May 2017 Newsletter
Todd Cassen, Westview Principal Message
Wolverine Community Members,
As the calendar turns to May and the end of the school year begins to come into view, you would think that things on our beautiful campus would begin to slow down. But at comprehensive high schools like Westview that is not the case. From athletics to performing arts, Advanced Placement to state administered assessments, and daily lessons to major projects, the month of May is a time where everything ramps up to a very high level.
I would like to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers on the Grad Nite committee who are tirelessly working to give our Seniors a safe and memorable Grad Nite. Thank you to all of our PTSA volunteers who have generously donated their time to our PTSA programs which enriched our Westview students’ lives. Lastly, thank you to our current PTSA Executive Board and to our incoming 2017/2018 board whose dedication, energy, and altruism are truly inspiring!
Nicole Sanseverino, PTSA President Message
On Monday, May 1st, approximately 1300 Westview students began Advanced Placement Testing, a large undertaking for our entire community: spread out over ten days and three sites, we are proctoring over 2000 exams in 23 different subjects. If you head over to our gym in early May, you will see an amazing sight, a court that has been transformed into a testing location for nearly 400 students in Calculus or European History. Once Advanced Placement testing is completed, we will turn our attention to the CAASPP assessments for our current 11th grade students. These assessments help our students and staff get a better understanding of how we are preparing our students for post high school options, and from my viewpoint it is exceedingly clear that our students truly care about their participation. They simply want to do their best and show their teachers, parents, county, and state what they know. It says a great deal to me about the type of community in which we reside, and brings a smile to my face to see that our students care so much about being a Wolverine.
Lastly I would like to call attention to a few things that came my way this week. First, is the students on our Academic League team brought home a San Diego County Championship for the third time in the last five years. Congratulations to all our student competitors and their coaches, Jayne and Dan Lutgen. Second, Westview was recognized by the US News & World Report this year with a state ranking of 38, and a national ranking of 233. Third, Marcella Lee of CBS 8 did an awesome story on our very own Peter Koning and his senior night for Boys’ Volleyball. If you have time please check it out here.
Way to Go Wolverines!
May is a busy month at Westview and a perfect time to express our gratitude for our staff and volunteers. PTSA and ASB celebrated our staff with Staff Appreciation Week. We showed our thanks by providing complimentary on site massages, sponsored by Massage Heights, games in the quad, a delicious lunch, staff awards and a donut bar. Our wonderful Westview Staff will celebrate our volunteers with a lovely lunch on Friday, 6/2, 12:30pm in the staff lounge.
On April 24th, the Westview PTSA hosted a screening of the film Dream, Girl showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs. The film was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with four successful local women entrepreneurs: Claire Weston, Founder and CEO of Reveal Biosciences, Allison Long Pettine, Founder and President of Crescent Ridge Partners, Kim Folsom, "Serial Entrepreneur" and current Founder & CEO of Founders First Capital Partners and Regina Bernal, Entrepreneurship Manager USD School of Business.
Our goal was to inspire young women not only to lead but to dream big. Diana Vu, Westview junior said, “My favorite line from the Dream Girl movie was, Opportunity is like a door. You knock and if it doesn’t open, you break it.” “I really enjoyed the movie because it inspired me to pursue my passion and to never let anyone interfere with it.” Added Diana.
Our hope is that the event has inspired at least one young women to dream bigger and one day create a business with limitless possibilities.
Grad Nite 2017
It’s hard to believe that in a little over a month our Seniors will be graduating! The Grad Nite team has been working hard all year to plan an exciting, fun, safe, and sober night that the graduating Seniors will always remember! If your student has not yet purchased their Grad Nite ticket, there’s still time- but don’t delay! Ticket forms can be found on our PTSA website here and returned to Westview’s finance office. Be sure to fill out both pages and sign. If you aren’t sure if you’ve already purchased a ticket, please check with the finance office. Remember, Grad Nite is not a part of the ASB Senior package!
Many hands make light work and in the days before, and especially the night of Grad Nite, there are ample volunteer opportunities! This is also a great time for Junior parents to jump in and get an idea of what to expect for next year. Look for more information regarding volunteer sign-ups within the week