Did You Know?

 

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. Reading or Learning Strategies modules were required to be completed by students to set goals and plan for success.
  • 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
  • Dedicated time built into the timetable Literacy and Numeracy supports for JH classes.

 

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:
  • Semi-monthly Newsletter    
  • The Westwood Website    
  • Facebook    
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal for marks and attendance
  • School Messenger system for attendance reporting and any additional email communications

 

Teachers also send home an introduction email with information about the course that they will be teaching your child. They have their contact information included with information about access to Google Classroom (if applicable).

 

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. It is a place where parents can share their voice and become active contributors to the school community.

 

Developing School Culture and Student Citizenship are two specific areas that we have focused more on over the past year. This past September our Spirit Day included Keith Hawkins inspiring our students to “be better than good”. We have Volunteer and leadership classes for all students to take. Our goal is centered around building relationships with students, building leaders, and building a community of learners that are supportive to each other. Staff members have also taken on leadership roles as a professional focus in their development. We are committed to continuing our Tradition of Excellence at Westwood.

 

We recognized students in grades 7-12 in the areas of Perseverance and Citizenship.

We are dedicated to embedding character education into the lives of the learning experience here at Westwood, through our many classes, but most notable through our leadership and volunteer classes. Every Westwood student has access to taking this option class; it is mandatory for junior high students.  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 JH, 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 JH, 10, 20, 30

  Woods JH & 10

  Welding & Mech JH & 10

  Cos Play JH

  Esthetics JH 10, 20

  Film Studies 15

  Sports Perf. 15, 25, 35

  PE JH, 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

Community Volunteerism 9, 10

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

  • Sports - Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Track & Field, Rugby - coming in February!
  • Math Leadership Group, which includes Peer Tutoring
  • Robotics club for Junior HIgh and High School students, Youth Computing
  • SADD (Students Against Drinking & Driving, or Distracted Decisions)
  • Westwood Green Iniative
  • COLOURS - Multicultural group
  • One Acts & Annual Drama Production, Westwood Improv Team (WIT)
  • Student Council, Westwood GSA, Westwood Ambassadors, Debate Club, Woodworking Club
  • Principal’s Advisory Council, with opportunities for more youth leadership in studying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.