Onward Pirates!

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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 Questions?

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

 

2017-2018 P-W MS/HS Vision Targets

Our 2017-18 MS/HS vision targets
#1  we will grow our champions' culture
#2   we will utilize our data to drive instruction/improvements via interim assessments
#3  we will implement proven, effective instructional methods (teaching is for learning)
#4  we will make tech. an ingredient to quality instruction
#5  we will increase the frequency, SAT format, and rigor of our formative, interim, and
    summative assessments
#6  we will keep our Atlas curriculum mapping “alive”

2017-18 Athletic 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

Stay connected with what is happening at school! 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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August 17, 2017
Genius Hour Projects Prove Successful

Every year, students in Mr. Rehmann's Computers 9 classes spend a portion of their time working on a Genius House project--a project that is entirely student created and implemented. Students choose projects that range from learning to play the piano or guitar to raising money for worthy causes. Last year, current sophomores Taylor Smith and Celina Pohl chose to raise money and provide donations to DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. Below is the write-up Miss Smith did for their fall news letter:

"Mr. Rehmann assigned a Genius Hour project that challenged us to reach out to the community to make a difference. My partner, Celina Pohl, and I thought that giving to a children's hospital would be a great idea. We looked online and noticed that Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids was accepting donations. Our project had a couple of parts. One was we raised money, purchased toys and delivered them to DeVos. For the second part, I was informed that a Wall Street brokerage firm, BTIG, has a Charity Day each year when they donate 100% of their trading commissions to charity.  Their website shows that they really like to donate to children’s causes. I contacted BTIG and asked if something like DeVos could be included. There were some forms needed, so I emailed DeVos and Devin Pierson got back with me. Devin gave me the information I needed. I got the forms to BTIG and they said that the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital would be able to get a donation. The Charity Day was May 2. It went very well, and we got a total of $19,000 for DeVos Children’s Hospital."

Congratulations, Taylor and Celina! What an awesome experience, and thank you for representing PW well! 

August 17, 2017
PW Staff Enjoy Summer Fun

As we gear up for another school year to begin, let's take a look back at what has kept our staff busy this past summer!:
"We spent 2 weeks in da U.P. at my Parents and had our annual surprise anniversary trip, where my Bride took me to Arcadia Dunes and Manistee bike riding." --Mr. Simmons
"I got married, went to Hawaii for my honeymoon, won my beach volleyball league, made my first garden (lots of tomatoes this year!) and am turning 24 our first day of PD!" --Mrs. Hess (formerly Dyer)
"I had a baby!" --Mrs. Tien
"This summer, we went to Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side.  We spent most of our Summer on Higgins Lake at our cabin.  We also went to Sleeping Bear Dunes and went from Burt Lake to Lake Huron through the Indian River." --Mr. Kurka
"June: Prepared the house, garage, and yard for our son's high school open house. July: Volunteered in the kitchen for Camp Barakel and was lead story teller for VBS. August: Rebuilt a deck and chaperoned band camp for a week for Williamston High School. Other highlights...Cascade Falls in Jackson, many trips to Sun Theater in Williamston, Lugnuts Harry Potter night, swimming, and bon fires in our back yard." --Mr. Keyes
 

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  

August 21, 2017
Schedule/Chromebook Pick-up and School Pictures 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

August 22, 2017
Schedule/Chromebook Pick-up and School Pictures 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

August 28, 2017
First Day of School

September 1, 2017
No School

September 4, 2017
No School--Labor Day

September 22, 2017
Picture Retake Day

September 29, 2017
Homecoming FB Game 7:30pm
Homecoming Parade 4:30pm in Westphalia

October 4, 2017
Student Count Day

October 18, 2017
PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT
1/2 Day for Students--11:20 dismissal
Staff PD 12:00-3:00pm

October 27, 2017
End of 1st Marking Period

November 9, 2017
P/T Conferences 4:00-7:00pm

November 10, 2017
1/2 Day for Students--11:20 dismissal
P/T Conferences 12:00-3:00pm

November 15, 2017
No School for Students
Staff PD 8:00am-3:00pm

November 22-24, 2017
No School--Thanksgiving Break

December 15-20, 2017
1st Semester Exams

December 21, 2017-January 2, 2018
No School--Christmas Break

January 15, 2018
No School for Students
Staff PD 8:00am-3:00pm

January 19, 2018
End of 2nd Marking Period/1st Semester
1/2 Day for Students--11:20 dismissal
Staff Work Day--12:00pm-3:00pm

February 16, 2018
No School--Mid-Winter Break

February 19, 2108
No School--Mid-Winter Break

March 16, 2018
1/2 Day for Students
Staff PD 12:00pm-3:00pm

March 29, 2018
End of 3rd Marking Period

March 31, 2018-April 6, 2018
No School--Spring Break

April 10, 2018
1/2 Day for Students and Staff
Junior SAT/MME

April 11, 2018
Junior ACT WorkKeys/MME

April 12, 2018
Junior M-STEP/MME

April 24, 2018
HS Awards Night 5:30pm in Auditorium

May 4, 2018
1/2 Day for Students and Staff

May 18, 2018
8th Grade Chicago Trip

May 20, 2018
Graduation Commencements 12:00pm in FH

May 28, 2018
No School--Memorial Day

June 5-8, 2018
2nd Semester Exams

June 8, 2018
1/2 Day for Students--11:20 dismissal
End of 4th Marking Period/2nd Semester

Helpful Links 

PDF Document2017-2018 Student Handbook  
PDF Document2017-2018 School Calendar
PDF Document2017-2018 Bell Schedules
PDF DocumentPLANK Informational Flyer 
PDF Document2017-18 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