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West Hills Middle School Pride

Besides involvement in academics, intramurals, school activities and school government, students' success and accomplishments are recognized at West Hills Middle School with certificates, awards, and membership in clubs.

Triple Crown: Just like in Baseball, WHMS Triple Crown Award recognizes students who have excelled in major statistical categories. These statistical categories include academics (4.0), citizenship (All H’s) and attendance (Perfect 100%). Recipients of the Triple Crown award receive a certificate and a special medallion as recognition for their hard work and dedication towards student excellence. Students can earn this award each academic quarter.

Wildcat of the Quarter: Each quarter faculty members nominate students for this honor. Nominations approved by all other faculty members are referred to the advisory committee for final selections. The boys and girls elected as Wildcat of the Quarter from each grade receive a certificate and a special trophy reflective of their achievements. A student can earn this award only once at West Hills.

Seven-Up Club: Students who have demonstrated good citizenship and behavior, dependability, cooperativeness, class preparation, consideration for others, personal excellence and loyalty to the school will be recognized by receiving H's in citizenship on their report cards. Students receiving all H's will be a member of the Seven-Up Club. This membership allows attendance at a special activity each quarter.

Commendations from Administration for Individuals & Classes: These awards are presented to students and classes who demonstrate responsible behavior and improvement.

Burgundy & Blue Club: This honor is extended to students with excellent attendance. To qualify, a student must have 100% attendance each quarter.

Most Improved: This club honors students who succeed in raising their grade point average (GPA) .5 or more from one quarter to the next quarter.

National Junior Honor Society: This national organization of high school students (including ninth graders) is extended to students who have exhibited outstanding academic scholarship and school leadership. This is a very select group of students who have a GPA of 3.7 or higher with no N’s or U’s in citizenship.

Honor Roll: Students receiving a 3.5 GPA or higher are honored with a certificate of special achievement.

Student of the Day: Each day a student is nominated by a teacher in recognition of classroom achievement and behavior.

Department Awards: Each department recognizes excellence in its area with special achievement awards.

CATS: This is a yearlong goal setting and self improvement program in the areas of character, academics, talents, and service. Students have the opportunity to earn recognition by completion of each of the levels with special awards presented to those who complete all categories.

No Tardies: Every quarter, students without any tardies will be rewarded with a special activity.


West Hills Middle School Standards & Expectations

Wildcat PRIDE

Every student, teacher, and staff member at West Hills has Wildcat PRIDE in his or her actions and behaviors. We try to remember the word PRIDE and what it means to help us make good choices, treat others appropriately, and create a safe environment for learning.

Wildcat PRIDE means that I remember:






Showing Wildcat PRIDE means that I:

  • Remember that students, teachers, and staff members have the right to learn and work in a safe environment.
  • Follow school and classroom rules.
  • Treat the property, opinions, and personal space of others with respect and appropriate behavior.
  • Help to keep the building and grounds of the school clean and safe.
  • Do my best to learn, be successful, and to help others to do the same.

Showing Wildcat PRIDE means that I DO NOT:

  • Behave or act in a way that endangers myself or others or disrupts classroom activities.
  • Use foul language, harass, or bully other individuals.
  • Fight or harm other students, teachers, or staff members.
  • Break classroom, school, or district rules or policies.

I know that when I show Wildcat PRIDE, I will be able to enjoy rewards, opportunities, and recognition in my classroom and at the school level. I also know that when I act or behave in a way that does not show Wildcat PRIDE or breaks classroom, school, or district rules that I am choosing to accept the consequences of my decision. These consequences could include conferences with my parents, suspension, detention during lunch or after school, or more serious actions depending on the situation (school administrators will follow district policies, including policies AS67 and AS90 for proper procedure and documentation).

Building Hours

School will begin for me at 7:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. on Monday Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. School will begin Fridays at 9:50 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. I realize that I will not be allowed in the building before 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday unless a prior arrangement has been made with a member of West Hill’s faculty or staff. If a teacher has requested that I come early or stay late for enrichment, I know I need an enrichment pass signed by my teacher. Unless I am staying after school for enrichment or a special activity, I must be out of the building and on my way home by 3:00 p.m.


My parents and other adults are welcome to visit the school. All visitors need to report to the main office upon arrival. It is helpful for parents to make an appointment prior to their visit. As a student, I am not allowed to bring friends or relatives to school with me. Only currently registered students will be allowed to attend classes and activities or be on school property.

Attendance Policy

At West Hills Middle School, I understand that attendance affects what I learn in my classroom. I know it is essential to attend school regularly and be on time to every class.

  • If I am more than ten minutes late to school, I will check in at the attendance office before I go to class.
  • If I need to check out, I will clear it with the attendance office before school begins.
  • If I need to miss school for a legitimate reason, I must be excused with a phone call or a written note from my parent to the attendance secretary. Notes must have a check-in time written on them by a parent.
  • It is my responsibility to check with my teachers at an appropriate time and arrange for makeup work.
  • If I am absent for ten or more days, I must have a note from my doctor excusing me.

Tardy Policy

I know that when I am late to school or to class that I miss out on important instructions and activities. When I am late to school or tardy to class, I am not showing Wildcat PRIDE.

If I am tardy repeatedly, I understand that I am choosing to accept the consequences of that action, including a drop in my citizenship grade, a conference with my teacher, and a phone call home to my parents. I also understand that if I continue to be tardy to the same class, I will be referred to the administration and may face stronger consequences and the loss of school privileges.


I will not sluff. I am considered truant if I am somewhere other than my assigned classroom, assembly, or activity without permission. I will also be considered truant if I am more than ten minutes late to class. I understand I will be referred to school administration for disciplinary action which could be: After School Detention, In School Suspension, Out of School Suspension, and/or referral to Jordan District Truancy School. I know being in school is a Utah State Law, and if my truancies continue, I will be in violation of Utah Code 53A-11-101-105, and will be referred for Truancy Mediation or Juvenile Court for action.

School Check In and Check Out Procedures

I will not be allowed to leave school without checking out of the attendance office. These are the procedures that I must follow:

Checking Out

  1. I will report to the attendance office after 7:30 a.m. but before school begins to obtain a checkout note.
  2. I will submit a note to the attendance secretary from my parents or telephone them to obtain permission to leave school. I will not be released from school without permission from a parent/guardian or a person listed on my student registration card as an emergency contact.
  3. Once approved for leaving school by my parents, I will be given two copies of the check out slip. I will keep the white copy and give the pink copy to my teacher when the check out time arrives. I will report to the attendance office and sign out. Any parent wishing to gain custody of their child must show ID upon checkout. All parent checkouts will be conducted through the attendance office.
  4. If I leave the school without following the above procedures, I will be considered truant.

Checking In

  1. If I am more than ten minutes late, I must check in at the attendance office. I will sign the check-in form and provide a note from my parents excusing me for being late. My parents may call the attendance office at 412-2310 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. to excuse me.
  2. If I check out of school and then return to school during the day, I must first report to the attendance office before returning to class. I will sign back in with a date and time. I will then be issued a pass to return to class.

Hall Passes

As a student at West Hills Middle School, it is my responsibility to be in class during class time. Occasionally, I may have a legitimate reason to be out of class. During one of those rare moments, I understand that my Student Planner will serve as my hall pass. I understand that the number of hall passes I will be able to use during the school year is limited. Therefore, I will use them carefully and responsibly. Furthermore, I understand the hall pass must be signed by my teacher, and I may not borrow another student’s planner.

Cellular Phones/ Electronic Devices

As a student, I know that I can only use an electronic device (iPods, cell phones, camera, radio, portable video games (Nintendo DS)) in the cafeteria during lunchtime and in the hallway during class change. I understand that devices that are distracting, dangerous, or disruptive (such as laser pointers) should be left at home. I understand that I may only use my electronic devices during instructional time in class with my teacher’s permission or the device may be taken away. I understand that any use of an electronic device that exploits personal privacy or comprises integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited. I also understand that the administration will not assist in recovery or be held liable if any such items are lost or stolen. The administration reserves the right to revoke this privilege based on student compliance with school rules.


Snowballs can cause serious accidents and injuries. At West Hills Middle School, I know how to leave the snow where it falls -- on the ground. Throwing snowballs is grounds for suspension.


Need to check on your grades? Or find out which assignments are missing? Skyward will allow my parents and me the ability to access my grades, attendance, and assignment information on the web. To access Skyward I can click on the link from our school homepage Passwords are mailed home with student schedules at the beginning of the year. Forget your password? Only a parent can request the parental password. It will be mailed home or a parent can pick it up in the office. For security reasons, it cannot be given over the phone. Students may check their own student password in the main office with a photo ID.

West Hills Web Page

I can get the information on school activities, lunch menus, and calendars that are posted on our school web page. The Internet address is: My parents and I can also communicate with my teachers using the email links found on the school web site.

Counseling Center

Getting picked on? Grades down? We have just the people to talk to! Our counselors are the most caring people in the world. They will listen to concerns, suggest options, and help me get back on my feet. They are also the ones to see if a schedule change is needed. Schedule changes must be requested by a parent and approved by an administrator and the teachers involved. If you need to see a counselor, check with your counselor or the counseling secretary to make an appointment.

Extended Illness and Homework

If I’m sick three consecutive days and still not able to attend school, I may call the Attendance Office for homework. The homework will be available the following afternoon. If I am absent less than three days, I know it is my responsibility to get my makeup work from my teachers when I return or call a contact person in each class in order to find out what I have missed.


I know my teachers may offer after school enrichment/tutoring in their classrooms after school. This will give me an opportunity to receive additional help and instruction from my teachers, but I must take responsibility to check with my teacher and make sure he or she knows that I am planning to stay after school. It will be important for me to let my parents know I am staying after school. If I am a student who rides the bus, I will also need to arrange for an alternative ride home.

Internet Use

In school, at the direction of my teacher, I may have access to the Internet. I understand that when properly used, the Internet is a valuable educational resource. I also understand that when the Internet is used improperly, it can be harmful. Therefore, I agree to abide by district policy when I use the Internet. I agree to submit a signed copy of the Acceptable User form to the school. I understand that my signature on this form indicates that I have read, understand, and that I am willing to follow the district policy governing the use of the Internet.

Closed Campus

I understand that all middle schools in the district operate under a “closed campus” policy. I am to remain on campus throughout the school day unless I have been properly checked out of school according to procedures outlined. This includes lunch time.


West Hills Middle School and Jordan School District are committed to providing an educational environment that is free from illegal harassment and other forms of discrimination based upon sex, race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender, creed, age, citizenship, or disability.

Fee Waivers

(Policy AA408) Adequate fee waivers have been provided to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in class or school sponsored or supported activities because of an inability to pay the fee. Information and application forms can be obtained at the school office.

Bullying and Harassment

What does it look like and sound like? Teasing, jokes, rumors, name calling, intimidation, unwanted touching, grabbing, intentional pushing, shoving, blocking, swearing, or unwanted comments. If the behavior hurts someone, it is wrong! I understand that if I am being bullied, I need to take charge by saying, “Stop. It is not okay.” All students understand this and know this is a first warning for the person to stop. If bullying or harassment continues, I know I can get immediate help from an adult such as an administrator, teacher, counselor, or parent. I know I have the right to feel safe at school.


Sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging is strictly prohibited. Cyber-bullying will be investigated and maybe turned over to local law enforcement.


Fighting that involves any physical contact is against school rules and will not be tolerated. All fights are grounds for suspension and police involvement. I understand that students who participate in a fight may also be referred to self-discipline or anger management courses taught in the evening. Provoking or encouraging a fight may also lead to disciplinary action.

Gangs and Hate Groups

I understand that everyone who comes to school must feel absolutely safe. Behavior, clothing, hand signs, or symbolism relating to gang/hate group involvement will not be tolerated on school property or at school-sponsored events on or off campus. I understand that I can be suspended or expelled for gang/hate group affiliation.


In order to do my part to keep my school a safe place, I will not bring a weapon or a facsimile of a weapon to school. I understand that I cannot use, possess, sell, or attempt to possess any firearm (gun), weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, including lighters, fireworks, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon, or other harmful instruments or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use. Having a weapon or facsimile of a weapon at school is an offense that can result in suspension to a district level hearing. If I am aware of a weapon on school grounds, I understand I have a responsibility to report this information to an adult in the building.

Public Display of Affection

I know that hugging, kissing, and other public displays of affection in school are inappropriate. Engaging in these activities at school disrupts my learning and the learning of others. This behavior may result in disciplinary action.


Smoking is hazardous to my health. I realize that I cannot smoke or be in the company of smokers in the school or on the school grounds. It is also against the law to have tobacco products in my possession. If I am caught with tobacco at school, I will be referred to juvenile court and I may be suspended.

Illegal Substances

The rules are very clear when it comes to substance violations. I will not possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, narcotics, intoxicants or inhalants of any kind. I will not have any drug related paraphernalia on school grounds or at school sponsored activities. I will not abuse or use illegal substances and I will not hang out with those who do. I also understand my responsibility to report any knowledge I have of drug use or possession on school property or during school sponsored activities to an adult. Having a prescription tablet or pill not belonging to you is considered a violation of JSD Illegal Substances Policy-AS 90.


In middle school, I am allowed to take medication on my own. I cannot have more than an 8 hour dose of any type of medication. I understand that medication is defined as any over-the-counter pill or personal prescription. I understand that I am in violation of district drug and alcohol policy, if I have more than an eight-hour dosage. I understand the medication must be in the original container. I also understand that if I share any medicine with a friend, I will be violating the Jordan School District Drug and Alcohol Policy.


Every student enrolled at West Hills Middle School will be assigned a locker and combination. I realize that my locker is the property of the school and that it may be inspected by school authorities at any time. I am to use only my assigned locker. I must not share my locker or combination with anyone. If I do, I could lose my locker privileges. I know that the school is not responsible for my personal property that is lost, stolen, or vandalized. I understand that if I vandalize my locker I will pay for damages.

Backpacks/Book bags/Purses and Coats

Since I have my own locker, I understand that my backpack/book bag/purse can only be used to transport my books and materials to and from school. My backpack/book bag/purse and coat will stay in my locker during the school day.

Dining Room

Lunch-time at last! Our dining room is the nicest in the whole district. I need to clean up my area after eating and return my tray and garbage to the appropriate area. While in the dining room, I will refrain from running and playing. I have a number of food options in the dining room including the full-meal line, ala carte items such as pizza, fries, sandwiches, and salads. I will also have access to vending machines that dispense a variety of juices, water, snacks, and candy. In order to keep our school clean, safe, and attractive, I understand that all food and drink must be consumed in the dining room. If the dining room is left messy, I recognize that I may lose some or all my lunchroom privileges. It is also important that I leave my coat, book bag, and other personal items in my locker before coming to the dining room.

Lunch Accounts

I can add money to my lunch account by making a deposit in the main office. I know that my money needs to be turned in by 10:00 a.m., or I am out of luck! The lunch money is collected every day at 10:00 a.m. and processed for that day’s lunch. Deposits cannot be added after the processing is done. I can always use cash to pay for a lunch in the line. I access my account with my pin number. It is private to me and I will not share that information with anyone! I can check the balance in my lunch account by calling 412-2329 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. I can also check my account balance via Skyward.

Vending Machines

When I put money in the vending machines, it is at my own risk. West Hills is unable to reimburse students for money “lost” in the machines. I am also aware that tampering with or abusing the vending machines in any way is an offense that could result in fines, suspension, or a law enforcement referral.

Library Media Center

I know the Media Center is a great place to read, do research, and get information. While in the LMC, I will act in a way that will allow scholarly study. I will follow the rules that are posted, or I will not be allowed to remain in the library. The Media Center is available to me between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Fridays it is available from 9:50 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. If I want to visit the LMC during class time, I will get a pink Library Media Center Pass from my teacher. If I want to go during lunch, I will be sure to get a pass before lunch begins. My school ID card with my picture is required to check out all materials. I will have to pay a fine for returning books after the due date. Computers with Internet access are available for my use in the LMC, but before I can use one, my parents and I must sign an Internet contract that outlines responsibilities and guidelines when using the school Internet service.

School ID card

How can I prove that I am me? I have a school ID card! ID cards are given to all students, free of charge, soon after school pictures are taken. My ID card will allow me to check out books from the LMC and verify identification in the lunch line or wherever it may be needed. If I lose it, I will have to pay $5.00 to replace it.

Student-Led Conferences

West Hills Middle School utilizes Student-Led Conferences as an opportunity for me to reflect on my own learning, practice communication skills and celebrate my success. I will present a collection of work and progress reports gathered from all my classes. I will set goals to continue to improve my education. I will get my parents to set goals to support me as I work towards this improvement. I understand that before or after my presentation, my parents can drop-in and visit with all of my teachers.

School Dress and Grooming

Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard and distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornments, which causes the teacher/administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.

  1. Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
  2. Items that bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.
  3. All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color and style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
  4. All students shall wear clean clothing. Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they may draw undue attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
  5. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, miniskirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing. Distress clothing must be in line with WHMS’s dress code. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated. Pajamas are not appropriate.
  6. Military clothing or insignias which are part of the official uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces are not to be worn except where authorized by law.
  7. Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as a part of an approved activity, or for religious or medical purposes.
  8. Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. This includes bandanas of any color, and clothing with the numbers 13, 14, 18, 88 or 69. Gang-related clothing also includes any attire or paraphernalia identified by local law enforcement. Clothing associated with any hate group is also not permitted.
  9. Shoes shall be worn at all times that ensure personal safety and hygiene. Slippers are not appropriate.

The administration reserves the right of interpretation of the West Hills Dress Code.

Students in violation of the dress code will be given the opportunity to change into appropriate clothing. In School Suspension (ISS) is available for those who are in violation and cannot reach a parent.

Jordan School District Discipline of Students

Jordan School District recognizes that student discipline is essential to further the educational process and provide an environment conducive to learning. The Board authorizes the Administration to take appropriate action to preserve order among the students and staff to protect school property. Acts of violence, use or possession of a weapon or facsimile, criminal behavior, and gang activity in or about District schools, property, or activities shall be dealt with in accordance with District policy and the law. (Board Policy AS67)

Dangerous Disruptive Conduct

The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, and while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched transportation.

1. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.

2. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:

a)   Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages. (Board Policy AS90)

b)  Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character.

c)   Arson - the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.

d)  Burglary - breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.

e)   Theft/Larceny/Stealing - the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

f)   Criminal Mischief - willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.

g)  Battery - the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.

h)   Assault - placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.

i)    Hazing- Harassing, bullying or demeaning someone as part of being included in a group, association, team or organization.

j)    Vandalism - willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property. Official grade transcripts and diplomas may be withheld until the student or the student’s parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.

k)   Gang-related/Hate group activity - dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following: 1) Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang. 2) Using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang. 3) Designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.

l)    Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting a normal school proceeding, or causing, attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these. These activities include, but are not limited to: extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Administration recognizes that the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitutes a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process. The following substances are prohibited at school:

illegal drugs, illegal psychotoxic chemicals (inhalants), alcoholic beverages, medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage.The possession, use, or distribution, by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school district property during school hours and at any school-sponsored extracurricular program or activity including those held off school property. Violations will result in the strict application of Jordan School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90. The consequences of violating AS90 can be found below.


VIOLATION   1st OffenseUse



 2nd OffenseUse



 3rd OffenseUse



 1st OffenseSharing



 2nd OffenseSharing




Early Intervention Class

 45-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment

 180-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment

 45-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment

 180-day A.E.P.


Referral for Assessment


VIOLATION 1st OffenseUse



In excess of an 8-hour dose

2nd Offense
UsePossessionResortingIn excess of an 8-hour dose


3rd OffenseUse



In excess of an 8-hour dose

1st OffenseSharing




 2nd OffenseSharing



PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS Administrative Warning 10-day A.E.P. or

Early Intervention Class

45-day A.E.P. and

Referral for Assessment

45-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment

180-day A.E.P. and

Referral forAssessment


Early Intervention

45-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment


Suspension 45-day A.E.P.and

Referral for Assessment