Welcome to Westwood Unified

Quarter I: Celebrating & recognizing students who “Exemplify Lumberjacks Traits and Expectations”! Also, every Friday, we do character counts! 
Keep it Up Lumberjacks!
Dr. Merza

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I am thrilled and privileged to officially introduce myself to the Westwood family community as your new Superintendent-Principal. I hold a master’s degree in English with concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, and over twenty years of educational experiences in the TK-12 domain as a teacher and an administrator at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. As a Rotarian, I adhere to our motto of  ‘SERVICE ABOVE SELF’ with a passion for volunteerism committing to a significant amount of my personal time to charitable works, giving back and making a difference.
I have been busy researching and collecting data, and getting to know our hardworking students, resilient staff, and giving community to ensure that our students are challenged, teachers and staff supported, and parents and community members welcomed.

I truly believe:

ALL Lumberjacks need a champion to ensure their academic, physical, and emotional success.
ALL Lumberjacks can be successful in rigorous A-G coursework and CTE completer given enough time, effort, & support.
ALL Lumberjacks need to be connected to school through sports, performing arts, STEAM, and/or clubs.
ALL Lumberjacks need a safe environment to grow academically, physically, & socially.
Demonstration of knowledge should include student relevant performance-based learning across the curriculum.
Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills are more important than memorization of random facts.
Resources need to be managed both effectively and efficiently in order to benefit all Lumberjacks and keep Westwood strong.
Every Lumberjack deserves a quality education not by chance but by design and that only happens when the school and the families and surrounding community work together for the best interests of all children.  My main priority is to place our dedicated teachers and staff in the best possible position to succeed, as they will in turn place our children in the best possible position to be successful.
Together, we will help our Lumberjacks ACE (Achieve, Create, and Explore) everything they set their mind on to become globe trotters and innovators!

Go Lumberjacks!

Dr. Merza.

Learn About Our School 

Westwood is a rural community located at an elevation of 5,200 feet at the junction of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Range. The district currently has two active schools: Fletcher Walker Elementary School, Kindergarten through 5th Grade and Westwood Jr./Sr. High School, 6th through 12th Grade.
Westwood has approximately 1,500 residents within its boundaries. Fletcher Walker Elementary School has approximately 90 students enrolled and Westwood Jr./Sr High School has an approximate enrollment of 85 students.
The district has one Superintendent/Principal. All staff seek to provide a quality education that encompasses the District's vision and mission statements.
We expect our students to meet academic standards, become life-long learners,
and to be productive citizens prepared to take their next step.
To provide our student body with the best education possible
and to instill in them a passion for life-long learning
in partnership with our parents and community.
The Westwood Unified School District prohibits discrimination, intimidation, harassment (including sexual harassment) or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, immigration statue, marital status, medical information, national origin, parental status, pregnancy statue, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For questions or complaints, contact Equity Office: Dr. Merza, Superintendent/Principal, 4th and Greenwood Streets, 530-256-2311, smerza@westwoodusd.org and/or Title IX Compliance Officer: Trena Smith, Administrative Assistant, 4th and Greenwood Streets, 530-256-2311, tsmith@westwoodusd.org.
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