Westlake Update "Mar 28-April 3"

The Westlake Update, Vol VIII, March 28 - April 3, 2021

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Week at a Glance

Good Evening Westlake Families,

Tuesday, March 30th, all Fulton County Schools will be administering the state/district ACT.

All 10th – 12th graders will be Remote Learners Tuesday, March 30th, and receive asynchronous lessons. Westlake will be closed to all 10th – 12th graders who are not testing on that day. All 9th graders will not be asynchronous and will follow their regular educational setting of either face-to-face or remote learning.

The Westlake adjusted bell schedule for March 30th is attached.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at adamsji@fultonschools.org.

Kind Regards,

Jarvis I Adams, Principal

Fulton County Schools Announcements

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.
Westlake Athletics Website

Athletic Director - Carl Green (greenC3@fultonschools.org); Assistant Athletic Director - Dr. Ashley Clark (clarkam@fultonschools.org)

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.

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Congratulations Westlake Girls Basketball Team!!

Congratulations to our girls basketball team. They were chosen to compete in the GEICO Nationals. They will be traveling to Fort Myers, Florida this week to compete in this tournament. Their first game is Friday, April 2nd at 12:30pm. This game will be aired on ESPNU.
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Athlete of the Week

Ta'Niya Latson is a junior and member of our girls basketball team. Ta'Niya was the leading scorer during the girls basketball teams championship game. In addition to being the leading scorer for the championship game, Ta'Niya was also the overall leading scorer this season. We are proud of all of Ta'Niya's efforts and look forward to continuing to see her excel both on and off the courts.
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Congratulations Lacrosse Seniors!

Congratulations to our Lacrosse team seniors! We were able to celebrate them on Wednesday, March 24th in their game vs The Walker School. Thank you to this group of seniors for all of their hard work. We look forward to seeing where your future will take you.
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Congratulations Tennis Seniors!

Congratulations to our senior tennis athletes. We were able to celebrate them Tuesday, March 23rd in their game vs New Manchester. We are so proud of this group of seniors and look forward to where the future will take them.
Westlake Tennis Team
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Congratulations Fulton County Champions

Congratulations to our Girls Track team on winning the Fulton County Championship this weekend.
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Girls Link Up Pitch Competition

The Girls Link Up Youth Pitch Competition is a pitch contest for girls in Georgia in grades 6 – 12. The purpose of this competition is to extend opportunities for young female entrepreneurs to access funding and capital needed to nourish their budding businesses. Our goal is to create a bridge in funding to improve the quality of life for the next generation of young women and girls of color. For all details, visit website: https://www.3dgirlsinc.org/pitch-competition/
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College Virtual Visits (Update below)

We have no college visits on the calendar for this week.

For additional information about college visits, contact:

Breaking Into the Business Part 3

Monday, March 29th, 5pm

This is an online event.

We are back with Part 3 of "Breaking Into the Business", our professional development workshop series. It will be held on March 29th, 2021 at 5PM on Microsoft Teams. This workshop will help students develop and polish new and old professional skills while expanding their network. We will have a few special guests on the meeting call for this month. I am very excited for you all to meet them. Please tell your friends if they are interested to join us on the 29th. Please remember that this is for the Class of 2021 only.
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Upward Bound FULTON

Upward Bound Fulton

Are you interested in going to college, but need an adviser to guide you on your path? Are you a focus individual? Do you consider yourself a scholar? If so, you maybe an ideal individual for our program. We offer several services

  • College tours, tutoring, workshops
  • cultural enrichment, counseling, and etc.

For more information on this program, please check out the recruitment video below, as well as the attached flyers. If interested you are interested in this program, please feel free to reach out to: dmcclain@atlm.edu; lclark@atlm.edu; dlee@atlm.edu or smcgheejames@atlm.edu

Recruitment Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP0VzxIM2E4

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Sony Music U Incoming Class

South Fulton Arrow Youth Council's College Showcase Experience 2021

Join the award-winning South Fulton Arrow Youth Council during Spring Break as some of the best colleges and universities in the nation showcase their offerings in a 3-day outdoor college fair. Open to middle - high school students who have survived 2020 with their vision intact and focused on the future. Come and enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and motivational messages from community leaders. Each day, attendees will hear first hand from colleges and universities on site, about program information, costs and admissions requirements. You will have an opportunity to receive fee waivers for college applications and onsite support for FAFSA application completion. Those prospective college students attending all three days of the event will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Don't miss this opportunity to secure your future educational pursuits! It begins right here on April 7-9, 2021. Register now!

Those scholars who choose to pre-register their participation in this event will experience a journey unlike anything else in their academic career.

Visit Website for all details. Home | TheSFAYC

Student Services Senior Spotlight

Congratulations to Amari Carthan 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.”

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IB Diploma Programme Student of the Month

This week's DP Student of the Week is Austin Heath. Austin was nominated by his DP History teacher who says that Austin is a wonderful representation of an expert in the IB Learner Profile Trait of being Principled!
Austin in a junior IB Diploma Candidate who balances his rigorous schedule with participation in the Chick-fil-A Leaders Program as well as the award-winning Westlake High School Track & Field team. Ms. Bouhi says that Austin is a student who goes so far above and beyond in everything he takes on. She goes on to say of Austin, "I am in awe of his abilities and performance on every task and activity we have in class!"
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IB Middle Years Programme Student of the Month

This week's MYP Student of the Week is Nyema Smith. Nyema was nominated by her MYP Social Studies teacher who says that Nyema is the epitome of the IB Learner Profile Trait, Balanced!

Nyema is currently a sophomore in the IB Middle Years Programme. Mr. Davis says that Nyema exemplifies what an all-around student is. She deserves to be honored because of her consistent work ethic. Nyema is a HOSA student who is balanced in academics and extra-curriculars and she does so with an amazing attitude!

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PBIS Student of the Week

Megan Rice, our PBIS Student of the Week is a straight "A" student who embodies Westlake P.R.I.D.E. She is a very focused and determined young lady who is always positive and pleasant in and outside of the classroom. Megan is self-motivated, an amazing self-advocate, and holds herself accountable for her academic success. Megan is involved, not just at Westlake, but also in her community as an active member of Westlake's F.L.O.W., Women in Aviation International, and Atlanta's Wheels Down South Local Chapter. Megan aspires to be an Aviation Accident Investigator. In her past time, Megan enjoys singing, traveling, and learning to read, write and speak Korean. Congratulations Megan!!!!

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Sophomore Spotlight

Ms. Oliver

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Junior Spotlight

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Graphics Design Student of the Week

Jens Victor is our Graphic Design Student of the Week! Jens is currently showing his determination and creative gifts as a rising graphic design star at Westlake. Keep shining Jens and congratulations!
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DECA Student of the Week

Kalei Taylor has been selected to lead Westlake DECA as President for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. Dr. Cook, DECA Advisor, stated that she is excited, dedicated, and encouraged to begin the upcoming year by providing opportunities for students looking for a role in business, management and entrepreneurship.
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Westlake Fine Arts Website

Performing Arts Department Chair - Mrs. Rae-Coleman (ColemanR2@fultonschools.org); Visual Arts Department Chair - Mr. Galbreath (galbreathg@fultonschools.org)

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JROTC Cadet of the Week

WHS JROTC Lions Battalion proudly presents this week's Cadet of the Week, Cadet Sergeant First Class (C/SFC) Corlis Benton. C/SFC Benton is another one of our outstanding WHS Seniors that has emerged as one of the most resilient, dependable and strong leaders of this year. Her work on this years' Service-Learning Project has been and continues to be exceptional. She is yet, another strong Senior/LET 4 who mentors in/out of the program. Cadet Benton has suffered some physical injuries this year but remained adamant about attending physical fitness classes and demonstrating to her peers that she will still encourage and support her peers. Cadet Benton will attend Savannah State University where she will major in Pre-Law.

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Student Service Website

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

Counseling Corner

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

Mrs. Crawford crawforda4@fultonschools.org (DB – I)

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

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

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Dual Enrollment

Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program provides funding for students who are dually enrolled at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home study program in Georgia, and a participating eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate requirements. The program is offered during all terms of the school year: fall, spring, and summer semester or fall, winter, spring, and summer quarter.

Who is eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program?

  • Students in the 9th grade are not eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program.
  • 10th Graders ​who have a minimum SAT score of 1200 or minimum ACT composite score of 26 in a single national test administration may enroll in any approved courses listed on the Course Directory at a TCSG, USG or private eligible participating postsecondary institution. Note: GSFC must have the required test score(s) in the Dual Enrollment system prior to the student’s Dual Enrollment funding Application being approved by the high school. ​All eligible 10th Graders may enroll in approved Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses listed on the Course Directory at a participating TCSG institution only.​
  • 11th & 12th Graders​ eligible students may take any approved Dual Enrollment courses listed on the Course Directory, at an eligible participating postsecondary institution (USG, TCSG or private). The dual enrollment funding cap is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

Application Process for Dual Enrollment

To view a tutorial video of the application process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UoBFlfsNSU

Students attending a Georgia eligible participating public or private high school must complete the online Dual Enrollment funding application.

Application Steps

1. You must complete an Admissions Application for the college(s) you would like to attend for approved Dual Enrollment courses. Application Deadline - Regardless of the institution’s deadline, Fulton County School’s deadline to apply for Dual Enrollment:

  • For Spring and Winter Term: deadline to apply is November 30th

2. Once you have completed your portion of the application, your parent/guardian must electronically complete the Parent Participation Agreement section of your application. Your parent will receive an email to complete the online acknowledgment.

  • Provide your parent/guardian’s email address.
  • Parent/guardian may visit GAfutures.org\DE parent to electronically sign the agreement.

3. Your eligible participating high school counselor must approve your Dual Enrollment courses and funding application by entering the courses that you plan to take through Dual Enrollment. YOU MUST provide the counselor with a list of courses that you plan to take. A list of approved Dual Enrollment courses can be found on the Dual Enrollment Course Directory: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/course-directory-2020-2021-beginning-summer-term-2020/.

4. You must be accepted by the college. The eligible participating college must approve your Dual Enrollment courses and funding application.


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: https://www.screencast.com/t/gxEQkElyo1. 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.


Summer School

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


470-254-1244 fax

Fulton Virtual School Instructional Technology Department



470-254-1244 fax

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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

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. All Bridge Law activities are to be complete by April 30th.

National Hispanic College Fair

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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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SEL Home Connection

This week your child will be learning about optimism. Students will learn strategies on how to adopt an optimistic lifestyle. This is very important as life can sometimes throw a curve ball but having an optimistic attitude can enable you to cope and manage life's problems. There are many health benefits to having a positive or optimistic mindset including lowers rates of depression, reduced stress and anxiety and an increased life span. Studies show that people who think optimistically are more resilient and better able to manage the ups and downs of life. People who are optimistic expect positive outcomes and tend to have more confidence and ability to cope with problems. Below is a list of key strategies on how to adopt an optimistic lifestyle.

  • Think Like an Optimist
  • Talk Like an Optimist
  • Act Like an Optimist

Parents, encourage your child to try something new. Have your child start with a few small changes and watch for the results of his or her optimism. Also, adopt an optimistic mindset and maintain an optimistic disposition in front of your child. 21 days makes a habit so try it, track it, and be triumphant in it!

Parent Tip of the Week

This week's tip begins with two words "SET EXPECTATIONS." Teenagers might act unhappy about expectations you place on them. However, trust me, they understand and need to know that you care enough to expect certain things such as good grades, acceptable behavior, and respectful of the house rules. If you have appropriate expectations, your child WILL try to meet them. They WANT to make you proud. Without reasonable expectations, your teen may feel you have a lack of interest and respond as such.

Set high expectation but keep them realistic and attainable. Believe in your teens capabilities and give him/her the tools to perform better and develop an optimistic and growth mindset. One of the keys to successfully motivating your teen is to HELP him/her establish goals that are realistic and achievable. Unrealistic expectations can lead to negative consequences such as a loss of motivation, resentment, stress, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
  • If you show your child that you believe that he/she is capable of better performance, he/she is likely to perform better.
  • If you show him/her that you think he/she will never make it, he/she is likely to think of failure as a fundamental part of his/nature and to put in less effort.
Be a role model. Be optimistic and he/she will be optimistic too.
Panther Invitational Tennis Tournament 2021 Pictures

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