Dear West Hills Community,
I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe. As a community, we are facing many challenges due to COVID-19, and it will take patience and understanding from all of us. Our partnership between the home and school will never be as important as it is right now. Our children continue to look to us for support, guidance, and love. This is always the case, but in times of uncertainty and change, children are wise and observant and will seek our help. With that being said, it provides an opportunity for us to come together as a building and district community.
Our West Hills family is working collectively to provide you with ongoing communication, support and appropriate at-home learning experiences for your child. The heart of what we are trying to do for students during the closure is to keep our community connected with each other as much as possible. Our district administrators and teacher leaders have created a timeline for the sharing of at-home learning experiences. At our middle level (BHMS 5-8 & East Hills and West Hills 4-8), staff will be connecting with your child through a number of ways, but our primary communication will be through grade level templates that will be sent out through our broadcast messages and linked to our websites according to the timeline below. Pat Watson sent out district communication earlier today sharing that our at-home learning experiences will provide your child with “opportunities to engage with teaching staff and support staff in informal ways. These interactions and activities will not be graded and are intended to encourage reading, thinking, and a review of skills. Additionally, the learning experiences will help families maintain a daily structure around learning, exploring, physical activity, engagement and leisure time.”
Timeline for Grade Level At-Home Learning Content Sharing during Scheduled Closure
- Administrators will share the at-home learning plans with our families the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18 via a broadcast message for Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.
- Administrators will share the at-home learning plans with our families the afternoon of Friday, March 20 via a broadcast message for the week of March 23-27.
- Administrators will share the at-home learning plans with our families the afternoon of Friday, March 27 via a broadcast message for the week of March 30-April 3.
Please Note: Teachers will also continue to promote a sense of belonging and provide ways for your children to connect with them and each other in their own communications weekly as well. Despite the challenges we face, we are committed now more than ever to growing and shaping our classroom, building and district community.
We know that we are early in our response to COVID-19, but the hope is that we will be able to keep a focus on the whole child. Academic exploration is important and healthy for children, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to prioritize fostering a sense of belonging during this time when children and adults are being asked to distance themselves from others. With this in mind, our teachers have been asked to communicate with their students weekly. Even so, our teachers, like you, will be doing their best to balance the demands of their work with meeting the needs of their families. We would ask that we all remain patient as our “new normal” evolves, and know that we are in this together.
Above and beyond all the information you have been receiving recently, the most important takeaway is the well-being of our students, staff and community members. The need for us to pull together and support one another is critical. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us - we’re here for you!
“As a loving community we can accomplish many things during difficult times: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
It's Great to be a West Hills Warrior!
West Hills Middle School
2601 Lone Pine Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323
“Enabling learners to become architects of their futures . . .”