Weekly Reflections

October 5, 2018

EEF Video

Eanes Education Foundation (EEF)

16 Westlake High School teachers funded this year. 

Every dollar counts. Every donor matters.



Simple times...


We hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend. This weekend always hits at a perfect time. Everyone is into the flow of the new year. The routine is established, and our habits for the year have been established. We are half way to Thanksgiving Break and nearing the end of the 1st Quarter.

We hope everyone can slow down this weekend and get some true quality time with their loved ones. One cannot predict when the best memories will be made with family and friends, but one must be present with family and friends for any memory to occur. Make some time even during a busy ACL, Texas-OU weekend, and activity-filled three days with your closest ones.

As my mom used to say often, "we don't remember days, we remember special moments."


Read more here.....






PTO is very grateful for your support! Your monetary contributions and volunteer hours go a long way in fulfilling our mission to enrich the educational experience of students at Westlake High School.


If there is anything we can do to better support the staff, students and parents at Westlake High School, please don't hesitate to let us know.


Mark your calendars!

Upcoming Special Meeting: Friday, Oct 19th. Principal Steve Ramsey will host a Q&A at 11:30AM and Dr. Tom Leonard will be presenting the State of The District at 12PM. 




Shalini Komarla

President, WHS PTO 


Please VISIT OUR WEBSITE whspto.net 


Thank you for your thoughtful and generous donations to date to our

WHS No-Hassle Fundraiser



Please check the donor list  and email kpaull@planetpaull.com in case of error or omission- we want to be sure we correctly capture all of our generous donors!  


Does your student need help with College Essays? WHS English Teachers, sponsored by our PTO, are available to help!  Have your student fill out the form, which can only be accessed by students with their Eanes ISD email.


Here is the form link: 




Mindfulness... hopefully you've heard the word, but do you know what it means and do you know how it helps us separate from our stress? Check out our blog to learn more!


Mark your calendars for October 11th for the next 2018-2019 Speaker Series presentation about "Anxiety: When Does it Become a Problem and How to Support Your Anxious Teen!


Don't worry if you had to miss because we have them online we have them online! and now as PODCASTS!


Be sure to scroll the Speaker Series section for additional presentations and free learning opportunities in our community covering topics like teen depression and the gifts of diversity.




This week's teacher feature spotlights our Math Department Chair, Nadine Herbst. Nadine has taught math at Westlake for 11 years. Nadine has been teaching for 28 years and gained a love of math through her struggles as a student in high school. She had an influential Calculus teacher in college that convinced her she could explain things better than anyone else! Mrs. Herbst also has 2 boys at WHS. Matthew, a junior, plays Mellophone and French Horn in the band. Andrew, a freshman, is a swimmer.

At the time of our visit, students were studying harmonic motion. Students were using mathematical equations to identify and describe a variety of transverse waves. Mrs. Herbst perused the room while students worked collaboratively to identify the function that described each wave and graphically represent the wave. Even though students took a primarily mathematical approach to describing each wave, Mrs. Herbst made sure to weave in connections to waves students could encounter in everyday life such as, sound waves, radio waves, and ocean waves.

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Herbst leading our math team. She is focused on creating engaging and rigorous experiences for our students, and building a real sense of comradery among our math teachers.




PSAT/NMSQT Testing on October 10th

WHS will be testing over 1,000 Sophomores and registered Juniors for the PSAT/NMSQT in the morning on October 10, 2018. 


From 8:50am-12:15pm

  • All Freshmen will be in the PAC, involved in planned activities with our counseling and campus staff.
  • Testing Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT in their designated testing room.
  • Non-testing Juniors will be in the Chap Court for study hall.
  • Seniors will not be required to be on campus until 12:15. (This morning would be a great time to schedule doctor and dentist visits).  Seniors on campus before 12:15 will report to the Chap Court for study hall.


WHS will resume a half-day schedule at 12:15 and we will dismiss as usual at 4:15.


Reminders for testing Sophomores and Juniors

  • BE ON TIME and in your testing room at 8:45am
  • Dress in layers for warmth
    • #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils)
    • Approved calculator
    • Water or snack to eat during a short break
    • Proof of ID (student ID, driver's license, passport)


Picture Make-up Day

for Underclassmen



Chap Court

During Lunches



Last day


Voter Registration

is October 9th


The Senior Panoramic Picture is coming up Tuesday, October 16th.  Stay tuned for more details!


SENIOR TRIBUTES Early Bird Discount Deadline:  Friday, 10/5 (save $50!)

Honor your child in the 2019 yearbook by purchasing a senior tribute. Tributes can include pictures, a good luck message, congratulatory remark, etc.


Learn more about Senior Portraits and Tributes 




Girls Golf: Hays Invitational at Plum Creek

After teeing off in a dense fog that covered Plum Creek Valley, the Chaps girls golf team wasted no time in claiming their second victory of the young season. Led by senior Lauren Luu's career best one-over par 72, the Chaps I team of Luu, Meghan Meserole, Kathryn Jones, Jelanie Brookins, and Emma Davidson brought home the team gold with a magnificent 303 total.  


With balanced scoring, the Chaps II team of Laine Trotter, Sofia Calavitta, Katie Taughinbaugh, Devin Dickey, and Estee Reiss also joined in the fun, shooting a team score of 345 to finish T-4 with the perennial 3A state contenders from Salado High School. Trotter (82) and Calavitta (83) set the pace for Chaps II.  The teams from Lake Travis and Westwood finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Congratulations to our Chaps who made the Top 5 All-Star Team!  Lauren Luu (2nd), Meghan Meserole (T-3rd/74) and Jelanie Brookins(5th/75) played some stellar golf to gain this outstanding recognition.  


Way to play, Chaps!


Barbara Puett JV Classic: Chaps Win!
Congratulations to our fighting girls golf team for their victory at the recent 9th annual BP JV Classic!  McNeil High finished 2nd while Anderson High took home the team bronze.  


The Chaps led the way in individual scoring as well.  Kerrisa Limon  posted even par to take 1st medalist and was joined by Sofia Calavitta and Katie Taughinbaugh in the Top 3.  Estee Reiss and Devin Dickey also made the BP all-star team of the top 12 scorers.  It was another tremendous  display of competitive fire and sportsmanship by the Chaps!

VISIT westlakenation.com for info on all Athletics programs.



No Homework Night - Friday, October 5

School Holiday - Monday, October 8

Eanes ISD is beginning discussions on items for a potential 2019 bond. We invite the community to join in on October 16 & 23 as we discuss Energy Efficiency & Conservation. Click the title to see other upcoming project discussions. 

Community Building Inclusive Committee

To apply, click the image above or visit https://www.eanesisd.net/communitybuilding


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.  

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