We would like to officially welcome you back to the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year at Westlake High School. For our seniors and senior parents, the year 2017 takes on its special meaning-it is graduation time! We will have plenty more to say about all of the events surrounding all of our classes as we move from January to the end of the school year in May. Summer will be here in a short 19 weeks. Yes, only nineteen more school weeks for our seniors. Take three deep breaths senior parents-we will all get there together.
If you notice your student is a little sluggish this week, one of my main messages is that the fatigue is for real for these first two weeks upon our return to campus. The return to the school routine can be quite a jolt for our students as they return from winter break. Unlike the fall where there is a start which leads to many new events for each grade level of students, the month of January signals the beginning of the previous routine in many ways. Throw in the new expectation that the holidays are a draining and exhausting time for our country and you have a less than enthusiastic return to school. Then, one can add in the Cedar Fever aspect of Austin, and we are all feeling a little worn out. After being in classrooms and the hallways this week, it appears we are adjusting slowly to being back. From being on this campus for many years, this is part of the normal rhythm. The arrival of the three day weekend next week serves as a stimulus to get us all feeling a little more excited and exuberant. Please be mindful of your student’s health during this time of extreme weather changes and spending more time inside with each other and our germs.
Congratulations to our band students and directors on their march in the Rose Bowl Parade. This was truly a once in a lifetime event for our students and great memories for all involved!
We would like to welcome a new member to our staff in our school resource program. Our school resource officers are 2 Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. Joining Deputy Peals and Bouldin will be our new safety dog, Abby. Abby will be a daily member of our safety team. Abby’s handler will be Deputy Brian Peals who will now be wearing the new green canine uniform of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Abby is the first canine assigned to our campus.
Our friends at Lake Travis have had a canine unit through Travis County for several decades as well. We look forward to Abby helping to make this the safest and healthiest environment possible for our students and staff. While Abby may be cute, please remember that she is a working dog. Please do not pet or approach Abby unless given permission by Deputy Peals.
As always, it’s always a great day to be a Chaparral!
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