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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 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
 
Our Principal is Dr. Pete Kashubara and we have three Assistant Principals:  Mr. Louis Gallioti, Mrs. Kimberly Leighty, and Ms. Phoebe Eley.
 

Students may arrive at school no earlier than 8:35AM. The warning bell, indicating students should begin heading to first period, rings at 8:43am, and the tardy bell rings at 8:50 AM when First Period begins.  The afternoon dismissal bell rings at 3:55 PM and students are required to be out of the building by 4:00 PM (unless they are on campus for a tutorial session).

On early release days, the dismissal bell rings at 1:50 PM ( check back soon for a link to bell and early release schedules!)

 

IS THERE AN OPEN HOUSE?

This year at WGHS, Open House will be held on Monday, August 19th from 5:00-7:00 PM.  This is a great way for you and your student to briefly meet his/her teachers.   

The PTSO will be in attendance to sell memberships and spirit wear, and to help you in any way we can!  Please register for our Weekly Buzz/Athletic Buzz. 

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, go to the school website and click on the Counseling link under Student Services.  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 2019-2020 WGHS Student-Parent Handbook (which will come home with students during the first week of school).

 

WHAT ABOUT MY STUDENT'S SCHEDULE?

Western Guilford HS follows a traditional schedule. Students take the same 6 classes for the full school year.  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.  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. There will be a link that you go through to make any schedule change requests. 

 

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 7:45-8:30 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", they go directly to the cafeteria at the beginning of 4th period; if they have "B lunch" students will report to 4th period where they have class, go to lunch, go back to 4th; if they have "C lunch" students will go directly to the cafeteria after 4th period.  Should your student have a question about lunch times, he/she needs to ask 4th period teacher. 

NOTE: Students ARE NOT to leave campus during their lunch period.   Students also 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.

DO THEY USE LOCKERS AT WGHS?

Because student classes can be rather far apart, most students opt out of using a locker.

 

WHAT ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH TEACHERS?

Parents can meet teachers at the start of the year during the August Open House (Aug 19th 2019 from 5-7 PM) or at “Walk the Schedule” night (Sept 23rd 2019 6:30 PM).  You may not have much interaction with the teachers; not all of them send newsletters or regular emails. Most of them communicate with their students through other sources.  If your child has a problem in a class, discuss the problem 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 staff email directory on the school website under the Staff tab  https://www.gcsnc.com/domain/1437. 

 

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. 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?

Most 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.

  • ALL absences require a written note from parent/guardian which must be given to 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 there 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 2019-2020 Student Parent Handbook (this will come home with your student during the first week of school).

 

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.  

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 $6.00 admission's charge for all. 

 

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 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!

 

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. 

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. The PTSO also uses the Commons to sell spirit wear/class t-shirt's periodically through the school year.  

 

IS WGHS AN "OPEN" CAMPUS?

While there are student's who leave school early and 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. 

 

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