September 11, 2017
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
Last week was an exciting week at WHS.  We had a club fair and our first pep assembly. Additionally, our department leadership team had an opportunity to meet and discuss several relevant topics related to WHS.
Recently, we received a report regarding our average ACT score at Westlake High School.  The AVERAGE ACT score was a 24.8 for a Westlake student.  In comparison, the state average is a 22 and the national average is a 21.
Speaking of tests, Westlake High School will have a delayed start on Wednesday, October 11.  The seniors and freshmen will not have to report until 11:15 am.  The sophomore and juniors will report to school at regular time and will be administered the PSAT test.  The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade.  Should you want more info, please click here 
Many families have asked about teacher webpages.  Teacher webpages can be accessed here.  If you have specific questions, I encourage you to contact the teachers directly.  Their emails are also on the link above. 
As a reminder the WHS announcements can be found here. These are updated each afternoon.  
WHS conferences are on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 27. Conference sign-ups are on-line. If interested in a conference time, please sign up here
Finally, Abby Heller, a Spanish teacher at WHS recently went on maternity leave.  We have secured Mrs. Cheryl Bendik, a former WHS teacher to replace Mrs. Heller while she is on leave.      
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.  

Have a wonderful week!
Paul Wilson
Principal -Westlake High School
Westlake City Schools
PHONE:     440-250-1003
TWITTER:    @WHS_Westlake
Join Westlake High School PTSA - Now Online!

You can now pay your membership dues and contribute to the WHS PTSA Fundraiser online
Annual dues are $10.  Meetings are held monthly in the high school's media center.  It's a great way to stay informed and get involved!

Your support is greatly appreciated and all donations help us to provide the following for your student.
  • Scholarships
  • Wellness Day
  • Homecoming Dance Coat/Belonging Check
  • Prom Assembly
  • Green & White Revue
  • Reflections
  • Student Appreciation
On-line credit card and e-check payments are subject to a nominal processing fee, and you still have the option to pay by cash or check.

Thank you for supporting our WHS students!
Counselor's Corner

COLLEGE APPLICATION TIMELINE - The school counselors will be in the senior English classrooms this week to review the college application process.  We will login to Naviance with students and walk through recommendations, syncing with Common App, transcript requests, and common deadlines.  Students will receive a handout in class and we will post it on the counseling website after the classroom guidance presentation.
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!  This week's visits include:
Monday, Sept. 11
Cedarville University, Allegheny College
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Youngstown State University
Wed., Sept. 13
The Ohio State University
Thursday, Sept. 14
University of Cincinnati, Binghamton University
PSAT - On Wednesday, October 11th all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a practice SAT and a good opportunity for students to get a feel for higher stakes testing.  It can also assist students in identifying focal points for studying for the ACT or SAT based on the feedback of their strengths and weaknesses from the PSAT.  This is especially helpful for juniors as they will go on to take the ACT at WHS in March.  Additionally, juniors may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship (given to approximately 8,200 students annually) based on their PSAT score. More Info l Prepping for the PSAT
CCP STUDENTS OFF-CAMPUS - Please have your CCP child sign up! In an effort to stay more connected with our College Credit Plus (CCP) students taking classes outside of WHS, we have created a "Remind" Group to allow us to easily communicate important information. Visit to sign up or text @k2bh8a to 81010.
IB Diploma Programme Informational Meetings

Any freshman or sophomore student interested in learning more about the IB Diploma Programme offered at Westlake High School should plan on attending one of two meetings on Friday, September 22.  One meeting will be before school from 7:15 am - 7:45 am.  The second meeting will be after school from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm.  The meetings will be held in room A207.  If you cannot attend the meeting and would like more information, please contact Matt Planisek, WHS IB coordinator or visit our   web page.
Calling All Volunteers! Homecoming 2017 
September 30th,  7-10 pm

WHS PTSA is looking to fill about 25-30 volunteer spots to help make this year's Homecoming Dance a success!  We need volunteers to help with the Belonging/Coat Check, drink station and monitoring the patio.  

Volunteers are not on the dance floor! :)   Your child won't even know you're there unless they stop in for a drink or check belongings! 

Please check out the Sign Up Genius link to see where you'd like to volunteer! 

The Clague House Museum, located at 1371 Clague Road, is still in need of volunteers for their Fall Yard Sale on September 15 and September 16.  On the 15, students are need from 4:00pm. - 7:30 pm.  On the 16, students would be needed from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Clean-Up and tear Down helpers are especially needed at 3:45 pm on Saturday.  Please contact Jan Schmitt at if you are interested.
Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters 

WDAB provides financial support to all athletic teams at LBMS and WHS.  Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn more about Athletic Boosters and Westlake athletics. Meetings typically last 1 hour.

The 2017 WDAB Membership is in full swing!  If you have have not joined yet, click here for the membership details and benefits!

Be sure to follow WDAB on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information.

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 first meeting is Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm in the WHS Library.  But don't wait until then to get involved:

Join Now online and pay via credit card or download  pdf form (check)

Volunteer Now - We are in need of volunteers to help in the concession stand for the fall football season. Our greatest need is for Friday night football games. LBMS and DIS parents - this is a great way to get involved. Proceeds from sales benefit all students in music programs across the district pre-k through high school.  Thanks for your help! 
Flyer Connection

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

Shine On, Harvest Moon, a free planetarium program for families, Sept. 13.

The Westlake Police Department will host a Community Police Academy Sept 6-Nov. 15.
Important Dates:
Sept 19 - Parent Conferences 5:30-9:00 pm ( Schedule on-line )
Sept 26 - PTA Meeting, 7p - Media Center
Sept 27 - Parent Conferences 5:30-9:00 pm (Schedule on-line)
Sept 28- Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at Wagner's 6 pm
Sept 30 - Homecoming   


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