Mark Westerburg
So far WUSD has only received responses representing 370 of approximately 1500 students in the district. In order for us to get a clearer picture of your wishes, we must hear from more of our families. Below are the current results. If you have not filled out the survey please click on this link. https://www.willitsunified.com/o/wusd/page/school-reopening
10 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The WHS Academic Decathlon team met today for their first scrimmage of the year.  They join 600 other students across California as they take 7 subjects tests about the Cold War online.   The team’s theme this year is about perseverance and overcoming obstacles we face during the pandemic.   The team took extra social distancing precautions in order to take their tests at school today with 2-3 students per classroom. Thank you Coach Colvig for making it happen.
15 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD has developed a draft plan with input from administration and teachers on how to reopen schools safely. I expect that this plan will have changes to it as time, data and procedures change. A major goal before coming back on site is to develop a viable academic plan, share it with our parents and then poll our parents to determine who wants to send their students back to on-site learning. Without question, WUSD will be following all the County Health Department guidelines for example; masks will be required, social distancing as much as possible, and small cohort sizes. I envision there is a group of parents who are not going to send their child back regardless of the hybrid model we have in place and others who are passionate about getting them back in even if it’s for a short period of time. WUSD wants to provide what the community needs and will have options for either on-site or to continue with distance learning. In order to provide our parents with choices it may require some staff movement and could take some time to put in place. WUSD will be doing a survey with the parents of all students to get information back to help plan for a reopen, whenever that can take place. The district has all the PPE necessary for staff and students. Every classroom will have a hospital grade air purifier and daily disinfection. Each site will have a set of health standards protocols. (Attached) At this time, COVID numbers are growing daily and reopening in a fully hybrid model is in not a good idea. The District also has several import safety items on back order, such as air purifiers. Currently WUSD is allowing students on campus to meet one on one with their teachers as needed, and providing direct services for our students with special needs. In the next few weeks, I would like the coaches to begin athletic conditioning with our students, following all the rules established by the athletic department. With the holidays approaching this is an opportune time to refine the practices and protocols. After the holidays, in mid-January we will have data to determine if it is allowable to reopen. Mark Westerburg Parent survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdTNwoD3lYplGUpOBaDjXqVJnggfkQrExjieJOdR5_ts_jzAQ/viewform More information and Health and Safety Protocols https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1005611/WUSD_Health_and_Safety_Procedures_and_Protocols.pdf
17 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Thank you to Stan Cooley for taking his Veterans Day to come down to the track and level it out before the rains and fixing the road to the Ag. Farm.
18 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Our first Willits Adult School graduate of the year. Ms. Raianne Montanez. Great work!
19 days ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
THANK YOU TO THE VOTERS The passing of Measure I will help us to fix and repair our facilities. We appreciate the vote of support.
25 days ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Sanhedrin High School class of 2021 proudly presents Michael Parsons graduate number two of the academic school year. Michael is off to the United States Marine Corps! Semper Fidelis!
about 1 month ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
Student Photo Opportunity. Maureen Moore will be at Baechtel Grove Middle School this weekend - Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, October 25 from 9 am to 1 pm for school photos! Please see flyer below for details and please let others know. Please contact your school with any questions.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Student Photo Opportunity. Maureen Moore will be at Baechtel Grove Middle School this weekend - Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 3 pm and Sunday, October 25 from 9 am to 1 pm for official Willits Unified School District school photos! Please see flyer below for details and please let others
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Socktober fundraising for WUSD students.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
If You Want Your Taxes to Stay Local, Choose Measure I Willits public schools are in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. Every single school in the Willits Unified School District leaks when it rains, and that’s just the beginning. The longer we defer maintenance, the more expensive repairs will become. The question is how do we, as a community, raise funds to pay for those repairs? In the upcoming election, there is a statewide proposition and a local ballot measure that address school funding. California Proposition 15 would only guarantee an additional $15,000 per year for Willits schools (or $180,000 over 12 years). Measure I would allow Willits schools to raise $17 million over 12 years. If Prop. 15 passes, California schools will get 40 percent of the revenue. Of that, community colleges will receive 11 percent. The remaining funds would be divvied up among K-12 schools statewide. Prop. 15 isn’t polling very well, so depending on it to fund local school repairs is a big risk, but even if it does pass, it only guarantees $100 per student per year, not nearly enough to pay for the upkeep required for Willits schools. It’s possible that more revenue could come our way, but there’s no guarantee. On the other hand, if Measure I passes, 100 percent of revenue would remain local and go toward repairing and maintaining Willits public schools, including charter schools. Because the general obligation bond will be issued in four or more stages, the school board can reduce the burden on taxpayers should economic conditions change or other funding, such as Proposition 15, become available. As a reminder, Measure I would cost property owners a maximum of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Assessed value is determined by the Mendocino County Assessor and is listed on your property tax bill. If, for example, your house is assessed at $250,000, your overall annual bill would be $100 (that’s about $8 per month). With these funds, public schools in Willits would have the funds to responsibly fix what is broken and keep school facilities in good repair. Willits Unified projects include replacing broken furniture at schools districtwide, repairing the roof at Blosser Lane Elementary, purchasing portable classrooms at Brookside Elementary and cafeteria tables at Baechtel Grove Middle School, paving parking lots at Willits High and the District Office, updating science classrooms at Baechtel Grove and Willits High, and similar projects. Proposition 15 is a whole different deal. I’m not recommending a vote for or against Prop. 15; that’s a personal decision. I’m just letting you know that Prop. 15 is unlikely to provide the funds needed to maintain local schools. Please realize that a vote in favor of Proposition 15 does not replace the need for Measure I. With Measure I, you will be able to see your tax dollars at work here in Willits. In the last election, 162 people skipped over the school bond—leaving it blank rather than voting yes or no—presumably because they didn’t feel they knew enough to make a good decision. My goal here is to provide information so voters feel comfortable taking a position one way or another. Please don’t leave it blank. If you need more information, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the district office at 707-459-5314.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
If You Want Your Taxes to Stay Local, Vote on Measure I Willits public schools are in desperate need of maintenance and repairs. Every single school in the Willits Unified School District leaks when it rains, and that’s just the beginning. The longer we defer maintenance, the more expensive repairs will become. The question is how do we, as a community, raise funds to pay for those repairs? In the upcoming election, there is a statewide proposition and a local ballot measure that address school funding. California Proposition 15 would only guarantee an additional $15,000 per year for Willits schools (or $180,000 over 12 years). Measure I would allow Willits schools to raise $17 million over 12 years. If Prop. 15 passes, California schools will get 40 percent of the revenue. Of that, community colleges will receive 11 percent. The remaining funds would be divvied up among K-12 schools statewide. Prop. 15 isn’t polling very well, so depending on it to fund local school repairs is a big risk, but even if it does pass, it only guarantees $100 per student per year, not nearly enough to pay for the upkeep required for Willits schools. It’s possible that more revenue could come our way, but there’s no guarantee. On the other hand, if Measure I passes, 100 percent of revenue would remain local and go toward repairing and maintaining Willits public schools, including charter schools. Because the general obligation bond will be issued in four or more stages, the school board can reduce the burden on taxpayers should economic conditions change or other funding, such as Proposition 15, become available. As a reminder, Measure I would cost property owners a maximum of $40 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) per year. Assessed value is determined by the Mendocino County Assessor and is listed on your property tax bill. If, for example, your house is assessed at $250,000, your overall annual bill would be $100 (that’s about $8 per month). With these funds, public schools in Willits would have the funds to responsibly fix what is broken and keep school facilities in good repair. Willits Unified projects include replacing broken furniture at schools districtwide, repairing the roof at Blosser Lane Elementary, purchasing portable classrooms at Brookside Elementary and cafeteria tables at Baechtel Grove Middle School, paving parking lots at Willits High and the District Office, updating science classrooms at Baechtel Grove and Willits High, and similar projects. Proposition 15 is a whole different deal. I’m not recommending a vote for or against Prop. 15; that’s a personal decision. I’m just letting you know that Prop. 15 is unlikely to provide the funds needed to maintain local schools. Please realize that a vote in favor of Proposition 15 does replace the need for Measure I. With Measure I, you will be able to see your tax dollars at work here in Willits. In the last election, 162 people skipped over the school bond—leaving it blank rather than voting yes or no—presumably because they didn’t feel they knew enough to make a good decision. My goal here is to provide information so voters feel comfortable taking a position one way or another. Please don’t leave it blank. If you need more information, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the district office at 707-459-5314.
about 1 month ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Congratulations to the following certified staff, you have attained permanent status with WUSD! We greatly appreciate your dedication to the students and district. Lucas Brown, District School Psychologist Melissa Coughlin, Teacher at Brookside Katrina Hall, Teacher at High School Trisa Hall, Teacher at  Brookside Patrick Keough, Teacher at BGMS Kirsten Myers, Teacher at Brookside Speech and Language
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All of Brooktrails has been reopened with the exception of third gate.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to fire conditions WUSD schools will be closed on Tuesday Sept. 8th.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
First day of school 2020.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Wi-Fi Bus locations and times.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Welcome Back to WUSD 2020 https://youtu.be/zIePMykImIA Mark Westerburg
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
HOTSPOT at home For people who have cell service this is how you make your iphone a hotspot so your chromebook can connect to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NToTQfrdNHg This is how you turn your Android phone into a hotspot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Y1HS4j8SU This would work for people who have good phone service but don't pay for home internet service. This is how you can check to see if a hotspot will work in your location. The hotspot is simply just like the phone for access to the internet.
3 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD will have 4 buses parked around the district for student wi-fi access during distance learning. The district will also have additional vehicles able to do this and they will be moved to accommodate students needs.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All WUSD schools will open on August 31, 2020 with a Distance Learning program. This plan is based upon the Governor’s order for school districts within counties placed on the state Watch List. Even though our county is not currently on the Watch List (as of August 4, 2020), Dr. Doohan has advised that our county data meets the criteria and is therefore recommending that all schools in Mendocino County open with a Distance Learning model. The state has defined the requirements for schools in order to provide high quality learning for all students. Our instructional program will be very different than it was in the spring, when we were mandated to close with little to no planning time. Teachers and staff have been working throughout the summer to develop methods and curriculum that will be effective and engaging. All students will be scheduled to be online daily at specific times to receive instruction from their teachers and to participate in activities where they will interact with their peers. Independent activities will also be part of the instructional program and will take place during specified time periods. Teachers will create a daily schedule for their classes that will outline the specific times and activities that students must complete. You will receive information regarding the specific schedules within the next couple of weeks. The district is committed to helping our families and will be reaching out with phone calls beginning August 17th. We appreciate your support as we continue to fine-tune all of the many details involved in our instructional delivery method. I have every confidence that with the help of our parents, our staff can provide an excellent program that addresses your students’ needs. For households unable to receive Internet we are looking at the possibility of opening school campuses on a limited basis, we also purchased equipment to have Wi-Fi on our school buses that will be placed around the community for internet access, as well as working with our local businesses to open up Wi-Fi to the public. WUSD will also provide devices such as chrome books, iPads, and headphones for all students who need them. In most cases grades 3-12, your child should have their own device. We truly miss you and look forward to the days when we can reopen schools, please stay tuned for more detailed information in the near future. Thank you all for being a part of Willits Unified School District. Mark Westerburg
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
At the July 17th WUSD School Board Meeting, two important decisions were made. First, we will start school on Monday August 31st. Secondly, the WUSD schools will begin the year in a remote (distance) learning environment. It is the goal of the staff to provide a much improved educational experience for students. In grades TK-2 we will focus on packets for students that go with our curriculum and will allow parents to follow the process. In grades 3-5 we will be using workbooks and technology provided by WUSD to enhance the work. Baechtel Grove Middle School will be using a schedule that provides four periods of core instruction, one of PE and an elective period. They will have live online instruction every single day from the district adopted curriculum. We are also providing parent support for technological and other questions and concerns, as well as informational training. You will be able to call the school directly and get a response from designated staff. We all believe that you need to be adequate and meaningful partners in this work. At the High School students will have a three period schedule where the courses last six weeks. Each school will be providing parents and students with many details and procedures in late August before we start. We will transition to on site classroom instruction as soon as the health guidelines allow us to do so. If we want our children back at school, as a community we need to continue to follow health guidelines, to not get on the county watch list with the state. The district is working with other local governmental agencies to provide more free internet access, as well as exploring opening up our school libraries to download assignments. The CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Sports have been shifted to two seasons with one beginning in mid December and the second season starting in mid March. The majority of sports will be offered, just compacted into two seasons. Their online instruction will look very different this year, as teachers increase their knowledge of virtual instruction. We will be in communication with families as the situation changes. Please stay patient as we transition to this changing environment.
4 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The WUSD School Board is meeting tomorrow night to do some needed business and discuss the reopening options for the fall. There will not be a decision made, it is to soon to know what it will look like on Aug. 31st. When we do consider opening in the fall it will be in a more Covid prepared schedule or remotely. Our goal is to allow parents choice of doing independent study or back in classroom instruction if the conditions allows it. I use the restaurant mentality, if we can’t be in the inside of the restaurant, we can’t be in the classrooms. If the rules are some percentage capacity in the restaurant with masks we will try and provide that option in classrooms. In mid-August our goal will be to call each family and ask parents to choose an option of in class or independent study and we will make the staffing adjustments needed. Beyond staffing we will need to make building specific plans for situations that may occur. Our goal is to provide the safest environment we can and give parents options. If we had to start tomorrow our data is trending the wrong way and the guidelines are locking down more not less, so we would be on home instruction. If you would like to give the board information please use my email address to do so. ( markwesterburg@willitsunified.com ) If you would like to participate in the zoom board meeting this is the address https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9782489039?pwd=V0U2cUtHZUMzQk5xR3d5Vy9wT1JkZz09 There is also a chat box to ask questions or use your time during the public comments section. The WUSD staff is working hard this summer to get ready for this new situation that provides the safest and best academic environment we can financially afford to do.
5 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
If you would like to order a Sanhedrin High School Rose Sweatshirt please come to Sanhedrin this week between 9-12 to place a deposit. We need to make the order by Friday.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Congratulations Sanhedrin High School Class of 2020
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
Willits high school graduation live stream. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm14iSqMtl-7TKLnLP5NkFQ/live
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Congratulations to Danitza Jimenez Saldana, Class of 2020, Willits Adult School.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Congratulations to Jordy Patino, Class of 2020, Willits Adult School.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Congratulations to Kami McAdams, Class of 2020, Willits Adult School.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
2020 sweatshirts are in!
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Diploma covers are in! Please stop by today to pick one up.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
Graduation is Friday Night at 6:30. It is very important this year to know the guidelines we are required to follow. There can be no guests in the stands or on school grounds. The seniors are in the box of the truck and the family is in the cab. In short, we are a parking lot, not a gathering. I posted a picture of the processional route that should begin about 7:15. The firetruck will lead us around town in a slow processional that ends back at the stoplight at Commercial Street. Parents and friends who line the processional route please remember the health department guidelines. I want to thank all the first responders and city employees for helping to make this happen. G0 Wolverines.
6 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Graduation Gowns are in. Please stop by on Saturday, May 30 from 9-11, or next week Monday through Friday 9-12 P.M.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
All students please come to school this week. School will be open 9-12 Tuesday through Friday. See you today sometime this week.
6 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Juanita Amador
Willits Unified School District is pleased to announce that we have been given approval to host a unique graduation ceremony on June 5th, at 6:30pm. Details that must be followed: Maize Field at Willits High School Each family will be allotted one vehicle, preferably a truck, with the student in the bed of the truck, and family inside the cab of the truck. Only immediate family members (parents & siblings) No one is to leave their vehicle - no exceptions Staging will be in the front parking lots prior to the start, please be on site by 6:10 as we will start the procession at 6:30pm. Trucks will proceed along the road adjacent to the baseball field (north side) Trucks will enter the track at the North entrance and proceed around the track, parking as close to the car in front of them as possible. Students will be announced when they enter the track area As the trucks proceed around the track, they will pause in front of the WHS sign and be and a photo in Cap & Gown will be taken. Parents & Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicle in order to celebrate the occasion. The graduation ceremony will take place once all vehicles are parked along the track. Once the graduation ceremony concludes, the families will leave by the north entrance and be escorted through town by local first responders along a route that allows the extended families & community to celebrate the achievements of their graduates. Keepsake banners will be hung along main street, to honor our Willits graduates and will be available for pick up by the families at a later date. The event will be live streamed on youtube & Facebook live
7 months ago, Juanita Amador
Mark Westerburg
To: Students, Parents and the Willits Community Willits Unified School District is pleased to announce that we have been given approval to host a unique graduation ceremony on June 5th, at 6:30pm. Details that must be followed: Maize Field at Willits High School Each family will be allotted one vehicle, preferably a truck, with the student in the bed of the truck, and family inside the cab of the truck. Only immediate family members (parents & siblings) No one is to leave their vehicle - no exceptions Staging will be in the front parking lots prior to the start, please be on site by 6:10 as we will start the procession at 6:30pm. Trucks will proceed along the road adjacent to the baseball field (north side) Trucks will enter the track at the North entrance and proceed around the track, parking as close to the car in front of them as possible. Students will be announced when they enter the track area As the trucks proceed around the track, they will pause in front of the WHS sign and be and a photo in Cap & Gown will be taken. Parents & Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicle in order to celebrate the occasion. The graduation ceremony will take place once all vehicles are parked along the track. Once the graduation ceremony concludes, the families will leave by the north entrance and be escorted through town by local first responders along a route that allows the extended families & community to celebrate the achievements of their graduates. Keepsake banners will be hung along main street, to honor our Willits graduates and will be available for pick up by the families at a later date. The event will be live streamed on youtube & Facebook live -If you have a truck to loan for the ceremony or need to request a truck please contact: Marian Lohne - Assistant Principal at WHS 707-459-7700 ext. 1509 marianlohne@willitsunified.com
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
New Shelter in Place Guidelines for Stage 2, now in place.
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All middle and high school students need to understand that my message about moving up to the next grade level, means that you will go to the next grade. However, if you are not doing your work, you will be repeating those required classes and be credits short that you need to make up. Regardless of your grade credits are required to graduate. Reminder regarding graduation status! Those seniors who meet the state graduation requirements will receive diplomas. Those seniors who don't complete the coursework, we will continue to work with you even into July and August. We are only a few weeks away from the end of the school year, so now is the time to finish strong. June 5th is still currently the date of graduation The school district is going to wait until we have specific guidelines from the state or county health department that covers the time period of June 5th or beyond, prior to announcing any graduation plans. Mark Westerburg
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It certainly appears that we will not be returning to normal classroom settings for the remainder of this school year. All school sites have made plans to continue with modified school instruction through the end of May. The first week of June will be used for students to turn in all assignments and for teachers to assign grades. All students will be moved to the next grade unless discussions about retention have already taken place. Although very unlikely- if it is possible before this school year ends to bring back a limited number of students, the District would consider the following: Brookside grade 2 only, Blosser Lane grade 5 only, BGMS grade 8 only and all seniors at WHS. In regards to graduation our preference is to wait it out, meet as a group and make it happen. As I have stated before, we can do it in August if necessary. I prefer this idea over a virtual ceremony. Middle school and high school campuses are planning to hold a summer school session from July 27th through August 14th. WUSD is willing to provide support to all other summer session programs which use our facilities so they may become operational. In regards to the governor's comments about starting school July 1st. There are more problems with that Idea than good. A major issue for a third of our students is transportation, can they get on the bus, with such a confined space we would have to limit buses to 12 students and this is a problem. Another large issue is the heat in July, only about 40% of our facilities have air conditioning and classrooms would be very warm. Along with this are summer jobs, summer school, cleaning facilities, adding 20+ days to teachers' work year, new teachers who won't be here yet, plus all the added cost for operations for a month and half. Although we are anxious to all be together again an early start is not the best plan. When all the students come back in August we will all work aggressively to get back on track. I commend all of our parents and staff for working through this situation, hang in there. My biggest concern in coming back together is the health of our adult staff, the impact from the virus can be harsh and we have a small number of substitutes available. The need to social distance even with a small group is very tough with young kids. If we do have to create A and B days for students to limit the exposure we will do so. Bus routes, siblings, teachers, children and creating off day work for students will be a challenge but we will do it if necessary. In conclusion, we are waiting it out and hopeful that summer will get us a little closer too normal. Our goals for Willits Unified are to finish the year in distance mode, have a graduation ceremony, provide whatever educational services we can in the summer and get ready for next school year. Mark Westerburg
7 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I have attached a link to the CENSUS 2020. It is very important for school funding to have an accurate census for the district. Federal funding inTitle Programs, food service and grant opportunities come from census data. It is very quick and easy to do. https://my2020census.gov/
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD April 15, 2020 School Board Meeting Video https://youtu.be/dOmTXIUzBlU
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Uniform Turn in. With the unfortunate circumstances facing our nation, our baseball season has been cancelled! My heart goes out to all of our players, coaches and parents , but especially our seniors, this is not fair at all! So now comes the hard part. We need to collect all baseball uniforms, varsity pullovers, jerseys and pants. The coaches will be at the front of the high school this Thursday at 6pm to collect everything. Now keeping the current 6ft distance please just pull into the bus line and we will have container out just simply show what you have and drop them off out the window . If for some reason you can’t not make it to the high school, please get a hold of Coach Travis or Coach Jim and we will make arrangements. Thank you Whs baseball coaching staff
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified Schools has extended the Modified School period through Friday May 1st. All the Mendocino County Schools will be under this extension. We will be monitoring the situation. I look forward to returning to school as soon as it is safe for staff and students to be together.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Even in the midst of trying times like this, good things can still happen. Today we received the fourth new bus from grant funds. This is a huge savings to the district and has significantly upgraded our transportation department. Can’t wait for us to get back on the road.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
This is a column that I posted in the Willits Weekly and Willits News.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Ms. Ford and Ms. McClellan hyping Blosser Lane packet exchange.
8 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Willits Unified
Good Evening, This is Dr. Ritchley with and important announcement from Sanhedrin High School. Sanhedrin High School will be available for packet exchange from 9-12 P.M. on Monday, March 23, 2020. Only one student will have access to the school at a time, and all social distancing will be respected. Please stay in your car until it’s your turn. A staff member will come out and bring your student inside to exchange packets. If you are walking, please wait outside until it is your turn. Thank you for your cooperation. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and we will see you on Monday.
8 months ago, Willits Unified
Jeff Ritchley
On Monday, March 23, 2020 SHS will have a packet exchange. If you need work, please come by between the hours of 9-12 P.M. Thank You, Dr. Ritchley.
8 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
Remember that we have breakfast and lunch pick up at WHS from 8-10 AM and 11-1 for lunch. If you can't make arrangements to get in please call 707-459-5314 and leave a message.
8 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The best way to contact staff is through email. All district emails are first and last name @willitsunified.com. For example markwesterburg@willitsunified.com Important information for WUSD is located on the district website under the Modified School Information link. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Mendocino County will be going into a shelter in place at 10 PM tonight. Based on that all buildings will be closed on Thursday until further notice. The phones will be monitored and checked remotely. Student food pick up at WHS will continue as scheduled.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Sanhedrin High School will be open from 9-12 each morning to assist students with independent study. Each student must have an independent study contract signed by your guardian. Students may come to school, exchange work, play basketball, and use the WiFi.
9 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
I have put together a folder of information to share with parents and students during this non-classroom instruction time. It is my intent to continue to add to this as we go through the weeks. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19avYBzh8L5XfvixXwXPz6-Yg23G08uyF?usp=sharing
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Let me tell you what I saw today on the first day on non-traditional school for WUSD. https://drive.google.com/file/d/179V-ymN3MUqEwGKiAo7HeEmePOVhLJZN/view?usp=sharing
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All school sites will be open on Monday for students to get any materials they need, but normal in-class instruction will be suspended until April 13. Students will be expected to begin their packets or online instruction. Please say turned into information because this is a changing situation. It will be our hope to have our libraries open for students who need access. Breakfast and lunch will be provided through the high school in a pick up and go fashion.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I am meeting with the county health department, doctors and the other superintendents from the county today at 12:00. We will be determining when and for how long schools will need to be closed. This is a unique situation and it is important to get the best information available. Please look for a posting at 2 pm for an update. I am fully aware of the reasons to close and stay open.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Graduation Day for Georgia at Sanhedrin High School. Board Member Paula Nunez presented her a diploma today. She set a record pace in gaining credits with multiple college classes included.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Board President Alex Bowlds presented Darrell McIvor of Microphor an award for their company's generous donations to WUSD. Microphor relocated operations to North Carolina but decided to donate at no cost thousands of dollars in parts, equipment and supplies to WUSD.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Here is the most current county information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) https://www.mendocinocounty.org/community/novel-coronavirus
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It’s Election Day, please remember to vote.
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD will be putting a plan together this week for a home study program for students if the health conditions require it. All buildings were disinfected this weekend. Please watch this video. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-facts-about-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Cupcake Wars in the Wolverine Cafe today!
9 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
SHS student Nyanna Bertolino - Haley and WHS students Levi Walraven, Patrick Turner, and Amarah Potter at Wolverine Track and Field Practice 2/28/2020.
9 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
A great student presentation on her career choice at the school board meeting in February.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
FFA students doing some of the construction work on the new school farm. This huge project will be having a grand opening soon, stay tuned.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Varsity Wolverine Basketball! Go Willits!
10 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Go Wolverines!
10 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Measure G Information Nights- Open Community Forum Please join School Board President, Alex Bowlds and WUSD Superintendent, Mark Westerburg to discuss and ask questions about Measure G; the school bond initiative for Willits Unified School District coming up on the March 3, 2020 election. There will be two meetings held at Willits High School, Media Center, 299 N. Main Street. For more information please contact the District Office 459-5314 ext. 1101 February 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m. February 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
3rd new bus for WUSD. This special needs bus was provided at no cost to the district. Thank you to Mendocino County Air Quality committee. A 4th big bus is scheduled for May.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Sanhedrin students reading to Brookside students on Monday.
10 months ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
First Annual Bob Colvig Youth Wrestling Tournament going on today at the high school. Tons of people and lots of fun. Thank you to the local sponsors who helped put this on. It’s a great event.
10 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Juanita Amador
Tomorrow at 9:30 January 22, 2020 there will be senior portraits taken in the auditorium at WHS.
10 months ago, Juanita Amador
Mark Westerburg
Due to snow and weather conditions Willits unified school district will be closed today at all sites.
11 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
WUSD Volunteer of the Year. Jennifer Drew has given countless hours and effort helping kids at WUSD. WEF, FFA, Summer Gala, Ag. Farm, Tri Tip Dinners and more. Thank you for all you do for us.
11 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Graduation from Sanhedrin High School tonight at the Board Meeting. Best wishes on the next chapter.
11 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Thank you to the City of Willits and Chief Warnock of WPD for the financial help to keep the group work programs going at Sanhedrin High School.
12 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Mark your calendars for Hot Winter's Night 2019.
12 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Mark your calendars for Hot Winter's Night 2020.
12 months ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Air Quality grant provided WUSD with another new bus. Great addition to the fleet.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The Varsity Football Team continues on it's playoff run Saturday Nov. 23rd at 1 PM in Ferndale. Go Wolverines !
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
It is the end of the first trimester for this school year. Minimum days have been adjusted to allow for final exams and teacher grade reporting time. All schools will have minimum days on Thursday and Friday this week. Only WHS/SHS will release on Friday at 11:15 a.m.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
The Varsity Football Team has qualified for the playoff and will be hosting a home game Friday night at 7 PM vs El Molino. CIF rules require us to charge admission (11 for adults, 6 for Students, Seniors, Children). Come support the team in our first home playoff in a while.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified Schools will not be in session tomorrow October 30. The school has planned in-services days for Thursday and Friday. So there will be no school for students on Thursday or Friday as well. The football game scheduled for Friday night will be played at its regular time if we have power, if not it will be played at 1 o’clock and 3:30 on Friday afternoon.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to power outages Willits unified school district will be closed on Tuesday the 29th. There is a pending Wind advisory for Tuesday night that may prolong the power shut down. I will keep you posted on our status as soon as I know definite information. Stay safe and alert to changing conditions.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Due to power outages there will be no school for Willits Unified on Monday the 28th. I will post again Monday afternoon to let everybody know our status for Tuesday.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
This is a reminder for Monday morning. If you do not have power at home you can assume that the school does not have power either and we will be closed. I will keep you posted on the power situation at our school as time goes on.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
An additional student van added to the fleet. Thanks to a USDA Grant for 55% of the cost.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Here are some pictures from the JV Football win over Lower Lake. Well done Boys!
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
All of the Willits schools have power and will be open today.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Good Evening. Please be advised that there is a chance of a power outage in the Willits area scheduled for tomorrow October 9th. If you have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume that school will be in session during regular scheduled hours. If you do not have power at your residence tomorrow morning, assume school will be canceled. In the event of a power outage during the day, school will continue to be operational until the end of the school day. We will continue to update you as we receive further information. Mr. Westerburg
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
May I present to you Miss Tatiyanna Viale (Center) for earning Sanhedrin High School Academic Superstar of the week. Tatiyanna earned a total of 13.75 credits in this four week period. Savannah Southwick (Left) earner 13.25, and Georgia Millsap (Right) earned 11. Great job earning credits! A special shout out to Georgia, as she has earned over 18 academic credits this grading period!
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
I am pleased to let everyone know that our bus drivers came into today and fixed the training issue. WUSD will be busing all our students on Friday.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
I am pleased to let everyone know that our bus drivers came into today and fixed the training issue. WUSD will be busing all our students on Friday.
about 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Jeff Ritchley
Sanhedrin Students: We have a mandatory student assembly at 9:15 Friday, September 27, 2019. See you then!
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Feather V. In construction class building a shed with WHS students.
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Lady Hawks supporting the Wolverines
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Good luck Hawk Wolverines!!!
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Dear Students, Please remember grade sheets are due to Juanita by 3:00 P.M. Friday, September 13, 2019. Sincerely, Dr, Ritchley
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Students working hard in Mrs. Ritchley’s CCS-100 Career Planning class.
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
“Five Credit Club” congratulations to Arther Loutsis, Nyanna Bertolino-Haley, Taylor Quinliven, Alyssa Bacon, & Savannah Southwock for earning 5 credits since the start of school, and joining the exclusive “five credit club”.
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
The staff and students at Sanhedrin High School present to you, Miss Georgia Millsap, originally from Texas. Since the beginning of school year, she has earned 15.25 credits and has earned the The honor of Academic Superstar of the Week! Besides being a senior at Sanhedrin High School and Mendocino College, Georgia is on the coaching staff at Mendocino Starz Gymnastics in Ukiah, as she is also a highly accomplished gymnast. Great job Georgia and keep up the great work.
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
Friday night lights at Willits High School! Good luck Wolverines!
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Jeff Ritchley
A great two weeks at Sanhedrin High School, have a nice weekend!
about 1 year ago, Jeff Ritchley
Mark Westerburg
If you are going to volunteer with WUSD this year you need to have your fingerprints done. The company Print Your Mitts, will be at Brookside Elementary Open House on Thursday at 6 PM until 8. WUSD has a form that the DOJ charges us $32 for us to have processed and Mitt Your Mitts will charge you $30 for their service. If your interested please have 2 checks available to use. We greatly appreciate our volunteers. We don't have any choice on the rules or cost. I would get there early, last year there was a line.
over 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Thank you to the Willits Education Foundation for an awesome Summer Gala.
over 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Mark Westerburg
Reminder: All WUSD schools are on regular schedule today. Our first minimum day of the school year will be next Tuesday, August 27th.
over 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified
Chromebook insurance can be paid online! Students in the 1:1 Chromebook take home program can log into Worth Ave Group here => https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/willits
over 1 year ago, Willits Unified
Mark Westerburg
Go to the Apple Store or Google Play to get the Willits USD mobile app for your phone.
over 1 year ago, Mark Westerburg
Willits Unified
2019-2020 Willits Unified School District Calendar
over 1 year ago, Willits Unified