January 15, 2017
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
This week we wrap up the first semester with exam week at Westlake High School.  Please click here to view the schedule. As we start semester two next Monday, we will have a homeroom to provide all students with an updated copy of their schedule.  If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to your school counselor this week.    
Last Wednesday all families received an email related to the Westlake High School Parent Forum to be held on January 17 from 6-8 pm.  We will have three speakers covering a variety of relevant topics. The sessions will be held in one hour increments.  Parents will have the ability to attend 2-one hour sessions.  Topics include, teenage anxiety, being a mindful parent, and internet safety.  We hope that you have the opportunity to participate in this event.
Following the Parent Forum, we will host an open discussion in the Performing Arts Center regarding a proposed drug testing policy that may be implemented in the fall of 2018. We are looking for feedback from the community and want to answer any questions that Westlake families may have.  We will have representatives from schools that currently utilize a drug testing program, a representative from the testing company, Westlake Law enforcement and Westlake school administrators.  Our student health and wellness is always our focus.  We think it is time that we explore the topic of drug testing at Westlake High School.  I have provided a few examples of policies from our fellow conference schools. They can be found here and here.  I encourage you to look at their policies to get a view of what is going on in our neighboring districts.
Our school counseling staff will host IB/CCP/AP Night on Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center. This is an opportunity to learn about these different options at Westlake High School and ask questions.  We hope that you can attend.    

As always, I encourage you to review the WHS announcements.  They are a great source of information that are updated daily.  Finally, I encourage all families to review the Westlake City Schools Profile.  It is filled with lots of information related to our school district.
Have a wonderful week!

Paul Wilson
Principal -Westlake High School
Westlake City Schools
PHONE:     440-250-1003
TWITTER:    @WHS_Westlake
Friday Morning News:  1/12/18

Green & White Revue 2018 - Important Dates

Jan 18th:  R ed Brick Room - 6-8p - Emcee auditions
Feb 6 - 8:  Multi purpose room - Act auditions 
Feb 21:  Info night
Mar 6 - 8:  Rehearsals
Mar 9 - 10:  2018 Green & White Revue, 7p @WHS PAC

Auditions will be held February 6th-8th from 6-9 pm in the Multi Purpose Room at Westlake High School at the PAC. 

Please complete the online form and submit no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018. You are choosing your tryout day and time when you signup. You will need to bring any music (either on a cd or usb) INCLUDING LYRICS TYPED OUT and any props you will need. There will be a piano available as well as a few music stands.

Need inspiration? Acts from previous years include, singing, dancing, improve, comedy skits, karate... be creative and show us what you got!

The Green & White Revue is open to any Westlake resident ages 3 to WHS Senior. Acts may include members outside of Westlake, but at least one member must be a Westlake resident.  If you have any questions, please contact the Green & White Revue committee via email: greenandwhiterevue@gmail.com
Counselor's Corner

AP/IB/CCP Night - With scheduling around the corner, if you find you and your child need more help making a decision to take an AP, IB, or College Credit Plus class, you're invited to attend an information night on Thursday, January 25  beginning at 7:00.  If you're new to the College Credit Plus program, we strongly encourage you to attend and learn what CCP is all about and how to apply!  There will be AP and IB teachers as well as Tri-C and LCCC representatives to help answer any questions.  


Scheduling - New this year students will have the ability to enter their schedule requests online outside of the classroom. The window to schedule will be January 29 through February 2.  We will hold scheduling assemblies for 9 - 11 grade on Tuesday, January 23 where they will receive all the information they'll need to successfully schedule.  More information to come soon!


Midyear Transcripts - Counselors will be in the senior English classrooms the week of the 22 to walk seniors through the process of requesting their first semester grades (known as midyear transcripts) sent to the colleges they've applied to. There is no additional cost or parent signatures necessary for midyear transcripts.


Scholarships - First semester has focused on getting into college and in second semester the conversation transitions to how to pay for it. Local scholarship applications will be available in March, but in the meantime we encourage seniors to check out the scholarship folder on the senior bulletin board in the counseling office for scholarship opportunities that have been brought to our attention. Additionally, students can utilize Naviance for a national scholarship search under the "colleges" tab.

January is School Board Recognition Month 
"School boards LEAD so students can ACHIEVE"

Governor John R. Kasich has proclaimed January 2018 as Ohio School Board Recognition Month.  "The service provided by the members of Ohio's...boards of education...is critical to ensuring high quality public education for Ohio's school children.  Through partnership with teachers, school administrators, staff and parents, school board members provide vital leadership and support for schools...."

Westlake's PTA units and their members sincerely thank the members of the Westlake City School District Board of Education for the unselfish contribution of their time and talents to the students and families, teachers and staff, and the entire Westlake community in order to ensure " We Educate for Excellence."
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.
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. 

Please take a moment to 
nominate someone  who deserves to be recognized as an Ohio Achievement Award Winner (one award given by each of our Westlake PTA Units), Helping Hands (anyone working on behalf of children and youth excluding certified educators) or Outstanding District Educator (nominees may include principals, teachers, counselors and other certified educators.)  Nominees and Nominators need to be current Westlake PTA members. Nominations are due Wednesday, January 10th.
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.  
WDAB Plans Night of Demon Festivities - Fri. Feb. 2, 2018

Athletic Booster's Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Join us for the long-standing tradition!  Tickets are available online or at the door for just $8 which includes tossed salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert and drinks... a GREAT DEAL!  

  • Grab Dinner BEFORE THE OPENING NIGHT of "Faith County" in the Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm!
  • Grab Dinner BEFORE or AFTER BOYS BASKETBALL HOME GAMES.  Frosh 4:30pm, JV 6:00 pm, Varsity 7:15pm!
  • Grab Dinner BEFORE or AFTER THE GRAND OPENING of "The W Shop"

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of The W Shop!  
It's finally here and we are so excited!  Please join us at 5:45 pm for the Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Opening of The W Shop, the first permanent Spirit Wear Store at Westlake High School.  

The W Shop is located just off the WHS Rotunda, adjacent to the main office.  Just look for the balloons!  

CONCESSION SIGN UP:  Funds realized through the sale of concessions at home sporting events will go to fund ALL sports at WHS and LBMS. We are asking that ALL Winter 2017-2018 athlete families work at least two, 2 hour shifts, at any of the games listed  on this calendar. Your help is the cornerstone to the success of our efforts and we truly appreciate your willingness to help! Go Demons!!
Hyland's Hy-Tech Club

The application process for the Spring 2018 semester of Hyland Software's Hy-TechClub  is now open. The Club is a free program for students in 7th through 12th grade who want to learn how to code. See complete details.
Westlake Ski & Snowboard Club Subway Orders

It is finally available!  For those members interested in purchasing the Subway meal package for the Ski & Snowboard Club, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Kim at 
216.548.0948  or via email at  jessicastraka@aol.com .
Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library Annual Book Sale will be held February 1-4 at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Thousands of books, DVDs, and other items will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the library. There is an ongoing silent auction book sale now through February 4 in the library lobby. For more information, visit www.westlakelibrary.org.
Flyer Connection

Help amputees around the world by buying a pair of socks through 1/27 WHS IB student Madysen LeComte organized the  Sockmas  sale as part of her IB senior project.

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.

WHS Center Stage Players present  Faith County , Feb. 1-3.

Winter Respite Night - Friday January 12th.  A night for parents to drop off their special needs child and their sibling and enjoy a night out. There will be a variety of fun activities for the children such as moon bouncer, face paint, karaoke, games, ext.   
TEA TIME event hosted by the Westlake Historical Society, January 20, 2018 from 2-4p.

Oberlin Choristers  offers choir options for grades K-12.
Important Dates:
Jan 15:  MLK Day; no school
Jan 16 - 18:  Semester Exams 
Jan 17:  Parent Forum; 6-8p @WHS
Jan 17:   Open discussion regarding a proposed WHS drug testing policy; 8p @PAC
Jan 19:  Staf Records Day;No school for students
Jan 23:  PTA Meeting, 7p
Feb 2:  WDAB Spaghetti Dinner, 4-7p @WHS


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