Friday, November 22, 2019

November / December 2019

From the Principal

Dear High School Families;

It is hard to believe that it is almost Thanksgiving break. First quarter report cards have been posted to the Infinite Campus Parent and Student portals, and we are well 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, universities, and future employers 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, 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.


Jay C. Bishop
(440) 729-5955

From the Assistant Principal

Dear West Geauga Community,

1st quarter is in the books! Here are a couple reminders as we continue throughout the school year.

  • We appreciate those of you that have had tough conversations regarding social media. As previously stated, there are many wonderful uses for these types of social platforms, unfortunately, there is also a very dark side to them.
  • Success in the classroom starts with showing up. Students need to be in 1st period by 7:25 am.
  • Please remember, if your child is going to be out of school for the day to call our Attendance Office (729-5951). Students who do not clear up an absence within three days of returning to school will be considered truant and issued a Saturday School.
  • VAPES…talk to your son/daughter about the health concerns regarding vapes, JUUL’s, etc. We are reading more and more how these devices are being linked to health issues.
  • With the weather getting colder, make sure your child is dressing appropriately.
  • If you have not done so, please review the student handbook. It’s a great resource that can answer many questions.

Enjoy the day!


Shawn Krippel

Midterm Exam Schedule

Midterm exams will be here before we know it! Please take a moment to review the midterm exam schedule. This schedule allows time for students who may be absent during the week to make up a test prior to the long vacation.

The links to the midterm exam schedule and midterm week attendance procedures are below.

Students should get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast prior to arriving for the exams. These are important exams that make up 10% of the overall course grade.

Midterm schedule and exam information
Midterm week attendance procedures and permission form


WGHS School Counseling News                               November/December 2019

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 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 in mid-December.

Excel TECC Opportunity Day: December 5; Sophomores are invited to attend as a field trip.
Forms to attend this event will be emailed to students.

Excel TECC Opportunity Night: December 5, 7 pm at Mayfield High School; Parents of
prospective sophomores are encouraged to attend.

College Credit Plus (CCP) Information Night: January 22, 7 pm in Room 124. Students
and parents need to attend this meeting if there is interest in the program.


Students: we have an "open door" policy. If you need to speak to your counselor, just drop in.
If we are unavailable, write your name on the sign-in sheet outside of the counselor’s door
and we will find you as soon as possible!

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 2020 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

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 College Board 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 check if anything new has
come in and check your Naviance account. Please give counselors two weeks notice for
deadlines on scholarships, too.

Financial Aid: The FAFSA is open 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 Thursday 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 There is also a sign up sheet in the Counselor’s Office. All
of the LEAF services are at no charge to our families.


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. 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

The ACT will be administered for free to all juniors on February 25, 2020.

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


Opportunity Day for all Excel TECC is Thursday, December 5. 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
where you will get a personalized plan to improve. Stop by our office for help if you need any


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 or arrange for help before or after school with
your teacher. See your counselor for help, too. Remember: Asking for help is a sign of strength
not weakness! Also, be open to the information covered in the Freshman Mentoring with topics
offering help with the transition to high school.

David Callahan          Students with last names A-K       729-5963 

Sarah Widman           Students with last names L-Z        729-5965

Lisa Porter                  Assistant                                       729-5962

Senior class of 2020 graphic
Here is the important date flyer for all seniors. Please click here.  



This year is off to a fantastic start. Now that the first quarter is behind us and the holiday season is approaching, here are a few reminders from the attendance office.

Aliana Alert is in full effect this year. Please remember to call the absence line at 440-729-5958 before 7:25 each day that your child will be missing school. Makeup work can be obtained by contacting your student’s teachers directly. 

House Bill 410 is still in effect. It is important to have a doctor’s notes on file for your student any time they will miss school for medical reasons. 

Vacation Season is upon us! 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. Also, keep in mind absences due to vacation are unexcused. 

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 as we head in to the winter season. Encourage them to plan ahead and prepare for snow on cars and unfavorable road conditions.

Thank you and have a great second quarter!



Early-bird special $$$

Order your student's yearbook now and save. The price will increase as of 01/01/20. Order online at or by printing the order form found under the yearbook tab.

Parents of seniors:

We are still accepting grad ads for your soon-to-be-graduates. This is a great way to praise their efforts and share your pride.

All printable forms are located at the top of the newsletter under the Yearbook Information tab.

Any questions? Contact us at



The West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF) is a non-profit group that provides funds to help introduce new and innovative learning methods to students at West Geauga schools. Over the past 30 years, the foundation has provided more than $500,000 in funds to support educational programs. Twice during the school year (November and February), WGEF reviews applications from teachers, administrators, students and parents, to determine which programs to fund that will enrich and enhance educational experiences for West Geauga students.

Some programs the foundation has funded over the past two years include: Google Virtual Field Trips for Westwood & Lindsey Elementary Schools; 21st Century Classroom for Lindsey; Aquaponics Global Food Production for West Geauga High School; iPad Pros for the Middle School and IXL Online Learning Tool for all West Geauga Schools.

Anyone in West Geauga School District can apply for a grant. The West Geauga Educational Foundation has $20,000 available for grant funding this 2019-2020 school year. If you’re interested in applying for a grant for your innovative or new teaching idea, complete and submit our application which can be found at by November 15, 2019. Contact Caise McHale at 216-789-4842 or with any questions.

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Pancake Breakfast helps us raise the funds needed to support these new and innovative programs. Mark your calendar for breakfast at the Chesterland McDonalds, where once again the West Geauga Educational Foundation is serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. What’s on the menu: A breakfast of pancakes, sausage with juice, milk, coffee or tea for just $6.00. You can eat in the restaurant or take your meals home! Hope to see you there.


Ski Club for West G Students 

JOIN us at Alpine Valley! 

West G Sessions- Saturdays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

 What: Alpine Valley offers a season-long Club Program for skiers, snowboarders and snowbladers ages 8* to 18. The Club Program includes 4 hours of slope time per session, equipment rental (if needed) and up to five lessons. For the first five visits, club members arrive and check in for lessons with their club advisor, Mrs. Natalie Mikes. Afterward, club members are welcome to continue visiting on their designated day and time (at no additional charge), if you wear your club card. *Must be 8 years old by January 1, 2020. 

When: Club begins January 4, 2020

Price: $203.05 (no price difference for equipment renters or owners) Season Passholders may join the club to receive the five lessons at no additional cost.

How: Easy online registration begins Oct. 1- go to h, find the “Groups and Clubs” tab, go to Club Program, Club Login is westg, password is wish4snow

Sign up by November 22 to receive Club Cards by Winter Break so Value Passes can be used over the holidays. Members who register after this date will receive Value Passes in January.


Questions?: First go to to read all details of the program. If you still have questions, contact Natalie Mikes at


Class Act 

Class Act is performing the National Anthem at the Cleveland Monsters again this year on February 11! It is West Geauga Night at the Q!  We are selling tickets specially priced at $10. I know it would mean a lot to the students to see their parents supporting them! Click here for the forms.


September - Hannah Barker

October - Alec Wright

November - Joey Tirabassi

September - Kevin Wenger

October - Sabreena Ighneim

November - Allison George


Hillcrest Insurance Student-Athletes of the Month

September 2019

Senior, Joey Tirabassi - Boys Cross Country

Joey is a Senior member of the Boys Cross Country Team. The team has had an impressive season so far winning the Hawken and George Gross invitationals, as well as finishing second in the Cardinal Invitational. Joey is also a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and works on our in-house West G TV broadcast. Joey plans to study Civil Engineering in College.

Senior, Emily Allegretti- Girls Soccer

Emily is a Senior team captain on the Girls Soccer team. Emily has helped to lead the team to a 12-1 record as well as the first Chagrin Valley Conference title since 2010, She also plays in the marching band and is a Freshman mentor. Emily is a involved in community service with St. Anselm PSR and Vacation Bible school as well as participating in Interact Club. Emily plans to study Biomedical Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall.


Congratulations National Merit Semifinalist and 
Commended Students

Emily Allegretti – National Merit Commended Student

Principal Jay Bishop of West Geauga High School announced on September 25th, 2019 that senior Emily Allegretti has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the principal to Emily at an all school assembly. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Steven Hensley – National Merit Semifinalist

Principal Jay Bishop of West Geauga High School, announced on September 25th, 2019 that Steven Hensley has been named a Semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. From the 1.6 million students that took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, Steven is one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists. Steven is ranked in the top one percent of all test takers in the United States.


Friday, August 16, 2019

August/September/October 2019

From the Principal

Greetings, West Geauga parents and students!

August is here and it is nice to see so many of our students on campus. With students involved in band and athletic, we have over half of our students utilizing the school facilities. I look forward to having all of our students in the halls on August 20th when I can hear about everyone's summer experiences.

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 a student into their organization. Get involved!

Along with involvement, it is important for students 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, 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 2019-2020 school year ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Jay Bishop
West Geauga High School


From The Assistant Principal 

Dear West Geauga Community,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year! Personally, I’m excited about this upcoming year as I return to the High School where I started my career 16 years ago as a mathematics teacher.  For the past 6 years, I have been the Assistant Principal at the Middle School and look forward to reconnecting with former students and families I have interacted with over the years. 

As we approach the new school year, here are a couple of reminders:

Enjoy your time at West Geauga High School – We have a wonderful school system that offers a variety of programs and extracurricular activities, please take advantage of these opportunities. Additionally, enjoy reuniting with old friends, as well as forming new relationships during the school year. 

Attendance – The first period starts at 7:25 am.  Regardless of your mode of transportation, please allocate enough time in the mornings to arrive on time.  Doors open at 7 am.  If a student needs to be called in absent, the attendance line is 440-729-5951. 

Social Media – There are many social media platforms students use to communicate.  However, we often see and hear about the negative sides of social media.  Please make it a point to have family discussions that address tough topics such as harassment, bullying, threats, etc., as well as the negative repercussions that result in these types of posts. 

Vaping – Whether we want to admit it or not, vaping has become extremely popular among our youth.  West Geauga Local Schools have a zero-tolerance of vapes as well as any other type of tobacco products, drugs, and alcohol.  Violators will be held accountable according to the West Geauga High School Code of Conduct. 

Code of Conduct – Please review the Student Code of Conduct which can be found in our Parent/Student Handbook via the High School home page. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we will see you soon!


Shawn Krippel
Assistant Principal


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 2019 -2020 School year

This year a new law, ‘Alianna Alert’ went into effect mandating schools call parents/guardians of absent students within 2 hours of the start of the school day.  We are asking you to assist us by calling our absence line each day your child will be out of school no later than 7:25am. When calling your student in absent please make sure to leave detailed information about your child’s absence on the confidential absence line 440-729-5951. Thank you for your assistance.

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. Tardy arrivals to school will result in suspension points being issued. In addition, every minute of missed class is reflected in each student’s school attendance record.

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. 

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 or online under the forms link.

Medical Excuses

 If your child is missing school for medical reasons, please provide a note from the doctor and turn in to the attendance office as soon as the student returns to school. No absence can be marked as a medical excuse without proper documentation. 

Opening Day paperwork - OneView

Opening Day Paperwork can be found online with OneView again this year.  If you completed your forms online last year all you will need to do is, verify that the information we have is correct and make any necessary changes.  An informational letter with instructions was sent home for new students before school started. If you have any questions or did not receive the letter in the mail, please call the office and we will be happy to assist you. We are asking that all accounts be updated no later than Friday, August 30, 2019. 

Thank you and have a great 2019-2020 school year!

Mrs. Poelking


Sam Adkins - Athletic Trainer
Erin Gray - Math Teacher
Leah Kirkpatrick - School Psychologist
Shawn Krippel - Assistant Principal
Alyssa Lunka - Geauga Achieve Teacher
Suzie Ramos -Classroom Aide
Ben Stehura - Athletic Director
Tracy Suba -  Administrative Assistant
Qian Wu - Chinese Teacher


Class of 2020- your senior and baby pics must be submitted to the YB  office by 09/20/19. Specs and submission info can be found by clicking the yearbook tab.  Grad ad and "early-bird" yearbook order forms are located there also. Please email with any questions.  


West Geauga Online Forms

A couple of years ago, we introduced an online form system called OneView. Instead of the paper forms, we sent out a code to allow you to create your own account. The advantage of this system is that it will save certain data to speed up the process this each year.

If you are new or returning to our district, you received a separate welcome letter accompany this with information on how to create your account for the first time. If you have any issues creating this account, please let your school building know and we will work to quickly resolve this. We are here to help.

If you filled out the forms last year, your account is the same. If you forgot your password or account information, the OneView website can guide you through recovering it. If you forgot your password, click “lost password.” If you forgot your username, click “forgot credentials” to the right. It will guide you through the process of recovering this information.

Please click here to fill out forms.

We hope this helps ease you through the process. Please submit your forms by August 30, 2019. Your school needs this information in place, as it makes sure we have the correct medical, contact information, field trip, legal, and media release preferences.

Thank you,
West Geauga Local Schools


W.G.H.S. School Counseling News                    August 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  We have a new Administrative Assistant!  Lisa Porter has moved from the main office to the counseling office.   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
Ms. Sarah Widman (Students L – Z)   (440) 729-5965
Mrs. Lisa Porter (Assistant)    (440) 729-5962

Student/Parent Notes

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  on Monday, September 16th during the school day and their parents on Wednesday, September 18  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 Naviance account!

Financial Aid Night:

Parents, please take the opportunity to meet with our LEAF advisor, Tessa Dicker and learn about the Financial Aid process on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in Room 124.


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.


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.


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 high school.  Do not forget that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness!


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. 


Athletic Boosters

Please click here or on the above tab to find out any information about the West Geauga Athletic Boosters.


Friday, May 10, 2019

May/June 2019

From the Principal...

It is hard to believe that in less than one month we will be graduating our senior class. The Class of 2019 consists of a tremendous group of students and we should all be proud of their accomplishments and successes. I wish the entire class the best and look forward to congratulating their families at graduation on June 6th at Severance Hall in Cleveland. Detailed below is some parting advice for the class of 2019 to heed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Bishop,


From the Assistant Principal...

A few Reminders as we approach the end of the school year…
  1. As the weather warms up, I need to remind everyone of the dress requirements for school. Students who are in violation of the school’s dress code will be asked to change into more appropriate clothing.
  2. All students are expected to be in attendance each day through the end of the school year as indicated in the Final Exam Schedule included in this newsletter.
  3. All school fees/fines must be paid in full before seniors can pick up their caps and gowns. All seniors will report to the gym on June 3rd at 7:30 a.m. for cap and gown distribution. Seniors are not to be in any other part of the building on June 3rd. Underclass students must pay outstanding obligations prior to receiving their final report card. Checks are to be made payable to West Geauga Board of Education.
  4. 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.
2019-2020 Parking Applications Available Online

2019-2020 Parking Permits will be handled in a similar manner as this year. The application will be made available online. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will be permitted to apply for a parking permit. The link to the application can be found online under the West Geauga High School’s forms link and will be available at the beginning of June. Parking applications will not be mailed home. Students may not drive to school the first day without purchasing a permit from the school’s main office. Once the application is completed online, permits can be picked up beginning August 12 through August 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and $30 will be due when the permits are picked up. Please make checks out to West Geauga Board of Education (WGBOE) and please put the student’s graduating class in the memo (i.e. 2020)

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


Attendance Office Reminders as we close out the year...

This year we have really seen the full effects of House Bill 410 and the new state-mandated attendance laws. In addition, we just recently started navigating the new ‘Alianna Alert’ that has gone in to effect. As a reminder parents and guardians are responsible for calling their students in absent every day before school starts at 7:25 a.m. Notes for early dismissal should be turned in to the attendance office the day before your child needs to leave early whenever possible. We are experiencing a large number of last-minute phone calls with the warmer weather and the testing that is going on. If your student is telling you there is “nothing going on” for the rest of the day after a test I encourage you to reach out to their teachers to verify. In many cases, this simply is not true and students are missing out on important information. Last minute phone calls, other than true emergencies, cannot always be delivered immediately and create unnecessary disruption to valuable instruction time in the classroom. As the weather continues to warm and we all look forward to summer, it’s important that school policies regarding leaving early are followed. Students are not permitted to leave the building without parental permission. This includes students who are 18 years old. If you have any questions regarding attendance please give me a call at 440-729-5958. Have a fun and safe summer!

Mrs. Poelking

West Geauga School Counseling News                                          May/June 2019


CONGRATULATIONS! We’ll see you at graduation!

Decision Day/West Geauga Survey 2019:
On May 1st we celebrated the future plans of our current seniors. A certificate was signed and a picture taken to document this occasion. This certificate will be given to the students at graduation practice. Most importantly, we asked each senior to log on to his/her Naviance account and complete the West Geauga Survey 2019. This information will allow us to send final transcripts to the schools they will be attending this fall.

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


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

Summer School:
West Geauga High School does offer summer school for students. The program is offered online. Check the West Geauga website, or contact Jim Kish, Middle School Principal, at 729-5947. There are brochures available in the counseling office, too. Area schools may have traditional classroom summer programs. If our office receives information about the programs, we will make it available. There are also other online providers that offer credit recovery programs. Information on those programs will be available in the counseling office.

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

Schedule changes were due to the guidance department by May 1st in order for our administration to create the master schedule. Any changes requested after this date must follow the guidelines outlined in the Program of Studies. After May 1st of each year, schedule changes may be made only if there is:
  • a data entry error
  • a failure in a required course
  • an imbalance of semester courses
  • a graduation requirement omitted
Summer Counseling Hours:
End of School Year  - The counselors will be working in the counseling office through June 17th and Ms. Sargent, school counselor’s administrative assistant, will be working through June 28th.
Beginning of 2019-2020 School Year - Ms. Sargent will return to at a date TBD and the counselors will return August 9th.

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

Summer Writing: Junior students are encouraged to begin crafting a college application essay. If a school you have interest in uses Common Application, you can view the prompts for the 2019-2020 school year at Some schools have their own applications and prompts so make sure to check into the requirements for each college. When writing an essay, be sure the reader can learn something about you that he/she could not find in an application and be creative!

West Geauga Education Foundation Programs:
Be sure to take advantage of all the programming that the West Geauga Education Foundation has to help with applications, essay writing, and test prep. App Day (an essay writing workshop) is set for Monday, August 19th in the cafeteria. 

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

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

David Callahan         Students with last names A-K         729-5963         

Sarah Widman          Students with last names L-Z          729-5965        

Michelle Sargent        Assistant                                         729-5962        

Career Guidance Report:
Below is a list of the career-oriented guidance that our office, along with Ann Marn, our career specialist, provided to students during the 2018-2019 school year.

Freshmen (September)
Began Naviance resume.
Completed Naviance Career Interest Profiler, browsed several suggested career fields, and completed in-depth study of one career field.
Browsed Naviance Careers tab and Colleges tab.

Sophomores (November)
Updated Naviance resume.
Revisited Naviance Career Interest Profiler.
Explored Do What You Are and Roadtrip Nation.
Discussed Naviance Colleges tab.

Juniors (February)
Updated Naviance resume.
Completed Strengths Explorer.
Completed Naviance SuperMatch College Search.
Added 2- and 4-year colleges to Favorites list.
Explored college tab.
Explored Brag Sheets.

Seniors (August)
Updated Naviance resume.
Worked on Brag Sheets and Senior Survey.
Completed Naviance Colleges tab activities, especially SuperMatch College Search.
Added 2- and 4-year colleges to Favorites list.
Explored college tab.

Summer Fun:Enjoy your summer. Be safe and find time to do the things you enjoy to do!


 April -  Marcie Baker

 May -  Antonio Linek

April - Gabe Phan

May -  Lauren Ralph


Hillcrest Insurance Student-Athletes of the Month

April 2019

Junior, Torrie Gall - Softball
Junior Torrie Gall is a 3.9 student in honors courses and takes her academics seriously. Torrie is a two-time all-CVC softball player but also a 2018 all-News Herald player. Torrie is a great teammate, team leader, and player who takes the game of softball very seriously. She plans to play softball in college and study nursing.

Senior, Jon Rash - Tennis
Jon had a successful season playing second singles for the Boys Tennis team this year. He is currently 12-2, including 6-0 in the CVC. Over the past two seasons, his overall individual record is 30-3. He earned First Team all-CVC last season and is the heavy favorite to repeat that honor this season. This will be Jon's fourth varsity letter for tennis, and he is also a member of the marching band. He plans to study Political Science at the University of Akron in the Fall.


Graduation: June 6th, 2019

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SENIORS – Monday, June 3rd. We will have a brief Senior Class meeting in the gym at 7:25, then caps and gowns will be distributed. Please respect classes in session and enjoy your mini-day of school. 

Graduation: June 6th, 2019, Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH

In order to participate in the evening ceremony, you MUST attend the morning rehearsal!!!

TICKETS - Inside your cap and gown bag, you will find an envelope with six graduation tickets plus any additional requested tickets. Any specialty tickets (VIP boxes) will also be in the envelope. Only seats in the VIP Loge section will be assigned, otherwise, it is open-seating. If you know that your family will not need all six tickets, please return the extras to Mrs. Talty. Thank you!

B R E A K F A S T  a n d  R E H E A R S A L - On Thursday, June 6th, all seniors will meet in the main gym at West Geauga High School at 7:45 A.M. Do Not Be Late! You will be checked in, please be patient!  We then board a bus to Mayfield Church for breakfast. When breakfast is over, we will travel by bus downtown to Severance Hall to begin rehearsal. We will return from rehearsal to West Geauga High School around 1:00 p.m.

GRADUATION CEREMONY - Be at the high school by 4:30 p.m. We will take buses once again to Severance Hall. The ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

   Robes - press with a cool iron before the ceremony.
   Guys - dark pants, collared shirt, tie, and dress shoes (no tennis shoes).
   Girls - dress or skirt which does not hang below the robe and shoes or sandals, but NO FLIP FLOPS and NO STILETTOS!! Be sure you can walk down a set of stairs in your shoes. Please, wear comfortable, appropriate shoes.

EVENING DETAILS - Your family WILL have to pay for parking the night of graduation. Please refer to this website for parking information, pricing, and a list of garages nearby - We recommend parking in the Severance Hall garage. Most parking in the area is around $10-$15 per car. Guests who need specialty handicapped seating should talk with the ushers and will be escorted to their seats accordingly. 

Students - NO FOOD OR DRINK. Do not bring anything (purse, keys, phone, camera) backstage with you - leave all personal belongings with your family. There is no secure place to leave them. Line up in the order practiced at rehearsal. Be properly dressed. Guys must have a tie. 

Friendly Reminder … Please tell your guests that the processional will begin at 7:00 sharp. Bussing will NOT be provided after the ceremony – it is expected that students go home with their parents/families.


Looking for Upper School PTO board member for 2019-2020 school year!!


Spring has arrived and so has the 2019 edition of the Westwind. Books may now be purchased for $80.00 with checks made payable to WGBOE. Click on the yearbook tab for an order form. 

All submitted hard copy pictures (senior, baby or grad ad) will be returned to seniors on the morning of graduation. Look in the large envelope from Guidance for them.

Class of '20 senior and baby pictures will be due mid-September next school year. Options include scheduling a summer appointment with a photographer, taking your own, or attending school picture day on September 12th.