Welcome to Westmount School! We are a learning community of students, parents, teachers and supporters dedicated to preparing young people for the academic and real world challenges they will encounter on their journey to adulthood and beyond. Students at Westmount are served by superb teachers who work with students to foster their individual success in all subject areas. Students have multiple opportunities for learning beyond the classroom through sports teams, band-art-drama productions, clubs, field trips, presentations and experiences.
Welcome to Westmount Junior High School! It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we start this 2015 - 2016 academic year. As a second year 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 was extremely satisfied with our growth last year and improvement in the areas of attendance, discipline and achievement.
The staff at Westmount believe in the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” (Sean Covey) as a source of motivation to effectively engage in day to day positive pursuits. We will help the students:
1) Be proactive
2) Begin with the End in Mind (Defining goals)
3) Put first things first (Prioritize)
4) Think win-win (Everyone can win attitude)
5) Seek first to understand, then to be understood (Listen sincerely)
6) Synergize (Work together to achieve more)
7) Sharpen the saw (Renewing yourself regularly)
Westmount staff and students will continue into year three of the “Leader in Me” program. The program is an innovative, school wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century.
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 teacher. 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 back as the principal of Westmount Junior High School. 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 am looking forward to meeting many of you in the near future.