The Westlake Update vol. XV

The Westlake Update, vol. XV, May 16 - 22, 2021

Westlake High School Star Senior 2021 - Amina Mbow

Week at a Glance

Good Evening Westlake Families,

CONGRATULATIONS to Westlake Track Nation, for winning the girls 6A GHSA State Championship and the boys coming in 3rd place in the GHSA State Championship Track meet! Westlake Track is one of the top high school track programs in the nation!

Graduation is right around the corner. I want to invite the entire Westlake community to virtually tune in to our graduation ceremony Sunday, May 23rd at 10:00 am, by subscribing to the South Fulton High School's Graduation Streaming YouTube channel. Per YouTube's live streaming policy on mobile devices, we will need a collective total of 1000 subscribers. Please subscribe today to ensure that the Class of 2021 Graduation live streaming can be solidified. Please click below and subscribe today!

Click the link and subscribe:

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

Friday, May 21: 1A Period Exam, 2A Period Exam (Early Release)

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

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

Kind Regards,

Jarvis I Adams, Principal

Job Fair for Westlake Students sponsored by Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs

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City of South Fulton Announcements

1. Drive-up Food Give Away Initiative

2. Fulton County Youth Commission

3. Youth Job Fair at Westlake

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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.

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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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Class of 2021 Graduation Practice #1

Tuesday, May 18th, 10am-12pm

2400 Union Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

Graduation Practice #1 will take place in the gym.

Class of 2021 Graduation Practice #2

Wednesday, May 19th, 8-10am

3025 Merk Road Southwest

Atlanta, GA

Graduation practice #2 will take place at Wolf Creek Amphitheater.

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

- YouTube
Westlake Athletics Website

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

This week in sports

Thank you for all of the support towards our Westlake Athletics teams. Westlake athletics teams have had great seasons and we appreciate all of the support from our community. We have one more athletic event to culminate our athletic season and that is the spring football game this Friday, May 21st at Westlake High School stadium.

Tickets for Westlake High School athletic events can be purchased at

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

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Westlake Track and Field

Congratulations to our Girls Track Team!!!

Westlake Track and Field has secured it's 8th state championship over the weekend with our girls winning the GHSA 6A State Championship. We are so very proud of these young ladies. They worked very hard to earn this honor. Many of these young ladies also won individual championships in their events. Congratulations to our 4x100 team, Coco Branch 100m, Kieley Gayle in the 800m, and Madyson Wilson in the 300 hurdles. This group of young ladies has culminated their championship season by winning the County Championship, Region Championship, and now State Championship. Congratulations to Coach Cage, Coach Watson, and all of the coaches that work with this group of young ladies.
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Congratulations Westlake Track and Field Boys

Congratulations to our Boys track and field team. They earned 3rd place this weekend at the GHSA 6A State Championship. This group of boys worked very hard to earn this honor and we are proud of them. Congratulations to Malik Mixon for winning the championship in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Congratulations also to our boys 4x4 team winning the state championship. Congratulations to Coach Cage, Coach Watson, and all of the coaches that work with this group of young men.
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Athlete of the Week

Jordan Woodley is a 3 year Varsity Lady Golfer at Westlake High School who has a rolling cumulative 94.68 GPA equivalent to a 4.0 GPA. Ms. Woodley was accepted to several Division I Universities. She will be attending Auburn University majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She was also the Team Co-Captain on the Inaugural Girls Flag Football Team, she also played Volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years. She served as the Co-President in Future Leaders Of Westlake. Ms. Woodley exemplifies what is means to be a True Lion Heart at Westlake High School. We are proud of her accomplishments and look forward to watching evolve as a trailblazer in the field of Aerospace Engineering for major airline company such as our hometown Delta.

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Westlake Girls Basketball Banquet

You are invited to join our girls basketball team for their end of year celebration and the viewing of a documentary of their championship season on the big screen. This will take place on May 19, 2021 from 5:15-6:45 at the AMC Camp Creek. Hurry and purchase your tickets. Please visit to purchase tickets or click the flyer below. Limited seating. Masks are required.

Westlake Tennis End of Season Celebration

Westlake Tennis Team 2021 end of season celebration at the Fulton Tennis Center – Center Court, was inspired by senior Sherraela Ray, who gave a heartfelt farewell to her fellow graduating teammates. The evening was also marked by a presentation to Coach Herb White who has continued to support Westlake tennis with his most recent donation of tennis benches for our courts. On behalf of Coach Patricia Johnson, Coach Joshua Turner, and Coach Raven Bowen, we’d thank our Westlake family for all your support and a wonderful season!

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Student Service's Senior Spotlight

Congratulations! Like most high school students, Amira Barrett applied to her top choices and now finds herself with a delightful dilemma. She has received several acceptances and scholarships. Just to share a few: Spelman College, University of Georgia & Loyola Marymount University

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PBIS Student of the Week

This week's PBIS Student of the Week is Sophomore, Mason Mullen. This PBIS superstar is a member of the Westlake HS JV Basketball Team where he served as captain for the 2020-21 season. In addition, Mason is a member of the XYZ Golden Eagles AAU basketball team and a member of the BDPA which is a service organization that focuses on nurturing and developing diverse working professionals and future IT leaders in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and all digital fields. Mason's favorite subject is mathematics and he plans to pursue a career as sports analyst, CFO, or become an entrepreneur. As a rising junior, Mason already has his eyes set on attending either UNC Chapel Hill, Florida A&M University, or UCLA . During his past-time, Mason enjoys filming which has sparked interest in performing arts. Mason's favorite quote is "No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else." P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman.
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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

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This is the LAST WEEK to purchase your ticket to the Westlake Virtual Spring Concert that will take place THIS Friday – Monday!!

Our Art, Band, Choral, Dance, and Orchestra students have worked EXTREMELY hard this semester to bring a phenomenal presentation of the Arts to our school and community. Please support our scholars by purchasing a ticket and watching the show—we have so much talent in this building, and you never know who is the next superstar unless you see them in action now!

Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a ticket. Don’t forget to set an alarm to tune in to the show.


Westlake Fine Arts Website

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

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JROTC Cadet of the Week

This is the last week of school for our esteemed seniors and it is only proper that this week's Cadet of the Week be, none other than our prestigious 2020-2021 Lions Battalion Commander, Cadet/Lieutenant Colonel (C/LTC) Reyina Champagne! C/LTC Champagne has been an outstanding Magnet Program student-scholar who was able to maintain a 3.9 GPA while working a full-time job and serving as the Battalion Executive Officer throughout last year. She served as President of the Junior Beta Club, public speaker for the Girls Assembly, and as a National Honor Society member.

During her tenure as a WHS Cadet, Ms. Champagne has accumulated over 300 community and service-learning hours. And if that wasn't enough, she is also the recipient of a 5-Strong Scholarship. C/LTC Champagne will attend Alabama A&M University having earned a 100% tuition-free trip to that great institution! Therefore, it comes as no surprise that she was previously nominated for Class President by her peers as well as Representative for the Georgia Leadership Program. We are beyond proud of all Reyina's accomplishments, both in and out of school. We salute you!

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2020-2021 Westlake High School JROTC Lions Battalion
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

CAMP HORIZON Children's Grief Camp Rock Band Edition

Camp Horizon will be hosting a FREE kids’ grief camp on June 12th. Camp Horizon is a day-long camp that provides education and coping skills in a fun environment to children ages 6 to 16 who have lost a loved one. It will be held at Fortson 4H Center in Hampton, GA from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. This year’s theme is a rock band and we will be providing coping skills particularly through music therapy!

If you have any questions regarding the camp, you can email or call me at (470)346-1679.

The registration deadline is May 15th! The registration process is completed online through DocuSign. The best way to get kids registered is for the parent/guardian to email or phone.

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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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Westlake College Week