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.


FIRST DAY: Tuesday, September 4. Classes start at 8:15 a.m. This will be a half-day for 4th & 5th graders only, who will be dismissed at 11:35 a.m. It will be a full day for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, who will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Buses will run at both the half day and full day dismissal times.

BUS SCHEDULES: Instructions for finding your student's bus schedule are on the BHS Transportation Department website. Please refer questions or concerns about buses directly to the Transportation Department at 248-341-6290 rather than calling the BHMS school office.

CAFETERIA: The cafeteria will be open for lunch purchases for grades 6, 7 & 8 beginning the first day of school. If your student purchases lunch, please make sure that you have a sufficient balance in the lunch account. To add money to your student's lunch account, go to this link.


4th and 5th Grade students will report to their classrooms. We want the first day to be a “tears free” memory so please know that parents are welcome to walk their child to class. There will be staff in the hallways to help everyone to find their way.

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students will report to the classrooms below:

6th Grade Students

Mrs. King - Rm. 117

Mr. Middleton - Rm. 122

Mr. Purdy - 122

Mrs. Quagliotto (Maiden Name, Ms. Fleszar) Rm. 125

Last Names: A - Gold

Last Names: Goldm - Maq

Last Names: Mar-Shax

Last Names: Shay - Z

7th Grade Students

Seventh grade students will be in their Academic Extension classes - Lists Posted in 7th Hallway. Mrs. Hershey - Rm. 109, Mrs. Honeyman - Rm. 118, Mr. Burgess - Rm. 119,

Mrs. Attard - Rm. 121, and Mrs. Carey - Rm. 120

8th Grade Students

Mr. Harrington - Rm. 127

Mrs. VanGemert - Rm. 111

Mr. Birkholz - Rm. 110

Mr. Honeyman - Rm. 108

Last Names: A - Dor

Last Names: Dos - Kark

Last Names: Karl - Ros

Last Names: Rot - Z

Note: Core area teachers will be in their hallways with signage to direct students to their classrooms.

STUDENT SCHEDULES: Finalized schedules will be distributed on the first day of school. Your student  should address any schedule concerns with her/his counselor. However, all teacher assignments are final. Mr. Castellani is the counselor for grades 6, 8 and for 4th grade students in Mrs. Gale’s and Mrs. Bialk’s classes. Mrs. Westerby is the new counselor for grades 5, 7, and 4th grade students in Mrs. Castellani’s and Mrs. Gordon’s classes.

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS: School begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Students may not enter the building before 7:50 a.m., and should have enough time to get to their locker and be seated in the classroom by 8:15 a.m. (See "Unsupervised Students Before/After School" and "Kidz Zone" program information below). Full days end at 3:05 p.m. and half days end at 11:35 a.m.

Other Dates for 2018/19
Open the District Calendar for school schedule and breaks for the 2018/19 school year.

Suggested Supply Lists for 2018/19

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.

Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

Join in on the fun! Bowers School Farm Fall Festival (in partnership with Preservation Bloomfield) is Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018, from 12 - 6 p.m. with a Magic & Mystery Kids Show from 2-3 p.m. each day! Tons of activities for everyone! Wagon rides, animals, food trucks, cider, face painting, pumpkin picking and decorating, bounce house, strawland, bungee run, inflatable archery, historical activities, live music, and more! $10 per person; 3 and under free. For more information visit or call 248.341.6481. 

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Volley for a Cure 10/11

Come watch the BHHS Black Hawks vs. Detroit Country Day Yellow Jackets play for 2 great causes on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Country Day High School. Freshman will kickoff the event at 4:30 p.m., followed by JV at 5:30 p.m., and varsity at 6:30 p.m. All profits from t-shirt sales and same-day entrance fees (without a t-shirt) will be donated to charity. T-shirt order deadline is 9/26/18. To order, or for more details visit

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Boys Lacrosse Turkey Ball

Turkey Ball is included in the spring fees for all players that participated in the spring of 2018. The cost is $40 for non-members.

Divisions: 4-6; 7/8; 9+ ( HS)
Dates:  9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 11/18
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: East Hills Middle School

What is Turkey Ball? Mini games-5v5 or 6v6- using short fields and small goals. It is meant to be a fun and competitive opportunity for players to fresh up their skills.


Players that participated in spring 2018 do not need to register, but please email Coach Larry at if you plan on playing.

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


Attendance: 248.341.6110

Rob Durecka, Principal

Andy Gignac, Assistant Principal

Debbie Steaban, Principal's Secretary

Lisa Jones, Attendance Secretary

Tony Castellani, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Bialk and Gale), 6th, & 8th)

Carla Westerby, Guidance Counselor
(4th (Castellani and Gordon), 5th & 7th)

Jen Teal, IB Teacher Leader/PYP/MYP Coordinator

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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.