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Principal's Message

Dr. Phillip Woods

Dr. Phillip K. Woods
WHJSHS Principal

Greetings to the Woodland Hills Community,

On behalf of our administration, faculty, and staff, we welcome you to Woodland Hills High School.

Our district was created under the ideal that every student deserves access to a quality education and we strive to provide our students with such opportunities every day.  I know firsthand that a successful educational experience integrated with hard work and perseverance are necessary to overcome life’s adverse circumstances.  From this perspective, I wish to motivate our students to take advantage of all that is offered academically, athletically, and socially in our building and in our community.

Woodland Hills High School has cultivated many academic, athletic, and artistically successful students in its short history.  As we continue to heal from tragedy, hardship, and negative publicity, we are working hard to accentuate the success of the students and positive aspects of our school and community as well as make the necessary changes to ensure all our students can be successful.  Our plan is built around initiatives to increase student attendance and academic performance, establish a culture of trust, support, and accountability, and provide learning opportunities that challenge and encourages students to exceed expectations. We believe the plan is creating an educational environment that will empower 21st century learners who are college and career ready. 

To support our goals, many new initiatives and programs have been established, including new systems that encourage students to begin thinking about their futures early in their high school careers.  Using the Career Pathways model as a guide, students can schedule courses based on their interests and goals post-graduation. Our students have extensive options to choose from, as Woodland Hill High School offers 16 AP courses and 13 honors courses while College in High School allows current high school students to take classes for college credit. Beginning sophomore year, students may take the PSAT, SAT, and ACT right on campus. For students interested in pursuing a technical career, Forbes Road is an available option for students as young as 10th grade.  We believe that it is extremely important for our students to be exposed to all options that await them after graduation.  To encourage such exploration, we invite alumni volunteers and community members to speak with our students about their career paths and industries and we take our students on a plethora of two and four-year college campus and career training site tours.  Our students also have access to the College & Career Center, a space where they can receive assistance with the planning process, applying to schools, and completing college and scholarships applications.

In addition to curriculum and instruction, we are working tirelessly to improve student to student and student to teacher relationships to create a safe and productive learning environment. This year our teachers began incorporating Restorative Justice Circles in their classrooms. The circles give students the opportunity to speak candidly about issues that concern them while connecting and building relationships with their peers.  Our teachers and staff have also been working to improve relationships with students through Implicit Bias Training through the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Pittsburgh. We realize that creating a culture of trust is paramount to academic, social, and emotional growth. Using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), we aim to instill in our students the habits and behaviors that will make them successful once they graduate.  We have introduced “The 5 P’s” and we ask our students to be prompt, prepared, polite, productive, and proud as well as Wolverine Work Wednesday (WWW) which is an opportunity to celebrate students and staff who demonstrate these positive behaviors at school and in the community.  The above programs are all an addition to our successful athletic, music, gifted, and art departments.  We are very proud of our athletic teams, particularly the varsity basketball, football, rifle, swimming, track, and bowling teams who make WPIAL playoff appearances every year, our music department, home to 228 Gene Kelley nominations and 110 Gene Kelley Awards, and our gifted department who consistently places in the Hometown IQ Competition, Science Bowl, and Science Olympiad.      

Bright and talented students are in abundance at Woodland Hills High School and we hope to promote their stories and success using social media and school wide recognition initiatives.  We want everyone in the Woodland Hills community to share in the joy and excitement our students provide us every day. 

I am honored to be the Principal of Woodland Hills High School and look forward to supporting promoting a culture of hard work, academic success, and personal growth to our very deserving students. WE ARE THE CHANGE.
 

Yours in Education,

 

Dr. Phillip K. Woods




5/21/2019


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