 7:00-8:00pm in Science Hall Room H-8 Has your child turned into a teenager you don’t recognize? Does your home sometimes feel like a war zone? Did you know that most families have trouble making the transition when a child becomes a teenager? Attend an orientation on conflicts between parents and teens by one of San Diego County’s leading experts in teen psychology, Lynda R. Ariella, PhD. Dr. Ariella is a licensed clinical psychologist with years of experience working with children and teens in educational and psychological settings.

Make this the beginning of a new relationship with your teenager! This free one-hour orientation will provide parents with the tools they need to repair the relationship with their teenager. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

 Identify the changes in your relationship  Learn the difference between consequences and punishment  Replace unacceptable behaviors; don’t just forbid them  Create a new family culture; change from adversaries to allies  Use positive feedback even under pressure For more information about Dr. Ariella, please visit www.porchlightsite.com Testimonial from PTSA Vice President, Parent Education, Parkway Middle School: “Dr. Ariella’s seminar on Parent-Teen Conflict was our best attended Parent Education event in years. Her down-toearth, yet highly informed presentation style made her approachable, and her advice to parents was right on. The parents who attended were engaged and quickly moved to the place of asking honest questions about their kids’ behaviors. Dr. Ariella’s stayed well after the main presentation to address specific issues that parents are facing with their kids. Her idea about choosing your battles is a great wake-up call for parents of teens - especially for those who are really working to get it right. Dr. Ariella’s strategies are helpful for all parents regardless of the issues they are facing with their teens. I highly recommend the workshop and hope to attend many more of her seminars in the future.”


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DON’T MISS WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL HOME OPENER

Foundation "We make a living by what we get, we

make a life by what we give." – Winston Churchill

Introducing the new WHHS Foundation:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH WOLFPACK vs. MATADORS

The mission of the West Hills High School Foundation is to fund projects that modernize technology, enhance campus facilities, and promote our tradition of academic, athletic, and visual and performing arts excellence.

WHHS STADIUM

Individual memberships start at just $25. Invest in 32 square inches of West Hills history. Legacy Brick Pavers are available for $100/each.

TAKE A BITE OUT OF WOLFIE KNOCK-OFFS

Corporate memberships are also available. To learn how you can make a difference in your child’s future, please visit us online at www.whhsfoundation.org

“Knock offs” - You know the term, usually describing a clever imitation of a designer handbag, sunglasses or jewelry. But did you know that some retailers in our community are selling “knock-off” Wolfpack spirit gear? West Hills High School ASB encourages all students to wear their Wolfpack pride prominently, but when they make their logo wear and spirit gear purchases, please make sure they make them at the school. When you support ASB, you support our school programs. If you have any questions about genuine WHHS merchandise, please contact West Hills’ ASB Advisor.

Legacy Brick Pavers welcome visitors to the West Hills Athletic Stadium


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A.S.B. NEWS SUPER HEROES WELCOME 2010/2011 STUDENTS

The first Spirit Week of the school year has started off strong, with students dressing up as their favorite Super Heroes. _________________________________________________

WELCOME BACK DANCE Friday, September 17th 8:30-11pm (after Football Game) WHHS Gym Purchase tickets in advance to save $$$ WHHS Students ONLY—No Guest Passes Casual Attire Students must be picked up promptly at 11pm ______________________________________________________

CLASS ELECTIONS Applications for Freshman officers are available now. Please pick up and return to the ASB room by September 20th. 9/21—Mandatory meeting for applicants at lunch (ASB Room) 9/22-24—Campaigning 9/24– Voting in Black Circle Officer vacancies exist in Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes. Students interested in filling an open office must attend Wednesday class meetings for more info.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010 10am-2pm WALGREENS -- SANTEE 10512 MISSION GORGE RD SANTEE Expired, unwanted, and unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. Note: The program is anonymous. Collection will include prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

The pledge to not use the phone while driving can be found online at Oprah.com/NoPhoneZone, or text NPZ to 30644, but not while you’re driving! Studies show that the safest course of action is to avoid using your phone while driving.

WELCOME WHHS CLASS OF 2014

Make “West Hills HS Wolf Pack” your friend on Facebook today!


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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS NEWS

WHHS Band & Color Guard clown around with Friar during September 2nd performance for Padres Season Ticket Holders at Petco.

Oooops Friar! You shouldn’t have dropped that flag!

2010/2011 WHHS Blue & Black Brigade


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Make A Difference - Sign Up Today!

It’s Free

It’s Easy

Exclusively from the West Hills High School PTSA

It’s Powerful

› 100% Cotton Afghans › $40 each—cash or check › Soft, warm and sturdy fabric › Enclosed in zippered pouch › Measures 4 feet x 5-1/2 feet › Royal Blue, Silver & Black

Visit www.eScrip.com and register your Vons Club and/or credit/debit cards.

West Hills High School PTSA’s group number is 500000-714. You can designate up to 3 groups to support This is the WHHS PTSA’s main form of fundraising. It costs you nothing and all the money goes back to WHHS students.

If you would like to purchase a blanket, please contact Cecilia Chancery (619) 743-5680 or cchancery@cox.net. Blankets are also available at the finance office and other major school & sporting events.

Supplies are limited.

IMPORTANT DATES September 15-16

Wed/Thurs

“Our Town” Auditions, 3-5pm (WHHS Theater)

September 17

Fri

HOWL Tailgate for Freshmen, 5:30-6:45 (Pit)

September 17

Fri

WHHS vs. Mt. Miguel (WHHS Stadium)

September 17

Fri

Welcome Back Dance, 8:30-11pm (WHHS Gym)

September 21

Tues

PTSA Meeting, 5:30pm (WHHS Gym)

September 21

Tues

Open House—Welcome Assembly, 6:20pm (WHHS Gym)

September 21

Tues

Open House—Classroom Visits, 6:45-8:31pm

September 24

Fri

Freshman Class Elections

September 25

Sat

iParent, 9am-1pm (WHHS)

September 25

Sat

Prescription Take Back Day, 10am-2pm (Santee Walgreens)

September 28

Tues

Seminar Parent/Teen Conflict, 7pm (Science Hall H-8)

October 18

Mon

PTSA Reflections Entry Deadline


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PTSA NEWS everychild. onevoice. Students - Share Your Talents in the PTSA Reflections Program!

This year’s theme is “Together We Can”, There are six different categories for entries: Visual Arts, Photography, Musical Composition, Dance Choreography, Film & Video Production and Literature. Entry forms are due October 18th. Pick one up in the office, or contact Diane Spurgeon at dianespurg@cox.net.

PTSA volunteers at Staff Appreciation Breakfast—Sept 2nd

WHHS PTSA 2010/2011 EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Marybeth Meek 1st VP Programs: Rita Goldsby 2nd VP Membership: Karen Fleck 3rd VP Grad Night: HELP WANTED 4th VP Ways & Means: Cecilia Chancery Secretary: Jeanne Behrendt Treasurer: Kyris Goularte Auditor: Dianne Brown Parliamentarian: Rebecca Schoonover Historian: Suad Kashou


JOIN OR RENEW YOUR WHHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP TODAY

West Hills High School

everychild. onevoice. Why Join? West Hills Parent Teacher Student Association is dedicated to the education, health, safety, and well-being of our youth. Our PTSA board is committed to encouraging parent involvement and continuing to improve communication between the school and home. Supporting these efforts through your membership helps us to fund student programs, provide parent education opportunities, award scholarships for seniors, and much more. In order to accomplish this we ask for your support and volunteerism. Just one hour can make a huge difference to our teachers, students and parents. Communication is key to a successful program, for current parent and PTSA information, please view the WHHS web site: http://wolfpack.guhsd.net/ and click on PTSA. All WHHS students and families are encouraged to join! Seniors: WHHS PTSA membership is required by December 31 in order to apply for PTSA Senior Scholarships

1. Student Name:________________________________________________ Grad Year________________ 2. Student Name:________________________________________________ Grad Year________________ 3. Student Name:________________________________________________ Grad Year________________ Member Name___________________________________________________________ {Circle one: Student / Adult} Address _______________________________________________ City_____________________ Zip ______________ Home Phone No.______________________________________ Cell No.______________________________________ Email Address: (for newsletters & volunteer opportunities)___________________________________________________________ Member Name___________________________________________________________ {Circle one: Student / Adult} Address _______________________________________________ City_____________________ Zip ______________ Home Phone No.______________________________________ Cell No.______________________________________ Email Address: (for newsletters & volunteer opportunities)___________________________________________________________ Member Name___________________________________________________________ {Circle one: Student / Adult} Address _______________________________________________ City_____________________ Zip ______________ Home Phone No.______________________________________ Cell No.______________________________________ Email Address: (for newsletters & volunteer opportunities)___________________________________________________________

Please fill out this form and return with payment to the school office. Include cash or check payable to: WHHS PTSA. $7.00 (one member)

$14.00 (two members)

$20.00 (Family-three members)

$27.00 (Family-four members)

Donations are also appreciated, and they’re tax deductible. TOTAL ENCLOSED $_________________ Please contact my business about donating goods/services/resources. Business contact info: ______________________________

Thank you for supporting West Hills PTSA!

Wolf Call Newsletter - Sept 2010  

Events related to West Hills High School. Put together by the PTSA.

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