The Westlake Update

The Westlake Update vol. IV August 29 - September 3

Westlake High School

"A Legacy of Excellence"

Vision: To be recognized as a top-performing high school in academics, athletics, and the arts. #OperationA

Mision: To produce global citizens by developing the passions of students through inquiry-based learning, conceptual understanding, and service. #OneWestake

The Week at a Glance

Good Evening Westlake Families,


Our district leadership is hopeful that we are near the current peak of this latest Covid-19 surge and will soon begin to see the rate of infection come down. Meanwhile, we are asking that everyone does their part by masking up and following all of the available mitigation strategies outlined by the CDC. This includes not coming to school if you are symptomatic or sick. FCS Leadership will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends, to determine plans to keep students and faculty safe.


We have so many things to shout out this week, below are this week's top 5:


Shout Out # 1: Westlake senior, Cason Jones is a winner!!! Tuesday, August 24 Westlake hosted a Venture Capital Teen Day with the Fearless Fund in partnership with UPS to teach students about venture capital and entrepreneurship. All students had an opportunity to pitch their business to venture capitalists to earn a $10,000 business grant. Cason Jones was named the first place winner and awarded a $10,000 business grant to grow his photography business. Cason is on the way to positively impact the world through the lens of his camera!


Shout Out #2: Westlake junior art student, Medina Drew's artwork was selected to be published in the Fulton County's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (FY21). Medina's beautiful painting shows her artistic ability and attention to detail. Be on the lookout for more art by Medina Drew!


Shout Out #3: Westlake IB Year 1 students are impressively accepting the rigor and challenges of the International Baccalaureate program. Westlake IB Year 2 students are stellar!! Working to complete IAs and EEs while fully leveraging the IB Direct Studies course to meet all deadlines. The teachers will continue to push with love!!!


Shout Out #4: Westlake Athletics is THRIVING in all sports. Westlake Softball is proving to be a worthy competitive program and is off to a great start. Westlake Volleyball is well on the way to becoming one of the top volleyball programs this year and for years to come. "The Lakeshow" shook South Georgia to its core by traveling to Moultrie to hand Colquitt County High School its first home defeat in 5 years. Great job football team and cheerleaders. Westlake Cross Country is up next and we are expecting great things.


Shout Out #5: Westlake PTSA supports the entire school! Thank you for planning a phenomenal senior trip Grad Bash in Orlando for our seniors. This trip will be epic and our seniors will remember the moment forever!!


Should you have any questions or concerns at any point this school year, please do not hesitate to call, email, or come in to see me.


Kind Regards,


Jarvis I. Adams, Principal

Scheduling Updates

Westlake Families,


Thank you for your patience as our guidance counselors worked through schedule changes as well as scheduling new enrollments. We have enrolled hundreds of new students and are pleased with our response time in getting students placed in classes. All schedule changes that were approved and could be completed have been addressed.


Now, as we navigate through the process of receiving and hiring new staff, many classes are overcrowded and we thank our entire community for understanding with grace. Where possible, our Student Services staff will begin balancing those classes. Please note:


When balancing classes, many students may receive schedule changes. When reviewing overcrowded classes, students are moved based on how well the changes can be made with the least amount of interruption. This means that your student may receive a change(s) and may receive a different teacher(s) as a result of this change. We know that many students have grown fond of their current schedules, but these are necessary changes, and we thank you all for your support. Teachers will ensure that the transition is seamless and that grades are transferred and updated immediately. Please look forward to more updates from Ms. Johnson, our Curriculum Assistant Principal, within the week.

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Upcoming College Visits

Senior Fee Payment Links

Plan A $200: Graduation/Commencement Participation Fee, Baccalaureate, and Diploma Cover. Cap and Gown are not included. Cap and Gown must be purchased from Herff Jones (cost $90)

Payment Link:

https://osp.osmsinc.com/FultonGA/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=EN712-1078


Plan B $300: Plan A + 2 senior t-shirts, 1 senior specialty shirt, 1 senior hoodie, lanyard, bracelet, senior week party, senior only activities, senior cookout (game tickets are not included). Cap and Gown are not included. Cap and Gown must be purchased from Herff Jones (cost $90)

Payment Link:

https://osp.osmsinc.com/FultonGA/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=EN712-1084


Plan C $390: Plan A + Plan B + a yearbook

Payment Link:

https://osp.osmsinc.com/FultonGA/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=EN712-1090

From the desk of Athletic Director Coach Green

Another week of Westlake Athletics excellence, the best day of the week was Thursday August 23rd as three of our teams took care their opponents. Congratulations to Westlake Softball on their victory over Langston Hughes with a score of 30-21, this was an exciting game as the ladies came back from being down double digits early in the 2nd inning. The 9th grade football team got their first win of the season vs. Roswell 18-6 with packed crowd of home supporters for their first game of the season. The Lady Lions volleyball team continue their season of success beating Carver-Atlanta in two matches. Friday August 27th the 6A ranked #3 Westlake Lions team traveled to 7A #3 ranked Colquitt and beat them 31-24, this was a historical game snapping Colquitt’s 25 game win streak at home and the Lions are the first South Fulton team in recent memory to beat a South Georgia team on the road. Come out and support all our athletics programs this week and be sure to get your tickets from www.gofan.co/app/school/GA5381.

It's Time For Homecoming 2021

It’s time to get ready for Homecoming 2021 at Westlake High School. A major part of the Homecoming celebration is the annual Homecoming Dance, sponsored by the Magnet Booster Club.


Tickets on Eventbrite will go on sale at 8:00 PM on August 24th until September 19th at midnight, unless they sell out before that date. Please do not delay in getting your tickets because space will be limited. Tickets will be sold online only and no tickets will be sold at the door. The attire is semi-formal. Ticket prices are $20, including the fee and refreshments will be served. This event is open to the entire school, so please feel free to pass on the information.


Feel free to scan the below QR code to purchase.


Direct all questions to Westlake Magnet Booster Club.

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Student Services Website

Head Counselor - Mrs. Sheila Jackson (ReeseS@fultonschools.org)

Email Your Counselor

Dr. Owens OwensS@fultonschools.org (A – DA)

Mrs. Crawford Crawforda4@fultonschools.org (DB – I)

Ms. Harrison HarrisonT1@fultonschools.org (J – N)

Mrs. Jackson ReeseS@fultonschools.org (O – SE)

Ms. Perry PerryDB@fultonschools.org (SF – Z)


WHS Counselor's Twitter Page: @whsdenkeepers

HBCU Panel Discussion

Please join us as we discuss HBCUs!!! We are calling on all local high school students, parents, and families to to attend this interactive panel discussion and to learn more about the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The purpose of this panel discussion is to engage in an open dialogue with students and parents about HBCUs as a viable college option, to dispel negative myths about HBCUs, and to emphasize how the HBCU experience enriches the lives of both students and alumni. Please use the link below to register for this virtual event.


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hbcu-panel-discussion-tickets-159544530987?aff=ebdssbeac


Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates

At Fulton County Schools, we work daily to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff in the midst of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the key info you need to know:

Student Discipline Update

Last we saw a steep decline in discipline infractions. This section of the newsletter, inform parents of trending discipline infractions and the supports that we need from parents.


Parents thank you so much for your support in regards to proper dress for school by helping scholars understand the difference in proper attire for school versus leisure time. As a reminder head coverings for non-religious purposes (i.e. hat, hood, bonnet, bandanna, etc) are prohibited for male and female students. Next week's update will include the tardy policy.


Improper Dress Rule 13a: Students in the school system are expected to dress and groom themselves in such a way as to reflect neatness, cleanliness, and safety. All students shall dress appropriately so as not to disrupt or interfere with the educational program or the orderly operation of the school. Examples of inappropriate dress and grooming include lack of cleanliness in person or dress; shoe lessness; "short-short" clothing; bare midriffs; "tank tops"; "see-through" clothing or apparel which designates gangs or similar organizations, head coverings for non-religious purposes (i.e. hat, hood, bonnet, bandanna, etc), or any dress that is disruptive to the educational process. Westlake High School administration shall determine whether any particular mode of dress or grooming results in a violation of the spirit and/or the intent of this rule. Consequences for Improper Dress range from a verbal warning to 5 days of In-School suspension.


Please click the link to read the Fulton County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Handbook: https://www.fultonschools.org/studentdiscipline

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Bus Information

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Westlake Student Parking Information

All student drivers must have a valid drivers license, a drivers permit is not acceptable. All students who wish to drive to school must first complete the application process.