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Class of 2021 College Planning and the Application Process

Posted on: August 25th, 2020 by admin

We are very excited to start this school year and to have you back at WHS! With the start of your senior year comes the college application process for many of you. The WHS Counseling Center is here to help and to guide you through this process. We have created a site for you to access that includes video tutorials, resources, and links to frequently used websites. 

You can access this site here. 

The video tutorials and presentations include:

  • The Admission Process in a Nutshell
  • Using Naviance in Your College Application Process: Adding Colleges and Requesting Transcripts
  • College App, Common App, or Coalition App: Which One Should I Choose?
  • College Entrance Exams: The SAT and ACT in the Time of COVID
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Paying for College: Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Beginning soon, the counselors will be meeting individually with seniors to assist with this process. Look for an email from your counselor soon with details regarding these meetings, and how you will sign up for them.

Welcome Back 20-21

Posted on: July 31st, 2020 by admin

Parents and Students—

Welcome Back!!! On behalf of the WHS Counseling Team, I want to thank you for taking a moment to review this email.  We know that as information about returning to school started to come out, many of you had questions about what that would look like as a whole and for the individual students.  Many of you contacted your counselor, and we have tried our best to provide what information we had to you, as soon as it became available.   I’m happy to share what we now know in this email.

Change in Counseling Alphabet Assignments:  As the enrollment and student body continues to grow, we have to evaluate and make changes to our counselor’s caseloads.  This allows us the opportunity to better serve our students in the best way possible.  The Student Breakout for the 20-21 school year is as follows:

  • Students A & Sp-Z:  Mrs. Lani Johnston
  • Students B-Do:  Ms. Alexandra Ferro
  • Students Dr-Hi:  Mrs. Christy Ulsas
  • Students Ho-Me:  Mrs. Lyndsay Corya
  • Students Mi-Re and EL:  Mr. Eric Shearer
  • Students Rh-So:  Mr. Dan Doherty
  • Students receiving Support Services/IEP:  Mrs. Stephanie Vondersaar

Virtual Learning Course Catalog:  Students who have elected to go 100% virtual for the first trimester will be taking courses through Edmentum.  Students and Parents can review the list of courses and the virtual guidelines.  WHS Counselors will be reaching out the week of August 3rd to those students who have elected to go 100% virtual to select courses.  If a student wishes to still enroll in 100% virtual learning, they must complete this survey.

Back to School Night:  WHS will release its Virtual Back to School Night video on Tuesday, August 11th.  Historically, this has been an evening for all new students to the building.  This year, we will be encouraging all WHS students to watch the video to have a better idea of how this school year might look and what to expect on the first day of school.

Powerschool:  High school students and parents will be able to access their Powerschool account beginning August 8th.  Because we will not be able to provide schedules during the Back to School Night, we will be encouraging all students to view or print their schedules prior to the first day of school.

More Information to Come:  You can be sure that your email will likely be inundated with more information over the course of the next week and a half.  As things continue to change or evolve, so will we.  We are so looking forward to being with our students once again!

Navigating Your College Application Journey: Virtual College Application Resources

Posted on: June 30th, 2020 by admin

Because our annual College Application Boot Camp was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, we have made these extremely valuable resources available to all students! While this info is open for students (and parents) in all grades, it will be most helpful for rising seniors who just completed their junior year.

These resources were compiled from a number of high school counselors from schools across the north side of Indianapolis. We also had plenty of help from our college admission representatives and students from the Class of 2020 offering their perspectives on the college admission process.

Access information on finding the right college fit, navigating the college admission process, writing the college essay, scholarships and financial aid, and so much more!

You can access all of these College Admission resources here!

Class of 2020 Senior Recognition & Awards Night

Posted on: May 20th, 2020 by admin

Please join us as we recognize the Westfield HS Class of 2020, and their academic accomplishments, during the Senior Recognition and Awards Night.

In addition to being able to view the video on the Westfield HS Facebook page and the WHS homepage beginning May 20th at 7:00 PM, the video can be viewed at your leisure here on YouTube. We will be recognizing those students who have received merit-based college scholarships, Westfield Education Foundation scholarships, and many other local community scholarships. 

Students and families can access the program for Senior Recognition and Awards Night Program to follow along with the event here.

WHS Counseling Center Update–April 27, 2020

Posted on: April 27th, 2020 by admin

Check out the latest update regarding 20-21 Student Schedules, Senior Awards Night, and Summer School Registration! Click Here

Important Updates Regarding Spring 2020 AP Exams

Posted on: April 15th, 2020 by admin

All AP exams will be taken online this year. The Schedule of exams is listed below.

Below are some pertinent details of the exams. You can also access College Board’s updates for AP Exams online here.

  • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students will take a 45-minute online exam at home.
  • To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they’ve worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

WHS Counseling Center Update–March 26, 2020

Posted on: March 26th, 2020 by admin

Click Here for the latest update from the WHS Counseling Center

2020 Summer School Information

Posted on: March 25th, 2020 by admin

Registration for Summer School courses through Indiana Online (IO) will be open April 6 – June 5, 2020  at

Summer is a great time for students to take courses to either get ahead or to retake classes for a higher grade. Students can take up to two credits during the summer, and there is no cost to you.

Information/Dates Below for IO Summer School  Have Been Updated as of 4.15.2020

The Summer Session through IO runs from June 8 – July 19, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, Indiana Online Final Exams will be performance-based and not proctored face-to-face at WHS, as has been done in the past.

All class work and final performance-based assessments must be completed by July 19. Teachers will use July 20-23 to finalize grades, which will be posted by 5:00 PM on July 24, 2020. 

Below you will find more detailed information regarding this process, including the dates of the summer session, Summer School Guidelines, and a list of courses that are offered through IO this summer.  After reviewing the links below, please contact your counselor directly if you have any additional questions.

IO Summer Flyer and Courses 2020 Updated 4.15.2020

IO Guidelines for Summer 2020

WHS Counseling Center Update–March 19, 2020

Posted on: March 19th, 2020 by admin

With our offices closed due to COVID-19, know that your WHS Counselors are here to assist, update, and help you. Click Here to view the 3/19/20 WHS Counseling Center Update!

Westfield Educational Foundation Scholarships Now Available

Posted on: January 10th, 2020 by admin

Seniors in the graduating class of 2020 can now apply for any of the scholarships awarded by the Westfield Washington Educational Foundation.  These scholarship funds provide many scholarships each academic year.  To access the scholarship applications, click on the links below.  Completed applications must be turned into the WHS Counseling Center by the posted deadlines

Westfield Education Foundation Scholarship Funds and Application    DEADLINE:  March 26, 2020