The COVID-19 virtual school time made us all really appreciate how important it is for high school students to develop connections with other students and to be actively involved in school activities. Now that all students have returned to in-person classes, it is easier to have interactions, but still important to take advantage of different ways to connect with the school community.

What is the PTSA doing?

We are helping to facilitate communication and raise awareness of opportunities for connection and helping to organize resources and support. We also look for ways to support events that will help build more connections between students! We offer to leverage our resources to help student clubs and other existing organizations provide additional opportunities for activity and engagement among students and parents.

What can parents do to help our students?

(1) Join the PTSA! Help our efforts to build the school community.

(2) Urge students to JOIN A WSHS CLUB– Info on the Student Life Activities Page:

List of Clubs at WSHS:

(3) Check out The Oracle, the student newspaper of WSHS. Learn about what other students are up to!

(4) Help connect with teachers: encourage your student to take advantage of teacher office hours; help your student work on developing relationships with teachers; help them draft an e-mail to a teacher.

(5) Volunteer — it’s something your student can be in control of and meet new people. Check out the WSHS service learning page!

(6) Talk with your student. Help develop a plan for more connection together. Help your student come up with a reason to reach out to a friend that he or she hasn’t connected with for a while.

(7) Check out the WSHS Spartan Events Calendar for events that might help your student connect with others!

(8) See Community and Family Resources | West Springfield High School (

New to WSHS? 

Connect with Student Ambassadors — Ms. Biever –

Student still struggling? Reach out to your student’s counselor

Follow WSHS Counselors on Instagram and Twitter   @WSHS_Counselors 

Connect with ‘Sources of Strength’ — Ms. Abrigo –