Dear Westside Parents and Community Members

  • Community and Parents

Wow!  Our first few days of the school year are completed, and we appreciate your help in making it successful for our students.  Thank you for your attendance at many of our Back to School Nights last week. Getting acquainted with your children’s campus, teachers and knowing the procedures for the year help make the transition back from summer break more successful.  Several of our schools will be holding Back to School Night in the coming weeks.  

Many of you are aware that this year middle school and high school start times had to be moved to a later time.  Fortunately, only Hillview Middle School had to make a change to start at 8:00 a.m., which was not a significant change.  Our K-8 sites are exempt from the start time change.  Being part of the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, we experienced the least amount of change.  The high schools will be starting school at least an hour later this year, but that may allow the buses to run more timely for our students.  Your patience as we make the transitions to the time change will be appreciated.

Congratulations to Joe Walker Middle School, Anaverde Hills School and Del Sur School on receiving 6 year accreditation from the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) at the end of last school year.  This is the longest accreditation that a school can earn, so we are especially proud of our sites.  They join Hillview Middle School which also has earned a 6 year accreditation.

Students will be participating in the NWEA annual formative assessment in the coming weeks.  This assessment helps our teachers establish the current achievement level of their students and set growth targets for the year.  Students will take summative assessments at the end of the semester and the end of the 3rd quarter.  You will receive score reports each time your children take an assessment also.  Students in grades 3-8 also take the state CAASPP assessments  in the 4th quarter. Students’ state results from the spring will be available during the first month of school of the following school year.  As with any test, please help your children feel confident in taking the test, help them get a good night’s rest, and eat a healthy breakfast, which is available at school as well.  

If you are interested in being a school volunteer call the District office at (661) 722-0716 x 73141 to make an appointment to fingerprint. If you have already fingerprinted and cleared  join us at the Community Room at Gregg Anderson Academy to have your badge picture taken on August 10th.  Hours are from 8:00 am to Noon, closed from Noon to 1:00 pm, open from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. 

The health of our students, staff and volunteers continues to be of utmost importance.  Current direction from LACDPH is if there is a positive for COVID-19, that person must remain isolated from school until there is a negative test (usually 5-7 days) and they are asymptomatic.  Anyone who has been exposed either by close contact or via “shared air” must also wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 3-5.  So long as those who were contacts remain asymptomatic and test negative, they may remain on campus.  Over the counter test kits may be obtained through the health office at your childrens’ school sites.  

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, August 16 in the Multipurpose Room at Hillview Middle School.  The meeting begins with Closed Session at 5 p.m., and resumes with the public session at 6 p.m.  The meeting is also available on YouTube.

Again, thanks for helping to make our opening days of the 22-23 school year so successful.  We are pleased to be back in person and look forward to being in person all year.  Thank you for your support, cooperation and understanding always.


Regina L. Rossall