February 12, 2018
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
 
We had a very busy week that featured our National Signing Day for athletes as well as our Strings Concert and Academic Challenge contest.  Congratulations to Alise Emser, Meredith Hansen, Ellie Templeton, Dominic Bauer and Cory DuBois.  You can read their write-up here. These student-athletes are terrific examples of hard work and perseverance.  We are very happy for them!
 
Recently, we have had many individual students recognized for their tremendous efforts both in the class and out in the community. We had two students, Ryan Karpuszka and Patrick Lee recognized as Presidential Scholar candidates. They are 2 of only 110 students in Ohio to be recognized.  Norah Wilson and Jack Wu were also acknowledged as finalists for the Coca Cola National Scholarship.  Finally, we are pleased to announce that Carolyn Bedell was 1 of only 8 students in Ohio recognized with the "Prudential Spirit of Community Award."  This award recognized superior effort by teens in the area of service.  We are so proud of all of these students and their continued efforts.
    
Conferences at Westlake High School are set for Wednesday, February 14 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. You can sign up  for conferences here.  Counselors are also available to meet with families to discuss any concerns or questions that you may have.   
 
Thank you for having continued discussions with your students about getting to school on time Last week improved slightly and we are hoping that our efforts will continue to push the trend in a positive direction When we have discussed this with our students , we have encouraged them to simply leave a little earlier.  Our building is open at 6:30 am daily.   
 
As always, I encourage you to review the WHS announcements  - t hey are a great source of information that are updated daily.  I also encourage all families to review the Westlake City Schools Profile  - i t is filled with lots of information related to our school district.  And lastly, important dates relating to our students are listed below.
 
Have a wonderful week!

Paul Wilson
Principal -Westlake High School
Westlake City Schools
PHONE:     440-250-1003
TWITTER:    @WHS_Westlake

Friday Morning News:  February 9, 2018
Counselor's Corner

Conferences - The school counselors will be available during parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, February 14. If you'd like to meet with your child's counselor please sign up here for an appointment. We will have availability throughout the day to review scheduling requests, continue conversation about your child's four-year plan, review transcripts, or discuss the upcoming college application process.
 
CCP Application Help - If you have a child scheduled to take the CCP entrance exam (the Accuplacer) at WHS on February 20, they must  apply to Tri-C before taking the exam. We will have a Tri-C representative in the computer lab after school on Tuesday, February 13 to help students apply and answer any questions. Students will be turned away on the 20 if they haven't applied and received their Tri-C student number. Reminder: the ACCUPLACER will be given at WHS on Tuesday, February 20th immediately after school to determine eligibility for participation. The signup sheet is in the counseling office - spots are limited with less than 20 left!

PE Waiver - A quick reminder that if your child is planning to exempt the PE graduation requirement by completing two full seasons of a sport or approved activity, you must fill out the PE Waiver form indicating the activity your child plans to participate in! Waiver
 
AP Exams - Registration for the AP exams in May is now open! Through March 1st students need to complete two parts of registration including paying for the exam with EZ PAY  and submitting the green registration form Ms. Jerome passed out in class last week to the Counseling Office. Make sure your child indicates each AP test(s) they will take as well as which pre-registration meeting they will attend (options include after school on April 11th, or before school on April 12th - attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory!). AP exams are $94/each this year. For more on AP, including exam dates visit their  website. l  EZ PAY 
IB DP Applications Now Available

Attention Class of 2020 - Applications to become part of next year's cohort of the IB
Diploma Programme (DP) are now available.  Applications can be picked up from Mr. Planisek, the Guidance Department, or online at the IB Page of the WHS Website
 
Applications are only required for students who intend to become full-time IB students.  Students planning on taking an IB course as an elective do not need to complete the application.
 
Applications are due by Friday, March 2.  Contact Mr. Planisek ( planisek@wlake.org) with questions.
Westlake Music Boosters Needs You at OMEAs!

Westlake is hosting the district OMEA band competition March 2 & 3. Adult volunteers are needed to ensure a smoothly run event for the participants, directors and judges. We are also in need of baked goods to sell at our concessions table.

You can sign up using this link. Grab a friend and sign up today!
Please note : students will be able to sign up through Mrs. Patriok, this link is for adult volunteers only.
 
And don't forget to join us at our next meeting: Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm in the WHS Library.

It is never too late to  join online and pay via credit card or download  pdf form  (check)
Prom Assembly - February 15, 9:30 - 10:30a

This annual event, open to WHS Seniors only, promotes safe driving and responsible behavior during senior year activities.  The WHS class of 2018 will be on hand as Principal Wilson and S.A.D.D representatives address the class, followed by
an incredible fashion show!
WCPTA Nominating Committee - 2018/2019

WHS PTA Nominating Committee is currently working on slating members for
positions in the WHS PTA 2018-19.  Do you want to get more involved in the PTA next school year?  We have open Committee positions including Community Service, Diversity, Fall Fundraising/Membership, Faculty Grants, and Website.  All are a minimal time commitment and the majority of the work can be completed from home and/or have a co-chair.  Below is a summary of each position.  Please let me know by February 16th if you are interested. Thank you.
 
Community Service -Collaborate with Westlake Council of PTA's and WHS Student Council incollecting food items. Perform other Community Service(s) duties as identified.
 
Diversity - Collaborate with the Leadership Challenge group to assist with Leadership Challenge Group on Diversity Week program(s)/presentation(s).
 
Faculty Grants - Distribute, collect and process Teacher Grant applications. Committee members will award the recipient(s) of Teacher Grants.
 
Membership/Fundraising - Collect membership forms, dues and distribute membership cards. Complete and submit state membership forms as needed. Ensure National PTA and Ohio PTA portions of membership dues are sent to Ohio PTA. Enter membership information to Ohio PTA.  Provide updated membership list to recording secretary.  Organize annual fundraising drive. Collect funds and submit to PTSA treasurer.
 
Website Coordinator - Coordinate submissions to PTSA. Keep posted material current and organized. Website material shall be reviewed and approved by the PTSA president prior to being posted.
Thank you for supporting WHS PTSA!

Thank you to the parents, students, teachers and staff who support WHS PTSA through their membership.  We currently have over 280 members!  A complete list of members to-date can be found here , and each week we will highlight some of those members below.

It's never too late to join WHS PTSA!  You may join online, or   print a membership form and return with payment to the WHS main office.  

Lawrence Cahill Lisa Forshey Tim Gregory
Maureen Droba Scott Fortkamp Christ Gruttadauria
Cathy DuBois Darla Francesioni Vito Gruttadauria
Joanne Dunphy Marsha Frasier Jennifer Hartman
Bridget Elias Beth Fulton Travis Haselswerdt
Halle Emser Laura Garcia Ann Hasenonrl
Mary Essig John Gauntner Amy Havelka
Stacey Evans Mayuko Gauntner Annette Hazapis
Marcia M. Faber Garon Gentzel Tracy Heberle
Kelly Falcone Lori Gentzel Denise Hlavin
Lauren Falcone Nissrean George Matt Hlavin
Tony Falcone Tony George Michelle Hofford
Mary Fazekas Faith Gibbs Tracey Howe
Lisa Feldner Michelle Goggin Jeff Huber
Michelle Fernandez Scott Goggin Sarah Jablonski
Janine Finucane Ann Goyetche Rashmi Jain
John Finucane Douglas Gray Vikas Jain
James G. Foerster Kelley Gray Rebecca Johnson
Linda Fogle Amber Greene Bhargavi Jokhakar
Dan Forshey Lisa Gregory Lori Jolliffe

DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS - 
Dodgeball game, Basketball game and more!
Friday, March 16, 6:00 pm, WHS

Dollars for Scholars is a fun evening for all ages! First, enjoy a NEW Local Heroes Dodgeball Game featuring Westlake Police, Fire, and Westlake City Schools Staff! Next, watch Westlake High School Seniors challenge Westlake City Schools Staff in the annual Dollars for Scholars basketball game!
 
Presented by Westlake Council of PTAs, Dollars for Scholars raises funds to provide scholarships for Westlake High School graduating seniors. Last year, ten $1,000 scholarships were given by Westlake Council of PTAs.
 
Doors open at 6:00 pm. The dodgeball game starts at 6:30 pm; the basketball game starts at 7:30 pm. Additionally, there are raffle drawings (including one for a $1,000 cash prize), children's activities, concessions and more.
 
Donations Needed!
Donations of raffle baskets or single items are needed. Donation ideas include gift cards, sports items, cosmetics/skin care products, jewelry, candy, and wine. Please contact Liz Pirnat (liz@pirnat.com or 216-374-8945) with donations. All donations are due by Thursday, March 1st.
 
Ticket Sales Coming Soon!
Game tickets are $5.00. $1,000 Cash Prize Raffle tickets are $5.00.  
Attention WHS graduating seniors!  Don't miss these Ohio PTA Scholarship Opportunities!

Are you planning to enroll in a 4-year college?
Are you planning to enroll in a 2 or 3-year technical, vocational or associate degree program?
Are you a special education student planning to enroll in a 2, 3, or 4-year program?
 
Be sure to check out the Ohio PTA website for various scholarships, including an Academic Scholarship, a Technical Scholarship and a Special Needs Scholarship.    Deadline for submission is March 1, 2018.
WCPTA Programming Event -  Dr. Casen DeMaria, Feb 16

Westlake Council of PTAs is excited to welcome Dr. Casen DeMaria!  Dr. Casen will speak on staying healthy, for our kids and as parents, inside and out. 
Dr. Casen will join us at the Board of Education building (the old Parkside) in the media room, Friday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Refreshments will be served.
 
Are you looking to stay healthy and keep your family healthy?  
 
Join Dr. Casen DeMaria from The Drugless Doctors for this short and dynamic workshop on how our body works and what you can do to keep your body physically, chemically, and emotionally strong!  Most people today are confused on what to do and are on information over-load, come uncover the missing puzzle pieces!
Career Development Corner

Did you know that Westlake High School has a Career Shadow Program for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students? This is a great opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge about a specific career field. 

The Career Shadowing Office is located near Attendance. Students can stop down to pick up an application or Click here for a printable application with requirements. Contact Bernadette Kronz, Career Development Specialist at kronzb@wlake.org or 440-250-1028 for more information.
Wellness Day - March 13 - Committee Members Needed!

Preparations have begun for the 14th Annual WHS Wellness Day!  Wellness Day includes grade level assemblies and the ever-popular Wellness Fair.

Are you in, or interested in: health, fitness, nutrition, safety, emotional wellness, or a related field?  Would you like to be a part of Wellness Day, have a booth idea for the fair, or help on the committee?  Please contact Bernadette Kronz for more information!
Class of 2019 - Important Info

Attention Juniors and Parents:  The Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4/Menactra) is required for school attendance and students need to be vaccinated BEFORE the start of their Senior year.  At least one dose must be given at age 16 years or older.  An updated immunization record needs to be turned in to the school nurse before the start of the 2018-19 new school year.  Please begin submitting records as you complete well visits or call your health care provider to fax a copy to school if the vaccine has already been given.  Click HERE for complete details.
 
Questions?  Please contact: 
Betsy Kaiser, RN
(440) 250-1120   
Westlake Baseball League - Registration & Pre-Season Camp

Registration is open for the 2018 Westlake Baseball League season for grades K-12. Registration ends March 31. Register BEFORE the March 31st dead line and save $20.  

Westlake Baseball League Pre-Season Camp - March 14th, 19th & 21st
WBL Pre-Season Player Camp. This camp is free and ONLY for our PRE-REGISTERED Rookie, Minor, Major and Pony League players (grades 1-9 this year). Player Camp will be held at the Rocky River and Westlake Force complexes. You will be able to purchase optional baseball pants, belts and WBL apparel at this event. Discounted pricing at the pre-season camp only.

Westlake Youth Baseball Night with the Cleveland Monsters!  March 24th
Flyer Connection


A flu guide for parents  from the CDC.

Support the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams  March 4 at Hooley House.

Buy a  heart-shaped pizza  from Marco's Pizza Feb. 9-18 and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Berea PTA Council is hosting a  Family Resource Fair  March 10 for children of all abilities and ages.

College Now Greater Cleveland  offers help to adults looking to start or restart their postsecondary education.

Strike It Big for Milestones Bowl for Autism  will be March 11 at Spins Bowl in Independence.

UH St. John Medical Center and The City of Westlake host the annual  Community Safety and Wellness Fair  on May 19 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

dates
Important Dates:
February
April
14
WHS Day Conferences- No School WHS
15
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
15
Prom Assembly- Seniors only
21
State OMEA
19
President's Day - NO SCHOOL
27
Demon Derby @ St. Demetrios
22
Band Concert
May
26
Choral Concert
12
Music a la Mode
March
19
Prom @ Botanical Gardens
1
College Night
24
Scholarship Night
2-3
OMEA District Contest
29-31
Senior Final Exams
9-10
Green & White Revue
31
Spring Awards Banquet
13
Wellness Day
June
16
Dollars For Scholars
1
Commencement Rehearsal
23
Shamrock Dance
2
Graduation @ Wolstein Center
3/30 - 4/8
Spring Break
4-6
Underclassmen Final Exams
6
Last Day of School

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Send submissions to jljlj.jolliffe@gmail.com; preferred format is in the body of an email or a Microsoft Word document.
  • Strict deadline is 5p each Thursday, prior to Monday publication
  • Limit text to @150 words; include hyperlinks or pdf attachments for interested readers to obtain more information
  • Items should be copy and paste ready; i.e.  do not send a note saying "please add information about..."
  • Event items will remain until the event has passed; you do not need to resend each week unless your message has changed.
STAY CONNECTED: