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Good afternoon Warrior families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer break and looking forward to a fun filled school year.  We are thrilled to welcome all of you back to a new school year of learning and growing.  I am grateful to continue this journey with you as your Principal. Over the past year, I have had a chance to meet many of you and your children, and look forward to continue building a strong relationship with all of you in the upcoming year.  Your partnership, as families, has been invaluable to Westwood Junior High’s success and I am grateful for your commitment and support.

As summer vacation comes to an end, I would like to apprise you of some changes that we will be implementing this school year.  We formed a committee, including teachers, parents and administrators, to review our current student handbook.

Some of the notable changes:

  • Advisory class will meet five days a week. This time will be utilized to build relationships within our school community and provide an opportunity to educate students about current social and emotional issues, which they experience and encounter.
  • A student advisory council will be formed to discuss the current state of Westwood Junior High and to provide feedback on current systems and structures that exist within the school.
  • A school wide binder system will be implemented to help each student with organizational and study skills.
  • All students will be issued a locker. Backpacks, cell phones and personal belongings will need to be stored in lockers during the school day. 
  • Cell phones and ear buds will not be allowed in the hallways or common areas.
  • Restroom passes will be issued at teacher discretion.
  • A Tardy tracking system will be implemented this year to alert parents via phone communication when your student has received a tardy at school.

Thank you again for your continued support of Westwood Junior High.  I am committed to growing our school community to greatness!  I hope you all enjoy the rest of summer, and I look forward to seeing you for the upcoming school year. 

Sincerely,

Jennie Bates
Principal
jennie.bates@risd.org