September 25, 2017
From Our Principal

Good morning WHS families,
 
Last week I reported that we have 7 National Merit Semi-Finalists. I am proud to report that that we also have 7 Commended Scholars from the National Merit Scholarship Program. The 7 commended students are  Kimaya Bahkle, Avi Kirpekar, Lalitaditya Kulshreshtha, Gabriel Leonard, Connor Mahon, Patrick Smith, and Norah Wilson. These students scored in the top 50,000 of over 1.6 million students in the United States. That is nearly 5% of the senior class that was recognized by the National Merit Program.  Amazing showing class of 2018!  
 
It was great seeing families this week during conferences. I am glad that so many of you took advantage of meeting our staff and discussing your students. Conferences are still available for families this week on the 27th.  Additionally, our teachers are always available via email as well should you have an immediate question.
 
I wanted to make families aware of our school profile. This document provides a terrific snapshot of what Westlake High School has to offer to our community members, our families, and universities.  I strongly encourage you to take a review this document.  Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.
 
A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Elias for getting our peer tutoring program up and running this year.  Peer tutors went through an application process and were selected early this year. We offer peer tutoring before and after school as well as throughout the day. If you are interested in getting your student some extra assistance, I encourage you took at this option.  Feel free to email Mrs. Elias with questions.
 
At previously mentioned, 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. Please refer to the PSAT student guide that is available on the school counseling webpage.  It provides a great resource for our students as they begin the PSAT process.   
 
Finally, this week is spirit week and concludes with the pep assembly, the rose arch ceremony, the parade, the football game, and our homecoming dance on Saturday, September 30.  While these events are action packed and make our week filled with excitement,  I encourage all families to take the opportunity to talk with their child about responsible decision making.   Finally, please check your students attire before they come to the high school for our spirit days. Those that push the envelope too far, may be calling you for a change of clothing!  Thank you in advance for the support.      
 
As a reminder the WHS announcements can be found here.   
 
Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the information above, 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
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! 
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

CONFERENCE AVAILABILITY -  All counselors will be available during parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, Sept. 27. If you'd like to meet with your child's counselor please sign up here for an appointment. We will have availability throughout the evening to start the conversation about your child's four-year plan, review transcripts, or discuss the college application process.

COLLEGE VISITSColleges 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:

Monday, Sept. 25

U. of South Florida, Ursuline College, Cleveland State

Tuesday, Sept. 26

College of Wooster, Kent State, Lake Erie College

Wed., Sept. 27

University of Toledo, Miami University

Thursday, Sept. 28

University of Akron, School of Advertising Art, Marietta College

 
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
Career Shadowing
  
As the new Career Shadow Facilitator at Westlake High School, I would like to extend an invite to all parents to be a part of the career exploration experience for Westlake High School students. 

There are three opportunities for parents and the community to get involved:
  1. Career Shadowing offers the students an experience at your place of employment.  This can be a half or full day experience.  The student would shadow you and/or your colleagues and become aware of the daily activities of a specific career. 
  2. As a Career Speaker, you would come to Westlake High School and speak with a group of students that have an interest in your career field.
  3. Lastly, you may allow a group of students to come to your place of employment for a Field Trip to tour and speak with various employees.
Exploring careers allows students to make better, informed decisions about their future.  If you would like to be involved, please contact me at kronzb@wlake.org with your name, career field, company name, address and phone number.  My goal is to establish a comprehensive database that I can use for our students.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
Thank you,

Bernadette Kronz
Career Development Specialist
Westlake High School
440-250-1028
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.

The Fall Respite Night, which is being held at the North Olmsted Assembly of God Church on Friday October 6th, 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.  
Science Olympiad

Do you like science?  Are you a builder?  If so, then come to one of the Sign-Up/Info
nights and join Science Olympiad!  The Westlake Science Olympiad program is for 7-12 grade students.

Everyone interested in joining Science Olympiad should attend one of the sign-up/info night sessions at the WHS Field House. The Field House is the stand-alone building on the WHS campus between the high school and the football stadium.
 
These sign-up and info nights will be an open house format:
 
9/26 Tue 6:30 - 8:00 pm
9/27 Wed 6:30 - 8:00 pm
9/28 Thu 6:30 - 8:00 pm
 
Please email Laura Lathem, Science Olympiad Coach, with any questions.  For more information, check out the I nfo Sheet.
 
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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.
Homecoming Week Festivities! The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters

The 2017 Homecoming Parade kicks off at 5:30pm this Friday, September 29, from LBMS and travels to WHS.  At the conclusion of the parade join your friends at the  WDAB Homecoming Tailgate, which takes place directly in front of the stadium. Please join us for food and fun as we celebrate Westlake's Homecoming!  Plus, enjoy Cider & Donuts compliments of the Westlake Alumni Association.
 
A call out to our Booster members, please sign up to help with tailgate essentials! 

Be sure to follow WDAB on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information.
Westlake Council of PTAs  News
  
Fall Fundraisers
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.

Programming Survey & Update
Westlake Council of PTAs' programming  has included a variety of topics in recent years, such as Love and Logic parenting seminars, Operation Medicine Cabinet, Hidden in Plain Sight, Screenagers screening and discussion, and How to Talk to Your Children about substance abuse. 
 
It is the goal of the programming committee to bring events, discussions, and topics that are relevant, research based, and effective to our parents and students. We hope you will take a very brief survey to let us know what topics you would like to be presented this year. Please contact the Council Programming chair, Dawn Evans with questions.
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, October 10th at 7pm in the WHS Library.  But don't wait until then to get involved:

Volunteer Now We still have a few slots to fill for homecoming weekend. Saturday is especially challenging as we are committed to running the stand until 5:30. 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)
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.

The student who submits the winning entry at the National PTA level of judging will receive $100, and his or her theme will be presented at the Annual National PTA Convention.
Party at Porter

Westlake Porter Public Library is hosting an after-hours adult event on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 7-10 PM at the library. There will be music, food, drinks, entertainment, and basket raffles. Sponsors include Sibling Revelry, Sweet Basil, John Christ Winery, Si Senor and more. All proceeds benefit the library. Tickets are $30  - buy here,  
Flyer Connection

The Westlake Police Department has several slots open for Substitute School Crossing Guards to help children walking or riding their bikes to school  safely and efficiently cross at marked intersections. We are searching for adults who can fill in either 1.5 hours prior to the start of school or 1.5 hours at dismissal time.  Learn more here

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

Fall Respite Night Friday October 6th Open to special needs kids and their siblings. Volunteers earn service hours.

Join the Westlake community in donating items for 
Hurricane Harvey Relief  through Sept. 30.

Please join us in  celebrating the launch of the construction phase of our new PK-4 elementary school . A groundbreaking will be held Sept. 25 at 5pm at the Center Ridge Road site.

Rocky River Recreation learn to skate  registration is open. Classes run September 2017 through March 2018.

Oberlin Choristers  offers choir options for grades K-12.
Important Dates:
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 29 - Homecoming Parade 5:30 pm
Sept 30 - Homecoming   

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