Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May/June 2017





FROM THE PRINCIPAL

It is hard to believe that in less than one month we will be graduating our senior class. The class of 2017 consists of a tremendous group of students and we should all be proud of their accomplishments and successes. I wish the entire class the best and look forward to congratulating their families at graduation on June 1st at the Connor Palace Theater in Cleveland. Detailed below is some parting advice for the class of 2017 to heed.

Stay Calm
Control your impulses. The most successful individuals know how to keep their emotions in check, even when they feel great anger or frustration. People will remember how you react to a stressful situation and judge you by that behavior.

Friends
You can measure your success by your ability to make and keep friends. Your jobs, houses and material things might come and go, but if you put your efforts into your friends, they will stay with you forever.

Education
Look for ways to continue your education wherever you find yourself. Don't assume that education only comes in a classroom. Learn from your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers and the people who you interact with on the street.

Learn from Mistakes
View a failure as an opportunity to learn from your mistake. Put failures behind you and move forward. If a difficult or unpleasant situation arises, ask yourself, "What can I learn from this?" Chances are, you'll find a good lesson there.

Benefit of the Doubt
Give people the benefit of the doubt. They might do the same for you.

Money
Start a savings account. Establish a routine that allows you to automatically save a percentage of every dollar you earn. You can increase savings later, but the habit to save will help you build a framework to secure your future.

Mentor
Find a mentor. A mentor can guide you, help you find new perspectives on issues and events, and open doors for you.

Passion
Find your passion and pursue it. Find an issue or cause that you want to advance or a hobby that relaxes you and makes you feel competent. Spend time every day, or at least every week, doing the things that matter to you.

Excelling
Push yourself to excel by surrounding yourself with people who challenge you. Put yourself in situations that force you to exert yourself to succeed.

Perseverance
Persevere in pursuing your goals. Many people give up too early and never experience the challenge of pushing through difficulties to reach the finish line. Get to the finish line.

Jay Bishop
Principal
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AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

A few Reminders as we approach the end of the school year… 

  • As the weather warms up, I need to remind everyone of the dress requirements for school. Students who are in violation of the school’s dress code will be asked to change into more appropriate clothing. 
  • All students are expected to be in attendance each day through the end of the school year as indicated in the Final Exam Schedule included in this newsletter. 
  • All school fees/fines must be paid in full before seniors can pick up their caps and gowns. All seniors will report to the gym on May 26th at 7:30AM for cap and gown distribution. Seniors are not to be in any other part of the building on May 26th. Underclass students must pay outstanding obligations prior to receiving their final report card. Checks are to be made payable to West Geauga Board of Education. 
  • As we near the end of the school year and all the related activities and celebrations that accompany them, you will hear this message over and over again: alcohol and drug related accidents are the number one cause of death of young adults in this country. Monitor your child’s whereabouts and insist that all parties are drug and alcohol free. It’s not only prudent, it’s the law. 
2017-18 Parking Applications Available Online in August

2017-2018 Parking Permits will be handled in a similar manner as this year. The application will be made available online. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will be permitted to apply for a parking permit. The link to the application can be found online under the West Geauga High School’s forms link and will be available at the beginning of August. Parking applications will not be mailed home. Students may not drive to school the first day without purchasing a permit from the school’s main office. Once the application is completed online, permits can be picked up beginning August 11 through August 21 from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and $30 will be due when the permits are picked up. Please make checks out to the student’s graduating class (ie: Class of 2019).

Students will need to be logged into their West Geauga Google accounts in order to complete the application. Please contact Mr. Dahlhofer at ron.dahlhofer@westg.org or 440-729-5957 if you have any questions.



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Dear 11th Grade Parents,

All students entering the 12th grade next school year are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.* This is a relatively new requirement.  Official documentation of the vaccine from the Health Department or physician must be provided to the high school clinic.  For your convenience, it can be faxed to 440-729-5959 or emailed to me at brenda.swanson@westg.org.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you,

Brenda Swanson, RN BSN
West Geauga High School

*Exceptions are limited to those whose parents submit waivers citing matters of conscience or religious conviction.




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WEST GEAUGA SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS:                     May/June 2017


SENIORS


CONGRATULATIONS! We’ll see you at graduation!

Decision Day/West Geauga Survey 2017:
On April 28 (Decision Day fell on an AP testing day) we celebrated the future plans of our current seniors. A certificate was signed and a picture taken to document this occasion. This certificate will be given to the students at graduation practice. Most importantly, we asked each senior to log on to his/her Family Connection account and complete the West Geauga Survey 2017. This information will allow us to send final transcripts to the schools they will be attending this fall.

Senior Report Cards, Medals, & Cords:
All seniors will receive a copy of their transcript along with any medals and cords they have earned at the graduation rehearsal. Students who are not “walking” and, therefore, will not be at graduation rehearsal, need to see Ms. Sargent in the school counseling office for a copy of their final report cards.


FOR ALL STUDENTS

Twitter:
Please consider following the West Geauga School Counselor on Twitter. @WGHSCounselors

Summer School:
West Geauga High School does offer summer school for students. The program is offered online. Check the West Geauga website, or contact Jim Kish, Middle School Principal, at 729-5940. If your child is in danger of failing a required course, you might want to call about programs at West G or area schools. Area schools may have traditional classroom summer programs. There are also several online providers that offer credit recovery programs. Informational flyers for summer school programs will be available in the counseling office.

A letter will be mailed to the parents of students who failed a required course immediately after grades are completed, however, this might not leave very much time to register for the summer courses. We are providing you with this information early in the hopes of giving you a head start.

Scheduling:
Schedule changes were due to the guidance department by May 1st in order for our administration to create the master schedule. Any changes requested after this date must follow the guidelines outlined in the Program of Studies. After May 1st of each year, schedule changes may be made only if there is...
  • a data entry error 
  • a failure in a required course
  • an imbalance of semester courses 
  • a graduation requirement omitted. 
Summer Counseling Hours:
End of School Year - The counselors will be working in the counseling office through June 9th and Ms. Sargent, School Counselor’s Administrative Assistant, will be working through June 30th.

Beginning of 2017-2018 School Year - Ms. Sargent will return to the office July 31st and the counselors will return August 14th.

College Visits:
For all students, but particularly juniors, the summer is a great time to visit college campuses. If you happen to be passing a campus on the way to your family vacation, plan to stop by and at least drive through. Time permitting, plan a stop in the admissions office to meet a college representative. It is to your advantage to visit campuses and meet college representatives! Showing interest in a school is an important part of the college application process.

Summer Writing:
Junior students are encouraged to begin crafting a college application essay. If a school you have interest in uses Common Application, you can view the prompts for the 2017-2018 school year at commonapp.org and they are listed in Family Connection, too. Some schools have their own applications and prompts so make sure to check into the requirements for each college. When writing an essay be sure the reader can learn something about you that he/she could not find in an application and be creative!

West Geauga Education Foundation Programs:
Be sure to take advantage of all the programming that the West Geauga Education Foundation has to help with applications, essay writing, and test prep.

Family Connection:
The Family Connection/Naviance website has valuable information regarding college planning, scholarships, and many other timely topics. You can find a link to this website at www.westg.org. Click on High School, then Guidance.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school counseling office.

David Callahan          Students with last names A-G      729-5963      david.callahan@westg.org

Kimberly Zannetti      Students with last names H-O      729-5964      kim.zannetti@westg.org

Sarah Widman           Students with last names P-Z      729-5965      sarah.widman@westg.org

Michelle Sargent        Assistant                                      729-5962      michelle.sargent@westg.org

Career Guidance Report:
Below is a list of the career-oriented guidance that our office, along with Ann Marn, our career specialist, provided to students during the 2016-2017 school year.

Freshmen (September and November)
Completed Naviance registration.
Began the Naviance Resume.
Completed the Naviance Career Interest Profiler and browsed several suggested career fields.
Completed an in-depth search of one career.

Sophomores (November and December)
Updated the Naviance Resume.
Completed Do What You Are.
Revisited freshman Career Interest Profiler results in the Career Tab.
Browsed the Naviance College tab: College Maps, Super Match College Search.

Juniors (January)
Updated the Naviance Resume.
Completed Naviance Strengths Explorer.
Completed the Naviance Super Match College Search and Colleges I'm Thinking About.
Explored College Maps and Scattergrams and Scholarships.
Encouraged students to visit college websites' essay topics and applications.

Seniors (September)
In preparation for the upcoming Guidance Senior Assembly, students...
Updated the Naviance resume.
Completed Brag Sheets for teachers and Guidance.
Explored National Scholarship Search, Scholarship List, and Upcoming College Visits.
Viewed college websites' essay topics and applications.
Viewed Common Application.

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Click here for the final exam schedule 




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2017 - 2019 School Year Calendars Posted


The 2017 - 2019 school calendars have been approved by the school board and are posted on our district website.  Click here to access the calendars directly.


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HILLCREST INSURANCE STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE MONTH


APRIL 2017


Senior, Alison D'Alessandro - Track
Alison is a senior student-athlete on the girls track team. She will be a 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. Alison is a pole vaulter who draws a crowd at every event. She has already cleared 12' and is aiming for 13' before the season ends. She was also a four-time letter winner for the gymnastics team. Coach Ryan Nightingale said, "It has been a pleasure to watch Alison progress into one of the elite vaulters in the state. She has shown great dedication in improving her craft by jumping during indoor season with the Geneva vault club and attending vault camp at the University of Tennessee. The greatest part of coaching is watching kids achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Alison has already done this this season by clearing 12 feet and giving herself the opportunity to continue her career at the University of Kentucky." Outside of her athletic competitions she is involved with the Student Council, Interact Club, Key Club and Art Club. She has earned a current cumulative GPA of 4.23 She plans on attending the University of Kentucky to study math. 

Junior, Trent Fritzche - Lacrosse
Trent is a junior student-athlete on the boys lacrosse team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter this season. He has been the team captain the past two years. He has led the West Geauga lacrosse program in scoring in all three of his seasons at the high school. Trent is also one of the top ten leading scorers in the state. Trent has already earned All-Ohio honors in the sport of lacrosse. Coach Steele said, "Trent is an amazing lacrosse player; he has the ability to take over a game and has one of fastest shots I have seen on a lacrosse field. He is very talented and has the ability to play at the next level or in college." Off the lacrosse field, he is a great student, holding an accumulative GPA of 3.8 and earning a 4.17 this past quarter. Trent, although only a junior, has intentions of heading to the east coast for college, where he intends to study business and pursue an MBA shortly after. In his free time Trent enjoys chilling with his friends on the weekend and playing lacrosse with his summer team, the Titanium.




MARCH 2017

Freshman, Torrie Gall - Softball
Torrie is a freshman student-athlete on the girls fastpitch team. She will be earning her first varsity letter for the team this season. As a freshman Torrie has transitioned right into the starting lineup. She has displayed quality leadership skills and maturity at a young age. Her batting average in the first five game is .571 with an on base percentage of .667. She has scored 12 runs with 5 RBI's. Coach Leppla said, "Torrie is an all-around ball player who has an exceptional skill level who I believe has the potential to be one of the best softball players West Geauga has ever had. I am excited for the the future of Torrie and West Geauga Fastpitch." She was also a member of the girls volleyball team. Outside her early athletic accomplishments, she has earned a GPA of 3.92 in the 3rd quarter. She plans on attending college to continue both her academic and athletic careers, however is still in the early phases of searching for the right place. She has intentions to study dermatology. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family on top traveling to different states for her summer travel softball team.

Senior, Charlie Koach - Baseball

Charlie is a senior student-athlete on the baseball team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter for the team. He is this year's team captain. Coach McIntyre says, "Charlie leads by example because everything he encourages others to do he does himself. It is the little things that make the difference and he is going to be missed by the West Geauga Baseball Community." Charlie was also a member of the football team where he earned two varsity letters, on top of receiving 1st team All-District and 1st Team All Conference honors. Outside of his athletic accomplishments, Charlie was able to finish the 3rd quarter with a GPA of 3.8. Charlie is also the CEO of the Beachwood Junior Achievement Marketing Program. Charlie will be continuing his education at West Virginia University where he plans to study marketing. Charlie enjoys sports and yoga. 



FEBRUARY 2017

Senior, Lexy Ange - Gymnastics
Lexy is a senior student-athlete on the girls’ gymnastics team. She will is 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. Lexy qualified and competed in the OHSAA Gymnastics State Tournament this season and finished 19th with a score of 8.85 on the floor. She was also a four-time district qualifier. Lexy was also a member of the cheerleading team where she earned 2 varsity letters. Coach Gina Javorek said, "A big congratulations to Lexy Ange for her outstanding accomplishment of making it to the state gymnastics tournament this year. She is one of the most honest, genuine, hard working gymnasts I've ever coached. She deserved her spot in that meet. It was a great way to end a fantastic senior year for her." Outside her athletic accomplishments, she has earned a current cumulative GPA of 4.37 She plans on attending Ohio State University to study Pre-Law. Lexy enjoys staying active by running and exercising. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Junior, David Dela Cruz - Fencing

David is a junior student-athlete on the fencing team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter for the team. He is this year's team captain. His most recent accomplishment was placing third in his last fencing tournament. He was recognized by the academic decathlon for earning several medals. Coach Brooke Snyder said, "David is the fencer that the whole team looks up to. He leads by example and is always jumping in to assist his teammates. As his coach, I am able to count on him to show up every day and give 100% to the program." Outside his athletic abilities he is a great student, holding an accumulative GPA of 3.64. David is also planning on furthering his education, however, is still undecided to which college or university he will be attending. He has an interest in studying biology. David enjoys fishing, bicycling, fencing, zip lining and spending time with his friends.



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April - Camryn Heatwole

May -  Jessica Baliker


April - David Sprenger

May -  James Pusterhofer









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Click here for IMPORTANT Graduation Information!!











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The 2017 yearbook will continue to be sold on a first come/ first served basis as long as quantities last.  The cost is $75.00








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ATTENTION CLASS OF 2018!!  The deadline to submit your senior picture (and baby picture) will be on Friday, September 15th.  If you plan to have a professional sitting, please schedule a summer appointment.  Other options include attending school picture day on September 14th or taking one of your own.  Please email josephine.ward@westg.org.


Click here for senior picture submission information






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Sign up for this year's Wolverun 5k Color Run!  All proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders!  Sign up now at wolverun.eventbrite.com or click here for a registration form.









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The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library.  Executive Board positions are available.  Anyone interested please attend the meeting or contact us at cskerbec@roadrunner.com.





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Attention Class of 2018, 2019 & 2020 Students & Parents! 

App Day - Redesigned!

WGEF is once again bringing App Day to the students of WGHS. App Day educates students and parents on how to fill out the Common Application used by many colleges to determine admission. As in the past, emphasis will be placed on the importance of the college essay and tips given to create an essay that stands out and helps your application for admission, scholarships, honor colleges, and special programs.

The 2017 App Day Line Up 
Wednesday, May 17 – 6:30 pm – WGHS Room 124
Rae Ann DiBaggio, an experienced career admissions officer, will be speaking to parents of WG students from the Classes of ’18, ’19 and ’20 on best practice tips and techniques for completing the college application process – and the purpose of the college essay. Parents – knowing what criteria admission officers look for in a college essay is the first step to supporting your student as he/she selects a topic that will showcase true interests and personality. There will be an opportunity that night to register your student for the August 21st session.

Friday, May 19 – All 11th Grade English Classes
Mrs. DiBaggio will be meeting with every 11th grade student in his/her regularly scheduled English class to discuss college applications and essays tips and techniques. She will give examples of great essays, some not so great, and explain why there is a difference. Most Class of 2018 students will be writing a draft of their college essay in their English class and will now have the summer to polish and perfect it, using Mrs. DiBaggio’s guidance. Registrations will be accepted for the August 21st session.

Monday, August 21 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Students must be Pre-Registered
Class of 2018 students: Bring Your Laptop!
Bring Your Completed Essay! 
Rae Ann DiBaggio and college admission counselors from various schools (past counselors in attendance have come from Hiram, Cleveland State, Oberlin, Vanderbilt, OSU, Notre Dame College and more) will be helping students complete their application and polish their essay. The session starts with logging into their Common Application. After a brief break, students will have their college essay critiqued by at least two college admission counselors who are traveling to WGHS for the sole purpose of meeting our students and assisting them in obtaining admission to their desired school. Registration Cost - $20 cash or check (payable to West G Ed Foundation)

For registration or more information contact Theresa Kulp at:



Test Prep Resources for WG High School Students 


Many West G Ed Foundation members have learned firsthand that college entrance scores can play a big role in the admission and tuition cost of colleges that our WG students wish to attend. While we all acknowledge that no one score can define the abilities of our student – we recognize that an ACT or SAT test score can:

  • Determine where they are accepted
  • Determine if and how much merit aid and scholarship money they receive
  • Lower the tuition cost of a 4 year university to the cost of our local community college
With that in mind, WGEF arranges for ACT & SAT practice testing conducted throughout each school year in conjunction with Huntington Learning Center. Each practice test is administered using actual ACT & SAT tests and with the same time constraints. Results show our students where they might score on the actual test. If a higher score is desired, students can continue their test prep, receiving one-on-one guidance through Huntington Learning Centers at a discounted rate.

 
For more information on the WGEF Huntington partnership and upcoming test dates email Theresa Kulp at: kickstart.egef@gmail.com




Whirly Ball Fun for WGEF!



Friends of WGEF enjoyed an afternoon of friendly competition on the Whirly Ball court and a casual lunch of pizza, wings and salad all to support next year’s grant funding cycle.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an enjoyable afternoon and to those who donated to support the event. Your participation and donations support the innovative, educational grants WGEF will be making during the 2017-18 school year!




Friday, March 10, 2017

March/April 2017


From the Principal...


Spring will be here soon! I hope that all of you are enjoying some of the pleasant temperatures we are experiencing in Northeast Ohio. What an exciting time for our students at West Geauga, as it is a reminder that summer is just around the corner!

West Geauga High School is in its final stages of preparing our students to take Ohio’s end-of-course exams. West Geauga High School will offer these exams over six days during a three week period. All students in 9th grade English, 10th grade English, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Government I and Government II will sit for their end-of-course exams. On testing days, students needing to take their exams will report to school promptly at 7:25 am. All students not taking an end-of course exam will report to school at 9:35 A.M. Students in these courses must report to their tests on the following days:


Monday, April 10th - English 9, English 10 (Part I)

Tuesday, April 11th - English 9, English 10 (Part II)

Thursday, April 20th - Biology, Government (Part I)

Friday, April 21st - Biology, Government (Part II)

Thursday, April 27th - Algebra I, Geometry (Part I) 

Friday, April 28th - Algebra I, Geometry (Part II)

The bell schedule for the AIR End-of-Course exam week will be as follows:

1st Period - 9:35 - 10:04 
2nd Period - 10:08 - 10:41
3rd Period - 10:45 - 11:14 
4th Period - 11:18 - 11:47 
5A Period- 11:51 - 12:21
5B Period - 12:24 - 12:54
6th Period - 12:58 - 1:27
7th Period - 1:31 - 2:00
8th Period - 2:04 - 2:33



I want to make you aware of the Ohio Department of Education’s web site: (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing). Clicking on the Ohio’s State Test Portal will provide you with practice tests and test information for you and your child.

Also, students can go to www.westg.org and log on to our high school website. On the front page of our site, students can click on this link: Student End-of Course Review. This link will take you to a test review site.

Students who still need to pass prior end-of-course exams are currently working with staff members during advisory period. All remediation teachers have provided students with reference material and support learning opportunities to assist with their test retakes. Test retakes will be offered to students during the subject area testing times.

To help your child give his/her best effort, please make sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep the night before the actual test and eats breakfast!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have or for any additional information. You can also contact your child’s guidance counselor.


Sincerely,


Jay C. Bishop

Principal


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..and the Assistant Principa
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As we enter the month of March, it is impressive to see so many of our students deeply involved in their school work and participating in a variety of co-curricular activities. Your support and collaboration on these endeavors helps to assure your child’s success in all that he/she does. On that note, I want to thank everyone for the support in assisting with attendance and disciplinary issues. Working together parents and teachers, the administration has a greater chance of success in keeping students on the right track.

We speak frequently with our students about the importance of instructional time and generally see a dip in achievement from students who miss class time. Instructional time is paramount to student success and nearly impossible to replicate outside of the classroom. Graduation is right around the corner. Any senior suspended or assigned Saturday School during the 4th quarter will be denied participation and attendance in the Commencement activities. All students are expected to maintain proper attendance and comply with our Code of Conduct and Dress Code as outlined in the 2016-2017 Parent-Student Handbook.

As we near the end of the school year and all the related activities and celebrations that accompany it, you will hear this message over and over again: alcohol and drug related accidents are the number one cause of death of young adults in this country. Monitor your child’s whereabouts and insist that all parties are drug and alcohol free. It’s not only prudent; it’s the law. Parents often call me asking for advice on how to keep their children from using alcohol and drugs. My advice is to get involved in your students’ life. Don’t just assume they are making the right decisions. Be a parent; you are not their best friend. Ask questions. If they are going out, verify where they are going. Call the other parents to check out the details. We all want to trust our kids, but we need to let them know the boundaries and let them know we are concerned by checking on their activities.

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All West Geauga Juniors To Take The ACT On March 21

On March 21st, all juniors will take the ACT exam during the school day. This college entrance exam is paid for by The State of Ohio as part of the new graduation requirements Please click here for more information on Ohio’s new graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2018. In preparation for the test, ACT has provided resources that will allow students to become familiar with the assessment. This information includes an instruction manual, sample questions and a scoring key. Please click on the links below to access ACT's resources. A password is required to open and view the content. The password for all three documents is ODE2017.


· Verbal Instructions for Administering the ACT Test Using ACT Sample Test Booklets

· The ACT Sample Test Booklet and Answer Document

· The ACT Sample Test Scoring Instructions


As always, please contact West Geauga High School if you have any questions.
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2017-2019 School Year Calendars Posted

The 2017-2019 school calendars were recently approved by the school board and posted on our district web site.  Click here to to access the calendars directly.  


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Students of the Month


February -  Gabi Engoglia

March - Jack Makee


February - Cole Khas

March - Sabrina Sugar






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West Geauga School Counseling News: March/April 2017

FOR ALL STUDENTS

The school counselors strongly encourage everyone to utilize their Family Connection/Naviance account. The students’ personal accounts have valuable information regarding college planning, careers, scholarships, and many other tools. You can visit the website at www.westg.org. Click on high school, Guidance, and Family Connection.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Counseling Office.

David Callahan - Students with last names A-G   729-5963 david.callahan@westg.org

Kimberly Zannetti - Students with last names H-O   729-5964 kim.zannetti@westg.org

Sarah Widman - Students with last names P-Z   729-5965 sarah.widman@westg.org

Michelle Sargent - Assistant   729-5962 michelle.sargent@westg.org

SCHEDULING

The scheduling process has changed this year with our new management system, Infinite Campus. All returning students had their core and some elective coursework requested by their teachers. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to select their other elective courses. Each counselor will be meeting with students to make sure the requests are entered. You are encouraged to log in to your student’s Infinite Campus account to view the list of requested courses and discuss them with your son or daughter. Any requests made by the teacher can only be changed by the teacher or school counselor. The course override forms are available in the counseling office if a student wishes to take a course at a higher level than what is recommended by the teacher. Changes can be made through May 1, 2017. If you have any questions please contact your child’s counselor.


KICKSTART COLLEGE FAIR

Please remember to attend the Kickstart College Fair on Wednesday, March 15th. The Keynote speaker is Jimmy Malone, Co-Host of the Nolan, Malone, and Kullik Morning Show and Founder of the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund. He will speak at 6:00 pm and the Fair will be in the gymnasium from 6:30 pm-8 pm. This is a free event and there is no need to pre-register. Take advantage of college representatives coming to you own backyard!

CCP (College Credit Plus):
If you are interested in CCP, we hope you were able to attend the meeting held on February 2nd. Please contact your school counselor to learn about the advantages and drawbacks of this program.

IMPORTANT REMINDER-- The mandatory CCP Intent Form is due by April 1. If this deadline is not met, your son/daughter will not be eligible to participate. See your counselor with questions.


SENIORS

You are in the final stretch of your high school careers! Please know that every college requires us to send a copy of your final transcript. This means they are checking to be sure you finished strongly. Keep working- You can do it!

Decision Day:
Decision Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 28th because May 1st falls on an AP testing day. This will be the day that we will celebrate all senior students’ plans for their futures. Be prepared to wear gear (sweatshirt, t-shirt) related to your decision. This could be college, military, or workforce. We will be taking pictures and asking each student to complete important information related to his/her plans. We look forward to celebrating with everyone!

Financial Aid:
Mrs. Sandy Hanley, our LEAF Financial Aid Advisor, works in our high school each Wednesday from 8:00-2:15 throughout the school year. Students and parents may request an appointment with Mrs. Hanley by contacting her at 729-5922, extension 4164 or email her at shanley@leaf-ohio.org. All of the LEAF services are no charge to our families.


JUNIORS

College Planning:
The junior year is a very important year in the college planning process. Current juniors should be working hard in their classes to boost/maintain their GPAs, registering for ACT and/or SAT, and visiting colleges. Spring Break is a great time to visit colleges. Check with individual college admission offices to see what tours and meetings are available to you during that week.

We hope juniors and their parents were able to attend the junior parent meeting/college planning night. If you were unable to attend or still have questions about college planning, we encourage all juniors and their parents to schedule an individual meeting with their school counselor this spring. The presentation is also posted on the Guidance website.

Summer Fun:
The counselors highly encourage students to begin preparing for the college process over the summer. This includes updating resumes and college lists on Family Connection, drafting college essays, and completing “brag sheets” for counselors in Family Connection. The brag sheets are used to help the counselors write letters of recommendation.

ACT and SAT:
Each junior will take the ACT on March 21st during the school day, starting at 7:25 am. The scores from this test can be used for the college application process. Juniors interested in attending a college need an ACT and/or SAT score. Any other attempts at the ACT, and/or for a student wishing to take the SAT, registration will need to be done online. It is recommended that Juniors take each of these tests at least once by June. Students who are planning to apply to selective colleges that require SAT subject tests should begin their ACT and/or SAT testing as soon as possible so that they have time to complete all of the necessary tests. Students need to register for these tests online.

ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org SAT Registration: www.collegeboard.com


SOPHOMORES

Work hard 4th quarter to get your GPA as high as possible. It will make a huge difference in your future! Try to discover new ways to build your resume. Remember, showing a depth of interest can be as important as the breadth of all your activities. Get involved in something you enjoy!

Excel TECC: For those students who were accepted into a program, please make sure you complete your confirmation. If you have decided not to participate in the program, please be sure you send in your intent to decline. Also, make sure you attend your program’s orientation meeting before next school year.

FRESHMEN

You are nearing the end of your first year in high school. Work hard to get your GPA as high as possible. It will make a huge difference in your future! If you are struggling in any of your classes, don’t give up! There are options here to help you including Advisory Tutoring and help before or after school. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness!

See your counselor for assistance!

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April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, WGHS students will be offered a free Poetry Writing Workshop on Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 2pm. Local published poets will join Mr. Connell, English Department Head, and Mrs. Brunner, Library Media Specialist, in offering students exposure to the art of writing and reading poetry. Students may bring a completed poem to polish up, and/or work on crafting a new poem, and can receive feedback from our guest poets. Stations will be set up for students to practice/develop skills like using figurative language. Learn about resources where poems can be submitted for publication. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy writing poetry. More details will follow as we get closer to April.


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Hillcrest Insurance Student Athletes of the Month




Senior, Kara Zebrowski - Basketball
Kara is a senior student-athlete on the girls varsity basketball team. She will be a 3-year varsity letter winner for the team. After tearing her ACL late in the soccer season, Kara has been unable to play basketball her senior year. Kara has been with her varsity teammates every single day throughout her recovery. Head Coach Cheryl Rye said, "Dedicated and loyalty. Those are 2 words that come to mind when I think of Kara. This was her team and she wanted to be a part of it, being able to actually play the game didn't matter to Kara or her teammates. She is still just as important to us and an integral member of our program. Her commitment to her teammates and this program speak volumes of her character." Kara was also a member of the girls soccer team where she earned 2 varsity letters. Outside her athletic accomplishments, she has earned a current GPA of 3.9. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and National Technical Honor Society. She plans on attending Bowling Green State University to study Pre-Physical Therapy. Kara enjoys playing and watching sports. Most importantly, though, she values spending time with her friends and family.


Senior, Daniel Sternen - Hockey
Daniel is a senior student-athlete on the hockey team. He will be earning his 4th varsity letter for the team. He was recognized as the Greater Cleveland Hockey League All-Star of the week with six goals in one game. Coach Gilliam says, "Daniel has served as the team captain and leader of the team all season. His athletic ability has allowed him to step up and successfully play a variety of positions including goalie this year. He is a coach's dream who is determined and willing to do what's best for the program."Off the ice Daniel earned a GPA of 4.0 in the 2nd quarter. Daniel is also planning on furthering his education at Bowling Green State University. He has an interest in studying health sciences. In Daniel's spare time he enjoys playing golf and boating with his friends.


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Time is running out, so please pre-order your yearbook now!!!  Yearbooks will arrive early May.  Order forms are accessible at the Yearbook tab at the top of this newsletter.  Pre-ordering your edition is the only guarantee to receiving an ALL-COLOR, 192-page keepsake of the 2016-2017 school year.  If available, any books purchased after May 1st will cost $75.00.





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Senior Parents


A special Senior mailing will be sent home during the first week of March with important information, forms, and dates. Please keep the calendar on the fridge for handy reference, then look for the 
purple form with this smiling face → → →

and sign and return the Graduation Participation Agreement. (DUE ON APRIL 3rd) If you cannot find this form, please pick up a duplicate in the Main Office or click here.

Caps and gowns have been ordered. About 20 students have not yet made arrangements. Go to Jostens.com or call Jostens—440-944-9636. Please take care of this obligation today!

The commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Connor Palace Theater at 7:00pm. Each student will receive 12 free tickets.

Limited handicapped seating is available upon request; please email phil.shiban@westg.org or chelsea.talty@westg.org no later than Monday, May 1st to request these seats.

Loge/balcony VIP seating is available in limited supply for $10 per ticket. These tickets will be available on a first come/first served basis, starting Monday, April 3rd. Payment for these tickets will be due no later than Monday, May 1st. Please make checks payable to WG Class of 2017.

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After Prom 2017 Update


After Prom will be at Play Arcade following Prom at Landerhaven



More details coming soon!

However---Please remember:

  • Get your parent donations in if you want your son/daughter to be eligible for the many awesome grand prize drawings.
  • Flea Market - March 12th at Middle School (donations being accepted on March 11)
  • “Play” Gives Back - March 27th 4 – 10 pm (20% of all sales-food and games goes to After Prom)

For any questions email Elana at emd9479@gmail.com





Click here for more After Prom '17 Information!





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The next PTO meeting is on March 8th at 7:00 pm in the Middle School library. There will be openings on the PTO board next year. If you are interested please come to the PTO meeting or contact us at wgupperschoolpto@gmail.com.



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Join Us!
The West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that provides funds to enable new and innovative ways of teaching and learning in the WG school system. We are always seeking new members and welcome educators and parents to join us. To find out more about WGEF, please feel free to attend a meeting.


Remaining meetings in 2017:



DATE
TIME
LOCATION
April 19
7:30 PM
High School Library
May 17
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room


Funds for new ideas and programs aren’t always available within public school budgets, and that's where WGEF can help. Each year the foundation reviews applications from teachers, administrators, students and parents, and then chooses programs to fund that will enrich and enhance educational experiences for our students. For more than 30 years, WGEF has funded more than $500,000 to support educational programs that school budgets couldn't otherwise afford. WGEF also hold events throughout the school year to assist students on a variety of topics.




Whirly Ball Fundraiser 
  



WGEF has rescheduled our fun family fundraiser at WhirlyBall in Bedford Heights.


NEW DATE: 

Sunday, April 23, 2017   
2:00 – 5:00 PM


WHERE:
WhirlyBall Cleveland
5055 Richmond Road at Miles Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146


COST:
$35 per person, including food, soft drinks and games

WhirlyBall is a combination of jai alai, basketball and hockey, all done while riding in a bumper car! The object is to take a whiffle ball from one end of the floor to the other and
hit a 15-inch backboard target suspended about 10 feet above the floor. The location also includes laser tag. Anyone over age 9 can play both games.

For $35 per person, here’s what you get:

1 game of WhirlyBall (could include more than one game per person, depending upon attendance)

1 game of Laser Tag (could include more than one game per person, depending upon attendance)

FOOD! Pizza, wings, salad and soft drinks

The event is open to the public, so please feel free to sign up anyone who is interested! Please make checks ($35 per person) payable to WGEF (West Geauga Educational Foundation) and mail to:

Linda Todaro
12578 Hovey Drive
Chesterland, OH 44026

Join us for a night of great fun and food! All proceeds benefit the West Geauga Educational Foundation.

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West Geauga Athletic Boosters News

The West Geauga Athletic Booster Club (wgab.wildapricot.org) is organized to support, assist and enhance the lives of WG student athletes. We support ALL WG sports teams, grades 7–12. In order for WGAB to continue our good work we are looking to secure new volunteers and donations. See below the many ways you can help. Please e-mail westgboosters@gmail.com with any questions you have or call Sally Contizano, WGAB President, at 440.668.2569.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm in the WGHS library. Join us!

We NEED You
2017 is an election year for the WG Athletic Boosters. All executive positions are open (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary). Please consider volunteering your time to help our student athletes. WGAB is also looking for volunteers to head fundraising committees and help with those committees (Concession Stand, Wolverine Cards, Spirit Shop, Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle, Membership, Online Team Fundraising, Shoe Drive).

Queen of Hearts 50/50 Raffle
A simple way to help raise money for WGAB is to purchase a Queen of Hearts Raffle ticket or help us sell them. Tickets are pulled every Tuesday night at Oak and Embers, 7:30pm. Current pot sits at $5640. Contact Betsy Margolin (betsymargolin@ymail.com) or Nick Lorenzo (nick@hillcrestig.com) for information.

Support Your Favorite Athlete or Team Online Fundraiser
You can donate to your favorite athlete or team anytime by visiting our website: wgab.wildapricot.org Details can be found on our homepage. Contact Debbie Sternen (jsternen@roadrunner.com) for information.

Spirit Shop

The Spirit Shop is open from 10am-1pm on Saturdays twice a month, check our calendar for dates: wgab.wildapricot.org/Spirit-Shop Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at WGSpiritShop for up-to-date info and announcements!

WGAB 16/17 Donations and Contributions (as of 2/26/17)

- MS Boys Basketball Uniforms $1470

- MS Cheerleading Uniforms $1100

- MS Girls Basketball Uniforms $1830

- Gym Scoring Table $3200

- HS Volleyball Nets $3300

- Cross Country Course Supplies $565

- Golf Uniforms $675

- Hockey Club Yearly Donation $2000

- Swim Team Yearly donation $2000

- HS Basketball Backboards $2000

- HS Wrestling Bags and a new scale $1250

- Swim Team Supplies $400

- Scholarships $1000

- Club Sports Awards

- Gator Maintenance $500

- HS Lacrosse Uniforms to be purchased this spring, up to $3750


Please help us support our student athletes. Get involved today!