Welcome to Westmount Junior High School! As principal at Westmount, I am truly honoured to be working with staff, students and a school community that has shown such a wonderful commitment to education. Westmount is a school with a rich history that has been committed to high quality education for over 100 years.
Westmount Junior High School promotes high standards and expectations for each student in regard to academic performance and responsible citizenship during the school day as well as after school hours. Good attendance has proven that results will follow. It is the contribution of our students to our school community that makes Westmount Junior High School remarkable! We encourage participation in academic programs, fine arts, athletics, and community service along with a willingness to act responsibly as an individual to promote a positive academic environment for all. I am extremely proud of our growth the past few years and improvement in the areas of attendance, student conduct and achievement that allows us to continue to foster greater success in these areas.
Westmount Junior High has seen a huge growth in population, teaching staff and programs offered. Our school focus is "Engagement" and we look at every opportunity to attach our students to real life experiences so that they are prepared when they start the next succession plan. One program that has Westmount celebrating success is the development of the complimentary course program where life experiences and samples of next level learning help prepare our students for the future. Within the option program students engage in four different themes: Academic Enhancement, Career Transition Foundations, Fine Arts and Performing Arts as well as Health and Wellness. Students have up to fifty option courses to choose from. A variety of complimentary courses support this practice and the vision of our school.
One of the biggest shifts for Westmount this year is our new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program as students will be empowered through project based learning and full engagement with activities that will enhance each student’s learning on a very practical basis. We welcome Mr. Matt Monsma, new Curriculum Coordinator, who will be spearheading this work in the classroom.
We believe that our parent community is an equally important part of the success of our students and school. We encourage parents to participate in the daily learning activities of their child by talking to their child about their learning and openly communicating with their child's teachers. There are also many other opportunities for parents to connect with the school by being active members of the Parent Advisory Council, by attending sporting and musical events, student-led conferences and parent-teacher interviews.
I am very excited to be the principal of Westmount Junior High School for my fifth year and I know that the 2018 – 2019 school year will be a successful one. I want staff, students and parents to know that I have an open door policy to ensure that there is effective communication between all Westmount Junior High partners. My strength in education lies on the fundamental principle of fostering effective relationships. I look forward to continuing our relationships and making new ones in the future.
Mr. Rick Stanley