Back To School Night - August 14th from 6-6:30 for All Students
Come and meet your teacher!
First Day of School is August 15th for 1st - 6th Grades
Tuesday - Thursday, August 15th - 17th will be 1:30 early out. Friday, August 18th will be a usual Friday early out. Also, 1st grade only will be early out August 21st - 25th.
Kindergarten Students First Day August 22nd
District Response to 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series
There has been a lot of concern around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, a series on Netflix based on a 2007 book by Jay Asher. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role and glamorizes suicide. The content is rated TV-MA, which designates “unsuitable for children under the age of 17.” The series includes graphic scenes involving drugs, bullying, rape and suicide. See link for more information about content IMDB Parent Guide. Netflix has announced that a second season is in production.
Greg Hudnall, Executive Director of Hope4Utah and a well-known suicide expert in the state of Utah said, “the series is harmful for impressionable teens. In the long run, it can cause more trauma and more pain for a child.” His concern is based on the following things:
The Netflix Series:
- Offers no solutions to problems and challenges
- Does not educate people about suicide
- Could lead to more trauma and death
We strive to take a very proactive approach when it comes to suicide prevention in our schools and community and we’d like to share some resources that are available to help.
- 13 Reasons Why Talking Points (Spanish & English)
- Helpful Tips for Addressing Suicidality
- National Association School Psychologist Guidelines
- Parent Resource English
- Parent Resource Spanish
- Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393 (available 24/7)
The message we want to share is that help is available. If you have further questions or concerns please contact your school’s Counselor or Social Worker.
My name is Shanna Bonnett and I have taught here at Westridge for 14 years, 7 years in 2nd grade and 7 years in 3rd grade. I grew up on Grandview Hill here in Provo and attended Westridge from K-6th with Mr. Jackman as my 6th grade teacher. I went to SUU for college down in Cedar City but my favorite team to cheer for will always be BYU. I love spending with my nieces and nephew, shopping, hiking the Y, the 4th of July and camping at Flaming Gorge. My favorites are pork salad from Cafe, a Pixie from Sodalicious, and flower sugar cookie from Smart Cookie...YUM, YUM. Westridge is a great place and I'm so happy to have such great friends and many awesome kids over the years. Go Wildcats!!
Hello! My name is Katrina Shultz and I teach 1st grade here at Westridge! I love being a Wildcat! Before teaching at Westridge, I taught in West Jordan and in Guangzhou, China. While working in Guangzhou, I was able to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Macau. I hope to go to South Korea and Japan next summer! My favorite subject is math but I love to read. The Harry Potter series is my favorite group of books and I try to reread them every year. I’ve enjoyed my time here at Westridge and I’m looking forward to a great rest of the year!