Weekly Reflections

October 19, 2018


Congratulations to our 1st Quarter Chaparral Champions! These students and staff (not all pictured) were recognized for being exceptional role models in our community.

We are proud of their dedication and character!


Students:  Alexa Levine. Austin Nay, Cassandra Shin, Ella Seidel, Esteban Bejarano, Haden Cunningham, Jonathan Brooks, Julia Rubino, Matthew Herbst, Michael Hla, Natalia Canales Gonzalez, Nick Acevedo & Nick Strehli  Staff: Joy Eickoff, Kate Cragoe, Laura Davis & Robin Sutton



The end of the first...

Today marks the end of the first quarter of the 18-19 school year. It has been a busy week and quarter for our students and staff. We believe we have had a strong first quarter due to some outstanding senior leadership on campus. We have had some significant gains in our staff with a skilled group of new teachers who are small in number but have had a positive impact at WHS. I was talking to a group of senior boys yesterday who were amazed how quick the year is going, and they mentioned how Thanksgiving break is perfect this year-it's exactly halfway in the second quarter and that is pretty cool.





It's a busy time of the year!


PTO board members and volunteers have been working together the past few months to raise funds via mum sales, pavers, our No Hassle Fundraiser, and managing concessions for all WHS games. We are now allocating the money we've raised to fulfill classroom & staff requests and upcoming campus projects.  More news on that to come soon!

We will be up bright and early serving breakfast to our staff at Westlake on Tuesday, October 23rd. Please consider joining our committee and contact our Staff Appreciation Chair, Christine Machon at machon06@gmail.com if you are interested or would like more information about the program.  It's a great way to serve and get to know WHS staff!


We are grateful for the support from the WHS community and look forward to seeing many of you at the PTO General Meeting on Friday, Nov 9th.


Thank your for your ongoing support of our No Hassle Fundraiser.  We will continue to update our Donor List and please email Kristin Paull, kpaull@planetpaull.com, in case of error or omission - we want to be sure we correctly capture all of our generous donors!


Stay Dry!



Shalini Komarla

President, WHS PTO 


Please VISIT OUR WEBSITE whspto.net 


From the Guidance Counselors...


October 23 is the last day this semester to request a level drop (from a PreAP/AP course to the same course at regular level). Schedule change forms are available in the counseling office and here; signatures from the teacher AND parent are required.



How Do I See My Guidance Counselor?!
Drop by before/after school (we're open 7:30-4:30)
Drop by during lunch
Send an email
Fill out a Request to See Counselor form in our office

CLICK HERE to see who your Guidance Counselor is


Visit our site for articles discovered by counselors, parents, and professionals on Stress/Achieving Balance, College Admissions, College Costs and more!


Dates are still open for your student to get help with College essays from WHS English Teachers, sponsored by our PTO.


Have your student fill out the form, which can only be accessed by students with their Eanes ISD email.


Here is the form link: 



Visit our Healthy Chaps site tons of great resources & tools...


The blog is chock full of good reads for a rainy weekend. Browse away!!


Please join us for our next 2018-2019 Speaker Series presentation on Thursday, October 25th, Deciphering Girls' Friendships!   Don't worry if you have to miss because 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.



Check out the blog from March 2015, 

TAKING CARE OF OURSELVESwhich includes info about why yoga works to relieve stress. 


See the Wild Heart Yoga flyer below.













  • Senior Panoramic Picture (ciick to get purchasing info –  Due to weather, the Senior Panoramic Picture was rescheduled for Wednesday, October 24th, during 2nd period. All Seniors should report to their 2nd period class, where an announcement will be made to head out to the PAC parking lot. (pending weather, of course!). 


  • Important Dates – This is a list of dates developed by the Counseling Office to help you keep in mind upcoming important days and events.


  • Graduation FAQ – This sheet is designed to answer common questions regarding the graduation ceremony.


  • Graduation DVD Ordering – Ordering information, should you be interested in ordering and purchasing a DVD of the graduation ceremony.


  • Project Graduation – Registration is open and students are encouraged to register, as these is a great evening to cap of a special celebration.


WHS Graduation Info in one place!



Learn more about Senior Portraits and Tributes 



VISIT westlakenation.com for info on all Athletics programs.




Both Chaps I and II Varsity teams started the 2018-19 season in style at historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course on the San Antonio River this past weekend with Chaps I winning this year's NEISD Swing 4 the Cure by 18 strokes and Chaps II finishing in 9th place out of 17 quality varsity teams from across the state!


Friday's 36 hole marathon saw the Chaps I team of Sadie Englemann, Madelyn Jones, Bentley Cotton, Jackie Feldman, and Lauren May jump out to a 12 stroke lead over district rival Lake Travis by posting a team total of six-under par 282. Sadie's tourney leading 64 (-8)--tying Sierra Sims' Chap 2013 record for low score relative to par-- set the pace while Madelyn's 69 and solid team scoring contributed to the leading margin. Chaps II--Annika Saidleman, Ally Black, Emily Mu, Brooke McDonough, Meghan Meserole--finished Day 1 in 6th place with Black (72-72) and Saidleman (76-78) leading the way.


Chaps I started the final 18 with an eleven stroke lead over LT. The teams battled it out all day until the Chaps rolled in eight birdies on holes 13-16 to secure the win with rounds of 282-289-292. (-1/863). Congratulations to S. Englemann (64-66-70/-16) for leading all scoring with a display of exceptional golf and to M. Jones for placing 3rd (69-70-75/-2) and also earning Top 5 All-Star Team Honors! J. Feldman (75-78-70/223) and Chaps II A. Black (72-72-79/223) finished in the Top 20 with a T-12.


***The Chaps girls golf team would like to thank you all for your support of our Hey Cupcake fundraising efforts. Thanks to our WHS staff and students and Hey Cupcake's sweet support, we were able to contribute $500 to the Swing 4 the Cure team tournament fund that is donated to the Susan G. Komen organization or sometimes given to a special someone in need of financial assistance during cancer treatment and recovery.


Given all the big wins by football, volleyball, tennis, and golf, it was a great weekend to be a Chap! Go Chaps!





On Friday, after 2 major rain delays early in the week, Westlake took the court with Lake Travis at 10:00am in the morning...at approximately 4:15pm the final shot was hit by our #6 boys singles player, Shashwath Keta, to win 14-12 in the 3rd set tie-breaker. It was epic! We won 10-9 over Lake Travis for the 25-6A district championship.


Next up...the bi-district round against Canyon HS out of New Braunfels!

Go Chaps! 



Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard presents highlights from last year as well as challenges & opportunities facing our District. This week we'll visit Forest Trail ES Thursday morning and Cedar Creek ES and Westlake HS Friday. Click title for full schedule.

Interested in discussions around Eanes ISD's instructional technology structure and plan? This fall, Eanes ISD will reconvene the Digital Learning Task Force. Join us for an opportunity for public comment and input on the future of instructional technology in Eanes ISD.

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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