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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.

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, February 18 - No School

Tuesday, February 19 - Homeroom

Wednesday, February 20 - RTI; WIDA TESTING

Thursday, February 21 - RTI; WIDA TESTING; All 8thGraders to the state capitol; Teacher                     Transfer Fair 4-6pm @ Copper Hills High School

Friday, February 22 - Late Start

Other Information

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Free and reduced school meal applications are now available online. Please visit www.jordandistrict.schoollunchapp.com to complete and submit the application (opción en Español disponible).

Hard copy applications are also available in the main office of the school. Completed hard copy applications should be submitted to the school's main office.

If you need further assistance, please contact JSD Nutrition Services at 801-567-8760.

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, January 28 - Homeroom

Tuesday, January 29 - RTI; After-School Math Tutoring (Room 221); 2019-2020 Course Selection Parent Night (6pm for 7th-going-to-8thgraders; 7pm for 8th-going-to-9thgraders)

Wednesday, January 30 - RTI

Thursday, January 31 - RTI; New Student and Group Pictures

Friday, February 1 - Late Start

Other Information

Band & Orchestra Information

West Hills Middle School BAND, CHOIR, and ORCHESTRA Questions and Answers

There’s a dollar sign on the registration card. How much do music classes cost?

There is no instructional fee for band or orchestra. Band and orchestra students do need an instrument which can be rented or purchased at local music stores or online. The school also rents some instruments (see below). For choir students, the voice is the instrument.

What class should I take?

BEGINNING BAND

For students who have little or no experience in band. Instruments include FLUTE, CLARINET, SAX, TRUMPET, FRENCH HORN, TROMBONE, BARITONE, TUBA, and PERCUSSION.

CONCERT BAND

For students who have ONE YEAR of experience in band. Instruments include FLUTE, CLARINET, SAX, TRUMPET, FRENCH HORN, TROMBONE, BARITONE, TUBA, and PERCUSSION.

BEGINNING ORCHESTRA

For students who have little or no experience in orchestra. Instruments include VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and BASS.

ADVANCED ORCHESTRA

For students who have at least one year of experience in orchestra. Instruments include VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, and BASS.

What if I don't have an instrument?

Music stores have rent-to-own programs that cost between $20 and $60 per month, depending on the instrument. West Hills has several different instruments available, including: Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, French Horns, Baritone Horns, Trombones, Tubas, Violas, Cellos, String Bass, and Percussion (drums.) The Jordan District rental fee is $80 per year, and can be paid in installments. Fees are waived for students with free lunch.

What about guitar?

Guitar is offered in the 8th and 9th grade.

What are the best reasons to take band, choir, or orchestra?

  • Making music is fun. Making music well is AWESOME!
  • West Hills Middle School musicians make lifelong friends.
  • Musicianship connects students to the culture of our civilization through positive self expression.
  • University music departments give students scholarships, ranging from 1/4 to full tuition.
  •  Music makes you smarter. Students who learn music score higher on math, language and a science tests. Every additional year of music study raises lifetime test scores.
  • Learning music provides genuine self esteem based on work related achievement.
  • Music at West Hills has a wonderful tradition of talented performance.
  • West Hills is the “Best Hills.”

AP Parent Information

What is AP Human Geography?

The purpose of AP Human Geography is to “introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.” (from the College Board AP Human Geography course description)

AP courses are designed to give students the experience and challenge of a college course while on their high school campus. AP classes are rigorous and demanding, and only highly qualified and prepared students should enroll.

Who Should Take AP Courses?

“The content of AP courses is more sophisticated than that in typical high school honors courses. Students should have had practice in analyzing content, drawing comparisons, and reasoning through problems. They must be able to read perceptively and independently. Additionally, students will need to be proficient in writing clear, concise essays. Students who are not skilled in these areas must be even more highly motivated to make up deficiencies at the same time they are taking more rigorous courses. The earlier students prepare for AP or college courses by taking the most rigorous classes available, the more likely will be their success. The keys to success are motivation, self-discipline, and academic preparation.” (from Advanced Placement Q&A, http://professorlamp.com/ed/TEA/AP.html, emphasis added)

AP Human Geography does not simulate or emulate a college-level course; it is identical in content and difficulty to a college course. Students who do not have a Lexile score in the range of college freshmen (1300- 1450) may find AP Human Geography difficult. Additionally, students who are not able to commit enough time outside of class to complete readings, essays, and other assignments may not be fully prepared for the AP test.

What About The AP Test?

The goal of the course is to cover the material required by the College Board in order to prepare students to take and pass the AP test in May (the current cost of the test is approximately $98, which students and their families are responsible for paying). Students who pass the test (scoring a 3, 4, or 5) may receive credit at the college or university of their choice for an introductory Geography course (approximately three credit hours).

AP courses and AP tests are difficult, and ninth graders taking AP Human Geography will take the same test that juniors and seniors in high school will take.

What Does This Mean?

AP classes are intended to be rigorous, challenging classes. They are designed to give accelerated students the opportunity to be challenged at a college level and to earn college credit. As with any AP course, there is always a chance that, despite the best efforts at preparation of the student and teacher, you may not receive a passing grade on the AP test. You also may not receive an A grade each quarter and you will not be given “busywork” assignments or extra credit to earn additional points if your grade falls below an A at the end of the quarter. If you want to earn an A you must be doing “A” work (reading, studying, turning in assignments on time, doing well on tests, etc.)

Other Issues:

Students who choose to enroll in AP Human Geography are asked to commit to the entire school year; you may not be able to transfer to a lower-level course at the quarter or semester. Please only choose to enroll in AP Human Geography if you are highly motivated, eager to learn, and can read and write at the upper high school or college level.

Announcements, scheduled activities, and RTI schedule

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, January 14 - No School

Tuesday, January 15 - Homeroom; After-School Math Tutoring (Room 221)

Wednesday, January 16 - Homeroom

Thursday, January 17 - Homeroom; Mid-Year Reminder Assembly

Friday, January 18 - Late Start; 9am MESA Passing for Pancakes in Mr. Smith’s room

Other Information 

  • NO SCHOOL Monday,January 21 (MLK Day)
  • On Thursday, January 16 we will have a Mid-Year Review Assembly to review critical school and district policies.  We will post the information on the website for parents to access.
  • On-line middle school registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open on January 28.  Help for parents will be available on January 29 at 6pm in the Media Center.
  • Thursday, January 31st is scheduled for Club/Group pictures in the morning (e.g., Choir, NJHS, Be the Change, Band, SBO’s, etc…).

Announcements, scheduled activities, and RTI schedule

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, December 17 - Homeroom; After School Tutoring (Lab 215); 5:30 WHMS Jazz Band plays at Smith’s

Tuesday, December 18 - RTI; After-School Math Tutoring (Room 221)

Wednesday, December 19 - RTI; Wear Your Favorite Holiday Color; After-School Tutoring/Study Hall (Lab 215); 7pm Choir Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 20 - RTI; Wear Holiday Sweater (ugly or not); After-School Math Tutoring (Room 216); 2nd Quarter Failing Notices are Sent Out

Friday, December 21 - Late Start; Wear Holiday-Themed Head Gear (Santa hats, elf ears, Rudolph antlers, etc…)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019Winter Recess (No School). School resumes on January 2.

January 11, 2019 Last Day of 2nd . Quarter

January 14, 2019 Grade Transmittal Day (No School for Students)

A weekly summary of school activities, RTI schedule, assemblies, and announcements.

WHMS Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, December 10 - Homeroom; Musical Auditions; After-School Tutoring/Study Hall (Lab 215)

Tuesday, December 11 - RTI; After-School Math Tutoring (Room 221)

Wednesday, December 12 - RTI; After-School Tutoring/Study Hall (Lab 215)

Thursday, December 13 - RTI; 3pm MESA; 7pm Holiday Band and Orchestra Concert; After-School Math Tutoring (Room 216)

Friday, December 14 - Late Start

UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 19 : 7pm Holiday Choir Concert

December 24 – January 1, 2019 : Winter Recess (No School). School resumes on January 2.