May 7, 2018
From Mr. Wilson

Good morning WHS Families:
This time of year, while hectic is also a very exciting time, specifically for our seniors!  We had a "Decision Day" where our students had the opportunity to share their plans for next year. I am so proud of these students and happy for them as they complete their journey through the Westlake Schools.  There are some pictures posted on the Westlake High School Twitter account.  Additionally, we hosted the annual Senior Citizen dinner. As always, our music groups and volunteers excelled and the people in attendance had a terrific time.  What a terrific community event!      
I encourage families to check our webpage for announcements.
May 7-18         AP Tests
May 12            Music-A-La-Mode
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 Wolstein Center - Cleveland State University
June 6             Last Day for students
AP Testing -  AP testing is slated to start next week.  Based off of feedback from students and staff we have elected to move the AP tests to the field house.  In years past, the AP test have been in the school during the day and have caused disruptions for both the students taking the test and those that have a regular school day.  In an effort to give students a quiet testing environment, we have elected to move students into the field house to take their tests.
Service Hours - After a quick audit of service hours, many students have yet to turn them in to their counselor.  Please remember, per our graduation requirement,  that "students must obtain 15 service learning hours each academic year, reaching a total of 60 hours by the conclusion of their Senior year." Please do not wait until the last minute to complete this service hour requirement. Senior privileges will be removed this week for those that are still deficient.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know sooner rather than later.
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
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!
Westlake Music Boosters
63rd Annual Music A la Mode - May 12th
We are looking for volunteers!
We need volunteers throughout the day to help make this day a success. Please use 
this link to sign up for a shift or two. The schedule link is also below so you can coordinate your volunteer schedule with your child/rens performance times.
Be  sure to check out the MALM schedule to plan your day
And don't forget to join us at our next meeting: Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm in the WHS Library.   It is never too late to  join online and pay via credit card or download  pdf form  (check)

Summer Student Grants

The purpose of summer student grants is to strengthen the music program in Westlake City Schools through support of enhanced education opportunities.  Summer grants are available to Westlake City Schools students currently enrolled in grades five through eleven who are participating in the district music program(s), and are registered to participate in the music program(s) next school year.

WHS and Westlake Council of PTAs Present Parent Programs

Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. Westlake BOE Auditorium
"Our Kids, Anxiety and Depression, how do we know the signs? How do we help?

Tuesday, May 29, WHS Performing Arts Center
Jesse Weinberger "Social Media - what we NEED to know and what our kids are saying."

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

Election day is Tuesday, May 8.  
Make sure you are an informed voter!

Candidate Information - The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland has fantastic nonpartisan information found here.
Judge Information
Judge4Yourself - The Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition works with the four bar associations to give ratings on all judges.  Judge4Yourself is found here.
Judicial Votes Count  -  Learn about Ohio's judicial system, what judges do, why your vote is important. and what the qualifications are of candidates running for judgeships in your community. Judicial Votes Count can be found here.
Not sure where your polling place is?  Find it here.
Make sure you are an informed voter!
Liz Pirnat, Westlake Council of PTAs Advocacy Chair.
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
Porter's Supporters TGIF Fundraiser - May 9

Please join us Wednesday, May 9th at TGIFriday's in Westlake to support Porter Chatterton, Dover Intermediate 6th grader in his fight to cure Cystic Fibrosis!  Bring this flyer for dine in or take out and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will receive 20%.  Or make a direct donation to  

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:
Music a la Mode
17 7p @BOE  - Our Kids, Anxiety and Depression, how do we know the signs?
How do we help?
Prom @ Botanical Gardens
Scholarship Night
29 7p @PAC:  Jesse Weinberger: Social Media- what we NEED to know and
what our kids are saying.
Senior Final Exams
Spring Awards Banquet
Commencement Rehearsal
Graduation @ Wolstein Center
Underclassmen Final Exams
Last Day of School


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