Weekly Warrior Update

September 19, 2020

Student District Advisory Committee (SDAC) Information

Attention WHS Students -

We want you to be involved and communicate with our SDAC members so your voices and opinions are heard. Please see below for ways to get connected.

Students can either Direct Message SDAC on Instagram, complete the topic submission form, or reach out to one of WHS's student representatives if they have any comments, concerns or ideas regarding school.

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September is Hispanic Heritage Month

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Antonia Coello Novello

Antonia Coello Novello*, M.D., (born August 23, 1944) is a Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as 14th Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Novello was the first woman, first person of color, and first Hispanic to serve as Surgeon General. Novello also served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New York from 1999 to 2006. During her tenure as Surgeon General, Novello focused her attention on the health of women, children and minorities, as well as on underage drinking, smoking, and AIDS. She played an important role in launching the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative. She was actively involved in working with other organizations to promote immunization of children and childhood injury prevention efforts. She spoke out often and forcefully about illegal underage drinking, and called upon the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to issue a series of eight reports on the subject.

Novello made major contributions to the drafting and enactment of the Organ Transplantation Procurement Act of 1984 while assigned to the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, working with the staff of committee chairman Orrin Hatch. After leaving the position of Surgeon General, Novello remained in the regular corps of the Public Health Service. She was assigned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative for Health and Nutrition from 1993 to 1996 reverting to her permanent two-star rank of rear admiral. In 1996, she became Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. *

*Adapted from Wikipedia

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José Moreno Hernández

José Moreno Hernández (born August 7, 1962) is a former NASA astronaut and American engineer. Hernández was born in French Camp, California, but calls Stockton, California, his hometown. His family is from La Piedad, Michoacán, with indigenous Purépecha roots. In an August 25, 2009, conversation with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, Hernández stated that as a child, he lived half the year in La Piedad and half in the United States.As a child, Hernández worked alongside his family and other farmworkers throughout the fields of California, harvesting crops and moving from one town to another. He attended many schools and didn't learn to speak English until he was 12. His first memory of space is about adjusting the television in order to watch the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. José Hernández participated in Upward Bound during high school, a Federal TRIO program that prepares students for college. He graduated from Franklin High School in Stockton. While in college, he was involved in the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, an academic preparation program that provides support to students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds so they can attain four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific in 1984. In 1986, Hernández earned an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 2001, Hernández joined the Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. After three years and being turned down eleven times for astronaut training by NASA, Hernández was selected in May 2004. In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. On completing this initial training, Hernández was assigned to the Shuttle Branch to support Kennedy Space Center Operations in support of Shuttle launch and landing preparations.

Hernández was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. He also served as chief of the Materials and Processes branch of Johnson Space Center. Hernández previously developed equipment for full-field digital mammography at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Hernández left NASA in 2011. In October 2011, Hernández, at the urging of President Barack Obama, ran for Congress as a Democrat in California's newly redrawn 10th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.[3] He won the Democratic nomination, but lost the 2012 general election to freshman incumbent Representative Jeff Denham.*

*Adapted from Wikipedia

Tribe Lunch Tuesday Guest Speaker - September 29th

Dr. Anarosa Estevez is an educator who recently retired after 34 years of service to the public school system and moved on to the University system as a University Supervisor for student teachers at California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Estevez’s experience as an educator has always been influenced by extraordinary teachers who believed and encouraged her throughout her educational career. This includes her elementary teachers, high school teachers, and university professors.

Today, she hopes to give back to the community of learners by mentoring young upcoming teachers.

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Freshman WOW Week - 9/21 to 9/24

ASG will be hosting a Freshmen week next week, September 21st - 24th during lunch (10:45 - 11:15). We would like ALL Freshmen students to participate by using the RSVP links below to attend our lunchtime activities each day.

  • Monday, September 21st: Freshmen Advice Day RSVP Here
  • Tuesday, September 22nd: Tribe Lunch Tuesday RSVP Here
  • Wednesday, September 23rd: Freshmen Shirts/Spirit Chants RSVP Here
  • Thursday, September 24th: Baking Buddies RSVP Here

Picture Make-up Day - October 2, 2020

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Attendance Reminder

Please be reminded that, even in Remote Learning, if you are absent from school/class the absence needs to be cleared by calling our Attendance Office at (805) 373-1790. Informing the teacher of the absence will not clear the absence in Q. Thank You!
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CVUSD Wellness Room

The Conejo Valley Unified School District has created a website called The CVUSD Wellness Room which offers a variety of resources to improve your online school experience. Visit the website for Music, Games, Support, and much more! The link can be found on the Westlake High School Website Homepage or by clicking on the following link. https://sites.google.com/learn.conejousd.net/cvusd-wellness-room/home

Counselor Corner

Our WHS counselors have Open Office Hours from 10:45am to 11:45am on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The link for the Open Office Hours will be sent to your Learn account. Remember that your counselor is always here for you, feel free to contact them via phone or email for any academic or other support.

Mrs. Karamooz (Last Names A - C) - mkaramooz@conejousd.org

Mrs. Kirksey (Last Names D - H) - akirksey@conejousd.org

Ms. Nelson (Last Names I - Mh) - enelson@conejousd.org

Ms. Avila (Last Names Mi - R & EL) - aavila@conejousd.org

Mrs. Fagan-Simpson (Last Names S - Z) - mfagansimpson@conejousd.org

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Twilight Academy & Academic Support Centers Help

Do you need some extra help in your classes? We are here to help and support through our Twilight Academy Support and Academic Support Centers. These supports are for all of our SPED, EL, CP, Honors, & AP students. We also have specific supports for our SPED and EL students. See our Smore page for more information (https://www.smore.com/ncwqa).
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20-21 WHS GATE Information

Hello WHS GATE Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Westlake High School! My name is Vanessa West and I will be your new GATE DAC parent representative this year. I am looking forward to collaborating with you, our school, and our district to share activities, educational opportunities, and resources to support and challenge our children. I have a sophomore and freshman currently at Westlake. I look forward to meeting all of you in person and/or online this year. Please join our Facebook group page, Westlake High GATE. This will be our platform to share ideas, information, and events. I welcome all of your input and suggestions and am excited for a great year!

To help support our communication with you regarding the various events and information related to GATE, please complete the following form.


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20-21 WHS SPED Information

Hello WHS SPED Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year at Westlake High School! For the upcoming school year, Michelle Halliwell will be your SEDAC parent representative. In this role, Mrs. Halliwell will attend the SEDAC meetings, gather relevant information, and share successes and areas to grow from our school site. In addition, Mrs. Halliwell will relay information received including school site, district, and community supports with each of you.

If you would like to receive these updates and to help support our communication with you regarding the the information related to SPED, please complete the following form.


CVUSD Special Education Parent Resources & Webinars

Welcome to Conejo Valley Unified School District's Parent Information page! This valuable resource will help guide parents through the special education process by answering frequently asked questions about Special Education, Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Community Events and Workshops, and many other helpful resources.


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Westlake Arrow Newspaper

Our WHS Arrow Newspaper is an outstanding student led publication that highlights topics at WHS, in our community, and around the nation. Please visit the Arrow website at http://westlakearrow.net/ to view the latest articles and information.

Thank you for supporting our student journalists!

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WHS College & Career Center Happenings

SAVE THE DATE: The Annual CVUSD College & Career Information Night will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 30th from 4:50-7:20pm. Check www.conejousd.org/CollegeCareerNight for more information.

These sessions will be available for all students in Grades 9-12 during the Student Lunch Period. These

meetings are intended for students-only (no parents because of confidentiality reasons).

Session 1 will be 10:45-11:15am and Session 2 will be 11:20-11:50am.

Naviance Pre-Registration is required to obtain the link for all college presentations. Please refer to the CCC website for instructions on logging into Naviance: https://sites.google.com/a/learn.conejousd.net/whs-college-and-career/naviance-training Go to Naviance/College Visits to sign up. The LINK will be posted on the Naviance College Visit Details on the day of the presentation (“Virtual Visit Link”).

Virtual College Visits coming NEXT WEEK:

University of East London (England).....09/21/20.....10:45 AM

University of Iowa (IA).....09/21/20.....11:20 AM

University of Idaho (ID).....09/22/20.....10:45 AM

Muhlenberg College (PA).....09/22/20.....11:20 AM

Washington College (MD).....09/23/20.....10:45 AM

George Washington University (DC).....09/23/20.....11:20 AM

UC San Diego (CA).....09/24/20.....10:45 AM

Becky Mertel, WHS College & Career Guidance Specialist, (805) 497-6711 ext. 1028, rmertel@conejousd.org

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UC Application Workshop hosted by UCSB

WHS is excited to host UCSB Admissions for a UC Application Workshop on October 5th from 6:30-7:45pm. Any seniors applying to the UCs should join for tips on how to enter your academics, fill out the activities and awards section, and craft your PIQs for maximum results. Students and families from all grade levels are welcome to join!

You must register in advance using the link below in order to gain access tot his event.

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CVUSD Child Nutrition Update


Beginning August 31, 2020, the CVUSD Child Nutrition Department will furnish meals at all District schools (except Westlake High School and Conejo Valley High School), as well as at Las Casitas, at no charge during the hours listed below. Even though we are not distributing meals from the WHS campus, these meals are available for our students and siblings through one of the other school sites. It will not be necessary for students to provide student identification numbers during this time frame. All meals served will be free of charge for all children ages 2 – 18 years of age. Lunch and breakfast (for the next day) will be provided for each child.

Elementary Schools: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Middle Schools: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

High Schools: 10:45 am to 11:45 am

Las Casitas: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

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WHS PTSA Newsletter

The Westlake High School PTSA August Newsletter is now out! Click below to see what is going on with our PTSA. https://conejovalleywhsptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/newsletter/03414-NL20200803120405-066597000-2055255090
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PTSA Reflections 20-21: I Matter Because..............

Collection Date: October 20, 2020

Discover your world and explore new cultures or your own through dance, film, literature, music, photography or visual arts. Choose the arts category you’re interested in, create an original piece of artwork based on the theme: “I Matter Because…” and be recognized as an artist in your community. No experience is required to participate in Reflections!

Interested Westlake High School students may submit one or more entries virtually or in-person.

Students may interpret this year's theme and enter in one or more of the following categories:

· Dance Choreography (Solo and ensemble works of all dance styles)

· Film Production (Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or media presentation)

· Literature (Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play, etc.)

· Music Composition (All music styles and combinations of instrumentation)

· Photography (traditional, composite, etc.)

· Visual Arts (drawing, ceramics, collage, sketching, sculptures, etc.)

· Special Artist Division (students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504)

Entry Collection:

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION – It’s advisable for the students to submit their artwork electronically. Please make sure you photograph your entry from several angles. Files should be emailed to ptsareflectionswhs@gmail.com no later than October 20, 2020.

If you need assistance in getting pictures or submitting via email, feel free to reach out to the committee chair at ptsareflectionswhs@gmail.com.

Entry Forms are available at: https://www.whsptsa.com/reflections.html

Rules: https://capta.org/resource/participant-forms/

· Online entry forms MUST be submitted for each artwork entered.

The Reflections Arts Recognition Program is a national arts recognition and achievement program for students. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools and communities is unmatched with the majority of California PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.

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General Announcements & Information

Campus Visitors

Be reminded that all staff, students, and visitors to Westlake High School will be screened upon entering campus. This includes wearing of a mask while on campus, temperature taken, and questions regarding current health. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Library Hours & Information

Our library is open from 8:00am - 11:00am and 12:00pm to 2:30pm daily. Please remember to bring your ID card!

Student Planner Pick-up

Did you miss the WHS Student Planner Pick-up? That is ok! You can pick-up your planner from the Attendance Office window daily between 7:30am - 3:00pm..
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Follow CVUSD & WHS through our Websites & on Social Media

CVUSD Website - http://www.conejousd.org/

Westlake High School Website - http://www.conejousd.org/whs

CVUSD Twitter - @ConejoValleyUSD

Westlake High School Twitter - @WestlakeHS_CA

CVUSD Facebook - www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyUnifiedSchoolDistrict/

Westlake High School Facebook - www.facebook.com/WestlakeHSWarriors/

Westlake High School Instagram - @westlakehs_warriors

Westlake High School Counseling Instagram - @westlake_high_counseling