Westmont Hilltop Elementary School
Educating, empowering, inspiring, and nurturing the whole child!
675 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 255-8707
Fax: (814) 255-8793
A Message From Mrs. Kuzmiak
Greetings, Westy Friends!
Oh my, how time surely does fly when you are busy having fun! It seems like just yesterday that we were dealing with mold and pushing back the start of the school year...and here we are getting ready to say, "Goodbye!" for the summer! I have had a wonderful school year and I have enjoyed each and every day with your children. It is truly my honor and privilege to be the principal at Westmont Hilltop Elementary. I hope that your children have also had a wonderful school year! As I reflect on the year, so many fun images are popping into my head. Those images include: seeing our kiddos proudly march in the Fall Parade (and watching your proud faces as you waited to cheer them on!)...helping the Kindergarten kiddos to get their "banner pictures" taken when the sun was so bright and our children had to try to "smile" and "squint" at the same time (so adorable!)...having our first "outdoor Pep Rally" when the HS students came to get our "Little Toppers" pumped up for the Homecoming Game...congratulating all of our "Hilltopper Heros" as they sat at the special tables at lunch on Tuesdays...wishing our 3rd graders well (and accompanying a few groups) as they traveled to the Lutheran Home to participate in their community service project, "Singing to the Seniors"...and the same for our 4th graders as they traveled to the local preschools as they participated in "Reading to the Stars"...helping our kiddos to get situated on stage as they prepared for their grade level concerts (they were so nervous!)...watching our children get so super excited to buy books at the book fair...hearing the squeals of delight as homerooms won time in the "big bouncy" for collecting the most box-tops for PTO...helping a jolly man in a red suit ring some sleigh bells in December as the students scrambled to catch sight of him (and a few kiddos snuck in some hugs!)...singing along with our children in the holiday sing-along (goose bump worthy experience to hear everyone singing together)...observing our children as they participated in the "Hour of Code" in the computer lab (we have some smart little cookies!)...hearing students singing songs in Mandarin (what precious dialect they have developed)...thoroughly enjoying the Talent Show and being very impressed by how truly talented our children are...watching families come together at Family Bingo Night...seeing our students shine at the First Lego League Competition...getting to attend the Mother-Son Movie event (this time, as a mom, which was super-cool!)...welcoming our newest Hilltoppers at Kindergarten Registration and the DIAL screenings (thanks to all of those families who posted yard signs!)...seeing our future Hilltoppers listen to stories with their loved ones at Family Literacy Night (oh, so exciting to celebrate the love of literacy with our littlest Hilltoppers)...traveling through the Science Fair and being amazed at how thoughtful and creative our children's projects were...attending the 4th grade party with my daughter and watching the kids (and the parents!) have a blast (thank you SO much for putting so much time into making that evening special)...watching our second graders feed their mealworms (talk about hands-on learning)...reading the first graders' writing prompts posted in the hallway ("Which would you rather be: a teacher or a principal?"), their responses were seriously hilarious...dancing on stage with a few teachers when one of our first graders met his reading goal for the year (and letting him cajole me into doing a cartwheel across the stage!)...getting teary-eyed at Kingergarten Graduation (I got to be a mom at this one, too)...processing in the high school graduation and being amazed at how much our students have accomplished and how much they've grown since I was once their principal at the middle school (and realizing that someday our little elementary kiddos will be walking across that stage at their HS graduation...I hope that time doesn't fly by as quickly)...watching our children have "so much fun" during their Fun Day (and being so thankful and amazed at the parents who were here to make it so perfect!)...welcoming each and every month with a song over the loud-speaker so that students could dance and sing along as we got ready to bring in each month with a little happiness in our step (and a sweet treat for the teachers in the lounge)........
There are so many more amazing memories from this year that I didn't include in the list above; there just wasn't enough space to truly describe how happy your children make me feel each and every day, as their principal. My bottom line is that I wanted all of you to know that I am so grateful and so thankful to have been able to experience all of the memories that were made this year with your children (well, our children). What has made this school year so wonderful is both the dedicated, hardworking and down right awesome teaching staff that we have been blessed with at WHES and also the teachers' aides and secretaries who have supported our teachers and our children. In addition to our amazing staff, we are so super-fortunate to have parents who are involved and active in their children's education. So many of the happy memories that our children experienced this year were a direct result of parents/family members who volunteered their time to make the events happen.
I look forward to next year and to a new adventure working with all of you to make the Westmont Hilltop Elementary School the Happiest Place on Earth (sorry, Disney!) for all of our children, parents, teachers, staff and community! Together, we can make it happen!!