Weekly Reflections

October 25, 2018



The Week of the Water Bottle...

As you know, we have been on a water boil notice since early Monday morning. We would like to thank our students and staff for making this week at WHS as close to a normal week as possible. We can easily and confidently report that there has been minimal interruption to our days this week in regards to instructional time and all of our extracurricular and club activities. Our Maintenance and Operations Dept did a fantastic job of making sure we had supplies daily! We would like to thank our parents for sending water with their students and for making lunches for their kids when possible.

We continue to allow our students to pick up water bottles throughout the day as needed. We have water bottle stations in the Chap Court, the Commons and NGC Cafeteria. Students have been very grateful for the freedom to pick up water at their discretion. We only have a few rules: one per student, please recycle, and drink the water you take. We did have to address the rumor that if our students drank all the water, that we would cancel school...


It was great to see a lot of familiar faces at the State of the District special meeting last Friday. If you missed the presentation or have follow up questions, write to us at westlakeptopresident@gmail.com.  There will be an online video of Dr. Leonard's presentation available soon.  He has also graciously offered to come out to visit again if there is a need. 


A shout out to our Staff Appreciation board members and volunteers for organizing a delicious breakfast on Tuesday for WHS staff that included baked treats and fresh fruit-yogurt parfaits, complete with hot coffee and tea. What a treat!




The weekend is fast approaching and the weather is finally improving! The PTO is gearing up for the Friday night football game. There will be no ice or fountain drink service, due to the city-wide boil water notice, but we will have chilled soft drinks, powerade, bottled tea and water for sale. We hope to see you there.


Mark your calendars for the upcoming PTO General Meeting on Friday, Nov 9th at noon in the PAC Recital Hall. There will be an Informal Q&A with Principal Ramsey at 11:30am.


Shalini Komarla 

President, WHS PTO 


Please VISIT OUR WEBSITE whspto.net 

Healthy Chaps!

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


Warrior pose. Tree pose. Child's pose. We've all heard the terms but did you know that yoga can be more than just a work out? Read more here and see the Wild Heart Yoga flyer below for a meaningful yoga opportunity.


In case you missed week's 2018-2019 Speaker Series presentation on "Deciphering Girls' Friendships!", we have it online and as a PODCAST.


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



Don't Make This Mistake First Thing in the Morning

"When we roll out of bed in the morning—or even before we get out of bed—many of us pick up our phones. As it turns out, this behavior is quite damaging. Scientifically, your morning mind is more susceptible to being influenced and distracted. This happens without us even realizing it, but the information waves it puts in our brains before we've even gone to the bathroom or eaten breakfast sets the stage for a distraction-filled, pre-influenced day. Want to get work done? Don't look at your phone for the first hour of your morning."



Sophomore iPad Base Camps

Next week (Wednesday October 31st) we will be holding a Sophomore iPad Base Camp. All students will come to the Base Camp during their World History or WHAP class so they will not miss any other classes. The intent of the Base Camp is two-fold:


  • provide students with tools and best practices for managing their digital lives
  • expose students to some creative apps that they may not have used before that can be used when completing class projects and assignments over the next few years


Students will receive more information via email. Please remind students to have the following ready for Wednesday October 21st to maximize their time with us:


  • Fully Charged iPad
  • iPad updated to iOS 12
  • Apps downloaded from Self Service: Google Keep, Clips, Adobe Spark Post, Strip Designer, Pages, Toontastic


For more information about our base camps or links to our parent webinars, please visit the WHS Ed Tech website: http://whsedtechs.weebly.com.


VISIT westlakenation.com for info on all Athletics programs.




Our girls did a great job on Monday......qualifying for the State Meet for the first time in 12 years! The team of Elise Smoot, Maddie Dawson, Evan Biles, Cassidy Beard, Kasey Hendrix, Leah Jackson and Abby George all ran their best times of the season to get it done......We go on now to the State Meet on November 3rd at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Thanks to everyone...... it took the efforts of many people for theses girls to realize their goals.

Charlie Dawson representing the Boys team ran 15:35 for the 3 mile distance. It was his best time of the season. Although he did not qualify for the State Meet, he set himself up for an excellent track season. He will only get better. His time was a personal best.

Congratulations to all of these student athletes. Thanks to all of you for your support for all of these students.

The Varsity Volleyball team went 17-1 in District play to take the Championship!


Westlake Golf Team wins!


The Westlake Varsity Golf Team won their first tournament of the year this past Tuesday against a strong field that included Vandegrift (state runner up last year), Highland Park (defending 5A State Champs), Lake Travis, San Antonio Reagan, Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion, and many other talented teams at Falconhead. The Chaps were led by J. Holland Humphries who posted a 72, 68, 140 total to finish as low medalist in the event. The other Team 1 members were Thomas Bockholt, Matthew Denton, Jacob Sosa, and Jackson Davenport. The Chaps won by 12 over 2nd place Vandegrift. Our team scores were 295, 294 for a 589 total on a very wet and difficult golf course. It was a great way to start the season as we defend our 2018 State Title. 


Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard presents highlights from last year as well as challenges & opportunities facing our District. If you missed the presentation at your child's campus, join us at any of our other campus presentations. 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. Next meeting is October 30. Click title to see full schedule.

Nutcracker Spectacular

To buy tickets, click the image above or visit https://www.NutcrackerSpectacular.com





Nutcracker spectacular poster




4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, Texas 78746


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