West Hills Middle School

The mission of WHMS is to ensure academic excellence, promote an enduring passion for learning, and encourage global citizenship while celebrating the success of each individual learner.

The school motto: "Nothing Less Than Your Best" is indicative of the high academic and personal standards to which West Hills is dedicated. Along with a strong emphasis on the development of academic knowledge, skills, technology and personal development, West Hills is proud of its commitment to performing and fine arts. In addition, West Hills offers over 19 different sports and several enriching co-curricular clubs and activities.

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WHMS News:

Dear West Hills Community,

Please take a moment to review some of our happenings as well as upcoming events. Of particular note, please note that next week we will begin our sign up process for clubs. Descriptions and general information on meeting times are highlighted in the article below.

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime. - Babe Ruth

It's Great to be a West Hills Warrior!

Rob

Rob Durecka

Principal

West Hills Middle School

2601 Lone Pine Road

West Bloomfield, MI 48323

(248) 341-6105

http://www.bloomfield.org/west-hills/index.aspx

"Enabling learners to become architects of their futures . . ."

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NEXT WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Monday, September 26 - A day

Tuesday, September 27 - B day

Wednesday, September 28 - A day

Thursday, September 29 - B day

Friday, September 30 - A day

Upcoming Events

9/27 - 4/5 Coffee with Counselors - 10:00 a.m.

10/3 - No School

10/12 - No School

10/19 - PTO Meeting - 10:00 a.m.

10/26 - 6 - 8 Coffee with Counselors - 9:00 a.m.

10/31 - 1/2 Day of School - Students released at 11:35 a.m.

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Sixth Grade Students Visit Heifer International's Global Village

In its mission statement, the IB embraces a vision of educating young people to make the world a better place. The IB learner profile outlines the attributes that enable IB students to engage with this vision, and the IB programmes define the path. In the IB this philosophy is most commonly referred to as international-mindedness.

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect" (IB mission statement). An IB education imparts the attitudes and the knowledge that facilitate caring and the skills that enable students to take action towards creating a better and more peaceful world. Educating for global engagement requires a combination of philosophy, pedagogy, content and aspiration: a transformative curriculum that leads students of all ages from learning to caring to action. from "Learners without borders: A curriculum for global citizenship" (2011)

To this end, sixth-grade students participate in a field trip to the Howell Nature Center's Global Village experience, sponsored by Heifer International. During this field trip, students learn about inequities in access to and consumption of natural resources and differences in daily living activities.

Reflection by Ruby Stoller: Heifer International is a globally-minded group of people who believe that the world is a community and that we need to care for and respect others. During this wonderful learning experience I got to soak up so much knowledge about the huge community that we live in. One thing that really interested me was inequality. One thing that really stood out to me was when my tour guide communicated that each person in North America would get about 7 water bottles. In Africa, about 6 people would have to share 1 water bottle. When my group got to go see all of the excellent replicas that people around this world would actually call home, my mind was blown. The people that lived there had to think and be balanced in order for their family to function in such limited access to modern conveniences. When lunch came around I was so hungry. I had an open mind about the food that I cooked. The meal consisted of potatoes, rainbow quinoa with peppers, carrots, and onions and white rice. When it came time to eat the meal I realized that the portions were very small. Once I realized that is what the majority of the world had to eat, I was in awe. Usually if I get packed a main dish and two sides for lunch I get upset because I am worried that it might not be enough to eat. Overall, this was a wonderful learning experience and I would love to return with my family sometime.

Email jwilliams@bloomfield.org with suggestions about how we can continue to provide you with information about your child's day at school!!

Jenelle Williams, MYP Coordinator/IB Teacher Leader


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During lunches from Tuesday, September 27, through Thursday, September 29, we will offer an explanation of the club opportunities for our students. After hearing the explanation, students will then sign up for clubs. Once we know the level of student interest for each club, we will be able to determine what clubs will run for this school year. Most clubs will begin to start between the first week of October and mid October. Students should listen to both announcements during the lunch hour as well as at the end of the day over the PA for more detailed information. Students have until September 29 to sign up during their lunch period.

Clubs meet typically before school (7:15-8:00 AM) or right after school (3:15 -4:15 PM). If your son or daughter is currently playing a sport and has paid the $100 pay-to-participate fee that fee covers clubs as well. If they have not paid the $100 pay-to-participate fee, or are not playing a sport, the Club ONLY fee for 2016-2017 is $30. All pay-to-participate fees will need to be paid before a student attends a club for a third meeting. Fees are used to cover stipends for sponsors and the materials used for various club activities. For more information on 2016-2017 club descriptions, click here.

NOTE: Not all clubs meet weekly. Once interest is determined individual sponsors will share a more detailed meeting schedule.

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We are team 7049, the Omega Warriors! West Hills has had a robotics team before, but this year we plan to take it to the next level. We have currently have nine members and hope to grow our numbers next year! Our members are, Jay Bala, Thaneesha Sivapalan, Joey Perry, Anitej Bhaskar, Ian Kim, Rohan Namburar, Steven Elias, Yiyao (Jack) Liu, and Joel Nikonov. To learn more about our team, click here. We have just six weeks to build our robot and based on the game that we will be competing in, we need to raise money for spare parts.

There are two ways that you can help us meet our goal:

1. We will be having a bake sale on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 after school. All items will be one dollar.

2. You can donate via our Fundly account at the following link: Robotics Team Fundraiser

We hope to win, and learn as much as we can during our season!

Thank you in advance for your help - Omega Warriors

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Booth Center - Room A, Booth Center - Room B, Booth Center - Room C

LOCATION


West Hills Middle School
2601 Lone Pine Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

CONTACT


Main:
248.341.6100
Attendance: 248.341.6110

Rob Durecka, Principal
248.341.6105


Andy Gignac, Assistant Principal
248.341.6106


Debbie Steaban, Principal's Secretary
248.341.6100


Susan Wendell, Attendance Secretary
248.341.6102

Tony Castellani, Guidance Counselor
(4th, 6th, & 8th)
248.341.6104

Anne Westphal, Guidance Counselor
(5th & 7th)
248.341.6103

Kathy Jakubiak, PYP Coordinator
248.341.7317

Jenelle Williams, MYP Coordinator
248.341.6696

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BUILDING HOURS


Class 8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Half Days 11:35 a.m. Dismissal
Kidz Zone

7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
3:05 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 7:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.



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