Dear Westwood Heights Community

It is hard to believe that we are already into 2019! I am hoping that everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled break, and feels energized to power through the rest of the school year. Before making any resolutions, I want to spend a moment looking back on the year so far:

  • We had strong enrollment growth at McMonagle Elementary, and will be adding new classrooms to reduce class sizes and offer more extracurricular subjects. The Christmas show was outstanding and will be a standing tradition in the years to come.
  • Our fall sports teams were outstanding on and off the field. I could not be more proud of the way that our student athletes and coaches conduct themselves on the field of battle. Our motto is to: “Create a culture of character and achievement” and our athletes do that every day.
  • We are upgrading our facilities, furniture, technology, and classroom comfort factors to insure that our students have the best environment to support their learning.
  • We have added additional security and custodial staff to ensure that the buildings are clean and safe. And our food  service staff has expanded to meet the growing student population. And, of course, major kudos to the building secretaries, who remind me every day that they run this school district. A special thanks to all these hard-working members of the Westwood family.
  • Our teaching staff is being challenged to improve our student outcomes in the areas of academics, attendance, and behavior. Their efforts can have the greatest difference in the life of a student, and we are fortunate to have a teaching staff that is highly qualified and able to attend regular trainings to ensure that their methods and technology skills are the best available.

Looking forward to 2019, we expect great things from all of our students. We will have the largest graduating class at Hamady in over ten years.  Academy West will graduate another 100+ students, not including over 50 adult learners. And we will also graduate 8th graders, 6th graders, and kindergartners in record numbers. I look forward to watching our first home track meet in 35 years and cheering on our other spring athletes.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, boosters and others who volunteer to help our students. Without your support, we would have to curtail many of our after school activities. Please talk to your building principals for areas in which you can volunteer.

Thank you to our board of education and the community at large for making our school district one of the fastest growing in the county. While growing our student population is important, we do not want to lose touch with our families and other constituents. Have a safe and successful 2019.

Peter Toal,

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