Thursday, October 23
WHS Underclassmen Picture Retakes
Saturday, October 25
ACT - Westlake is not a test site
PLAY the Rice Game Now!
For each answer you get right, they will donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
Its hard to believe that we have
already completed one month of school and progress reports are only
about a week away. Students continue to be highly focused and are
taking on the challenges of rigorous course work with the right
mindset. As I had mentioned in my opening letter, this year we, as
an entire faculty, will be going more in-depth with Art Costa and
Bena Kallick's works on the 16 Habits of Mind. I will be writing
about each of these habits throughout the year while teachers will
be employing different teaching strategies to reinforce these
skills. Our hope is to foster an understanding of these habits of
mind and embed them in the daily routines of our students. Costa
and Kallick's research has shown that the 16 habits are commonly
practiced by successful people in all walks of life.
As students move through the challenges associated with
difficult coursework, the first habit of mind becomes paramount;
"Persisting; persevering in a task through to its completion." We
have seen time and again that helping students see the value in
struggling through a challenging task or problem is far better than
trying to avoid it. I like to think of it as Randy Pausch put it,
"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."
Continue to encourage your child to work at a problem until its
completion. As this becomes the accepted practice, future problems
and challenges will become easier to solve.
Remember this Thursday night starting at 6:50 is our
Back-to-School Night for all parents. Freshman parents are invited
to attend a 6:15 meeting with our Guidance Department addressing
important information that directly impacts our ninth graders.
Back-to-School Night is an excellent opportunity to hear about the
courses your child is taking this year. Again, schedules for the
evening will be sent home with your child for you to bring with you
I am also pleased to share the news about our regents-option
proposal. After a careful review of surrounding high schools,
conversations with various admissions representatives for high
performing colleges, and conversations at the faculty and committee
level, we proposed and the Board of Education approved our decision
to no longer require regents exams beyond those mandated by the New
York State Education Department. If your child has elected to take
chemistry, physics and/or algebra 2/trigonometry, these courses
will no longer end with a regents exam, but rather a locally
developed assessment that is better aligned to the essential
content and skills necessary for further study in those subjects.
You will hear more about this change from
your childs classroom teacher.
Homecoming is the weekend of October 9th! This year our community
pep rally will be Thursday evening (this is a calendar change)
beginning at 8:00 in the gymnasium. This will be followed on Friday
by tennis at 4:30 and a soccer home game on Friday night. We will
wrap-up with volleyball and football on Saturday. This year we will
be hosting games under the lights on both Friday and Saturday
night. Thanks to the generosity of the Westlake Athletic Club,
there are plans for a fireworks show at halftime on Saturday
Many organizations will be on site over the next couple of weeks
looking for your support.
The Westlake High School PTA will be holding its membership drive
on Back-to-School Night and will have a table set up during
homecoming as well. Please see the attached membership and
scholarship forms and consider being a member this year.
Lastly, PSATs are coming. This practice assessment is an
incredible opportunity for both sophomore and juniors to get
feedback on their skills as they relate to the SAT. Testing will
happen during the school day on October 15. Please have your child
check in with their guidance counselor for more information.
In addition, please mark your calendars; Monday, October 20th is
an early dismissal for our students. As always, thank you for your
support and come out and support our students and the many
organizations essential for the High Schools success!
Dedicated to excellence,