Next week will be our annual Homecoming week at Westlake High School. According to Wikipedia, “Homecoming is an annual tradition in the United States. People, towns, high schools, and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back alumni and former residents. It is built around a central event, such as a banquet and, most often, a game of football, or, on occasion, basketball, ice hockey or soccer. When celebrated by schools, the activities vary widely. However, they usually consist of a football game played on a school's home football field, activities for students and alumni, a parade featuring the school's marching band and sports teams, and the coronation of a Homecoming Queen (and at many schools, a Homecoming King). A dance commonly follows the game or the day following the game. The tradition of Homecoming has its origin in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the 19th century. Many schools including Baylor, Southwestern, Illinois, and Missouri  have made claims that they've held the first modern homecoming.” So, that is the historical perspective of Homecoming throughout our country. Homecoming is a unique experience in each state, region, and even city or town. All of our Homecoming experiences are a little bit different. How does homecoming look at Westlake during the week of the 17th-21st?
We have a football game. We have a school and community-wide Pep Rally on Friday morning with alumni. We have a Queen and King with a grade level court. We have a dance on Saturday night. The dance is considered "Sadie Hawkins" where the girls ask the boys. Some dress up, some do not. Some go to dinner, some do not. Some dance, some do not. Mums are available, and they are spectacular (mums can still be ordered until October 17 at 5pm). We have a week of dress up days: Mix it Up Day, Tourist Day, Pajama Day, Sports Day, and Class Colors Day. It is a fun week for our students and teachers. It’s a week of Westlake pride.
We also wanted to remind you of a few events at Westlake High School. Dr. Leonard will be on campus tomorrow for the State of the District presentation. He will be speaking at noon in the PAC Lecture Hall. Since this takes place during a PTO meeting, I will be available in the Lecture Hall at 11 am to visit with any parents. We will have PSAT Testing on October 19th. Please see the AP Corner for all the information. We will also be hosting an event on October 24th on the proposed changes to the WHS GPA System. A flyer will come out next week with all the details. It should be an informative and interactive evening.
Have a safe and relaxing weekend as we head to mid-October! It's always a great day to be a Chaparral!
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