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Welcome to: Bienvenue à l'école secondaire West Hill Secondary School
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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This is to inform you that in Homeroom classes yesterday, your son/daughter received information about new elective course options as a result of the amalgamation of WHSS & OSCVI's course options. Copies of this form and course descriptions can be found in the link above under "Happening Now". We are providing students the opportunity to re-select any of these new courses. Students are asked to return these sheets with their names on them, and their selection, to their Homeroom teachers or to the Student Services Office. Student Services will be making appointments for students to discuss course changes. A full copy of your son/daughter's course selections will be sent to you for approval, and  your signature in the near future.

To ensure you are up-to-date on the latest school news please visit our website to subscribe to Flashalters.

Lucy Hilts
Principal

For more information and ongoing updates, please visit the 2015-16 Accommodation Reviews section of the Bluewater District School Board website at www.bwdsb.on.ca.  

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Welcome to West Hill Secondary School!  We are in Owen Sound on Georgian Bay located in the beautiful Niagara Escarpment.  The Bruce Trail runs right past our front doors.  We are only thirty minutes from Sauble Beach and Blue Mountain and are at the base of the Bruce Peninsula.  Owen Sound is an area known for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, boating and sledding to name a few.  We are also a cultural centre and home to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Grey Roots Museum and the Roxy Theatre.  

West Hill is the largest secondary school in Bluewater with an enrolment around 900 students and just under 100 staff.  We have a great Link Crew program in our school which has senior students welcome our new grade 9’s to the school and mentor them for their entire first year of secondary school.  

Our parents are always encouraged to be a part of our school.  West Hill has a very active School Community Council who is a valued part of our school community.  New parents are always welcome. Meetings are held bi-monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month.  Contact the school to find out the date of the next meeting.

We have a wonderful diversity in our programs at West Hill.  We offer French Immersion, allowing students to take 1/3 of their secondary courses in French.  We have a strong technology department offering courses in construction, manufacturing, automotive, design, communications and hospitality.  The Arts are alive at West Hill!  Our drama students put on great plays each year.  Our music department is a thriving area which is award winning.  Our art department offers a wide variety of courses including photography.  We offer a very popular Specialist High Skills Major in Art and Culture where our students will specialize in fashion and hairstyling and aesthetics.  We also offer a Specialist High Skills Major in Technology.

West Hill offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities in the form of teams and clubs.  We enter a team in almost every sport that participates in the Bluewater Athletic Association.  Many of our teams and athletes are very successful winning league, CWOSSA and OFSAA championships.  

West is best! We say this because we have such great students in our school and a hard working and caring staff who make being at West Hill such a pleasure.

Lucy Hilts, Principal

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The WHSS Code of Conduct is derived from the Ontario Code of Conduct, Bill 81  - the Safe Schools Act, 2000, and Bluewater District School Board Policies – Foundations For Learning, and  Safe Schools. It has been developed in collaboration with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community.

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Check out our Students' Council and School Community Council website from the links below:


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  • Today's Events
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We are very excited to announce that we are one of the first schools in Bluewater District School Board to offer parents the convenience of paying online for school activities, field trips and sports events.
For safety and efficiency reasons, we want to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into our school. School related expenses will be available online for you to make payment.
Click on the School Cash Online image to get started.
Click here to register or login.

Be sure to sign up for Flash Alerts. Notifications about Online Payments for things like student fees, field trips, etc. will be sent as Flash Alerts as we prepare to offer this payment option.

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KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR SCHOOL
You could receive your Newsletters and book Parent/Teacher interviews through FlashAlerts!

1.
Click whss.flashalerts.com to access the FlashAlerts Web page for West Hill
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Click on the SIGN UP button. (upper right corner)
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Type in your Login information. For example if your name is Bobby Pinn your login could be bobbypin. Type in a password you will never forget. Confirm your password by typing it again in the Confirm Password box.
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Type in your first, middle and last name in the appropriate boxes.
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The next section is for your Contact Information. Type in your email, home phone number, work phone number, cell number and secondary email if possible.
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Leave the Location section blank.
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Select the way that you wish to be contacted if there is an emergency at school such as a real lockdown or a fire.
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The next section is for urgent notifications. This is when your child is ill and we need to contact you.
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The final area is for general notification of school events such as parents night, open house or when the report cards go home. (email is recommended)
10. Finally, check off the box at the bottom of the page so the school can use all the information that you have typed in and click on the Register button. (All contact information is kept confidential)

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