Friday, May 11, 2018

May/June 2018


From the Principal


It is hard to believe that in less than one month we will be graduating our senior class. The class of 2018 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 4th at the KeyBank State Theater in Cleveland. Detailed below is some parting advice for the class of 2018 to heed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay Bishop
Principal
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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 May 29th at 7:30am for cap and gown distribution. Seniors are not to be in any other part of the building on May 29th. 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.
2018-2019 Parking Applications Available Online

2018-2019 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 10, through August 17 from 7:00am to 2:00pm.  A valid driver license, proof of insurance and $30 ($15 for Excel TECC and CCP students) will be due when the permits are picked up. All school fees from prior years must be paid in order to receive your permit.  Please make checks out to the student’s graduating class (ie: Class of 2019).

Students  need to be logged into their West Geauga Google accounts in order to complete the application. Please contact Mr. Dahlhofer at ron.dahlhofer@westg.org or 440-729-5957 if you have any questions.
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Dear 11th and 9th Grade Parents,

All students entering the 9th grade next school year are required to have one (1) dose of the meningococcal vaccine. All students entering the 12th grade are required to have two (2) doses of the meningococcal vaccine.* Official documentation of the vaccine from the Health Department or physician must be provided to the high school clinic. For your convenience, it can be faxed to 440-729-5959 or emailed to me at brenda.swanson@westg.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Thank you,

Brenda Swanson, RN BSN

West Geauga High School

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

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April - Benjamin Kovacic

May - Thomas Magalski












April - Angela Volcensek

May - Samantha Ange






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West Geauga School Counseling News                                                              May/June 2018


SENIORS


CONGRATULATIONS! We’ll see you at graduation!

Decision Day/West Geauga Survey 2018:
On May 2nd 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 their Family Connection account and complete the West Geauga Survey 2018. This information will allow us to send final transcripts to the school they will be attending this fall.

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

FOR ALL STUDENTS

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

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

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

Scheduling:
Schedule changes were due to the guidance department by May 1st in order for our administration to create the master schedule. Any changes requested after this date must follow the guidelines outlined in the Program of Studies. After May 1st of each year, schedule changes may be made only if there is:
  • a data entry error 
  • a failure in a required course
  • an imbalance of semester courses 
  • a graduation requirement omitted. 
Summer Counseling Hours:
End of School Year  The counselors will be working in the counseling office through June 14th and Ms. Sargent, School Counselor’s Administrative Assistant, will be working through June 29th.

Beginning of 2018-2019 School Year  Ms. Sargent will return to the office July 30th and the counselors will return August 13th.

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 admission 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 2018-2019 school year at commonapp.org and they are listed in Family Connection, too. Some schools have their own applications and prompts so make sure to check into the requirements for each college. When writing an essay be sure the reader can learn something about you that he/she could not find in an application and be creative!

West Geauga Education Foundation Programs:
Be sure to take advantage of all the programming that the West Geauga Education Foundation has to help with applications, essay writing, and test prep. An essay writing workshop is being planned before school starts in August.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career Guidance Report:
Below is a list of the career-oriented guidance that our office, along with Ann Marn, our career specialist, provided to students during the 2017-2018 school year.

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

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

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

Seniors (September)
In preparation for the upcoming Guidance Senior Assembly, students:
Updated Naviance Resume.
Completed Brag Sheets for teachers and Guidance.
Completed Naviance College Tab activities, especially Super Match College Search and Colleges I'm Thinking About.
Explored National Scholarship Search, Scholarship List, and Upcoming College Visits.
Viewed college websites' essay topics and applications.
Viewed Common Application.

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

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Graduation: June 4th, 2018

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SENIORS - Tuesday, May 29th. 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 4th, 2018, KeyBank State Theater, Playhouse Square, 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 twelve graduation 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 twelve tickets, please return the extras to Mrs. Talty. Thank you!

B R E A K F A S T and R E H E A R S A L- We will begin with breakfast at 7:45 am on MONDAY, JUNE 4th, at Mayfield Church at 7747 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026. You will be checked in, so please be patient! Carpool to save gas and space. Do Not Be Late!! When breakfast is over, we will travel by bus downtown to the State Theater to begin rehearsal. Plan on leaving your cars at Mayfield Church until we return from rehearsal around 1:00 pm.

GRADUATION CEREMONY - Be at the high school by 4:30 PM. We will take buses downtown once again, to the State Theater. The ceremony will start promptly at 7:00 pm.

DRESS CODE FOR THE EVENING CEREMONY:
Robes - press with a cool iron before the ceremony.
Guys - dark pants, collared shirt, tie, and dress shoes (no tennis shoes).
Girls - light colored dress or skirt which does not hang below the robe and light colored shoes or sandals, but NO FLIP FLOPS and NO STILETTOS!! Be sure you can walk down 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 - http://www.playhousesquare.org/plan-your-visit-main/directions-parking. We recommend parking in the Playhouse Square 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 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.

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YEARBOOK


Yearbooks have been delivered and can be purchased for $80.00. Please bring cash or checks made payable to WGBE/YB to the HS main office or see Mrs. Ward. 

Senior picture info for the Class of '19
Your senior pictures will be Monday, September 17th. Plan ahead by scheduling with a photographer this summer. Click here for information.



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

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 West Geauga school system. Funds for new ideas and programs aren’t always available within public school budgets, and that's where WGEF provides support. 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 holds fundraisers and events throughout the school year to assist students and enrich education. 


Grants Funded by WGEF – Winter 2018
WGEF requests teachers, parents and students to submit grants for programs they would like to see implemented and need funding assistance for. Twice per year, those interested submit detailed grants and present their programs to the WGEF board and members. The board then chooses which programs to fund based on criteria like how many students will be impacted, the program costs, etc. We have funded four programs in the 2017-2018 school year: two programs submitted in the fall of 2017 and two submitted in February. Read about the recent grants we awarded below.

WGTV – New Equipment
Ms. Kelly Klampe, WGHS English teacher and co-advisor for WGTV, and Ms. Sarah Thrasher, Media Specialist and co-advisor for WGTV, received a $5,151 grant for new equipment for WGTV, the student-run broadcasting channel for school announcements. The grant’s goal was to engage and motivate Middle School students to continue their interest in journalism and broadcasting by using current, modern technology. The grant application included funding for purchasing new software, cameras, camcorder, microphone cables, microphones, teleprompter and hardware capture cards, all used for video broadcast purposes. New equipment will allow for live streaming and recording and will replace old, outdated technology.

iPad Pro / Lifeliqe Program
Ms. Sarah Thrasher, Media Specialist, presented the iPad Pro/Lifeliqe program which is intended to help convert the Middle School’s traditional library into a true media center with state-of-the-art technology. A grant of $7,335 for line item equipment was awarded for this project which includes five iPad pros, Pro Pens, Pro Keyboards and 35 licenses for Lifeliqe software, a science based program that allows users to manipulate and view 3-D images of biological organisms like cells.

Congratulations to our winter grant winners!

Join Us!
We are always seeking fresh ideas and welcome educators and parents to join WGEF. We invite you to attend a meeting to find out more about us. There’s still time to join us for the last meeting the 2017-18 school year:

  Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM in the Middle School Community Room

Whenever you join, donate or attend a WGEF fundraiser, you become a key player in enriching education at West Geauga Schools.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

March/April 2018

From the Principal


Dear West Geauga Families,

The tragic events that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida reinforced the importance of the safety messages we continue to have with the students at West Geauga High School. Teachers continue to have conversations with their classes about the A.L.I.C.E. program we utilize to help keep students safe in the event of an active shooter. Students and teachers have asked great questions about what they would do in various situations. These questions are being addressed through class meetings and communication with the staff on an ongoing basis. West Geauga High School continuously holds discussions with our local police departments about the A.L.I.C.E. program and how to better prepare our students and staff in the event of an active shooter on our campus.

As you may have seen on the news and other social media outlets a National School Walkout is planned with participants across the U.S. and internationally for Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Dr. Markwardt and I expressed to the students that we are neither endorsing nor discouraging the walkout. This has opened the opportunity for West Geauga social studies teachers to talk with and educate our students about political movements. These conversations are in an effort to get students thinking about making informed decisions regarding their participation in a walkout. The message was reiterated by Dr. Markwardt and me during class meetings. We would prefer students remain in their classrooms for safety reasons. Please know that if students decide to walk out on March 14, 2018, police will be on campus to help ensure students are safe. In addition to the planned March 14th walkout, another National Walkout is planned for April 20th. A National March is scheduled for March 24, 2018 at our Nation’s Capital.

While meeting with each grade level, Dr. Markwardt informed the students that there will be a greater police presence in our building going forward. Students were notified that the district is planning to redesign the High School’s entrances to tighten access to our building. We also want to make you aware of a newly formed student group in which student safety is discussed with teachers and administrators.

We need your help in preventing acts of school violence. Parents and students are encouraged to say something if they see something. If there are conversations, Snapchat posts, Instagram feeds, Twitter messages or anything that does not sit well, parents and students need to tell someone. Tell a teacher, school counselor or school administrator. No matter how minor it might seem, please do not hesitate in contacting the police or school officials. For the community’s convenience, we have a link at the top left of all building websites allowing concerned individuals to anonymously report. Here is the direct link - https://www.publicschoolworks.com/SHL/bullyingMgr.asp?di=435&dia=ed1n7

Please take the time to discuss this message with your children at home.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,

Jay Bishop
Principal
(440) 729-5955
jay.bishop@westg.org
@WestGHigh on Twitter
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From the Assistant Principal...


I would like to take this 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 with 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 comply with our Code of Conduct (including Dress Code) as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook. Saturday School will be open on a bi-weekly basis until June 8th. Students facing disciplinary consequences could have the consequences carried over upon their return to school next August.

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 be involved in your students’ lives. 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.

Ron Dahlhofer
Assistant Principal
(440) 729-5957
ron.dahlhofer@westg.org
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The warm weather in recent days definitely has me thinking about spring! Now is the time to start thinking about school attendance more than ever. House Bill 410 requires us to notify parents in writing when too much school has been missed. The state defines this as follows:

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.
Please encourage your students to be in school every day except when ill. When possible please provide doctors' notes to document illnesses. 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, including orthodontist appointments, 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. As the weather continues to warm and we all look forward to spring and 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 or House Bill 410, please give me a call at 440-729-5958.

Thank you,


Theresa Poelking
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End of Course Exam Schedule


All students in 9th grade English, 10th grade English, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History 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 16th - English 9, English 10 (Part I)
  • Tuesday, April 17th - English 9, English 10 (Part II)
  • Thursday, April 19th - American History; Government (Part I)
  • Friday, April 20th - American History; Government (Part II)
  • Wednesday, April 25th - Biology (Part I) 
  • Thursday, April 26th - Biology (Part II)
  • Monday, April 30th - Algebra I, Geometry (Part I)
  • Tuesday, May 1st - Algebra I, Geometry (Part II)
AIR Test Dates Bell Schedule

- 9:35 - 10:04 (29 min)
- 10:08 - 10:41 (33 min)
- 10:45 - 11:14 (29 min)
- 11:18 - 11:47 (29 min)
5A - 11:51 - 12:21 (30 min)
5B - 12:24 - 12:54 (30 min)
- 12:58 - 1:27 (29 min)
- 1:31 - 2:00 (29 min)
- 2:04 - 2:33 (29 min)
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West Geauga School Counseling News                                           March/April 2018


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.

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-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

All returning students will have their core and some elective coursework requested by their teachers. Afterwards, students 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 login 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 counselor's 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, 2018. 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 9th. 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 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 you own backyard!

CCP (College Credit Plus):

If you are interested in CCP, we hope you were able to attend the meeting held on January 10th. 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. Remember, April 1st is in the middle of our Spring Break. Please plan on turning in forms in by March 23rd!

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 strongly. Keep working- You can do it!

Decision Day:
Decision Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 2nd. 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 Tuesday from 8:00-2:15 throughout the school year. This is a change from Wednesdays. 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 at 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 15th and explained the steps that are needed to start the college process. We encourage your son or 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 Fun:
The counselors highly encourage students to begin preparing for the college process over the summer. This include: updating resume 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 took the ACT on February 27th. 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, they 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 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!

Don’t forget to attend the Kickstart College Fair on April 9th. 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. Take on as much rigor as you can. Remember, the hope is you find the right balance!

See your counselor for assistance!

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February - Noah Ickes

March - David Dela Cruz











February - Katie Clay

March - Lily Martin






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HILLCREST STUDENT ATHLETES OF THE MONTH


December 2017

Sophomore, Bella Burkhard - Basketball
Bella is a sophomore student-athlete on the girls basketball team. She will be earning her first varsity letter for the team this season. Coach Cheryl Rye said, "In Bella's first year on varsity she is already making an impact. She is a determined athlete who has a tremendous work ethic. Bella is a tough young lady who doesn't back down against stronger and bigger opponents. She embraces her role on our team as a one of the first players off the bench and is always positive in her demeanor. Bella is extremely respectful and is a true reflection of the characteristics that our program strives for. This undoubtedly translates into the classroom as well." Bella is also a member of the girls soccer team, where she earned a varsity letter this past fall season and helped advance the Wolverines to the OHSAA District Semi Finals. Off the basketball court, she has recently earned a 3.6 GPA in the second grading period. Although she is still considered an underclassman, she intends on furthering her education in college, studying medicine. Bella enjoys fashion, art, basketball, soccer and working at children's camps.

Senior, Andres Lujan-Salas - Swimming

Andres is a senior student-athlete on the swim team. He will be earning his third varsity letter for the team this season. Andres is one of the team captains. Coach Debbie Diadiun said, "Andres has had a strong work ethic on our team for the last three years and has shown a great deal of improvement in his times and technique. He has worked diligently to juggle work, athletics, and academics. He was the most improved member of the team in the month of December, improving his personal best times by almost half-a-minute in this month, alone. He is well-liked and a great supporter of his teammates." Andres had a great start to the school year academically, earning a 3.6 GPA in his first grading period. He plans on continuing his education and studying in the field of Arts & Photography at Akron University. Andres enjoys taking photos of nature, watching sports, and, of course, swimming!


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Seniors and Senior Parents


A Senior mailing will be sent home during the first week of March. This mailing includes important information about prom and graduation, forms, and dates. Please look for the Graduation Participation Agreement, as this form is due back to homeroom teachers by Friday, March 23rd. If your student does not have a homeroom, he/she may turn it in to Mrs. Talty or Mr. Shiban. Caps and gowns have been ordered, but a few students still have not made these arrangements. Please go to jostens.com to place your order today if you have not already done so. Thank you!  Click here for the Graduation Participation Agreement



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Yearbook 2018


Myth: It's too late to order a yearbook.
Fact: It is never too late to order a yearbook, but ordering now saves you money and guarantees you'll receive a copy. Once the books are delivered in May, extra copies are sold on a first come-first served basis. Act now and thank you for supporting our hard working yearbook staff!  Click here for an order form.

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West Geauga Educational Foundation
Funding New, Innovative Ways of Teaching and Learning for more than 30 Years

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 West Geauga school system. Funds for new ideas and programs aren’t always available within public school budgets, and that's where WGEF provides support. 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 holds fundraisers and events throughout the school year to assist students and enrich education.


Grants Funded by WGEF This Year
WGEF requests teachers, parents and students to submit grants for programs they would like to see implemented and need funding assistance for. Twice per year, those interested submit detailed grants and present their programs to the WGEF board and members. The board then chooses which programs to fund based on criteria such as how many students will be impacted, the program costs, etc. We have funded two programs submitted in the fall of 2017, and will be hosting grant presentations later this month for our spring grants. Find out more about the most recent programs we funded below.

“Complete and Total” – Geauga Lyric Theater Play Presented to WGHS Students

Alcohol and drug use by middle and high school students continues to be a major problem in society today. The goal of student education about alcohol and drugs is always abstinence and being 100% drug free. West Geauga and other schools devote part of their curriculum, encourage drug free groups, and provide programming and presentations to identify and explain the dangers and risks of underage drinking and drug use for students.

Last fall, Linda Miller, MSSA, LSW, found a creative way to engage students about the dangers of alcohol and drug use to students, linking a local theater production about substance abuse directly to West Geauga HS students at the school.

The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild presented “Complete and Total,” an original play by local playwright Greg Vovos, about a high school senior with bright prospects who painfully slides into addiction, impacting his future and family. The play was presented eight times during school along with an evening performance for parents and community members. After each performance, groups of students returned to their classrooms to discuss the play with licensed professionals to help develop healthy options like resistance, decision making and refusal skills, and improve self-confidence. The social workers and prevention counselors were also available to talk with students individually
and direct them to resources that could help.


WGEF was proud to fund this unique program, providing students with a look at student addiction, helping to raise awareness, and recognizing pitfalls to avoid becoming part of the alcohol and drug abuse epidemic.





Elementary Robotics and Coding 
STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is an educational model designed to educate students in these four subject areas, while practicing problem solving skills. Encouraging students to explore STEM-related concepts at an early age will help them develop a passion for these disciplines. Heather Howell, a teacher at Lindsey Elementary, was hired this year to create and implement a new STEM program for all West Geauga Elementary students at both Lindsey and Westwood Elementary.

Heather developed a robotics and coding program to bring interest, engagement, and knowledge to STEM learning, providing a basic robotics program to students to spark their interest in computer science, technology and problem solving. Her intent is for K-5 students to apply their block coding knowledge to a robot to make it perform a certain task, like navigating a maze, turning in a circle, or moving to a specific sight word.

The program allows students to become hands-on roboticists at an early age, applying block knowledge coding from a previous STEM class to make robots come to life. Students program and modify their robot’s actions to complete a challenge or solve a problem. The robots can be differentiated for each grade and ability level, extending learning levels from grade to grade, giving more complex tasks to older grades and more simplified tasks to the younger grades. 



The program required iPads and a classroom set of robots and accessories. The Dash and Dot robots come with a pre-made curriculum and challenges, which the older students will be able to immediately dive into. Each grade level has different goals for their robot and will use a variety of classroom and academic resources to learn with.

The students are extremely enthusiastic about the new STEM class and are learning many new concepts within science, technology, engineering, math and computer science that will prepare them for their future endeavors. By funding this robotics grant, all K-5 students will be able to add coding and robotics to their list of skills.

WGEF was proud to fund the Elementary Robotics and Coding program, giving young students hands-on experience with robots, how to program them to execute basic tasks, and expanding on West Geauga schools’ STEM curriculum.

Join Us!
We are always seeking fresh ideas and welcome educators and parents to join WGEF. We invite you to attend a meeting to find out more about us. Please see the meeting schedule below for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.

DATE
TIME
LOCATION
March 21
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
April 18
7:30 PM
High School Library
May 16
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room

Whenever you join, donate or attend a WGEF fundraiser, you become a key player in enriching education at West Geauga Schools.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

January/February 2018





Dear West Geauga Families:

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you enjoyed time with friends and family over the break.

This past fall, West Geauga High School was proud to introduce a speaker series to all of the students during the scheduled advisory periods. The purpose of the speaker series is to bring relevant and interesting topics to our student body. It is our hope that information presented to our students can be applied to better students' private and academic lives. In addition, leadership opportunities have been and will continue to be available to our students through this program. Students will have the opportunity to participate on a speaker selection committee. They are also invited to participate through presentations of their own.

During the scheduled advisory periods, students meet as a grade level in our large lecture hall. Tuesday presentations are made to freshmen during advisory A and sophomores during advisory B. Thursday speakers present to seniors and juniors during advisory A and advisory B, respectively. Presentations are tailored to the appropriate grade level and the same presentation may not necessarily be made to the entire student body.

The series began on November 7, 2017 and ran through November 30th. First semester speakers included presentations on philanthropy, organ donation, study skills, sexual assault, dating violence and drug and alcohol awareness. Some of the second semester speaker presentations include topics on interview skills, soft skill development, preparing for life after high school and summer internship opportunities.

West Geauga High School is always looking for guest speakers to present interesting and relevant topics to our students. If you have an idea or know a speaker who will capture students’ interests, please feel free to let me know.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2018.

Sincerely,







Jay C. Bishop
jay.bishop@westg.org
(440) 729-5955
@WestGHigh on Twitter

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Happy New Year and welcome back!

Vaping is increasing around the country, and we are seeing this at our school as well. Vaping is the act of using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) to inhale a substance through a personal vaporizer. The vaporizer, most often called a vape or a Juul, is a device that looks very much like a USB flash-drive, a laser pointer, and/or a fancy pen. These items often fit in your hand, and hold an electronic charge like a battery to make it portable.

While an e-cigarette may not contain tobacco, the inserts (juice) used in this device can contain nicotine, other chemicals, and/or other types of drug-related oils and substances. Vaping releases small amounts of water vapor that are hard to detect and do not linger. The design of the vaporizer  makes it harder for adults to readily recognize what is being held.

Here are some tips to help try to determine if your student may be vaping:
  1. Items that appear to fit the description above (flash-drive, laser pointer, etc.).
  2. While some are odorless, many inserts have added flavors and scents to enhance the experience and can smell like a fruity or spicy body spray or lotion. 
  3. Increased intake of fluids, especially water (additives in the vapor can cause dry-mouth).
  4. Decrease in desire for caffeinated beverages (additives in vapor can cause a sensitivity or avoidance of caffeine). 
  5. Nosebleeds (vapor can dry out the nasal passages)
Vaping in school or on school property is considered the same as using cigarettes, and the e-cigarette and any items used with them are considered smoking paraphernalia. Our school code of conduct prevents their use in school or at school events, and having them in school is against our code of conduct, also any student found using or in possession of an e-cigarette will receive a three day out-of-school suspension.

Please see the links below for more information about vaping and it’s harmful effects:

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/features/ecigarettes-young-people/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/better-cigarettes-vaping-comes-its-own-set-health-risks-ncna819716


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December - Caleb Ramey

January - Eva Mulloy











December - Samantha Heim

January - Maxwell Dayringer








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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 that 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:             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:          Secretary                                          729-5962           michelle.sargent@westg.org

College Credit Plus (CCP)—
The CCP Information Meeting was January 10th. At the meeting, a presentation about CCP’s procedures and application guidelines were presented. If you missed the meeting, please contact your school counselor for information. A very important document called a “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 9, 2018. At 6:00 pm the guest speaker will be Jimmy Malone, WMJI Radio Personality. 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
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 Government classes on Thursday, February 15th

ACT:
As part of the State of Ohio graduation requirements, all current juniors will participate in an administration of the ACT on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. 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 i.d., pencils and 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 test date.

Students can prepare for the ACT by visiting the following website: www.act.org/stateanddistrict/examinees

Please see your school counselor for additional information.

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

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 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 1 – Students accepted to Excel TECC programs are notified via USPS.
February 22 – 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 to retrieve PSAT scores for the test that was administered in October. If you have not created 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.

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Happy New Year from the Attendance Office! 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, online under the forms link, or by clicking here. 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. 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 him/her of this policy.

Opening Day paperwork did not come home this year due to the implementation of OneView. An informational letter with instructions was sent home at the beginning of the year and also over the winter break for those of you who did not complete these forms yet. It is imperative that you take the time to go online and fill out these form as soon as possible. If there is an emergency during the school day that involves your child, we will not be able to provide proper care or get ahold of you without the proper information being completed. In addition, your child may not be included in the 2017-2018 yearbook if you do not grant permission. If you have any questions or did not receive the letter in the mail, please call me and I will help you. We are asking that all accounts be updated as soon as possible.

Thank you and have a great second semester!

Mrs. Poelking
(440) 729-5958

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Senior Internship Packets are available now!  Make sure you get yours as your proposal is due to your faculty advisor by Friday, January 26th!  Click here (or link above) to get your packet!!





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The year is flying by and graduation will be here before you know it! This year our commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Keybank State Theater at Playhouse Square, Cleveland. Each student will receive 8 tickets to the ceremony. For more pertinent information, please visit the "Seniors" tab at the top of this newsletter or click here.






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There will be a PTO meeting on Wednesday, February 7th in the middle school library.  We are looking for executive board members for next school year.


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Pre-order your yearbook now to reserve and guarantee a copy for your student. Order now and save as the cost increases at the time of delivery!

Senior parents: Limited space is still available to purchase a grad ad for your senior.

All order forms are available under the yearbook tab at the top of this newsletter or click here.

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News from West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF)
Funding New, Innovative Ways of Teaching and Learning for more than 30 Years

Another Successful Thanksgiving Breakfast at McDonald’s Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who came in for breakfast to support WGEF’s 30th annual Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast at McDonald’s in Chesterland. We raised over $1,900 to help fund educational programs for students in the West Geauga school system.

Special thanks to Steve Goden and Caise Rode McHale, co-chairs for this year’s event, all our volunteers and students who took time on Thanksgiving morning to work the breakfast, and to John Powers, McDonald’s Chesterland owner/operator, and his staff for opening their store on a holiday and giving their time and support. A shout-out as well to our business sponsors who bought ads for the breakfast placemats. “Everyone involved should be proud that their efforts helped to raise funds that will go toward supporting innovative and enriching learning experiences for West Geauga students,” said Caise McHale, WGEF President.























SAT, PSAT, ACT Practice Tests – Sponsored by WGEF
Did you know your child can practice taking college entry tests in test-like conditions run by Huntington Learning Center? Each practice test includes a follow-up session that will provide you with insight to the exam and additional preparation tips necessary for college entrance. The benefit: your child will learn about the exam format, become comfortable taking the tests and determine what areas he/she needs to work on.

For students in Northeast Ohio, including eastern Cuyahoga County suburbs like Mayfield, Beachwood, Chagrin Falls and Solon and Lake and Geauga Counties, WGEF hosts practice sessions for the SAT and ACT at West Geauga High School. Students from any school can attend.

PRACTICE TEST SCHEDULE


PRACTICE TEST
TEST DATE, TIME AND LOCATION
FOLLOW UP SESSION
ACT Practice Test
Sat. January 13, 2018     8 am – 12 pm
West G High School, Room 124
Thu. January 25, 2018, 6 – 8 PM
West G High School Library
SAT Practice Test
Sat. April 7, 2018     8 am – 12 pm
West G High School, Room 124
Thu. April 19, 2018, 6 – 8 PM
West G High School Library

What you need to know
  • Practice Tests are held Saturday mornings from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm – see the schedule above
  • Tests are in rooms 124 at West Geauga High School, 13401 Chillicothe Road (Route 306), Chesterland, Ohio 44026-3598
  • Follow-up sessions are on Thursday nights from 6:00pm in the Library
  • The cost is $10 for West Geauga students and $15 for students from other schools
Registration and costs
West Geauga students should register and pay in advance at the high school Guidance office. Payment will be accepted at the door. No one is admitted without payment.

Students from other districts can pay in advance or at the door. The cost is $10 for West Geauga students, $15 for students from other schools.

Checks should be made out to the West Geauga Educational Foundation. We do not accept credit cards.

What to bring
  • #2 pencils
  • Calculator
For more information
Please contact Theresa Kulp at 216-346-9028 with any questions.