Friday, March 10, 2017

March/April 2017


From the Principal...


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


Sincerely,


Jay C. Bishop

Principal


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

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

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

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All West Geauga Juniors To Take The ACT On March 21

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


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

· The ACT Sample Test Booklet and Answer Document

· The ACT Sample Test Scoring Instructions


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

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


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Students of the Month


February -  Gabi Engoglia

March - Jack Makee


February - Cole Khas

March - Sabrina Sugar






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West Geauga School Counseling News: March/April 2017

FOR ALL STUDENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULING

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


KICKSTART COLLEGE FAIR

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

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

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


SENIORS

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

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

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


JUNIORS

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

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

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

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

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


SOPHOMORES

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

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

FRESHMEN

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

See your counselor for assistance!

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


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Hillcrest Insurance Student Athletes of the Month




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


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


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





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Senior Parents


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

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

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

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

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

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

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After Prom 2017 Update


After Prom will be at Play Arcade following Prom at Landerhaven



More details coming soon!

However---Please remember:

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

For any questions email Elana at emd9479@gmail.com





Click here for more After Prom '17 Information!





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



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


Remaining meetings in 2017:



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


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




Whirly Ball Fundraiser 
  



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


NEW DATE: 

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

FOOD! Pizza, wings, salad and soft drinks

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

Linda Todaro
12578 Hovey Drive
Chesterland, OH 44026

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

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West Geauga Athletic Boosters News

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

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

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

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

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

Spirit Shop

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

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

- MS Boys Basketball Uniforms $1470

- MS Cheerleading Uniforms $1100

- MS Girls Basketball Uniforms $1830

- Gym Scoring Table $3200

- HS Volleyball Nets $3300

- Cross Country Course Supplies $565

- Golf Uniforms $675

- Hockey Club Yearly Donation $2000

- Swim Team Yearly donation $2000

- HS Basketball Backboards $2000

- HS Wrestling Bags and a new scale $1250

- Swim Team Supplies $400

- Scholarships $1000

- Club Sports Awards

- Gator Maintenance $500

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


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














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 Thursday, 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.