From Our Principal
Good morning WHS families,
Westlake High School had a short but productive week. This past Wednesday morning many of our students took the PSAT test, and several of the seniors were on campus early, working on their college essays with the High School Language Arts staff. On Thursday, the WHS staff had a productive day of professional development as well. However, the highlight of the week was the Lady Demon soccer squad winning the SWC crown once again! Like I said, short but very productive!
This week we are also participating in the annual May Dugan Food Drive. The High School is responsible for canned goods this year. They can be dropped off at the main office. Each year our goal is to fill the bus! We are hopeful that WHS families will continue to assist this local charity!
Please keep these dates in mind for the rest of this month. October 17 at 7 pm is our annual financial aid workshop. Picture re-take day is October 18. The Fall Band concert is also on the 18th at 7 pm in the PAC. Finally, the end of the first quarter is October 26. I encourage you to review your child's grades and reach out to the teachers if there are any questions.
As a reminder the WHS announcements can be found
. Have you had the opportunity to view our new Friday morning video announcements? These are prepared by WHBS, our local WHS TV channel.
Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the information above, please feel free to reach out to me.
-Westlake High School
Westlake City Schools
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
Financing a post-high school education can seem challenging and there are often
questions about the financial aid process. WHS is hosting a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00p. Join Dave Newman from College Now Cleveland to learn important information to help parents navigate the world of financial aid. Mr. Newman will provide information on the financial aid process in general, accessing and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for grants and scholarships, and more!
Just a reminder that students are required to obtain 15 service learning hours each year to strengthen the belief that service is a value embedded in a well-rounded student! 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 below and on the high school
. If you're aware of o
pportunities in our community that kids can serve in, please reach out to
- Colleges visits allow juniors and seniors to hear directly from admissions representatives what their school is looking for and ask questions in a small group setting! Often the college reps will be one of the readers for the applications from WHS so it's a great opportunity to put a face to the name! Student must register in
. This week's visits include:
Mon, Oct 16
George Washington University, Johnson & Wales University
|Tues, Oct 17
Northwestern University, Mercyhurst University
Wed, Oct 18
Wittenberg University, Princeton University
|Fri, Oct 20
University of Pittsburgh
Picture Retake Day / Senior Yearbook Pictures
Picture retake day is Wednesday, November 18, 2017.
Seniors need to get their picture taken for the yearbook.
You have two options:
- Schedule an appointment at Prestige Portraits 26167 Detroit Road / 440-892-4615 (no purchase necessary)
- Get your picture taken on our Senior Only picture day on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 from 7:50am - 2:30pm. Sign up in the Main Office.
The I-X Center
has a fun volunteer opportunity available for high school students who are 16 years old and up. Volunteers are needed to pass out candy at 12 Halloween themed candy stations. The event is being held October 21 & 22 and 28 & 29, 2017. The easiest way for students to sign-up to volunteer is to go
: and click on the "Get Involved" tab at the top of the page and select "Volunteer". A Sign-Up Genius page has been created to sign up and check date and time availability. Students can also indicate to help with a friend or school. If you have any questions contact
, I-X Center Volunteer Coordinator or call her at 216-265-2580.
Adapted Fitness - Volunteer helpers are needed to assist students in Adapted Fitness and Yoga classes. Individuals with developmental disabilities participate in these exercise classes. Peer helpers are needed to help these students understand the directions being given by the instructor, and to motivate them to exercise and have fun! Classes are held Saturday afternoons and weekday evenings at Westlake High School and Dover Elementary School.
For more detailed information about exercise sessions, times, and volunteer responsibilities; please Contact Angela Siciliano at 440-773-5742 OR
*NEW NIGHT* - The Fall Respite Night
, which is being held at the North Olmsted Assembly of God Church on Friday November 3rd, is seeking volunteers. This is an event where special needs children of all ages and their siblings spend an evening enjoying fun activities, while their parent(s) or guardians enjoy a much-needed break. High school students are needed to help with these activities and spend time with the children. If you are interested in helping with this special event, please contact: Chelsea Girash OR Bernice Girgash.
Wigs for Kids, located at 24231 Center Ridge Rd., is hosting two Volunteer Saturdays for the months of October through December.
Listed below are the dates and links to sign up. Just click the date to which day you want to volunteer and sign up from there! Time slots are broken up into 2 hour increments and each individual coming must be signed up separately.
The Wigs for Kids office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Those interested in weekday volunteering can call the office to arrange for this.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Michael Ross at
Any student interested in ski and snowboard club this year, there is a mandatory meeting on Sunday, Oct. 22nd at 2:30 at the BOE in the Parkside Auditorium. Interested students AND a parent MUST attend.
Scroll down on
for complete details!
Calling all artists! The theme for this year's National PTA Reflections program is
"Within Reach". Entries are accepted in the following categories: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production and Musical Composition. Please turn in the entries and entry form
to your school office by Monday November 6th. Rules for submissions are available here
. If you have any questions, please email Maureen Spring or Julie Meno.
Westlake Council of PTAs
Westlake Council of PTAs' fundraisers make it possible for us to provide programming for students and parents on current topics of interest. Here is information on our fall fundraisers:
Dean's Greenhouse: Now - October 31
Bring this flyer or mention that you are with Westlake Council of PTAs when you check-out. 25% of your purchase comes back to Westlake Council of PTAs.
Jewelry by Crystal Moon Designs: Now - December 1
Purchase unique silver bracelets and necklaces with Westlake charms (map; "W"; or the Westlake Demon mascot).
Details can be found here
Thank you for your continued support! Please contact our Council Fundraising chair, Jessica Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.548.0948 ), with questions.
Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters
Winter 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
Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm in the WHS Library. But don't wait until then to get involved:
Join us this
Thursday, October 19
at 7pm in the PAC for our Fall Instrumental Concert
- We still have a few slots to fill. If you are a parent of middle school student, we could really use you for a few short hours. Feel free to recruit a friend or neighbor to join you!
"Locked House, Unlocked Home" Internet Safety Program
The Westlake Police Department is offering a free internet safety seminar for parents on Thursday Oct. 19th at the Westlake Rec Center.
The presentation will be an introduction into internet safety for parents of children of all ages. The internet is an amazing tool when used correctly. The presentation will provide parents tools they can use to keep their children safe while online.
Increase your ACT scores with strategies proven to succeed!
Students who receive higher scores on ACTs:
---Create greater college admissions opportunities
---Qualify for and can maximize scholarship offerings
National PTA seeks a theme for the 2019-20 Reflections program year
Please review the past themes included in the
. Repeat themes will not be considered. Use the form to submit your theme ideas. Students may submit multiple entries; however, for each new entry, a form will have to be completed. Scan and email completed forms by October 27 to either
Trunk or Treat at Westlake United Methodist Church on Oct. 29. Fun for the whole family.
October 19 - WHS Fall Band Concert, 7pm
October 23 - WHS Fall Choral Concert, 7pm
October 24 - PTA Meeting, 7p
October 30 - WHS Show Choir Invitational, 7pm @ PAC
November 18 - Picture retake day
NEWSLETTER SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Send submissions to email@example.com; preferred format is in the body of an email or a Microsoft Word document.
- Strict deadline is 5p each Thursday, prior to Monday publication
- Limit text to @150 words; include hyperlinks or pdf attachments that can be uploaded for interested readers to obtain more information
- Items should be copy and paste ready; i.e. do not send a note saying "please add information about..."
- Event items will remain until the event has passed; you do not need to resend each week unless your message has changed.