March 5, 2018
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
Last week we celebrated diversity week at WHS. Thank you to our Leadership Challenge students for organizing this annual event.  Additionally, Leadership Challenge hosted a cultural fair during lunch periods on Friday. We also had a very successful College Information Night last Thursday.  We were fortunate to have representation from The Ohio State University, John Carroll University, and Cuyahoga Community College. It was a terrific night of sharing and information gathering.
As we move into this week, we are looking forward to the district-wide PTA event, the Green and White Revue. It is always amazing to see the talent throughout the district. We also have the Girls Bowling Team heading to the State Tournament after a great season. Good luck ladies!    
I wanted to remind families about a delayed start day in March.  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
Counselor's Corner
College Fair - The National Association for College Admission Counseling is hosting a free college fair in Cleveland on Sunday, April 22 nd. 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 th (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
There's an App for That - As we turn the corner toward the finish line, projects and exams begin to pile up. If your child has trouble staying organized or breaking big projects into smaller tasks, you may want to consider a planner if they don't already use one. We often hear students say they won't remember to write down assignments - but they always remember their phone! Some well-reviewed homework and planner apps you can encourage include myHomework Student Planner, iHomework 2, Studious, or My GradeBook. If you find one you like, please share your feedback! 

Scholarships - Local scholarship applications will be available March 12 th, but in the meantime we encourage seniors to check out the scholarship folder on the senior bulletin board in the counseling office. Additionally, students can utilize Naviance for a national scholarship search under the "colleges" tab or visit the school counseling website for scholarship opportunities.
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 - March 13 - Committee Members Needed!

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.  More details to come!  If you are interested in volunteering at this event and want to see what it is all about, sign up here  or contact Bernadette Kronz for more information.

Westlake Music Boosters Thanks You

We would like to say a  HUGE THANK YOU to all the parent and student volunteers who helped out this past weekend at the District OMEA band competition. We could not have done it without you.

Congratulations to all our bands and choirs on their great success at OMEAs!

Please 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)
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.
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.  

Robert Bowles Carol Wagner
Serina Peck Sue Wallenhorst
Nanette Reilly Margherita Ware
Meghan Spriggs Doug Warnke
Michelle Stalter Molly White
Annie Stanca Beverly Wilkinson
Jeff Stroski Chris Williams
Shivaun Stroski Christi Wilson
Kimberly Sullivan-Haselswerdt Paul Wilson
Jianlan Sun Will Wilson
Shalini Tandon Anne Windau
Andrea Tarolli Carol Winter
Jim Tarolli Jane Wise
Nitesh Thakkar Jackie Wittenmyer
Dana Thomas Christine Wojcik
Justine Tinline Dana Wolfe
Dave Titterington David Wolfe
Joel Tomkalski Anita Wong
Linda Tomkalski Kathy Woolner
Blanca Trevino Keith Woolner
Kristen Tucholski Christine Wrightsman
Evelyn Urbin Suzanne Yappel
Joan Vinski Salena Zanotti
Donna Votaw Elizabeth Zingales
Jan Vulku

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.
Are you a Local Hero?
We are looking for Local Heros to join our Dodgeball Game. We are looking for all Police, Fire, FBI, Military, Coast Guard, and many more who are in Westlake to join us!   Contact Delicia to join the game,
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 ( or 216-374-8945) with donations. All donations are due by Thursday, March 1st.
Ticket are on Sale!
Game wristbands are $5.00. Raffle tickets for $1,000 Cash Prize Raffle are $5.00.  Contact your PTA unit Council Representatives.  Checks are payable to Westlake Council of PTAs.
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
Westlake Historical Society upcoming events
March 8 - Membership Meeting at Westlake Rec Center at 7:00PM. William Krause will be speaking on the Lilly Weston House, the c. 1844 Sandstone house on Center Ridge Road in Westlake.   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

A flu guide for parents  from the CDC.

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.

Important Dates:


Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
State OMEA

Demon Derby @ St. Demetrios

Green & White Revue
Music a la Mode
Wellness Day
Prom @ Botanical Gardens
Dollars For Scholars
Scholarship Night
Shamrock Dance
Senior Final Exams
3/30 - 4/8
Spring Break
Spring Awards Banquet
Commencement Rehearsal
Graduation @ Wolstein Center
Underclassmen Final Exams
Last Day of School


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