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Today, 12/21/2014
High: 39 Low: 28
Mostly cloudy
14% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 12/22/2014
High: 44 Low: 36
Slight chance rain
38% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 24
Holiday Recess
Thursday, December 25
Holiday Recess
Friday, December 26
Holiday Recess
Saturday, December 27
Holiday Recess
Sunday, December 28
Holiday Recess

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Daily Announcements

Advocacy Support Needed
Mount Pleasant is joining school districts across the state asking parents and the community to express their concern to our legislators, the Board of Regents, the Chancellor and Commissioner of Education and Governor Cuomo on issues that are affecting our children's education.

Holiday Recess
Schools will be closed from December 24 through January 2. Classes will resume January 5.

Daily Announcements

Senior Internship Deadline
The “priority deadline” for submitting your senior internship application is Dec. 23, 2014.  At this time students must submit: 
Permission Form, 
signed by the site supervisor, WHS mentor and a parent/guardian. 
Intern’s Contract, signed by the intern, with all AP, Regents and college credit courses listed.
Statement of Goals and Expectations.
Medical Emergency Release Form signed by parent/guardian.The final deadline for submitting senior internship applications is Jan. 30, 2015.  Remember to include all documents.

Congratulations to junior Stephanie Rizzo on her performance with the All-State Women's Chorus on December 6, in Rochester's Eastman Theater. Stephanie was selected for the Alto 2 section based on her high-level scores at the NYSSMA auditions last spring. See What's News! 

Lax Player Makes Verbal Commitment to D1 Monmouth
WHS junior Anthony Sardo made a verbal commitment to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Monmouth University upon his graduation in 2016. See What's News!.  

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From the Principal

     Our first taste of winter took us all by surprise and I hope your Thanksgiving plans were not disrupted by the snow. The month of December is packed with activities and before you know it, we will be enjoying the holidays! This week, Student Council has planned a Winter Pep Rally (Thursday, December 4th from 7:00-8:30pm) to kick off the winter season and get everyone ready for Friday, December 5th, the opening of basketball season with "Rival Night." We will be hosting Valhalla at 5:00 and 7:00pm against our girls and boys varsity teams. All winter sports will get underway over the month of December with competitions every week. Come out and cheer on our Wildcat athletes.
    The concert and jazz bands as well as our chorus and Blendors have been practicing some incredible pieces and are ready to perform. Our annual Winter Concert is on Thursday, December 18th with a start time of 8:00pm. This is different (one hour later) than the district calendar start time, so please make a note about the change in time. This is a highlight of the holiday season, so please stop by and enjoy the concert.
     This time of year brings with it thoughts of good will and cheer for many of us and it is a perfect time to reinforce another important "Habits of Mind." In order for our students, and all of us for that matter, to build the skills of working with all types of people, we really need to grasp the importance of "listening with understanding and empathy." This is a much more difficult task than what it appears to be. To listen with understanding requires that a person silence their own internal dialogue and focus all of their attention on actually hearing what the other person is saying. Too often when we engage in conversation we are thinking about what we are going to say rather than what the person in conversation with us is saying. If we can build this difficult skill, it opens the world to us. Our students benefit from hearing new and different perspectives and this affords them the opportunity to reflect on what another persons life experience has shown them. This opens the door to empathy and understanding and creates even more robust debates and conversations.
                                        Important News
     The second professional development session for all faculty at the high school has been scheduled for Friday, December 19th. This date does not appear on the district calendar, so please mark your personal calendars for this early release. Westlake High School students only will be dismissed at 11:10 with buses leaving the campus by 11:30am.
     Before I close my last newsletter for 2014, I have to take a moment and congratulate all the Westlake Players on a truly outstanding performance of Neil Simons, "Fools." The characters were hysterical, the set artfully crafted and the directing was skillfully done!
 Activities Calendar
Thursday, December 4th -Winter Pep Rally (7:00-8:30pm)
 Friday, December 5th-Basketball Rival Night (games at 5:00 and 7:00pm
 Monday, December 15th-Senior Cap & Gown Measurements during lunch periods. Cash or check payable to Mt. Pleasant CSD in the amount of $22.50 is due for Cap & Gown at time of order.
 Thursday, December 18th-WHS Concert 8:00pm
 Friday, December 19th-½ day for Westlake High School only
 Wednesday, December 24th-Start of Holiday Recess
     As always, we look forward to seeing you at our events and I want to wish everyone a very happy and joyous holiday season.
Dedicated to excellence,    
Keith Schenker