Community/School Events and Announcements


Westland Save the Dates

Your child will have 3 opportunities to visit Westland prior to the first day of school.  These opportunities are optional.  RSVP’s not required.

1. Elementary School Visits – Welcome to Westland

This springtime field trip is for the elementary schools that feed into Westland.  Feeder schools will bring their 5th grade students to Westland for a tour.  Students will also be treated to a performance by the Westland orchestra, band, and chorus. If your child is future enrolled, but not from a feeder school, please contact Ms. Fischer in the counseling department at 240-740-5860, in order to attend.   

 2. Sneak Peek Visits

This is a counselor initiative for new students.  The counselors will provide students with an overview of Westland and give them an opportunity to meet other students who will be joining them in the fall.  Time is available for them to practice opening lockers.  

Typically held during the summer months for students new to Westland.

 3.  County Wide Student Orientation

This is a half day for new students to meet the teachers and follow a 7 bell schedule.  MCPS bus transportation is provided for this day.  School will be from 8:15 to 12:00. 

This occurs on the Thursday preceeding the start of school; the date changes each year.


Career Star Program 

Throughout the year, the counseling department hosts a Career STAR program. Westland Middle School offers programs that will foster positive work behaviors and future career options for students.  We would greatly appreciate your help in providing Westland students with a first-hand look into the work world.  Your experiences will provide valuable information as they plan their future.  We are looking for one parent volunteer each month to share information and insights into their career.   

Career STAR happen occassionally as volunteers become available. Presentations are given in the Media Center. 

Gallery of Career Star Presenters 

STUTI KHEMANI is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her work consists of research and data analysis to understand problems of economic growth, prosperity, inequality, poverty, health and education. Based on technical analysis of data, and generation of evidence, she provides advice to powerful policy-makers around the world, in governments and beyond. Her research and advisory work spans a diverse range of countries, including Benin, Bolivia, China, India, the Philippines, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. 

ENGDA HAGOS – “I was born and raised in Tigray, located in Northern Ethiopia. After high school, came to US and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I earned my Bachelor of Science from the Department of Cell and Structural Biology in May of 1998. I obtained my PhD in Cellular and Developmental genetics from the University of Georgia in 2007. After I earned my PhD, I decided to study Cancer Biology focusing on Colon Cancer research. I did postdoctoral work at Emory University from 2007-2010. Currently, I am tenured associate professor in the Department of Biology at Colgate University, Hamilton NY. My research background in the Biology Sciences generally, and Cancer Research specifically focused on human health. My research mainly focused on molecules that prevent cancer.”