We have had a week of true quality time together at WHS. This week has been filled with many activities that have brought our students, staff, parents and community together to share common experiences.
The first major activity was our Back to School Night on Wednesday evening. This evening was well attended, and our parents brought exceptional enthusiasm and good natured attitudes to our campus. As part of a consortium of schools throughout the country, I can report that we are the rare campus who actively invites our parents to a Back to School evening - it is a special night for our staff as well.
We also had our annual picture day. Even with 17 and 18 year olds, our kids love to get dressed up for their yearbook picture. Our staff was thrilled this was on Back to School Night day so they were already dressed up. When these two groups merge out of the normal classroom setting, students and teachers strengthen those relationships as they stay out of subject matter.
Westlake’s students came together for our first Pep Rally of the year. Even Vito looked peppy in his spirit gear.
Science at Westlake hit the ground running with students working together and engaged in a variety of hands-on experiences. AP physics students used DataHubs to recreate motion graphs. Physics students used spheros to predict when and where potential collisions would occur. Engineering students designed and made self-propelled vehicles. The common thread was students working collaboratively to solve problems, and design solutions. All of which amounts to an exciting and thought provoking beginning to the school year for our science students! Quality time with hands on activities builds community daily at WHS. Check out the pictures below to see what's “movin” on campus.
Tonight we will have our first home football game. This is a true community event as we enjoy the talents of our football players, band musicians, Hyline dancers, cheerleaders, and Tech Crew. Good luck to all of our students tonight!
Steve Ramsey: WHS Principal Blog
Principal's Weekly Reflections