Monday, March 11, 2019

March/April 2019

From the Principal...

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

West Geauga High School is in the final stages of preparing students to take Ohio’s End-of-Course Exams. These exams are part of Ohio’s graduation requirements and additional information on the requirements can be found here. Exams will be given over eight days over a three week period. During the scheduled testing days, all students in 9th grade English, 10th grade English, Algebra I, Geometry, U.S. History, Biology, and Government 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 15 - English 9, English 10 (Part 1)
Tuesday, April 16 - English 9, English 10 (Part 2)

Wednesday, April 17 - U.S. History, Government (Part 1) 
Thursday, April 18 - U.S. History, Government -( Part 2) 

Thursday, April 25 - Biology (Part 1) 
Friday, April 26 -Biology (Part 2)

Monday, April 29 - Algebra I, Geometry (Part 1)
Tuesday, April 30 - Algebra I, Geometry (Part 2)

The bell schedule for the Ohio’s end-of-course exam days will be as follows:

1º - 9:35 - 10:04 (29 min)
2º - 10:08 - 10:41 (33 min)
3º - 10:45 - 11:14 (29 min)
4º - 11:18 - 11:47 (29 min)
5A - 11:51 - 12:21 (30 min)
5B - 12:24 - 12:54 (30 min)
6º - 12:58 - 1:27 (29 min)
7º - 1:31 - 2:00 (29 min)
8º - 2:04 - 2:33 (29 min)

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 them to a test review site.

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
West Geauga High School

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From the Assistant Principal...

I would like to take this time opportunity to thank our parents and guardians for their support in assisting with attendance and disciplinary issues. Working together, parents, teachers, and the administration have a greater chance of success in keeping students on the right track. Graduation is right around the corner. Any senior suspended during the 4th quarter will be denied participation and attendance in the Commencement activities. All students are expected to maintain proper attendance and to comply with our Code of Conduct and Dress Code as outlined in the 2018-19 Parent-Student Handbook. Saturday School will be open on a bi-weekly basis until June 8th.

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 child's 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, 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.

Sometimes students need the language to help themselves stay away from risky situations. Here are some lines they can use.
  • “I like you, but I don’t like alcohol.”
  • “I’d get kicked off the team if I was caught around alcohol.”
  • “It makes me uncomfortable to be around alcohol.”
  • “I’d be happy to help you (go to a teacher, parent or coach), but I can’t be around you when you use alcohol.”
  • “My dad (or mom, grandmother, etc.) would kill me if they knew I was around alcohol.”
  • “No, thanks. It’s not for me.”
  • “Why would I want to mess up a good thing? I am cool the way I am.”
  • “You’re kidding, right? Why would I do something so dumb?”
  • “No way man, alcohol is stupid.”
  • “I can’t use alcohol. I have a big game (or test) tomorrow.”
  • “I tried drinking once and I threw up.”
  • “That’s illegal. I don’t want to get in trouble (have my license taken away, get kicked out of school, ruin my chance for a scholarship, etc..)”

Role play different situations with your student:

Pretend you are at a party and someone offers you alcohol. What would you say?

Pretend you are at a party and someone who you know has been drinking offers you a ride home. What would you do? Who could you call?

Pretend you are at a party and friend of yours has passed out and you cannot wake them up. What would you do? Who could you call?
Adapted from: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign's Behavior Change Expert Panel

Here are some end-of-the-year important procedures for students and parents:

Attendance: 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 the May newsletter.

Parking Permits: 2019-20 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. More information will follow in upcoming newsletters.

Fees/Fines: All school fees/fines must be paid in full before seniors can pick up their cap and gown.

Senior Final Exams: Senior final exams will be scheduled from May 28-May 31.

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West G Hosts Dyslexia Information Event for Parents

On March 14 from 7 - 8 pm, West Geauga Schools will host a Dyslexia Information Night at the WG Board of Education Office for parents. Jackie Hersh, Middle School Special Education Department Chair and an expert in Assistive Technology; Meagan Bellan, School Psychologist at WGHS and Westwood Elementary School; and Amy Davis, Director of Pupil Personnel, will present and lead discussions.

The evening will include general information about dyslexia and a simulation of how dyslexia feels to the person affected. The meeting will also present an overview of updated resources and supports that the West Geauga School District is making available to students with dyslexia.

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February - Vince Pasquale

March - Brandon Preda











February - Julia Teeter

March - Lauren Brooks







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West Geauga School Counseling News                              March/April 2019

FOR ALL STUDENTS

The school counselors strongly encourage everyone to utilize their 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 Naviance Website.

Please follow us on Twitter @WGHSCounselors for updates and information!

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

David Callahan           Students with last names A-K          729-5963           david.callahan@westg.org
Sarah Widman            Students with last names L-Z          729-5965           sarah.widman@westg.org
Michelle Sargent         Assistant                                          729-5962           michelle.sargent@westg.org

SCHEDULING

All returning students will have their core and some elective coursework requested by their teachers. Afterward, students will have 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 Counselors’ 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, 2019. If you have any questions please contact your child’s counselor.

KICKSTART COLLEGE FAIR

Please remember to attend the Kickstart College Fair on Monday, April 8th. The Keynote speaker is Stefanie Niles, Vice President of Enrollment and Communication at Ohio Wesleyan University and President of National Association of Admission Counseling (NACAC). She will speak at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria 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 your own backyard!

CCP (College Credit Plus):

If you are interested in CCP, we hope you were able to attend the meeting held on January 23rd. The PowerPoint presentation from that night is on the Guidance website. 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. This includes current CCP students who wish to participate next year. See your counselor with questions.

Kindness
The Counseling staff encourages all students to be kind to one another. Please think about how you act, what you say, and what you post on social media. Kindness will help create a more positive school environment. You may also feel better about yourself if you act with kindness toward a classmate or friend. Maybe you can start with a simple smile and hello in the hallways!

SENIORS

You are in the final stretch of your high school career! 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 strong. Keep working- You can do it!

Decision Day:
Decision Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 1st. This will be the day that we celebrate all senior students’ plans for their future. 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 an important survey related to their plans. Included in the survey will be the request for final transcript submission. We look forward to celebrating with everyone!

Financial Aid:
Mrs. Tessa Dicker, our LEAF Financial Aid Advisor, works in our high school each Thursday from 8:00-2:15 throughout the school year. Students and parents may request an appointment with Mrs. Dicker by contacting her at 729-5922, extension 4164 or email her at tdicker@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. Currently, 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 admissions offices to see what tours and meetings are available to you during that week. It is important for students to show interest!

We met with all the students on February 22nd and explained the steps that are needed to start the college process. We encourage your son and daughter to be a frequent flyer and come to our office with any questions as they journey through this process. If you 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 To-Do List:
The counselors highly encourage students to begin preparing for the college process over the summer. This includes: updating resume and college lists on Naviance, writing college essays, and completing “brag sheets” for counselors in Naviance. The brag sheets are used to help the counselors write letters of recommendation.

ACT and SAT:
Each junior took the ACT on February 20th. 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 an SAT need to register 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.

Students need to register for these tests online.

ACT Registration: www.actstudent.org

SAT Registration: www.sat.org/register

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!

Don’t forget to attend the Kickstart College Fair on April 8th. It is not too early to start the college search process!

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!

Talk with teachers and parents to think about challenging yourself as you start to explore classes for next year. As you choose your courses know that it is important to make sure you can handle the workload and expectations of the classes. Remember the hope is you find the right balance in life! See your counselor for assistance.
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Hillcrest Student-Athletes of the Month

January 2019

Senior, Kylie Czikray - Cheerleading
Alison Nicely, the assistant cheerleading coach said, "Kylie has been cheering for basketball since the eighth grade. She has worked hard to improve herself and the cheer squad. When you watch Kylie cheer, she always has a huge smile on her face. You can see that she truly loves cheering!”

Kylie will earn her second Varsity letter this year to add to the two Varsity letters she already earned as a Varsity football cheerleader. Not only does she work hard as a cheerleader, but she is also a hardworking student. For basketball cheer, she will earn a CVC All Academic Team Award as she did as a football cheerleader.

Senior, Solomon Troychansky - Wrestling
Solomon is a Senior on the wrestling team and team captain. He has had an exceptional senior year where he placed second in the conference tournament narrowly losing a decision in the final. Solomon has been a consistent leader and performer on the wrestling team this year.



December 2018

Senior, Lindsey Kulp - Swimming
Lindsey, Co-Captain of the Swim Team, is not only heavily involved in her sport but in
student life as well. Carrying a 4.47 academic average, Kulp is a member of the National
Honor Society, President of the Senior Class and has earned three letters in swimming as
well as letters in gymnastics, track and as a Wolverette.

Sophomore, Josh Irwin - Basketball
Josh is a two year starter for the West G Boys Varsity Basketball Team.  Coach Javorek said, “Last season he was selected as the CVC MVP as a freshman, which was the first time it’s ever been done in the Chagrin Valley Conference.” Josh plans to play college basketball and has received verbal offers from Bowling Green and Miami University (Ohio).



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Seniors and senior parents: in March, please look for a letter sent home in the mail. The letter will include important information about prom, after prom, graduation, and other information for the class of 2019. ALL SENIORS will have to return the signed graduation participation agreement by Friday, March 22nd. Please contact Mrs. Talty or Mr. Shiban if you have any questions. Additionally, if you have not yet ordered a cap and gown, please do so immediately by going to jostens.com. ALL STUDENTS will wear NAVY caps and gowns this year.




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Good Times!!!! Yearbooks will be distributed at the beginning of May. Order your student's yearbook now and save as the price increases as of May 1st.  Click here for an order form.
All submitted hard copy pictures will be returned to seniors the morning of graduation.




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WGEF had 3 grant request sessions this year in November, December and February with over $22,000 being awarded to the following innovative programs: 

IXL Interactive Learning Tool: All Schools

Google Expeditions Virtual Field Trips: Westwood & Lindsey

Aquaponics: High School 

21st Century Classroom: Lindsey



Friday, January 11, 2019

January/February 2019

**Second quarter grades have been published to parent and student Infinite Campus accounts**

From the Principal...


Dear High School Families;

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.

One of my goals as West Geauga High School principal is to eliminate barriers that exist to accessing the many academic, social and athletic opportunities for our students. Ideally, we would like students to come to school with their minds focused on giving their best. We realize this can be difficult with the daily life and distractions commonly associated with being a teenager. In prior newsletters and parent meetings, I have discussed ways to reduce or eliminate these distractions that include, but are not limited to, bullying and harassment, school safety and healthy living.

It is important to make you aware of a recent nicotine trend among teenagers. Fortunately, cigarette smoking among teenagers has declined in the past several years. Unfortunately, another habit is being developed by many teenagers across the country. This trend is called vaping or “Juuling”. Vaping or Juuling is a method of delivering nicotine using an electronic device. Many parents and students believe these are harmless devices and users are only inhaling water molecules. Instead, what is inhaled typically includes large amounts of addictive nicotine and other chemicals.

Vaping devices are hard to detect by someone not familiar them. They are easily hidden and used in homes and schools. Many of them look like a USB drive and emit little or no odor, unlike cigarettes. In fact, many of the chemicals used are flavored and emit a pleasant smell. Side effects from using the products include difficulty learning and memorizing, lack of focus, and irritability. 

Most students are aware of these devices and many know how to use them. Please take time to have an open conversation with your child about vaping and Juuling and discourage them from using these highly addictive products. For more information, please click on the links below.

Smokefree.gov
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
TheTruth.com
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Surgeon General

Thank you,

Jay Bishop
Jay.Bishop@westg.org
@WestGHigh
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A Message from the Assistant Principal. . . .


Happy New Year! I wish everyone the best in 2019

The second semester began on Monday, January 7th. 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 of 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, 68% 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:
  1. Snapchat. Snapchat 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 contents of the “snap” are erased from 1-10 seconds based upon the time limit set by the users. Students like Snapchat because of the simplicity and speed. It sends photos and videos much faster than standard text messages. Snapchat is the number one app students use for sexting. Teens send nude snaps to other student 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, are never truly deleted from the receiver's phone.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 they are 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
Assistant Principal
ron.dahlhofer@westg.org

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The date for 2019 graduation has been changed to Thursday, June 6th and will be held at Severance Hall.

The ACT will be given in school to all Juniors on Wednesday, February 20th.


End-of-Course Testing will be as follows:


Monday, April 15th - English 9, English 10 (Part I)

Tuesday, April 16th - English 9, English 10 (Part II)

Wednesday, April 17th - American History; Government (Part I)

Thursday, April 18th - American History; Government (Part II)

Thursday, April 25th - Biology (Part I) 

Friday, April 26th - Biology (Part II)

Monday, April 29th - Algebra I, Geometry (Part I)

Tuesday, April 30th - Algebra I, Geometry (Part II)

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November - Stephen Javorek

December - Richard Kirk

January - Ellie Benedict



November - Mackenzie Hanford

December - Lindsey Kulp

January - Matthew Stewart






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Happy New Year from the Attendance Office!

I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the year after a wonderful winter break. As a reminder, if your child is going to be absent for an extended period of time due to vacation, you will need to have a Vacation Request form filled out and turned in to the attendance office with all appropriate signatures 5 days before the absences occur. These forms can be found in the attendance office or online under the forms link. If your child is missing school for medical reasons please provide a note from the doctor and turn in to the attendance office. Notes for early dismissal should be turned in to the attendance office the day before your child needs to leave early whenever possible. Last minute phone calls, other than true emergencies cannot always be delivered immediately and create unnecessary disruption to valuable instruction time in the classroom. Tardy arrivals to school are considered unexcused even if a parent calls in for the student. If your student is driving to school this year, please remind them of this policy.

Thank you and have a great second semester!

Mrs. Poelking
@WGHS_Attendance 

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West Geauga High School Counseling News                                          January/February 2019


ALL STUDENTS

The counselors would like to give students three simple suggestions to help make your life experiences the best they can be while you are at West Geauga High School:
  1. Invest time in your academic studies; there will be a return on your investment!
  2. Find ways to create balance in your life; find time to do an activity that you enjoy!
  3. When you are faced with a problem, try to find a solution. If you struggle with the problem, find someone to help you develop a solution.
Naviance:
The Naviance 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.

College Credit Plus (CCP):
The CCP Information Meeting is January 23rd at 7 pm in Room 124. A presentation about CCP’s procedures and application guidelines will be presented. A very important document called the “CCP Intent Form” MUST be returned by April 1st. If this deadline is not met your son/daughter is not eligible to participate in this program.

SAVE THE DATE--Kickstart College Fair:
All students are invited to the Kickstart College Fair. The fair will take place at YOUR school on Monday, April 8, 2019. At 6:00 pm there will be a guest speaker. This year the speaker will be Stefanie D. Niles, Ed.D. She is the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications at Ohio Wesleyan University and the President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The fair will be from 6:30 pm - 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
If you are not sure about your post-graduation plans please stop in our office for assistance. We have resources in the counseling office where you can get information on colleges, apprenticeships, and military. The door is always open. Please remember to check your college deadlines, follow the application submission procedures, and check Naviance 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 and check. Please communicate directly with your counselor if you need a mid-year report 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 Naviance. Scholarship information can be found in the Colleges section of your account. Make sure you take advantage of any opportunity to find dollars to help fund your education.

Financial Aid:
Mrs. Tessa Dicker, our LEAF Financial Aid Advisor, works in WGHS one day per week throughout the year. She will be at our school on Thursdays in the second semester. Students and parents may request an appointment with Mrs. Dicker by contacting her at 729-5922, extension 4164 or by emailing her at tdicker@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 for the following activities listed below:

Junior Student Meetings:
During Government classes on Friday, February 22nd

College Visits:
If you have the opportunity try to get on the campuses of the schools you have interest in. Make sure it is an official visit by registering online or calling the admissions office. Showing interest in a school is important.
ACT:
As part of the State of Ohio graduation requirements, all current juniors will participate in the administration of the ACT on Tuesday, February 20, 2019. Testing will begin at 7:30 am and last approximately 4 hours. Test sections will include English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. Students will not complete a writing section.

During the pre-administration session, students will have the opportunity to select four colleges/universities to receive their ACT scores (free of charge). Students are required to bring a photo id, pencils, and a calculator. Students are not permitted to possess or access a cell phone at any time during test administration or during the break. Additional details will be shared closer to the test date.

Students can prepare for the ACT by visiting the following website: https://academy.act.org/ The ACT Academy can be very helpful as you prepare for this test!

If Juniors wish to take the ACT a second time or take the SAT, the registration process is online. It is a good practice to have students take both exams, and then repeat at least one in order to improve their scores. Students who are planning to apply to selective colleges that require SAT subject tests should make sure they register for tests by the end of the school year. Students must register for these tests online.

ACT Registration www.actstudent.org

SAT Registration www.collegeboard.com

Please see your school counselor for additional information. 

SOPHOMORES
It is really time to 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 that include Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus (CCP) and Excel TECC. We will be meeting with you about course scheduling during your Advisory period or Study Hall. Please see below for more information about Excel TECC.

Excel TECC:

February 5
– Students accepted to Excel TECC programs are notified via USPS.

February 21 – Students need to accept or decline their offers to be in Excel TECC programs.
PSAT:
Students should have received an email from CollegeBoard with instruction on how to retrieve PSAT scores for the test that was administered in October. If you did not create a CollegeBoard account prior to this test, you are encouraged to start one and have it connected to Khan Academy. See you school counselor if you need assistance.

FRESHMEN
If you are struggling in any of your classes, don’t give up and think that there is no hope. Ask for help! It is a sign of strength, not weakness. The counselors 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 for next year.

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


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


Michelle Sargent:              Assistant                                            729-5962               michelle.sargent@westg.org
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HILLCREST STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE MONTH



October 2018

Senior, Alyssa Ranallo - Volleyball
Coach Amber Baker stated that Alyssa won the Most Improved Award this season based on her hard work, dedication and the respectful way she approached the game of volleyball. She will be missed as a player and teammate.

Alyssa was a Varsity letter recipient on the volleyball team this past season while also earning an All-CVC Academic award. She has been on the Honor Roll each year and also on the Dean’s List at Lakeland Community College. Alyssa plans to attend college with interests in fashion, criminology or the medical field.

Senior, Mo Aidja - Soccer
Coach Mario Gerhardt stated that Mo was role model for all West Geauga students both in the classroom and on the soccer field, Mo’s golden goal against NDCL secured the District Championship for the Wolverines, the first in soccer since 2004. Mo indicated that he plans to attend college and major in the field of Biology. His interests include swimming, traveling and playing soccer.

Mo is a three-year letter winner in soccer. His 2018 postseason honors include All-Ohio Academic, All-CVC Academic, 1st Team CVC, 2nd Team Greater Cleveland (Division 2). With 15 goals, 13 assists and 43 points he was West G’s leading scorer both in goals and in points.




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The Class of 2019's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 6th, at 7:00 PM at Severance Hall. Each student will receive 6 free general admission tickets. Please contact Chelsea Talty at chelsea.talty@westg.org if you are interested in purchasing additional tickets or reserved seating. Additionally, cap and gown ordering have already taken place. If your student has yet to buy a cap and gown package, please visit jostens.com and place your order as soon as possible. All students will wear navy blue caps and gowns. If a student is planning on borrowing a cap or gown, please let Mrs. Talty know.

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Upper School PTO meeting, Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00-8:00 pm at Middle School Library

Looking for PTO board members: treasurer and secretary




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WGEF completed their first grant review of the year in December. WGEF funded over $14,000 total for 3 innovative grants: 'Google Expeditions Virtual Field Trips' presented by Anna Laubscher and Jilene Urbanek for use at both Westwood and Lindsey, 'Aquaponics' (food production, sustainability & population concepts) presented by Mike Sustin for the High School and '21st Century Classroom' (modified and adaptable classroom learning options) presented by Angela Wyatt for use at Lindsey. Over $7,400 is available for additional grants. Deadline for February Grant Submissions is 2/15/2019. 

ACT Practice Test Session is Saturday, January 19th 8:00AM at WGHS Room 124. Please visit www.wgef.org for more information.

WGEF's 30th Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast at McDonald's in Chesterland was a fun and tasty success serving many community, family and district members! 

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Friday, November 2, 2018

November/December 2018

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 the Infinite Campus Parent and Student portals, 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 coursework, 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. 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 thing colleges and universities look for when evaluating a potential student. School involvement and community activities are very important, also. 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, displays the dates and times that our clubs and activities meet. Some clubs and activities include Student Council, Rotary Interact, Key Club, National Honor Society, Chess Club, Art Club, Spanish Lab, West G TV, and Science Fair Preparation.

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
jay.bishop@westg.org
(440) 729-5955
@WestGHigh
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From 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 have gotten to know well through my years working at various levels of West Geauga Schools. 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 them 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 shall be issued a Saturday School Detention.
  • 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.
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Master Planning Meeting

The West Geauga Schools would like to invite the community to the next Facility Master Planning Meeting, which will be held on November 13th from 6pm until 8pm in the West Geauga Middle School cafeteria. An overview of the survey results will be provided as well as a review of facility options. All residents and parents of the district are invited to attend.

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WGHS. School Counseling News                               November/December 2018

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 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 a smartphone, their Naviance account can be connected using a web browser. We highly encourage our students to use this resource throughout their high school career! 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.

Dates to Remember:

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

Excel TECC Opportunity Day: December 6; Sophomores are invited to attend as a field trip. Permission forms will be given to students who are interested.

Excel TECC Opportunity Night: December 6, 7 pm at Mayfield High School; parents of prospective sophomores are encouraged to attend.

CCP Information Night: January 23, 7 pm in Room 124.

FOR ALL STUDENTS

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 Parent Night - Class of 2019 PowerPoint can be found on the Guidance website. Remember: Please give your counselors and teachers at least two weeks to get supporting documents/letters completed. Know your deadlines! See your counselor if you have any questions.

Test Scores: Remember your ACT or SAT test scores must also meet the college deadline. Please make sure you have requested scores be sent directly from ACT or CollegeBoard to the institutions you are applying to.

Scholarships: Start looking in Naviance for scholarships. There is also a scholarship rack in the Counseling Office. Make a habit of visiting our office and checking if anything new has come in and checking your Naviance account. Please give counselors two weeks notice for deadlines on scholarships too.

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. Tessa Dicker, 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. Dicker by contacting her at 729-5922, extension 4164, or email her at tdicker@leaf-ohio.org. There is also a sign-in sheet in the Counselor’s 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. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Also, start thinking about what you want to do after high school. A good resource to begin with is Naviance. See your counselor if you forgot your login. Start planning college visits and registering online for the ACT and/or SAT. Remember, you will have the opportunity to take the ACT for free on February 20, 2019.

When is the last time you logged on to your 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, will meet with all sophomores on November 5. Opportunity Day for all Excel TECC is Thursday, December 6. 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.

As soon as you get your PSAT results remember to connect your scores with Khan Academy. Stop by our office for help if you need any assistance.

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 Freshman Mentoring - the topics offer help with the transition to the high school.

David Callahan             Students with last names A-K          729-5963         david.callahan@westg.org
Sarah Widman              Students with last names L-Z           729-5965         sarah.widman@westg.org
Michelle Sargent           Secretary                                          729-5962         michelle.sargent@westg.org
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September - Eileen Faulk

October - Josh Burke




September - Jack Musser

October - Arden Frankmann






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HILLCREST STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

September 2018

Freshman, Julia Martinez - Cross Country
Freshman Julia Martinez started the season strong as the top runner for the Wolverines and has continued all the way as a regional qualifier. She has not only been a strong leader on the course for her team but also with how she practices and leads every day at practice. Julia's breakout race was at VASJ where she placed third overall and led her team to a first place finish. She continued her dominance at Cardinal by dropping over 30sec. and finishing 13th. Julia went on to win her first high school race at Cuyahoga Hts, finished second team “All Conference” at the Chagrin Valley Conference Meet, and ran a career best 20:28 at Districts to advance to Regionals at Boardman High School.

Sophomore, Johnny Patterson, Cross Country
Sophomore Johnny Patterson has consistently finished in the top 10 all year long.

He has become one of the top cross country runners in the area. Johnny is a very competitive, intelligent runner who continues to improve and impress on a weekly basis. He is a leader and inspires his teammates to become better. It has and continues to be a pleasure coaching Johnny.
Johnny Patterson is now number 6 (17:00) on the West Geauga XC Record Board.  CVC Athlete of the Week (first week in October). He earned First Team All CVC Honors.  He qualified for Regionals, finishing in 6th place.


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ORDER EARLY AND SAVE !!
8/30/18 -12/31/18 $60.00
1/1/19 - 4/19/19 $70.00
AFTER 5/1/19 $80.00


You can order two ways: online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or in-school by using the order form located in the Yearbook tab above.

Senior parents: Here is your opportunity to remind your senior how very proud you are of their accomplishments.

Class of 2019 Parent to Senior Grad Ad
Deadline to submit: 11/16/18

Forms, complete with instructions, are located in the Yearbook tab above.
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30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Day Pancake Breakfast at the Chesterland McDonalds Sponsored by the West Geauga Educational Foundation
It’s Thanksgiving morning – and the last thing you need to worry about is breakfast. Don’t stress! Come to the Chesterland McDonalds from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. where the West Geauga Educational Foundation will be serving breakfast - as they have for 30 years!

What’s on the menu: a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, along with juice, milk, coffee or tea for only $6.00! You can eat in the restaurant or take your meals home. Please note that on Thanksgiving Day, McDonald’s will only open for the fundraiser during the hours above and their regular menu will not be available.

The West Geauga Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides funds to enable new ways of teaching and learning in the West Geauga School System. Applications are welcome from teachers, administrators, students and parents and are reviewed in November & February.

“Make Thanksgiving Day a little easier this year by getting breakfast at McDonalds,” said Caise Rode McHale, West Geauga Educational Foundation President. “At the same time, you’ll be helping to support innovative and enriching learning experiences for West Geauga students.”


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Friday, August 17, 2018

August/September/October 2018

From the Principal

Greetings, West Geauga parents and students!

August is certainly underway, and it is nice to see so many of our students on campus, involved in band and athletics. I look forward to having all of our students in the halls on August 21st when I can hear about everyone's summer experiences.

It is with great pride that I share the news that West Geauga High School has been named one of the America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek Magazine. In order to qualify for the ranking, schools have to meet particular performance indicators which include state test proficiency ratings. The magazine then collected data from each qualifying school to determine college readiness. Data collected includes student to counselor ratio, Advanced Placement participation and performance, college acceptance and enrollment, ACT and SAT participation and performance and College Credit Plus participation.

Our parents, students and teachers should be proud of this national attention and recognition. It is their hard work and determination that ensures students are prepared for college and careers following high school. Congratulations!

The new school year provides opportunities for all of our students to become involved in some of the many organizations offered by our school. Whether you are a freshman entering the high school or a senior taking your last high school courses, I encourage all of you to get involved. West Geauga High School provides a wealth of opportunities in academics, athletics, clubs and community service organizations. Colleges, universities and future employers look at more than just a grade point average when deciding to bring you into their organization. Get involved!

Along with involvement, it is important for everyone to set goals and learn to live outside of his/her comfort zone. Personal growth occurs when you establish what it is you want to do and continually work toward reaching the goals. Some examples of strong goals for high school students include taking increasingly rigorous course loads, getting good grades, acceptance into a certain post secondary education program, improving your character and getting involved.

West Geauga High School utilizes an advisory period in the middle of the day to allow students to work on their individual goals and school activities. The advisory period consists of a 30 minute window each day where students have opportunities built into their class schedule to work with teachers outside of the class period, meet with clubs and organizations, to allow AP science students to take an extra class during the year, and provide more time for freshman mentoring. All students will be assigned an advisory teacher who will serve as an advocate for those students.

I want to thank you for allowing us the pleasure of being a part of your child's learning day-in and day-out. Your children are your most precious gifts and we thank you for sharing them with us and allowing us to share our knowledge with them.

We look forward to an exciting 2018-2019 school year ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Jay Bishop
Principal
West Geauga High School
440-729-5955
Jay.Bishop@Westg.org


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From the Assistant Principal

Welcome Back! The start of a new school year is an exciting and nervous time for all our students. For our seniors, it is the beginning of the end of one chapter in their lives. For the freshmen, it is just the start. For our sophomores, it means that you are no longer freshmen.

A few things to keep in mind as we beginning the new school year.....

Attendance
Parents are required to notify the school anytime your student will be absent from school. The attendance line (729-5951) is manned from 7:15 – 9:00 a.m. and voice mail is available 24/7. Requests to leave school early for appointments etc. should be made at least 24 hours in advance in order to assure that the proper passes are issued. Any time your child needs to leave school or arrive late, he/she must go through the attendance office. Please provide a doctor’s note when your child visits a medical professional during the school day. A parent can not excuse a child for medical reasons. Students will be referred to the Geauga County attendance officer if they are absent five or more consecutive days, seven or more days in a one school month, or twelve or more school days in a year without a legitimate excuse. Your cooperation with the attendance procedures will assist us in recording and reporting accurate attendance. Students with chronic tardiness may also be reported to the Geauga County attendance officer.

Excessive Absenteeism
It is important for every student to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term negative effects on students. In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy.

Habitual Truant:
  • Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse
  • Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse
  • Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse
Excessive Absences
  • Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse
  • Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse
Consequences Include:
  • Saturday School(s)
  • Meetings with staff members and parent(s), 
  • Absence Intervention Plan, 
  • Juvenile Court Referral 
Cell Phones
If you need to contact your child throughout the day, it is imperative that you contact the school’s attendance office at 440-729-5958. The school will locate your child and deliver the message. Please do not call your child on his/her cell phone. Teachers discourage students from carrying their cell phone throughout the day. Phone calls and text messages during instructional time disrupt the education process.

Parking
Students may not drive to school the first day without purchasing a permit. You can apply for a permit on the high school website. After applying, permits can be picked up beginning August 12 through August 20 from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. A driver's license and proof of insurance must be shown at pick up along with $30.

Dress Code
A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, must be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Recognize that brief garments are inappropriate and unacceptable. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: backless tops, single-shoulder tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, see-through, sheer or transparent shirts/pants, exposed midriffs, plunging necklines (front and/or back), skirts/shorts above mid-thigh length, shorts that are excessively revealing and net/mesh garments. Tank tops should not have spaghetti straps, plunging necklines or expose the midriff or undergarments

Lockers
All students are provided with lockers to store personal belongings and school-related materials. Students should not share the locker combination with anyone. Lockers should be kept closed at all times. Students should not leave the locker “preset” to open and valuables should never be brought to school. All assigned lockers remain the property of the school district and the school reserves the right to inspect any locker at any time.

Anytime you have questions or need clarification concerning attendance procedures, parking permits, or discipline issues, please contact me. I am looking forward to making this year a successful one for each of your children.


Ron Dahlhofer, Assistant Principal

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West Geauga High School uses Google for Education to integrate documents, forms, spreadsheets, presentations and even calendars. We also use Google Calendar on our website to update all of our school academic events. We think this is an easy calendar to read and can be incorporated into your own personal Google Calendar. You can find the direct link to the calendar by clicking here.



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2018-2019 End-of-Course Exam Information

The State of Ohio requires all of our students to take state issued end-of-course exams in the following areas: Algebra 1, Geometry, English 9, English 10, American History, Government and Biology. Students need to earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests. Each test score earns students up to five graduation points. You must have a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.

It is important for all our students to do their best on these assessments. While the scores are necessary to graduate, they are also reflective of the assessments given in college or to receive industry standard credentials. These tests will serve as examples of what they will see in their academic futures.

Resources for the upcoming end-of-course assessments are found by visiting the Ohio Department of Education’s State Test website. Practice tests can also be found on ODE’s website or by clicking here.

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Chris Rader - Social Studies
Meagan Belan - School Psychologist
Dr. Lynne Shields - Special Education
Rebecca Dietz - Special Education
Lisa Dwyer - Special Education
Roger Sines - Special Education
Brian Kidwell - Special Education
Eileen Sypen - Educational Aide
Karen Cipriani - Educational Aide
Deb Wilson - Educational Aide
Mark Rich - School Resource Officer
Bob Marotta - Custodian

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I hope you all had a wonderful summer!  I look forward to seeing everyone during the first few weeks of school. 

Attendance reminders for the 2018 – 2019 School year

When calling your student in absent please make sure to leave detailed information about your child’s absence on the confidential attendance line 440-729-5951.



According to Ohio Law, the following is a list of reasons that are considered excused absences or tardies:

A. Personal illness
B. Illness in the family
C. Quarantine of the home
D. Death of a relative
E. Observance of religious holiday
F. Emergencies due to the absence of parent or guardian

* Please note, tardy arrivals to school are considered unexcused even if a parent calls in for the student. If your student is driving to school this year, please remind them of this policy.

Early Dismissals
Notes for early dismissal should be turned in to the attendance office the day before your child needs to leave early whenever possible. Last minute phone calls, other than true emergencies cannot always be delivered immediately and create unnecessary disruption to valuable instruction time in the classroom.

Vacations
Please check the student handbook for our District policy regarding family vacations. Ohio Law states that all vacations are considered unexcused absences. If a vacation during the school year is unavoidable, a Vacation Request form MUST be filled out and turned in to the attendance office with all appropriate signatures 5 days before the absences occur. These forms can be found in the attendance office, online under the forms link, or by clicking here.

Medical Excuses
If your child is missing school for medical reasons, including orthodontist appointments, please provide a note from the doctor and turn in to the attendance office.

Thank you and have a great 2018-2019 school year!

Mrs. Poelking

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Opening Day paperwork will be online again this year thanks to the OneView program. If you completed your forms online last year all you will need to do is, verify the information we have is correct. An informational letter with instructions was sent home with instructions before school started. If you have any questions or did not receive the letter in the mail, please call the school. We are asking that all accounts be updated no later than Tuesday, August 28th.  Click here for the OneView login page.





This year we are pleased to provide you with access to the West Geauga Local Schools Infinite Campus Parent Portal. This access will give you a single login for student fees, lunch payments, grade progress, report cards and other information. A letter was sent out last week providing you with directions to activate and set up your Parent Portal. Please call Lisa Porter at (440) 729-5961 if you have questions or did not receive the letter.


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W.G.H.S. School Counseling News                                  August 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. We have some changes this year. Kim Zannetti is now a counselor at Lindsey Elementary School. Mr. Callahan and Miss Widman will be be taking over her part of the alphabet. We are excited to begin a new year and hope to help make it your son or daughter’s best year yet! Please follow us on Twitter @WGHSCounselors for updates and timely information!

W.G.H.S. Counseling Staff

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

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

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


Student/Parent Notes
SENIORS

Congratulations, you made it to your senior year! Please remember that you are not done yet. Colleges will want to see your first semester grades and your senior year-end grades.

Come visit your counselor if you need help with career or college information. Remember to focus on your strengths! Set goals for this year, put them in writing, and do the things required to meet those goals!

College Applications:
Fall is the time for seniors to begin filling out their college applications. The school counseling department will be meeting with all seniors and their parents on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 124 to review the college application process. At this meeting the counselors will address all of the policies and procedures for applying to college, therefore, it is recommended that students wait to apply to colleges until after this informational session. In the meantime, use your Family Connection account!

JUNIORS

This is your last year to work on maintaining or bringing up your GPA. Set some solid academic goals for yourself this year and try to stick to them. Remember that when colleges receive your transcript next fall, your cumulative grade point average is only based on your 9th, 10th, & 11th grade marks.

SOPHOMORES

You have one year under your belt. Congratulations! Now that you have figured out what high school life is all about, why not make some positive changes? What can you improve on from last year to make this year even more of a success? Continue to build your resume by volunteering and participating in school and community activities.

FRESHMEN

Welcome to West Geauga High School! This is an exciting year for you because you have the opportunity to start fresh. You have a clean slate, so stay organized and work hard. Please remember that the school counselors are available to help you reach your goals. You will also have Freshmen Mentoring to help you through your transition to the high school. Do not forget that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness!
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The all-color edition of the Westwind 2019 is guaranteed to be the best ever!! Ordering your student's copy is easier than ever. Two options are available for your convenience. Order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com or from WGHS by printing out the form in the Yearbook tab. Order now and save!!!



Class of 2019:
Your senior and baby pictures must be submitted by September 17th. Please refer to the Yearbook tab above for submission instructions. Grad ad forms are available there as well.

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The first Upper School PTO meeting of the school year will be held on Thursday, September 27th at 7pm in the Middle School library.  Please join us!

PTO Officers -

Chris Skerbec - President
Joanne Obranovich - Vice President
Meghan Metz - Treasurer
Kim Koshar - Secretary

Click here to join the PTO!




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WGEF 1st Innovative Grant Application Deadline is 11/9/2018. Visit WGEF.org for application and details! 

30th Annual Thanksgiving Day Pancake Breakfast: Thursday, November 22, 7:30am-11:00am at Chesterland McDonald's

Look for upcoming Practice ACT & SAT dates & times for the 2018-19 year @ WGEF.org

Support the Cause!!! Become a Member or Renew your membership with a minimum donation of $25 (and get a free t-shirt!) at wgef.org using our secure online donation portal.

Interested in learning more about what WGEF does? Join us at our first meeting of the year - Wednesday 9/26, 7:00pm at the High School Library.

Caise McHale
WG Ed Foundation
President
216-789-4842
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WEST GEAUGA ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Please click here or on the above tab to find out any information about the West Geauga Athletic Boosters (including this year's membership application and Spirit Shop calendar).