It is hard to believe that we have just completed our first semester for the 20-21 school year. It has been a challenging time for everyone but I am encouraged by how we all worked together to support our students. We really miss having the students on campus and look forward to the time when they are back.
I am pleased to announce that during the school closure we were able to successfully complete the seismic retrofit construction project on several of our classroom wings.This project was completed way under budget and in record time. Since we did not have to displace students into portable classrooms (due to distance learning), we saved over a million dollars in facility bond money.
Ms. Erika Flores, School Counselor, will be on maternity leave the entire 2nd semester and we are pleased to have Ms. Fizza Moalem filling in for her. Ms. Moalem has been working in our counseling department for the last few years. We are confident that she will take great care of Ms. Flores students during this time she is on leave. She is responsible for students with the last name Lin-Rem. Her email address is email@example.com should you need to contact her. Email is always the best method of communication with the counselors.
Final grades for the first semester grades will be transcripted and viewable on the Aeries Parent Portal on Jan 12th at 4pm.
As we have mentioned in previous communications, there will not be any changes to our bell schedule when we return on January 4th. Here is an excerpt from the CUHSD newsletter recently published.
“The Board of Trustees will review local conditions and will consider whether or not to initiate Level 2 services at a Board meeting in mid to late January. A breakdown of the different levels can be found below.
Level 1-Distance Learning + Limited In-Person Support (beginning of spring semester): Classes are offered in the mode of distance learning. Very small groups of students access in-person supports such as Connectivity Hubs. This level is an expansion of the support being offered on campuses currently.
Level 2-Distance Learning + In-Person Academic Support and Activities (Could begin no earlier than February 8): Classes continue to be offered in the mode of distance learning. Greater numbers of staff return to campuses to expand students’ opportunities for in-person support, including academic tutoring, grade recovery, and activities.
Level 3-In-Person Instruction for Select Students (date to be determined): In addition to Level 2 support, selected groups of students attend some in-person classes with minimal disruptions to master schedules. The prioritized groups include 9th-grade students who are struggling under distance learning and cohorts of students with disabilities.
Level 4-In-Person Instruction by Preference (not expected this academic year): In-person instruction is provided to students based on request. While we are aggressively recruiting in-person substitutes, tutors and aides, at this time, we do not believe we will have sufficient staffing to be able to achieve Level 4 this academic year.”
We look forward to better days to come for all of our Westmont families. Take care and be safe!