Mr. Schenker----- Principal's Newsletter--June 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

With the arrival of June, Westlake High School will shift our focus to end-of-year activities and events.  While my last communication outlined the various events calendared over the next several weeks, I wanted to highlight a few important procedures for closing out the 2020-21 school year.

End of Year Assessments

Collectively as a building, the faculty have been planning for and creating culminating assessments that will be focused on assessing core skills.  Teachers will be announcing these assessments over the course of the next week.  Please note that students will see a range of assessment types.  Some may be more project-oriented, some will be research-based, others will be more traditional testing.  In all cases, these assessments are not final exams and will not be weighted as such.  Instead, they will be graded as part of the 4th Quarter grade.  We will be using the information gained through these assessments to inform our unit and lesson planning in the Fall of 2021.

Reminder:  Regents Exams

Regents exams are being administered in ELA, Algebra, Living Environment (Biology), and Earth Science.  Students’ grades will not be impacted as per NY State guidelines for any course ending with these exams.  Students who are full remote are under no obligation to come into school to take these exams, nor is there a digital option for Regents exams.  Regardless of whether students take the exam or not, as long as the course average for the year is passing with a 65 or higher, all students will earn Regents exam credit with an “E” denoted on their transcript for the exam.

Calendar Notes

  • On June 16, thanks to a generous donation by the WHS PTA, we will be holding a modified version of “Westlake Day.”  Students will be treated to a food truck lunch option during their lunch period provided by Wood and Fire Pizza and Mr. Softie ice cream.
  • On June 17, 22, 23, and 24 only those students choosing to take the Regents exam aligned to their class are to be in attendance.  All exams on these dates will begin at 8:00 am.
    • June 17 -- English Language Arts Regents
    • June 22 -- Living Environment (Biology) Regents
    • June 23 -- Algebra 1 Regents
    • June 24 -- Earth Science Regents
  • Friday, June 18, and Monday, June 21 we will be following our current school day schedule.

Chromebook Return

All students who were issued a district Chromebook will be asked to return the device, with the charger and cable, during their Physical Education class on either Tuesday, June 15, or Wednesday, June 16.  Any student who needs to keep their device for final projects and classwork can do so, but must bring the device in on June 24th to the District Office if you are a full remote student or to the WHS Library if you are a full in-person student.

All seniors with a Chromebook must bring in their devices (with chargers and cables) on the day of graduation rehearsal - June 23 or on June 24 at the locations stated above.

Textbook and Calculator Return

As students finish with courses, please make sure textbooks and calculators are returned to classroom teachers on or before June 21.

Westlake Players Present:  A Chorus Line (The High School Edition)

It's Showtime!  We are proud to announce that The Weslake Players will be presenting a live and in-person musical experience this weekend.  Tickets for A Chorus Line (The High School Edition) are available to purchase in person this Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm-8 pm in front of the High School.  Limited tickets are available due to social distancing guidelines.  Tickets are $15 each and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Showtimes and Dates are as follows: Friday and Saturday 6/4, 6/5 @ 8 pm, and Sunday 6/6 @ 1 pm. Cash or Check made out to MTPLCSD Westlake Players only.  No credit or debit cards will be accepted. If you miss out on our live performance, there will be an opportunity to view the show on Sunday night @ 7 pm for $15 digitally. You can get more details on our digital tickets at


I wanted to share some congratulatory news as we close out the school year.  First, please join me in acknowledging the following seniors for being selected a Student of the Month:

  • Alicia McCarvilll - September
  • Evan O’Brien - October
  • Alessandra Blasone - November
  • Nicholas Farrell - December
  • Samantha Lubart - January
  • Raine Spearman - February
  • Lynn Cappa - March
  • Marco Petrillo - April

These seniors were most recently honored at a dinner hosted by our local chapter of the Lions Club.  Special thank you to the Thornwood Lions Club for hosting this worthwhile recognition event.

Additionally, Westlake celebrated with the Mulvey family as their son, Nick, signed with the Bucknell Bisons for Division 1 Baseball.  Thank you to Ms. Pirro for planning such a festive event for all of us to acknowledge Nick’s outstanding accomplishment.

And, Westlake Junior, Gianna Eglauf, was selected as Lohud’s Girls Lacrosse Player of the Week!  Thanks to the entire community for voting for this outstanding athlete.

Last, a special thank you to all our Senior Parents and the Senior Parent Committee members who held our last Senior Surprise Event on May 21.  The seniors were treated to a food truck dinner, while they decorated cars and enjoyed music from ESU Entertainment.  We had a great turnout and I know from talking with them that night they really had a great time enjoying each other’s company and just being kids!  Thank you to Laura Lubart, Christine Martinez, Donna Raguso, Jennifer Walpole, Kristen Williams, and Toni Williams.

Stay well!

Keith Schenker