Weekly Reflections

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March 29, 2019

WHS was honored to host Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and step-daughter to Otto Frank, on Monday, March 25th for a special interview in the PAC by Darryle Clott, Holocaust educator at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI.

CLICK HERE to view the video.  


Special THANK YOU to WHS Featherduster photographer, Freshman Julia Franco (picture here by Julia), and journalist, Junior Sarah Davis, for covering the event. We look forward to sharing the article once completed. 

The Power of the Story...

As you spend time with our students and staff, you begin to realize the fast paced world that we all live in today. Everything is fast, quick, faster. And then everything must be decided quickly into something you like and agree with or dislike and disagree with. However, take heart - the ability to slow down to communicate can be seen in many of classrooms daily.


What I see reinforced daily by some of our outstanding teachers is that slowing down and using stories can be highly effective when communicating with this age group. Stories, personal reflections, and memories are an excellent tool to talk and engage with each other...


CLICK HERE for Principal Ramsey's full blog



Here are some resources if you find yourself or someone you know needing some extra support -

1-800-273-TALK (8255). Save a Number, Save a Life!


Crisis Text Line - 741741


MCOT - 512-472-HELP (4357)

(Mobile Crisis Outreach Team)


Local Scholarships are available through two different online sources.  Requirements may differ between scholarships; most require an essay.  CLICK HERE for more details.


All local scholarship applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday April 1, 2019.    Please remember to complete the application.  Many have been started but remain unfinished.  No late  or incomplete applications will be considered.


NOTE:  The Sood (soccer) and Zuniga-Prince (art) scholarship applications are due April 8th.





Senior Class of 2019!


All seniors will be participating in our annual  "Senior Service Day" by volunteering your time throughout the community on the same day, at the same time.  This is a required activity on April 26th


On Monday, seniors will get the sign up information emailed to them. Spots at each agency are limited so be sure to sign up right away! It will be sent through Naviance. The last day to sign up will be April 3rd – NO exceptions.  After that, seniors will be placed where there are open spots. 

Be prepared to have fun!  Students have really enjoyed this activity in the past!


Email Katie Bryant, LCSW-S, Student Support Counselor, if there are questions after you get the email next week at kbryant@eanesisd.net.





April 1 will be our Junior Parent AND Student Night in the Concert Hall (PAC) at 6pm -- counselors hope to see you and your junior there for an evening of college admissions information. In addition to a brief presentation from us, we will feature a panel of admissions representatives from Texas A&M, Baylor, Southwestern University, and the University of Tulsa as well as a panel of current seniors who are just coming out of the college admissions experience. 


Also -- save the date to hear from Princeton Review's Rob Franek about finding a best-fit college on April 8 at 6:30 pm in the PAC.


Learn about the

art of eating mindfully in

this week's blog post!!


In case you missed the AWESOME Speaker Series this week - watch it here "The Science to Overcoming Performance Anxiety!"


Mark your calendars - there was a date change for the April Speaker Series. It will now be on Thursday, April 18th!




Accepting Nominations from YOU.......

The nomination window for the WHS PTO Staff Award is now open. Click here to nominate a WHS staff member for the award.


To read more about the Award, visit the WHS PTO Website.


for Trustee Election

Thursday, April 18th 


WHS PAC Recital Hall


Hey parents. A couple of important reminders...


1. Did you know you can check your student's attendance on Skyward? Please log on today and if you see any absences that say No State Funding, Dr, Appt, No Note, then your student has an unexcused absence for that period. Please contact your doctor office today and have that note emailed or faxed to the following: whsattendance@eanesisd.net or 512-732-9271. Also if your student has any absence that says Undocumented Unexcused Absence, please make sure and document with us at the above email.


2. College visits – before taking one, your student must stop by the Attendance office and pick up a form for all of their teachers to sign prior to leaving. We will then give them another form, once this is done, to take and have the University sign. Not following these steps can result in an unexcused absence for the time they are gone.


ROBOTICS Update...

WHS Robotics team FRC 2468 Team Appreciate competed at the Greenville District Tournament this past weekend in the Texas FRC District contests. At the end of eliminations, 2468 was in the top ranked spot above 42 other teams from around the state of Texas. We captained the #1 alliance choosing FRC 3310 Blackhawk from Heath High School in Rockwall and FRC 7708 Tiger Nation from Terrell. The alliance would go on through the three rounds of elimination matches undefeated and to win the tournament championships.

In addition to the tournament win, 2468 also brought home the Engineering Inspiration award. This award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team's school and community.

After two tournaments this year, 2468 has won both tournaments and has taken home the two highest team awards: Chairman's and Engineering Inspiration.


In the state rankings, we are in first place in Texas going into the final week of tournaments. The district ranking is based on wins, alliance selections and awards. Our current total is the second highest point total ever attained in the District model system across FIRST Robotics which has been in use for 11 years. We will go into the Texas State Tournament next week as the number 1 ranked team.


The Texas District Championship will be April 4th - 6th at Palmer Special Event Center. The event is free and open to the public. The top 64 teams from Texas will be competing for awards and advancement to World Championships to be held in Houston, Texas on April 17th - 20th. FRC 2468 is pre-qualified for World Championships based on being a finalists for the Chairman's award at Champs last year.

In addition to 2468, WHS will also have the Philobots competing in the Texas FTC State Championships next week at Palmer Special Event Center as well.


The Westlake Girls Golf team competed in the 26-6A tournament at Plum Creek Golf Course this week, where our two teams took both the gold and silver trophies. Therefore, both teams will be advancing to the Region IV Golf Tournament in San Antonio April 22-23. This accomplishment is one that only a handful of schools in the state have ever been able to accomplish, the last time for the Westlake Girls Golf team being in 2005.


First Place Team consisted of Madelyn Jones, Jackie Feldman, Ally Black, Meghan Meserole, Brooke McDonough. Second Place Team consisted of Sadie Englemann, Bentley Cotton, Lauren May, Annika Saidleman, Emily Mu. Kathryn Jones, Jelanie Brookins, Lauren Luu, Emma Davidson and Laine Trotter also represented the Westlake Girls Golf team as medalists.


Sophomore Jackie Feldman shot a 72-68 for a total of 140 to win the tournament individually by one stroke. Senior Madelyn Jones, Junior Bentley Cotton and Freshman Ally Black all came in with a 141 for the two days, ending in a three way tie for second place.


This tournament was not only a winning one, but was record breaking as well! Our winning team completed the tournament with a 295-276 for a total of a 571, setting two new girls golf team records- with 276 being the lowest one-day team score and 571 being the lowest district team score. The records continue with 7 of our girls setting personal best scores- Senior Madelyn Jones with a 65, Sophomores Jackie Feldman with a 68, Annika Saidleman with a 70, Meghan Meserole with a 73, Emily Mu with a 73, Laine Trotter with an 81 and Freshman Jelanie Brookins with an 83.


We could not be more proud of these young ladies! Go Chaps!

Athletes reading to Elementary Students

As part of a new Athletes as Readers program from the library, 7 of our Wrestling Team athletes visited Cedar Creek 2nd grade to read inspiring books aloud to their classes. The high school students visited the classes in pairs to share inspiring books and tell students more about their sport. The library will be sponsoring a larger Athletes as Readers program in April including even more teams! We appreciate the Wrestling Team members who volunteered!


Milo Avera
Edwin Barnhart
Jonathan Brooks
Parker Dennison
Diego Kiuane
Cole Kosch
Jocelyn Lass



The Women of Lockerbie


Westlake Theatre will present the final performance of our 2019 UIL One Act Play, The Women of Lockerbie, this Friday, March 29 at 7pm in the PAC. 

The story follows a fictional account of the women of the town of Lockerbie, Scotland seven years after the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing. It's full of light and love and hope, and it might be exactly what you need after the first week back from break.



Class of 2020 and Parents,


We hope everyone is having a great Spring! As your Senior year draws near, we want to make sure we take care of your parking needs. 


On March 14th, at 6:30pm, we opened the 2019-2020 Senior Parking Sign-up. If you plan to park on campus at any point during your Senior Year, you must sign up to reserve a space. 


We have close to 700 seniors in the 2020 Senior Class, and want to be able to park all our seniors that request parking. After we take care of the seniors, we will open parking to the Junior Class. If you do not sign up for parking, you run the risk that a space is not available. 


If you do not have your driver's license yet, but plan on getting it during your senior year and want to park on campus, please make sure to sign up. We may not be able to accommodate your parking needs if you are not on the sign-up list. 


The Senior Parking Sign-Up link went live on March 14th at 6:30pm. 


Senior Parking Sign up Link - https://goo.gl/forms/ 4vDx8q6Wv2gREl6j2


*The Sign Up Link will also be available on the Westlake HS Webpage, under student life, under parking. 


You will need the following information when you sign up for parking:

  • Student ID Number
  • Vehicle Make/Model/Color
  • Vehicle License Plate Number


Please also read the Parking Agreement Rules prior to signing up, they are attached. 





You've registered your Senior

for Project Graduation...

how else can you help Support PG19?


1.   Donate Gift Card(s) for Prizes – Any amount is good from $5 - $100!  Some great ideas – local restaurants, movie theaters, salons, Apple, etc… anything a high school Senior would love!  Please drop your gift card donations in the WHS front office.


2.   Name the Game!  - Be a sponsor for one of the many games that your Senior can play all night during Project Graduation. Join with friends to sponsor a game or event!


3.   Purchase a Yard Sign – Recognize your Senior with a Personalized Yard sign featuring their name and the college they're attending. Follow this link: westlakepg.com 



Photos needed for two displays at Project Graduation. 


Please note, these photos will NOT be returned.
Drop off your 8" x 10" photos in envelopes, labeled

"Toddler Contest" or "Nostalgia Wall."
Boxes will be in the Main Office and the Chap Court.
Photos due by May 8th.


    For all Project Graduation Information OR to Register your Senior, go to westlakepg.com





Community Conversations about Success after High School

Join parents, students, educators, and leaders in our community to address the obstacles limiting student success after high school. We will explore the important connection between education needed after graduation and career and income. Please come and share your wisdom, discuss barriers, and help to identify next steps. All are welcome.


Pathways to Prosperity: What is Needed for a Successful Career?
Riverbend Church
Thursday, April 25 & Thursday, May 2

6:00 pm Dinner

6:30 – 8:30 pm Conversation


Supervised activities available for children.


Spanish-English interpreters on hand.




See all event dates and learn more at
www.E3Alliance.org/ conversations



4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, Texas 78746


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