Description: The Westword is one of the largest student organizations at Westhill High School. Over 100 staff members composed of writers, editors, managers, photographers, etc work to publish a monthly newspaper featuring the Westhill community.
Additional Requirements: Required application and interview with the Westword staff and advisors
Facebook: Page - The Westword
Future Business Leaders of America
Activity Type: Academic
Description: Future Business Leaders of America is an organization that encourages business education on an extracurricular basis and helps develop a personal understanding of business related activities. We are also involved with many community events.
Additional Requirements: Members must have already had or be enrolled in a Unified Arts class.
Activity Type: Academic
Description: ALTA Program: provides an after school and Saturday programs for students at the Stamford and West hill High School. Preparing students in academic, college readiness, and social emotional and family support to targeted groups of Latino students. The ALTA program provide students a high quality after school program designed to ensure the best education and outcome for your child.
ALTA aims to:
Motivate your child to learn
Get your child ready for college
Help your child learn study skills that are important for success in high school & college
Support you in strengthening the lines of communication between you & your child
Support you in strengthen your communication with the school system
Assist you in guiding your child through the college application process
It is important in today’s world it is essential that your children be taught and exposed to the knowledge and experiences that prepare them for success in the 21st Century.
Description: The Westhill High School Debate Team is a diverse group of over 50 students who are dedicated to furthering their public speaking and analysis skills by debating contemporary issues and competing against some of the best and brightest students in Connecticut and throughout the country.
Description: Period 8 is a program run by National Honors Society every Thursday after school in the media center. Members from National Honors Society volunteer to tutor other students in various subject areas. Members from National Honors Society also gain community service hours.
Description: Westhill is proud to provide an academic support program, which fosters academic success and college preparation.
Our peer-tutors advocate for your academic well-being and provide encouragement and recognition necessary for success while challenging you to reach new levels of achievement. The Success Program works with a multi-disciplinary team to include teachers, school counselors, school administrators, as well as parents, in an effort to maximize additional academic support for students.
Additional Requirements: All students' acceptance into the program depends on their application -- the class they need help in must be CP or Honors in Math, English, Science, or Social Studies
All tutors' acceptance into the program depends on their application, counselor and teacher recommendations, and an interview with the Program Director prior to hire.
Teaching Assistant Program
Activity Type: Academic
Description: 1. "High performing" juniors and seniors, especially those possibly interested in careers in teaching or social services, will work as real-time, in-class teaching assistants with the most academically at-risk students in Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 courses under the guidance of the classroom teacher. (Course assignment to be consistent with participants' math skill and interests.)
2. There are two ways students can participate: (1) "Math Independent Study" which is a course for credit and grade, and (2) Teacher's Aide (may change to "Math Intern")for no credit (but it does count for Honor society service hours). (Note: Students can also have a study hall if deemed appropriate.)
Description: Best Buddies is a nation wide organization consisting of student volunteers that create activities for people with mental and physical disabilities. Friendships between these people and volunteers are also created.
Description: Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Some of the activities at Westhill include: Thanksgiving Food Drive, Blood Drives, Mental Health Awareness Week, World AIDS Day, Park Clean Ups and so much more…..
Additional Requirements: The Grade Point System used to compute GPA's in Powerschool has an increased point value from what was used in the past. As a result, the GPA requirement for entry to the Westhill Chapter of the National Honors Society is 3.6 unweighted.
Activity Type: Social
Description: Students participate in a variety of events that include: walking in the Columbus Day Parade, Bocci Tournaments, and Community Service for Italian Americans.
Description: Spanish club is a celebration of culture and friendship. We also identify areas of need to be able to help the community. We go to trips every year. These include, Haunted House at Ulster Park, NY, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, going to the theater in NY, etc. We meet every week in room 205 where we have lunch and do activities.
Description: Tennis is a game where the tennis ball is being hit back and forth (it's called a rally) above the net and within the lines between 2 (singles) or 4 (doubles) players upon the serve and return (that's how the point starts). The game consists of: fitness, technique-strokes, mental toughness and strategic thinking. It's also compared to chess by 90 miles per hour or a boxing fight with the tennis racquets.
Meeting Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Spring Season
Meeting Frequency: Daily
Age Requirements: No Age Requirements
Grade Requirement: No Grade Requirement
GPA Requirement: Requirement
Additional Requirements: you have to know how to play tennis at least at the level 6 of New England USTA tournaments, equivalent of 3.5 player on USTA adult scale
you should own a tennis racquet and tennis sneakers
Description: Students participate in a season of Alpine Ski Racing held at Mount Southington in Southington, CT. Help under the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League there are practices and races held at various locations.
Description: As the great Dan Gable has been quoted " More enduringly that any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill - none have wrestled without pride."