The Westlake Update
The Westlake Update vol. VII
Westlake High School
Vision: To be recognized as a top-performing high school in academics, athletics, and the arts. #OperationA
Mision: To produce global citizens by developing the passions of students through inquiry-based learning, conceptual understanding, and service. #OneWestake
The Week at a Glance
Good Evening Westlake Families,
Monday, September 20th, Westlake High School will remain in Remote Learning and observe Fulton County Schools' Late Start Day. During tomorrow's late start day, from 8:20 am - 9:13 am, students will use the below links to complete asynchronously the Fulton County Schools required 3 Digital Citizenship Nearpod lessons.
1. Asynchronous Assignment 1: What's Your Digital Footprint? (9-12) https://share.nearpod.com/nVejSTObejb
2. Asynchronous Assignment 2: Cyberbullying (9-12) https://share.nearpod.com/6vFXQwIhejb
3. Asynchronous Assignment 3: Oversharing & Risky Behaviors (9-12) https://share.nearpod.com/r5q2zuKhejb
URL Late Start Day Bell Schedule
Student Asynchronous Work-time: 8:20 A.M. - 9:12 A.M.
Block 1: 9:20 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.
Block 2: 10:42 A.M. – 11:57: A.M.
Lunch: 12:04 P.M. – 12:46 P.M. (All Students)
Block 3: 12:53 P.M. – 2:08 P.M.
Block 4: 2:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
School Ends at 3:30 P.M.
Tuesday, September 21, Westlake will return to Face-to-Face instruction. We look forward to welcoming back our student body to the building. All students are still required to wear masks over their noses and mouth for the entirety of the school day. We will be releasing additional plans to reduce congestion in the cafeteria during lunch and hallway transitions.
Saturday, September 25, Westlake High School will host a Free Covid-19 vaccination event from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Fulton County Schools students, teachers, and families will receive a $50 gift card for each dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Volunteers are needed, please use the following link to sign up: FCS Vaccination Event volunteer sign up.
Saturday, September 25, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, the Westlake Magnet Booster Club will be hosting the 2021 Homecoming Dance to fund the Jamar K. Robinson Scholarship Award. The Homecoming Dance is completely sold out. Every student that attends the Homecoming Dance will be required to have their ticket (digital is preferred) that was purchased via Eventbrite. Each ticket is documented in our database and every ticket is embedded with its unique bar code that prevents sharing of tickets. Once the ticket is scanned upon entering, the bar code will become invalid to avoid multiple usages of the same ticket. Students without a valid ticket will not be permitted to enter the Homecoming Dance, there will be no exceptions.
Parents, please be prepared for most school games and school events to be sold out until the Covid-19 positive spread rate is below 500 in South Fulton. The Fulton County Schools' Mitigation Matrix is driven by the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the municipality. Case levels are reported according to municipal boundaries within Fulton County and can be found in the weekly Fulton County Board of Health Epidemiology Report. For more information, please visit: https://www.fultonschools.org/14daytrend
We have so many things to shout out this week, below are this week's top 5:
Shout Out # 1: Class of 2022 Last Friday, senior student-athletes (football and cheer) and fine-arts students (band and dance) were recognized for their commitment, successes, and contribution to Westlake High School. Other Westlake Seniors created a student section and dressed in senior attire to cheer on their classmates and friends. Parents and booster clubs did an outstanding job adorning the seniors with special gifts. Tuesday, September 21 Westlake Softball will celebrate Senior Night for our Lady Lions!!! See Pictures https://atlvisuals.pixieset.com/seniornight/#OurSeniorsRock
Shout Out #2: The Lake Show Westlake Football, Cheer Team, Band, and Dance Team outperformed Mays High School on every level and in every aspect of the game. As we wish for the revival of Mays High School, it is great to defeat a rival school. #OneWestlake
Shout Out #3: Westlake Band and Blue Reign: On Saturday, September 18, Westlake Band and Blue Reign performed at the annual Fulton County Marching Band Exhibition that showcases high school marching band programs from across the county, focusing on educational excellence while celebrating the hard work and artistry demonstrated through student performances. I am pleased to report that the Westlake Band performance was an exemplar stellar and that the Blue Reign is the top dance in Fulton County Schools. Thank you, Mr. Young and the band parents for supporting the program. Our brand is the best because they have the best direction and the best support. #TheArtsMatter
Shout Out #4: Dr. Theodosia Hall and Mr. Galbreath's AP Students: Current seniors that were the AP Literature and Composition students of Dr. Theodosia Hall last school year, had the highest number of students to pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or above for all of Westlake High School. Mr. Galbreath's AP Art students from last school year boost the highest percentage of students to pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or above. We are pushing our students to excel on upcoming AP exams this spring semester. #AcademicsMatter
Shout Out #5: Anonymous Parent This week a parent that wishes to remain anonymous was inspired by the solution-oriented approach of the Westlake Volleyball Booster Club (elevating and improving Westlake Volleyball), Westlake Softball Booster Club (field landscaping overhaul and improvements, painting dugouts, pressure washing, etc), Westlake Band Booster Club (landscaping improvements and the purchase of a band utility golf cart), Westlake Baseball Parents (landscaping improvements to the field and surrounding grounds plus more to come), Westlake Magnet Booster Club (supporting all students and teachers; while taking care of the magnet students), Westlake PTSA (providing continuous support to teachers and students), and the Westlake School Governance Council (ongoing school support and guidance). The parent stated that he saw and problem and wanted to be the solution. The parent informed me that his scholar is not an athlete nor a magnet student but he wanted to arrange for landscaping improvements to be done to the 4 large weed flower beds outside of the football stadium because his child is a Westlake student. This weekend all 4 flower beds were weeded and refreshed with mulch. The parent challenges the next parent or parent group to see a problem and become the solution. #BeTheSolution
Please continue to employ practices to contain the level of infection in our communities, like physical distancing and frequent hand washing, which help keep our students and schools safe and focused on learning. Be sure to report any positive cases through the employee or parent portal. Below is a video to explain the Mitigation Matrix in greater detail.
Should you have any questions or concerns at any point this school year, please do not hesitate to call, email, or come in to see me.
Jarvis I. Adams, Principal
PTA Reflections Contest
Do you have a creative kid? Reflections provide an opportunity for students to use creative talents through their own original works.
Theme: “I Will Change the World By...”
The six art areas are:
- Visual Arts
- Music Composition
- Dance Choreography
- Film Production
Ms. Grimes, Westlake's teacher, is the Reflections liaison.
For more information and the applications, check out our Westlake Reflections page: https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/21611?fbclid=IwAR3i5pZ1uJhqIIkAV2SQxXQBZNBtzPWhUQOeyaol-lSn8gkRqMm3cqUvvSs
Due date: October 28, 2021.
Join Westlake PTSA: https://westlakehs.memberhub.com/store
Upcoming College Visits
North Carolina A&T State University
Louisiana State University
Meeting ID: 823 4734 5925
Meeting ID: 823 4734 5925
Senior Fee Payment Links
Plan A $200: Graduation/Commencement Participation Fee, Baccalaureate, and Diploma Cover. Cap and Gown are not included. Cap and Gown must be purchased from Herff Jones (cost $90)
Plan B $300: Plan A + 2 senior t-shirts, 1 senior specialty shirt, 1 senior hoodie, lanyard, bracelet, senior week party, senior only activities, senior cookout (game tickets are not included). Cap and Gown are not included. Cap and Gown must be purchased from Herff Jones (cost $90)
Plan C $390: Plan A + Plan B + a yearbook
From the desk of Athletic Director Carl Green
I hope everyone is safe and well. Westlake Athletics has Covid protocols that must be followed. All athletes must be screened, and temperature checked prior to participating in athletic competitions and practices. If you do not feel well, please stay at home until you feel better. Masks must be worn by coaches and student-athletes inside the building during competitions and practices. All athletic facilities will be reduced to 50% capacity. Tickets from Go Fan are required for entry to all events. Parents of student-athletes from home and visiting teams will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Tickets that are available in general admission are of limited quantity. Football game general admission tickets will be listed on Westlake 's GoFan account by Wednesday preceding the Friday game. GHSA coach's badges and Fulton County School employee badges are still allowed at Westlake home athletic competitions.
With kind regards,
Carl Green, MBA, CAA
Westlake Athletics Recap of Week of September 13th
Westlake Athletics weekly recap……On Tuesday our softball team traveled to Tucker for a region game. The Lady Lions worked hard and gave it their all, but they came up short of the victory. Westlake Cross Country also hosted the South Metro Classic on Tuesday, our girls came in 1st place and our boys came in 2nd place. On Wednesday, the JV and Varsity volleyball team traveled to Maynard Jackson to face off against Maynard Jackson and McDonough High School. The JV Lions lost against McDonough (0-2), but they won against Maynard Jackson (2-1). In the Varsity matches, the Lions beat McDonough (2-0) and beat Maynard Jackson (2-1). On Thursday, our 9th grade and JV football teams competed against New Manchester. Our 9th grade team traveled to New Manchester and won 36-0 and JV football lions defeated New Manchester 50-0 at home. Our Varsity football Lions were finally back in the Lion’s Den on Friday, and they defeated Mays 56-6. We also were able to celebrate our football, cheer, and band seniors at the home game against Mays. During halftime of the game, we celebrated the 8th state championship of our track and field program by presenting these stellar athletes with custom rings. Thank you for your support of our athletic teams, please keep providing these teams with support and be sure to get your tickets from www.gofan.co/app/school/GA5381.
Week of Athletics for September 20th
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 at all indoor Westlake Sporting Events.
Please stay connected with Westlake Athletics by visiting our website https://westlakelionsathletics.com/ and following us on Twitter @WestlakeSports1.
Congratulations Westlake Track and Field Program
Congratulations again to our Westlake Track & Field Program for their 8th state championship. These athletes were able to receive their championship rings Friday during half time of the football game. These rings were custom designed to honor our former Principal Jamar Robinson with the phrase LLJR (Long Live Jamar Robinson) on the side of the Ring.
The Boys 4x400 Championship Relay Team consisted of Daquan Tate, Terez Davis, Demario Jackson, & Malik Mixon. Malik is also one of the top HS Recruits in the Nation. He was the High Point winner at the State Championship and won the 110 hurdles & 300 hurdles. He was also was named Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the State of Georgia! Congratulation guys!
The Girls Track & Field Team won the State Championship by more than 40 Points. This year the girls team also broke 4 school records and are preparing to win another Championship. This Team can be described by the quote “Talent can win a Game but Teamwork wins Championships” The girls that competed at state consisted of:
Simone Langford - Shot put
Majayla Stinson - 4x100
Sarah Drennon - 4x800 and broke the school record in the 4x800 relay
Ashlyn Davis - 4x800
Alexis Arnett - 400, 800, 4x400, and broke the school record in the 4x800 relay
Amaya Cooper - long jump and high jump
Jaden Billings - 4x100
Imari Johnson - 100 meters and won the 4x100 relay
Caylie Jefferson - long jump and won the 4x100 relay
Zaniya Jones - 4x100 and 4x400
Mia Mcgee - broke the school record in the 4x800
Kieley Gayle - 800, 1600, 4x400, and broke the school record in the 3200meters and 4x800
Colleen “CO CO” Branch - 4x400, 200m, 4x100, and she also broke the Westlake School record for the 100 meters and won the 100 meters at the State Championship
Madyson Wilson - long jump, 400, 4x400, and the State Champion in the 300 hurdles…Madyson also broke the school record in the long jump & was also named to the Atlanta Track Club All Metro team as the top 300 hurdler in the State of Georgia
This team is under the leadership of family of great coaches who put a lot of time & hard work in with these athletes.
Coach Bryant who coaches the High Jumpers
Coach Geter coaches the Jumpers & Sprints
Coach Gardner who coaches the middle & long distance
Coach Davis who coaches the hurdlers
Coach Coverson who has been with program over 20 years coaches the sprinters & jumpers
Coach Watson who coaches the sprints & relays
Coach Cage who coaches the sprints & relays
Disney Dreamer Program
The Academy was founded in 2008 to give students with a dream the tools it takes to let their potential shine through.
This is a 4-day event for 100 select students at Walt Disney World Resort. Here, Disney Dreamers interact with Disney Cast Members, celebrities, industry experts and community leaders through:
· Inspirational talks
· Immersive career activities
· Networking and interviewing experience
When does this event take place?
The next Disney Dreamers Academy will take place in Spring 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort.
How Can You Apply?
Applicants must be high school students between 13 and 19 years old. Completed applications for our 2022 class are due October 31, 2022.
HBCU Panel Discussion
Please join us as we discuss HBCUs!!! We are calling on all local high school students, parents, and families to to attend this interactive panel discussion and to learn more about the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The purpose of this panel discussion is to engage in an open dialogue with students and parents about HBCUs as a viable college option, to dispel negative myths about HBCUs, and to emphasize how the HBCU experience enriches the lives of both students and alumni. Please use the link below to register for this virtual event.
Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter
The P.A.C.E program is the signature youth enrichment program of Tau Epsilon Omega Chapter for high school males and females. Students in the P.A.C.E program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and/or life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.
The goals of the program include:
- Prepare students to transition from high school to college, vocational/technical schools, or work
- Provide college preparatory workshops focusing on desired college major/career choices
- Promote positive self-esteem and confidence
- Provide study and test preparation skills
- Provide opportunities for cultural awareness and community engagement
- Provide global citizenship skills
The program is open to rising ninth through twelfth grade female and male students who attend high school in South Fulton County as well as those who reside in the South Fulton County area. Full commitment to the P.A.C.E Program includes attending monthly workshops and performing various community service projects. Participants in the program are eligible to attend overnight college tours, receive book scholarships and attend cultural and fun outings with fellow participants.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
At Fulton County Schools, we work daily to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff in the midst of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the key info you need to know:
Student Discipline Update
Dear Parent and School Community,
We have been made aware of a social media challenge that students across the nation and here in our school system have been engaging in that promotes the destruction, vandalism, and/or theft of school property (e.g. hand sanitizers, clocks, hand dryers, fire extinguishers, etc.) as well as the posting of these items on social media platforms such as Tik Tok and Snapchat. These acts of vandalism and theft compromise the health and safety of our students and staff.
Please be advised that this behavior is a serious Student Code of Conduct infraction and very possibly, a criminal offense. Potential Student Code of Conduct infractions can include but are not limited to, theft, unauthorized entry/trespassing, and vandalism. This is a serious matter and any student found to be engaging in theft or destruction of school property will receive the most severe consequence response possible under the Student Code of Conduct as well as criminal charges where appropriate and applicable. Student Code of Conduct consequences ranges from up to 10 days of out-of-school suspension and a referral for a hearing which could result in a long-term suspension or expulsion from the Fulton County School System.
FCS is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students and staff and we very much appreciate you discussing this concern with your student(s).
Please click the link to read the Fulton County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Handbook: https://www.fultonschools.org/studentdiscipline
September 20, Late Start Date Asynchronous Assignment for All Students
Superintendent Looney added late start days for all FCS schools to support Professional Learning Communities. The morning hour will be dedicated time for teachers to learn together in support of students. On late start days, Westlake High School will have 9:20 a.m. start time.
During the late start day of Tuesday, September 20th students will use the below links to complete asynchronously the Fulton County Schools required 3 Digital Citizenship Nearpod lessons.
Asynchronous Assignment 1: What's Your Digital Footprint? (9-12)
Asynchronous Assignment 2: Cyberbullying (9-12)
Asynchronous Assignment 3: Oversharing & Risky Behaviors (9-12)