Thursday, November 9, 2017

November/December 2017

From the Principal...

Dear High School Families;

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

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

During the month of November, an Advisory Speaker Series was initiated. The purpose of the series is to provide engaging presentations that are relevant to students’ lives. Information learned can be applied to students academic and/or private lives. Topics include philanthropy, study skills, test taking strategies, dating violence prevention and drug and alcohol awareness. It is also my intention to build student leadership opportunities within this program. Students are encouraged to present topics that are interesting and relevant to their peers. Interested students should see me for more details. Please see the school’s calendar for presentations that will be given during the month of November and during the second semester of the school year.

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


Complete and Total comes to West Geauga High School

The play Complete and Total is an original play by a local playwright, Greg Vovos, about the dangers of heroin and drug addiction. It is the story of a high school senior and how his painful slide into addiction impacts him and his family. It follows the student with a bright future ahead of him, but heroin and addiction quickly become his priority. The senior addict believes in his ability to become clean, but it’s not that simple.

The play Complete and Total is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th and performed by youth from the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild. It will be shown during periods 1-4 and 6-8. All high school students will have an opportunity to see it in Room 124 during their social studies class with a short follow up discussion in each social studies classroom. Discussion will be led by social workers, counselors, prevention specialists and other professionals, knowledgeable in the drug and alcohol field.

We invite all parents and community members to attend an evening performance at 7:00 P.M. on November 16th.  A question and answer session will follow the play. We hope you will join us! Click here to see a flyer with additional information.

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

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

Thank you!


From the Assistant Principal....

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful fall weather. A few quick tips…

  • Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. are great ways to communicate via the Internet. Unfortunately, all too often we see the negative side of social networking. Bullying, threats, offensive language, and inappropriateness are everyday occurrences on these sites. Daily, we deal with the after effects of these transgressions. Please monitor your child and speak to him/her about appropriate use of these sites.
  • The number one correlation between academic success and potential failure is consistent attendance at school. When students attend regularly, they succeed. Please remember to call the Attendance Office (729-5951) between 7:00 and 9:00 am each time a student is absent. This is a voicemail number, which can receive messages 24 hours a day, so you can even call the night before. Students who do not clear up absences within three days of returning to school will be considered truant and be issued a Saturday School Detention.
  • Maintaining a safe, secure and productive educational environment is a high priority at West Geauga High School. Proper attire helps create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Clothing which includes references to alcohol, tobacco, or illegal substances is unacceptable. In addition, clothing which depicts graphics or wording with sexual, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meanings or connotations is prohibited. Please also keep the following guidelines in mind: 
    • Shirts and shorts must be worn at a reasonable length
    • Tops must have straps
    • Necklines should not fall below an imaginary horizontal line between the underarms.
    • The bottom hem of tops should overlap pants or skirts. No midriff exposed.
    • No undergarments should be exposed. This includes through sheer fabric or out of low-riding or loose fitting pants.
    • No hats at school. Hoods are not to be worn while in the building

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ron Dahlhofer
(440) 729-5957

September - Nathaniel Bihun

October - John Wenger

November - Mariah Barboza

September - Grace Carter

October - Ayah Ighneim

November - Michael Osters


WGHS School Counseling News             November/December 2017

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

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

Kimberly Zannetti        Students with last names H-O       729-5964  

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

Michelle Sargent         Secretary                                        729-5962  

Dates to Remember:

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

Excel TECC Opportunity Day: December 12, Sophomores are invited to attend as a field trip. Permission forms will be given to students and available in the counseling office.

Excel TECC Opportunity Night: December 12, 7 pm at Mayfield High School.  Parents of prospective sophomores are encouraged to attend.

CCP Information Night: January 10, 7pm in Room 124.

The guidance website has valuable information, regarding college planning, scholarships, and many other timely topics. You can visit the website at, click on high school, then guidance. If you have any question or concerns, please call the school counseling office. Students: we have an "open door" policy. If you need to speak to your counselor, just drop in. If we are unavailable, leave a note, and we will find you as soon as possible!

Please remember that this is the time of year to work on college applications! Please remember to check your college deadlines and follow the application submission procedures (Senior College App Process PowerPoint can be found on the Guidance website). Remember: Please give your counselors and teachers at least two weeks to get supporting documents/letters completed. Know your deadlines! See your counselor if you have any questions.

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

Financial Aid: The FAFSA timeline has changed and is already open to submissions for next year. A representative from the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) is available to discuss financial aid options, scholarships, and the FAFSA form. Mrs. Sandy Hanley, our LEAF Financial Aid Advisor, works in our high school each Wednesday throughout the school year. Students and parents may request an appointment with Mrs. Hanley by contacting her at 729-5922, extension 4164, or email her at There is also a sign-in sheet in the Guidance 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 marks. If you are having difficulty in a class, your school counselor is always here to help. Do not forget to take advantage of the tutoring available during Advisory period. Also, start thinking about what you want to do after high school. A good resource to begin with is Family Connection/Naviance. See your counselor if you forgot your login. Start planning college visits and registering online for the ACT and/or SAT.

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

Mr. Hayes, Excel TECC's (Technical Education Career Consortium) counselor will meet with all sophomores on November 13. Opportunity Day for all Excel TECC is Thursday, December 12. Students are able to visit programs during the field trip that school day and parents are invited to Mayfield High School that evening from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. You got your report card. How are you doing? What can you change to achieve even more success? If you need some help, see your counselor.

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

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



September 2017

Junior, Rachel Ange - Tennis
Rachel is a junior student-athlete on the girls tennis team. She will be earning her third varsity letter for the team this season. She has helped lead the girls tennis team to their first Chagrin Valley Conference championship last season and their second this fall. She was 8-2 in the month of September to bring her overall record to 14-2 for the year. She went 2-0 in the CVC tournament to earn First Team CVC honors. She will be competing on Friday October 13th in the OHSAA District tournament with her partner in doubles, Mackenzie Hanford. Coach Dimattia said “She has been winning in a dominating fashion. She leads by example both on the tennis court and off.” She has also been a member of the girls fastpitch team and will also be earning her third varsity letter this spring season. Off the athletic fields she has been able to maintain a 4.4 GPA. She serves as the Student Council Secretary and is a board member of the Interact Club. She intends on furthering her education by attending college to study in the field of business but is undecided on which school she will attend. Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Senior, Joseph Conrad - Soccer
Joseph is a senior student-athlete on the soccer team. He will be earning his second varsity letter for the team at the end of this season. Coach Gerhardt said, "Joey is a team player who exemplifies respect, sportsmanship and fair play. Joey Conrad is the leader of our defensive chain and a role model for all players on the team, especially the underclassmen. Joey is highly skilled, possesses great soccer sense and is a very competitive central defender who is all business in practices as well as in games. A senior and student of the game, Joey is a key player in the Wolverines success on the soccer field this year.” Joseph is also a member of the track team and has earned two varsity letters. Joe has also excelled in the classroom where he has retained above a 3.75 GPA. Joseph plans on continuing his education in the field of aeronautics at Kent State University to eventually become a licensed commercial pilot. In his free time, Joseph enjoys camping, hiking snowboarding and playing soccer. 

October 2017

Freshman, Nicola Ehrbar - Soccer
Nicola is a freshman student-athlete on the girls soccer team. She will be earning her first varsity letter for the team this season after starting and playing in every game. Overall she had 11 goals and 7 assists. One of those goals was versus Chagrin Falls in an OHSAA Sectional Final game, where she helped lead her team to a 2-0 victory with a goal from 35 yards out, advancing the Wolverines to the District Semi Finals. Coach Kori Chapic said, "Her hard work and athleticism this season has made her an outstanding asset to the West Geauga girls soccer program and a leader for the team to look up to." She earned Second Team All Chagrin Valley Conference honors. She is also a member of the girls basketball team and will be seeing a significant role in the program this winter. Off the athletic fields she has earned 4.08 GPA in the first grading period. She intends on furthering both her education and athletic careers in college but is undecided at this early stage of her high school experience. Nicola enjoys baking, hiking and playing sports.

Freshman, Johnny Patterson - Cross Country
Johnny is a freshman student-athlete on the cross-country team. He has earned his first varsity letter for the team this season. Johnny, as a freshman, was consistently West Geauga's number one runner this year. His fastest time was 18:00, which helped him earn Second Team All Chagrin Valley Conference honors. He lead the boys cross country team to second place finishes at both the McDonough and Andrews Osborne Invitationals. Amongst freshman competing at the OHSAA District Meet at Madison High School, Johnny finished 3rd and 32nd overall. Coach John Boylan said, "Johnny is only a freshman but leads by example. He will be fun to watch as he matures as a runner. I am excited and looking forward to the next 3 seasons with Johnny." Johnny has also been successful in the classroom as he recently accomplished a 4.25 GPA in his first grading period at the high school. He plans on continuing his education in the field of biology but is undecided as to where he will attend. Johnny enjoys running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.  


The Senior Internship Program, endorsed by the school administration and Board of Education, is designed to provide interested and eligible seniors with the opportunity to participate in meaningful, independent projects of their own selection and design.

Full details and the internship packet will be available in December.  In the meantime, you can click here to see the internship timeline.


Order your yearbook now and benefit from the lowest price of the year!  Yearbooks will cost $70.00 until 12/31/17.  After the new year, the price will increase to $75.00  Click here for an order form.

If you haven't submitted a Grad ad to your senior, please email to see if any space remains.



Thanksgiving Day Pancake Breakfast at Chesterland McDonald’s

Sponsored by West Geauga Educational Foundation
The last think you’re thinking about on Thanksgiving morning is making breakfast. But your family is hungry! Don’t stress! Visit the Chesterland McDonalds, where once again, the West Geauga Educational Foundation (WGEF), will be serving breakfast!                               

     WHEN: Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:30 to 11:30 AM

     WHERE: Chesterland McDonald’s,  8329 Mayfield Road, Chesterland

What’s on the menu: a breakfast of pancakes and sausage with juice, milk, coffee or tea for $5.00. Eat breakfast in the restaurant or take it to go. Please note that on Thanksgiving morning, McDonald’s will only open for the WGEF fundraiser during the hours above and their regular menu will not be available.

For almost 30 years, WGEF has been hosting this holiday breakfast, with the help and support of John Powers and his team at the Chesterland McDonald’s. “Make Thanksgiving Day a little easier for your family this year by getting breakfast at McDonalds,” said Caise Rode McHale, WGEF President. “At the same time, you’ll be helping to support innovative and enriching learning experiences for West Geauga students.”

WGEF is a non-profit organization that provides funding to enable new ways of teaching and learning in the West Geauga School System. Each year the foundation trustees review applications from teachers, administrators, students and parents and fund educational programs over and above what school budgets will allow. The foundation is grateful for our community’s continuing support.

Interested in volunteering at WGEF’s Thanksgiving Breakfast? Please email:

           Steve Goden at

           Caise Rode McHale at

We hope to see you and your family on Thanksgiving morning!



Friday, August 18, 2017

August/September/October 2017

Greetings, West Geauga parents and students!

August is certainly underway and it is nice to see so many of our students on campus, involved in band and athletics. I look forward to having all of our students in the halls on August 22nd when I can hear about everyone's summer experiences.

During last school year, West Geauga High School was recognized as one of America’s top schools by leading publications that include The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. In order to be recognized, schools have to meet particular performance indicators that include state test proficiency ratings. The magazine then collected data from each qualifying school to determine college readiness. Data collected included student to counselor ratio, Advanced Placement participation and performance, college acceptance and enrollment, and ACT and SAT participation.

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

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

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

West Geauga High School utilizes an advisory period in the middle of the day to allow students to work on their individual goals and school activities. The advisory period consists of a 30 minute window each day where students have opportunities built into their class schedule to work with teachers outside of the class period, meet with clubs and organizations, allow AP science students to take an extra class during the year, and provide more time for freshmen 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 2017-2018 school year ahead. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


Jay Bishop
West Geauga High School

New Staff at West Geauga High School

Brian Craemer - Social Studies
Ashley Dudas - Intervention Specialist
Alan Duncan - Science
Denise Garrett - Occupational Therapists
Emily Swartzlander - Geauga Achieve
Sarah Thrasher - Library Media Specialist
Taylor Uveges - Music
Ashley Wilcox - Psychologist

Opening Day Paperwork

Completing opening day paperwork that your students bring home every year tends to be a burdensome task. We are attempting to make the process a little easier. Earlier this week you should have received from West Geauga Schools the new, online parent portal called OneView. This is different than Infinite Campus because it is exclusively for online forms. OneView is where you will find the district’s annual student forms that previously would have been turned in on paper the first week of school. We are requesting that you take a moment to visit the OneView portal at and create your own account, using the information that was mailed to your home. Please contact our school’s office if you need assistance accessing your new OneView account.

School Calendar

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. 

2016-2017 State Testing Updates

The State of Ohio requires all students to take state issued end-of-course exams in the following areas: Algebra 1, geometry, English 9, English 10, American history, government and biology. Last year’s students not scoring a 700 or higher on any of their end-of-course exams will work with a teacher throughout this year in the area where they are not proficient. Retests will be given during Ohio’s winter and spring testing windows. Students currently enrolled in the above courses will take their assessments beginning in March.

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

Resources for the upcoming end-of-course assessments are found by visiting the Ohio Department of Education’s 2015-2016 State Test website. Practice tests can also be found on ODE’s website or by clicking here.


Additional Graduation Pathways Offered to the Class of 2018

This summer a budget bill was passed by Ohio Legislation, “...authorizing two additional options only for the students in the class of 2018. These options provide an opportunity for those students who do not otherwise meet one of the three existing pathways to graduation to earn a diploma”(Ohio Department of Education). These new options primarily provide opportunities for students in the class of 2018 who will not meet the 18 end-of-course points required for graduation. Our school counselors will be meeting with all students who could benefit from these new options. For more information, please see this flyer from the Ohio Department of Education.

Student Gradebook Logins

Most of our students and parents are now familiar with our Infinite Campus grade portal. The system allows students access their class schedules, grades, locker number and combination and other school related information. Parents and students should regularly check their child’s accounts and set alerts to send notifications of poor grades. Please find the login information on our school’s website or by clicking here.


From the Assistant Principal -

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

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


Attendance Law changes for the 2017 -2018 School Year

In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, several changes take effect. The state will now look at the accumulations of hours of school missed, rather than the number of days missed, according to the following guidelines:

Habitual Truant is defined by these criteria:
  • 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. 
When a student is habitually truant, the district will take the following steps:
  • Select members of the absence intervention team and assign the student to it. 
  • Make three meaningful attempts to secure the participation of the student’s parent or guardian on the absence intervention team. 
  • The student will be assigned to the selected absence intervention team. 
  • The district will develop the student’s absence intervention plan. 
Excessive Truant is defined by:
  • 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. 
When a student is excessively truant, the district will do the following interventions:
  • Notify the student’s parents in writing. 
  • The student will follow the district’s plan for absence intervention. 
  • The student and family may be referred to community resources. 
Important to note:
  • You will receive notification when your student meets any of the thresholds above. 
  • Any time missed from school will accumulate - (Tardy arrivals and early dismissals do add up quickly). 
  • Even absences that are medically excused are NOT exempt from this law and count toward the accumulation of time a student is absent. 
Cell Phones

If you need to contact your child throughout the day, it is imperative that you contact the school’s attendance office at 440-729-5958. The school will locate your child and deliver the message. Please do not call your child on his/her cell phone. Teachers discourage students from carrying their cell phones throughout the day. Phone calls and text messages during instructional time disrupt the education process.

Dress Code

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


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

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

Parking Applications

2017-2018 parking permits are being handled in a similar manner as last year. The application is 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. 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 in the main office. All school fees from prior years must be paid in order to receive your permit. A valid drivers license, proof of insurance and $30 will be due when the permit is picked up. 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 me at or 440-729-5957 if you have any questions.

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

Ron Dahlhofer

Assistant Principal/Director of Data and Assessment
West Geauga High School
(440) 729-5957 


I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing everyone during the first few weeks of school. Some attendance reminders for the upcoming school year: When calling your student in absent, please make sure to leave detailed information about your child’s absence. 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

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 it 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 will Not be coming home this year due to the implementation of OneView (trust me you are going to love this!) An informational letter with instructions should be coming home soon. 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 before Monday, August 28th.

Thank you and have a great 2017-2018 school year!

Mrs. Poelking


From the Athletic Director

It’s that time of year again! Parents, players and community members please help welcome the following new fall coaching staff members:  Head Girls Soccer Coach, Kori Chapic.  Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, Daniel Cappelucci.  Head Boys Soccer Coach, Mario Gerhardt.  Head Girls Tennis Coach, Joe Dimattia.  Assistant Girls Tennis Coach, Shaun Spence, and Head Football Coach, Brian Craemer, Assistant Football Coaches Robert Trhlin and Jeff Throckmorton.

We encourage all student-athletes to strive to be their best. School sports exist to help develop all participants to become the best they can be — their best as individuals, as students, as teammates, as members of the community — not just their best athletes.

Please keep in mind that our rivalries with our neighbors are friendly competitions, conducted under the OHSAA guidelines and the school's code of conduct. We ask that your cheer for us and not against our opponents or our officials and we will all come out winners.


Joe Leonette, Director of Athletics
West Geauga High School
Phone 440-729-5960
Follow us on Twitter- @WestGAthletics

W.G.H.S. School Counseling News                August 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited to begin a new year and hope to help make it your son's 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 – G)    (440) 729-5963

Mrs. Kimberly Zannetti    (Students H – O)    (440) 729-5964

Ms. Sarah Widman    (Students P – Z)    (440) 729-5965

Mrs. Michelle Sargent    (Guidance Secretary)    (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 and their parents on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 124 to review the college application process. At this meeting the counselors will address all of the policies and procedures for applying to college, therefore, it is recommended that students wait to apply to colleges until after this informational session. In the meantime, use your Family Connection account!
ACT and SAT:
Seniors should register for these exams if they have not already done so. To register for the ACT go to To register for the SAT go to Students applying to selective colleges might also need to take SAT Subject Tests. Check with the individual colleges to which you are applying to find out if you need to take these additional tests.


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


It's never too early to order your yearbook!!  Click here for an order form.  And Seniors - don't forget senior pictures and baby pictures are due on Sept. 15th!   For Parents - you have until Oct. 27th to purchase a senior grad ad!  Click here for a form.
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Funding New, Innovative Ways of Teaching and Learning for more than 30 Years

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

WGEF meeting schedule for 2017-2018
September 20, 2017
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
October 18
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
November 15
7:30 PM
High School Library
January 17, 2018
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
February 21
7:30 PM
Middle School Community Room
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

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


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May/June 2017


It is hard to believe that in less than one month we will be graduating our senior class. The class of 2017 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 1st at the Connor Palace Theater in Cleveland. Detailed below is some parting advice for the class of 2017 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


A few Reminders as we approach the end of the school year… 

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 26th at 7:30AM for cap and gown distribution. Seniors are not to be in any other part of the building on May 26th. 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. 
  • As we near the end of the school year and all the related activities and celebrations that accompany them, 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. 
2017-18 Parking Applications Available Online in August

2017-2018 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 August. 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 11 through August 21 from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. A valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and $30 will be due when the permits are picked up. Please make checks out to the student’s graduating class (ie: Class of 2019).

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.


Dear 11th Grade Parents,

All students entering the 12th grade next school year are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.* This is a relatively new requirement.  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  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.


WEST GEAUGA SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWS:                     May/June 2017


CONGRATULATIONS! We’ll see you at graduation!

Decision Day/West Geauga Survey 2017:
On April 28 (Decision Day fell on an AP testing day) 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 Family Connection account and complete the West Geauga Survey 2017. 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 729-5940. 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.

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 9th and Ms. Sargent, School Counselor’s Administrative Assistant, will be working through June 30th.

Beginning of 2017-2018 School Year - Ms. Sargent will return to the office July 31st and the counselors will return August 14th.

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 2017-2018 school year at 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.

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 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

Kimberly Zannetti      Students with last names H-O      729-5964

Sarah Widman           Students with last names P-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 2016-2017 school year.

Freshmen (September and November)
Completed Naviance 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 (November and December)
Updated the 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 the 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 the Naviance resume.
Completed Brag Sheets for teachers and Guidance.
Explored National Scholarship Search, Scholarship List, and Upcoming College Visits.
Viewed college websites' essay topics and applications.
Viewed Common Application.


Click here for the final exam schedule 


2017 - 2019 School Year Calendars Posted

The 2017 - 2019 school calendars have been approved by the school board and are posted on our district website.  Click here to access the calendars directly.



APRIL 2017

Senior, Alison D'Alessandro - Track
Alison is a senior student-athlete on the girls track team. She will be a 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. Alison is a pole vaulter who draws a crowd at every event. She has already cleared 12' and is aiming for 13' before the season ends. She was also a four-time letter winner for the gymnastics team. Coach Ryan Nightingale said, "It has been a pleasure to watch Alison progress into one of the elite vaulters in the state. She has shown great dedication in improving her craft by jumping during indoor season with the Geneva vault club and attending vault camp at the University of Tennessee. The greatest part of coaching is watching kids achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Alison has already done this this season by clearing 12 feet and giving herself the opportunity to continue her career at the University of Kentucky." Outside of her athletic competitions she is involved with the Student Council, Interact Club, Key Club and Art Club. She has earned a current cumulative GPA of 4.23 She plans on attending the University of Kentucky to study math. 

Junior, Trent Fritzche - Lacrosse
Trent is a junior student-athlete on the boys lacrosse team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter this season. He has been the team captain the past two years. He has led the West Geauga lacrosse program in scoring in all three of his seasons at the high school. Trent is also one of the top ten leading scorers in the state. Trent has already earned All-Ohio honors in the sport of lacrosse. Coach Steele said, "Trent is an amazing lacrosse player; he has the ability to take over a game and has one of fastest shots I have seen on a lacrosse field. He is very talented and has the ability to play at the next level or in college." Off the lacrosse field, he is a great student, holding an accumulative GPA of 3.8 and earning a 4.17 this past quarter. Trent, although only a junior, has intentions of heading to the east coast for college, where he intends to study business and pursue an MBA shortly after. In his free time Trent enjoys chilling with his friends on the weekend and playing lacrosse with his summer team, the Titanium.

MARCH 2017

Freshman, Torrie Gall - Softball
Torrie is a freshman student-athlete on the girls fastpitch team. She will be earning her first varsity letter for the team this season. As a freshman Torrie has transitioned right into the starting lineup. She has displayed quality leadership skills and maturity at a young age. Her batting average in the first five game is .571 with an on base percentage of .667. She has scored 12 runs with 5 RBI's. Coach Leppla said, "Torrie is an all-around ball player who has an exceptional skill level who I believe has the potential to be one of the best softball players West Geauga has ever had. I am excited for the the future of Torrie and West Geauga Fastpitch." She was also a member of the girls volleyball team. Outside her early athletic accomplishments, she has earned a GPA of 3.92 in the 3rd quarter. She plans on attending college to continue both her academic and athletic careers, however is still in the early phases of searching for the right place. She has intentions to study dermatology. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family on top traveling to different states for her summer travel softball team.

Senior, Charlie Koach - Baseball

Charlie is a senior student-athlete on the baseball team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter for the team. He is this year's team captain. Coach McIntyre says, "Charlie leads by example because everything he encourages others to do he does himself. It is the little things that make the difference and he is going to be missed by the West Geauga Baseball Community." Charlie was also a member of the football team where he earned two varsity letters, on top of receiving 1st team All-District and 1st Team All Conference honors. Outside of his athletic accomplishments, Charlie was able to finish the 3rd quarter with a GPA of 3.8. Charlie is also the CEO of the Beachwood Junior Achievement Marketing Program. Charlie will be continuing his education at West Virginia University where he plans to study marketing. Charlie enjoys sports and yoga. 


Senior, Lexy Ange - Gymnastics
Lexy is a senior student-athlete on the girls’ gymnastics team. She will is 4-year varsity letter winner for the team. Lexy qualified and competed in the OHSAA Gymnastics State Tournament this season and finished 19th with a score of 8.85 on the floor. She was also a four-time district qualifier. Lexy was also a member of the cheerleading team where she earned 2 varsity letters. Coach Gina Javorek said, "A big congratulations to Lexy Ange for her outstanding accomplishment of making it to the state gymnastics tournament this year. She is one of the most honest, genuine, hard working gymnasts I've ever coached. She deserved her spot in that meet. It was a great way to end a fantastic senior year for her." Outside her athletic accomplishments, she has earned a current cumulative GPA of 4.37 She plans on attending Ohio State University to study Pre-Law. Lexy enjoys staying active by running and exercising. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Junior, David Dela Cruz - Fencing

David is a junior student-athlete on the fencing team. He will be earning his 3rd varsity letter for the team. He is this year's team captain. His most recent accomplishment was placing third in his last fencing tournament. He was recognized by the academic decathlon for earning several medals. Coach Brooke Snyder said, "David is the fencer that the whole team looks up to. He leads by example and is always jumping in to assist his teammates. As his coach, I am able to count on him to show up every day and give 100% to the program." Outside his athletic abilities he is a great student, holding an accumulative GPA of 3.64. David is also planning on furthering his education, however, is still undecided to which college or university he will be attending. He has an interest in studying biology. David enjoys fishing, bicycling, fencing, zip lining and spending time with his friends.


April - Camryn Heatwole

May -  Jessica Baliker

April - David Sprenger

May -  James Pusterhofer


Click here for IMPORTANT Graduation Information!!


The 2017 yearbook will continue to be sold on a first come/ first served basis as long as quantities last.  The cost is $75.00


ATTENTION CLASS OF 2018!!  The deadline to submit your senior picture (and baby picture) will be on Friday, September 15th.  If you plan to have a professional sitting, please schedule a summer appointment.  Other options include attending school picture day on September 14th or taking one of your own.  Please email

Click here for senior picture submission information


Sign up for this year's Wolverun 5k Color Run!  All proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders!  Sign up now at or click here for a registration form.


The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library.  Executive Board positions are available.  Anyone interested please attend the meeting or contact us at


Attention Class of 2018, 2019 & 2020 Students & Parents! 

App Day - Redesigned!

WGEF is once again bringing App Day to the students of WGHS. App Day educates students and parents on how to fill out the Common Application used by many colleges to determine admission. As in the past, emphasis will be placed on the importance of the college essay and tips given to create an essay that stands out and helps your application for admission, scholarships, honor colleges, and special programs.

The 2017 App Day Line Up 
Wednesday, May 17 – 6:30 pm – WGHS Room 124
Rae Ann DiBaggio, an experienced career admissions officer, will be speaking to parents of WG students from the Classes of ’18, ’19 and ’20 on best practice tips and techniques for completing the college application process – and the purpose of the college essay. Parents – knowing what criteria admission officers look for in a college essay is the first step to supporting your student as he/she selects a topic that will showcase true interests and personality. There will be an opportunity that night to register your student for the August 21st session.

Friday, May 19 – All 11th Grade English Classes
Mrs. DiBaggio will be meeting with every 11th grade student in his/her regularly scheduled English class to discuss college applications and essays tips and techniques. She will give examples of great essays, some not so great, and explain why there is a difference. Most Class of 2018 students will be writing a draft of their college essay in their English class and will now have the summer to polish and perfect it, using Mrs. DiBaggio’s guidance. Registrations will be accepted for the August 21st session.

Monday, August 21 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Students must be Pre-Registered
Class of 2018 students: Bring Your Laptop!
Bring Your Completed Essay! 
Rae Ann DiBaggio and college admission counselors from various schools (past counselors in attendance have come from Hiram, Cleveland State, Oberlin, Vanderbilt, OSU, Notre Dame College and more) will be helping students complete their application and polish their essay. The session starts with logging into their Common Application. After a brief break, students will have their college essay critiqued by at least two college admission counselors who are traveling to WGHS for the sole purpose of meeting our students and assisting them in obtaining admission to their desired school. Registration Cost - $20 cash or check (payable to West G Ed Foundation)

For registration or more information contact Theresa Kulp at:

Test Prep Resources for WG High School Students 

Many West G Ed Foundation members have learned firsthand that college entrance scores can play a big role in the admission and tuition cost of colleges that our WG students wish to attend. While we all acknowledge that no one score can define the abilities of our student – we recognize that an ACT or SAT test score can:

  • Determine where they are accepted
  • Determine if and how much merit aid and scholarship money they receive
  • Lower the tuition cost of a 4 year university to the cost of our local community college
With that in mind, WGEF arranges for ACT & SAT practice testing conducted throughout each school year in conjunction with Huntington Learning Center. Each practice test is administered using actual ACT & SAT tests and with the same time constraints. Results show our students where they might score on the actual test. If a higher score is desired, students can continue their test prep, receiving one-on-one guidance through Huntington Learning Centers at a discounted rate.

For more information on the WGEF Huntington partnership and upcoming test dates email Theresa Kulp at:

Whirly Ball Fun for WGEF!

Friends of WGEF enjoyed an afternoon of friendly competition on the Whirly Ball court and a casual lunch of pizza, wings and salad all to support next year’s grant funding cycle.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an enjoyable afternoon and to those who donated to support the event. Your participation and donations support the innovative, educational grants WGEF will be making during the 2017-18 school year!