Western Heights Middle School

August 20, 2006

1300 Marshall St.

Principal: Kara Reed

Phone: 301-766-8403

Fax: 301-791-4136

Web site:

Start time: 7:35 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Date of construction: 1976

Age of building: 30 years


Latest renovation: Summer 2005

Size of building: 127,315 square feet

State-rated capacity: 850

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 632

From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. As we build our new learning community, we will be focused upon continuing to ensure that every student is afforded appropriate learning opportunities based on his or her individual learning needs.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. We have many goals for the school year, most importantly meeting the diverse learning needs of the students. Fundamental to accomplishing our goals is building effective relationships with students, parents and community members.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. We encourage the involvement of students, parents and community members in all aspects of the school. Opportunities include volunteering, participating as a member of the school-improvement team, joining the PTSA, developing a business partnership, and participating in and attending school-sponsored events. The additional professional development time will afford us increased opportunities to focus on student achievement and to refine our instructional practices.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. One of our goals is to ensure that students and parents feel that WHMS is student-centered and that parents are an integral component of the educational process. We want parents and students to be involved in the school.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. We are fortunate to have been provided additional resources and time for professional development. We look forward to utilizing the additional time to provide professional development for staff in areas that are pertinent to ensuring rigor and quality instruction and programming at WHMS. Additionally, we are looking forward to utilizing new technology to support daily instruction.

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