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P-W Middle/High School

5101 Clintonia Road
Westphalia, MI 48894 
Phone: 989-587-5100
Fax: 989-587-4075

Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm            
Daily Class Schedule: 8:03am-2:57pm

 

   Champions' Culture • Expect Your Personal Best

                                                  Chromebook Question? Please contact Mrs. Johnston
                                             at sjohnston@pwschools.org or call 989-587-5100 ext. 5113
 

2016-2017 P-W MS/HS Vision Targets
 

  1.  We will grow our champions' culture.
  2.  We will make technology an effective ingredient to quality instruction.
  3.  We will implement effective instructional methods.
  4.  We will utilize data to drive instruction via Illuminate interim assessments
  5.  We will increase the rigor, alignment, format, DOK/HOTS, etc. of our formative and summative assessments.
  6. We will keep our Atlas curriculum maps "alive."

2016-17 Althletic Policy

Please take a look at our updated P-W Athletic Policy and Code of Conduct. This document contains very valuable, basic information including our Philosophy and expected Educational Outcomes of Participation in Athletics, as well as, more detailed information regarding Athletic Opportunities at Pewamo-Westphalia High School, Eligibility, our Code of Conduct, Department Procedures and Guidelines, and Guidelines for the College Bound Student Athlete.

Reminders for Parents and Students

Backpacks, hats, and hoods are not to be worn in the building during school hours for safety purposes. Also, please note that our new main entrance is the only entrance that students are to enter in the morning. Cell phones need to be turned off and stored in lockers, with the exception of during passing time and lunch for our HS students. Moreover, all teachers offer office/tutoring hours; please click here for a list of days and times and encourage your student(s) to take advantage of this valuable opportunity. 

PWCS Now on FaceBook and Twitter

Following the information we gathered from the Parent and Community surveys last winter/spring, we have started using social media as a way of sharing information.  Please search for us on FaceBook; we are Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools with the blue and gold PW logo.  Like the page, and you should begin seeing our posts in your newsfeed. We are also using Twitter.  You can search for us using the search tool at the top; we are @PWSchools (again, with the blue and gold PW logo.)   As always, you can use our website as another source of information.  

Communication Process

Questions, concerns, and ideas routinely arise during the school year. This outline is provided to assist in communication with the appropriate person.

Step 1: Questions or concerns regarding instructional practices should go to the teacher first. A discussion should be scheduled with the principal if you still have questions after talking with the teacher.
Step 2: If applicable, items not resolved in Step 1 should be directed to the administrator or director who has responsibility in the area of concern.
Step 3: A conference with the superintendent is most appropriately held if questions or concerns have not been adequately addressed at earlier levels.
Step 4: The final level of contact with the district about a question or concern is the Board of Education. 

Middle/High School News

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December 15, 2016
New Sunday Shutdown Policy Takes Affect

Last April, in an effort to balance meeting the needs of our students/student athletes while also safeguarding our facilities and protecting important family time, the P-W School Board voted to adopt a new facility usage policy. Since the greatest savings in utility costs are through limiting access to areas beyond the front of the building, and to more clearly define participation times, the new policy restricts all activities on Sundays, other than off-season conditioning in the JH gym. We believe that this policy helps protect our facilities, honors the needs of our sports/extra-curricular/community programs and also will help define for parents what they can expect regarding their student's commitment to school activities on the weekend. For example, an in-season athlete knows that they may have a Saturday practice, but they are free all day on Sunday. An off-season athlete knows that they may have their conditioning workout on Sunday, but they are free on Saturday. We will continue to emphasize with our coaches and students that in-season athletes are not to participate in off-season workouts so every student will have at least one day every weekend where they can be confident they won't have any school activity. Any proposed activity, whether sports or extra-curricular, that would take place on a Sunday needs approval from the Superintendent. Exceptions will be granted for things such as our varsity teams wanting to practice in the fieldhouse on a Sunday before the district playoffs begin, making up for days of practice missed during the week due to weather, an end-of-the-season award night or drama rehearsal. Generally speaking, we hope this policy makes things very straightforward for our students and their families in terms of weekend obligations and also protect the facility while reducing costs. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Cooper at (989) 587-5100.

December 14, 2016
State Championship Teams Visit Local Elementary

On December 14, 2016, members of our state championship football and cross country teams visited St. Mary in Westphalia to share with future Pirates what it takes to become champion. Both teams focused on their process and the amount of time they put in during the season, but, more importantly, the amount of time they put in during out of season activities. An emphasis was placed on hard work, dedication, and putting the team before oneself. There are plans to have team representatives visit Pewamo Elementary and St. Joe soon!   

September 7, 2016
M-STEP Results Released, PW Sees Improvement

This past spring, P-W students took Michigan’s summative statewide test, the M-STEP, for the second time. This challenging online test measures higher expectations about what our students should know at the end of each school year, and requires students to write responses and show their work, instead of merely filling in a bubble answer sheet.

Students at P-W are performing better than the statewide trend, and improved, overall, in ELA, math, science, and social studies over last year, as our teachers and curricula adapt to new standards and testing methods. In fact, the Class of 2017 ranked highest in Clinton County in science and social studies, as well as had the highest average SAT score. The 2016 M-STEP feedback is an important tool for us to understand how well the district is serving students and where we can provide more support.

•Teachers and parents can use student scores to make sure they are doing all the right things. Working together, they can learn how to best support each child in order to improve their learning during the coming year.

•By reviewing school-wide results, principals and other district leaders can make decisions that are more likely to improve the services we deliver. Over time, each P-W graduate will be stronger and more competitive when it comes to career training, college, and in the workplace.

•District and statewide leaders will analyze the scores to assess the success of our efforts to close performance gaps between different groups of students. M-STEP results will help uncover inequities of learning and help us target resources to close those gaps.

At every level, these scores will be used as they always have been: to measure the outcomes that result from our public investment in education, and to help improve learning in Michigan’s schools. 

Students will begin bringing individual results home on Thursday, September 28, 2016. Parents can receive additional information by clicking on this link to view an informational video.

March 30, 2015
PWSTC Teaming Up With Amazon.com to Raise Funds For PW MS/HS

Attention parents, staff, and community members, the PWSTC has partnered with Amazon.com's Simple Fundraiser. Simply click on the Amazon link on the MS/HS page, and shop Amazon.com as you normally would to earn your school 5-7% of your total purchase. Money raised will go toward funding various unfunded initiatives. Participating in this fundraiser does not affect the cost of purchased goods! Feel free to pass this along to everyone you know! 

P-W "Points of Pride"!
 

 PWSTC Amazon logo


Upcoming Events  

March 30, 2017
End of 3rd Quarter

March 31, 2017-April 7, 2017
No School--Spring Break

April 11, 2017
SAT/PSAT 10/PSAT 9

April 12, 2017
ACT WorkKeys

April 13, 2017
11th Grade M-STEP

April 14, 2017
No School--Good Friday

May 5, 2017
8th Grade Chicago Trip
1/2 Day for Students--11:20am dismissal

May 6, 2017
Prom

May 12, 2017
PW vs. RESA Basketball Game

May 15, 2017
Senior 2nd Semester Final Exams

May 16, 2017
Senior Class Trip

May 17, 2017
Lat Day for Seniors (tentatively)

May 21, 2017
Graduation Commencements 12pm in Fieldhouse

May 29, 2017
No School--Memorial Day

June 6, 2017
Exams begin (1st hour)

June 7, 2017
Exams (2nd and 3rd hours)
1/2 Day for Students--11:20am dismissal

June 8, 2017
Exams (4th and 5th hours)
1/2 Day for Students--11:20am dismissal

June 9, 2017
Exams (6th and 7th hours)
End of 4th Quarter/2nd Semester
1/2 Day for Students--11:20am dismissal

June 27, 2017-July 3, 2017
1st Summer "Dead Period" (Campus and Facilities Closed; no Staff/Student contact)

July 9, 2017-July 14, 2017
Summer Band Camp 2017

July 31, 2017-August 6, 2017
2nd Summer "Dead Period" (Campus and Facilities Closed; no Staff/Student contact)

Helpful Links 

PDF Document2016-2017 Student Handbook  
PDF Document2016-2017 School Calendar
PDF Document2016-2017 Bell Schedules
PDF DocumentPLANK Informational Flyer 
PDF Document2016-17 Teacher Office/Tutoring Hours
PDF DocumentService-Learning Log
PDF DocumentNHS Bylaws
PDF DocumentWellness Policy
External LinkDual Enrollment Information
PDF DocumentFacility Usage Policy and Reservation Form

Our Staff

Todd Simmons
MS/HS Principal