The Westlake Update

The Westlake Update, vol. XV, May 23 - 29, 2021

Week at a Glance

Good Evening Westlake Families,

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Graduation was a wonderful event honoring the hard work and dedication of our graduating class. We are so proud of the graduates' accomplishments and their demonstration of what it means to be "#RobinsonStrong!!!" A special thanks to our senior sponsors, band, and orchestra for supporting our graduates.

There will be a Class of 2022 Senior Parent Virtual Meeting on June 1, 2021, at 6:00 pm. The link to the virtual meeting is forthcoming.

This is the final week of the 2020 - 2021 school year. The Final Exam and Bell Schedule for the week are below. The dismissal time is 12:00 noon.

Final Exam Schedule, Grades 9 -11 (Early Release Days)

Monday, May 24: 1B Period Exam, 2B Period Exam (Early Release)

Tuesday, May 25: 3A Period Exam, 4A Period Exam (Early Release)

Wednesday, May 26: 3B Period Exam, 4B Period Exam (Early Release/ LAST DAY OF SCHOOL)

Final Exam/Early Release Day Bell Schedule

Period 1: 8:20 am - 9:55 am

Period 2: 10:01am - 12:00 noon

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, masks will be strongly recommended for students, staff and visitors, but not required at Fulton County Schools’ facilities.

After the CDC’s new guidance was issued to allow vaccinated individuals to go without masks, it has become impractical for the district to differentiate between those who have been vaccinated or not. However, we have been proactive in encouraging staff to become vaccinated and can report of the 8,600 employees who have completed our survey, 80 % have received the vaccination.

We are pleased to see the increasing number of staff, students and community members who have received the vaccination and the continued data trends indicating COVID numbers are declining in our community.

The cautious, measured approach FCS has undertaken throughout the school year has allowed us to provide in-person instruction with the least disruption possible. We plan to continue with this approach as we move into summer learning and the new 2021-22 school year in August.

We will continue to monitor and consult with public health officials and adjust if needed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at

Kind Regards,

Jarvis I Adams, Principal

City of South Fulton Announcements

1. Fulton County Youth Commission

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The Fulton County Youth Commission is a LEADERSHIP PROGRAM designed to help get tomorrow's LEADERS involved TODAY! As Youth Commissioners, they will address the many issues presently facing youth through the influences of government mandates, policies, and legislation. Students will become familiar with how local government resolves youth issues and will make suggestions for the best solutions, but most importantly, help facilitate change.

For consideration, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Fulton County
  • Must attend a school within Fulton County (public, private, charter)
  • Must be in the 9th -11th grade during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Must submit a completed application and a two-page essay

You have the option to complete the web form below, or download the application and email it.

Click here to complete the web form.

Applications are due by Friday, June 4, 2021, by 5 p.m.

Summer Institute at FAMU

Opportunity for Black males in Fulton County Schools to participate in The Black Male College Explorers Program and AIM Higher Summer Institute at Florida A & M University
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2021 Summer School Information

Visit Counseling Section Below for all details. Contact your counselor to confirm courses you are eligible to take during summer school.

College Virtual Visits (Update below)

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For additional information about college visits, contact:

In honor of Keenan Carter, Westlake High School alumnus of the class of 2004, the Nolij Foundation created a scholarship specifically for our students.

This year, which we hope to be the first of many, the Executive Board of the Nolij Foundation selected 3 recipients from 16 applicants to receive a $1000 scholarship each!

Click the link below to watch the Executive Director, Alan Campbell, announce the winners. What an exciting way to begin the countdown to graduation for these three scholars!!

Keenan Clark Scholarship Announcement

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Westlake Athletics Website

Athletic Director - Carl Green (; Assistant Athletic Director - Dr. Ashley Clark (

This Week in Sports

Westlake Athletics would like to thank everyone for their support of our athletic teams. We have had a tremendous year athletically and we know that we couldn't have done it without you. We are looking forward to next school year and can't wait to continue the success that we had this year.

Please stay connected with Westlake Athletics by visiting our website and following us on twitter @WestlakeSports1.

Athlete of the Week

Adam Henry is this week's Athlete of the Week. Adam is a senior on our baseball team. Adam is an exemplar of a student-athlete. Adam is a top 25 student in the class of 2021. He consistently demonstrates quality with his academic and athletic achievements. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA with excellent scores on the SAT. He has been an active member in HOSA and other community related activities throughout the Westlake Community. He was voted 1st Team All Region by the Coaches Association for his excellent pitching performances. He has also been nominated to the 2021 GHSA All-State Selection Team which will be announced in June. We are so excited about Adam's future and we know he will continue to roar like a mighty lion!!

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Vote for Madyson and Malik

We have 2 Westlake Track athletes (Madyson Wilson and Malik Mixon) that are up to win the 2021 POWERADE All-Metro High School Top Female and Male Track Athlete award. Please go to Powerade All-Metro Track & Field Team Survey ( to vote for these 2 hard working athletes.

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Student Service's Senior Spotlight

This week's Student Service's Senior Spotlight is Keyallah Majeed. She has worked and achieved the goal of graduating from high school in 3 years. She has been a Dual Enrollment student for the past 2 years and has been ab exemplary student. Congratulations, Keyallah!!!

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Westlake Fine Arts Website

Performing Arts Department Chair - Mrs. Rae-Coleman (; Visual Arts Department Chair - Mr. Galbreath (

Graphics Design Student of the Week

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JROTC Cadet of the Week

Westlake High School (WHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Lions Battalion is proud to announce its Cadet of the Week, Cadet Corporal (C/CPL) Saniya Love. Saniya Love is a WHS rising senior that has provided countless volunteer service hours to the WHS JROTC program. She will be one of the outstanding student volunteers that will assist with this year’s graduation. In addition to JROTC, C/CPL Love also has a part-time job. Her interests include attending pageants, cheering, dancing, and acting.

Participating in JROTC and competing in pageants has increased C/CPL Love’s self-confidence and provided a platform to showcase her leadership abilities, skills, and talents. She has been involved in pageants since 2014. Saniya has been selected as a State Finalist for NAM “National American Miss” Pageant. We are so proud of her accomplishment beating over 300 extraordinary talented contestants across the state. The goal is to take the title for the state of Georgia and get crowned this year as “Miss Teen Georgia 2021”.

We would love your support in this great endeavor! With the support of her family, friends, and community, Saniya will win the title for Georgia and compete in Nationals. For more information about Saniya, her pageant journey, or if you want to sponsor/support her, please email:

World Languages Student of the Week

Ms. Wilson,

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Student Service Website

Head Counselor - Mrs. Sheila Jackson (

Email Your Counselor

Dr. Owens (A – DA)

Mrs. Crawford (DB – I)

Ms. Harrison (J – N)

Mrs. Jackson (O – SE)

Ms. Perry (SF – Z)

Mrs. Mcadoo (All Magnet Students)

WHS Counselor's Twitter Page: @whsdenkeepers

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Do You Need Help for Yourself or a Friend?

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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

  • Yoga
  • 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


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Summer Programs For High School Students In 2021

Please see a list of possible summer opportunities for your student.

Bank of America Student Leaders

Boston University – Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)

Canada/USA Mathcamp

Carnegie Mellon – Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)

Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute

Foundation for Teaching Economics – Economics for Leaders (EFL)

Garcia Scholars – Stony Brook University

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Camp

Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSIM)

Indiana University – Young Women’s Institute

Jackson Laboratory – Summer Student Program

JCamp - For Journalism students


Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Minority Introduction to Science and Engineering (MITES)

MathILy – Bryn Mawr College

MDI Biological Laboratory Summer Research Fellowship

Michigan Math and Science Scholars

Michigan State University – High School Honors Science, Math and Engineering Program (HSHSP)

MIT Research Science Institute

Monell Center Science Apprenticeship Program

National Institutes of Health – Summer Internship in Biomedical Research (SIP)

Ohio State University – Ross Mathematics Program

Princeton University – Summer Journalism Program

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

Simons Summer Research Program

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)

Texas Tech University – Clark Scholars

University of Iowa – Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP)

University of Notre Dame – Leadership Seminars

University of Pennsylvania – Leadership in the Business World

U.S. Air Force Academy – Summer Seminar

U.S. Coast Guard Academy – Academy Introduction Mission (AIM)

U.S. Military Academy – Summer Leaders Experience

U.S. Naval Academy – Summer Seminar

Yale Young Global Scholars


Your Georgia high school HOPE GPA starts calculating as soon as you begin 9th grade. Unlike your overall high school GPA, your HOPE GPA only includes your core curriculum courses:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language

You can begin checking your HOPE GPA through your My GAfutures account starting in the 10th grade.* Don’t have an account? It’s quick and easy to create one!

Your My High School HOPE GPA page includes your student information, your HOPE GPA as calculated by GSFC based on transcripts sent by your Georgia high school, rigor credits, ACT/SAT scores if you’ve taken them, and more information about the eligibility requirements of the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships.

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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


470-254-1244 fax

Fulton Virtual School Instructional Technology Department


470-254-1244 fax

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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.


We want to remind you that all students in Fulton County Schools now have access to Naviance, which can be accessed through ClassLink. Starting this year, Westlake will be using Naviance to process and submit transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other college application documents.

This year as you begin your senior year, we strongly encourage you to visit Naviance to research colleges, careers, and scholarships! After doing your research and once you compile a list of colleges you are applying to you will find that different colleges will require you to apply using different platforms. Below you will find a list of the most common platforms colleges use to have their students apply:

Important Changes to Common Application and requesting letters of recommendation: For Common Application, once you create your account, we ask that you NOT invite any teachers or counselors to write letters of recommendation through Common App until after you match your Common App account with your Naviance account. Requesting letters of recommendation in Common App before matching your Naviance account will create errors. Therefore, please hold off on requesting recommendations until after you match your accounts. To learn more about this process, you can watch the Common App Matching video: Once you match Common App to Naviance, you will then be able to request transcripts and teacher recommendations in Naviance Student.

These videos will help you understand this process better: ·

We hope that you will find these resources helpful. If you have any questions about Naviance Student and the college application process, please contact your assigned counselor.

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.

Fulton Schools College and Career Academy Video

2021-2022 Application Link

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Final FCS Summer Learning Promo
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