CAN YOU HEAR THE LION ROAR? Spring 2019
IN THIS ISSUE
• Community News & Events
• Division Highlights
• Student Kudos
• Faculty Kudos
• Diversity & Inclusion
• 8th Grade, Washington D.C. Trip
• International Trip, Thailand
• Overnight Retreats
• Gala 2019
• Coaches Corner/Athletics
• Spring Musical, Grease
• Alumni Update
• College Center News
LION PRIDE, COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
After a brief hiatus, Westmark’s quarterly newsletter is back with a new name! LION ROAR will feature highlights from Westmark students, classrooms, community, faculty, alumni and more. Have some student news or a recent accomplishment you want us to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
CLAUDIA KOOCHEK NAMED TO NCLD ADVISORY BOARD
2019 kicked off honoring Westmark’s Head of School, Ms. Claudia Koochek as she was named to the Professional Advisory Board (PAB) of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). Ms. Koochek is one among four renowned experts newly appointed to the PAB. As an integral part of the PAB, Ms. Koochek will help guide NCLD program activity and advise on educational needs, program opportunities, public policy development, and strategic planning.
The NCLD is widely known as one of the nation’s leading resources and advocates for the 1 in 5 children and adults with learning and attention issues. NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) includes leading educators, psychologists, researchers, physicians, and advocates.
Congratulation Ms. Koochek and thank you for your leadership!
IN THE COMMUNITY
As part of Westmark’s mission to provide the tools our students need to achieve success, we are committed to our leading role in the LD community. As such, we make it a priority to participate in conferences and events - both local and nationwide - that not only help our highly trained faculty & staff continue to hone their expertise through professional development opportunities, but also allow us to share our best practices and invite others to benefit from the Westmark difference.
CHECK OUT SOME OF THE RECENT HAPPENINGS WHERE OUR TEAM HAD AN IMPACT
SPRING OPEN HOUSE: SHARING THE WESTMARK DIFFERENCE
Visiting families at Westmark's Spring Open House on Sunday, May 5 filled the Lund Auditorium and classrooms as they learned from our teachers, students, and parents about how our research-based teaching methodologies and individualized instruction can change lives. For more information or to apply, contact Cindy Goodman, Director of Admissions, email@example.com.
SUMMER S.M.A.R.T.S. BUILDS ACADEMIC SKILLS
Westmark's summer academic program, Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. runs from July 1 - July 26 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm each day, and is open to both Westmark and non-Westmark students. Summer S.M.A.R.T.S. specialized curriculum is customized for each student according to their needs and learning profile. Our program helps students further strengthen and develop academic skills in core math, reading, and writing content areas, combined with strength-based electives. For questions, contact Program Director Marissa DeSiena, firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOWER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
LOWER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Our Lower School students experienced their classroom lessons come to life as they discovered new talents and strengths, learned good citizenship, and exercised their imaginations!
From hands-on science projects to interactive classroom activities...from sports play on the field and court to new playground fun… from cultural field trip visits to exploring nature and caring for our environment...from entertaining guest speakers to practicing for performances...
GUEST SPEAKER: CARTER HIGGINS, BOOK AUTHOR
'READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY'
SANTA MONICA AQUARIUM
MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
All Hands-On (Deck) in Middle School! Hands-on learning in the Middle School helps our students experience the curriculum through exploration, collaboration, and discovery. Here are some of the hands-on learning that our Middle School students have been having fun with!
SCIENCE & MATH
TRIPS AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
UPPER SCHOOL PREVIEW FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Middle School families got a sneak peek preview to Westmark Upper School programs and offerings including Curriculum, Special Programs, Student Life, Athletics and College Counseling. 8th Graders got to experience an Upper School schedule as a rising 9th Grader with a bird’s-eye view of Upper School Student Life. Upper School students enlightened their Middle School counterparts on the array of high school activities and options available both in and out of the classroom, from Electives & Clubs to Athletics and Performing Arts, and from Foreign Languages to Service and College Programs, these 8th Graders got the lowdown on life in the Westmark Upper School.
UPPER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
UPPER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS
Westmark’s Upper School continues to be a place of learning, creativity, and collaboration. Whether serving their communities, using their leadership skills to plan events or social programs, or showcasing their creative talents, Westmark high schoolers certainly represent Westmark Lion Pride.
Upper School Student Council led the efforts of several school-wide and Upper School events.
INTERNATIONAL TRIP, THAILAND
COACH'S CORNER / ATHLETICS
It was a remarkable season for Westmark Athletics. Upper School student-athletes showed off their their strengths on the court and on the field!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL
LOWER SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL
LOWER SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL
STUDENT / FACULTY KUDOS
A big Lion Roar and shout out to these students and faculty...
JARED BERNSTEIN, GRADE 11
GABE GOFFIN, GRADE 7
ZACK KANTOR, GRADE 12
CYNTHIA HERSCH, ARTS CHAIR
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Westmark's Diversity & Inclusion leadership team work closely with our Advisory, Cross Curriculum Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), and SEL programs to integrate multicultural practices into our classrooms, and overall school culture. This year's work with both students and teachers is already making an impact, promoting awareness of identity and equity across grade levels and throughout our community!
POCC STUDENT DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE, TN
GERALD RIVERS, MLK SPECIAL CELEBRATION
ALUMNI CORNER - WESTMARK CONNECT
Keep up to date and in the loop on upcoming reunions, alumni events and networking opportunities! Like us on social media and Register / download our Alumni App, Westmark Connect! For questions or more information, Contact Alumni Relations, Bria Verdugo-Uy at email@example.com.
ALUMNI NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Congratulations to the following alumni on their success! Well done Westmark Alums! We are full of LION PRIDE!
In Memoriam Michael Ramljak ’95, who was taken from us way too soon. Michael was a kind, gentle soul who was always willing to help. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and fellow Westmark alums.
We love when our alumni come to visit however due to a new block schedule and safety and security procedures, we are now requiring all alumni to call first to schedule your visit. This allows any faculty and staff to make arrangements as needed to accommodate any visitors. To schedule a visit please call 818-986-5045 and ask for Bria Verdugo-Uy or email Bria directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEGE CENTER NEWS
The College Center has had a very busy year, preparing our Upper School students for their post-secondary journeys!
10th and 11th Grade students are preparing for the transition to college. Between Pre/ACT testing, researching and developing their college lists, drafting essays and personal statements, they managed to attend the National College Fair and had the opportunity to speak with college admissions reps from around the country. And for our Seniors, Springtime marks college acceptance time! They have been busy attending accepted student days, considering housing options, and learning about the accommodations available at their colleges of choice. A few students are planning their GAP year adventures, and all of them are involved in transition workshops to help smooth the road to independence.
Central to our College Center’s approach, we want our students to enter college already knowing how to access the support that will help them thrive. Based on research identifying the success factors of college students with LD, each 12th Grade student is provided tools to be able to discuss their individual official diagnosis and to identify potential college or work accommodations. Recently, a special guest speaker - a graduate of Landmark College - shared her college story with both parents and students. She found success... by learning how she learns best. Like many students with LD, her path through college was not a straight one, but it was wonderful to see the students relate to her story.
WESTMARK ANNUAL GALA & AUCTION
WESTMARK ROCKS GALA 2019
This year's Westmark Parent Association Annual Gala, WESTMARK ROCKS 2019 was held on March 9 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Thanks to all who attended, all who bid online, our ROCK STAR donors, our wonderful parent volunteers, our sponsors and SOME SPECTACULAR ROCKING LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, the event was a huge success! Combined with some lively bidding, great party book events, and one of a kind Live Auction experiences, WESTMARK ROCKS was a record-breaking Gala. Funds raised will be earmarked to help support Westmark's financial aid, as well as and enhanced music program, upgraded science lab and equipment, and a new digital media studio.