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Math Placement Timeline & Information for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

Communication for Current 7th Graders


The 7th-grade year is coming to an end.  Although this year presented many challenges, we have completed the math placement process to determine each student’s math course placement for next year.

In 8th grade, students are enrolled in either Math 8 or Algebra.  Both options offer rigor and challenge for students.  To determine which course is best, multiple indicators are used (with some minor adjustments this year due to COVID).  Decisions and parent notification have been completed through MiStar (Parent Portal) today, June 5, 2020.   If the placement for your child indicates Math 8 and you wish to sign a waiver for Algebra placement, please fill out the linked waiver form.

It is our desire to ensure appropriate placement for every student. Therefore, some adjustments may need to be made at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, given the challenges presented by COVID-19. We will closely communicate with both students and families should that need arise in the fall. 

Once again, your child’s math placement has been shared via MiStar (Parent Portal) on June 5, 2020. Instructions for accessing MiStar can be found HERE.


Communication for Current K- 6th Graders
This school year has presented many challenges due to COVID-19.  One challenge is determining math placements for our students in grades K-6 that may need to be placed in a grade up.  For students in grades K-6, the district will determine any necessary grade up math placement at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  More information regarding this process will be available at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  In the meantime, continue to encourage your child to stay strong on their math skills.

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Principal Message: November 27, 2021

I hope that you have enjoyed the additional time with family and friends.  I know that for the Gignac family it has been a wonderful opportunity to recharge and reconnect.  It was such a blessing going into the Thanksgiving Break celebrating our veterans and unsung heroes with the 4th and 8th-grade concert.  A special thanks to Mrs. Pierre and Mrs. Yordanova for their work to organize this event.  Additionally, thank you to our media specialist, Mrs. Amatulli, for presenting about the time she spent serving our country. As we move into the final weeks of school in the 2021 calendar year, I want to remind our elementary students to make sure that they have their recess gear ready!  Snow has arrived!!!

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PTO Fundraiser:  Shopping Event at Evereve, Dec. 3

Join PTO for a morning of shopping & fun at Evereve in Birmingham!

Please join us on Friday, December 3rd at 9:30 am (before the store opens to the public) at Evereve in Birmingham for a fun shopping morning that will benefit our PTO! Can't make it then/at all? No problem! You can shop at Birmingham's Evereve all day, and you can also call orders in for great items you spot on their website. Be sure to mention "West Hills PTO" at checkout! Questions? Contact Karen at

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Winter Recess Guidelines Reminder

West Hills holds an outdoor recess daily unless it is raining or temperatures drop below 10 degrees (or 10 degrees wind chill). It is essential that students arrive at school with appropriate winter weather play gear—warm coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, and other warm clothing. We recommend that all gear be clearly labeled with the student's first and last name. 

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Reminder to Bring a Mask Each Day

Please remind your student to come to school with a mask, and put it on before entering the building. We are happy to provide spare masks when needed, but students are encouraged to bring their own each day.  We encourage families to have their children bring an extra mask each day as well.

Also, guests coming to the building should wear a mask if needing to enter the building.

Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe.

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Art and Basketball Club Updates/Schedules

Due to large numbers of students signing up to participate in Art Club and the 4/5 Basketball Club, a rotation schedule has been set up.  The alternative to rotating groups was using a lottery system to select those who would be able to participate.  In an effort to give all interested students the opportunity to attend, we set up the following schedules for those who had signed up.

Art Club will meet Thursdays, 3:20-4:00pm, on a rotating schedule according to grade level as indicated on the schedule below.  Members that couldn't attend on Thursday, 10/14/21, can pick up a paper copy in the art room at any time.  ART CLUB SCHEDULE

4/5 Baseketball Club will meet Thursdays, 7:30-8:15am, on a rotating schedule according to grade level as indicated on the schedule below.  If needed members can pick up a paper copy from Mr. Drogosch in room 120.  BASKETBALL CLUB SCHEDULE

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School Lunch Information

Please see the District website “Lunch” page for details on menus and putting money on a student’s lunch account. You will also find information on the BHS website “Lunch” page about alternative menus for students with allergies or other special dietary needs.

Families eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch must reapply every school year. To complete the Online Free/Reduced lunch application, parents/guardians can log in to ParentPortal and complete the application. Click on your child's name, then click "Food Service Free & Reduced Lunch Application" under School Links. Paper applications are available by clicking HERE.

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