Programs & Events
Seniors vs. Staff Basketball Game
Since 1968, Westlake Council of PTAs has continued the proud tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving Westlake High School (WHS) seniors who plan to pursue higher education at a college, university, or technical school. Scholarships are awarded for traditional academic pursuits, as well as for the arts, STEM/technology and a life challenge. The Westlake Council and its eight member PTAs fundraise for these scholarships in many ways, including programming, membership drives, and the annual Dollar$ for Scholars event.
The annual Dollars for Scholars Seniors v. Staff Basketball Game, benefiting Westlake Council of PTAs scholarship fund for graduating WHS students, will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at WHS. Doors open at 6:00 pm; game time is 7:00pm.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic 2017 Dollars for Scholars committee, and the generosity of many Westlake families and area businesses, Westlake Council of PTAs continued a time-honored tradition and awarded ten $1,000 scholarships to deserving Westlake graduates in the class of 2017!
Founders’ Day Dinner & Awards
Each February, PTA units across the country celebrate the founding of PTA over 100 years ago, and honor the contributions of those who enrich our students' experiences and are dedicated to the PTA mission. Westlake Council's Founders' Day event recognizes the many people who contribute to making a difference for our students and schools in Westlake by presenting three types of awards, all of which are decided based on nominations from the school and PTA community.
Each of the nine PTA units in Westlake chooses one honoree to receive the Ohio PTA Achievement Award at the Founders' Day dinner. The Ohio PTA Achievement Award is the highest honor a PTA can bestow on an individual and is usually awarded to someone who has given outstanding service to children and youth either at school or in the Westlake community at-large.
The recipients of Westlake's 2017 Ohio PTA Achievement Awards are:
- Westlake Early Childhood PTA: Marie Novak
- Bassett Elementary PTA: Amanda Miller
- Dover Elementary PTA: Cathleen Augustine
- Hilliard Elementary PTA: Kristen Pugh
- Holly Lane Elementary PTA: Mimi Verdone
- Dover Intermediate School PTA: Kerry Brickman
- Lee Burneson Middle School PTA: Janine Finucane
- Westlake High School PTSA: Karen Ryan
- Westlake Council of PTAs: Pete Zagray
The second recognition, the Helping Hands Award, is given to a PTA member who has made a positive impact on the lives of children, and has participated in activities involving our children and youth. The recipient of this award promotes the welfare of children and youth in home, school and community. One award is given from Westlake Council of PTAs, representing all Westlake PTA units, and the 2017 Helping Hands Award recipient was Delicia Ostrowski.
Mrs. Ostrowski has filled many roles within Westlake's various PTA units over the years, enthusiastically leading units as their president and co-chairing Westlake Council's annual Dollars for Scholars fundraiser. She is also active with Westlake's youth football program, leading efforts to rejuvenate the program.
The final recognition, the Outstanding District Educator Award, is presented to a certified educator for his/her active support in PTA, promoting parent/teacher cooperation in the education of children and youth, and outstanding service as an educator. One award is given from Westlake's Council of PTAs, representing all Westlake PTA units, and Rebecca Kowalski was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding District Educator Award.
As the gifted teacher at Bassett Elementary School, Mrs. Kowalski continually exceeds expectations with students in the classroom, encouraging personal development of each student while challenging and encouraging them along the way. In addition, Mrs. Kowalski started a Math Club that included 100 student participants the first year, and coordinates Invention Convention for Bassett Elementary.
Since 1968, the Westlake Council of PTAs has awarded scholarships to WHS seniors who plan to pursue higher education at a college, university, or technical school. Scholarships are awarded for traditional academic pursuits, as well as for the arts, STEM/technology and a life challenge. In 2017, Westlake Council awarded ten scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.
The PTA Council Arts Award honors a student who intends to pursue the study of fine arts, visual arts, performing arts or culinary arts in an accredited post-secondary school, college or university.
The PTA Council STEM/Technology Award honors a student who intends to pursue the study of any technical field in an accredited post-secondary school, college or university.
The PTA Council Challenge Award honors a student who has encountered and overcome a particular challenge or difficult circumstance. It is intended for the student who has faced unique hardships beyond those encountered in the ordinary high school experience.
The PTA Council Vocational Award honors a student who intends to pursue the study of any field in an accredited post-secondary two or three year vocational or associate’s degree program.
The Westlake Council of PTAs is confident that our Scholars will continue achieving excellence in the years to come and we wish them the very best as they pursue their future goals and dreams.
Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections program engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities have the opportunity to compete in a contest format at the PTA district and state levels. Participation and appreciation for the arts is the program’s primary goal.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the theme is "Heroes Around Me" Students may enter in any of the following categories: film production, dance choreography, musical composition, photography, visual arts, literature and special artist division. All entries must be the original work of an individual student and can be developed in or out of school. Official rules and entry forms will be available in all school main offices. The deadline for entries is November 12, 2018. There will be a public showing of student work on Thursday, November 29 at Westlake Porter Public Library. The Reflections awards ceremony and reception will be Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm the WHS Performing Arts Center.
- Deadline for entries November 12, 2018
- Art show and judging November 29, 2018
- Awards ceremony & reception February 10, 2019
Westlake Council of PTAs Programming Committee provides speakers, panel discussions, and events for the Westlake City School District, families, and community members of Westlake. Programming is focused on the current issues facing Westlake youth and families, from mental health issues like depression and anxiety, substance abuse education, screen time and cyber bullying, to wellness and healthy lifestyle choices.
The Programming Committee chair works with community and district faculty and staff to provide pertinent, research-supported programming in various formats during the academic year.
Westlake Council of PTAs invites K-6 students at Bassett, Dover, Hilliard and Holly Lane Elementary Schools, and Dover Intermediate School to an ice skating party at Rocky River Hamilton Ice Rink on Thursday, October 26, 11:30 am 1:30 pm. (There is no school on October 12.)
Admission is $5 (cash only) and skate rental is $3.50 (or may bring own skates). This is not a drop-off event - adult supervision is required.