October 2017 Edition
Principal’s Message – Trish Kaechele
First off, I would like to apologize for the heat last week. Of course I did not cause it but I know how hot this building can get especially upstairs. I used to teach here upstairs. Unfortunately, it is not my call to close school but I want you to know that we did encourage water bottles, I told teachers to let students get drinks as needed and keep the fans spinning in the classrooms. Hopefully, we are done with that.
WCZ- Our official student count day is Wednesday, October 4. Please make sure your child is here on that day. It is also Picture Day on Wednesday, October 4. Every child gets their picture taken whether buying pictures or not so they can get an ID and be in the yearbook.
There are three half days in a row. The first one is Wednesday, October 25 for Teacher Professional Development. Dismissal is at 11:09.
Parent/Teacher Conferences- There is a half day of school on Thursday, October 26 for Parent/Teacher conferences. They will only be held for one day and will take place first and second trimester. You will get your child’s progress report at the conference. The sessions are held from 12-3 pm and 5-8 pm. We will have slushies, popcorn, West Wear and other items for sale along with the Mobile Dentist and other activities. PLEASE ATTEND WITH YOUR CHILD! We will also ask all parents to take a survey for our school improvement plan.
There is a half day of school on Friday, October 27. Dismissal time is 11:09
PTA- If you are interested in being involved in activities and decision making at West, please join our parent group. The next meeting will be Thursday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m.
We are already organizing our first fundraisers. If you would like to join our parent group or have any questions, please call 313-295-5783.
National Junior Honor Society- If your child is interested in joining the National Junior Honor Society, they can pick up an application from Mrs. Roberts or Mrs. Sharbo. Only 7th and 8th graders can apply, they must have a GPA of 3.6 or higher from last year, and all 1’s and 2’s in citizenship from last year to join. Applications are due Friday, October 6th, no later. Please talk to your child about joining this great opportunity.
Credit Requirements- VERY IMPORTANT! Every student at West must pass every core class (LA, Math, Science and Social Studies) all year, to move on to the next grade. They must pass 8 out of 9 credits, which is 16 out of 18 classes for the year. For any class they fail, they will have to take a Credit Recovery Computer class during or after school 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester. This is not a choice. If they do not take or pass the Credit Recovery class they will fail their grade. Please be aware of this when you look at their progress reports and report cards. The counselors are very diligent about talking with the students and contacting parents when a student is failing any classes. Please be proactive with this information.
Emergency Cards - The deadline to have your emergency cards and all other paperwork turned in is October 6. If we do not have your emergency contact information with CORRECT phone numbers, your child will be suspended (excluded) from school until we have all the paperwork and accurate information turned in to the office.
Dress Code- Please help us make West a school for learning and not an area for dress code issues. Girls can wear tights with skirts but the skirts and shorts still have to be KNEE LENGTH. Tights do not replace shortness. Leggings, yoga pants must be covered with a long knee length shirt. Pajama pants or slippers are NOT allowed. All shoes must have a back, no flip-flops or slides. Ripped, distressed or holey jeans are not permissible. No facial piercings. Boys need to have a belt and keep their pants at the waist. If boy’s pants are sagging, they will not be allowed to play in the gym at lunch or in the morning. All dress code issues will result in suspension unless taken care of immediately. We let everyone know about this in the summer mailing, student planner, and the first week of school in class and/or at orientation. We want our students to dress appropriately and do their best academically, which go hand in hand.
Sign-ins- Please get your child to school on time. School starts at 8:05 with Focus which is an academic class. They may fail the class because of tardies or absences. You must sign your child in personally or write a note if they are late – even a minute. They may not go to class without parental notification for the tardy. For the safety of your child, there will be no sign outs after 2:40.
Tutoring – We are starting after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays which started September 19. Tutoring lasts until 4:15 and transportation is provided. Your child should arrive home between 4:30 and 4:45. It is highly recommended that your child stay after school if they need help in any subject or need to get caught up on assignments. They must bring school work to work on for detention and tutoring.
We have academic and behavioral incentives throughout the year. Work with your child on getting all their work turned in, studying for tests and staying out of trouble so they may attend these incentives.
**Again, BUS PROBLEMS are not tolerated and your child will be taken off the bus if they get written up. With bus accidents on the rise, your child’s safety comes first. Your child may not ride a different bus from their own without a note signed by you and the principal.