• 11/18/2018

    Good evening, Wildcats!

    We have a short week with only two school days before we can enjoy some time with friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Before you begin your holiday we hope to see you supporting our Wildcat basketball players Tuesday night at Corinth Holders High School or our Wrestling team at West as we host Triton and South Central.  

    Congratulations to our West J SADD chapter who was named the SADD Chapter of the Year in NC for the 4th year in a row! Our own Nich Wilson was named as the SADD Student of the Year. Congratulations, Nich, Mrs. Fisher, and all SADD chapter members! We are incredibly proud of you!


    Thank you to all our volunteers who helped support the band reverse raffle Saturday night and to the many volunteers who helped us put on the Reality of Money simulation last Wednesday.  We are thankful for so many things at West every day but we are especially thankful for our supportive community.  Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    11/11/2018

    Good evening, Wildcats!

    All Fall student athletes should have received their letter concerning the Fall Athletic Banquet.  This event will be held on December 4 in the cafeteria and tickets for the event will be for sale this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Please bring your money and /or RSVP slip to the student store located in the downstairs commons. If you did not receive a letter and need one, please see your coach or see Mrs. Applequist in Student Services.

    Tuesday we will have our winter sports meeting with parents and athletes at 6 pm in the gym followed by our Athletic Booster Club meeting at  7 pm in Student Services. Please make plans to join us for both meetings

    We will be hosting the Reality of Money simulation on Wednesday, November 14. We need approximately 15 more volunteers to present this great program to our students. Please sign up using the link on our website.

    Remember that West Johnston will be closed tomorrow as we take time to honor our Veterans.  If you don’t already have plans to participate in a Veteran’s Day celebration, I encourage you to be at SSS tomorrow as students and staff from Johnston County Public Schools honor our Veterans. See the website for more details.

    Remember to check our West Johnston website for all events and games. Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    11/4/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! First, congratulations, Haley Whoolery on another school record with a time of 18:15 in Girls’ Cross Country running in the 5K.  Congratulations to the Wildcat gymnastics team who won the large group state title for the 2nd year in a row. What an impressive weekend full of Wildcat Pride!

    This week there is an ECU interest meeting for both juniors and seniors Tuesday. See Mrs. Keith for more details. Tuesday night the Band Parent Association will meet at 6:30 and the band will perform its show at 7:00 pm on the football field. Wednesday progress reports go home and sophomores have a class meeting during homeroom in the auditorium.  Thursday Ms. Gurkin is hosting an EF Tours meeting in the media center at 6:30 pm and we will host Triton for our jv football game at 6:30. Friday our varsity Wildcats will be at Triton as we continue to make up games missed during the hurricane.

    Remember to check our West Johnston website for all events and games. Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    10/28/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Tomorrow we will alter our schedule just a bit to pick up report cards at the start of the day. Students will report direct to their advisory classes when the 7:15 bell rings and will dismiss to 1st block at 7:25. 1st block will run from 7:30-8:52. West Success will be 8:57-9:24. 2nd block will be 9:29-10:56 and then we will continue with our regular schedule.

    Tomorrow is shaping up to be a busy day. We will be taking makeup pictures in the auditorium. If you didn’t have your picture taken earlier this year, pick out your outfit and be ready tomorrow to say cheese!  Juniors and seniors will be visiting the College Fair in the Auxiliary gym and FBLA will be sponsoring a food drive all week long. There is a driver’s ed student-parent meeting Thursday at 6:30 in the cafeteria. Herff Jones will be on campus Friday during all lunches for cap and gown orders and Friday night we will honor our senior football players, cheerleaders, dance team members, and band students for senior night when we host the Comets of Clayton High School at Wildcat Stadium.

    Student Services is continuing FAFSA days November 1 and 2 for parents to receive assistance completing their FAFSA forms.  Representatives from SECU and Campbell University will be working directly with parents and students. Please visit WJHS website to schedule an appointment.

    The school store will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week.  Don't forget it's goodie bag pick up time!  Make sure you check the list outside of the store and the cafeteria to see if you won!  Also, Wednesday will be grab-n-go while supplies last.  Come get a goodie bag for $1.

    Our Wildcats had a big weekend yesterday and today. Our band had a great performance in Class 3A competition at the Capital City Expo winning 2nd place in both percussion and visual performance and 1st place in Color Guard.  The band will perform its show Build on Ashes at the JoCo Post-view show at SSS Tuesday night and the band will honor their seniors Friday night while hosting future Wildcats during our 8th grade band night.

    Our Lady Wildcat Volleyball team competed in the 3rd round of the state playoffs Saturday giving DH Conley their greatest competition this year. Wildcat cross country competed in conference tournament. Our guys team placed 3rd and qualified for states as a team and we have three girls who will also move forward to state competition. Haley Whoolery created a new school record with a time of 18:25 in the 5K winning the 3A east regional individual championship.  Rounding out an incredible weekend, our reining state title holding gymnastics team won the conference title with a total 115.1 points! Congratulations on an impressive weekend full of Wildcat Pride

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    10/21/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Thank you for starting your week with us at our Open House Monday night with parent information sessions led by our counselors and for returning Friday for a BBQ plate to help support our FFA program.

    Student Services is hosting FAFSA days October 24, November 1 and 2 for parents to receive assistance completing their FAFSA forms.  Representatives from SECU and Campbell University will be working directly with parents and students. Please visit WJHS website to schedule an appointment.

    As you plan for the week ahead, men’s soccer plays East Wake at SSS tomorrow at 4:30 with additional game opportunities throughout the GNRC Tournament. Stay tuned for volleyball dates as conference play continues.  Wednesday night West Johnston welcomes our middle school Mustangs from McGee’s for their big football game at Wildcat Stadium at 6:00 pm. Thursday night JV football plays at home at 6:30 pm. Friday night Varsity football plays at Cleveland HS at 7:00 pm where the band will be in attendance to support our players against the Rams.

    All sophomores will take the Pre-ACT Thursday, October 25.  Mr. Deen and his yearbook staff will be hosting parents and students for senior ads Thursday night from 5:30-8:00 pm in room 128.

    Saturday the Wildcats are still on the move as the Miss West Johnston, Mr. West J, and the JROTC program represent West Johnston in the Benson Mule Days parade, Cross Country competes in Rocky Mount, and the Band performs at Sanderson High School to compete in the Capital City Band Expo.  Their preliminary performance is at 1:15.

    Hey Wildcats! Be sure to come check out the school store on Monday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. Visit the store to send a goodie bag to your favorite teachers and friends.  They are just $1. Also make sure to keep a check on the list posted outside of the store and the cafeteria to see if you are the lucky recipient of a goodie bag! There is still time to make you purchase for pick up on October 29-31 to send a few out.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    10/14/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! It has been a great spirit week. Thank you for your participation and for sharing all your pictures on social media.

    As we look to the week ahead we want to remind you of our counselor sessions that will be held at 6:00 tomorrow night before open house which runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Tuesday night we have our fall chorus concert at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Wednesday we have ASVAB testing for all students who signed up.  Thursday Herff Jones will meet with seniors in the auditorium at 8:00 am to hear from our representative about upcoming orders for caps and gowns and other graduation merchandise. Also, Thursday our FFA will have a BBQ plate sale starting at 11 am and we will have a fall dance recital at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  Friday will be an early release with student dismissal and pickup at 12:25 pm.

    In athletics this week we will honor our senior soccer players Monday night as we host Cleveland High School. Also this week our volleyball team begins the conference tournament and several members of our tennis team begin regional competition. We are proud of you! Thursday night our JV football team hosts the Warriors of East Wake High School at 6:30 pm.

    Congratulations to our band for a great performance at this weekend’s Garner Classic.  The guard won 1st place in Class 3A, 2nd place in percussion, music, visuals, and general effect for a 2nd place finish overall! Come out Friday at 7:00 pm to hear the jazz band, symphonic band, and wind ensemble play in the auditorium at our fall band concert.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will be administering the PreACT assessment on October 25th, to all eligible tenth grade students. The PreACT assessment includes a pretest portion that will not be available to students through the state test administration. It is highly encouraged that parents and students access and complete the information that is included in this pretest portion and create an ACT profile using the website posted on the WJHS website. If you have questions or concerns about the PreACT, please contact Susan Bryant, Testing Coordinator at 919-934-7333, ext. 5917.

    Hey Wildcats! Be sure to come check out the school store on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. Some new and exciting stuff is happening!  Halloween is coming, and we have goodie bags! You can send one to your favorite teachers and friends for just $1 each! Stop by and see them during lunches for full details. Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    10/7/2018 It's Spirit Week

    Good evening, Wildcats! We are looking forward to a great spirit week but first we want to congratulate our staff members who made up the winning team at Thursday’s Ed Foundation Spelling Bee: Mr. Cawthorn, Ms. Earp, Ms. Ferguson, and Mr. Deen. This is the 2nd win for several team members and the 3rd time West has won the trophy in our 17-year history.

    Our band had an excellent showing at the Mustang Classic yesterday. Their next competition will be at Garner High School next weekend and don’t miss seeing them perform their show before this Friday’s homecoming game when the West Johnston Wildcats host the Trojans of South Johnston at 7:00 pm.

    Tuesday night join us in student services for our monthly Athletic Booster meeting at 7 pm. We will celebrate senior night for our golf team Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night for our soccer team.

    Wednesday, students who signed up to take the PSAT will do so at West. Remember to get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy breakfast to be ready to do your best.

    Tomorrow we will announce our homecoming court and tomorrow night we kick off Spirit Week with our annual Powder Puff game at 6:00 pm. Remember to wear your class color to the stadium after wearing your pajamas to school. Tuesday’s costume is Twin Day, Wednesday is Character Day, Thursday is Decades Day, and Friday is West J Spirit Day. If you ordered a white-out shirt for Friday night’s homecoming game, please remember to bring your money to pick them up Wednesday and Thursday.

    If you didn’t pre-order a shirt and need one to be ready for Friday night’s homecoming game, remember to stop by the school store Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during all lunches to purchase a white shirt for $15 to be ready for Friday’s white-out game. The store is set up to help you with all your spirit needs.

    Looking ahead to next week, West Johnston is hosting an open house in conjunction with grade level meetings on Monday, October 15 at 6:00 pm and an open house from 6:30 to 7:30. Save the date and plan to attend.


    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great spirit week!

    10/4/2018 WJHS regular school day October 5

    Good evening, Wildcats! I have had several people question whether we have school tomorrow because there are two high schools in the district who are having teacher workdays. I wanted you to hear from me that West Johnston will be operating on a regular school schedule tomorrow, October 5.  Get a good night's rest and we'll see you in the morning.

    9/30/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Thank you for celebrating our state champion gymnastics team Friday night during halftime. Thank you, too, for your support of our West Johnston band who had a strong performance at this weekend’s Cleveland 4A competition. The band earned 3rd place in Visual Performance and 2nd place in categories of music, color guard, general effect and percussion for an overall 2nd place finish. Great job, band! Their next competition is next Saturday at Middle Creek High School.

    We also want to thank our student leaders, staff, and community members who joined us for See You at the Pole Wednesday. We are grateful to community members who came to school to register students to vote on Thursday and we also want to give all of you a shout-out for donating blood this past Friday. West is blessed with an amazing community.

    Join us at West this Tuesday night to hear about opportunities for International travel at 6:30 pm in the media center and help us support our faculty spelling bee team Thursday night at 6:30 at SSS as Mr. Cawthorn, Mrs. Ferguson, Ms. Earp, and Mr. Deen rock the competition with their spelling prowess.

    Remember to visit our website for a complete schedule of all our school and athletic events and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to glimpse the happenings of our incredible students and staff. We are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

     

    9/23/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! We hope your family and property fared well during the recent storm. If you are in need of assistance, please see your counselor. We are grateful to have served as a shelter during Hurricane Florence but we were all ready to welcome staff and students back to school this week.

    As we get back into our normal routines there are many activities taking place this week. Please visit our school website the dates and times of our many athletic events.

    We will have student voter registration in the cafeteria Thursday during all lunches and a blood drive on campus Friday. Please contact Mrs. Feola or Mrs. Stephenson if you would like to participate in this life-saving activity. Also Friday we will have a special presentation for our gymnastics team members to recognize them as state championship title holders at halftime of our home football game as we host Athens Drive High School.

    Club sign-ups will be starting soon. Please encourage your child to get involved to build relationships with others, demonstrate volunteerism, and hone leadership skills.

    The band will travel to Cleveland High School Saturday for their first competition of the season where they will perform their full show Built on Ashes.

    If you have not done so, please remember to re-apply online for free and reduced lunch assistance. The grace period extended from last year is ending soon. Families must re-apply every year.

    Also remember to update your student’s family contact information by visiting the district website and clicking on Online Registration for Returning Students.

    Have a great night and I’ll see you tomorrow.

    9/10/18 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Tomorrow is the 10th day of school. Thank you for your support as we have gotten off to a great school year!

    I want to remind you that the PSAT will be given at West on Wednesday, October 10.  All students wishing to take the PSAT MUST REGISTER and pay the $16 fee NO LATER THAN this Tuesday, September 11.  Registration forms were distributed in the Junior assembly and are also available in Student Services. Juniors, this is the only year you are eligible for national merit scholarship recognition so if you’ve taken it before, make sure you take it this year. Freshman and sophomore students wanting to take the PSAT must also complete a registration form and pay a $16 test fee by the September 11th deadline as well. Please register with Mrs. Bryant in Student Services

    Makeups for senior portraits will be tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 10

    Student Services is hosting a senior parent night on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.  Counselors will discuss the college application, financial aid, and the scholarship process.  Please save the date and plan to attend

    The school store will be open again this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during all lunches! Be sure to go check out what they have, and remember that you can handle any booster club business at this time.

    Also looking ahead to next weekend, the band will travel to SSS for the JoCo Expo, a preseason band preview show for all Johnston County.  The band will perform its show Built on Ashes between 8:30 and 8:40 pm.

    If you have not done so, please remember to re-apply online for free and reduced lunch assistance.  The grace period extended from last year is ending soon. Families must re-apply every year.

    Also remember to update your student’s family contact information by visiting the district website and clicking on Online Registration for Returning Students.

    One last reminder is that student tardies can have a negative impact on a student’s academic grade.  Please remember to get to school on time so that you’re not late for class. We have seen a large number of students entering the building as the tardy bell has rung all last week.  Parents, please encourage your students who drive to leave home with plenty of time to travel to school safely

    Have a great night and I’ll see you tomorrow.

    9/3/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Thank you for your support as we have gotten off to a great school year!

    While it’s only the first week of school, we have already been approached by families making plans for the holidays and need to share some important information with you.  Since our school calendar has changed this year the Exam Schedule has been altered. The NCDPI mandates that FINAL EXAMS take place during the last 5-7 days of each semester. That means that this year we will be holding FINAL EXAMS BEFORE Christmas break this year (December 13-21st for WJHS). DPI has stated that they are NOT granting early testing for students unless there is an extreme emergency.

    Also, The PSAT will be given at West on Wednesday, October 10.  All JUNIORS wishing to take the PSAT MUST REGISTER and pay the $16 fee NO LATER THAN Tuesday, September 11.  Registration forms were distributed in the Junior assembly and are also available in Student Services. Juniors, this is the only year you are eligible for national merit scholarship recognition so if you’ve taken it before, make sure you take it this year. All students wanting to take the PSAT must also complete a registration form and pay a $16 test fee by the September 11th deadline as well. Please register with Mrs. Bryant in Student Services

    School portraits will be taken Friday, Sept. 7, for students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Makeups for senior portraits will be Monday, Sept. 10. Package and pricing information was sent home with your student this week. If you need another copy of the brochure, ask your student to pick it up in Student Media, room 128.

    Parents can earn $50 off student portraits by serving as an assistant. For more information, call the main office and ask for Student Media, extension 5990.

    The school store will be open again this week on Wednesday, September 5 and Friday, September 7 during all lunches! Be sure to go check out what they have, and remember that you can handle any booster club business at this time.

    School musical auditions are this week. Thursday from 2:30 to 8:00 pm. See Cheri Crabtree for more details.

    Our 4th Annual Alumni Basketball game will take place next Saturday in our main gym.  See Scotty Williams for more details. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Student Services is hosting a senior parent night on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.  Counselors will discuss the college application, financial aid, and the scholarship process.  Please save the date and plan to attend

    I hope you have been able to take advantage of the long weekend to celebrate the Labor Day holiday with family and friends.  I would also like to give a shout-out to leaders of our Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Interact P7 clubs for organizing a prayer walk this weekend through the school.  I was humbled at the number of students, staff, and community members who came together to pray over West Johnston and its students and staff. We are a part of an amazing community! Have a great night and I’ll see you tomorrow.

     

    8/26/18 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! Tomorrow morning we kick off the 2018-2019 school year as we welcome students back to West for a great year. In order to help you start off on the right foot, we want to remind you that in the morning all bus and carpool traffic stays on the right side of the campus using both lanes: buses and students in the junior lot will use the right hand lane while seniors and carpool use the left hand lane.  Staff and students who park in front of the gym will be the only ones turning left as they enter the campus. In the afternoon all traffic will enter and remain in the far right hand lane while students exit in the left hand lane.

    The building is open at 6:45 am. Students can choose to wait in the main hall or purchase breakfast in the cafeteria.  Students will be released to move to their classrooms at 7:00 am. We will have staff in the hallways to assist students in locating classrooms.All students will report to their homeroom during this first week.

    If you are planning to park on campus but have not purchased a pass, do not drive to school until you have purchased your pass.  Passes will be on sale each day in the main office during all lunches. Needed forms are located on our website under student services and require parent signature.

    Students who have signed up to ride a bus should hear from your individual bus drivers to help you know what time to be at your stop.  If you only recently signed up for a bus and are unsure if you’ve been scheduled, please make alternate arrangements until your bus is confirmed.

    Counselors are still working to correct student schedules and will be available in the cafeteria during all four lunches this week to meet with students.  Please know that we want all schedules to be correct and are working hard to make that happen. .There is a process for requesting changes or to direct us to needed corrections. Please follow the process for scheduling issues.

    Students who have late arrival should attend school this week to meet in homeroom and attend your class meeting unless there is a conflict with a JCC course off campus.  

    Student IDs will also be distributed during this homeroom time.   Any student who has not had his or her picture taken or who doesn’t receive an ID will be pulled in to have an ID made during our first 10 days of school.  The county has provided us with two forms regarding IDs: one for parents and one for students. 

    Students who had free or reduced lunch at the end of last school year must re-apply for lunch assistance.  This application must be submitted every year but students are covered for the first 30 days of the school year with their same free and reduced lunch status.

    Finally, the parent athletic booster club is excited to announce that they will be running the school store again this year! It will be open this week during lunches on Monday the 27th, Wednesday the 29th, and Friday the 31st.  You can also handle any business with them at this time. Get your athletic passes, sponsor Wildcat Country, or participate in the calendar raffle and get 30 chances to win! Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details.  It can be found under parent athletic booster club of wjhs.

    We are looking forward to kicking off a great year as we come back together tomorrow. Get a good night’s rest and we’ll see you in the morning.

    8/5/2018 Athletic Contract Night and Freshman Orientation

    Hello, Wildcats! We hope you are enjoying your summer and getting to spend time with your loved ones. As you know, August is here and that means back to school.

    West Johnston Athletics will be having our mandatory Fall athletics parent contract night tomorrow, Monday August 6 at 6 pm in the gym. Fall sports include cheerleading, cross country, gymnastics, football, men's soccer, volleyball, women;s golf, and women's tennis. Parents with children in these sports should attend.

    Fall sports pictures will occur on August 9. Your child will be bringing home their packets that the coaches give them with more details.

    Stay tuned for updates for activities for our first week of athletic events starting Monday August 13 and leading up to our first home football game.

    On Friday August 17, West Johnston High School is hosting orientation to welcome the class of 2022. Wildcat ambassadors have organized a fun and informative afternoon of activities at West Johnston from 1:30-6:00 for both rising freshman and their parents.

    Students will get to meet teachers, tour the building, and learn about clubs and activities at West. Parents will be able to learn vital information about school policies and testing. Please arrive by 1:30 for check-in and make plans to have the rest of the family join you after orientation for our first home game of the season as the Wildcats take on Harnett Central High School.

    We realize that this time of year can be hectic and ask that you make as much of orientation as possible. Please fill out the Google information sheet available on the West Johnston website to register your student for orientation. We ask that the form is completed by Wednesday, Aug 9 to help us plan for t-shirts and hot dogs. Thank you and we are looking forward to meeting our newest Wildcats and families on August 17.

    5/28/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats.

    I hope you have enjoyed the long weekend and been able to take time to remember and honor the men and women who died serving in the American armed forces this Memorial Day.  

    We have reached the final week of instruction and will begin exams Thursday as we quickly move toward graduation next Friday night.

    I have a few dates that I would like to make sure you are aware of: Wednesday a Herff Jones representative will be on campus to deliver class rings ordered earlier this year.  They will be at school throughout all 4 lunches in the cafeteria hallway. Please remember to bring your personal balance due. Only cash or money orders are accepted on delivery day.  Also, any student wishing to order their official class ring may do so Wednesday by bringing a deposit of $80 for Ultrium or $125 for all other metal qualities.

    Wednesday is also the final afternoon for students to make up tardies in student services.  

    Our exam schedule is on the front page of our website.  Buses will run every day at regular times from now through the end of the school year.  As exams begin, students are expected to be present for review sessions to help them prepare to do their best on teacher-made, NCFE, CTE, and EOC exams.  

    Friday evening at 6:00 pm we will hold our annual Memorial Day service at the flag pole in front of the school led by our junior SGA.  Please join us for this special service that pays tribute to the students and staff who passed away while they were at West Johnston High School.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence and finishing the year strong! Let’s make it a great week!

    5/20/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats.

    Last Sunday I asked you to set aside some time in your calendar as this week West Johnston’s Fine Arts department presents a week of the arts. Monday night will feature our band program, Tuesday night, our dance students, and Wednesday night our choral program. You are invited each evening at 7pm in the auditorium for an incredible show by our talented students.

    Tuesday night at 5:30 students can take advantage of $10 sports physicals in the main gym. Physical paperwork can be found on the school website or filled out the night of the exam. A parent signature is required to see the doctor.

    Progress reports go home Wednesday.

    Our academic awards ceremonies and senior scholarship night all take place Thursday, May 24. Juniors and seniors awards will be held in the auditorium at 9:30 am while freshman and sophomore students will receive academic awards at 1:00. Teachers are contacting the parents of students receiving these awards to provide you with an opportunity to attend. Later that night seniors will be honored for their academic achievements at our Senior Scholarship Night. Students being recognized at the evening program have received invitations. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the front desk in student services or your child’s counselor.

    Friday our seniors are boarding buses for the senior class trip. Parents, we met with seniors last Friday and provided them with a hot pink handout that you can post on your refrigerator that includes a countdown to graduation with answers to frequently asked questions. If you haven’t seen this yet, please ask them to share it with you. We have additional copies available in student services as well as copies of the handouts about the legacy bricks being sold by our athletic booster club and discounted booster passes for 1st year alumni.

    We are getting closer to exam season. Please view the exam calendar posted on our school website. We are on the prowl with excellence. Have a good night!

    5/13/18 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats, and Happy Mother’s Day.

    I would first like to thank students, parents, and community members who took time to share their appreciation for our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers know you appreciate them. I also want to thank the teachers who created an incredible alternative prom for our district’s students. It was the largest crowd I have ever seen attend and we had a great time. Saturday night continued our season of formal dances as the JROTC conducted its military ball with our own Adriane Stone serving as an incredible and inspirational guest speaker.

    Advanced Placement exams continue this week. For students taking AP courses, remember to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast to help you do your best.

    Monday night we will host a meeting for parents and students to learn about our AP Capstone program. This program is part of the College Board’s advanced placement program. Please join us in the media center at 6:00 pm to learn if AP Capstone is a good fit for your student.

    Seniors who would like to purchase a copy of the senior picture taken this past Friday need to bring their money to the office by Tuesday.

    Remember that Wednesday is a non-school day for students as many teachers from Johnston County around the state visit our state legislature to speak up for public education funding. We will continue with AP exams as scheduled on this day.

    Wednesday night we will also continue with our spring athletic banquet. Student athletes have already purchased tickets in record numbers. We are looking forward to a great night of celebration as we close out our spring season.

    Our senior class graduation meeting will be Friday during 2nd block. Seniors will receive information about graduation as we count down to June 8.

    Mark your calendar for the following week ahead as West Johnston’s Fine Arts department presents a week of the arts. I’m telling you now you won’t miss it. Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you are invited to join us for band, dance, and choral programs in the auditorium. I also want to make sure that you know our academic awards ceremonies and senior scholarship night all take place Thursday, May 24. Seniors being honored at the evening event receive invitations to the scholarship awards while parents of underclassmen are contacted by teachers for the daytime subject awards.

    We have a busy two weeks coming up as we come closer to exam season. We are on the prowl with excellence. Have a good night.

     

    5/6/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. I have some announcements about the week ahead.  As our regular athletic season ends, we have several teams moving into the playoffs. Softball will play at home against Chapel Hill High School Tuesday night. Soccer will also play at home Wednesday night in the first round of playoffs, and track regionals will be away Friday.  

    Advanced Placement exams begin this week.  For students taking AP courses, remember to get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast to help you do your best.

    Mrs. Buchholz and her American Sign Language students will be presenting a Deaf Performance Night Thursday, May 10, at 6 pm in the auditorium.  Please come out to see the show and all our students have learned this year.

    The senior class picture and yearbook signing will be Friday during the day. Please see the website for more information about yearbooks.

    The district alternative prom is Friday night, hosted at WJHS.  If you have any donations you would like to make to help support this special prom, please contact Dennis Shamblin through the main office.  Our JROTC students will celebrate their Military Ball Saturday night.

    Tomorrow kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please share kind words with your teachers, teacher assistants, coaches, and all staff to let them know you appreciate the ways they serve you every day.  It’s going to be a busy week of celebration as we begin to close the year, but don’t forget in your celebrating this week that Mother’s Day is Sunday, a good time to thank Mom and all others who look after us and care for us like a mom. Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence as we demonstrate an attitude of gratitude for all those help and encourage us daily.

    With all this celebrating, please mark your calendar so you will remember to get out and vote this Tuesday, May 8, if you haven’t already.  Have a good night.

    4/29/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. I have some announcements about the week ahead but I would first like to take a moment to congratulate two of our outstanding Wildcat teachers who were honored at Tuesday night’s Flame for Learning banquet.  Allen Williams was recognized as a top three finalist and Brian VanDerlaske was recognized as the district’s teacher of the year. We are fortunate to have amazing teachers leading classrooms at West Johnston.

    We also want to give a shout out and appreciation to the Fine Arts department and the students who dedicated many hours in rehearsal and preparation to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella to our Wildcat stage this weekend. Cheri Crabtree, Luke Meade, Elizabeth Colston, and Joshua Johnson’s work demonstrates to all why arts in the schools are essential.

    In addition to the many athletic events taking place at home and away this week, we will be celebrating seniors at Thursday’s softball game against Clayton High School. Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times for all athletic events so you can plan to enjoy watching our Wildcats.  We are nearing the end of our spring sports season so opportunities are limited.

    Our National Honor Society Induction is taking place tomorrow night. Students who were tapped for membership received letters earlier this spring.  Junior marshals for our 2018 graduation will be announced Tuesday afternoon. We have a drivers ed meeting Thursday evening and a blood drive all day Friday organized by HOSA.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence and finishing the year strong!

     

    4/23/18 ASVAB (sent to ASVAB-registered students only)

    This is a reminder that the ASVAB Career Exploration exam will be given at West Johnston tomorrow, April 24. Your child has signed up to take this test which will begin first thing tomorrow morning. The ASVAB will help your student to understand their skills and abilities and how they relate to a career choice.  After taking the ASVAB your student will receive an ASVAB Exploring Careers workbook which will help them identify and explore hundreds of careers. Students do not have to be interested in the military to take the ASVAB.  Students who registered to take the ASVAB should report to the cafeteria no later than 7:15 in the morning. Get plenty of rest and eat breakfast to help you be successful on the exam. 

    4/22/18 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Report cards went home with students last week, but if your child needs to sign up for an online credit recovery course should see a counselor this week to get started in our 5th block afternoon computer remediation opportunity.

    We have much to celebrate from last Friday. We had many students who participated in special Olympics as athletes and as supporters.  We also enjoyed a successful prom coordinated by Mrs. Davis and her prom committee.

    We have many athletic events taking place at home and away this week.  Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times for all athletic events so you can plan to enjoy watching our Wildcats.  We are nearing the end of our spring sports season so opportunities are limited.

    Monday night we will celebrate our student volunteer of the year, Summer Lanier, and adult volunteer of year year, Tamara Wilson at the annual PTA/PTO dinner at SSS.  Tuesday night we will celebrate that West Johnston High school has 2 of the 20 countywide finalists for the teacher of the year award: English teacher Mr. Brian VanDerlaske and history teacher Mr. Allen Williams.

    Coming up this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is West Johnston’s annual musical.  This year our Wildcat theater will present Cinderella Thursday and Friday at 7 pm. Saturday—2 shows— at 2 pm and 7 pm. All seats are $15 and all ticket sales help support our ability to stage amazing musicals year after year.

    Finally, if you have not I visited West Johnston since Wednesday, our camera and doorbell were installed this week.  When you visit the school please ring the doorbell located on the door farthest to your right at the main entrance. Please have your ID ready to show to the camera and let her know why you are at school so she can direct you to the appropriate office.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence and finishing the year strong!


    4/15/18 This Week in Wildcat Country 

    Good evening, Wildcats. I have some announcements about the week ahead.

    First, report cards go home tomorrow.  Students will visit homeroom between first and second block to pick up report cards. Students who have exceeded their absences for the quarter should request an attendance contract to complete and return to student services.  Students whose grades indicate the need for remediation that goes beyond tutoring should see their counselor about our 5th block afternoon computer program.

    We have many athletic events taking place at home and away this week.  Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times for all athletic events so you can plan to enjoy watching our Wildcats excel during this beautiful spring weather.

    Thursday, students attending prom will attend a presentation sponsored by local emergency agencies and our West Johnston JoCo Teen Drivers to help reiterate the importance of safe driving practices before attending prom Friday night.  Students attending the prom may dismiss from school Friday with a signed parent note after the end of second block.

    Seniors who still have a balance on their graduation gowns and invitations should pay their balances to Herff Jones and then will be able to pick up their purchases from the main office at school.

    Thank you to all the parents and community members who helped us with our Reality of Money activity.  It was a great activity that helped our students understand and appreciate the various expenses that quickly devour a monthly paycheck and the decisions that must be made for fiscal fitness.  

    We have enjoyed a great show of support from parents and community volunteers to serve as front door greeters. We are scheduled to have our new doorbell and camera system installed this week.  We appreciate the time you have given us and want you to know that there are still plenty of ways that we can use volunteers on campus if you found that you have the time and enjoyed being at school recently.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence and finishing the year strong!


     
    4/8/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country
    Good evening, Wildcats. I hope you have enjoyed a great week with family and are rested and ready to bring your A-game as we enter our final quarter of the school year.

    In addition to our athletic events taking place at home and away this week, we are celebrating senior night with the tennis team Tuesday evening and senior night with the baseball team Wednesday night. We have had many game changes due to our unpredictable spring weather. Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times for all athletic events.

    Our Reality of Money activity will be this Wednesday. We are still looking for volunteers. Remember, If you have ever paid bills you are ready and qualified to volunteer! Please sign up to volunteer by using the link on our website.

    Friday night we are looking forward to seeing our talented students and staff show off their talents at the Best of West talent show at 6:30 pm.

    We continue to receive applications for help with answering our front door. Please know how much we appreciate your time to our students and staff.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence and ready to finish the year strong!
     
    3/25/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats.  We have athletic events taking place at home and away. Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times.

    Wednesday we will operate on an early release schedule and dismiss at 12:25 for countywide staff development.  The only students who are allowed to remain on campus Wednesday are those with athletic competitions that day. All other students must leave campus at 12:25 when we dismiss.

    We are still looking for volunteers for our April 11 SECU Reality of Money program.  Remember, If you have ever paid bills you are ready and qualified to volunteer! Please sign up to volunteer by using the link on our website.

    We continue to receive applications for help with answering our front door. Please know how much we appreciate your time to our students and staff.  

    If you haven’t done so but would like to help us, we have a form in our website banner titled Community Ambassadors to capture your interest in volunteering at West and donating your time to help us maintain the security of our building while we transition to a doorbell and camera system.   West Johnston High School needs level 2 volunteers to greet visitors at the front door of the building. You can apply for level 2 volunteer status by visiting the popular links section of the JCPS website.  We will provide you with a script and directions to help you feel comfortable while serving our students and staff in this role. Please visit our website to share your interest in becoming a Wildcat Community Volunteer.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence as we look ahead to our spring break which will begin for students Thursday with a teacher workday.  Please be safe as you take time to enjoy family and friends during the week ahead. Let’s make it a great week and we will be back at school again April 9.

    3/18/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country
    Good evening, Wildcats.  Thank you for pulling together to help us get back on track this week.  The student-organized and student-led unity and kindness event Wednesday demonstrated to all watching West Johnston that we are resilient, strong, and supportive of one another. I am so proud of all of you for participating in the national walkout in various ways: standing in silence at the flagpole, writing cards to the Parkland community, or praying together.  You will remember this event.


    As we continue to focus on normal activities, we have athletic events taking place at home and away. Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times.
     
    Our band will perform Wednesday night at 6 pm.  Admission is free.  If you have not heard our band or newly-formed jazz band perform, please join us for a night of entertainment.

    "Juniors and seniors, this is a reminder about purchasing your prom tickets. Cafeteria sales ended on Friday, March 16, but you can still purchase your tickets online through and including Monday, March 19. Go to the prom page under students at the West Johnston website for links and instructions. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up in the media center."


    West Johnston is bringing the SECU Reality of Money program to all our Civics and Personal Finance students on April 11th. This program will turn our students into wage-earning, bill-paying, and budget-minded 25 year-olds. It is an awesome opportunity for our students to experience becoming financially responsible adults. In order to make this a successful event we need your help. We will need 35 volunteers to help us out. If you have ever paid bills you are ready and qualified to volunteer! Please sign up to volunteer by using the link on our website.


    Thank you to the many volunteers who have signed up online to help us man our front door.  If you haven’t done so but would like to help us, we have added a form in our website banner titled Community Ambassadors to capture your interest in volunteering at West and donating your time to help us maintain the security of our building while we transition to a doorbell and camera system.   West Johnston High School needs level 2 volunteers to greet visitors at the front door of the building. You can apply for level 2 volunteer status by visiting the popular links section of the JCPS website.  We will provide you with a script and directions to help you feel comfortable while serving our students and staff in this role. Please visit our website to share your interest in becoming a Wildcat Community Volunteer.


    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!
     
    3/11/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats.

    First I would like to thank you all again for your patience during Friday’s lockdown.  We all hate that we were involved in a scary situation, but the immediate response from administration, staff, students, and law enforcement provided us with many blessings for a safe end to yesterday's crisis. I hope we never experience a situation like this again but the training that Johnston County has provided to school staff and law enforcement created a teaming that brought us through the storm as we relied on protocols that were in place. We can really thank the senior leaders who direct our schools and law enforcement agencies for their planning and proactive training.

    Our school day resumed after the lockdown was lifted by law enforcement and softball and baseball teams competed at Northern Nash Friday night.  Our Impact Club also continued with their plans and hosted a night of prayer and song in the auditorium that was already scheduled to take place.  Our 10th graders traveled to Washington DC to visit the Holocaust Museum Saturday while the band traveled to Atlanta for competition and both softball and baseball hosted Garner High School Saturday afternoon. Saturday night our singers and dancers opened and closed the West Johnston area Showcase of Stars.

    Looking at the week ahead, please know that we will have counselors available for students who need to talk with someone.  We will also get back into our normal schedule with events to help students and staff return to a feeling of normalcy and routine.  We have athletic events at home and away this week. Please visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times. Monday students will audition for the Best of West talent show from 2:30-5:30 in the auditorium.

    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Herff Jones representatives will be on campus to take class ring orders during all lunches from 11 to 1 pm.  Representatives will remain on campus from 2:30 to 7 pm Wednesday to be available for parents who would like to shop after school with them.

    Thursday night at 6 pm is our Rising 9th Grade Parent Night when rising freshman will have a chance to hear from our counselors, tour the building, and learn about various clubs they can participate in when they get to high school.  

    Friday night I shared a new need we have to maintain a person at the front door.  In order to help you identify yourselves as Wildcat Community Volunteers, we will be adding a link to a google form on the front page of our website to capture your interest in volunteering at West and donating your time to help us maintain the security of our building while we transition to a doorbell and camera system.   West Johnston High School needs level 2 volunteers to greet visitors at the front door of the building. You can apply for level 2 volunteer status by visiting the popular links section of the JCPS website. We will provide you with a script and directions to help you feel comfortable while serving our students and staff in this role. Please visit our website to share your interest in becoming a Wildcat Community Volunteer.

    Wildcats, we are ready to be back on track. Let’s make it a great week!

     
    3/9/2018 Today's Lockdown

    Good evening, Wildcats. This is Jennifer Swartz, Principal of West Johnston High School.

    Thank you for your patience during the situation that occurred on our campus today.  I want to take a minute and provide details for your information.

    A group of unarmed teenagers came into the front entrance of the school and were met by an assistant principal asking them for identification and their reason for being at the school.  They stated they were there to check out a student. Because they were not able to sufficiently answer her questions, the visitors were quickly confronted by school officials and our Johnston County Sheriff's Office school resource officer. Several of these visitors tried to continue to move beyond the lobby and were detained by the SRO. Three others fled outside. The school was placed on perimeter lockdown and our SRO immediately requested assistance which created a response from multiple law enforcement agencies to West Johnston.  We remained on lockdown while the three were located on school grounds and detained by law enforcement.

    I want to assure you that administration acted promptly and all procedures and protocol were followed.  Please know students and staff were safe at all times. I did want you to hear this from me to hopefully ease any concerns that you may have and to dispel any rumors.

    Again, the visitors were not armed. No students interacted with the visitors and the situation is now in the hands of law enforcement.

    I want to thank the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, State Highway Patrol, and the Johnston County Public School leadership team  for their fast response and help with investigating and ensuring that our staff and students are safe. I truly want to thank our administrative team,  SRO Stone, our custodians, and front office staff for their vigilance and watchfulness.

    Please rest assured that the administration at West took this situation seriously and we will continue to take every precaution to make sure your child safe while attending school. Please know we continued with our regular school day and our evening sporting events after the lockdown was lifted by law enforcement.

    Later this evening, you will be receiving a message from Dr. Renfrow that he is sending out to the entire county.  One item that he is going to discuss is that all visitors to our schools will now be required to wait for entry, which will be granted by a person designated to allow access. Several of you volunteered today to help any in way possible for our Wildcat family.  You can go ahead and start the process by signing up to be a level 2 volunteer on the Johnston County Public School website under popular links and then contact Tawnya Wise at the front desk with your interest and contact information.

    Thank you for your help and support during this situation.


    3/4/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. I have some announcements about the week ahead.

    The parent athletic booster club will be hosting their monthly meeting in student services at 7 p.m. this Monday, March 5th.  Your participation is paramount to the success of our student-athletes.  All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

    Tuesday sophomores will hear a class ring presentation and bring home packets.

    Our statewide tornado drill is Wednesday morning.

    Our sophomores will be traveling to the Holocaust Museum Saturday and our chorus and dance students will be participating in Showcase of Stars at JCC Auditorium at 7pm.  Tickets are still available online at the JCC ticketbooth.

    We also have many athletic events taking place at home and away. Remember to visit the West Johnston High School web page for dates and times.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

     
    2/25/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. I have some announcements about the week ahead.

    First I would like to thank you and your students for bringing to the attention of teachers, coaches, and administrators all  suspicious and threatening messages you have seen on social media.  Johnston County Public Schools work in concert with the sheriff’s department to research and investigate threats to our school community.  Our Wildcat family continues to grieve with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and will continue to create opportunities to support one another.  Many students, staff, parents, and community members joined us Wednesday as our students led a Remembrance at the Pole event to stand together against violence in our school communities. Every day I am honored to be the proud principal of our incredible students.

    Tomorrow night at 7pm the West Johnston Jazz and Concert Ensembles are excited to welcome you to our Mid-Winter Concert. Come enjoy an hour of great music, from fast paced swing, to slow lyrical areas, to a high flying fantasia march. The event is free to the public and will be held in the WJHS Auditorium. We hope to see you there.

    Do you have a talent? Would you like to participate in the 2nd Annual Best of West Talent Show? If so, please sign up outside of room 418 by Wednesday February 28th at 2:30 p.m.

    Tuesday all juniors will take the ACT on site at West Johnston.  This test is one of the leading US college admissions test accepted by all four-year colleges and universities. It is important that students get to sleep on time and eat breakfast so they will be their best selves when taking the test Tuesday morning.

    There is a drivers ed meeting Thursday night at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.  Please visit our website for more information.

    Juniors & Seniors! Are you ready for prom? Cafeteria ticket sales begin in less than two weeks, on March 5 and end March 16. Of course you can also buy them online until March 16, but they are never sold at the door! Go to the WJHS prom page for details.

    In addition to these events we are seeing spring sports gear up this week. Please check the West Johnston school website for specific athletic event dates and times.

    Parents, are you interested in hosting a student for a job shadowing experience? If you think you may be able to serve the school in this way, please visit our website or contact our Career Development Coordinator Debbie Burns for more information.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

    2/18/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. This is a reminder that tomorrow, February 19, is an early release day for countywide staff development and we will be following an early release schedule which will end our student day at 12:25.

    Monday night spring athletes and their parents should attend the spring contract signing in the gym at 6 pm. We hope you’ll stay for the athletic booster club meeting in student services at 7 pm. We are always on the lookout for more parent volunteers to build our Wildcat community.

    Tuesday our baseball team scrimmages at NJHS at 3:30 pm while our girls’ basketball team plays in the first round of the state playoff at Eastern Guilford.

    Registration for the 2018-19 school year has begun with counselors visiting students in classrooms and meeting with them at lunch.. Students have received their registration forms and counselors are on hand this Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 am and 2:30-6 pm to meet with interested parents.

    Thursday night is our winter athletic dinner. Student-athletes have already purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Congratulations to Hudson Roberts who was crowned Friday night as our 2018 Mr. West J. I know you will do a great job representing West Johnston High School and you have a great mentor in Jalen Graham.

    Thank you to all of our volunteers who worked around the clock this weekend to create Winterfest 2018. The open guard took 2nd in class and the drumline won best in class. Student performances were amazing. We are so thankful for the students and parents who bring this incredible event to life at West Johnston High School.

    Wildcats, we are on the prowl with excellence. Let’s make it a great week!

     
    2/11/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. We have a lot going on this week in Wildcat country. Registration for the 2018-19 school year will begin this week. Students will receive their registration form and instructions on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week in their third block class.

    School counselors will be available for student questions in the cafeteria for a week following distribution of the registration forms. They will be available for parent questions NEXT WEEK, Tuesday and Thursday, February 20 and February 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am and 2:30pm -6:00pm in Student Services.

    Report cards were sent home last Wednesday. If you haven’t seen it show up on your kitchen counter, please remember to ask you student for it tonight.

    Seniors: February 13 will be cap and gown photos with Carlton Hubbard in the auditorium. Many of you received an appointment time and order form in the mail. Extra forms and appointment times can be found in the main office. These pictures are optional and are pre-paid. Caps and Gowns will be provided by the photographer.

    Students trying out for the outdoor track teams next Monday February 12: Please see coach Shaw or coach Leaptrot to turn in required forms and to get any necessary forms that you may be missing.

    Soccer tryouts are February 14 and 15 from 3:00 – 5:00. Physicals, concussion forms, and eligibility statements need to be turned in to Coach Byrd by February 12. Go by room 311 if you need blank concussion and eligibility paperwork.

    Sophomores: The Washington, D.C. Holocaust Museum Trip is March 10! See your English II teacher to sign up! Cost is $70.

    Love the bus week! Celebrating those who carry our students to school each day. Please take a moment to thank your bus driver this week!

    Boys' GNRC Basketball Tournament @ CvHS tomorrow night: WJHS vs. SSS 6 pm; CvHS vs. SJHS 7:30 pm

    Girls' GNRC Basketball Tournament @ WJHS Tuesday night: CvHS vs. SSS 6 pm; SJHS vs. WJHS 7:30 pm

    Wednesday is Valentine's Day--Please remind students that bus drivers are not allowed to transport flowers and balloons on the bus

    Thursday night Senior Paige Wilcox will represent West Johnston Rotarians Against Drugs Essay Contest(Johnston County Health Mall) 7 pm

    Mr. West J is Friday at  7 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door

    Saturday West Johnston will host more than 30 band programs for Winterfest. Please come out to support the band.

    It’s going to be a busy week at West. Have a great night.

     
    1/28/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead.  First, thank you for your help in getting students to school on time each day through the regular testing days so that we could begin our state exams on time and release students at 11:30. We have completed regular testing but will continue to conduct make-up testing tomorrow, Monday, January 29.  Any students who attend school but do not have to take a makeup exam will be in supervised areas.

    We begin our spring semester Tuesday, January 30, at which time all students are expected to be at school.  We will begin the day Tuesday with a 10-minute homeroom to hand out updated 2nd semester schedules.  

    A few celebrations I would like to share with you from the weekend:

    Sophomore Alli Fuquay was crowned Miss West Johnston 2018 Saturday night.

    West Johnston had 5 wrestlers finch first in the conference in their individual weight classes at the Greater Neuse River Conference tournament Saturday.

    Our gymnastics team won the large-group title at NC State. To the best of my knowledge this is the first team state title in school history.  In all-around, 4 of the 5 scores were posted by Wildcat: Jessica Walker, Lelia Brozowski, Abigayle Harrison, and Tasha Brozowski.  Tasha Brozowski won the all-around. Abigayle Harrison has been named the Greater Neuse River Conference gymnast of the year.

    The girls swim team was awarded the team sportsmanship award for the Greater Neuse River Conference and swim coach Heather Marksuson was named coach of the year

    Congratulations to all of you for hard work to accomplish your goals. We are so proud of you. Your achievements demonstrate that Wildcats are on the prowl with excellence. Have a good night

     
    1/21/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is Jennifer Swartz, principal at West Johnston High School, with some important information to share with you as we enter our final exams this week.  This week begins our state standardized testing to conclude 1st semester courses.  Please be sure to check our school website for updated testing information.  Also, please encourage students to study, get plenty of rest, and to eat a nourishing breakfast each day in order to perform their best.

    When we return to school tomorrow we will run a regular schedule and take teacher-made exams.  Students who are not testing tomorrow will be involved in review sessions for their state exams which begin Tuesday morning. Attendance will still be counted for all students.

    Please be advised that once a testing session begins, no students will be allowed to leave school unless there is a medical emergency. Students who submit a signed note from their parent to their morning teacher, and do not have an exam or exam review, may leave campus once the exam session is completed. Please send a note, not call, as we will need written documentation of your permission for your child to leave school before the end of the regular.  Students, with notes, should exit the building once we have dismissed them to their rides . We hope to end morning testing each day around 11:30. All other students will report to their afternoon review sessions for lunch and exam review.

    Electronic devices including cell phones are not allowed in testing sites per North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  During state testing, all cell phones and electronic devices—including smart watches and fitness bands—must be turned off and placed in student bags which will remain away from students at the front of the classroom to ensure there is no test misadministration. Students may not have these items on their person during testing.  Students will be able to access their phones and devices after we have called an end to testing for the entire school. We recommend that students leave their cell phones and electronic devices at home during exam days.

    As we move through the week your student may have already taken an exam for their teacher-made course. If the student chooses to attend school during the block exam time of their completed course, they will be placed in a supervision area so that testing can be conducted throughout the school. However, if a student has already taken an exam for a course, any absences happening after the exam day will be waived.  

    Finally, tomorrow is the last afternoon to take advantage of tardy makeup in Student Services.

    We have several athletic events re-scheduled for this Friday night in swim, wrestling, gymnastics, and basketball.  Please visit the West Johnston website for specific sports information.

    Thank you for your support as we finish our 1st semester.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the school.  Good night!

    1/15/2018 This Week in Wildcagt Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is your principal, Jennifer Swartz, with important information about the week ahead. Please know that we are staying up to date with the current forecast since we are entering exam time and several predictions are calling for some snow in central North Carolina this week.  Please know that we have identified changes to our exam schedule that we will put in place and advertise on our website in the event that winter weather impacts our testing schedule.

    Since we are beginning exams this week we will have no athletic contests until Friday and all practices must end by 6:00 pm in order for students to prepare for their exams.  Our current exam schedule is posted on the main page of our school website and shows that we will begin teacher-made exams Wednesday.  State exams will begin Friday and resume Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.  

    Review sessions for the next day’s exam will take place after lunch each day.  If a student has an exam the next day, he or she should remain at school in afternoon review sessions. Students who do not have an exam the next day may bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to give to their exam teacher and may leave school when students are dismissed from the morning exam. Students will not be dismissed until we have called an end to testing each day.  

    Friday night will be busy as our Wildcats play basketball at Clayton High School, our wrestling team competes at Cleveland High School, and our swim team competes in our championship meet at the SRAC.   

    Get a good night’s rest and we’ll see you in the morning.

    1/8/2018 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! I hope you all received Dr. Renfrow’s message earlier tonight that school will operate on a regular schedule tomorrow, January 9. We are looking forward to getting back into our routine as we move toward the end of the semester and final exams.  Our final exam schedule is posted on the school website for your convenience.

    In addition to our athletic contests this week, Student Services is hosting two events this week. Tuesday evening is for sophomore parents and Thursday evening is for junior parents.

    This Tuesday, January 9, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium, sophomore parents will receive their students' PreAct results and explanation of those results. We will have a discussion regarding what students need to be doing now to successfully complete high school to be prepared for life after graduation.

    This Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium, junior parents will receive their students' PSAT results and explanation. We will also have a discussion regarding preparing for the ACT in February and the necessary steps juniors need to be taking now in preparation of their senior year and planning for post graduation.

    PreAct results and PSAT results that are not picked up at these events will be available in students' homerooms following these events

    Get a good night’s rest and we’ll see you in the morning.

    1/2/2018 Happy New Year & Early Release

    Good evening, Wildcat family! I hope you enjoyed a restful break as we celebrated the holiday season.  As we return to school tomorrow, I need to share with you that due to our latest weather forecast that Johnston County Public Schools will be operating on an Early Release schedule.  Because we use a multi-tiered bus system, we have different release times from elementary, to middle, to high school.  West Johnston will release tomorrow at 12:25 for all students. We will not have athletic events or any other activities on campus and all students should leave campus at dismissal at 12:25. We are notifying all households tonight in order to help families make appropriate plans to help students get home safely.

    Student Services will be hosting two events next week.

    The first event is for sophomore parents & students next Tuesday, January 9, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium, parents will receive their students' PreAct results and explanation of those results. We will have a discussion regarding what students need to be doing now to successfully complete high school to be prepared for life after graduation.

    The second event is for Junior parents and students next Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. Parents will receive their students' PSAT results and explanation. We will also have a discussion regarding preparing for the ACT in February and the necessary steps juniors need to be taking now in preparation of their senior year and planning for post graduation.

    We look forward to seeing you back at school tomorrow as we near the end of the semester and make plans for our final exams.

    12/10/17 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead. Tomorrow begins our last week of school before the Christmas holiday and school break.  Our Student Government Association has planned a great spirit week to get us in the holiday mood. Monday is pajama day. Tuesday wear your Hawaiian attire with Tropical Christmas Tuesday.  Wednesday is UGLY Sweater Day. Thursday 9th graders dress as elves, 10th graders dress as snowmen, 11th graders dress as reindeer, and seniors dress as Mr. or Mrs. Claus.  Friday is dress to impress day. Students are encouraged to wear a nice dress or pants and a button-up shirt, especially seniors as we will be hosting  the holiday breakfast and fine arts program for seniors.

    I hope you were able to visit the Fine Arts show this past Thursday and Friday as our students presented Ninny Muggins: An Elf Parody.  The performances from our students were outstanding.

    We have several athletic competitions this week at home and away.  Please visit the West Johnston website for a complete schedule of all athletic events. We hope that you are able to enjoy time with family and friends this holiday season and that you return to school safely in  January after taking some time away from school.  We look forward to a fabulous week ahead and wish you a Merry Christmas and  happy holiday season. Have a good night.

    12/3/17  This Week in Wildcat Country
    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead at West Johnston High School.  Tomorrow night we will celebrate our fall athletic season at our athletic banquet in the cafeteria. Student athletes have already purchased tickets through their coaches for tomorrow night’s event.

    We have several winter athletic events taking place this week in basketball, wrestling, and swim.  Please visit the homepage of our school’s website for information on specific athletic contests.

    Our athletic booster group meets this Wednesday night in student services at 7 pm. Please join us if you are able.

    Thursday and Friday nights, the fine arts department presents is Christmas show, Ninny Muggins, an Elf Parody at 7 pm in the auditorium.

    Thank you to all who came out to support the Decemburr 5k run yesterday and those of you who sponsored a booth or shopped at our FFA Vendor Sale.  If you missed it this year, you missed a great event to shop local and to support your Wildcat Community at the same time.  We would also like to congratulate West Johnston alum Abby Britt who won the title of Miss Johnston County last night at West Johnston.  Thank you for all you do to support West Johnston High School.  Have a great night.

     
    11/26/17 This Week in Wildcat Country
    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead.

    Parents of students at West Johnston High School that have not filled out a free and reduce form. This form must be filled out at the beginning of every new school year for your child. If you at this time have not done so please go to www.lunchapplication.com and click on apply now. Applying online the application is processed faster then sending it in paper form. We have those available too. If you have any questions please call Glenda Andrade Data Processor at the district 919-934-1304 ext 7009

    Tomorrow is the last day to provide the district with feedback on the proposed school calendars for next school year. You can review the proposed calendars and provide feedback through the link on the Johnston County website.

    Seniors will be taking the WorkKeys assessment at school Thursday, December 1.

    This Saturday West Johnston is sponsoring a Decemburrrr 5K. Please visit our school website for more information.

    Come for the fun run and stay for the FFA annual Whobilation vendor show from 8 am - 2 pm in the gym. Breakfast and lunch items will be on sale and The Grinch and Santa will be available for pictures. Finish your holiday shopping and enjoy a walk down Whoville Lane.

    We are looking forward to a great week ahead. Have a good night.
     
    11/19/17 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats. This is a message from West Johnston High School.  We will be on a normal schedule Monday and Tuesday of this week but will be out of school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Tuesday we have our blood drive taking place during school. Tuesday night students in the All-County Band will perform at Corinth Holders High School at 7:00 pm. Our basketball teams will play away at Cape Fear HS and our wrestling team will be away at Cleveland HS.

    We hope you enjoy your time with family and friends while we are out of school. We look forward to seeing you for a full week back on campus Monday, November 27. Have a great night.

    11/12/17 This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead.

    Tomorrow afternoon our winter athletes will take individual and team photographs as we prepare for the season ahead. Our athletic director and coaches will also meet with parents and athletes in the gym for our winter athlete and parent contract signing at 6:00 pm.

    Our athletic boosters will be selling WJ merchandise in the cafeteria during all lunches this Wednesday, cash only.

    Seniors, Herff Jones will also be on site Wednesday, November 15 during all lunches in the auditorium lobby to take your graduation announcement and cap & gown orders. Remember to bring your down payment and your order form.  Extra packets can be picked up in the main office prior to the ordering date.

    Thursday night West Johnston teachers will compete against teacher team across the district for bragging rights as the district’s top spellers in the Ed Foundation Spelling Bee at SSS which is a fundraiser that supports grants for classroom projects.  Come out to SSS at 6:30 Thursday night to cheer on the WJHS team featuring Mr. Cawthorn, Mrs. Colvin, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mr. Presti.

    Friday afternoon Jacy Good will be at West Johnston to talk with seniors about the dangers of distracted driving.

    • In Celebration of College Application Week we are hosting 4 events in Students Services:
      The first event is for seniors who would like help with their college applications. School Counselors will be in the computer lab on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to assist students with their college applications.
    • The second event is to assist parents of seniors who need help completing their FAFSA. Parents may make an appointment for Wednesday, November 15 to receive assistance from a representative of the State Employees Credit Union.
    • The third event is open to all students interested in learning about UNC Pembroke. There will be an information session for students interested in learning more about the university on Wednesday, November 15.
    • The fourth event is for seniors interested in applying to UNC Pembroke. UNC Pembroke will be conducting an onsite admission event on Wednesday, November 15.
      Please sign up for these events on the school website under the Student Services tab.

    There’s a lot going at West on this last full week before the Thanksgiving break. Please continue to follow West Johnston on social media to stay up to date on all the amazing things taking place with our students and staff. Make it a great week!

    11/5/17
    This Week in Wildcat Country

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead.

    On November 7 and 15  we are hosting representatives from the State Employees Credit Union to assist senior parents with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.  Please sign up on the school website under Student Services for an appointment time.

    An admissions counselor from William Peace University will be at West Thursday, November 8 for onsite admissions. William Peace is a nationally ranked, award winning university in downtown Raleigh with a faculty to student ration of 15:1. Don't miss out on this opportunity to find out if William Peace is the university for you. Sign up on the school website or speak to your school counselor.

    Looking forward to College Application Week November 13 -17: School Counselors will be available on 11/13,14, 15 in the computer lab to assist students with college applications. Please sign up for a time on the school website under Student Services.

    • Tuesday evening at 7 pm the West Johnston band will perform their post-season show for free in Wildcat Stadium.  Please come out and join us for their award-winning show.
    • Wednesday a Herff Jones representative will be at school during homeroom to meet with seniors in the auditorium for our annual cap and gown presentation to help students prepare for the graduation season and ceremony. Packets will be sent home with students to be reviewed with parents. We will announce an order date at a later time. Seniors with late arrival should plan to be present for this meeting.
    • Thursday students who have signed up to take the ASVAB test will do so in the cafeteria right after we take attendance in 1st block. Please get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast. The ASVAB test is an aptitude test used by the military but it is a good test to use to help any student identify his or her strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or are interested in a military career.
    • Friday West Johnston will be closed to staff and student as we take time to observe Veteran’s Day and honor those men and women in service of our country.

    We look forward to a great week. Have a good night.

     
    10/29/17
    This Week in Wildcat Country
    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School.
    Our first quarter of the year ends this Tuesday, October 31 with an early release day for teachers to participate in professional development. School will let out at West Johnston Tuesday two hours early at 12:25. There will be no school for students Wednesday as teachers close out grades for the nine weeks.

    Even though school is closed to students for the workday, Wednesday night West Johnston’s JV football team will host the Clayton Comets at 6:30 pm. Varsity will play at Clayton High School Thursday night at 7:30. Also, Thursday night, the All-County Chorus will perform at South Johnston High School.

    Thank you to all of you who responded to our call for assistance in the concession stands and merchandise booths at our last home game. West Johnston is grateful to our school community the active role you play in serving our students. Have a great night.
     
    10/24/17
    Help Needed in Concessions
    Parents, our athletic boosters who run our football concession stands need your help as we approach this Friday’s game when the Wildcats take on the Cleveland Rams.  If you’ve been looking for a volunteer opportunity at school, this is a great way to serve the school and support all our athletic programs at the same time.  

    To fully operate for Friday night, we need the following additional folks:

    Upper Concession Stand - 4 additional people

    Lower Concession Stand - 8 additional people

    Merchandise Cart - 2 people

    Food Runners - 2 people

    Booster Gate - 1 person

    Please share the Sign Up Genius link at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4ea9aa2cabfe3-varsity available on the Athletic Booster Facebook page. Please sign up now to help West Johnston High School.


    Sophomores, this is a reminder to get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast tomorrow as you get ready to take the preACT tomorrow morning.

    Have a good night.

    10/23/17

    Good evening, Wildcats. This is a message from West Johnston High School about what is taking place this week. Students and staff will be participating in Red Ribbon Week as Wildcats say no to drugs.

    • Today we “put a cap on drugs” with hat day
    • Tuesday we will “sock it to drugs” by wearing our coolest socks
    • Wednesday we will “shade out to drugs” by wearing sunglasses
    • Thursday we will wear red to show our dedication to a drug-free lifestyle

    Students and staff are invited to take pictures that document their participation using the hashtag #aDrugFreeWestJ

    We hope to see you show your school spirit this week at several athletic events at home and away.  Our Red Ribbon Week culminates Friday as we celebrate our senior band, dance, cheer, and football teams at the game against Cleveland.

    All sophomore students will be taking the Pre-ACT this Wednesday, October 25.  This test provides students with an opportunity to become more familiar with the ACT by identifying your current academic readiness for college and career using your PreACT score report, predict how you’ll perform on the ACT after an additional year of learning, determine skills you can improve based on your performance, and explore how your career aspirations align with your interests.  Students, please plan to get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast before taking the preACT.

    This Thursday there is a driver’s ed parent-student meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30.

    Finally, parents and students, this is the final full week of classes as we wrap up our first quarter. It is important to be at school and finish strong as we end our 1st nine weeks.  Students who are making up tardies, your last day to do so is this Thursday, October 26 after school in Student Services. You’ve been hearing it from us on the announcements but now you’re parents know and can remind you too.

    That’s what’s going on at West. Let’s make it a great week!

     
    10/15/17

    Good evening, Wildcats. This is a message from West Johnston High School about what is taking place this week.

    Monday night West Johnston will host the first round of the Greater Neuse River Volleyball Tournament which runs through October 18:  SJHS plays East Wake 5pm and WJHS plays SSS at 7:00. Semi-Finals will be played at Cleveland (Tues) and the Championship will be played at the highest remaining seed on Wednesday.

    Tuesday, our golf team hosts the Greater Neuse River Conference championship at Reedy Creek with 5 of our girls qualifying for regionals.

    Students have been having food delivered to them for lunch with increasing frequency. Friends who have early release are dropping off Bojangles, Wendy’s, etc. and asking us to deliver it or having to pull in students to eat it in Student Services. Please talk with your kids.  Students who have early release should not be returning to school with food for friends.

    Also, students need to make sure that when they leave early or arrive late that they sign in/out on computer in Student Services. Sometimes it looks like kids are skipping when that is not really the case because they are not signing out.

    The PreACT will be administered, at no cost, to ALL 10th grade students on Wednesday October 25th.  Parent letters will be distributed to your student this week so please look for those. This exam is a NCDPI-mandated assessment for all high school sophomores because it measures their academic progress in high school. Please make every effort to have your child in school on the 25th. Please contact Sue Bryant, WJHS Testing Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns.

    Juniors and Seniors interested in Career and College Promise information should stop by to see Becky Russell, our CCP specialist, this coming Friday, the 20th during lunch. She will have a table set up in front of the cafeteria with information about CCP and how to schedule an appointment with her. She will be available Monday the 23rd and Friday the 27th for appointments and to help with the application process. If you are interested, please stop by to see her on Friday during lunch. You may also see your counselor for information.

    Friday, Jessica Reese and Audrey Rentz will play for regional titles at Barton College. Good luck, ladies.

    Our concession stand is always looking for more volunteers to help out, please visit the West Johnston athletic booster facebook page to find the link to our signupgenius link.

    Finally, we want to wish our band good luck as they travel to Western Carolina Friday for competition this coming weekend! The show looks great and I heard many compliments from both South Johnston and West Johnston fans this past Thursday night when they performed at our JV football game.

    That’s the news from Wildcat Country. Have a great night.

    10/8/17 The Week Ahead October 9-13

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School about the week ahead:

    Attn: juniors and seniors, it's not too late to order your class ring. The Herff Jones ring representative will be back Tuesday, October 10 during all lunches in the auditorium hall. If you miss this date you can also order onlilne at www.highschool.herffjones.com. Extra order forms will be available in the main office. Please visit the online ring catalog at bit.ly/ringcatalog18

    West Johnston continues to host colleges for onsite admissions. We encourage seniors to take advantage of this opportunity. Friday, October 13, North Carolina Wesleyan College will be meeting with seniors and giving admissions decisions that day. Sign up on the school website under Student Services.

    Students who have signed up through the testing office with Mrs. Bryant will be taking the PSAT this Wednesday at school.  If you are signed up to take the PSAT please remember to get a good night's sleep and eat breakfast so you'll be ready to do your best.

    Progress reports go home on paper Wednesday, October 11. Please review these reports with your student, sign them, and return them to the teacher with your child. 

    We have noticed a few cars that are coming into the parking lot for drop-off instead of coming through the carpool line.  Due to our double-entrance driving pattern in the morning it is critical that everyone follow the established traffic pattern. If you need to go in with your child, Mr. Cawthorn and I can help you pull into an area in carpool that is out of the way without causing a safety issue.

    Finally, thank you for a great homecoming spirit week this past week that wrapped up with a 34-27 victory over SSS Friday night and an amazing band show after the game. Our students and staff enjoyed a fun week full of costumes and competitions that are well documented on all three of our West J social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you use social media, please look us up and follow us to see what great things are taking place every day at West Johnston. Have a great night and we'll see you tomorrow.

    10/1/17 Homecoming Week

    Monday--Movie Character

    • Tennis @ CvHS 3:30 pm
    • Soccer vs. East Wake 4:30 pm
    • Volleyball @ Princeton 4:30 pm
    • Athletic Booster Club Meeting 7:00 pm

    Tuesday--Circle of Life

    • Golf vs. Clayton @ Pine Hollow 3:00 pm
    • Volleyball vs. SJHS 4:30 pm (Senior Night)
    • Powderpuff Game 6:00 pm

    Wednesday--Frats vs. Nerds

    • National Walk to School Day
    • 1st Wednesday—Homeroom
    • 1st Wednesday—Mentor-Mentee Meeting
    • Tennis vs. Clayton 3:30 pm
    • Soccer vs. CvHS 4:30 pm
    • Cross Country @ CvHS 5:00 pm

    Thursday--Class Colors Day

    • Volleyball @ East Wake 4:30 pm
    • JV Football @ SSS 7:00 pm

    Friday--West Gear!

    • Pep Rally (see schedule below)
    • Varsity Football vs. SSS: Homecoming

    Pep Rally Schedule

    We will call for students to leave class to walk to the football complex. Do not allow students to leave until we call for them. They should take their books with them. We will dismiss school from the pep rally.

    07:15-08:35 1st Block

    08:40-09:55 2nd Block
    10:00-11:15 4th Block
    11:20-01:20 3rd Block

    Lunch A 11:20-11:47

    Lunch B 11:51-12:18

    Lunch C 12:22-12:49

    Lunch D 12:53-01:20

    01:25-02:25 Activity

    9/19/17 Wildcat wear on sale in Cafe, Gymnastics interest meeting, Early Release
     
    Hey Wildcats! Starting this Wednesday, September 20th, The Wildcat Club will have the merchandise cart available to all students during their lunch period. The cart will be located in the cafeteria on the first and third Wednesday of every month, so come get your West Johnston Wildcat swag!

    All interested student in Gymnastics should come with a parent to the interest meeting on Wednesday 6:00-7:00 9/20/17. 

    Finally, remember that Friday is our first early release day for professional development. School will dismiss at 12:25.
     
    9/17/2017 Progress Reports, On-Site Admissions, and Senior Make-up Pics
     
    Good evening, Wildcats. This is West Johnston High School calling with some important information for your week ahead.

    Seniors, your last chance to photograph for your senior picture in the yearbook is this Thursday. IF you would like proofs of your photograph, to see if you'd like to purchase them, be sure to bring a check made out to Carlton Hubbard for $20 to your appointment this week.

    If you do not receive an appointment by Monday and you need to be photographed please see Mrs. Neyman in room 128 (beside the chorus room).

    We are excited to host a number of colleges and universities for onsite admissions. Onsite admissions will begin this week with Campbell University on Friday, September 22. Please check the school website under Student Services for a complete list of colleges participating and to sign up. We look forward to many college admissions and scholarship offers from our onsite admissions.

    Parents, progress reports go home on paper this Wednesday, but if you do not already have your access code to see your child’s grades and attendance at any time, please contact us through the link under “parents” on the school website to request your code so you can set up your account.

    The next Driver Ed. Student/Parent Night will be Thursday September 21 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the West Johnston cafeteria. Students must be born on or before March 23, 2003 to be eligible for the class.

    A big thank you to the volunteers who made our Car & Truck Show a success this past Saturday. We are fortunate to have a great Wildcat community working in the interest of our students.

    Finally, if you miss a connect ed message and want to be in the know, we have added a tab to our website in the About Us section where we are archiving all our messages. If you know a Wildcat family who is not receiving messages at all, please direct them to call student services so we can check their Power School information. Have a great night!
     
    9/13/17 School pictures, PSAT, and Car Show Fundraiser

    Hey, Wildcats! ID, yearbook and fall pictures begin tomorrow Thursday for ALL Freshmen, Sophomores and faculty; Juniors and faculty will be taken on Friday. Students received order forms in homeroom if they would like a copy of their photograph. Every student must be photographed for their ID card.

    The PSAT will be given Wednesday, October 11. Anyone wishing to take it must pay a $16 fee. Please see Mrs. Bryant in Student Services to register and pay for the test. Payment can be in the form of a check made out to WJHS or cash, but please make sure you send exact change. Registration closes Wednesday, September 20. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

    The Wildcat Club of West Johnston High School would like to invite you to our annual car and truck show, cornhole tournament, and craft fair this Saturday, September 16 starting at 10 am at West Johnston High School. We will have food, door prizes, and cash prizes. All proceeds support student athletes in all sports at West Johnston High School.

    Thank you for your support of all programs at West Johnston. Every day is good day to be a Wildcat! Have a good night.
     
    9/3/17 Great opening and news for the upcoming week
     
    Good evening, Wildcats!  We want to thank you for a great opening to the 2017-18 school year and share information with you about upcoming events. 
     
    Seniors and parents are invited to Senior Parent Night on Thursday, September 7, 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The college application process is in full swing and our school counselors want to share important information with you about what you need to be doing to have all your applications completed properly and on-time. Even though you may not know for sure where you would like to go to school next fall, the time to begin preparing is now. Scholarship information will also be shared.  We look forward to seeing you next Thursday.
     
    The PSAT will be given at West Johnston High School on Wednesday October 11,2017.  The PSAT is a good opportunity to practice for the SAT.  Qualifying juniors who take the PSAT are eligible for National Merit Scholarship recognition.  Any student may take the exam for a fee of $16.00. A parent letter will be going home this week.   Registration and payment is due NO LATER THAN Wednesday September 20.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the PSAT you may contact Susan Bryant in Student Services. 
     
    We had a large showing at our athletic booster meeting in August and hope to see even more new faces present at our next meeting, Monday, September 11 in the student services office at 7:00 pm.
     
    Thank you for your help in bringing students safely onto campus and picking them up each day in carpool.  The lines in carpool have shortened throughout the week as we have all begun to learn the traffic patterns of the morning and afternoon.  We have noticed a few parents parking in the staff lot which has created problems for staff members trying to park and get into the building.  All carpool traffic should enter the school on the right and hug the fire lane for drop-off and pickup. Please do not pull into the lot and park unless you are coming into the building for a meeting. When you park, please do so in designated vistor spaces.
     
    We will out of school tomorrow to recognize Labor Day and will return to school Tuesday.  While we started each day last week in homeroom for schedules, announcements, and class meetings, this week students will report to first block by 7:15 beginning Tuesday when we return to school.
     
    Please continue to check our school website and social media accounts for information and events to keep you informed of all the many great things taking place at West Johnston. We are on the prowl with excellence!
     

    8/27/17 First Day of School 2017-2018

    Good evening, Wildcats! Tomorrow is the first day of school for schools on the traditional calendar like West Johnston. We have enjoyed seeing you at various extracurricular activities in the last several weeks and are eager to see you tomorrow for the start of a new school year that is sure to be great. In order to start on the right foot, here are a few reminders:

    Our school day runs from 7:15 to 2:25. Students entering the building from the buses and from carpool may enter the building beginning at 6:45 and must remain in the cafeteria or the great front hall. For those students arriving in carpool, please give yourself extra time as the first day usually includes heavier carpool traffic and we want you to be seated in your homeroom by the time the tardy bell rings at 7:15.

    All students will report to homeroom during the first 10 days for updated schedules, announcements, and class meetings. Homeroom rosters are posted throughout the building: outside the cafeteria, in the commons upstairs and downstairs, and in the great front hall. Student bus information is also posted around the building: outside the media center in the great hall and outside the cafeteria.

    If you are still experiencing a problem with your schedule, our counseling team will be available during all lunches in the cafeteria to help answer your questions and help make needed corrections. Our goal is to have schedules corrected as quickly as possible so that students are able to focus on their courses and build relationships with their teachers and peers from the beginning.

    As you select your outfit for your first day back, please be mindful of Johnston County Public School dress code that can be found on the Johnston County Public Schools website. We want your first day back to be engaging and positive, with a focus on academics and postive relationships. Get a good night's rest and we'll see you bright and early tomorrow morning! Have a good night.

     

    8/25/17 West Johnston vs. Corinth Holders

    Good afternoon, Wildcats! As we plan to see you on campus Monday for our first day of school, I wanted to remind you that we are playing our first home varsity football game tonight at 7:30 as the Wildcats of West Johnston host the Corinth Holders' Pirates.

    Gates & concessions open one hour before kickoff. Please note that we are unable to offer tailgating at tonight's game so please eat before you arrive or plan to eat once you enter the stadium by supporting our athletic booster club.

     

     

    8/18/17 West Johnston vs. Harnett Central

    Good afternoon. This is a message from West Johnston High School.  Our varsity football game time has been updated from 7:30 to a 7:00 kickoff as the Wildcats take on the Trojans at Harnett Central in Harnett County. Tickets are $7. We hope to see you there!

    The weather is great and it's a wonderful night to sit beneath the Friday night lights with your fellow Wildcats!

     

    8/13/17 Schedule Pick-up and Parking Passes

    Good evening, Wildcats! This is a message from West Johnston High School. Schedules for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students can be picked up in the cafeteria tomorrow, Monday, August 14, from 8:30 to 1:00 pm.

    For students purchasing parking passes, there is a schedule with times set up to provide parking spaces to students by seniority. Please refer to the school website for times and necessary parking pass documents and fees. Please note parent signature is required on the school's vehicle registration form found under announcements on the front page of our school website.

    This form documents several needed items the student must produce in order to purchase a parking pass: a completed vehicle verification form with parent signature, a photocopy showing the vehicle's registration form and the student's driver's license (preferably on the same page), a copy of the student's Alive at 25 completion form for 1st time parking pass purchasers, and cash, check, or money order in an exact amount for your parking pass. $75 for a year-long pass or $50 for a one-semester pass.

    Senior passes will be sold 8:30-10. Junior passes 10:30-12;00. All other underclassmen from 12:00 -1:00. No parking passes will be sold after 1:00 pm each day.

     

    8/5/17 Athletic Booster Meeting August 7

    Good afternoon, Wildcat parents. This is a message from West Johnston High School calling to invite you to join us this Monday evening for the August general meeting of the athletic booster club.

    Being a part of booster groups such as band, FFA, chorus, drama, dance, and athletics are a great way to be involved and remain "in the know" during your child's high school years.

    West Johnston needs motivated parents to help us carry out the work of our school community for the benefit of our students. Please join us Monday, August 7 at 7 pm in the front of student services to lend your voice and your talents to serve our school community.

     

    7/14/17 Freshman Orientation Aug 17 9 am - 3 pm

    Rising 9th grade Parents,
    Please visit the West Johnston website to register your freshman for "The Wildcat Experience" which will be held August 17th from 9 am until 3pm. During this time, freshman students will be receiving their schedules, meeting our staff, enjoying a free lunch sponsored by our athletic booster club, touring the school, and creating lasting memories. Rising freshmen will also be given a free T-shirt for coming. Parents, there will be sessions for you to join in as well. The athletic booster club will also provide you with a $3 lunch to encourage your participation in this important event. So, please be sure to register your student on our website and join us for Orientation, You don't want to miss it!

     

    7/8/17 Senior Portrait Appointments

    Rising seniors and parents of rising seniors. Senior portraits will take place in the auditorium beginning Monday, July 10 through July 12. If you did not receive an appointment time and form in the mail, please arrive on any of the three days between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the photographer will work you in. If none of the three days work for your schedule call Carlton Hubbard photography to schedule an alternate appointment at another school or their Fayetteville location. For many, taking a senior portrait is the first experience that kicks off your senior year. We are looking forward to a great year with you at West Johnston High School!