Core Value: Empathy

Katie Beachler said she is beyond proud of her 6th Grade students who organized and completed a fundraiser to benefit children who need cleft palate surgery.

They researched and wrote essays about the difference surgery makes for kids born into poverty. They identified a need and took action to help. They took their project from an idea and made it a reality.

They created "kindness" bookmarks to raise awareness and collect donations for their cause, Operation Smile. Operation Smile provides surgeries for children born with clefts in poverty stricken areas of the world.

They raised over $1600 which pays for 7 children to have surgery.

They also took the bookmarks to share with the kindergarteners. While they were there, they used the opportunity to read to them. The kindergarteners were thrilled to have the "big kids" read to them.

This project made me think about others. It made me appreciate what I have and I'm thankful that if I had it that I would have the money for surgery. It made me realize that children around the world who live in poverty don't have the money for surgery and have to continue living life that hard way, but we have raised enough for 5 lives to become better.” -Vaugn Cook


03/13/2023 - 04/16/2023

  • 3/13 - 3/17: WES Music with Parents
  • 3/14: Winter Sports Awards Night
  • 3/20 - 3/21: WES Food Drive
  • 3/21: WHS Wellness Fair
  • 3/21: WES Family Bingo Night
  • 3/23 - 3/26: WHS Spring Musical
  • 3/24: End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/24: WES Gals & Guys Dance
  • 3/27: Teacher Work Day
  • 3/28: WES New Families Tour
  • 3/28: WHS Spanish NHS Induction
  • 3/29: WHS DC Parent Meeting

  • 4/1: Demon Derby
  • 4/5: WES Coffee & Conversation
  • 4/6: LBMS Staff vs Student Volleyball Game
  • 4/7 - 4/16: Spring Break

Each week, WHBS produces the Friday Morning News. If you've never had the chance, take this opportunity to check it out.


The WHS Spanish Club is partnering with the Pulsera Project. They are selling handmade bracelets from Nicaragua and Guatemala for $7 each. Proceeds will support the community needs in the areas of education, health care, employment, and housing.

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The Westlake Alumni Association Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Distinguished: Mark Deierhoi (1970) and John Kurowkawa (1990)

Athletic: Scott Reynolds (1971), Kevin Quigley (1972), Paul Hanna (1978), Nicholas Lawrence (2010), Kalpana Beach (2011), the 1983 Football Team

Honorary: Gary Simpson - Retired Teacher, Coach, Mentor (1977-2007)

Save the Date: HOF Induction Ceremony 10/05/2023

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Stock the Shelves

Westlake Elementary School PTA is coordinating a FOOD DRIVE March 20-24 to benefit Westlake Meals on Wheels and the Westlake Food Pantry.


Each month, an average of 100 Westlake families receive donations from the Westlake Food Pantry and ovr 90 Westlake Seniors receive support through Meals on Wheels.


Donations can be made in three ways:

1. Students bring donations to their classroom March 20-24.

2. Evening drop-off at WES front entrance on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30-7pm.

3. Make a monetary donation to Meals on Wheels at bit.ly/WESfooddrivee

National Merit Finalists

WHS is proud to announce that 4 of our Demons have been named National Merit Finalists.


Congratulations Macy Brennan, Yehyun Choi, Kate Jackson, and Yikun Zhou on this amazing accomplishment. These students are now in the running to receive National Merit Scholarships.

Unified Sports

With the help of WHS custodial staff and Westlake Lady Demons Basketball team, our LBMS/DIS Unified Sports Clubs hosted 5 on 5 basketball tournaments with surrounding clubs on 2/8/2023 at Westlake High School.  


After dominating on the court and having fun with school friends, teams had a pizza lunch in the rotunda. 

Congratulations to the following Founders' Day Award Recipients:

WECPTA: Erica Taphous

WES PTA: Sarah Hughes and Karen Kane

DIS PTA: Jessica Franklin

LBMS PTA: Vicki Barone

WHS PTSA: Melissa Lewis

Westlake Council of PTAs: School Resource Officers

Lt. Jason Dancy, Jason Carman, Kennan Cook, Pat Foye, Tim Gaertner, Ted Morley, Joe Rutkowski

The Helping Hands Award: Orsolya Boroczki

"T" in the PTA Award: Karen Kane


Special thanks to Bev Wilkinson and Nicole Sauer, Founders' Day Co Chairs

for making this special event possible.

Dollars for Scholars

In the annual Dollars for Scholars fundraising competition, the Teachers emerged victorious over the Students with a score of 59-58. Over $7000 was raised for scholarships.

Mr. Harris was the Teacher MVP and Cael Cipollone was the Student MVP.

WES Kids Heart Challenge

February was American Heart Awareness month, during which people were encouraged to educate themselves on the risk factors for heart disease and understand the health benefits of living a heart healthy lifestyle. To mark this important health initiative, Westlake Elementary students participated in the American Heart Association's annual Kids Heart Challenge. 

During PE and Health class students participated in fun learning activities that promoted heart healthy exercise and taught the wellness benefits to making healthy food and drink choices. One goal of the learning process was to dispel the belief that heart disease affects only the adult population, but can also impact children who choose a sedentary lifestyle and make poor nutritional choices.

Additionally, students were invited to visit our school Kids Heart Challenge webpage and complete various cardio fitness challenges while raising money to help the American Heart Association carry out research into childhood heart disease and advocate for community awareness. 

The Health & PE Team is excited to announce that the fundraising efforts netted a total of $29,811, which not only exceeded any previous total raised by our district, but also made us the top fundraising school in the State of Ohio for the 2022-23 school year.

The WES HPE department is incredibly proud of this achievement and would like to recognize and applaud the hard work of the students as well as the generosity of all those in the community who donated to this worthy cause.

Pictured with her PE teacher Mrs. Brittany Pratt, and displaying the gold medal of achievement is our top fundraiser for the year Victoria Peterson, who is a 2nd grader in Mrs d’Acunzo’s class.

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Rob Pace will be leading the American Heart Association fundraising campaign at DIS.


It will kick off 3/15 with 2 assemblies during WIN & Flex in order to cover both grades separately. It coincides with NCAA March Madness, so they will have a basketball theme. The campaign will end 4/6 with a 3 vs 3 basketball tournament.


The purpose is to raise awareness about heart health, heart healthy behaviors, CPR, and to raise funds for the AHA.

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Author Visit

WES welcomed local children's and young adult author, Tricia Springstubb for K-4 student assemblies. The students were engaged and asked thoughtful questions. Some parents shared that their students came home excited and couldn't stop talking about it.

Important People at WES

Recently at WES, Mrs. Jewell, Ms. Mustafa, and Mrs. Wagner's class wrapped up their Kindness initiative by delivering opinion writing pieces to some carefully chosen staff members.

Students were given the prompt "Who do you think is the most important person that works at WES?". Students then wrote an opinion piece about their chosen staff member and went through the writing cycle to make their writing the best that it could be.

Finally, students drew a picture of the staff member and delivered their published piece!

Fine Dining at LBMS

Cafeteria director, Mary Kay Auger, provides a full service meal with multiple courses, fine china, conversation starters and reminders about the importance of our core values and how we can demonstrate these values in the cafeteria. The program is off to a great start!


Teachers identify students who have portrayed the four core values of LBMS to participate in this new program. The four LBMS Core Values are

Respect, Engagement, Compassion, and Communication.

State Send-Off

As part of the Demons Wrestling Team who won the Great Lakes Conference, Brad Cerankosky finished second place at the District tournament in Perrysville. He received the traditional State send-off as he prepared for the State competition in Columbus on March 10-12.

In Columbus, Brad advanced to day two. He wrestled three matches, but ended his season with a loss to Massillon Perry in the consolation round.

It was a great year for the team and the 106 pound Junior. His record for the season was 37-9.

Shamrock Dance

Approximately 75 students from Westlake, Bay Village, North Ridgeville, and Avon Lake participated in the 2023 Shamrock Dance. This event began in 2008 and is organized by Katie McGlynn and Rachael Kane. It is a sensory-friendly, inclusive dance. Everyone shared their favorite dance moves and fun was had by all and plans have begun for 2024 dance.

Science Olympiad

We are proud to announce that your Westlake Science Olympiad Teams BOTH Division B and Division C are the REGIONAL Science Olympiad CHAMPIONS! This is a huge accomplishment and the result of the dedicated preparation by the students, studying, building, and rebuilding for months. All of this would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of Coach Laura Lathem.  

They will compete on the State level on April 29 at The Ohio State University.

WIN is designed to offer students a variety of opportunities throughout the school year to ensure growth and a well-rounded school experience.


Did you know that DIS runs a modified schedule on Wednesdays to facilitate an intervention/enrichment program? They call it WIN ... What I Need Wednesdays. During WIN, students engage in a number of different activities to support their academic, social/emotional, organizational, or behavioral needs. Activities can change each week and include coding, STEM, Yoga, drones, Reader's Theater, math & reading enrichment, organization support, social skills groups, and many more.

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On March 3, the elementary school held the first Lads and Ladies Dance for grades 1, 3 and 4. Boys were invited to bring their special adult lady. It was a huge success and many special memories were made.

This event will be followed by the Guys and Gals Dance on March 24 for grades K, 2, and 4. Girls in these grades are welcome to invite a special male in their life.


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