February 5, 2018
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
There has been a lot of things happening as we navigate into February I would like to recognize our Westlake "Techmates" who won the top three places in the Cuyahoga County Model Home Design contest. This year's student contest theme was "The Great Modern Frank Lloyd Wright Spec House." A special congratulations to the Westlake High School team of Katie Willi, Ethan Simon, Robert Fulop and Scott Rennard who took first place and the overall grand prize, winning the $1000 scholarship. They also won the specialty categories of "Best Model," "Best Presentation," "Best Smart Home Technology," "Best Green Building" and the coveted "Architectural Design Award of Merit."
The scheduling window for the 2018/2019 upperclassmen closed last Friday.  I encourage you to reach out to your child to ensure that they scheduled their classes.  If there are questions, please see the "Counselor Corner" section of today's E-blast or contact your student 's School Counselor.  If students do not schedule their classes after our attempts to contact them, then we will be forced to schedule their classes for them as we prepare for the 2018/2019 school year.
This past week we had a tremendous event that featured our Westlake Demon Athletic Booster  (WDAB) organization.  We hosted a spaghetti dinner, announced our Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and opened the School Spirit Store.  A special thank you to Mrs. Gina Redinger, Mrs. Fawn Carson, and Mrs. Kelly Ilg for all of their hard work making this store a reality!     
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.   
As a reminder, 1st period starts at 7:50 a.m., which means that students need to be in their class at 7:50.  We have noticed a rise in tardies the past three weeks. This has resulted in many more consequences being distributed.  If the chronic tardies to school continue to be an issue, we may discuss an automatic "Friday School" option for repeated offenders.   Friday School runs from 3:15 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. Please discuss this with your student and contact us with questions.   
This week is School Counselors Week!  We want to thank Mrs. Bail, Mrs. Jerome, Mr. Campo, Mr. Kennedy and Mrs. Frazier for all that they do for the students and families at Westlake High School!
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 2, 2018
Counselor's Corner

Westshore Assembly - Representatives from Lakewood West Shore came to WHS last week to share some of the opportunities available through their career technical program. West Shore offers two-year programs beginning in 11th grade including Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electron Engineering Technology, Media Art & Design, and Theatre Arts.  We encourage you to ask your child if anything from the assembly or teacher presentations peaked their interest, and visit their website for a complete list of programs and information how to apply!
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
College Credit Plus - If you missed the CCP Information Night we encourage you to visit our website to review information from the presentation. All forms are available online and in the counseling office and are due no later than April 1st. Students who plan to participate in CCP next year and have not taken the ACT or SAT should consider taking the ACCUPLACER 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 and nearly half filled up at the information night. See your school counselor for more information! CCP Checklist  
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.
Battle of the Bands - Friday, February 9

On Friday February 9th from 7-9 we will be having the 2nd battle of the bands at Westlake High School. Tickets are $4 pre-sale and $6 at the door. All proceeds will be going to the nonprofit Madysen LeComte sock fundraiser. 
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.  (Please include link to cheddarup and link to membership form online.)

Jennifer Abersold Kimberly Bennett Tiffany Cipollone
Dina Abugroon Deonna Berry Tony Cipollone
Ingrid Adkins Mary Betsill Jennifer Cirinicione
Jennifer Agin Jim Bingham Mindy Clark
Neriman AlJundi Claudia Blaha Tim Clark
Kimberly Allen Corinne Bongers Laurel Clarke
Maria Asturi Angela Boor Olivia Clarke
Osman Babiker Bill Boor Kevin Connor
Charles Backus Jeanette Boukzam Robyn Connor
Lauren Backus Michael Boukzam Lisa Csire
Dana Bail Bill Bowles Robbie Curtis
Melind Bakhla Christine Brown Robert Curtis
Smitha Bakhle Shannon Burich Trish Dacek
Kristy Beach Carole Burns Tina Damko-Sadd
Sanjay Beach Deneen Burrows Amy Davey
Dave Beck Rich Burrows Julie Davidson
Tracy Beck Sherry Carbeck Aida Delic
Chris Bednar Deanna Chang Tabatha Devine
Cathy Bellone Sara Chappel Brenda DiGiulio
Dean Bellone Nancy Choban Jenny Doyle

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.
West Shore Career Tech - 9th and 10th Grade Assembly
1st Period in the PAC

Mr. DiMascio, the Educational Coordinator of the West Shore, will explain the offerings and opportunities of the West Shore Programs. Following the presentation students will be able to meet the CTE teachers during the West Shore Showcase.

Hands-On Day, Friday, February 9th, sophomore students will have an opportunity to tour CTE classrooms. Click here for a list of career pathways and more details.
PTA Reflections Award Ceremony - Sunday, Feb. 11

The Westlake PTA Reflections Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February
11th at 2:00 pm at the PAC at Westlake High School.  We will be honoring students from all 7 of the schools in the district with entries in Visual Arts, Photography, Literature and Music Composition.  All are welcome to attend!  
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   
Coaches Vs.Cancer 2018

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and the local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Our goal is to blanket the district and the community with Coaches vs. Cancer Tee shirts the week of February 4th and promote attendance at one or both of the basketball games. (Girls, Wed. February 7th vs. Avon; Boys, February 9th vs. Midview). The Dribbling Demons and the Dream'n Demons will be performing at halftime and it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some great Demon basketball.

PLEASE consider joining and supporting this effort. Together we CAN make a difference.   T-Shirts are just $12 or $10.    See order form here.


Shawn Hood
WHS Boys' Basketball
Art Daniels
WHS Girls' Basketball
Nancy English 
WHS Cheerleading
Westlake Music Boosters Needs You!

We invite you to join Westlake Music Boosters and get involved and be a part of all the fun!  We support all Pre-K through 12 music programs and teachers in our district.


Volunteer Opportunity:  OMEA District Contest - March 2 & 3 - we will need lots of volunteers.  Find out more at our next meeting: Wednesday, February 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)
Founders' Day 2018

Founders' Day is Coming!  RSVP for our Celebration Today!
Founder's Day is the opportunity to recognize and thank individual PTA members who have really made a difference in our kids' lives. 

Our dinner will be held on Thursday, February 15th at  Wagner's of Westlake
6:00PM - Social Hour
7:00PM - Dinner
8:00PM - Award Presentation
Please RSVP with our online form today !  RSVPs for dinner and payment are due by Monday, February 5.   Please contact  Marie Novak  with any comments or questions.  
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

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

Porter Public Library  Wonders of Weather  program Feb. 7.

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.

Important Dates:

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

State OMEA
String Orchestra Concert
Demon Derby @ St. Demetrios
WHS Day Conferences- No School WHS
Prom Assembly- Seniors only
Music a la Mode
President's Day - NO SCHOOL
Prom @ Botanical Gardens
Band Concert
Scholarship Night
Choral Concert
Senior Final Exams
Spring Awards Banquet
College Night
OMEA District Contest
Commencement Rehearsal
Green & White Revue
Graduation @ Wolstein Center
Wellness Day
Underclassmen Final Exams
Dollars For Scholars
Last Day of School
Shamrock Dance
Spring Break


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