January 8, 2017
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
 
It was great seeing the students briefly last week and we are looking forward to better weather moving forward.  There are many things to catch up on in the next few weeks.  As a reminder, the WHS exams take place on January 16, 17, 18.  The semester exam schedule is posted on the WHS website.  Please click here to view the schedule
 
We are excited to announce 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.  More detailed information will be mailed out later this week. 
 
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.
 
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
Green & White Revue - Emcee Auditions

The 33rd Annual Green & White Revue Emcee tryouts are just around the corner!!

Tryouts are January 16th, and are open to all WHS Seniors. P lease complete the online form by Thursday, January 11, 2018. You will be contacted with your tryout time by Sunday, January 14th.
Class of 2020 Chipotle Fundraiser

Chipotle

On  Tuesday, January 9th there will be a 
Chipotle fundraiser for the Westlake High sophomore class of 2020.  Make sure to mention the sophomore class or  show them this flyer  when you order. 50% of your sale will go toward the sophomore class! Visit the Westlake Chipotle at Crocker Park for school spirit that tastes great! 
Cleveland Clinic Heroin Program at Porter Library

Next week on Thursday, January 11, Cleveland Clinic will be presenting their signature heroin panel program, Triple Threat, at the Westlake Library.
 
Our panelists include Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Gilson; Captain Jerry Vogel, Westlake Police Department; Dr. Judy Welsh, Medical Director Cleveland Clinic Lakewood ED; and other experts for an informative community conversation about heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.
 
Registration is required.
Counselor's Corner

PSAT Results - Sophomores and juniors who took the PSAT in October have received their scores electronically from College Board! Scores were sent to the email students provided on their pre-administration card prior to the test. (More information on how to access your child's PSAT results can be found here). We anticipate getting paper scores soon and will go to students' classroom for a brief presentation on how to interpret their scores shortly after winter break. Students will also have access to a free online personalized planning kit based on their PSAT test results and are encouraged to take next steps towards college  planning with unique features on  www.collegeboard.org .

Application Deadline - If you have a senior applying to a college or university with a January 1st deadline, please check and make sure they've requested their transcripts from their school counselor before break begins. We will not be able to send transcripts over winter break!

 

Service Learning - Just a reminder that students are required to obtain 15 service learning hours each year (60 total hours to graduate)! If your child hasn't accumulated any hours yet this year we encourage them to consider ways they serve time while they have an abundance of it over winter break! There is a bulletin board in the counseling office with service opportunities and copies of the forms that need to be turned in to validate hours. Opportunities can also be found on the high school website.

 

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.

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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Hood
WHS Boys' Basketball
Art Daniels
WHS Girls' Basketball
Nancy English 
WHS Cheerleading
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!!
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.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm in the WHS Library.  

Join Now  online and pay via credit card or download  pdf form  (check)
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 .
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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