West Hills Middle

WHMS
About West Hills Middle

West Hills Middle School provides a positive learning environment where students have every opportunity to achieve their academic potential without regard to race, sex, or religious preference. The staff is committed to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, aesthetic, and physical needs of seventh, eight, and ninth grade students. The curriculum emphasizes basic skills and exploration experiences to help students make a satisfactory transition during the years between elementary and high school. West Hills Middle faculty members consistently work to maintain the highest levels of professionalism. Their goal is to give students an education which will have a significant and lasting effect in their lives. West Hills Middle has a School Improvement Plan that is currently being implemented to move the school forward.

  • LogoWe desire that:
  • Students will be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
  • Students will communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Students will demonstrate positive character development and responsible citizenship.
  • Students will demonstrate basic knowledge and learn individual and teaming skills that support future learning.
  • West Hills Highlights:
  • The school serves 1,206 students.
  • Students attend school on a regular nine-month, 180-day calendar with the summers off. Teachers collaborate as grade-level teams, and subject-area teams, in planning and preparing the very best curriculum, lessons, and projects possible for our students.
  • The curriculum meets, or exceeds district and state core standards and includes a wide range of required and elective courses.
  • The 56-member faculty includes a mix of veteran and new educators. All are state and federal approved and well prepared in their teaching fields. Both teachers and administrators undergo formal evaluations on a regular basis. The standards of excellence are high throughout the faculty and staff.
  • A full resource team, school psychologist, counselors, and teachers are on staff to serve students with special needs.
  • Selected 9th grade honors classes are available to students who qualify through class performance and high scores on standardized achievement tests.
  • West Hills has 6 computer-equipped labs and two mobile labs to assist students learning keyboarding, computer technology, research and writing skills.
  • Students have access to a beautiful media center that is continually updated to increase the number of materials available for research and information.
  • Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to comply with the school’s Code of Conduct. A computer tracking system helps monitor attendance. Staff members work closely with any student who has problems.
  • Character education and excellence programs encourage students to do their best by rewarding academic achievement, good citizenship, exemplary attitudes, exceptional effort, and improvement.
  • Nutritious breakfast and hot lunches are served everyday.
  • Most West Hills Middle School students live within walking distance and bus service is provided for any who live two miles or more from the school.
  • School volunteers are an important asset to the school. The Parent-Teacher-Student Association is a vital part of West Hills. Volunteerism is encouraged. The school has an active School Community Council.
  • Visitors are always welcome and asked to stop by the office for a visitor’s pass before going to classes or moving through the building.
  • Parents and students have 24-hour access to current grades and attendance with the school’s online Skyward program. We have a West Hills Middle School web site that is continually updated with information on school events, newsletters, calendars, teachers’ individual web pages, and links to faculty e-mail addresses.
  • Visitors to our school frequently comment on the high standards of courtesy and respect they encounter at West Hills Middle School.
  • It is great to be a Wildcat!
Student Achievement

UCAS and SCHOOL GRADING Accountability Reports
The Utah Comprehensive Accountability System (UCAS) Report and the SCHOOL GRADING Report have been created to assist in evaluating the academic performance of Utah schools in language arts, math, and science. The UCAS and SCHOOL GRADING Accountability Reports are based solely on schools’ performance on end-of-year assessments in language arts, math, and science, and on graduation rate (high schools only). No other aspects of school performance are considered in either the UCAS or SCHOOL GRADING Report.

Criterion Referenced Tests (CRT)
The Core Criterion Referenced Tests (CRTs) are administered at the end of each school year to help assess how well students have mastered the standards and objectives set forth in the State of Utah Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science core curricula.   Student achievement is reported as the percent of students reaching “proficient” by earning a Level 3 or Level 4 performance on the Core CRT.

Year
7th Lang. Arts
8th Lang. Arts
9th Lang. Arts
7th Math
Pre-Algebra
Geometry
2009-10
85%
86%
87%
59%
N/A  
70%
2010-11
83%
86%
89%
57%
N/A 
83%
2011-12
86%
86%
88%
86%
76%
N/A
Year
Algebra I
Algebra II
7th Int. Science
8th Int. Science
Earth Systems
Biology
2009-10
47%
68%
79%
80%
81%
96%
2010-11
65%
63%
81%
68%
79%
97%
2011-12
49%
62%
83%
77%
75%
97%

Direct Writing Assessment (DWA)
The Direct Writing Assessment (DWA) is designed to assess the writing skills of in February and March each year. Currently, 5th and 8th grade students are tested.  The following six components of writing are assessed: ideas & content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

 Grade 8 – Average Points Earned
Year
Ideas / Content
Organization
Voice
Word Choice
Sentence Fluency
Conventions
Composite
2009-10
3.3
3.9
3.6
3.7
3.6
3.3
21.4
2010-11
3.3
3.9
3.7
3.7
3.7
3.4
21.7
2011-12
3.7
4.0
3.9
3.9
3.9
3.6
23.0

* Each year the direct writing prompt changes, therefore caution should be used in making year to year conclusions.

Boundary Description

MiddleBegin at the D&RGW Railroad & 6600 S. (approx. 4700 W.); east along 6600 S. (south side) to 3600 W.; south along 3600 W. (west side) to 7800 S.; west along 7800 S. (north side) to 4000 W.; south along 4000 W. (west side) to Old Bingham Hwy.; southwest along Old Bingham Hwy (north side) to approximately 10200 S.; west along 10200 S. (north side) to the Mining Railroad; southwest along the Mining Railroad (west side) to approximately 10450 S.; west along 10450 S. (north side) to west county line; north along west county line (east side) to approx. 9600 S.; east along approx. 9600 S. (south side) to New Bingham Hwy. and Hwy. U-111; northeast along New Bingham Hwy. (south side) to utilities corridor (power poles and the proposed Mountain View Corridor at approximately 5800 W.); north along utilities corridor (east side) to 7800 S.; east along 7800 S. (south side) to the D&RGW Railroad (approx. 4600 W.); north along the D&RGW Railroad (east side) to 6600 S.

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