Thursday, January 12, 2017

January/February 2017


Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you enjoyed time with friends and family over the break, while finding a moment to relax.

On Friday, January 6th, a letter was sent home from Mr. Kish and myself containing questions your child may have regarding the topic of marijuana. It is important we educate all of our children regarding the effects of marijuana use. As you may know, our country, and specifically Geauga County, is fighting a heroin epidemic. The news reports of the widespread abuse are alarming. Alcohol and marijuana are considered gateway drugs that can lead to widespread abuse of highly addictive and lethal narcotics.

Last fall, a drug and alcohol prevention program was brought to West Geauga High School entitled, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” The program did a fantastic job of relating personal stories and educating our families, regarding the casual drug use that often leads to consistent abuse. The program was attended by more that 100 of our middle school and high school families. Copley and Bath Police Departments, who created the presentation, have graciously allowed this presentation to be shared with the community. You can click here to access the presentation or through the parent resources link at the top of this newsletter.

We will continue to have important conversations with our students regarding the use of drugs and alcohol and hope you will, too. The topic is embedded in various aspects of our curriculum and it is important the message is also communicated at home. I recognize the importance of our partnership and welcome questions or concerns from our families. In addition to the “Hidden in Plain Sight” presentation, I have made available several links under the parent resources tab at the top of this newsletter.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Sincerely,


Jay Bishop



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The bus lanes for morning drop off are for busses ONLY.  

Please drop your student(s) off at the south or west side of the building.

Thank you!





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A Message from the ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. . . .


Happy New Year! I wish everyone the best in 2017.

The second semester began on Tuesday, January 3rd. Some students will have schedule changes due to semester classes. There are still some parking permits available for this year. Permits are offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors and can be purchased in the school’s main office. A permit is required to park on school property. Students who are in violation of this rule may be subject to disciplinary consequences. Parents are urged to make sure your children are in compliance with all school parking regulations, especially the following:
  • All students must use the south entrance off  Chillicothe to enter the high school parking lot.
  • Students are not to use the north entrance or drive through the middle school lot. 
  • The gates behind the school (in front of Howell Field) are opened every winter to accommodate the trucks during snow removal. For the safety of our students this drive is not to be used by students at any time. Suspension of driving privileges will be the consequence for violators.
Winter weather is upon us. Students are cautioned to be extremely careful driving in these hazardous conditions. For many students, this may be their first winter driving experience. Leave home earlier and drive slower. It may be advisable to take the bus when the conditions are unsafe.

As we enter the new year, I wanted to take this time to remind parents to monitor their child’s use of technology. According to a recent study, 58% of all teens between the ages of 12-17 have downloaded apps to their personal cell phones. Apps have become the new way for teens to engage in at risk behavior (sexting, bullying, etc.). Below is a list of apps that are currently being used to engage in these behaviors:

Snap Chat - Snap Chat allows users to send images and videos to their friends. Senders can place a time limit on how long the receiver can view the image or video. The content of the “snap” is erased from 1-10 seconds, based upon the time limit set by the users. Students like Snap Chat because of the simplicity and speed. It sends photos and videos much faster than standard text messages. Snap Chat is the number one app students use for sexting. Teens send nude snaps to other students under the impression that the image will be erased. However, there are countless ways for the receiver of the image to save it. Forensic experts have stated the snaps can easily be recovered, thus they are never truly deleted from the receiver's phone.

The Whisper App - This app allows users to superimpose text over a picture. The users are anonymous, thus allowing for secrets to be posted. This allows users to share feelings and emotions over simple pictures. Teens have started using the app for cyberbullying. Due to the anonymous features of the app, teens are posting pictures of other teens with derogatory text superimposed on the image.

Ask.Fm - This is a question and answer site that allows users to ask anonymous questions. Ask.Fm has Twitter and Facebook integration that allows users to connect with all their friends on those popular sites. Due to intense bullying, Ask.Fm has led to 4 documented cases of suicide in the United States. Users engage in cyberbullying by constantly asking inappropriate and derogatory questions. The app is totally anonymous and is not being monitored by the developers.

The key for parents is to monitor downloaded apps on your child’s phone. Google the app to learn if it is dangerous or inappropriate. Gather all of your child’s passwords and usernames for monitoring purposes. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Sincerely,

Ron Dahlhofer
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December - Deanna Swinerton

January - Kaitlyn DiBiase



December - Jack Hanford

January - Jorge Mirabelli







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West Geauga School Counseling News

January/February


FOR ALL STUDENTS

The counselors would like to give students three simple suggestions to help make West Geauga High School a better environment to learn in and to allow each individual to capture his/her own success: 
  1. Be nice to everyone - always. 
  2. The next task that you are charged with doing, do it the best you can. 
  3. Never quit.
Naviance:
The Naviance/Family Connection website has valuable information regarding college planning, scholarships, and careers. You can visit the website at www.westg.org. and click on high school, then guidance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the counseling office.


David Callahan:  (last names A-G)       729-5963          david.callahan@westg.org

Kimberly Zannetti: (last names H-O)    729-5964            kim.zannetti@westg.org

Sarah Widman: (last names P-Z)           729-5965          sarah.widman@westg.org

Michelle Sargent: (Secretary)                729-5962      michelle.sargent@westg.org


College Credit Plus (CCP)

Any student interested in College Credit Plus needs to attend the CCP Information Meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM in Room 124. This meeting is for students interested in CCP and their parents. At this meeting a presentation about CCP will be given and all questions will be answered. The procedures and application guidelines will be presented. A very important document called a “CCP Intent Form” will be handed out at this meeting and it MUST be returned by April 1st. If this form is not in the counselor’s office by the 1st the student will not be eligible to participate.


SAVE THE DATE--Kickstart College Fair

All students are invited to the Kickstart College Fair. The Fair will take place at YOUR school on Wednesday, March 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This fair will be a great opportunity to explore schools and meet admissions counselors. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending!

SENIORS
There are just a few of you with whom we have not met to discuss your post-graduation plans. If you need assistance, stop by the counseling office where you can get information on colleges and apprenticeships. Check the scholarship rack for opportunities, too! The door is always open. Please remember to check your college deadlines, follow the application submission procedures, and check Family Connection for updates!

Do not forget that schools will require a final transcript at the end of your senior year. Do your best throughout your whole senior year to earn the best grades possible. The finish line is close!

Continue to make good choices...you all have a bright future ahead of you!

Mid-Year Reports:
Some of you applied to schools that require a mid-year report. If you are unsure what your colleges require, you need to go online to check. For Common Application schools, your mid-year reports will be submitted online through Family Connection. If, however, any of the colleges to which you applied are NOT Common Application schools, you need to communicate to your counselor that a mid-year report is required as soon as possible.

Scholarships:
Information on scholarships that our office receives can be found in two places. There are hard copy materials in the scholarship rack in the counseling office. Also, please check Family Connection/Naviance. Scholarship information can be found in the Colleges tab of your account. Make sure you take advantage of any opportunity to find dollars to help fund your education.

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

JUNIORS
It is time for us to start working with you on your post-graduate planning and college selection process. Please plan to attend the following activities listed below:

Junior Student Meetings- During your English classes on Wednesday, February 10th

Junior Parent College Planning Meeting- February 16th (7:00 PM in Room 124)

ACT and SAT:
It is time for juniors to begin the registration process for the ACT and/or SAT. We recommend that students take both exams and then repeat at least one in order to improve the scores. Juniors should 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 in March so that they have time to complete all of the necessary tests. Students must register for these tests online.


ACT Registration www.actstudent.org

SAT Registration www.collegeboard.com

SOPHOMORES
It is time to really explore what you want to do next year. There are many opportunities to consider, like the various levels of West G courses you choose to take, College Credit Plus (CCP) and Excel TECC. We will be meeting with you about course scheduling during your Advisory period. Please see below for more information about Excel TECC.

Excel TECC:
January 12 – Student Interview Day for all Excel TECC programs (Make sure you complete the application by January 9 and turn in interview permission slip by January 7)

February 2 – Students accepted to Excel TECC programs are notified via United States Postal Service.

February 23 – Students need to accept or decline their offers to be in Excel TECC programs.

FRESHMEN
If you are struggling in any of your classes, don’t give up and think there is no hope. There are many options here to help you- guided study halls, student tutors, and, most importantly, tutoring available during Advisory Period. The counselor would also suggest speaking directly with your teacher if you are having difficulty. Be prepared to ask specific questions. See your counselor for assistance. Our doors are always open! During your Advisory Periods in February, we will be meeting with you to discuss your scheduling options.

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Hillcrest Insurance Student Athletes of the Month


Senior, Lindsey Stanforth - Basketball
Lindsey is a senior student-athlete on the girls varsity basketball team. She will be a 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. She leads the basketball team in several categories. She is averaging 11 PPG, 4.7 assists and 4.4 steals a game. She was also a member of the girls volleyball team where she earned 3 varsity letters. She will be earning her 4th varsity letter this spring when she plays in her last season for the Lady Wolverines fastpitch team.Outside her athletic accomplishments she has earned a current GPA of 4.6. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. She intends on attending Miami University or Grove City College to continue her basketball career. Coach Rye said, "She is an amazing young woman of great character and I am proud to be Lindsey's coach." Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends and, of course, her dog.

Senior, Kyle Gallagher - Wrestling
Kyle is a senior student-athlete on the boys wrestling team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter for the team. He finished in 1st place at the Cleveland Central Catholic Tournament, along with 4th place finishes at both the Kenston Invitational and Olentangy Liberty Tournament. He recently, took a 2nd place at the Perry Pin-City Tournament. He is currently 15-4 and ranked 17th in the state in Division II wrestling. Coach Marino said, “Kyle has led by example this year, doing the work he needs to do to give him a chance to compete at the state level." Kyle continues to work both on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. He earned a GPA of 3.5 in the 2nd quarter. He is still undecided as to which school he will continue his academic career but has an interest in studying business. Kyle enjoys working out and wrestling.


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Senior Class Information


GRADUATION 2017!




  • Where: Connor Palace Theater, Playhouse Square 1615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
  • When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Tickets: Each graduating senior will receive twelve (12) tickets. Please plan ahead!





CAP AND GOWN INFO!

You can order your cap and gown right now! Just click on this Josten's link.

ALL Seniors need to order a cap & gown...even if you are not sure about graduating. If, for some reason you are not eligible to walk across the stage, your money will be refunded after graduation. The late fees can more than double the cost so please don't wait! 

Yes, GIRLS may wear a similar-sized sibling's or friend's white gown from recent years. BOYS remember...your gown must be NAVY BLUE. If borrowing a gown, you may still wish to order a cap and 2017 tassel of your own. If you are NOT ordering a cap and gown, please email chelsea.talty@westg.org or phil.shiban@westg.org and let your Senior Advisor know what arrangements you are making...that way she/he won't come looking for you!

IMPORTANT Events and Dates for ALL Seniors

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Senior Meeting, 10:55am (5A). 
  • You will receive Cap & Gown order forms, Graduation info and Yankee Candle Fundraising info. 
  • If you are absent or out of the building, packets will be available in the Main Office. ALL seniors need this packet.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Friday, January 27, 2017 - Jostens Cap & Gown Ordering
  • Jostens will be in the front lobby during lunch periods to measure and collect order forms and payments. 
  • Gap & Gown order is $28.50 + $1.92 tax = $30.42 total -- no shipping cost. 
  • IF ordering other items, tax & shipping need to be added.
Friday, February 3, 2017 - Cap & Gown Makeup Day
  • Absolute LAST DAY for Jostens to receive Cap & Gown orders by mail. 
  • All internet orders also due by this date. 
  • After this date, Late Fees are charged and can double (or more) your cost.
  • Anyone interested in ordering announcements and/or cap & gown online may do so by clicking the Jostens link above - it's that simple!
Monday, May 1, 2017 - Friday, May 5, 2017 - Prom tickets sold during lunch periods

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Senior Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2017 - PROM -- Landerhaven 7:00 pm

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 7:00 pm - GRADUATION at Connor Palace Theater, 

PROM - Friday, May 12, 2017
Landerhaven
7:00 pm - midnight

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The WGHS yearbook staff is working diligently to produce an award-winning ALL-COLOR 2017 edition of the Westwind. Don't miss this opportunity to reserve a copy for your student by submitting the order form found in the YB tab at the top of the newsletter. The cost is currently $70.00. With publication costs skyrocketing, the total amount of books ordered will be based on pre-orders.

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News from West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF)



Funding New, Innovative Ways of Teaching and Learning for more than 30 Years










Whirly Ball Fundraiser

WGEF will hold a fun family fundraiser at
WhirlyBall in Bedford Heights.




WHEN: Friday January 27, 2017 7:00 – 10:00 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 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.



ACT and SAT Practice Test Tutorials

Join Huntington Learning Center and the West Geauga Educational Foundation for an ACT practice test. Experience real ACT test questions and learn valuable strategies from Huntington’s experienced test prep tutors.

$10 for West Geauga students
$15 for Non West Geauga students


ACT PRACTICE TEST SCHEDULE

 PRACTICE TEST   9AM – 12 PM
 FOLLOW UP SESSION   6 – 8 PM
 Saturday, January 28, 2017
 Thursday, February 9, 2017
 Saturday, March 18, 2017
 Thursday, April 6, 2017

Special SAT PRACTICE TEST

 PRACTICE TEST   9AM – 12 PM
 FOLLOW UP SESSION   6 – 8 PM
 Saturday, February 25, 2017
 Thursday, March 9, 2017

Practice Tests will be held in Room 124 at West Geauga High School. Please make checks payable to West Geauga Educational Foundation. All proceeds benefit WGEF.

To register, see the West Geauga High School Guidance Office or call 440-729-5950. For other questions, contact Theresa Kulp at kickstart.wgef@gmail.com.


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.

2017 Meeting Schedule 

DATE
TIME
LOCATION
January 18, 2016
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
February 15
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
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.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November/December 2016

FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

Dear High School Families;

It is hard to believe that we are already one quarter of the way through the school year. First quarter report cards have been posted to our new Infinite Campus student management system website and we are now two weeks into the second quarter. Since the beginning of the year, students have had the opportunity to use advisory period to get help with course work, attend a club and/or activity meeting or take an Advanced Placement science course.

One goal of the Advisory period is for students to seek academic help or to enrich the learning experience. Classroom teachers are available to students either during 5A or 5B advisory periods. Students should communicate their need or desire to meet with their teacher during advisory and obtain a pass. Commonly, teachers will reach out to the students needing additional support and use advisory period to assist their students. Time commitments during advisory and lunch periods are very flexible and allow students to switch lunch periods in order to find a mutual time that works for both the teacher and student.

Academics are not the only reason advisory period was created. We recognize the large desire for our students to be involved in activities outside of the classroom. Colleges and universities even look for students who exhibit involvement in school and community activities and are involved in philanthropic organizations. Advisory period provides opportunities for students to explore and participate in various clubs and activities. Our high school calendar, located on the school’s website, will display the dates and times that our clubs and activities meet. Some clubs and activities include student council, Interact, Freshmen Mentoring, National Honor Society, Chess, Art, Ceramics, Spanish Lab, West G TV, Academic Decathlon, Academic Challenge, Science Fair Prep and Science Olympiad.

It is my intention for advisory to contribute to the positive school environment and allow experiences for student growth and academic success. Please encourage your student to take advantage of some of the many opportunities advisory period offers throughout the school year.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely, 


Jay C. Bishop
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Freshmen Mentoring Program
Navigating the high school and having a positive high school experience are extremely important for all students. Our Freshmen Mentoring Program helps ensure that every student gets off on the right foot at West Geauga High School. Advisory period allows time for our ninth graders to meet with upperclassman who have been trained to serve as Mentors to the freshmen class. Freshmen mentoring meets two days per week and topics include the following:

  • Reading class schedules
  • Getting good grades in high school
  • Digital citizenship
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Cyberbullying
  • Bullying
  • Club/Activity involvement and information
  • Positive Study habits
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Organizational skills
  • Test taking strategies
  • Preparing for midterms and finals
  • Communication skills
  • Drug/Alcohol prevention awareness
  • Understanding your report card
  • Understanding your high school transcript
  • Time Management
  • Study Habits
  • Scheduling for your junior year
  • Preparing for midterms/finals
  • Summer opportunities
Being a freshmen mentor is an excellent way to build leadership skills and get involved in the school community. Students interested in becoming a mentor should contact their school counselor. 
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School Fees

Each fall, West Geauga High School mails out school fees to all of our families for courses enrolled in by our students. Depending on the courses taken, fees will vary from student to student. Families of upperclassmen might have noticed a substantial increase in fees this year if their students are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. A $92 AP Exam fee is now included in the school fees for each AP course taken during the year. Students will no longer be required to provide a separate check made out to College Board for the assessment.

Your prompt payment of all school fees is greatly appreciated.
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and the Assistant Principal...

The school year is off to a great start. Personally, I am having a wonderful time reconnecting with students and families that I had gotten to know well through my years serving the West Geauga community. As we enter the fall season, here are a couple of reminders…..
  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. are great ways to communicate via the Internet. Unfortunately, all too often we see the negative side of social networking. Bullying, threats, offensive language, and inappropriateness are everyday occurrences on these sites. Daily, we deal with the after effects of these transgressions. Please monitor your child, and speak to him/her about appropriate use of these sites.
  • The number one correlation between academic success and potential failure is consistent attendance at school. When students attend regularly they succeed. Please remember to call the Attendance Office (729-5951) between 7:00 and 9:00 am each time a student is absent. This is a voicemail number, which can receive messages 24 hours a day, so you can even call the night before. Students who do not clear up absences within three days of returning to school will be considered truant and be issued a Saturday School Detention. Students with excess attendance issues will be referred to the Geauga County Truancy officer and require doctor’s notes to be have their attendance excused. 
  • Maintaining a safe, secure and productive educational environment is a high priority at West Geauga High School. Proper attire helps create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Clothing which includes references to alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances is unacceptable. In addition, clothing which depicts graphics or wording with sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations is prohibited. Please also keep the following guidelines in mind:    
    • Shirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length
    • Tops must have straps
    • Necklines should not fall below an imaginary horizontal line between the underarms.
    • The bottom hem of tops should overlap pants or skirts. No midriff exposed.
    • No undergarments should be exposed. This includes through sheer fabric or out of low-riding or loose fitting pants.
  • Students have received Infinite Campus accounts. Infinite Campus replaces Progressbook as an online gradebook. We are in the process of creating Parent Accounts as well. Please monitor your child’s grades on a daily basis. If you notice your child’s grades are starting to fall, please contact your child’s teacher. You can access Infinite Campus through the West Geauga High School webpage or by clicking on the Infinite Campus tab above. If you have not received a new account this year, or are having any difficulty with Infinite Campus, please contact me so I can correct the problems.
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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH




September - Daniel Sternen

October - Matthew Palmer

November - Shannon Stanforth









September - Maggie Corlett

October - Kierra Spotts

Austin Maguire





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W.G.H.S. School Counseling News                                                        November/December 2016
It has been a busy fall in the school counseling department. We have met with our Seniors and their parents to begin the college application process. The web program Family Connection/Naviance is the most important resource for the counselors and students. This program is allowing the school counselors to begin college exploratory activities with the underclassmen, as well as making communication between home and our department considerably easier. It allows us to submit nearly all of our students' college applications electronically. If your student has an iPhone, there is an app available. We highly encourage our students to use this resource throughout their high school careers! Our career specialist, Mrs. Ann Marn, has also offered her talents in helping our students focus on writing a high school resume, begin career interest inventories and search for colleges.


W.G.H.S. Counseling Staff

Mr. David Callahan (Students A – G)                  (440) 729-5963        david.callahan@westg.org

Mrs. Kimberly Zannetti (Students H – O)         (440) 729-5964        
kim.zannetti@westg.org

Ms. Sarah Widman (Students P – Z)                  (440) 729-5965          sarah.widman@westg.org  

Ms. Michelle Sargent (Secretary)                      (440) 729-5962          michelle.sargent@westg.org


Dates to Remember: 
The PSAT was administered to the sophomore class and some juniors and results should be available sometime in mid-December.

Excel TECC Opportunity Day: December 8; Sophomores are invited to attend as a field trip. Permission forms will be given to students and available in the counseling office.

Excel TECC Opportunity Night: December 8, 7 pm at Mayfield High School; Parents of prospective sophomores are encouraged to attend.
The guidance website has valuable information regarding college planning, scholarships, and many other timely topics. You can visit the website at www.westg.org, click on high school, then guidance. If you have any question or concerns, please call the school counseling office. Students: we have an "open door" policy. If you need to speak to your counselor, just drop in. If we are unavailable leave a note and we will find you as soon as possible!

SENIORS
Please remember that this is the time of year to work on college applications! Please remember to check your college deadlines and follow the application submission procedures (Senior College App Process PowerPoint can be found on the Guidance website.) See your counselor if you have any questions.

Financial Aid: The FAFSA timeline has changed and is already open to submissions for next year. A representative from the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) is available to discuss financial aid options, scholarships, and the FAFSA form. Mrs. Sandy Hanley, our LEAF Financial Aid Advisor, works in our high school each Wednesday 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. There is also a sign-in sheet in the Guidance Office. All of the LEAF services are at no charge to our families.

JUNIORS
Reminder - this is your last year to work on maintaining or bringing up your GPA. Remember that when colleges receive your transcript next fall, your cumulative grade point average is only based on your high school classes completed in the middle school, 9th, 10th and 11th grade marks. If you are having difficulty in a class, your school counselor is always here to help. Do not forget to take advantage of the tutoring available during Advisory Period. Also, start thinking about what you want to do after high school. A good resource to begin with is Family Connection/Naviance. See your counselor if you forgot your login. Start planning college visits and registering online for the ACT and/or SAT.

When is the last time you logged on to your Family Connection/Naviance account? You have been given a task to complete the “Strengths Explorer”. Please find the time to complete this before winter break.

SOPHOMORES

Mr. Hayes, Excel TECC's (Technical Education Career Consortium) counselor met with all sophomores on November 1. Opportunity Day for all Excel TECC is Thursday, December 8. Students are able to visit programs during the field trip that school day and parents are invited to Mayfield High School that evening from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. You got your report card. How are you doing? What can you change to achieve even more success? If you need some help, see your counselor.

FRESHMEN
Well, you are finished with your first quarter at West Geauga High School! Was your first report card a good one? If so, keep up the good work. If not, do not forget to take advantage of the tutoring available during Advisory Period. See your counselor for help, too. Remember: Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness! Also, be open to the information covered in the Freshman Mentoring with topics offering help with the transition to the high school.
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HILLCREST INSURANCE STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Senior, Erin Hoeh - Soccer
Erin is a senior student-athlete on the girls varsity soccer team. She will be a 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. She has also been named the team's MVP in two of her previous seasons, along with 2nd team All-Greater Cleveland, 1st team All-CVC, and two-time News Herald Player of the Week. Outside of her athletic accomplishments she has earned a current GPA of 4.1 and has been on the honor roll. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, and Academic Challenge. She intends on attending Washington and Lee University to study biology and Spanish.

Junior, Michael Osters - Football
Michael is a junior student-athlete on the boys football team. He will be earning a 2nd varsity letter for the team. Coach Cirino says, “Michael is an absolute role model and a coach’s dream. He does everything right both on and off the field.” Michael continues to work both on the playing field and in the classroom. His course work consists of all AP and honors classes. He currently carries a 4.0 GPA and has been on the honor roll every quarter thus far in his high school career. He is still undecided as to which school he will continue his academic career but has an interest in studying business. He enjoys staying active and watching sports.




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A Message from your HS Library


Start your holiday shopping early! WGHS Library is hosting a Book Fair with Barnes & Noble in the library on Nov. 16 – 18th. Books and other items may be purchased at the Book Fair, at the Eton Place B&N, as well as online (Nov. 16 – 23rd) – see the flyer for details!

Check out new releases for yourself or as a holiday gift! Present the attached voucher at the time of purchase so that a percentage of all sales can be contributed to WGHS’s Library to put towards new books for your students. Your support of WGHS’s library and student reading is much appreciated! Reading is to the Mind, what Exercise is to the Body…so, keep on reading!

Thank you!

Mrs. Brunner, Librarian





























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The theme of our 2017 all-color yearbook is LINKED and it promises to be extraordinary! Order now to take advantage of our "early-bird" discount available through 12/31/16. Due to the high cost of printing, the final number of books ordered will be based on pre-orders.

Parent to senior grad ads were due 10/28/16 but will continue to be accepted as space allows. Also available are Student to senior grad ads, giving students an opportunity to send a shout out to their favorite senior sibling, teammate or simply a BFF.

All forms are available in the yearbook tab at the top of the newsletter.

Questions may be addressed to year.book@westg.org or by calling 729-5922 x4550
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WGAB SPIRIT SHOP for the Holidays!

Come to the Spirit Shop for your holiday shopping this year!

We are open on select Saturdays and athletic events dependent on facility availability.
Check our calendar for current dates and times:

Order your Varsity Jackets ASAP if you want them for the Holidays. Deadline will be November 14th. Forms can be downloaded from our website.

The Spirit Shop, located in the high school gym lobby, has all types of apparel and items designed especially for the Wolverine fan. All proceeds from the Spirit Shop go towards helping all WG student athletes. We accept cash, check and credit cards.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at WGSpiritShop
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