Here is an update from our Challenge Success Team at Westlake High School and from Healthy Chaps:
Hello, Westlake parents,
A couple of years ago, a group of Westlake students and adults looked around and realized that as awesome as Westlake can be, some of our students were really struggling in a variety of ways. We decided to take action and joined the Challenge Success initiative out of Stanford University. Challenge Success uses current research and student data to challenge our ideas of success to make sure we’re living healthy, balanced, meaningful lives. In other words, Challenge Success is all about helping our students be more engaged in their learning and healthier in every way while maintaining their standards of excellence.
We've done quite a bit so far, from helping students use a Time Management Form to plan their schedules when they register to implementing Quiet Days (Dec. 13-18) for students to prepare for final exams. We have more plans in the works, so you'll be hearing from us again.
One excellent source of information is the Challenge Success Facebook page; please like it!
We hope you'll also check out our website, which is loaded with informative articles, tips, and videos for parents, students, and faculty. Here's a sampling of what you'll find there:
If you're thinking about helping your student apply to college, you might be interested in these resources:
Assess Your 5Is and Colleges' 4Cs - great questions to ask yourself when thinking of where to apply
Where the Westlake Class of 2017 applied and is attending
Does your student need help with study skills?
Focusing on Finals - How to prepare
This list has proven methods that might surprise you.
Important information about teen stress and how to help:
Do You Know? Fascinating research findings on high school students shared by Challenge Success
Step Away from Your Over-Scheduled High School Student: How to help teenagers learn how to juggle their competing classes and extracurriculars
6 Strategies for Soothing a Perfectionist
You'll find much more at www.westlakesuccess.weebly.com!
Thanks for reading!
Your Challenge Success Team
While most teenagers do not use e-cigarettes, "vaping" is increasing around the country, and we are seeing this at our secondary schools as well. Many e-cigarettes are highly addictive because they contain nicotine. Even those that do not contain nicotine have chemicals that may be harmful to the health of the person using them or those around them. Additionally, the use or possession of e-cigarettes on school property or at school events is expressly prohibited. You might find the following sites useful in gaining information about this current trend:
E-cigarettes Tip Sheet
E-cigarettes and Young People
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections