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Parents and Guardians,

We are looking forward to the new year! I hope you are, too. We have had wonderful changes over the summer and many more exciting experiences to come.

The last few years West Hills Middle School has been working towards a system called Standard Referenced Grading (SRG), often referred to as Proficiency or Mastery grading. We have spent many professional days researching best practices, determining resources, and creating curriculum to effectively transition.

Our teachers have spent many hours unpacking their standards, creating proficiency scales, and developing viable common assessments. We are ready to begin this year. You may have recognized Standard Referenced Grading in some classes in previous years. Many departments were ready to jump in last year. This year, it will be a school-wide grading policy.

Attached is a little more information on Standard Referenced Grading. In addition, there will be a short presentation during Back to School Night this Monday after the PTSA presentation.

We hope to see you there.


Memory Books (Wednesday) 

A limited number of Memory Books are available to purchase on Wednesday, May 29th during 4th period ($35 Cash or Check Only).  To check and see if you have paid for a memory book, check Skyward under "Fee Management". 

Graduation Checkouts 5/30/19 (Thursday) 

Please contact the attendance office earlier than later if you plan on checking your students out for graduation. This helps us alleviate wait times and get students to the office in an orderly fashion.

Thursday is the last day of school for 7th Graders (Thursday) 

Buses will run their regular schedules on Thursday. Both 7th and 8th graders should arrive home at their regular times.

Thursday 9th Grade Lagoon Day (Thursday) 

We received updated information regarding 9th Grade Lagoon Day... See Below

We are looking forward to helping you provide an exciting, successful, and safe experience for your students this year. Following the same procedure as last year, as each bus is loaded and an adult chaperone is on board (at least one chaperone is required on each bus), please let it depart for Lagoon.  Your assistance with this process last year helped alleviate some of the waiting on the bus and congestion at the ticket gates.

Please remind your teachers and staff that only 9th-grade students from your school and adult chaperones may ride the bus.  In accordance with District Policy AA416, children of chaperones are not allowed to ride the bus.

This year, the rides close at 4:00 p.m. and the park closes at 5:00 p.m.  Several of our buses will be completing their take-home routes and navigating possible traffic on the way back to Lagoon, so please be patient.  Pick-up buses should arrive to Lagoon around 5:00 p.m.  For the safety of everyone, please have your designated chaperones report to their assigned school bus loading area no later than 4:45 p.m. for a short procedural meeting with Transportation staff.  Students and chaperones may begin loading at 5:00 p.m.  All buses will depart by 5:15 p.m.  As mentioned above, buses will not depart until an adult chaperone is on board.

If you have questions, let us know.

Friday is the last day of school for 8th and 9th graders (5/31/2019) 

School ends at 11:50 am and buses are scheduled for that time. Movers want to have everything out of the building ASAP, so please make sure your student has a way home immediately after school.

Registration and Schedule Releases for 2019-2020 school year 

Online registration begins on August 5th, 2019. Once registration/class fees are paid (Skyward Fee Management), your child's schedule will be released. We will continue to send Skylerts during the summer with more information.  Counseling, Attendance and Main Office will be housed at Copper Hills High School during the summer construction.  All offices can still be reached using West Hills phone numbers.

2019-2020 JSD Middle School Calendar 

Next year's calendar.

Dear Parents and Students,

Summer Participation Skills & Techniques Physical Education course registration for incoming and outgoing 9th graders is currently open.

Please visit  or use the following link to register your student.

Morning PST Registration Link

Afternoon PST Registration Link

Dear Community,

We are excited to announce that, on April 1st, we will be starting our construction for next year’s remodel. We are grateful that we have been given this opportunity.  Our teachers have begun packing up their belongings they will not be using the rest of the year and cleaning out the building. Hard work has been going on for a while; however, our next stage will affect our community just a bit.


  1. THE FRONT ENTRANCE WILL BE CLOSED.  Starting Monday, the contractors will begin building a temporary wall and fence outside of our main doors. This will close all access to the front doors. The new entrance will be on the north side of the building between the auditorium and the gym. There will be signs to assist you with direction.
  2. NO PARKING IN FRONT – Parking on the east side (front of school) will not be available. Contractors will be taking up the south side of the parking area. Parking will be available on the north side of the building. Pick up and drop off will remain the same – north and south side only. The front will still be used for buses only.
  3. POD CONTAINERS – Some of you may have noticed we have POD containers on the South West side of the school. We will eventually (date unknown) receive four more containers that will be placed on the north side of the pick-up and drop off area. This will not interfere with the drop off/pick up route, but it will affect some of the parking areas. Please drive carefully through the parking lot and watch for children. We strongly advise to drop students off on the curb and not in the middle of the parking lot. Many of the cars and PODS make it more challenging to see.
  4. CONTRACTORS IN THE BUILDING – The construction people will only be allowed in the front four empty rooms of the building. They will not be allowed through our school, except for a select approved contractors.
  5. COPPER HILLS SUMMER OFFICE – The administrators and office personnel will be located at Copper Hills this summer. More information to come.


Greetings WHMS Families!


* The last performance of High School Musical is Monday, March 18.  It is sold-out, but stand-by seating may be available.

* 9th Grade PCCR meetings with WHMS counselors is WednesdayMarch 20 from 4-7pm.

Thursday, March 21 is the last day of 3rd Quarter.  No school on Friday (Grade Transmittal Day).

* Tuesday, April 2nd is Copper Hills High School Sophomore Orientation Night.


* Please remember to drop off and pick up students in the NORTH and SOUTH driveways only.  Schools must keep a separate zone for buses.  the EAST driveway is for buses only between 7:20 - 7:45 and 2:50 - 3:10.

* The school closes at 3:00.  Unless a student has made arrangements for tutoring, all students should be on their way home by 3:00.

* As the weather warms up, please make sure your student is wearing dress-code appropriate clothing.  When arms are hanging at the sides, no skin should be visible from fingertips up, including mid-riffs, and shoulders should be covered.

* Information about construction will be sent next week.

Thank you for sharing your amazing students with us!

WHMS Administration

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, March 4 - Homeroom

Tuesday, March 5 - RTI

Wednesday, March 6 - RTI; School Community Council @ 4:30

Thursday, March 7 - RTI; In-school musical preview during RTI

Friday, March 8 - Late Start

Other Information

  • Parents, we would love your feedback!  Please take 5 minutes to take the survey sent out to your email.  Survey results help us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve.  There is also a place where you can leave specific feedback for a teacher, counselor, or administrator.  We want to hear from you.  Thank you!
  • Please remember to use only the north and south driveways for drop-off and pick-up. Even if there is not a bus in the bus zone, we need to keep it clear.

Save the Date!! Students will perform High School Musical on March 14, 15, 16 and 18.  Tickets will soon be available.

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, February 25 - Homeroom

Tuesday, February 26 - RTI

Wednesday, February 27 - RTI

Thursday, February 28 - Minute-to-Win-It Rewards Assembly

Friday, March 1 - Late Start

Other Information 

  • Parents, we would love your feedback! Please take 5 minutes to take the survey that was sent in a Skylert on Monday.  Survey results help us know what we are doing well and what we need to improve.  There is also a place where you can leave specific feedback for a teacher, counselor, or administrator.  We want to hear from you.  Thank you!
  • Please remember to use only the north and south driveways for drop-off and pick-up. Even if there is not a bus in the bus zone, we need to keep it clear.
  • The attachment includes information about our upcoming remodel. Construction will begin before the end of the school year.  Please watch for updates.
  • Save the Date!! Students will be performing High School Musical on March 14, 15, 16 and 18.  Tickets will soon be available.