Category Archives: Admin, Counseling, & Library

College Apps

by Audrey Lechien

College application season is right around the corner and it’s time to start asking for letters of recommendation, writing essays, etc. If you are ever confused about what you’re supposed to do or need help on anything you can go to the counseling office to seek the help you need. One way counseling aids students is through the brag packet. this is how they can help students apply for scholarships and complete their letters of recommendation.
Included in this packet is information about the student. The following information includes your GPA, test scores, awards and community service from high school. The packet also includes information about the students future. For example, the packet prompts you to list your majors of interest and colleges you plan on applying to. For those who are not planning on going to a college it asks about the military branch or trade schools you may apply to. The brag packet is due Friday October 13th and is essential if you want to graduate.

Administration and Counseling staff bios

by Gianna Creighton

Mrs. Baker is the Vice Principal at school, meaning she works with students whose last names end in A-G. She also oversees different responsibilities like attendance, the Learning Center, state and district testing, and Unity Days. Outside of the learning environment, Mrs. Baker enjoys reading Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but also appreciates reading the classics. A general day in the office consists of meeting with students, working on upcoming events, responding to emails, talking to parents, supervising at break and lunch, and helping students and staff. Mrs. Baker states, “ I really enjoy interacting with students. I know APs deal with discipline, but we do interact with the kids all the time in positive ways. That is the best part of my job.”

Mrs. Bean has been working at West Hills for 16 years. Before she became a counselor she was a math teacher for 8 years so this will be her 8th year being a West Hills counselor. One of her favorite things to do outside of school is have fun and hangout with her little boys. Mrs. Bean’s favorite memory is from working with the women’s volleyball program as a coach and being able to interact with the girls from the various teams. Mrs. Bean explained, “I love getting to know students and helping them navigate through the sometimes tumultuous high school years. I also love helping students with college applications.”

Counseling Information

Anna Parrott

The job of counselors is to assist students with anything they need. Whether that is switching out classes or asking for advice on college, counselors are there to help. They offer guidance and can answer any question that is thrown at them. The counselors are located in the offices above the library and are available throughout the school day so their assistance is easily accessible.
One of the main responsibilities of the counselors is to take care of class schedules. Also, if a student is in a class they do not like, the counselors will do everything they can to switch the class out. Secondly, the counselors have guidelines and suggestions for each grade to help students do what they need to do and to get through the year successfully. Specifically for seniors, the counselors provide resources on financial aid and scholarships for college as well as internship opportunities to help seniors find their passion. A major aspect of the counseling department is providing information about testing such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and even AP tests; so that students can easily have access to details. Counselors also check in on students who may not be completing all of the required courses for graduation or college to make sure that they are on the right track.

Beat, Administrative and Counseling

by Gianna Creighton

Mrs. Baker is one of the Vice Principals at school. She works with students whose last names end in A-G. She also oversees different responsibilities like attendance, the Learning Center, state and district testing, and Unity Days. Outside of the learning environment, Mrs. Baker enjoys reading Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but also appreciates reading the classics. A general day in the office consists of meeting with students, working on upcoming events, responding to emails, talking to parents, supervising at break and lunch, and helping students and staff. Mrs. Baker states, “ I really enjoy interacting with students. I know AP’s deal with discipline, but we do interact with the kids all the time in positive ways. That is the best part of my job.”

Mrs. Bean has been working at West Hills for 16 years. Before she became a counselor she was a math teacher for 8 years so this will be her 8th year being a West Hills counselor. One of her favorite things to do outside of school is have fun and hangout with her little boys. Mrs. Bean’s favorite memory is from working with the women’s volleyball program as a coach and being able to interact with the girls from the various teams. Mrs. Bean explained, “I love getting to know students and helping them navigate through the sometimes tumultuous high school years. I also love helping students with college applications.”

BEAT: Counseling and Administrative

by Gianna Creighton

Mrs. Albrecht is one of the four amazing counselors that work at West HIlls. She has been working as a counselor for ten years and enjoys being given the opportunity to impact students’ lives. She stated,“I love our students, the staff, and I love my job. Being able to help students, making connections with them, whether it is supporting a student through a difficult time or helping a student reach their college dreams. It is so rewarding and the favorite part of my job.” One of her favorite memories from West Hills was performing in the staff airband last year. Outside of school, Mrs. Albrecht enjoys yoga, which she has been participating in for 14 years, being active outdoors, listening to live music, eating delicious food, reading, watching tv, glamping, and spending quality time with her husband and son.

Mrs. Lenhoff works in the administrative building as the Assistant Principal’s Secretary. She started working at West Hills last year and loves every aspect of the job. Before working at West Hills, Mrs. Lenhoff worked in the travel industry for over 30 years. Along with working for the school, Mrs. Lenhoff is the active women’s varsity soccer manager. As the varsity manager it was her job to design gear for the team, order jerseys, and register for tournaments.

BEAT: Library and Counseling

by Kayla Schoenborn

This week, Mrs. Sanwald, the librarian, informed me that there is a new “comfy” area added to the library for lounging and reading a good book! They no longer offer loaner chromebooks to students so make sure to charge you chromebook every night! The library is back open during 7th period as well. She also wants students to know the library is open during lunch and encourages them to get out of the heat and come inside.

Spanish teacher, Profesora Heeb, fixed up an old table and put in the library and this is what she had to say. “One of my hobbies is refurbishing old furniture. This table was in my mother’s home that we are cleaning out. It was banged up, with an old finish so I decided to paint it. I wanted to do something kind of funky and when I was done, I thought it would look great somewhere here at West Hills….and Ms. Sannwald found a great home for it in the library!” You can find the table in the library now or in the picture below.

 

BEAT: Chromebooks and the Library

by Anna Parrott

Being a West Hills student means having both the privilege and the responsibility of using a personal Chromebook and taking it to and from school. That said, it is important to know of the resources available to you. The library is easily accessible, yet many students either do not know about the assistance the library gives or do not take advantage of it. As you may know the library has an abundance of books and other sources of information to assist you in any type of school work. But I like to call the library by another name, the Chromebook Aid Facility (CAF).

The many services that the CAF provides include lending out Chromebooks, selling new chargers, new cases, and fixing broken Chromebooks. Even if you did not purchase insurance, the cost of mending the device is not too pricy. The price to fix one part starts at only $11 and the price to replace the whole Chromebook is $190! And if you do not want to risk having to possibly spend $190, a one year warranty costs just $28.95 and a four year warranty costs $87.96. While it is the student’s duty to care for their Chromebook, accidents sometimes happen and it is crucial to use what the library has to offer.

BEAT

by Isabella Reed

This week I have decided to focus my attention to the librarian department. I interviewed Suzanne Sannwald, West Hills very own librarian. I asked her questions based on her job and how she likes it. Mrs. Sannwald replied to my question, “Did you always want to be a librarian?” by saying, “I have always enjoyed reading but I never thought it would end up to be my profession but I do love my job.” I also asked Mrs. Sannwald if her job ever gets too quiet sometimes, she replied with “No, people are always coming in and out whether it’s to print something, ask for help about chromebooks, or checking out a book”. There are also students who help her around the library to organize books and such!

I also asked our librarian about the library itself. It turns out that our library was structured and inspired by the classic movie, “Breakfast Club”. They also took the idea of putting the counseling office on top of the actual library. She also told me that there are actually fireplaces inside of the actual library. I never knew that but she pointed me out to them and sure enough they were there. I’m glad I was given this beat because I learned a lot more about the staff and structure of West Hills!

BEAT

by Jayden Moreno

For the beat this week I have the library and counselors office. I have found three people that all hang out there during lunch or break. These kids are not the most popular kids on campus but they definitely are not kids without friends.  All of them are sophomores that love to hang around there friends whenever they can. The first contact hangs out at the library during break with his four best friends and says it is usually never packed with a bunch of other people during this time and it has a perfect spot with shade.

The next contact hangs out inside of the library during lunch to do homework and socialize with his friends. He says this is the most packed time for the library because it is cool inside and most people want to finish some homework instead of having a bunch of homework at home. The last beat contact hangs outside in front of the library. He said it is nice where they sit because it isn’t usually packed with a bunch of people but it does get extremely hot.  He also said if they want a seat inside the library they have to go there right when lunch starts because it fills up so fast.