(submitted by E. Gwyn)
Dear Westlake Families and Staff,
I am excited to share with you recent success story for our school...
Westlake High School was awarded a $75,000 grant from AT&T and Communities in Schools. This grant allows Westlake to provide additional support and services to our ninth grade students and their families.
As many of you might agree based on your personal experience with your ninth grader...the educational research shows that students may struggle at times in their transition from middle school to high school. In fact, students who fail courses in ninth grade are more at-risk for having excessive disciplinary problems and ultimately dropping out of school. The AT&T/Community in Schools Grant will allow our school to hire additional staff to focus on this transition and give our students additional services. Put simply, our goal is to better support our students...before they become a statistic.
Look for more information coming soon about how our ninth grade students and their families can take advantage of our unique programs and additional services. Working in conjunction with Chantrise Holliman (9th Grade Academy Coordinator), Jerome Stevenson (9th Grade Assistant Principal), and all our 9th Grade teachers, I am extremely hopeful that we will continue to improve the ninth grade experience and create more opportunities for success for all students!
Please know we will continue to seek grants and other funding sources to allow for creativity and innovation at Westlake. This is just the beginning...
Principal - Westlake High School