On August 2, 2017, Westwood will host an ApplyTexas Essay Boot Camp where students can receive feedback on their college application essays. The bootcamp will be held at Grisham Middle School (because of construction that will be happening at Westwood this summer) from 1:30 to 3:30.
Funded by a Department of State grant, the Summit will feature expert speakers on US foreign policy priorities and how they affect our communities. Speakers will include community leaders, elected officials, business leaders, and foreign policy experts. We'll focus on current and emerging US foreign policy priorities, their impact on Texas, and the role of local citizens in reaching out to international visitors for an exchange of ideas and perspectives. An important component of the Summit is a Youth Track geared for high school and college students interested in learning about international diplomacy and what it's like to work in the foreign policy arena. High School and College students will have the opportunity to attend simulation exercises during the Summit. Simulation topics include:
International Refugees Crisis: Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistanc
International HIV/AIDS Crisis: Global Health and Development
Freshwater Crisis: Climate Change, Natural Resources and Development
International Nuclear Crisis: International Law and National Sovereignty
Crisis in our Oceans: Negotiating a Solution to Protect our Food
Countering Violent Extremism: Civil Liberties and Security
When: Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
Where: The Texas State Capitol
Why: To fill a need for civic education in the area of diplomacy by informing Summit participants of diplomacy's role in our nation's history and relevance at home, at school and on the job.
The 20th year of Camp Brave Heart is accepting applications. This camp is for students aged 6 to 17 years old who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp runs from July 31st to August 3rd. There is no cost to attend the overnight camp and they provide transportation to and from camp. For more information and to get an application, please click on this link. https://www.hospiceaustin.org/about-hospice-austin/campbraveheart/
The Westwood Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is a volunteer organization that organizes events and activities to support students in achieving their educational goals, and to communicate student concerns to the administration.
In 2017-2018, PTSA plans to organize speaker events that address topics our students want to learn more about. By filling out this survey, you can help us learn which topics are most interesting to students.
More Than a Teacher Summer PSAT has one more promotional offer before the school year ends. Their PSAT Summer classes for the Class of 2019 are 2-for-1, which means students can attend PSAT this summer and come back for SAT. They also offer FREE return privileges to all of their classes - one low price and a student can attend their courses as many times as he or she likes in order to continue to improve their scores. All of their other services are also free of charge - practice testing, tutorials, and free seminars.
For more information, click here to view a promotional flyer.
Announcing an exciting, free opportunity for high school students in Texas: Texas OnCourse has teamed up with career exploration organization Roadtrip Nation to offer the Texas Youth Roadtrip. Students will be moving on to summer very shortly, so Texas OnCourse wants to make sure they apply before it's too late (applications close July 3rd). Students can get more info and apply at this link: rtn.is/texas Four teams of three high school students will take a mini-adventure through their region of Texas to interview college students and professionals building livelihoods around their passions. With an adult chaperone, these Texans will travel on Roadtrip Nation’s green RV to explore post-secondary paths, and beyond. They’ll also conduct in-depth interviews with working professionals in fields that align with the students’ interests, endorsements, or career aspirations.
The changing face of science and engineering reveals that science and engineering is no longer what many think! It now has more interesting applications than ever imagined. UT Austin will be at
Westwood High School to talk to Juniors
about the STEM education. The intent is to talk broadly about Science,
Engineering, and beyond, the possibilities and the challenges, and the
increasingly interdisciplinary nature of fields today to address societal
needs. They will not talk much about specific disciplines; rather, the idea
will be to inform high schoolers about what Science and Engineering represent
today, and try to build some passion toward STEM fields. But they will also
discuss more broadly issues related with learning and education, and how
students may get prepared to transition to college in any field of their
choosing. They will also arrange for a small group of about 3-4 senior
UT-Austin undergraduate students (Westwood alums) make a few remarks about
their experiences (especially from when the person was a junior in high school
to where s/he is now). The
meeting will be held in the Big Black
Box from 12:30-1:45 on May 19th.
Austin Aggie Moms would like to invite new A&M students including Blinn team, TAMU Galveston and transfer students and their families to their "Howdy Social" on Saturday, June 24th from 1:00-3:00pm at the Riverplace Country Club (4207 River Place Blvd, Austin, TX 78730).
Howdy Social Guest Speaker: Kathleen Speed, Academic Success Center
Door prizes and a $250 scholarship drawing!
All Westwood High School Seniors are invited to join this year's Annual Senior Walk. Seniors wear your cap and gown and reminisce about your K-12 years as you walk through the hallways of your elementary/middle school and inspire our future Warriors. (If you didn't attend a Westwood feeder elementary/middle school campus, don't worry, you are still welcome to participate at any of these campuses.)
Canyon Vista Feeders:
Canyon Vista MS, May 25th at 8:15am
Caraway Elem., May 24th at 8:00am
Laurel Mountain Elem, May 24th at 8:00am updated change
Spicewood Elem., May 26th at 8:00am
Grisham MS, May 23rd at 8:15am
Canyon Creek Elem, May 24th at 7:20am
Purple Sage Elem., May 22nd at 8:00am
Anderson Mill Elem., May 22nd at 9:15am