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Parent Information

 

Did you know … 

 

Westwood has many

supports in place

for students!

 

Westwood offers an array of academic supports to help students:

  • 30 minute tutorial time embedded into the regular school day
  • 2 resource rooms available for additional literacy, numeracy, and subject specific supports
  • extra Help during most PLF days
  • after school help and tutorials by request to teachers
  • Math Leadership group offers peer tutoring for Math and are expanding into Science

Student Services offers:

Academic counselling by counsellors assigned to each grade level to work with students

Mental Health support is provided by:

  • our mental health psychologist who supports students in their mental health needs
  • when requested or required, help setting up outside counselor supports (Family Settlement Workers, outside counsellors, Addictions counselling, etc.)

FNMI Navigator who has been very active in helping to make connections with FNMI students for their success in personal, cultural, and academic growth


Communication home to families:

We communicate with parents through the various methods:

  • Telephone & Email

  • Semi-monthly Newsletter    

  • Westwood website    

  • Facebook    

  • Twitter

  • PowerSchool Parent Portal for marks and attendance

  • School Messenger system for attendance reporting and any additional email communications

In Semester 2, in addition to emailing and calling home to parents throughout the year, teachers sent home an information email with information about the course that they will be teaching your child.


School Council and School Advisory Council Meetings, a place where parents can contribute to the discussion about the development of the school and other important matters such as the new Plagiarism Policy that was implemented at the beginning of February 2018.


School Culture is definitely an area that we have focused more on over the past year. This past September our Spirit Day was vastly improved to be more inclusive of the whole student body, to build relationships with students, build leaders, and to build a community of learners that are supportive to each other.

We have staff members who have taken leadership roles in this as a professional focus in their development.

We added two new awards in which our students have been recognized this year, the Perseverance and Citizenship Awards.

We are dedicated to embedding character education into the lives of the learning experience here at Westwood.

Westwood offers an array of option classes to expose students to various types of learning and experiences. We have courses in the following areas:

 

Art 10, 20, 30

Drama 10, 20, 30

Band 10, 20, 30

Choir 10, 20, 30

Jazz Band 15, 25, 35

Guitar 10, 20, 30

Technical Theatre 15-25

Rock & Pop 15, 25

Interior Design 10

Improv (WIT)

Foods 10, 20, 30

Woods 10-20

Welding & Mech 10-20

Fashion 10, 20, 30

Esthetics 10, 20

Film Studies 15

Sports Perf. 15, 25, 35

PE 10, 20, 30

Yoga 15

Digital Design

Coding

Virtual Reality

3D Graphics and Design

E-Sports

Networking/Information Security

Robotics

Computer Science AP

3D Modelling and Printing

CAD 10

Photography 10 & 20

Community Volunteerism

Power Engineering

RAP - Registered Apprenticeship Program

Psych/Sociology 20 & 30

Law 20

Marketing & Management

World Geography 30

ELL (English Language Learners)

 

Many of these programs allow opportunities for students to connect with real life learning, such as our Community Volunteerism class, where students learn and strive to actively contribute to our community. Programs like the RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program), Power Engineering and Work Experience offer the foundation for students to see the hands on programs with a direct correlation for the world of work. In grade 11, students take a course called CALM (Career and Life Management) that helps them to create resumes, learn the process of job readiness (interview skills, budgeting and other exposure to community youth awareness information).


There is a wide variety of Extra Curricular Activities available. Some of which include:

  • Sports - Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Track & Field, Rugby is coming in February

  • Math Leadership Group, which includes Peer Tutoring

  • SADD (Students Against Drinking & Driving, or Distracted Decisions)

  • COLOURS - Multicultural group

  • One Acts & Annual Drama Production, Westwood Improv Team (WIT)

  • Student Council, WWGSA, Westwood Ambassadors, Debate Club, Woodworking Club

  • Principal’s Advisory Council