Westhill High School Highlights
2015-2016 Academic Year
* Of the students who graduated, 62% graduated with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, 34% graduated with a Regents Diploma, and 2% graduated with a local diploma.
* Of the 2016 graduates, 63% enrolled in a four-year college, 25% in a two-year college, and 10% are pursuing work and/or military options.
* 100% of students with disabilities met the NYS graduation requirement on the US History Regents and 50% reached the mastery level.
* 94% of students with disabilities met the NYS graduation requirement on the ELA Common Core Regents and 33% reached mastery.
* 100% of students with disabilities attained the proficiency level on the Chemistry Regents.
* Twenty Earth Science students traveled with Mrs. Pounder and Mr. Primrose to the Ithaca area where they collected fossils, learned about the geological history of the Finger Lakes region, and went hiking to see Taughhannock Falls.
* The student body attended an assembly led by Dr. Bellace. He presented on ways to experience natural highs and make healthy choices. Tenth grade students later participated in a day of wellness comprised of mini-workshops offered by Dr. Bellace and members of the school and local community.
* Students in Ms. Willey’s Living Environment Honors class engaged in an extensive investigative research study focused on healthy eating choices. They then worked with the high school food service manager to develop a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch choices that were both flavorful and met the national school lunch guidelines.
* Teachers continued to develop their project-based learning (PBL) instructional toolbox both through attending PBL workshops and collaborating with colleagues.
* Students in Mrs. Weinsztok’s Living Environment class visited SUNY Morrisville to learn about aquaponics.
* Teachers from different departments advised students in the Senior Seminar, a new course co-taught by Ms. Fleming and Mrs. Fenner, as they developed their final projects, which were presented at the Senior Scholar Inquiry Symposium at Syracuse University.
* The Counseling Center staff facilitated workshops with staff members to develop ideas on how to address student anxiety and stress.
* A number of medical professionals and police officers met with students in the Forensics class to share details from their work experiences.
* Students in the French program engaged in pen-pal correspondence with students from Belgium while students in the Spanish program communicated with students from Madrid.
* A number of teachers implemented new technology in their classrooms, to include: Google Classroom; Kahoot!; Twitter; Storyboardthat; Tagxedo; Popplet; and Canva.
* Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble each earned Gold Superior ratings at the WorldStrides Heritage Performance Competition. Symphonic Bank received a Silver Excellent rating.
* Students in the high school music program participated in instrument-specific masterclass session through the Westhill Master Artist Series.
* Westhill High School music students represented the program in every honor ensemble across Central New York, to include: Syracuse Youth Orchestra; Senior High All County Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Jazz Band, and Vocal Jazz; Junior High All County Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, the Greater Syracuse Youth Honors Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Allegro, and Poco Allegro.
* Nineteen students in the music department prepared solos and attended the 2016 New York State Schools of Music Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudication Festival.
* Ninth graders visited Syracuse Stage to see a production of To Kill a Mockingbird.
* Westhill students were encouraged to attend the Academic Decathlon for Everyone Lecture Series about India, a series of presentations featuring lecturers from the South Asia Center at Syracuse University.
* Journalism students revamped the school newspaper into an online news and media outlet entitled “The Glass Corridors 2.0.”
* The varsity boys soccer team progressed to the Section III semi-finals. The varsity girls soccer team competed in the Section III finals.
* The varsity girls cross-country team was named Section III champions and seven team members advanced to the state competition. The varsity boys cross-country team finished their season at the Section III final competition.
* Varsity football had a successful season, making it the Section III quarterfinals.
* Westhill’s varsity volleyball team earned the title of Class B Section III champions, progressed through regional competitions, and earned third place at the state competition.
* The indoor track teams were successful in their season with the girls being named OHSL second place league champs; the boys were named OHSL league champs.
* Girls basketball had a banner year, earning the title of Class B Section III champions. The boys team progressed to the second round of sectional play.
* Varsity girls lacrosse was name league champions.
* Girls softball earned the title of league champions as did boys baseball.
* The boys outdoor track team was named OHSL league champions and Class B1 Section III champions. Two female athletes from the girls outdoor track team qualified for the NYPHSAA outdoor track champions where they competed in the pole vault event (earned fourth place) and the hurdles. The 4x800 girls relay team also qualified for this championship.
* Westhill’s girls golf earned the title of league champions for the season.
Club & Extracurricular Highlights
* Creating Awareness Reaching Equality (CARE) participated in World AIDS Day, Vera House White Ribbon Campaign, the AIDS Walk, ACR’s Christmas Angel program, the “Bully Week,” and the high school’s wellness day.
* Character Education organized a hat, mitten, and sock drive that benefited Interfaith Council, ran a penny wars competition that benefited Leukemia Lymphoma Society, raised money for UNICEF during October, facilitated workshops during wellness day, attended a guest author series at Syracuse University, and attended a musical at Corcoran High School.
* Members of Character Education participated in Community Wide Dialogue, a discussion-based program that aims break down racial barriers.
* The ECOS Club visited the OCRRA Composting site to learn about composting and plans to work with Cherry Road this year to implement ECOS Olympics.
* The senior class attended Grad Night at Six Flags in Lake George.
* French and Spanish National Honor Society students worked as peer tutors who helped students in levels two through four.
* The French Club visited Munson Williams Proctor Art Museum, attended a Syracuse Crunch game, and saw Cirque du Soleil.
* The VEX Robotics Team won the programming skills portion of two VEX robotics competitions.
* Student Council organized Warrior Day, an afternoon of community-building activities that culminated with yearbook distribution.
* FBLA members managed the school store, attended a field trip to see Daymond John speak at the Brazzlebox Small Business Summit, participated in the St. Lucy’s holiday gift drive, and donated goods for Thanksgiving food baskets.
* FBLA members participated in competition, winning first place in public speaking, second place in web site design, and third place in business law.
* Westhill’s Math Team had a great year: 13 students attended the All-County Meet with teams placing 10th and 15th out of 65 teams in the county.
* Members of both the high school and middle school book clubs attended the Teen Book Festival at Nazareth College.
* The librarian reported that there were 16,600 student visits to the library from study halls and unstructured periods.