Tuesday, October 29

 Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales

@Commons 11:40 a.m.



Girls Basketball Scrimmages
Varsity, JV, & Freshman
@WHS 4 p.m.


Freshman Volleyball vs. Madison 

@Madison 5:30 p.m.

Swimming vs. Stratford & Mayde Creek @WHS 6 p.m. 
JV Volleyball vs. Madison 
@Madison 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, October 30  

***Early Dismissal 12:20 p.m. 


Thursday, October 31  

***No Late Start Thursday

Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales

@Commons 11:10 a.m. 


Freshman Football vs. Madison  

@WHS 4:30 p.m.


JV Football vs. Madison  

@Madison 4:30 p.m.


Friday, November 1  

Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales

@Commons 11:10 a.m.

Homecoming Parade 2:15 p.m.

Homecoming Pep Rally 2:45 p.m. 

Freshman Volleyball vs. Bellaire 

@Bellaire 5:30 p.m. 


JV Volleyball vs. Bellaire
@Bellaire 6:30 p.m.  


Saturday, November 2 

Public Health Exercise 

@WHS 9 a.m. - Noon 


Varsity Boys Basketball

@Bush HS 10 a.m. 


Varsity Football vs. Madison 

@Delmar 1 p.m.


Homecoming Dance

@WHS 8 p.m. 


Click here to access the WHS Calendar for more events.   

Homecoming Dance tickets will be sold Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during lunch Tickets are $20 and includes entry, refreshments, party favors and a free photo booth.   We will be giving away an iPad Mini and a set of Beats Headphones. 
A completed contract with parent signature is required to purchase a ticket and the student must present their Westside ID at the time of purchase. Westside students may purchase a ticket for a non-Westside guest with a special contract

Only Westside students are eligible to win the door prizes and must be present at the time of the drawing to win.  Grab a friend or gather a group and make your dance plans today. 

The Westside Softball Team is hosting the Rise with the Pack 5K Fun Run on Saturday November 2, 2013.  There are events for the entire family, including the dog!  Click here for more details.


The PTO awards several spirit scholarships each year to graduating seniors. To be eligible to apply, families must join the PTO by November 1st. This deadline is fast approaching and each year students are disappointed that they are ineligible to apply. Join now! Go to our PTO Webstore, to join online, or print this form and mail it in today. 

Your support of this wonderful school and everything it has to offer our students is greatly needed.  The PTO supplements and enhances the school's operating budget by providing support for - Capital Improvements, Technology Upgrades, Scholarships, Professional Development, Homecoming Week Activities, Back to School Bash, Open House, College Night, Campus Beautification, and Teacher Appreciation.

Support now by donating to Support Westside Success either by credit card using the PTO Webstore Page or by printing this form and sending in your donation. All donations received by October 31, will have their names on the PTO Website and on the donor acknowledgement sign to be displayed prominently next to the main office.   
WHS PTO is a 501c3 organization.   Your donation is tax deductible according to the current tax code.  Many employers offer matching programs for charitable contributions. Please check with your HR department and mail us forms if applicable. Your donation is greatly appreciated!  





On Saturday, November 16, the HISD Asian-American College and Career Day for middle and high school students and their parents will be held at Bellaire High School from 8 a.m. to noon.


Students will have the opportunity to meet local Asian professionals in order to get their perspective on career opportunities and what it takes to succeed.  Asian-American professionals will share their own expertise with students, providing meaningful college and career-related advice. Parent sessions will be held in English, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Registration details may be found here.


Yearbooks may be purchased on-line by clicking here. 


The Wolf E-News archives are now posted on the Westside website. If you ever need access to an older edition for information or entertainment, you can now have it with the click of a mouse!  


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OCTOBER 28, 2013
  • WEGA

This week's spotlight student is Daniel Johnson, a senior in the Fine Arts Academy. Since entering Westside as a magnet student his freshman year, Daniel has maintained a balance between his academics and extra-curricular activities.


Daniel has taken mostly Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses and is well on his way to setting the foundation for his college career by already earning fives on two AP exams and fours on three others.


Daniel is in the top 10% of his senior class and has a 4.5476 GPA.  This year, Daniel was named a National Merit Semi-Finalist based on his scores from his junior-year PSAT, on which he scored in the top 1% in the nation.  Over 1.5 million juniors take the PSAT, and Daniel is one of only two students at Westside that earned this honor, and one of 219 students in the entire state of Texas.


The same focus that Daniel has placed on academics spills over to his extra-curricular activities.  Daniel has been a member of the National Honor Society and Westside's Ecology Club for the past two years, and he recently joined Student Council. Daniel has performed numerous volunteer hours in both with these organizations, but also has volunteered outside of Westside affiliated groups because he knows helping others is the right thing to do. He is also a member of the Westside Theatre Production, in which he helps to build sets and perform other tasks instrumental to the technical side of Westside's plays.


Daniel's lifelong dream is to work in the film industry, not in front of the camera, but behind the scenes.  He says that working behind-the-scenes is a perfect mixture of art and science.  This perfect mixture of art and science are the exact words to describe how Daniel has demonstrated balance during his high school experience.


After high school, Daniel aspires to attend the University of Southern California and major in Film/Video and Photographic Arts.  There is no better place to go than Los Angles, California to pursue his love of filmmaking. 


"Seeing the behind-the-scenes processes of filmmaking is even more impressive than seeing the finished product because everyone involved is as artistically talented as they are technically skilled," Daniel said. 


Daniel said that his first day of work on a movie production cannot come quickly enough.  If his past is any prediction of his future, it is a sure thing that his name will be among the other great filmmakers.  Remember the name Daniel Patrick Johnson because he is destined to make his mark in the entertainment industry.    


Last Friday, October 25, 40 WEGA freshmen participated in the Shell-sponsored VIVA Technology competition.

Teaming with Milby and Young Women's College Preparatory Academy, Westside students created a geodetic dome and invented something new out of basic materials.

Each student was given VIVA dollars throughout the competition to win prizes, such as iPods, DVD players, and printers. Westside 2013 grad, Maziar Zarea, also presented and assisted the teams representing the UH petroleum engineering college. The students had a great time learning about the importance of math, physics, and teamwork in engineering.   

Last Monday, October 21, 32 Westside students joined the rest of the 193 student interns from around Houston. This celebration honors the students in support of their dedication and pursuit of professional careers. The ceremony was held at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. The young professionals were joined by their families, school administrators, employers and Genesys Works supporters.

Jonathan Saldierna was an emcee for the event and Je'Niya Purnell was selected as one of the two "Breaking Through" student speakers. This is a terrific honor and both students represented themselves and Westside High School well.

The young professionals were treated to a keynote address from Michael McDonnell, Chairman, President and CEO of TPC Group. He spoke about having three key qualities that he believes will help them succeed in life which are self confidence, imagination, and humility. He also told the young professionals that they are surrounded by people who believe in them and care about them and there is no limit to what they can accomplish.

Each student had the opportunity to be on stage in front of the packed Wortham Theater and was presented with a certificate and their first box of business cards.

We are so proud of our Westside Genesys Works interns!  Here is a list of our interns and where they work:

Abdullah Al Khoja - GE Oil & Gas; Linda Aneke- Houston ISD; Lourance Banna - Service Corporation International; Jarel Batiste - Bray International; Eduardo Bustamante - GE Oil & Gas; Danielle Castro - Nathan Sommers Jacobs; Ryan Chahda-Houston ISD; George Chavez - Williams; Tayvonya Dixon - Houston ISD; Ashley Elliott - Memorial Hermann; Mauricio Estrada - Halliburton; Joidan Felix - Halliburton; Abigale Fellwock - Sysco; Shanyce Foster - PROS; Darius Glover- ConocoPhillips; Kazi Hassan - NRG; Rodrigo Hercules - Bristow Group; Santiago Hernandez - BP America; Rand Hussein - Cameron; Mike Jimenez - Houston ISD; Quentin Lyons - Bray International; Gerardo Perez - Sysco; Ray-ven Perry - Hines; Nicole Ponce - ConocoPhillips; Lawrence Pope - Bristow Group; Je'Niya Purnell - Hines; Norman Ramirez - CenterPoint Energy; Joan Rodriguez - GE Oil & Gas; Jonathan Saldierna - Cameron; Yonas Tekle - GE Oil & Gas; Stephanie Tran - Memorial Hermann; Vehane Xavier - Houston ISD 
This Saturday, November 2, HISD will be participating in a statewide disaster drill.  As part of this public health exercise, mock medication distribution centers will be set up at Westside, Jones and Scarborough high schools. 

HISD is asking for your help.  To see frequently asked questions, click here.  To find out more about this exercise, click here for English and here for Spanish.

If you pass by these campuses, please do not be alarmed if you see increased activity including law enforcement vehicles, media outlets and a possible influx of students and community members. This event is simply a drill. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your school office at 281-920-8000. 

Good news! It looks like teenagers are getting the message about underage drinking. A poll of high school teens found out that 77% said that they don't drink alcohol. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who released the poll, 69% of teens said they don't drink, and another 8% said that they used to drink but don't anymore. 

When asked why they don't drink, teens said their top five reasons were: because it is illegal, the effect on their health, the effect on their grades, the fact that their parents don't approve, and that they don't want to be like their peers who drink. Furthermore, according to the poll of 695 students, more than half said that they would be less inclined to be friends with or date someone who is an underage drinker. 

So, when your teenager uses the excuse "but everyone else is doing it", now you can tell them why that isn't true.  

To learn more, contact the Choices Counselor, Ms. Parsley at mparsley@council-houston.org
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