e-News for November 2020


November is National Gratitude Month, and as we look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving break with family and friends, on behalf of the District, THANK YOU for being part of our West Shore school community.


Daylight Savings
Sunday, November 1
Did you remember to turn your clocks back an hour? 
Report Card Information Available
Wednesday, November 11
Report card information for grade 1-12 will be available online November 11, in PowerSchool. For step-by-step directions on how to view grades, attendance, and teacher comments, please click here. Part 1 of the guide provides directions for those using the PowerSchool website and Part 2 (which starts on page 9) provides directions for using the PowerSchool mobile app. Parents, if you need to set up a PowerSchool account or would like to request a printed version of your child’s report card, please contact your child's building secretary. 

Kindergarten ONLY Parent Conferences
Friday, November 20
Morning and afternoon kindergarten students do not have school on Friday, November 20.

No School 
Monday, November 23 through Monday, November 30
Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. All schools will be on cycle day 2. Parent conferences will also be held during this week. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have not set up a conference time and would like to meet with them.


Changes to our School Meals Program
It's official...all students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch for free the ENTIRE school year.  We have also expanded our Grab-and-Go Bagged Meal program to include afternoon hours at select schools beginning November 2. For additional information, please click here.
COVID-19 Notification Process & Communications
The health and well-being of our students and staff remains a top priority.  So to is our commitment to ensuring our school community receives timely and meaningful information related to COVID-19. For additional information on what to expect when the District is notified of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, click here.
Attendance for Middle and High School Students
On remote learning days, students are required to sign into the PowerSchool website (the PowerSchool app cannot be used) between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to count as present for that day's attendance. Students should use the same username (without the @wssd.bz) and password for PowerSchool that they do to access their google drive. Please note, even if a student does not have a first period class, they still must sign in to PowerSchool by 9:30 a.m. to be marked present for the day. Students that do not log-in by 9:30 a.m. will be marked absent for the day. 


Following recommendations to limit group gatherings, board meetings are currently not open for public attendance. Public participation is still welcome and encouraged via email and through our live stream. Details can be found on our website, click here.

Upcoming Board Meetings
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Related Links:
  • Watch Meetings Online - meetings are streamed live and archived for viewing after the meeting
  • On Board – online newsletter providing a summary of Board discussions, relevant links, and photos from Board meetings
  • Board Agendas - published 24 hours before the meeting
  • Board Minutes - posted after Board approval


Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS) Exploration Nights for Grades 8-11
November 9, 10, 11, and 12
Two sessions each night, pre-registration required
This is a great way to learn more about the programs offered at CPAVTS. If you are interested, don't wait to sign up. Space is limited. Families can learn more and register for sessions on CPAVTS' website at http://cpavts.org

HACC Dual Enrollment Parent Night
Wednesday, November 11
HACC will be holding a Dual Enrollment Parent Night virtually on November 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Families can learn more and register for the event on HACC's website at 

4th Annual Cedar Cliff High School Showcase
Wednesday, November 11
This year's showcase, featuring two acts and 15 performances, will be shared virtually.  Save the date and be sure to check the school calendar closer to the event for a link to the live stream.

Additional building specific activities are planned for the month of November. To view all events and cycle days, please refer to the District’s online calendar.

Best wishes for the rest of your weekend.

Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations

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