Principal's Newsletter-October 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

October has arrived and there are plenty of activities planned this month.  As you may have read in Mr. DiPaolo’s Guidance Newsletter, the PSAT has returned to Westlake High School for all 10th and 11th-grade students.  While the exam is strictly voluntary, it is a very good step to take to build some test familiarity in a practice setting before eventually sitting for the actual SAT.  Students wishing to take the PSAT on October 13 must register for the exam by October 8 through Guidance and the links provided in Mr. DiPaolo’s Guidance Newsletter.

Given the constraints placed on us by gym construction and covid and distancing requirements of The College Board, PSAT testing will have to be done in classrooms throughout the building.  The use of classroom spaces will require us to have a delayed opening for students in grades 9 and 12.

  • Students in grades 10 and 11 taking the PSAT will be testing from 7:45 am to 11:15 am.  Lunch will be given to them at the conclusion of testing and these students will begin their instructional day with the first block at 11:45 am. 
  • Students in grades 9 and 12 will also have Block 1 classes starting at 11:45 am.  Busing for 9th & 12th-grade students will be provided midday with pick-up times 4 hours later than their usual bus stop times.  Additionally, lunch will not be served in this delayed bell schedule format for 9th and 12th-grade students; they should plan to eat prior to their arrival at school on this day.

For Parents of Students Taking the PSAT:  If you plan to excuse your child from school following the PSAT testing in the morning, please contact the Attendance Office prior to October 13 or before 11:15 that morning.

October will also usher in a return of our traditional Spirit Week and Homecoming festivities.  Beginning Tuesday, October 12, Spirit Week will kick off with themed Dress-Up Days, Hallway Decorating after school on Thursday, October 14 from 2:45-5:00, and an outdoor Pep Rally Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 pm.  We invite all students to participate in these activities and we hope the community will join us for our Pep Rally Thursday night.  Students can find out how to volunteer by speaking with their Class Advisor or by connecting with their class on instagram.

I would like to take a moment to thank our Student Council, Kelly Andrews, Francesca DeMartino, Ryan Liebowitz, Emily Salazar, Korey Zheng and Advisor Ms. Cody, as well as Ms. Pirro, Mr. Amann, and the organizations that help make these events happen: The Westlake Athletic Club and the WHS PTA.

We look forward to cheering on all of our teams as they compete that week:

Cross Country at Croton Point Park -- Oct. 12: Senior Tribute @ 3:00, Meet @ 4:30 pm

Girls Tennis Tribute -- Oct.13 @ 3:30 pm

Girls Swim & Dive at WCC -- Oct.13 @ 4:30 pm

JV Boys Soccer -- Oct.13 at 4:30 pm

Varsity Girls Soccer --Oct 14: Senior Tribute and Game @ 7:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball -- Oct.15 @ 4:30 pm

JV Girls Soccer -- Oct.15 @ 4:30 pm

JV Volleyball -- Oct.15 @ 6:00 pm

Varsity Boys Soccer -- Senior Tribute and Game Oct.15 @ 7:00 pm

JV Football at Nanuet -- Oct.16 @ 9:30 am

Varsity Cheerleading Senior Tribute -- Oct.16 @ 6:15 pm

Varsity Football -- Oct.16: Senior Tribute @ 6:20; Game @ 7:00 pm

Remember that on Saturday, each of our classes will be selling a variety of different foods and snacks to help support their class activities for the year.   The WHS PTA and WAC will be selling promotional gear, so please support these incredible organizations!  Additionally, WHS PTA Clothing Store is open until October 4 if you want to order Westlake HS clothing and they have brought back their balloon fundraiser PTA BALLOON FUNDRAISER.pdf this year!!  WHS PTA Website:

Thank you to WAC for once again sponsoring our awesome halftime fireworks display on Saturday, Oct.16, and sound and music throughout the week.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the many events during Spirit Week!

October Events

October 8:       Quarter 1 Midpoint

October 11:     Columbus Day, School Closed

October 13:     PSAT testing for Grades 10-11; Delayed Start 11:45 for Grades 9 & 12

October 12-16:  Spirit Week -- Varsity Football Saturday, Oct.16 at 7:00 pm (Halftime Fireworks)