May 14, 2018
From Mr. Wilson

Another busy week in the books at Westlake High School!  I am very proud of the students that participated in the 63rd annual Music a la Mode. It is always so impressive to see how many students participate in music programs in the Westlake Schools. This time of year is also bitter sweet at the high school.  Many seniors are experiencing their "last" events in the Westlake City Schools.  Last week we had senior night activities for our lacrosse teams.  This week we started AP testing and will have our prom on Saturday Night.  A special thank you to the senior families that have planned a wonderful evening for after prom.  Our seniors' last school day is May 25!  
A few bits of positive information that we were made aware of last week at Westlake High School:  
  1. We learned that WHS student, Chad Sargent, received a perfect 36 on his April ACT test, making him the 5th student this year with a similar score.
  2. Westlake High School was named a 2017-2018 Cleveland Clinic Banner SchoolThis award recognizes us for successfully leveraging community resources to advance student learning.   Special thanks to Kelly Atkinson, Julie Davidson, and William Wilson.  They invested in implementing the eXpressions┬«program which demonstrates an exceptional commitment to student enrichment.  This distinction is earned by fewer than 30% of the 179 schools in four states, that participated in Civic Education programming this year.
  3. Melissa Barth, WHS Science teacher, was recognized by her peers as the "Exemplary Educator" at Westlake High School for the 2017/2018 school year.   
  4. WHS was recognized by U.S. News and World report as a "Silver Level" school.  We were ranked # 39 of over 900 High Schools in Ohio. Thank you parents, students and the entire staff within the Westlake City Schools.  This is a team effort.  We will continue to strive to do what is best for our students!   
Listed below are the important dates as we move towards the end of the year!
May 19            Prom at Botanical Gardens  
May 24            Senior Scholarship Night
May 25            Seniors Last Day of Class (Exams the following week)
May 28            Memorial Day - No School
June 2             Commencement at Wolstein Center - Cleveland State University
June 6             Last Day for students
As always, I encourage you to review the WHS announcements  - they are a great source of information that are updated daily.  I also encourage all families to review the Westlake City Schools Profile  - it 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:  5/11/18

Counselor's Corner

Graduation Recognitions - It's nearly time for our seniors graduating with special honors to be recognized! Please encourage your senior to check for their name on the list on the counseling window listing the recipients of the four recognitions at graduation. If you believe your child qualifies for the Honors Diploma, President's Award of Educational Excellence, Honor Cords, or the Summa Cum Lade Award and their name is not on the list, please contact their counselor or Mrs. Frazier.
AP Exams - As we enter the first week of AP exams, please encourage your children to get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast in the morning - the little things can make a big difference! Best of luck to our students!
College Admission Information Nights - If your child is considering a highly selective school we want to make you aware of a couple opportunities to learn what distinguishes one university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and their recommendations what students can do to enhance their college application.
  • Admission representatives from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University are hosting an evening information program on Sunday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. More Info l To Register
  • Admission representatives from Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University will host an evening information program on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. More Info l To Register
Senior Slideshow - If your child didn't have their picture taken for yearbook, please email an appropriate photo to Mrs. Bail at for the graduation slideshow. We appreciate your quick assistance with this!
A Sweet Deal at Graeter's on May 24th

Get to Graeter's at Crocker Park on Thursday, May 24th to support the WHS sophomore class.  20% of the proceeds will go towards the class of 2020. All you have to do is purchase some ice cream and mention the WHS class of 2020. Think of it as ice cream for a great cause! Bonus: purchase a pint for maximum proceeds! Now grab your family and friends and head up to Graeter's on Thursday, May 24th.
Music Boosters Thanks You!

What a fantastic day we had at the 63rd Annual MALM.  We could not have done it without all of you!

Thank you to all the students, parents, volunteers, grandparents, family, friends & sponsors!

Join us at our next meeting: Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm in the WHS Library. 
WHS and Westlake Council of PTAs Present "Our Kids, Anxiety and Depression, how do we know the signs? How do we help?"

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. Westlake BOE Auditorium

Join us for an interactive presentation and discussion with experts in the field of youth anxiety and depression.  

Questions? Contact Dawn Evans (
Dear Junior Student/Parent/Guardian,

Did you know the Ohio Immunization Law requires an additional vaccine BEFORE the start of 12th grade?
  • Meningococcal (MCV4 or Menactra) - 2 doses are required BEFORE starting the Senior year with at least one (1) dose given after age 16 years.

What should you do? 

  • Check vaccine records and obtain any needed vaccines now
  • Send an updated vaccine record to the school nurse right away

Where can you get needed vaccines? 

  • Your family physician or health care provider
  • Visit any Minute Clinic (CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens) - no appointment needed; accepts most insurance.
  • Cuyahoga County Department of Health 216-201-2041 (Children's Vaccine Program/low cost option).

If you have any questions, or there are circumstances preventing your child from getting vaccinations, please call (440) 250-1120 or email

Check HERE for more complete details.

Thank you,
Betsy Kaiser, BSN, RN, LSN

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters

Concession Sign Up:   Parents of student-athletes are required to work (2) shifts volunteering at the WDAB concession stand.  It is a fun, social task that can be done at a time that you will not miss your player in action.    Please sign up today!   We cannot do it without our awesome volunteers!
Citizens Advisory Committee

Do you have a desire to enhance all aspects of education for the students of Westlake City Schools?   Would you like to be a visible and proactive link between the Westlake community, the Westlake City Schools and the Board of Education?
The Citizens Advisory Committee is looking for civic-minded individuals to join our efforts.   The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was established over 40 years ago as a voluntary advisory committee to the Westlake Board of Education (BOE), and is comprised of a diverse group of Westlake residents and community representatives. The CAC communicates, researches, evaluates and recommends action plans for consideration by the BOE.

If you would like to be part of a team working toward the ultimate enhancement of education provided to Westlake's children, then consider joining the CAC!
Additional information, including past research projects, can be found here or you may contact Andrew Mangels ( or 440-250-5450) or Mary Essig ( or 440-539-9402) for more information.  

Interested community members are encouraged to submit an application for membership.
Westlake Council of PTAs Spring Fundraisers

Saturday, June 9 - Westlake Day at the Crushers!

Come and join us for an exciting night at the Crushers!  Everyone purchasing tickets by May 25th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to be the "Play Ball" kid, guest announcer, guest manager, and other exciting opportunities.
Funds go towards the Westlake Council of PTAs for event programming such as Dr. Lisa Damour, Dr. Casen DeMaria, and Screenagers.   For questions, contact Jessica Kim at 216.548.0948 or
To purchase tickets, click here and and use password:   WestlakeSchools

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library Ice Cream Social  

Looking for some summer fun? The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, will be hosting the annual Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 6-8 PM! In addition to delicious $1 sundaes from Mitchell's, there will also be music from the Big Daddies band, a cake walk and face painting. There will be a half price book sale at the Book Nook Used Book Room and a sidewalk sale at Portables Gift Shop in the lobby.  Mark your calendar!
Free Sports  Physicals - Friday, June 8th  

Please see this flier for complete details and to schedule your physical!
Apply Soon for Career Shadowing!

Students interested in a Career Shadow for the remainder of this school year should stop by the Career Shadowing office as soon as possible to pick up or drop off their application.  Career Shadowing offers students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade the chance to gain first-hand knowledge of a job or career field.  We can explore spring or summer opportunities or gear up for next fall.  Click here to print a copy from home! Contact Bernadette Kronz, Career Development Specialist for more information. 440-250-1028 or
Flyer Connection

Visit the  Westlake Historical Society website  for a list of upcoming events, including a  Tour of Homes  and  Yard Sale.

ACT test prep at WHS.

John Carroll University Summer Reading Skills  programs for kindergarten to high school juniors begins in June.

The Westlake Soccer Association presents its  Challenge Summer Camp , June 25-29. Deadline to register is June 15.

NASA, Hyland and Great Lakes Science Center present  Girls in ICT Day , April 28, at Hyland Software in Westlake. Recommended for girls in grades 7-12.

Milestones National Autism Conferenceis June 14-15 at the I-X Center. Register now.

The City of Westlake Police Department is looking for Crossing Guards

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:
16 7p @BOE  - Our Kids, Anxiety and Depression, how do we know the signs?
How do we help?
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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