Weekly Warrior Update

September 25, 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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Sonia Maria Sotomayor

Sonia Maria Sotomayor (born June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009 and has served since August 8, 2009. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and Latina member of the Court.

Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican-born parents. Her father died when she was nine, and she was subsequently raised by her mother. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. She worked as an assistant district attorney in New York for four and a half years before entering private practice in 1984. She played an active role on the boards of directors for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

During her tenure on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor has been identified with concern for the rights of defendants, calls for reform of the criminal justice system, and making impassioned dissents on issues of race, gender and ethnic identity.*

*Adapted from Wikipedia

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Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos (born March 16, 1958) is a Mexican journalist and author. Regarded as the best-known Spanish-language news anchor in the United States of America, he has been referred to as "The Walter Cronkite of Latin America". Based in Miami, Florida, he anchors the Univision news television program Noticiero Univision, the Univision Sunday-morning political news program Al Punto, and the Fusion TV English-language program America with Jorge Ramos. He has covered five wars, and events ranging from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the War in Afghanistan.

Ramos has won eight Emmy Awards and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for excellence in journalism. He has also been included on Time magazine's list of "The World's Most Influential People". *

*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.

RSVP here to join this exciting event: RSVP Here!

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CVUSD College & Career Information Night - Wednesday, 9/30

You are invited to the annual and first virtual CVUSD College and Career Information Night on September 30, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:20 pm. Students and their families from Century Academy, Conejo Valley High School, Newbury Park High School, Thousand Oaks High School, and Westlake High School will be attending this very popular event.

The event provides an opportunity for our students and parents to learn more about college selection, the application process, career choices and support services. The program will consist of 30-minute presentations by college and university representatives followed by a 10-minute Q&A session, and the schedule is as follows:

  • Session 1 - 5:00 - 5:40 pm
  • Session 2 - 5:50 - 6:30 pm
  • Session 3 - 6:40 - 7:20 pm.

More information about the event can be found here:


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ASG Tribe Lunch Activities

Hello Tribe -

We had so much fun this week with all of our lunchtime activities. Some of our wonderful students led a baking tutorial and we made churro chips, we played games and the cheerleaders taught the Freshmen spirit chants. Thank you to everyone who promoted our WOW week to our Freshmen!

Next week we will have activities for all students. We have a great guest speaker, Dr. Anarosa Estevez (bio below), who will be attending our Tribe Lunch Tuesday. On Thursday, one of our ASG students will lead a zoom art class. If you know of any students who would be interested in attending please have them RSVP below.

Tuesday, September 29th - Tribe Lunch Tuesday - RSVP Here

Thursday, October 1st - Zoom Art Class RSVP Here

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.

Thank you,


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 DAILY from 10:45am to 11:45am. 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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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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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:

Boston College (MA).....09/30/20.....10:45 AM

University of Toronto (Canada).....09/30/20......11:20 AM

Denison University (OH).....10/01/20.....10:45 AM

Elon University (NC).....10/01/20.....11:20 AM

Concordia University-Irvine (CA).....10/02/20.....10:45 AM

University of Maryland (MD).....10/02/20.....11:20 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.


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

Join PTSA!

Help support WHS by joining our PTSA! By joining, you will continue the tradition of support that is a hallmark of the WHS PTSA. In addition, you will receive communications, updates, and volunteer opportunities. #OneTribe
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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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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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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.


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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