Ahhh, the ol’ drop-off at the CHAP Court. As I was watching the student drop-offs last Friday morning, I was reminded about a rite of passage that many of our students go through in the spring - the student driver, with a driving permit, driving to campus and then doing the great "driver switch". For years and even decades, students arrive as drivers to WHS and then allow mom or dad to take the driver’s seat back after the student is dropped off. Some groups hustle to make the switch while some parents make the move a little slower after the journey they may have had on our Westlake roads. There is relief, fear, smiles, and even some heartwarming goodbyes as a parent and child exit the car together. For those parents of seniors, that may seem a long time ago. For our freshmen parents, this will seem as one of those new life experiences as our students continue to grow and mature. Either way, we all remember learning to drive with our parents.
We had our second Live Music Lunch sponsored by our Student Council on Friday. A band from our student body plays live music while we have a cook-out for our students outside the CHAP Court. It’s a fabulous way of breaking up the monotony of the normal lunch time routine. The band and weather were a great combination for our students and staff.
The SEL thought for the week (see below) is on kindness. As I have written over my years as a principal in this district, I believe this is a major strength of our students. We have a kind, caring group of kids who consistently excel in this area. As a part of this message, I would like to ask for your assistance in one area. In the past few months, we have had several parents parking in our handicapped accessible spots. Please be mindful of these spots for these spots serve as very valuable resource for our parents with needs or for our parents whose students’ have specific needs. Thanks for your attention to this matter.
Sometimes things happen that are just amazing and fun. Mr. Witowski took the opportunity to display some laws of nature and physics. This picture was taken outside during an experiment. Here’s Mr. Witowski with a display of defying the laws of gravity:
It's always a great day to be a Chaparral!
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