The Westlake Update
The Westlake Update, Vol 1, February 7 - 13, 2021
Westlake Graduation, Prom, Seniors, and Championship
I enjoyed connecting and reconnecting with students, faculty members, and parents of Westlake High School. I visited several classrooms and observed students and teachers actively engaged in the teaching and learning process.
The graduation committee has confirmed a graduation date of May 23, 2021, at 9:00 am. Westlake's graduation committee is collaborating with the graduation committee of neighboring FCS high schools to lower setup costs and explore the pros, cons, and costs of the below possible venues. Seniors and parents can expect the announcement of a graduation venue soon.
- Westlake football stadium
- Wolf Creek Amphitheater
- Georgia State Stadium
- Georgia Tech Basketball Coliseum
- Georgia International Convention Center (Gateway)
Westlake's Prom committee is exploring the feasibility of a senior-only prom. The tentative prom dates are April 24th and/or May 1st. The prom committee will work with the Fulton County Board Health in monitoring the positivity spread rate of Covid-19 cases. More information is forthcoming.
College & Career Counselor Mr. Moore is in the process of hanging senior pictures listing post-secondary options and scholarship offerings. Seniors, please send your college and military acceptance letters to Mr. Moore at email@example.com.
Join this week's college virtual tours:
- Monday - Grambling University at 5:00 pm
- Wednesday - Bethune-Cookman University at 5:00 pm
- Friday - Yale University at 5:00 pm
Congratulations to Westlake's Men and Ladies Basketball teams!! Both programs are Region Champions!! Please continue to support Westlake Basketball as both programs start the state playoffs to bring home another State Championship!!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jarvis I Adams, Principal
IB Diploma Programme Student of the Month
Zamaria maintains over a 100 numeric GPA while serving as the President of the Technology Student Association (TSA), Miss Magnet, Vice President of the Math Club, and the SGA 12th Grade Representative. Her teachers state that Zamaria cares about learning, not for the grades, but because she wants to improve her performance.
College Virtual Visits
IB Middle Years Programme Student of the Month
Kamille is a magnet student who maintains straight A's while also participating in Track & Field as well as Blue Reign. She has a cheerful disposition and displays a sincere passion in all of her endeavors.
PBIS Student of the Week
Athlete of the Week
The Counseling Department would like to spotlight Jakiah Leftwich. Jakiah is an early graduate now attending GA Tech on a football scholarship. Congratulations!!! Raven "Hollywood" Johnson has scored 1500+ points during her high school career and is a 2021 Naismith High School Girls Player of the Year Semifinalist. Brianna "Snoop" Turnage has grabbed 500+ rebounds during her career at Westlake High School.
Financial Aid Night with GA Futures
Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6pm
This is an online event.
Westlake High School will be hosting a virtual Financial Aid Night for our Seniors and Juniors on February 24th at 6:00 PM. This meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams. Our friends at GA Futures will be on the meeting call to answer all Financial Aid questions that you may have regarding financial aid and college. Our personal GA Futures representative Adrienne Langford will be there to assist you. For more information about GA Futures please visit their website at https://www.gafutures.org/.
Ga Futures Financial Aid Night
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Westlake High School Counseling Team:
Dr. Owens, last names A-Da (OwensS@fultonschools.org)
Mrs. Crawford, last names Db-I (CrawfordA4@fultonschools.org)
Ms. Harrison, last names J-O (HarrisonT1@fultonschools.org)
Mrs. Jackson, Department Chair, O-Se (ReeseS@fultonschools.org)
Mrs. Perry, Sf-Z (PerryDB@fultonschools.org)
Mrs. McAdoo, Magnet/IB (McAdooN@fultonschools.org)
Getting Ready for Senior Year and Dual Enrollment
Check out our Counselors in Conversation for 11th graders on Wednesday 2/17 where the counseling team will talk with you about Getting Ready for Senior Year and Dual Enrollment from Noon – 12:30 p.m. Click here to join the meeting
Zion Strickland was selected as a 2021 Posse Scholar for George Washington University! This is a prestigious honor as he was selected from over 1,100 nominations that the Atlanta chapter received this year. The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits, and trains exceptional young leaders from urban public high schools and sends them in multicultural “posses” of 10 students to top colleges and universities on a full-tuition leadership scholarship. Congratulations Zion!
Congratulations, Telain Bivins for being accepted to Georgia State University, Albany State University, Georgia Southern University, Jackson State University, and Clark Atlanta University
College Board Virtual College Fair
College Board is hosting virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives and take action on the most important steps for college. Find a list of participating colleges for each fair by right-clicking the links below.
BigFuture Days Southeast | College Board Tuesday, 2/23, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT
BigFuture Days Northeast | College Board.Sunday, 3/7, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT
BigFuture Days Midwest | College Board Thursday, 3/11, 5:00-9:00 PM ET/2:00-6:00 PM PT
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.
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:
- Common App: https://www.commonapp.org/
- Coalition https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/
- GaFutures https://www.gafutures.org/college-planning/
- Common Black College Application https://commonblackcollegeapp.com/
- Individual College Application
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: ·
- Common App Matching: https://www.screencast.com/t/gxEQkElyo1
- Students Requesting Transcripts: https://www.screencast.com/t/Bk6kjS5ySK
- Requesting Letters of Recommendation: https://www.screencast.com/t/VD4X5XiMU
Naviance Overview Video https://www.screencast.com/t/I4G09d3MlI
Thursday: HBCU/Unsung Heros Day
Wrap up Black History week dressed, representing your favorite HBCU (Historically Black College or University) or personal mentor. We are wrapping up the week but not the celebration of Black History.
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