The Westlake Update "March 21 - 27"

The Westlake Update, Vol VII, March 21 - 27, 2021

Week at a Glance

Good Evening Westlake Families,

We are asking that all students, grades 9 - 11 apply for Dual Enrollment with Atlanta Technical College and Georgia Military College by Friday, March 26th.

As a reminder, Westlake High School will transition to remote learning Thursday, March 25 – Friday, March 26, 2021 so that staff can voluntarily attend special COVID-19 vaccination clinics hosted by FCS and the Fulton County Board of Health. FCS Project Vaccinate, which begins March 22 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is the latest step FCS is taking to support employees and our community throughout the pandemic. These days are not asynchronous, they are virtual learning days with live teaching sessions. Westlake High School will remain in remote learning April 12-14 but will return to face-to-face instruction for April 15-16.

Remote Learning Meal Kits
The FCS School Nutrition department will provide free Meal Kits for face-to-face students to take home while they participate in Remote Learning during the referenced vaccination days.

· Elementary schools will distribute Meal Kits on Friday, March 19, for face-to-face students.

· Middle schools will distribute Meal Kits on Tuesday, March 23, for face-to-face students.

· High schools will distribute Meal Kits on Wednesday, March 24, for face-to-face students.

Virtual learners will receive their weekly Meal Kit on Wednesday, March 31, at their regularly scheduled distribution site.

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

Kind Regards,

Jarvis I Adams, Principal

Student Services Senior Spotlight

Congratulations, Walter S. Atkins! All your hard work paid off!
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5 Strong ​Scholarship Foundation Scholars

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.”

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:
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HBCU Lunch & Learn -- "Excelling During the Pandemic" -- Sat, 3/27 @ Noon

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international, public service organization, with a membership in excess of 300,000 women, focusing on five targets as we provide service to our communities. One of the five targets is HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) for Life: A Call to Action. This target centers on the importance of attending and supporting HBCUs. As a member of Target 1: HBCU For Life: A Call to Action committee in our local chapter, Tau Epsilon Omega (TEO), our goal is to introduce students to HBCUs, outline the benefits of attending an HBCU, and guide students on how to navigate the admissions process.

As such, TEO has designed a virtual HBCU Lunch and Learn themed “HBCU Summit: Excelling During the Pandemic.” The purpose of this event is to engage in an open discussion concerning HBCUs as a viable college option, provide specifics and mechanics of attending an HBCU, show how schools pivoted during COVID, discuss application process changes and school safety adjustments, and showcase how these collegiate experiences will enrich the lives of students and set the foundation for future personal and professional successes. To aid this discussion, we have a guest speaker, Dr. Lorri Saddler, Associate Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Clark Atlanta University as well as a college panel with students representing Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, and North Carolina A&T State University.

Event Details:

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 2021

TIME: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

WHERE: Zoom (link below)

COST: Free and open to the public

Students and families can register for this event at

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at or visit our website at

We look forward to your students' attendance on March 27th!

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This Week in Athletics

Westlake Athletics Website

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

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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 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 and following us on Twitter @WestlakeSports1.

Thank You Christian Coleman!

We would like to thank Christian Coleman for supporting and sponsoring our Track and Field program. We hosted our 3rd annual Christian Coleman invitational Saturday, March 20th. This was a great event where athletes from different schools were able to come and showcase their talents.
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College Virtual Visits (Update below)

Florida State University Virtual College Visit

Tuesday, March 23rd, 5pm

This is an online event.

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For additional information about college visits, contact:

What’s Next? The Transition from High School Graduate to College Freshman Workshop

Tuesday, March 23rd, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

What’s Next Workshop?

The Transition from High School Graduate to College Freshman.

This workshop will help students learn about obtaining scholarships before college and during college. Also, this workshop will touch on the transition from high school to college and what to expect in your first year. We have invited some special guests to this workshop to come connect with the students here at Westlake. One of our special guests received so many scholarships before and during her college years, that she never had to pay out of pocket for college. She will be at this workshop to teach students how she was able to make this happen for herself. Who does not like free money?

This workshop will take place March 23, 2021 at 4:30 PM on Microsoft Teams. Please see below for meeting link.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 470-705-1712,,718094368# United States, Atlanta

Phone Conference ID: 718 094 368#

Find a local number | Reset PIN

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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.

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:;; or

Recruitment Video
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IB Diploma Programme Student of the Month

This week's DP Student of the Week is Abigail Charles. Abigail was nominated by her DP Spanish teacher who says that Abigail is a wonderful representation of an expert in the IB Learner Profile Trait of being Open-Minded!

Abigail's proficiency in Spanish is outstanding. Señorita Wilson say Abigail speaks with ease and comfort in the second language and has immersed herself in the culture and the language. She is also interested in other languages and cultures, so she is pro-active in her learning. Additionally, she is an artists and brings her authenticity, creativity and ingenuity to the IB Spanish class.

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IB Middle Years Programme Student of the Month

This week's MYP Student of the Week is Nasir McIntyre. Nasir was nominated by his MYP Language Arts teacher who says that Nasir is the epitome of the IB Learner Profile Trait, Inquirer!

Mr. Thomas says that Nasir has been making major improvements this school year. He's been fully engaged in the lessons. Nasir has been leading the discussions in class and expressing himself vividly with his writing!

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Freshmen Spotlight

Meet Paige Rowell, our 9th Grade Scholar of the Week! Paige is an intelligent, dedicated, and creative young lady who enjoys art and drawing in her free time as well as eating Thai cuisines. After graduating college, Paige aspires to be an Architect and an Interior Designer. Let's congratulate Paige Rowell for being an exemplar of Westlake's P.R.I.D.E!

Continue to be: Prepared. Respectful. Involved. Dedicated. Enthusiastic.

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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

Westlake High School (WHS) Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Lions Battalion is proud to introduce everyone to this week's Cadet of the Week, Cadet/Captain (C/CPT) Dominque Evans. Ms. Evans currently serves as the Bravo Company Commander. She is a Leader Education Training (LET) 4 and Senior. C/CPT Evans is a native of Atlanta Georgia. She is a highly engaged WHS Scholar and Cadet who's previously held previous positions in JROTC included Squad Leader and First Sergeant. Ms. Evans was a member of the JROTC Drill, Raider, and Service-Learning Teams. She has mentored elementary school children while participating in the JROTC Junior Achievement initiative. This spectacular young lady has accumulated over 100 hours of community service.

Out of all the colleges/universities that C/CPT Evans has been accepted by her intentions are to attend Georgia State University where she will major in Nursing or Physical Therapy. Additionally, she intends on serving in the military in some capacity soon. C/CPT Evans maintains a 3.5GPA. She has exceled in the program and around school. She brings a high degree of ethical and moral standards that will serve any organization that she is a part of well.

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Graphic Design Student of the Week

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Athlete of the Week

King Huff

King Huff is a sophomore and the co-captain of the Boys Varsity Tennis team. He is our returning player and beginning to show his dominance on the doubles court. King has done well uniting his team and improving on his skills with each practice. We are proud of his efforts and impressed with his continued leadership.

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Maurice Laurent Jr.

Maurice Laurent Jr. is one of our new Boys Varsity tennis players. He is a junior and the co-captain of the Boys Varsity team. He shows off his power and skills on the courts and is a dynamic player to watch. MJ, as we call him, is a hard-working student, who likes to build up the enthusiasm and fun when the team plays their matches. We are looking forward do seeking him excel both on and off the courts!

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ATL Black History Film Festival Contest Winners

Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. hosted an essay and film competition to celebrate Black History Month. The contest rewarded teens and young adults that live in Fulton County. Students participating in the contest are asked to respond to the following prompt: “Why my unsung hero should be celebrated during Black History Month.”

Students were asked to write an essay or create a video about a 20th century figure who made a significant contribution to Black progress and American history in the areas of science, government or education. In the end Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr., The Jarvis Hayes Foundation & Friends of Wolf Creek presented 3 Westlake scholars, Isabella Cavienss 1st place video, Mercedes Fletcher 2nd place essay.

Happening in Fulton: Commissioner Arrington's Black History Film Festival Winners
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Junior Isabella Cavienss 1st Place Video

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Sophomore Mercedes Fletcher 2nd Place Essay

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Student Service Website

Head Counselor - Mrs. Sheila Jackson (

Counseling Corner


Dr. Owens (A – DA)

Mrs. Crawford (DB – I)

Ms. Harrison (J – N)

Ms. Perry (O – SE)

Mrs. Jackson (SF – Z)

Mrs. Mcadoo (All Magnet Students)

WHS Counselor's Twitter Page: @whsdenkeepers

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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

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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


470-254-1244 fax

Fulton Virtual School Instructional Technology Department


470-254-1244 fax

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Atlanta Tech Certificate Programs Virtual Event 3/24 @ 12:00 p.m.

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Recently, Atlanta Technical College has partnered with Fulton County Schools. ATC has several certification programs that students can complete with the funded 30 credit hours and Hope Career Grant. Below you will find a list of certification programs ATC offers that are available with this great opportunity. ATC is hosting a special session for Fulton County Schools on March 24th at 12:00 P.M.

Please use the link or SCAN to register for the information session:

QUESTIONS? Contact us at or 404-224-4511.

Approved Programs for Technical Certificate

Air Conditioning Technician Assistant

Auto Collision Repair Assistant I

Auto Collision Repair Assistant II

Auto Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician

Auto Engine Performance Technician

Auto Engine Repair Technician

Auto Transmission/Transaxle Technician Specialist

Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist

Automotive Climate Control Technician

Certified Construction Worker

Certified Warehousing Distribution Specialist

Commercial Truck Driving

Commercial Straight Truck & Passenger Driving

Commercial Wiring

CompTIA A+ Certified Preparation

Design and Media Production Specialist

Diesel Engine Service Technician

Diesel Truck Maintenance Tech

Diesel Electrical/Electronic Systems Tech

Drafters Assistant

Early Childhood Care and Education Basics

Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Technician

Heating and Air Conditioning Installation Technician

Infant/Toddler Child Care Specialist

Network Support Specialist

Nurse Aide

Patient Care Assistant

PC Repair and Network Technician

Plumbing Technician Residential/Commercial

Residential Wiring

Harvard Diversity Project

The Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project (“Harvard Diversity Project”) is an official program of Harvard College headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The program is an accelerated course of study in which students are taught by Harvard's assistant debate coach and are exposed to higher-level academic disciplines such as philosophy, political science, humanities, rhetoric, and much more. Students attend class each Saturday from August 2021 through June 2022.

The Harvard Diversity Project consists of 34 weeks of instruction, culminating in an opportunity to attend a two-week residency at Harvard in the summer. The program year is then followed by a year of service to the organization and community, instilling in our scholars the very essence of “building as we climb.”

If you are ready to expand your mind, network with like-minded, motivated students, and change the world, then this program is for you! Click her to apply:

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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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Dual Enrollment - Deadline to Apply for Summer 2021 or Spring 2021 is March 31st

Helpful Dual Enrollment Links:

Dual Enrollment Eligibility

Dual Enrollment Admission Requirements

Dual Enrollment Course Directory

Request Transcript for 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:

Students attending a Georgia eligible participating public or private high school must complete the online Dual Enrollment funding application. Students can request a transcript for dual enrollment through GA Futures Request Transcript for Dual Enrollment.

Application Steps

1. You must complete an Admissions Application for the college(s) you would like to attend for approved Dual Enrollment courses.

Fulton County School’s deadline to apply for Dual Enrollment:

  • For Summer and Fall Term: deadline to apply is March 31st
  • For Spring and Winter Term: deadline to apply is November 1st

2. After you have been accepted by the college for dual enrollment, you are now ready to complete the Dual Enrollment Funding Application ( Your parent/guardian must electronically complete the Parent Participation Agreement section of your funding application. Your parent will receive an email to complete the online acknowledgment.

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

3. YOU MUST provide the counselor with a list of dual enrollment courses that you plan to take. A list of approved Dual Enrollment courses can be found on the Dual Enrollment Course Directory: Your counselor must approve your Dual Enrollment courses and funding application by entering the courses that you plan to take through Dual Enrollment

4. 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: 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.

Panther Invitational Tennis Tournament 2021 Pictures

Click to view pictures of Westlake Tennis

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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.