Superintendent

September 24, 2021


Dear Westwood Heights Community,

The school year is off to a busy start and it is wonderful to see our students laughing and learning in our buildings. The first few weeks have allowed us to reconnect with the students and their families after far too many online classes. The positive attendance rates and large turnout at our extracurricular events reveals a deep longing on the part of our students to be back in school with their friends. It also serves to remind us of the central role that our schools play in the community.

The entire staff has been busy making the start of school a positive experience for everyone involved. The teachers are using the technology skills they acquired while working remotely to enhance their lessons. The foodservice, custodial, behavior, and security teams are insuring a healthy and safe environment for your students. We appreciate the support our families have shown for the masking requirements and other safety measures being taken to protect the staff and students.

As you have probably seen, the district continues to grow its enrollment, and while this allows us to increase our classroom and other offerings, it does create issues in the areas of transportation and traffic control. We are seeking to add additional bus routes, but the current driver shortage is hampering that effort. We are making adjustments to our drop off and pick up procedures to help speed up that process, and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve this aspect of our operation.

Our athletic teams and band programs are at record levels of participation and our students continue to represent the district with dignity and pride. Thank you to all the parents, volunteers, and coaches who help mold our young people.

As always, thank you for trusting the Westwood Heights School district with the care and education of your students. Please let us know if there is anything that we can be doing to improve our programs. 

Peter Toal, Superintendent
Westwood Heights Schools

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