Principal's Newsletter-May 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

In my assemblies with students last week, I reminded them that at that time, there were only 33 class days left in the school year.  The importance of these remaining days cannot be understated.  Students have a great opportunity to maximize their focus and attention over the next four weeks and really end the year on a powerful note.  I reminded students that between the fourth quarter and their final exams, papers and projects, they still have almost a third of the entire year’s course grade left to earn.

As we begin to prepare for end-of-year exams/papers/projects, it is important that students start to compile their notes, review work from throughout the year, and develop questions so they can attend extra help now to start studying.  Teachers are available after school and during office hours.  Students are routinely encouraged to take advantage of this help.  Our final exam/Regents exam schedule will be sent under separate cover later in the month, but at this time students should be aware of whether their respective classes end with a final exam, final paper, or a final project.

There have been several incredible events and accomplishments worth noting in the past few weeks.  I want to congratulate our Concert Band, Chorus, Blenders, and Jazz Band on an outstanding Spring Concert.  Our students, under the direction of Mr. Capano and Ms. Denler, really exemplified just how amazing our Performing Arts students really are!  Our Choral program had the opportunity to perform last weekend in the annual Music in the Parks competition.  Westlake, although placing fourth overall, won the real honor of the day which was the Esprit De Corps Award, an honor only given to the school that exemplifies the best spirit, the highest morale, the best behavior, and is the most supportive of other ensembles.  This is an incredible acknowledgment and truly illustrates just what Westlake is all about.

Additionally, I want to extend my congratulations to our 48 newly inducted members of the Westlake Chapter of the National Honor Society.  Each one in their own way demonstrated their commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  A special congratulations to Manpreet Kaur for being this year’s recipient of the Aimee Braun Travel/Study Scholarship.  We want to thank Drs. Braun for their continued support of this special scholarship and for making it a special part of our NHS ceremony.

The totals are in and thanks to the combined efforts of the Student Council, Spanish Honor Society, and Science Honor Society, our students raised $1,098.00 to support the humanitarian efforts to help Ukraine as they continue to endure the suffering and attacks in this horrific war.  Thank you to our students and the community for donating to this worthy cause and to our advisors, Ms. Castillo, Ms. Cody, and Ms. Mittelmann for helping to lead this work.

Westlake High School Media Art students submitted original work for this year’s Lower Hudson Region Media Arts Show.  With over 900 works of art submitted from the region, Westlake High School students took top awards:  Shaye Ahern, Jessica Motta, and Jane Olszewski were awarded the 2022 Presidents’ Award.  Additionally, these Westlake students received the 2022 Exemplary Award:

This was an impressive showing for Westlake High School and certainly illustrates the depth of our students’ understanding of camera and video technique.  I want to extend my congratulations to our students and thank both Ms. Abate and Ms. Morris for their dedication to our program.

On a final note, I want to congratulate the entire faculty and our students on being named to US News and World Report Best High Schools once again.  This places Westlake High School in the top 8% of high schools nationwide and the top 10% in New York State.

May Events

May 2-12                                    AP Testing (see website for schedule)

Thursday, May 12                      Mandatory Class of 2022 Meeting -- 1:00 (WHS Auditorium)

Thursday, May 19                      Mt. Pleasant SEPTA Presentation --

                                                           click here for more information  SEPTA BERTIN WORKSHOP 

Tuesday, May 24                       WHS Underclassmen Awards Night 7:00 pm (WHS Auditorium)

                                                           (revised date - please mark your calendars)

Friday, May 27                          School Closed - Memorial Day Recess

Monday, May 30                       School Closed - Memorial Day Recess

Anyone interested in covid test kits, they are available in the High School Main Lobby.

Keith Schenker