Weekly Reflections

September 14, 2017                 


1,000 Wins!

Congratulations to the WHS Volleyball Team who beat Vista Ridge in it's District 25-6A opener. This win makes Coach Al Bennett the 4th volleyball coach in Texas history to earn 1,000 wins! As of this publishing, Coach Bennett stands at 1,001/277 for his career.

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Kara and Tory Dawson


Pictured left is our own Kara Dawson and husband, Tory, at their senior WHS Homecoming Dance in 2007.


Steve reflects on today's Homecoming celebrations and upcoming events.

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Action Varsity shots (right to left)
McKelvey Valenti, Chloe Pepper,
Elina Mettaelae, Cassidy Beard, Elise Smoot, Maddy Dawson
and Kasey Hendrix

Girls' Cross Country


Girls Cross Country did excellently at the St. Andrews Invitational this past weekend. Varsity placed 3rd and Junior Varsity won their race! The pictures to the right are from the Varsity team and on the left is the JV team.


JV Group shot from right to left
Valarie Schaefer, Rose Marie Pousett, Carly Rose, Hannah Jinks and Elli Marin


Hole in One!

Congratulations to junior Lauren Hinkle for becoming the most recent Chap to join the Ace Club! At last week's practice at Lions, Lauren used her pitching wedge on #13/117 yds to record her second ever hole-in-one. Witnessing the exciting shot were teammates Sadie Englemann, Jackie Feldman, Elena Castanon, and Bentley Cotton.

Go Chaps!

Lauren Hinkle

  Hurricane Relief Efforts                                                                             

WIT (Westlake Improv Troupe) kicked off the season with their performance on Friday, September 1. With the donations from the packed house, they raised $441 which has been donated to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. Find out more about the 2017-2018 "Season of Love" by visiting facebook.com/WestlakeTheatre or www.whscast.com.


A Big Heart for our Furry Friends

In just six days, five of Kitty Mellenbruch's English classes raised $450 for Austin Pets Alive to help with hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


Spirit Days, Sept. 18 - 22


At the Grapevine Classic Speech and Debate Tournament outside of Dallas, Juniors Ali Slimi and Miles Sigel advanced to the quarterfinal round of Public Forum Debate and earned a Tournament of Champions bid, along with 3 TFA State points.

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State of the District
El Paisano

Seniors, You must sit for a portrait to appear in the yearbook. Photographers will be on campus 9/26. Sign up for a spot in Mrs. Strelitz room. Click HERE for deadlines and more information. For Senior Tributes, go to our online order system.



Last chance for a RESERVED PARKING spot all year!
Search eBay "Westlake High School PTO Reserved Parking Spaces." Auction open for only 1 week!



LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASES MUMS! WHS Homecoming is just over a week away...

All orders after Sep 15 will have to be placed in-person with Kathy Elswick (room 314) and are cash only. There will be $10 additional charge per late order.
Pickups for orders already placed will begin Sep 19 during lunch periods and continue until 5PM on Thursday, Sep 21st

No Hassle Campaign donation dollars help to fund requests from teachers and staff covering costs for everything from classroom start-up supplies, Science & History materials, classroom tools, Fine Arts programs materials & instruments, Special Education program support, TLC outdoor learning environment to SEL support materials. No Hassle dollars fill in where district and state dollars fall short. Donate online at www.whspto.net or print and complete the No Hassle donation form found online and return it, along with your check made payable to: WHS PTO 4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX 78746.

Healthy Chaps

September 10-15th is

National Suicide Prevention Week!  Don't miss our blog to learn warning signs, ways to have hard conversations, and places to access help!

Stay healthy, Chaps!


The Hills of Austin College Fair for students is September 26. Juniors (1st period) and Seniors (2nd period) will have access to well over 100 representatives from colleges across the country. We will send out a list and site map prior to the day so you can help your student identify schools of interest.

Freshman Parent Night is September 28 at 6pm in the PAC.


Hurricane Relief

The Westlake Family would like to reach out to do what we can to help support our fellow Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please click HERE to see the list of campus organizations and how to help them support the victims of the floods.


Eanes Education Foundation


EEF granted EISD $2.5 Million and funded 50 teachers for 2017-2018. The WHS Teacher Fund Kick-off and tailgate is October 13th. Help us to continue to make a difference for  your children!

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4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, Texas 78746


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