Weekly Reflections

August 24, 2018

Class of 2019 rings in the new year!

Friday already?


Every year it seems we have a little change in our calendar. This year we have several, including a week long Thanksgiving Break, a conclusion of the year after Memorial Day, and a Wednesday start day. 


Read more here.....

BACK TO SCHOOL Notes & Reminders



Back to School Night - Save the Date!

Wednesday, September 5th


more info to come!


With a new school year comes new attendance rules mandated by the State.


Personal absences (trips, ACL, sleeping in, and anything else of a personal nature) can no longer be coded as "Documented absences, excused by the school". In the past these absences went towards your student's nine allowed absences per class per semester.


NOW....these absences will show up in your student's Skyward Family Access account as Unexcused, Not Funded by the State. Instead of an X, you will now see a U. The U also means these absences count towards your student's truancy numbers, and are automatically reported to the State.


Thank you for understanding that this is mandated by the State and must be followed by Westlake. 


Click here for more info on Attendance.


Please Check Student Fees

Be sure to check your  student's Skyward Family Access account on a regular basis to make sure you have cleared all fees.  


Class fees for 2018-2019  should be activated next week.


Welcome back from the Library! The Library is a source for student help and questions -- including lost iPads, passwords, and databases! The Library also provides a quiet study area for students during lunch periods. Let us know if you have any questions or needs!  Visit our site to learn more about how we can help.

New Buzz-in System



To increase safety, there are new Buzz-in systems at all EISD campuses.


Parents and visitors will need to use the buzz-in system at the two entrances (Chap Court or the Front Office) after the first bell rings in the morning to after the last bell rings for dismissal.


As before, all visitors will be required to sign in and wear a visitor badge while in the school.


WHS will be testing Sophomores and registered Juniors for the PSAT/NMSQT on October 10, 2018.  Sophomore and Juniors will be sent an email with registration and test information.




Welcome back! Our first blog is loaded with information to help everyone put their best foot forward!
Mark your calendars for the first presentation on "Organization & Study Skills in the Digital Age" on Thursday, August 30th!

We are excited to announce that all parents/guardians of Westlake High School students are automatically members of the PTO. Our mission is to enrich the educational experience of students at Westlake High School by providing volunteer and financial support to Westlake High School's teachers, administrators, counselors, and students.



General PTO  Meeting

Friday, September 7th @ noon in the Choir Recital Hall

LOTS of great info you don't want to miss!


 As a PTO member, you can:


VISIT OUR WEBSITE to learn more about us, to purchase mums & pavers, donate to NHF, volunteer, and more!


Welcome back to school, Chap families! And, a bigger welcome to our new Chap families!


WHS PTO Staff Appreciation has been working all summer with our facilities department to remodel the Main Campus Staff Lounge. While it is a work in progress, the staff is already enjoying fresh floors and paint, new tables and chairs as well as more microwaves and coffee makers. Please take a peek in the lounge to see the upgrades. We will post pictures of the final product soon!


As always, please reach out to our committee chair Christine Machon @machon06@gmail.com to join our crew. We promise we will find a gig that suits your availability. It's going to be a great year! Go Chaps!

Homecoming Mums

FUNDING PROJECTS FOR OUR KIDS - Labs, furniture, equipment...


Greetings, Chap Families both new and returning! We hope you all are off to a great start to the year! We are revving up our No Hassle Fundraiser.


  • WHS PTO is committed to spending dollars raised within the same school year through our allocations process. Staff apply for/request those dollars for classroom projects or campus initiatives.
  • We know that you give to support our students  - your student. Our goal is to turn those donations right around so that students in that same school year benefit from those donations.
  • PTO has funded large projects in the past from labs to furniture to equipment, etc. This year is no different. School funding is a hot topic. PTO is here to fill in the gaps between funding and campus needs. Please consider supporting our staff and students by donating to the No Hassle Fundraiser.
  • You can follow the link to our website to pay online. You can also find us at Back to School Night on September 5th in The Commons.


We look forward to another great year at Westlake High School. Go Chaps!


WHS PTO No Hassle Foundation Co-Chairs
Kristin Paull
Paige McClendon





to the PTO

for funding our

PeaceBox training!!   


 Be sure to check out the CBS Austin story here


WHS Latin Nationals

National Junior Classical League Convention

Miami University

July 2018


Top Left to bottom left: 

Mrs . Cannon, Mary Carroll,

Felix Chen, Liam McNamara

Middle (red shirt): Jude Farrell

Top Right to bottom right:
Mr. Abbe, Gordon Dina, 
Connor Bowerman, Urvi Alamela



Westlake Business Incubator team GameTime was one of 5 teams, out of 40 submissions, selected to pitch at the INCubator Edu National Pitch.


The student team - Wes Mizell, Reed Senterfit, Hudson Yancer, Thad Hutcheson, and Ben Pankonien -  gave their pitch July 18th in Chicago, IL...winning the competition and securing $10,000 in funding.


WHS Students Become CPR Instructors

Take 10 CPR instructor trainers, Louis Gonzales and Kimberly Bates, taught 14 students from the WHS Health Science department so they can train others in what to do in case they witness a teen or adult collapse.


WHS Design Lab

Eanes ISD creates its first app development course.


See kxan story here


Freshman iPad Base Camp
Freshman iPad Base Camp will be held Tuesday 9/4.

Students will set up a digital portfolio, double check calendars, and learn the new features in Keynote and Notability that will help them be more effective in their daily studies and as they begin to work on creating content for student projects.

Read more here


Parent Webinars

Check out our PARENT RESOURCES site for prior year webinars. Topics range from digital distractions and social media to study skills and note-taking and much more. We will be offering additional webinars this year.  


Back to School Letter from Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard.


We would love to see students and faculty at the WHS Football Scrimmages vs.Cedar Park TONIGHT in Chap Stadium - FREE OF CHARGE!

Freshman - 5pm

JV - 6pm

Varsity - 7pm

Concessions will not be open

Girls and boys Cross Country has there first meet this Friday. JV at Vista Ridge and Varsity at the Woodlands.

Volleyball has two home district matches next week on Tuesday, August 28th and Friday, August 31st! FA/JV @ 5:30 and FB/V @ 6:30pm.

VISIT westlakenation.com for info on all Athletics programs.




Kickoff the school year THIS Saturday, August 25th at 7:30pm at the Westlake Performing Arts Center (4100 Westbank Drive) with a special concert benefiting the SAFE Austin Children's Shelter.


SAFE cares for abused and neglected children here in Austin. Proceeds from the event will be used to build a medical room to examine and treat children who have been removed from their homes.


The amazing Tameca Jones is headlining the event with performances by several other bands, including Audioroad and our very own, Luke Beasley!





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