SAT Question of the Day

Today, 10/23/2014
High: 56 Low: 45
78% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/24/2014
High: 61 Low: 45
Slight chance rain showers
20% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 23
WHS Underclassmen Picture Retakes
Saturday, October 25
ACT - Westlake is not a test site

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For each answer you get right, they will  donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

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Daily Announcements

Winter Sports Online Submission Forms Are Ready!
Varsity and JV athletes: Submit the online Winter Sports Clearance Form by October 27 to be ready — and check out winter sports tryout dates.

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From the Principal

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 on Thursday.

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 night!

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,

Keith Schenker

Daily Announcements

Please attend any of the following Information Sessions and tour to learn about our schools and the bond.
Information Sessions:
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Westlake library

Westlake Campus Building Tour:
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Westlake library (following the Info Session)

To learn more about the bond, please view Facilities Bond Projects under the District Information tab.

News & Updates

Cable TV Schedule

Cablevision channel 77 or FIOS channel 24 on air:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12 noon - midnight
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — 6 a.m. - 12 noon

BOE Meetings
Monday/Wednesday/Fridays: 8 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday/Saturdays: 9 - 10 a.m.

Bond Information Programming on the hour

Westlake Campus Condition Survey followed by Facilities Bond Presentation