March 12, 2018
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
This past week we had the Green and White Revue at WHS. The amount of talent that we have in the Westlake City Schools was on full display and it was tremendous!  Thank you to the PTA for organizing this district-wide event.  This week is a busy one at WHS!   We will feature Wellness day on March 13, a Justice Fair that our students put together will be held after school on March 14, and the annual Dollars for Scholars event will take place on March 16. I have included some specific information below.   
Our annual WELLNESS DAY is Tuesday, March 13th.   The Health Fair will again take place in the Auxiliary Gym from 10:20 a.m. to  1:17 p.m.  This event is during the lunch periods and students are encouraged to attend. This year's health fair will feature over 40 vendors. Additionally, there will be class presentations.  The class presentation topics  are listed below.  
Here is the schedule:
  • Sophomores (1st period) - WHS SADD presents pHarming Effects
  • Juniors (2nd period) -  Health presented by Dr. Dan Harrington and Dr. Salena Zanotti
  • Seniors (11th period) - Alexander Leslie from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
  • Freshmen (12th period) - Javier Sanchez with the "BE PRESENT" campaign; sponsored by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
March 20  we will be administering an ACT Test to the entire Junior Class.  Juniors will report to school at the regular time and the Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors will report at 11:30 a.m. and be on an adjusted schedule. There will be a few more delayed start days as we move into the Spring testing season. These will be similar to last year. I will follow-up with more details in the near future.
Finally, there will bean Open Forum on the proposed 7-12 drug testing program on March 20 at 6:30pm in the Lee Burneson Middle School cafeteria. Representatives from the drug testing company and others will be in attendance to share and answer questions.   
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
March 9, 2018
March 9, 2018
Counselor's Corner
SCHOLARSHIPS - The local scholarship list will be posted by noon today! Students are encouraged to apply to as many scholarships as they meet qualifications for. The majority of scholarships are due April 10, but a few have an earlier deadline so make sure to pay attention to deadlines! If your students have any questions or needs help with the application process, please direct them to their counselor. Local Scholarships

ACT vs. SAT  - If you've spent any time considering if the ACT or SAT is a better fit for your child, consider attending Porter Public Library's ACT vs. SAT presentation on Monday, March 12 at 7:00p.  Bring your child and learn about the differences between the ACT and the SAT including what both tests look like, what's tested, and how they're scored in order to best help you decide which (or both) test is more appropriate to take. Registration is required for this event.
CCP Intent to Participate - Just a reminder the Intent to Participate form to let WHS know your child is planning on participating in a CCP class anytime during the 2018-19 school year (summer session included) needs to be turned into their school counselor by April 1. The form is required regardless if the class is on campus or off-campus at another college. Intent to Participate Form l CCP Checklist
College Fair - The National Association for College Admission Counseling is hosting a free college fair in Cleveland on Sunday, April 22. Hundreds of colleges from across the nation will be attendance to help students discover colleges with characteristics that may make them a good fit for their consideration! This is a great opportunity to identify schools you may want to schedule a college visit and begin making a list of 5-8 schools your child may want to apply to as a senior.  To Register l Schools Attending
ACT @ WHS for Juniors - All juniors will take the ACT at the high school on Tuesday, March 20 (this will be a late start for all other students with the day starting at 11:30). The ACT is offered free as one of the state's graduation pathway options to earn a "remediation-free" score in English and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam.  More Info l Test Prep
Thank You!

The PTSA Diversity committee would like to thank Ms Kathy McGinty and Leadership Challange Facilitators Fatimah Alnaseri and Selma Babiker for organizing the Diversity Week program and Cormac O'Donnell for coordinating the Irish band.. Food from Turkey, Russia, Asia and Iraq was offered Monday through Thursday followed by a culture fair on Friday including Greek, Salsa and Irish dance with live Music. Along with booths from the Spanish, Arabic and French clubs and Booths from China, Japan and Germany and An "Our Origins Map". Special thanks to Aristro Bistro restaurant who donated a $1000 worth of Asian food..
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!  WHS staff players include Dana Bail,  
Thomas Major, Kyle Romansky, Robert Bowles, Shawn Hood, Tom Hicks,  Roe Pagan, Jennifer Agin.
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.
Purchase tickets during lunch!
Dollars for Scholars tickets will be available for purchase during lunch at DIS, LBMS, or WHS on Thursday March 15 and Friday March 16.  
A PTA representative will be at lunch times to handle transactions.
  • Admission wristbands are $5. (kids age 2 and under are free.)
  • Tickets for the $1,000 Cash Prize Raffle are $5.
  • Bead necklaces are $1.
Please make checks payable to Westlake Council of PTAs.
Donations Needed for Silent Auctions and Raffles!
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 ( or 216-374-8945) with donations. All donations are due by Wednesday, March 15th.
Volunteers Needed!
We need volunteers to make this a great event!  
Parent and High School Volunteers (yes, High Schoolers get service hours for helping!):

Westlake Council of PTAs is excited to welcome Dr. Lisa Damour to our community!  

Dr. Damour, New York Times bestselling author of  "Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood",  provides realistic balanced expertise and advice on children, both  girls and boys and the journey in raising them.
Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant who directs Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of the New York Times, is a regular contributor at CBS News, and serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to parents, teachers, and advocates. 
Link to Dr. Damour's articles: 
We are proud to provide this valuable program free of charge, thanks to your support of the fundraising efforts of Westlake Council of PTAs this year.  
Mark your calendars to join us for this phenomenal presentation Monday, April 23 at the Westlake  High School Performing Arts Center .  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.
PRE- REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - click here.    Questions?  Contact Dawn Evans
Wellness Day is Tuesday March 13th!!

WHS 14th Annual Wellness Day and Fair will take place on Tuesday, March 13th!  Each grade will attend a 45 minute presentation followed by the Wellness Fair held during lunch hours in the auxiliary gym.  We are thankful for all of the volunteers, vendors and presenters who are participating in this year's event.  Please see the link below for a list of participants and thank them if you patronize their business!

Westlake Music Boosters

Westlake Music Boosters is looking forward to Music a la Mode which will be held on Saturday, May 12th this year!  For many years, we have offered a raffle that raises significant funds to support ALL music programs in the Westlake City Schools from grades K-12.  

Right now, we are working to gather items and we hope you will help! Themed gift baskets are welcome!  We know it's not always possible to put together a whole gift basket, so perhaps you can contribute by donating a gift card to an area business or an individual item that kids or an adult would enjoy such as a game, toy, craft, or jewelry.  Sport items or tickets are always a big hit as well. Previous year's basket themes include Cleveland Sports, movie night, craft kits, yoga, games, picnic basket, grilling items, summer fun, and more. Maybe you have unopened Christmas gifts in your closets that would make great donations for the raffle!   If you have a basket, gift card or item to donate, please contact Amy Mogyordy at  216-402-7318 or    Items will be collected through the end of April.      
And don't forget to join us at our next meeting: Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm in the WHS Library. 

It is never too late to  join online and pay via credit card or download  pdf form  (check)

Girls Softball Umpires Needed

The Westlake Recreation Center is looking for people interested in umpiring girls softball games this summer. Pay rate is $18 a person per game and scheduling is flexible. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Amanda Petrasek at by April 14th, 2018. Experience playing softball or baseball is preferred.
Westlake Council of PTAs Spring Fundraisers
Announcing Spirit Day at SkyZone - Friday March 23
Please show the attached flyer or bring it with you to SkyZone on Friday, March 23 from 12pm - 4pm.   Funds raised go towards programming sponsored by Westlake Council of PTAs.  The event is open to anyone.  Suggested time are PreK-4th grade from 12pm-2pm; 5th - 12th grade from 2pm - 4pm.   No advanced purchase.

Announcing Westlake's Spring Fever Run!
Get out and enjoy a return to spring on Saturday, April 15th by participating in the Spring Fever run.  The Westlake Kiwanis will also be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast.  Fill out the attached form and mail it in or visit here   to register.  Make sure you check off the PTA and earn funds for some amazing new programming. 

Questions on either event?  Contact Jessica Kim at 216.548.0948
International Travel Opportunity

Experience Italian culture in the beautiful cities of Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri!  Travel to Italy-Spring Break 2019.
An informational meeting for parents and students will be held Tuesday, March 27 at the Avon Lake Public Library from 7-8 p.m. in the McMahan Meeting Room.
For detailed trip information click here. C ontact Ms. Michele Richards for more information.
Career Development Corner

Did you know we have a Career Shadowing Program at the high school open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students? Career Shadowing offers students the chance to gain first-hand knowledge of a job or career field. Students are exposed to real life work situations and have an opportunity to learn what a typical day is like.

Interested students can stop by the Career Shadowing office (in Attendance) to pick up an application. Click here to print a copy from home! Contact Bernadette Kronz, Career Development Specialist for more information. 440-250-1028 or
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 Girls Softball - 2018!   Registration is Now Open!

Join us this summer for Girls Softball - Register online at at the discounted rate!  Registration price increases after 3/18/18 - so register today!
Also, please visit our new and improved website for more information on our program! 

The Westlake Girls Softball Association is designed to promote an exciting, friendly,  and competitive environment for all girls to enjoy the game of softball.  Our goal is to inspire the girls by promoting their softball talents, teaching and developing the fundamentals and teamwork, and providing an environment that is fun for all.

Our WGSA recreation league is intended to provide a safe and friendly sporting environment and is a great way for your child to be a part of a team atmosphere and develop new and long lasting friendships.  It is an introduction to the sport of softball and offers a relaxed environment.  We offer divisions from Grades K-12.

Thank you!  And we'll see you all out on the softball fields this summer!
Westlake Baseball League - Registration & Pre-Season Camp

Registration is open for the 2018 Westlake Baseball League season for grades PreK-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.

*EVERYONE INVITED!* Westlake Youth Baseball Night with the Cleveland Monsters!  March 24th
E-Cigarette Information

Teens inhale cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarettes - Fruit flavors have the most chemicals, study finds.

Westlake Historical Society upcoming events
April 21 - Saturday from 9:00 to 4:00 annual spring yard sale at the Clague Museum. 
Save the dates: "This Place Matters" Photo Shoot at Lilly Weston house, 27946 Center Ridge Road, Wednesday May 23, 7:00 pm;   "Digging Dover: Hidden History of Westlake" tours. Three tours are planned for Saturday June 23, and a sunrise tour on Sunday June 24;  Clague Museum - first open house of the spring season Sunday 4/8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.check website for additional dates.
Flyer Connection

ACT test prep at WHS.

One Community Reads program comes to Westlake Porter Public Library March 29.

The City of Westlake Police Department is looking for Crossing Guards.

A flu guide for parents  from the CDC.

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

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
13 Wellness Day
Demon Derby @ St. Demetrios
16 Dollars For Scholars
Shamrock Dance
Music a la Mode
3/30 - 4/8 Spring Break
Prom @ Botanical Gardens
Scholarship Night
Senior Final Exams
Spring Awards Banquet
Commencement Rehearsal
Graduation @ Wolstein Center
Underclassmen Final Exams
Last Day of School


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