The Westlake Update April 18th-24th
The Westlake Update, Vol XI, April 18-24, 2021
Week at a Glance
Good Evening Westlake Families,
Beginning Monday, April 26th all Fulton County Schools will begin the administration of the Spring End of Course Milestones. All End of Course Milestone exams will begin at 8:20 am according to the following testing schedule.
End of Course Milestone Schedule
Monday, April 26th – American Literature (part 1)
Tuesday, April 27th – American Literature (part 2 & 3)
Wednesday, April 18th – Biology
Thursday, April 29th – United States History
Friday, April 30th – Algebra I
Given the impact of the pandemic and the clear need for students and teachers to have the flexibility to focus on learning and remediation – rather than end-of-year, high-stakes tests – the State Board of Education approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation of a .01% course grade weight for this year’s Georgia Milestones end-of-course exams. This means that Georgia Milestone End of Course exam scores will not influence high school grades this year.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Jarvis I Adams, Principal
Westlake's EOC Administration Bell Schedule
Westlake will be on an adjusted bell schedule for the upcoming EOC administration!
To all our End of the Course applicable families, thank you for participating in either the FCS Spring Testing Notice Survey or the WHS 2020-2021 Attendance Survey! Below is the building wide adjusted period rotation during the EOC administration. As a reminder to any family that finds that their student will not be in attendance to take their face-to-face EOC exam at Westlake, please email Westlake's Testing Coordinator Mrs. Hickman at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- · your student’s name.
- · FCS ID#
- · this statement: My student will not attend school to take the EOC.
The State Department of Education has waived some student and school consequences for not testing, including the reduction in the EOC weight from 20% of the grade to 0.01%.
Student Service's Senior Spotlight
Congratulations to Bianca Hasslett for being selected to receive the 5 Strong Scholarship. Amari is one of five Westlake students to receive this prestigious award. The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to provide full tuition scholarships and ongoing support to promising student leaders from “Matriculation to Graduation.”
Fulton County Schools Announcements
FCS is reviewing two AP World History textbooks for adoption in the 2021-2022. The public review period is from March 22, 2021-April 23, 2021. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.
2021 Summer School Information
Class of 2021 Cap and Gown Pick-Up
During the hours of 12 PM - 2 PM they will be in the cafeteria. Herff Jones will also be here between the hours of 4 PM - 6 PM doing a drive by pick-up at the Bus Ramp in the back of the school.
College Virtual Visits (Update below)
Do You Need Help for Yourself or a Friend?
Tips for Managing Stress
1. Relaxation and Meditation
- Focus on breathing — taking long and slow deep breaths while disengaging one’s mind
- Body scan — concentrating on different body parts while releasing tension and relaxing
- Mindfulness meditation — sitting in a comfortable position and paying attention to the present moment
2. Physical Exercise
- Regular work out routine
3. GET Organized
- Being disorganized can make school tough to manage.
- Simple tools like planners and timers can make a huge difference
4. Support Groups/Counseling
Athletic Director - Carl Green (greenC3@fultonschools.org); Assistant Athletic Director - Dr. Ashley Clark (email@example.com)
This week in sports
Thank you for all of the support towards our Westlake Athletics teams. Please continue supporting our athletics teams. Tickets for Westlake High School athletic events can be purchased at https://gofan.co/app/school/GA5381. As a reminder spectators MUST wear a mask and social distance at all Westlake Sporting Events.
Please stay connected with Westlake Athletics by visiting our website https://westlakelionsathletics.com/ and following us on Twitter @WestlakeSports1.
Westlake Softball Interest Meeting
Please support Westlake Track Community Service Project.
Athlete of the Week
IB Diploma Programme Student of the Month
Danielle in a junior IB Course Candidate who balances her enrollment in two higher-level IB courses with involvement in Westlake's leadership organization, F.L.O.W. as well as the Beta Club. When working on a challenging task in her IB ELA class, Danielle listened to feedback that was given to other students and made adjustments to her own work instead of waiting to get the same feedback herself.
Ms. Hernandez wants Danielle to know that she noticed her thinking outside the box and applying new knowledge to her work. What a representation of an IB Scholar!
IB Middle Years Programme Student of the Month
Jillian in a freshman magnet student in the IB Middle Years Programme. She is a member of the Westlake International Club and is currently seeking induction into the Beta Club. Señor Jeremie says Jillian always "get it right" because she loves to ask question and inquire deeper into the whys of things. When it comes to learning the Spanish language, she is the ultimate inquirer!
WMBC 2021 Scholarship Recipients
The Magnet Booster Club had the honor of awarding our scholarship recipients with their awards. Westlake Community let’s congratulate our Magnet Lion Scholars!
The first recipient of the Jamar K Robinson Award of $2,500!
Amaya Burse- Awarded a $1,000 senior scholarship
Kelley Collier - Awarded a $1,000 senior scholarship
Celeste Giddens - Awarded a $1,000 senior scholarship
The Underclassmen Scholarships were awarded to support students as they attend summer programs.
Cason Jones- Attending camp at Columbia University $250
Maria Sneed- Attending the Auburn University Brain Camp $250
Makenzie Thompson- Attending Veterinarian Camp at Mississippi State University $250
Xavier Williams- Attending camp at Full Sail University $250
PBIS Student of the Week
Paige LOVES to laugh and bring joy to everyone around her and works very hard everyday to be the best scholar she can be. Paige looks forward to discovering her calling. Congratulations Paige!!!!! You Rock!!!!!
Freshmen and Graphic Design Student of the Week
Work-based Learning Student Spotlight
CTI Student Spotlight
Performing Arts Department Chair - Mrs. Rae-Coleman (ColemanR2@fultonschools.org); Visual Arts Department Chair - Mr. Galbreath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TICKETS GOING ON SALE FOR THE FINE ARTS SHOW!!!!
This semester will culminate in a collaborative show featuring ALL of the Westlake fine arts in the SPRING VIRTUAL CONCERT. Tickets go on sale Monday April 19. You definitely don't want to miss this production!! Please email your scholar's Fine Arts teacher for more details or visit the Fine Arts website.
Purchase your ticket at the link below!!
DECA Student of the Week
“Leadership is an action, not a position” and Anaya will work with the team to establish goals for community service, competition and fundraising and assist the chapter members to achieve all goals. Congratulations !!!
JROTC Cadet of the Week
The JROTC Cadet of the Week is Cadet Captain (C/CPT) Adrianna Floyd. C/CPT Floyd is a Westlake High School (WHS) Senior, a Leader Education Training (LET) 4, and a member of the WHS Girls Varsity Softball Team. C/CPT Floyd serves as the WHS Lions Battalion Security Officer (S2). As the S2 she assists in matters pertaining to the physical security of over $300K worth of equipment, conducts pertinent training, and enforces the unit's security provisions.
Throughout the four years she has been in the program, C/CPT Floyd has served in various and increasing levels of leadership and responsibility. Always volunteering when needed, this student-athlete has accumulated over 100 hours of community service. I'd like to formally congratulate Ms. Floyd on her acceptance to Tuskegee University where Adrianna plans on majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Additionally, Adrianna is placing herself on a path of military service and intends on joining the Senior US Army ROTC program at Tuskegee University. On behalf of the instructors of the program, we salute you C/CPT Floyd.
Ms. Perry PerryDB@fultonschools.org (O – SE)
Mrs. Jackson ReeseS@fultonschools.org (SF – Z)
Mrs. Mcadoo McAdooN@fultonschools.org (All Magnet Students)
WHS Counselor's Twitter Page: @whsdenkeepers
Fulton County Schools Student Email
It is important that students check their Fulton County Schools email (email@example.com) each day. The Counseling Department uses the FCS email address to send valuable information.
How does my child access his/her account?
- Open a web browser. Go to http://portal.office.com/
- Login using this format:
- Username: firstname.lastname@example.org (This is your child's Fulton ID#, which is also their lunch number)
- Password: Your Fulton County password (used when logging into a computer or Launchpad). If you do not know your password, please ask your teacher.
SENIOR EXIT SURVEY
Hello Westlake Seniors,
Now that you are in the last leg of your senior year, we have one last thing for you to do. Each year, seniors are required to complete a senior exit survey before graduating. The Class of 2021 Senior Exit survey is now open for you to complete in Naviance on the homepage, under the Important To-Dos and Tasks section.
Before being cleared for graduation all seniors must complete this survey. Therefore, we ask that you complete it no later than May 1st. More detailed instructions on accessing the survey are attached to this email. In preparation for completing the survey, if applicable, it will be helpful to have a list of the colleges you applied to and scholarships applied for and received. We also ask that you upload proof of acceptances and scholarship offers to Naviance (instructions attached.) Those who plan to enter the workforce or military will be asked to document those plans in the survey as well. Seniors who are still in need of assistance with developing post-graduation plans will be given the opportunity to meet with a counselor over the summer for assistance.
We are truly excited about this next phase of life for you and want to support you as you transition. As you move forward with completing the survey, please feel free to contact your assigned counselor with any questions.
Westlake School Counseling Department
2021 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION
Summer School is an opportunity for high school students to clear incompletes from Spring 2020-Spring 2021, accelerate, or recover credits during the time between school years. This includes students who receive services via an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Face-to-face (F2F) and virtual offerings exist and often provide students with a broader array of options than those available during the school year. The summer sessions are condensed versions of content provided during the school year, and students must have their course requests validated by their counselor before being enrolled.
For Summer School 2021, students who have previously failed a course have the opportunity to retake the course for free through Fulton Virtual School. Students may take up to two credits at no cost. In addition, students who have Incompletes from the Spring 2020-Spring 2021 can attend summer school at no cost in order to clear the incompletes. Students clearing an Incomplete can choose to participate through Face-to-Face Summer School or Fulton Virtual School. Students who choose to accelerate through Fulton Virtual School during the summer will require tuition.
Face-to-face Summer School courses will be offered for special education students who require an adapted curriculum (those assessed on the Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0) that demonstrate learning loss and/or need to clear incompletes from Spring 2020- Spring 2021. These students can choose to participate in face-to-face summer school June 7-June 24 and/or July 1-July 22 at select summer school sites. Special education transportation can be provided per the student’s IEP and through the registration process.
If you have questions about summer school, please contact your student’s school counselor at his/her local high school. After June 5th, please contact the summer school location serving your student’s high school.
Face-to-Face Summer School Learning and Teaching Department http://www.fultonschools.org/SummerSchool
Fulton Virtual School Instructional Technology Department
Mandatory Bridge Bill Activities
The General Assembly of Georgia enacted the BRIDGE Law (House Bill 400) on May 20, 2010. This law was passed to ensure that Georgia’s 6th-12th grade students were made aware of available college and career options.
At each grade level, students are required to complete activities focused on college and career awareness. FCS has included the state-required activities in Naviance under "Important To-Dos and Tasks". Below are student Bridge Bill Guides for each grade level.
Fulton Schools College and Career Academy
Welcome to the Academy! We are excited about the great teaching and learning that takes place daily at FSCCA. But don't take our word for it. Click on the video below to hear from FSCCA current and former students, parents, and partners.