DUE TO COVID-19, SOME OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE BECAUSE OF VIRTUAL LEARNING AND THE UNKNOWN RETURN OF FACE-to-FACE INSTRUCTION.  IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
*WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO UPDATE THIS SECTION AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE FROM GCS.*

 

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL INFO?
 
Our school website is https://www.gcsnc.com/Western_Guilford_High and the phone number is (336) 316-5800. Office hours at WGHS are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Our Principal is Mr. Newlin and we have three Assistant Principals, Mrs. Leighty, Mr. Fleming and Ms. Burnette.
 

Sign up for your parent Canvas account to keep track of your student's grade and more. Go to the GCS website and search Canvas for a video tuturial. Or go to the Western facebook page. The video is also posted there. 

 

IS THERE AN OPEN HOUSE?

For the 2020-2021 school year WGHS will hold a VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, September 15th. Your student's teacher will send you a sign up through Canvas and then you will receive a link to the event. This event is from 6-7:30 p.m. We hope you will tune in.

WHICH GUIDANCE COUNSELOR WILL MY STUDENT HAVE?

Your child will be assigned to a counselor based on the starting letter of his/her last name. To determine your student's counselor, visit the school website and click on the Counseling link under Student Services. Or you can visit the "Senior Buzz" tab on this website and link to Counseling there. Keep in mind the first few weeks of school are very hectic for our counselors, as they are busy trying to fix student schedule issues.

WHAT IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS OR CONCERNS?

When we face a problem, we are sometimes tempted to start at the top. If there is a problem with a class, encourage your child to talk to the teacher for that class. For schedule problems or placement, go to the guidance counselors. For other problems or if you aren't sure who to contact, refer to the 2020-2021 WGHS Student-Parent Handbook.

 

WHAT ABOUT MY STUDENT'S SCHEDULE?

Western Guilford follows a traditional schedule. Students take the same six classes for the full school year, although there are options for online semester long classes in some areas. Discuss this and other options with your student's counselor. Schedules are delivered via snail mail in mid-August. If you are attending Open House, have your student bring his/her schdule to "walk the schedule" and meet teachers. Schedules will also be distributed to all students on the first day of school. NOTE: keep in mind the schedule your student receives on the first day of school, may differ slightly than the one mailed home.  Your student should follow the schedule given to them on the first day of school even if changes need to be made. If that is the case, encourage your student to speak with his/her counselor.  If there is a problem with your student's schedule, they will announce a request for change window, once school starts. This will be the most expeditious way to make any schedule change requests. It can take a little while for counselors to meet with all students with scheduling needs. 

In order to have a schedule on the first day of school, please register your student well before the start of school. Paperwork has to be filled out, records requested from the previous school, etc. in order to create an appropriate schedule for your student. This can take time and a schedule can not be created for your student until certain paperwork is completed and records requested by our registrar. Please call the school office if you need to register your student at 336-316-5800. 

For schedule changes this school year, contact your student's counselor. 

It's important to remember that decisions are made at the GCS Adminstrative and Board of Ed level, not the school level; therefore, we kindly ask for your patience. 

 

DOES WGHS HAVE HOMEROOM CLASSES?

On the first day of school, students will report to an assigned room to receive their official schedules.  WGHS administration will hang posters in several areas throughout the school identifying which room your student is assigned (usually by grade and/or name).  After the first few days of school, students will report to their first period classes each day, unless notified otherwise. Encourage your student to pay attention to the schoolwide announcements for when to report to Homeroom.

 

WHAT IS "ZERO PERIOD?"

Zero Period is the time from 7:45-8:40 a.m. that students may use for academic sessions.  

 

WHAT ABOUT LUNCH?

One of the most important things for your student to know during the first week of school is which lunch he/she has. At WGHS, lunches are divided into 3 times during the 4th period classes – called A, B, or C Lunch. If students have "A lunch" (12:05-12:35 p.m.), they go directly to the cafeteria at the beginning of 4th period; if they have "B lunch" (12:40-1:10 p.m.) students will report to 4th period where they will start class, then go to lunch, then go back to 4th period to continue class; if they have "C lunch" (1:15-1:45 p.m.) students will go directly to the cafeteria after 4th period.  Should your student have a question about lunch times, he/she needs to ask their 4th period teacher. 

NOTE: Students ARE NOT to leave campus during their lunch period. Also, students ARE NOT to have lunch from an outside source delivered to campus. Parents/Guardians are allowed to bring in a forgotten lunch and leave it with the Front Office staff; please be sure to label your student's lunch with his/her name and lunch time. Please arrive before your student's lunch time. Your student may pick up their lunch from the office on the way to lunch. Lunches received after your child's assigned lunch, must be eaten in the office. This minimizes classroom distruptions. If you are unsure of your student's lunchtime, call the office at 336-316-5800. 

DO THEY USE LOCKERS AT WGHS?

All students have the option to use a locker. Lockers are assigned by their 4th period teacher. But, in reality, because student's classes can be rather far a part, most students opt out of using their locker. 

 

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH TEACHERS?

Parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers. We are unsure at this time, when and how, but please look for updates! Unlike Elementary and Middle School, you may not have as much interaction with the teachers as you previously did; not all of them send newsletters or regular emails. Most of them communicate with their students through other sources.  If your student has a concern in a class, discuss the issue and see what solutions you can come up with together, and then encourage him/her to speak with the teacher. High School is a great time for them to learn how to self-advocate!  High school teachers will always want to hear from the student first and parent second.  

If you do need to get involved, it’s best to send an email to the teacher. There is a staff email directory on the school website under the Staff tab: https://www.gcsnc.com/domain/1437. All teachers hand out a class syllabus, grading scale, expectations for the year, and ways to communicate at the beginning of the year. Many request that you sign and return a portion of it to them. Ask your student to see the syllabus for each class. You will be amazed at the letters, forms, notices, pictures, etc, that live in the bottom of your student's backpack once they begin high school. 

 

HOW DO I ACCESS GRADES?

Paper report cards are issued but high schoolers don’t always give them to parents. PowerSchool is the best way to check on your student's academic progress. You can learn more about PowerSchool on the WGHS website - look for the PowerSchool Parent Portal icon. You can also have weekly or daily grade updates, attendance, etc reports sent to you automatically.Sign up through Powerschool. There is also a Powerschool App that you can download and link to your student's account. 

Classes in GCS are scored on a 10-point grading scale. Grades may be weighted if your child is in Honors or AP classes. While many freshmen are in honors classes, most students don’t take AP classes until their sophomore or junior year. 

IS TUTORING AVAILABLE?

Teachers offer tutoring time either before or after school. If your child is struggling in a subject, encourage him/her to attend tutoring sessions. Teachers will announce their tutoring days and times to students, and are usually included on the class syllabus handed out during the first week of school.

 

WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCE POLICY?

Unlike middle school, attendance is tracked for each class rather than the entire day. All absences and early sign outs are handled through the Attendance Office, which is located in the Commons adjacent to the Front Office. When sending in a note with your student always be sure to include student full name, reason for absence/early release, date of absence/early release, signature of parent/guardian, daytime phone number for a parent/guardian.Students must be in class for more then half of the period in order for it to count as having attended the class. If it is less then half of the class, the student will be marked absent.  If you need to pick up your student early from school, try to send a note in the morning. Your student can turn the note in to Mrs. Holland first thing in the morning. This will speed up the check out process when you arrive to sign your student out early. Students go directly to class prior to 9:00 AM. Attendance will be taken there and students arriving after the bell has rung, will be marked tardy.

Please try not to pick up your student early from school or try to get a message to your student after 3:30. It can be quite chaotic in the office at the end of the day and the office staff can not asssure that your student will receive the message. 

  • ALL absences require a written note from parent/guardian which must be given to the Attendance Office within 3 days of returning to school.
  • Students are required to make up time missed from classes for all absences over (three) 3 per quarter.  Encourage your student to discuss this with his/her teacher.
  • Any student who leaves campus during instructural time must sign out in attendance office.  Parents must come into school and sign their student out. For the safety of all, students may not go directly to your car during an early dismissal. Any student arriving after 9:00 AM must sign in at the attendance office. 

For a detailed explanation of the school attendance policy, please refer to the WGHS 2020-2021 Student Parent Handbook.

 

WHAT ABOUT CLUBS, ATHLETICS AND ARTS?

Encourage your child to get involved in a club while a student at WGHS! It’s an excellent way to be with peers who share the same interests. Students are able to learn more about clubs during the month of September when Student Council will host a club fair.  Your freshmen should not feel pressured to join a club immediately. Some students need an adjustment to high school period of time. Some students join clubs freshmen year and or participate in sports, while others may not join until Sophmore, Junior or Senior year. We have two academic clubs open to students based on their GPA. BETA club begins by invitation junior year and the National Honor Society begins by invitation for senior year. Student Council (STUCCO) is open to all grade levels. Ms. Peele is the advisor for this organization. 

Athletics and the Arts are another way for students to involve themselves within Hornet Nation. You can find more information about WGHS athletics by clicking the Athletics tab on the school website.  Our Arts Education department offers Band, Chorus, Drama and Art.

*NOTE: You can purchase a family or individual student sport's pass, which covers the admission cost to all regular season home games for every sport, through the K-12 Payment Center on the school’s homepage. Otherwise, there is a $7.00 admission charge, per GCS, for all. Children 2 and under are free. Season Pass money remains at the school, while a portion of the $7.00 gate fee for each sport, goes to GCS. 

 

DOES WGHS OFFER SERVICE LEARNING?

If your student would like to earn a Service Learning Certificate or Diploma, they should begin volunteering during their first year. WGHS offers numerous service learning opportunities FOR ALL STUDENTS throughout each school year.  This is another great way for students to meet other students with shared interests and become a part of Hornet Nation!  Our Service Learning Coordinator is Kyra Seaver - you can find her contact info under the staff directory on the WGHS homepage.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ATRIUM AND THE COMMONS?

When you first enter the WGHS front doors, the long open hallway toward the Front Office is called the Atrium. To the left, outside, is the courtyard and our Arts Classrooms. 

The open space between our front office and the cafeteria (where all of the trophy cases are found) is referred to as "the Commons." This is the area where groups can set up tables during lunch to provide information or sell things, such as dance tickets, fundraisers, and club activities. Also located in the Commons, near the cafeteria is the PTSO Sting Spirit Store (you can find more information under the "Spirit Wear" tab on this website) 

FYI: The open, ouside area just off the Atrium is called the Courtyard.

 

IS WGHS AN "OPEN" CAMPUS?

While there are students who leave school early or arrive late due to off campus classes, WGHS is a closed campus. Students may not leave during their lunch period or at any other time of the instructional day unless they have been signed out by a parent/guardian. Even 18 year olds must be signed out. If your student is a driver, please send a note to the attendance secretary, Ms. Holland.