October 16, 2017
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 here .  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.  

Have a wonderful week!
Paul Wilson
Principal -Westlake High School
Westlake City Schools
PHONE:     440-250-1003
TWITTER:    @WHS_Westlake
Counselor's Corner

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  website . If you're aware of o pportunities in our community that kids can serve in, please reach out to Elana Prohaska.
COLLEGE VISITS - 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 Naviance . 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:
  1. Schedule an appointment at Prestige Portraits 26167 Detroit Road / 440-892-4615 (no purchase necessary)
  2. 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.
Service Learning

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 this website: 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 Katie Seeley, 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 angelasd9@gmail.com .

*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 volunteer@wigsforkids.org

Ski and Snowboard Club
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 this page for complete details!
Reflections 2017
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  News

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 (jessicastraka@aol.com 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

Volunteer Now 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!

Join Now online and pay via credit card or download pdf form (check)
"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.   
ACT Prep Classes
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

Prepare to Test Your Best at Westlake High School!  See flier for complete details.
National PTA seeks a theme for the 2019-20 Reflections program year
Please review the past themes included in the attachment.  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 Maureen Spring or Julie Meno.
Flyer Connection

Check out the  Fall Performing Arts Series  at the Westlake Schools Performing Arts Center.

Westlake Recreation Department hosts  youth basketball leagues . Register by Nov. 19 for high school league.

Trunk or Treat at Westlake United Methodist Church on Oct. 29. Fun for the whole family.

Hope & Healing Beyond Heroin , a forum on the local opioid crisis, will be held Nov. 5 at St. Ladislas.

University of Akron Women In Engineering Program - October 21.   Complete Details.

Eat at the Fairview Park  Chipotle on Oct. 11  and support Holly Lane Elementary School.
Important Dates:
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


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