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New Telephone Numbers
Effective July 20, 2015, Westlake High School will have a new phone number: 470-254-6400. All Fulton schools will have the same area code by this date. Our old number will reroute you to the new number for until August 30, 2015.
Fulton County Schools Launches Enrollment Online!!!
Fulton County Schools is making it easier for parents of new students to complete their child's registration for enrollment into a Fulton County School. Parents can access the easy-to-complete, online form here. This option allows parents to control the data supplied for their student's enrollment and provide for more timely processing of the enrollment request. Parents can upload copies of the required supporting documents in .pdf, jpeg, and .tif formats. A list of required documents can be found here.
While this registration process will make it easier, parents will still need to bring their original to the school prior to the start of school. School personnel, must verify the authenticity of the documentation prior to enrollment being completed.
We hope you find this new tool helpful and welcome your feedback as we continue our efforts to provide efficiency and flexibility. Please click here to tell us what you think.
The Lion's Pride
Dear Westlake Family,
I hope your Summer is going really well. Here are a couple of updates about activities for the remainder of the Summer and for the upcoming school year.
|July 20th-24th||Magnet Boot Camp, Westlake 450 zone, |
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
|July 20th||Westlake HS will have a new phone number (470-254-6400). All Fulton schools will have the same area code by this date. Our old number will reroute you to the new number for a period of time.|
|July 29th||Freshman Orientation, 9th grade and New Students, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Westlake Cafeteria|
First Glance, 10th - 12th graders, 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Westlake Cafeteria
Parents can pick up 10th - 12th schedules and have a link to an online schedule change form to make Early Bird Changes. Changes submitted after July 29th will be made within the first week of school.
|August 3rd||Volleyball Tryouts, Westlake Main Gym, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
Open House & Activities Fair, Westlake Cafeteria and Auxililary Gym, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Counselors will be available for schedule questions and changes.
|August 10th||First Day of School|
|October 30th||Westlake Professional Development Day - Students Do Not Report|
|November 30th||Westlake Professional Development Day - Students Do Not Report|
|January 6th||Westlake Professional Development Day - Students Do Not Report|
1. Summer Hours
Front Office: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, May 28th- August 3rd
Student Services: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, May 28th- August 3rd
2. Summer Reading Recommendation
Great Family Reading: You can never begin your college research and application process too early. “Top 10 ways to ruin your college admissions chances,” provide simple and easy tips to get one step ahead of the college admissions process. One particular and increasingly important area is our children’s social media presences. Colleges are monitoring these before making admissions decisions. Let’s help our students together be more responsible on social media. Here is the link to the article: http://www.parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com/2013/11/21/top-10-ways-ruin-college-admissions-chances/
3. Summer Communication Guide
Summer School Question or Concerns
Ms. Oliver, Summer School Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. McLemore, email@example.com
Clearing Fines or Holds on Student Accounts
Ms. Terrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
2015-2016 Scheduling Questions
Ms. Johnson, JohnsonC5@fultonschools.org
Spring 2015 Report Card Questions
Departmental Questions or Concerns
Note: Assistant Principals return from break July 17, 2015
Math and Science: Mrs. Cook, Assistant Principal, CookEB@fultonschools.org
English and World Language, Ms. Oliver, Assistant Principal,email@example.com
Social Studies, P.E., and ROTC, Mr. Adams, Assistant Principal,AdamsJI@fultonschools.org
CTE and Fine Arts, Ms. Johnson, Assistant Principal,JohnsonC5@fultonschools.org
Ms. Wingfield, Magnet Coordinator, WingfieldJ@fultonschools.org
4. New Math Materials
At its June 17th school board meeting, the Fulton County Board of Education approved instructional materials for teaching Algebra I and Geometry.
The textbooks, offered in both print and digital versions, are published by McGraw-Hill. They were approved after the district held a public input period where the materials were placed in all high schools for parents and teachers to review and then provide feedback.
The Algebra I and Geometry materials will continue to be on display throughout the summer in the media center. A longtime proponent of more "traditionally taught" math instruction rather than the "integrated" approach, Fulton County Schools now offers traditional math courses in all high schools. The selected materials go into effect beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
5. New Teacher Highlight
WHO: Dr. Valerie Bennett
WESTLAKE TEACHING ASSIGNMENT: AP Physics 1, Magnet Physics, Intro to Research Methods
PREVIOUS TEACHING ASSIGNMENT:
Engineering and Physics Professor
Co-coordinator for Dual Degree Engineering Program
The Westminster Schools
Science Department, Physics Teacher and Robotics Coach
Georgia Perimeter College
Atlanta Metropolitan State College
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
WHY ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TEACHING AT WESTLAKE?
This is a chance for me to share my passion for teaching STEM to young, talented and bright students to inspire them to pursue STEM careers.
6. Enrollment Update
We are currently at 2088 students for the 2015-16 school year. We welcome all of our new students and their families. If you know of a friend or a neighbor who is waiting to register for the upcoming year, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. Many of our new and popular elective classes are filling up quickly! So tell them to register at this link: https://studentregistration.fultonschools.org.
7. Bates’ Update
As many of you all know, I will be out for maternity leave within the next week. My team and I have gone through great lengths to ensure that we have a very smooth beginning of the school year for our students, parents, and teachers. While out on leave, Ms. Minnie Miller, former Fulton principal will be my substitute and Mrs. Estella Cook, assistant principal at Westlake, will be assuming various roles in my absence. As time progresses, you will begin to receive weekly communication from Mrs. Cook concerning important Westlake updates. Please continue to read these updates and ask questions. Once the new lion is born, I will be sure to share the great news. Westlake is truly a special place.
Free SAT Prep
Just imagine how much our overall student population could improve if we took advantage of the free resources on the Applerouth site- http://www.applerouth.com/westlake. The online resources have a $99 retail value, but is absolutely free for our 10th-12th grade students. 9th grade student pay a nominal $25 Fee for a yearly subscription. Why spent thousands of dollars for college, when there are resources like this that can put our students in a situation where colleges are paying our students to attend their institutions? It's already happening at Westlake. Please visit the Applerouth site for this free information, all you need is your child's Student ID. If you have any questions is the process, please do not hesitate to contact Applerouth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-728-0661.
Thank you parents for your continued support of our students. It is truly a partnership between the home and school.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
The Fulton County Schools, the City of Union City, Atlanta Metro Studios, and Clayton State University Establish Film Partnership to Fast-Track Students into Film Jobs in Fulton County.
Partnership is the First of its Kind to Address the
Growing Film and Media Employment Needs in Georgia.
ATLANTA, May 5, 2015 -
Atlanta Metro Studios, the Fulton County School System and Union City today announce a pilot-program collaboration that will start by funding tuition for as many as six 2015 Fulton County high school graduates and enroll them in Clayton State University’s Digital Film Crew Training Program. The applicant search will target Fulton County schools surrounding the Atlanta Metro Studios site at the old Shannon Mall in Union City.
Ed Richardson and Brian Livesay, founders and co-CEOs of Atlanta-based 404 Studio Partners, along with their development partner Rooker created, designed and are currently in construction of Atlanta Metro Studios.
"We are committed to engage Fulton County’s youth and to provide opportunities for them to learn the skills necessary to be a part of Georgia’s thriving film business," says Richardson.
"There are a number of programs that claim to give students an insider track into the film business, but most of these programs fall far short of the actual boots on the ground training that is given in the Clayton State University program. This business is, after all, a ‘tradecraft’ industry and nothing beats the hands-on training for entry level crew that the Digital Film Technician Certificate Program delivers," says Livesay.
"At Clayton State University, we are in the forefront of film training in Georgia higher education," according to President Dr. Thomas Hynes. "This project will be our first to fast-track high school students into one of the state’s fastest growing industries. And we couldn’t have more supportive and enthusiastic partners."
"Union City is proud to be the home of Atlanta Metro Studios and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that this groundbreaking collaboration will bring to our Fulton County school students," says Union City’s Mayor Vince Williams. "Our collective team is focused on positively impacting the future of our youth, and being a part of this program will put these students on the path to joining Georgia’s booming film industry."
According to Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa, this partnership is directly aligned to the school system’s strategic plan of preparing 100% of students to be career ready.
"We are excited and enthused to be a part of the dynamic partnership with our community and business organizations," says Superintendent Avossa. "This project presents a tremendous opportunity for recent high school graduates to receive free training to be able to qualify for very high-paying jobs and long-term careers in the film industry. We look forward to this continued partnership within the programs at Career and Technical Education school opening 2016 near Banneker High School."
"Production companies are picking Georgia because we have the entire package – a business-friendly environment, statewide accessibility, diverse locations and a skilled crew base," Gov. Nathan Deal recently said. "Georgia is one of the fastest growing entertainment production centers in the nation and facilities such as this one [Atlanta Metro Studios] will play a vital role in long-term infrastructure growth."
Barton Bond, director of the Film and Digital Media Center at Clayton State, sees this project as not only unique in Georgia, but in the nation.
"The program trains students on professional equipment, orients them to all the jobs and procedures on film sets and then, most critical to the students’ potential success, places them on the crews of independent productions in the Atlanta area during the two-semester course schedule," says Bond. "In just our first year of offering the program, we have placed 10 students in the local film union, which is also one of our training partners. Another two-dozen students are currently working in film-related jobs."
"Clayton State University’s Digital Film Technician Certificate Program is a significant step forward for Georgia and the state’s ability to develop a local, highly skilled, and well-trained workforce to support the ever-growing film and television business," says Livesay. "The Clayton State program is a game-changing training curriculum that honestly puts the rubber on the road for students looking to have a real career in the film business. Our entire studio team has spent our careers in the trenches of the film and television business and we see this as a tremendous opportunity for all Georgians."
"By creating and continuing to support the film production incentives in Georgia, our state leadership has empowered Atlantans like us to develop and build studio infrastructure critical to the industry’s continued growth in our state," Richardson says. "Because of the exponential growth the industry is now experiencing in Georgia, there is a very real need for local workers. With this new workforce development program, we are very excited to unlock the door to the great potential that the film business holds for the next generation of Georgians."
The Fulton County area schools and Clayton State University are currently disseminating film career training information and application procedures to area high schools in time for 2015 graduates to apply for the scholarships that will apply to the next training session that starts in June.
For more information about the program, contact Samantha Evans or Susan Hale at the Fulton County Schools, (470) 254-6830, or email@example.com.
Clayton State will be conducting information sessions about its training program starting May 6. For information call (678) 466-5112 or visit www.clayton.edu/film-and-digital-media.
For media inquiries please contact:
Atlanta Metro Studios media inquiries call (404) 226-3549.
Clayton State University media inquiries call (678) 466-4463
Fulton County Schools - (470) 254-6830, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Mayor of Union City call 770-515-7812
To Apply to the Above Program, CLICK HERE!!