News from West Ottawa High School

February 2015 Update from the Principal

Dear Parents, Students, and WO Community,

January and February has brought some challenging weather to West Ottawa but our students have persevered.  This edition of the Panther Pipeline finds us on our way into mid-winter break with boots, gloves, and hats on.  Hopefully, students will return from break to warmer weather and with a renewed focus on their studies and striving toward spring activities.

West Ottawa recognized in Academic State Champions report

The Center for Michigan’s Bridge Magazine recently published their annual list of Academic State Champion schools.  I am pleased to report that for the third consecutive year, West Ottawa Public Schools has earned recognition in this article as the top school in Ottawa County.  Bridge Magazine uses standardized tests at the school district level across and over time and socioeconomic status to give every school district a score based on student achievement and to determine its rankings.

The rankings also determined that West Ottawa Public Schools:

  •        -Ranked #35 out of 507 public/charter school districts
  •        -Was the highest-ranked school in Ottawa County
  •        -Provided the best value-added education in Ottawa County
  •        -Was the highest ranked school in the OK Red Athletic Conference.
  •        -Exceeded expectations in ALL academic areas


Top West Michigan Schools

Bridge Magazine, published by the non-profit organization The Center for Michigan, judged the following West Michigan schools as the top public and charter schools in the area based on their rankings, which included both standardized test scores and socioeconomic factors. See the complete list here. 

7. West MI Academy of Environmental Science

9. Godwin Heights Public Schools

35. West Ottawa Public Schools

52. Byron Center Public Schools

57. East Grand Rapids Public Schools

62. Grand Haven Area Public Schools


Other area schools and their rankings include: Saugatuck Public (89), Grandville Public Schools (83), Jenison Public Schools (138), Hudsonville Public School District (116), Holland City Public Schools (128), Hamilton Community Schools (199), Black River Public Schools (149), Hopkins Public Schools (164), Allendale Public Schools (249), Rockford Public Schools (343),  Zeeland Public Schools (381) .

To view the full list of all Ottawa County schools click here.


West Ottawa High School By the Numbers

We recently released a new WOHS promotional video called West Ottawa High School By the Numbers. This video was a project created by our high school administrative team and district video production coordinator Carl Jastrzembski. Our students and staff also played a huge part in creatively telling our WO story. We hope you enjoy and share West Ottawa High School By the Numbers.

Social Media 101: For Parents

On February 25 WOHS will be hosting a special event for parents of all WOPS students. Social Media 101: Staying Connected to WOHS will target three areas dealing with our current social media reality:

  1. How to access important school information using social media
  2. Understanding why and how social media is used as a communication tool
  3. Understanding safe and unsafe apps for students to use


Please consider attending if you want to learn more about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube, or other social media platforms. See our flyer for details.

WOHS School Improvement Parent Survey

We are continually seeking to improve our practices at West Ottawa High School.  In order to improve, it is important that we collect data on how we are serving our students and parents.  Please take a moment and complete a Parent Satisfaction Survey to help us in the School Improvement Process.

Please complete our 2014-15 School Improvement Parent Survey.  Be sure to choose West Ottawa High School Campus as your school to evaluate.

Important upcoming dates

Please be aware of the following important dates to remember:

February 24-27–  Course registration for all 8th grade students. See our course guide for info.

February 25- Social Media 101: How to Stay Connected to WOHS

February 26– Final FAFSA completion workshops at WOHS. Don’t miss this seniors and parents.

March 1– Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation Scholarship deadline.

March 3 & 4– ACT Testing Week.  Very important for all students to be well rested and in attendance on these dates. Testing will take place for all 11th grade students. Other students will be involved important activities which pertain to their grade level. Click here to see our schedule for ACT test days. Click here to view all test day schedules.

March 13 & 14– WO Stock Music Festival. Two nights of local bands and entertainment. Event organized by CTEE student club.

March 18- College Night- North Cafe 7 pm. Important informational evening for underclassmen and parents. Specific information for 11th grade students who are beginning the college application process. Don’t miss it.

You can find all important dates for all months by clicking the Important Dates 2014-15 link at the top of the page.


With Panther Pride,

Mr. Tulgestke

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