The Westlake Update
The Westlake Update, Vol 2, February 14 - 21, 2021
Week At A Glance
Good Evening Westlake Families,
Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am, the Westlake JROTC program will administer the ASVAB exam to interested students in grades 10 – 12. The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, that measures: Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Mathematics Knowledge. View the video at the bottom of the newsletter to learn more about the benefits of the ASVAB. Click the following link to sign up for the ASVAB: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=mLHcDGmBcEu6n9p-O6cAwl8cjgIkqkhMhFAINZwlO-RUQjBDRTNBMUpTR09HNzlGS1I3Q0FGUUFCNy4u
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 pm, Student Services will host a Course Selection Q & A via Microsoft Teams for all rising 10th - 12th-grade families. The Course Selection Q & A will explain the overview of the scheduling process and answer any general questions families may have about course selections for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 school year.
Use the following links to access the Westlake Course Catalog and to make course selections for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 school year. Please have these selections made by February 18, 2021.
Or call in (audio only)
+1 470-705-1712,,878077462# United States, Atlanta
Phone Conference ID: 878 077 462#
This week's Extracurricular Activities:
Monday, February 15 at 5:55 pm Westlake Varsity Baseball travels to Buckhead to have a dual on the diamond with Pace Academy.
Tuesday, February 16 at 5:30 pm, Westlake Junior Varsity Baseball will travel to Hampton to challenge Dutchtown Baseball.
Thursday, February 18 @ 4:30 pm, the Lady Lions of Westlake Tennis will travel to Sugar Creek Golf and Tennis Club to take on the Lady Panthers of Southwest Dekalb in a non-region match. Westlake Dance program will conduct dance team audition clinics to assist students that plan to audition for the 2021 - 2022 dance team in Room 101. Westlake Varsity Baseball will host the Tigers of Stockbridge at varsity at 5:30 pm, while Westlake JV Baseball travels to Sandy Springs to face the Mustangs of Mount Vernon.
Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 pm, Westlake Varsity Baseball will host the Raiders of Shiloh High school and the Wildcats of Duluth High School. Westlake JV will be in the City of Decatur for a 1:00 pm battle with the Decatur High School Bulldogs.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Jarvis I Adams, Principal
SEL Home Connections
Model healthy friendships for your teen. Have conversations with your own friends and your teen about what it means to resolve conflicts in a way that serves the needs of everyone involved. Help your teen practice identifying how restorative solutions can be found for relationship conflicts.
PEOPLE & CULTURE
IB Diploma Programme Student of the Week
Alayna is a member of Westlake's HOSA and is pursuing a public health certification through a Morehouse School of Medicine program dedicated to bettering public health for under-represented communities. She definitely embodies the IB Learner Profile Trait of Caring in her everyday life!
IB Middle Years Programme Student of the Week
Sadiq loves to learn and is intrigued by the fact that learning never ends. He is a true representation of a Life-Long Learner!
PBIS Student of the Week
Showcase Student of the Week
21st Century Leaders is proud to announce that Westlake's Isabella Cavienss was chosen to represent Westlake in the 2021 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards. Out of the thousands that applied, Isabella was chosen as one of the Top 21 High School Students of 21st Century Leaders for Outstanding Leadership. She will be honored at the virtual Georgia Youth Leadership Awards, presented by Warner Media, on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 6 pm. Everyone is welcomed to join in celebrating Isabella's outstanding accomplishment. For event details and tickets, click HERE.
21st Century Summer Programs
Performing Artist of the Week
Nathan is an AMAZING senior from Westlake.
Accepted to Berklee College of Music, University of the Arts, Howard University, and Loyola University of New Orleans all for Vocal Performance & Musical Theater. This is a voice you don't want to miss!
Nathan Haydel has been selected by the Fulton County School Board of Education to perform at the district-wide Teacher of the Year ceremony. Please congratulate Nathan as he represents Westlake's Music department during this special event.
Performing Arts Department Chair - Mrs. Rae-Coleman (ColemanR2@fultonschools.org); Visual Arts Department Chair - Mr. Galbreath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Athlete of the Week
Community Partner of the Week (for students)
Athletic Director - Carl Green (greenC3@fultonschools.org); Assistant Athletic Director - Dr. Ashley Clark (email@example.com)
Student Services Corner
Five Things High School Seniors Should Do in February - www.fastweb.com
It's a short month, full of important tasks for the college-bound student!
1. Plan Final Virtual College Visits
2. Touch Base with Your Professional School Counselor
3. Complete Your FAFSA
4. Make Memories (Yikes, It’s a Pandemic!!)
5. Stay on Top of Your Scholarship Applications
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:
- 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
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.
Quick Tips for Parents
As a parent, it's important to reinforce the family-school partnership at home. Here are some tips that you can do to help your child stay on track and expand their learning opportunities:
- Check on attendance, assignments, homework, and projects. Keep abreast of your scholars' grades
- Talk with your child each day about how his/her day went, their activities, and classes
- Express high expectations and standards for your child’s learning
- Keep in touch with your child's teachers and monitor the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. You can find out a lot of information there.
- If your child is a Junior or Senior, please get to know our College & Career Advisor, Mr. Sean Moore, he has a wealth of knowledge to tap into.
Engaged parents are a key factor in helping students and schools succeed. With families and schools working as partners, student achievement is enhanced and children are better prepared to do well in school and beyond.
Keep in the Loop!
ASVAB Informational Video
Community Partner of the Week (Teacher Appreciation)
Thank You Family First Credit Union for sprinkling some love around to our faculty and staff by providing Jason's Deli box lunches on our professional development day Friday, February 12, 2021.