West Hills Middle School

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Principal Message: May 21, 2022

As I write this weekly update, our 8th-grade students are just returning from the first Washington, D.C. trip since the Fall of 2019.  Our WHMS represented well as they explored the incredible sites found in Gettysburg and our nation's Capitol.  A special thank you to Mrs. Nasiri, Mrs. Parsell, Ms. Schlenker, and our twenty parent chaperones that kept our students safe throughout the trip! Back in the hallways of WHMS, I was thrilled to see the return of our 5th-grade cultural lunch.  The celebration of the diversity of our community is highlighted at this event as each student is able to share a part of their family's culture.  Part of our 4th grade was able to do the exciting bird banding field trip at the Nature Center while the rest goes this upcoming week.  7th grade completed their fourth world religions field trip. Looking forward to the memories to be built this coming week!

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Bloomfield Hills Schools celebrates the diversity of families within the school community with an annual Multicultural Celebration. Now in its fourth year of being a district-wide event, the Parent Teacher Organization Council, composed of volunteer family members from across Bloomfield Hills Schools, hosted this educational celebration of culture in the Bloomfield Hills High School Main Commons.

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Testing Out of High School Courses

The Michigan Department of Education allows students the opportunity to test out of high school courses. Students must exhibit mastery of course content by attaining a percentage of 78% (C+) or better on a comprehensive final assessment. Students may also be required to demonstrate mastery through assessments used in the class which may include, but are not limited to, portfolios, performances, papers, projects, and/or presentations. There will be three assessment windows for students to sign-up for test-outs.

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This school year is beginning to come to an end. Your child’s Math 7 teacher has or will be reviewing this information with your child.  Next year, Math 7 students will be enrolled in either Math 8 or Algebra. Both options offer rigor and challenge for students. We have updated our Grade Up Process for students who are completing Math 7 for this current school year. A summary of the changes can be found here. Ultimately, it is up to the family to determine which course (Math 8 or Algebra) is appropriate for their child. To assist in the decision making process, an optional assessment can be given during the last two weeks of May to help students and caregivers understand student mastery on the 7th and 8th grade Common Core State Standards. We ask that a caregiver complete this Math Course Selection Survey for Current Math 7 Students by Monday, May 9 to give teachers and building leaders an idea of what course you think your child will take next school year and if you would like to participate in the Algebra Readiness test to help make your decision.

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Foundation Grants

The Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation announced the recipients of the Spring 2022 BHSF Grants. This year’s grant projects include technology tools, student manipulatives, diverse literature, guest speakers, STEM tools, musical instruments, learning games, field trips, outdoor/experiential learning equipment, social/emotional learning resources, and other unique learning opportunities.

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WHMS Dress Code Information

Our WHMS Dress Code was adjusted to its current form several years ago by a committee of teachers, administrators, and parents.  The intent of the dress code is to provide much room for individuality, personal expression, and promotion of an inclusive environment while maintaining a standard for students' "place of business."  We acknowledge that shorts may not meet the fingertip standard found in the dress code.  The expectation is that shorts should be long enough to continuously cover the bottom when reaching down to pick something up. All undergarments should not be visible at any time.

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IB Learner Profile (Communicator)

The IB Learner Profile trait for May is “Communicator.”  Students who are communicators are able to think and communicate in more than one language. They can express their ideas by speaking, drawing, and writing. They can also communicate using mathematical language and symbols. Ultimately, we strive for our students to work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. 

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Operating Millage Restoration Proposal

On August 2, 2022, voters in Bloomfield Hills Schools will be asked to consider a proposal to restore the Non-homestead Operating Millage. 

• Required for Bloomfield Hills Schools to receive full revenue per pupil.

• The majority of families in Bloomfield Hills Schools qualify for the Principal Residence Exemption and will not be affected by the restoration of 2 mills.

• The tax rate for Non Principal Residence Exemption properties (like business and rental property owners) will not increase. For a business with a taxable value of property established at $200,000, the tax cost would be $3,600 ($200,000 x 18 mills ÷ 1,000), the same tax rate applied today.  

• No levy increase, current tax rate (18 mills) since 2000.

Learn More about Non-Homestead Operating Millage Restoration Proposal 8/2/22

Registration / Schedule Update

  • How to Register Your Child
    All families with students in grades K-12 across the district are required annually to complete Online Back to School Registration. The online system allows you to complete the process from home. Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is completed through My Bloomfield.
    Registration instructions


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.

West Hills is a Nut Restricted School

Please remember that nuts of all kinds are restricted at West Hills because of students with severe and life-threatening allergies. The restriction is in effect in the entire building and at all times, including the school day, after school, evenings and weekends.

West Hills Middle School became a nut-restricted school in January of 2010. As a result, please carefully read and review all food packaging prior to sending food items to school. For further information on food allergies, consult We appreciate in advance your full cooperation.


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



Main: 248.341.6100
Attendance: 248.341.6110

Andy Gignac, Principal

Melissa Palmeri, Associate Principal

Debbie Steaban, Principal's Secretary

Lisa Jones, Attendance Secretary
Christina Schlenker, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Bialk), 5th & 7th)
Carla Westerby, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Castellani and Gordon), 6th & 8th)


Building Hours

Class 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Half Days 11:50 a.m. Dismissal
Kidz Zone
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
3:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Office 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.