MLK Day – No School/BASE Closed
Monday, January 16th
WAVE Parent Meeting
Wednesday, January 18th @ 6PM
Coffee Talk – K-8 Campus
Friday, January 20th @ 8:30AM
Spelling Bee – Grades 3rd-8th
Wednesday, January 25th @ 5:30PM
Spirit Day – Rainbow Day
Friday, January 27th
Westlake Weekly Podcast: CLICK HERE for this week’s Westlake Weekly Podcast.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: On Monday, January 16th Westlake Charter School will be observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there will be no school and our BASE program will be closed.
K-12 Talent Show Sign-Ups – Due Tuesday, January 24th: CLICK HERE to sign up to audition to be a host, perform a talent, be part of the stage crew team, or our newest category…visual art display!
- Audition sign ups Due: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
- Auditions: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
- Talent Show Performance: Friday, February 17th @ 6:00 PM
GATE Testing: The goal of the Westlake Charter School’s GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program is to provide differentiated learning opportunities during the regular school day for our students. All current 2nd graders and referred 3rd-10th graders will be given the opportunity to take the GATE qualification test. Referral forms for students currently enrolled in grades 3rd-10th will be accepted from January 9, 2023 – January 27th, 2023. CLICK HERE for the parent referral form. CLICK HERE for more information about the GATE program at WCS
Spirit Day – Rainbow Day: Rainbow Day is Friday, January 27th. Students and staff can wear their most colorful outfits and show off all the colors of the rainbow! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WestlakeCharter or #WCSspiritfridays
2023-24 Lottery Application Window Now Open: Our 2023-24 lottery is now open, including our freshman, sophomore, and junior classes at Westlake Charter High School! Current students do not need to fill out an application to continue their enrollment at WCS; however, siblings do need to fill out lottery applications to attend. Spread the word and encourage friends and family to visit joinwestlake.com to apply today. 8th Grade families, we are saving your spot in 9th grade, so no need to apply, however, this spring we will reach out to ask you to formally accept your spot once the lottery has run.
Substitute Support Staff: Have you ever thought about what it might be like to work at Westlake Charter School? Do you like, or have you ever considered, what it might be like to work with school-aged students? Have you ever wanted a job where you could work flexible hours and days that worked best for you? If so, then look no further than Westlake Charter School!
Westlake is actively looking for substitute staff to support key site functions. Our substitute staff are on-call staff who don’t mind stepping up, and stepping in at the last minute. They are the ultimate go-to team and don’t mind working in classrooms one day, and pairing with our awesome yard duty team the next. Who knows, you might like it so much that you apply to come aboard on a permanent basis as positions open up!
If you’re interested CLICK HERE, complete the form, and a member of our team will reach out and get in contact with you. Can’t wait to see you! Let’s Explore!
Call for Coaches: Our 6th-8th grade VOLLEYBALL season is coming soon! We are looking for ten high school or adult volunteer coaches. Coaching materials will be provided and Coach Sterling will be present every day to support. Practices and games are 3:20-4:10pm; the season starts January 17. Please email Sterling Wynne at [email protected] if you are available to help. This program is not possible without community volunteers, so please spread the word! CLICK HERE for more information about coaching.
Core Value of the Month – Inquiry: We are excited to launch our core value of the month video that covers how Explorers can demonstrate Inquiry across our campus! Teaching, practicing and discussing our core values allows us all to use common language to support our Explorers in the four areas of: Positive Decision Making, Self Awareness, Social Awareness and Digital Citizenship. CLICK HERE for the Inquiry Core Value poster.
Hearing and Vision Screening: We will have our annual hearing and vision screening on January 19th and 20th in room D110. The screenings are for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 8th grade students. Letters went home last week. If you would like your student to opt out, please email [email protected]
Volleyball: Our 6-8th grade volleyball season will start the week of January 17th. Teams are co-ed and open to all ability levels. CLICK HERE to sign your middle schooler up to participate. Athlete participant packets are required for all student athletes. CLICK HERE for the digital version or pick up a hard copy from the front office. Email Coach Sterling with any questions.
Spelling Bee: Invitations were sent home with class winners this week! We look forward to families joining in on the fun on Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30 pm on the Mabry campus! Let’s E-X-P-L-O-R-E!!!
- Tuesday, January, 17th: Girls Basketball @ Elite Public School, 5:00 PM
- Tuesday, January, 17th: Boys Basketball @ Elite Public School, 6:30 PM
- Thursday, January 19th: Girls Basketball vs. John Adams @ Home, 6:00 PM
- Thursday, January 19th: Boys Basketball vs. John Adams @ Home, 7:30 PM
Course Change Requests: The deadline to submit course change requests for the new semester is Friday, January 20th. CLICK HERE for the Course Change Request Form that students can submit.
Course Selection Process: Our 9th and 10th grade students will be selecting their elective courses for next year. Students received the form for their course selection during Advisory. Students will have until January 25th to complete their selection form. Our 10th-12th grade students have the option to select Honors Classes for any of their Core Classes. All students will have the option to opt into an honors course at the start of that class after the instructor has shared the requirements for the course. Explorer Families will have an opportunity to learn about honors courses during our 4-year planning events in the Spring.
Monthly WAVE Meeting: Once a month we host a parent/guardian meeting to discuss community building activities, fundraising, upcoming events, and ways to support our staff. If you are interested in learning more about WAVE or finding out how to get involved, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the Westlake Charter community. Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00pm in the library at our K-8 campus. A copy of the meeting agenda can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Dos Coyotes Fundraiser: Our next restaurant fundraiser is coming up on Wednesday, January 25th from 4-8pm at Dos Coyotes (2701 Del Paso Road). There are 3 easy ways to participate. Order in store and mention the Wave fundraiser, CLICK HERE to order online using code DosFun, or call the store and mention you are with WAVE before placing your order. We will receive 20% of the total sales. Thank you for the continued support!
Logging Volunteer Hours: Families have volunteered thousands of hours so far this school year which greatly benefits our students. Please take a couple minutes to log every hour spent supporting our students and helping build community including Olympic Triathlon, Fall Festival, field lessons, classroom support, home prep, meeting attendance, and more. Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding volunteering or logging hours. Visit our Volunteer Page to quickly and easily log your hours.
Kudos: Our middle and high school athletics programs are thriving! These programs are not possible without the help of student and adult volunteers throughout the year. Thank you to all of the staff members, family members, community members, and students who have coached, organized, scored, and cheered for our athletes this year!