News from West Ottawa High School

January 2016 Update from the Principal

Happy New Year parents, students, and community members,

Get ready to enter the busiest stretch of the school year.  As seniors are beginning to think about graduation and juniors are preparing for the SAT, we are also beginning to make plans for the 2016-17 school year at WOHS.  In February, the high school scheduling process will begin for all 8-11th grade students.   Our interactive online course offering guide is a great place to start checking out course options for next fall.  As parents, you should have important discussions with your students about the scheduling process.  Most students’ schedules will include many required Michigan Merit Curriculum courses. However, all students need to make important decisions regarding elective offerings and their enrollment in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Careerline Tech Center classes.  Your student will receive scheduling information in their seminar class in early February.  The scheduling process will occur through the months of February and March.   The counseling department will work closely with your student throughout the scheduling process.

Counselors, administrators, and teachers continue to communicate with colleges and universities regarding the placement of WOHS graduates.  College admissions officers consistently tell us how important it is for students to take as many rigorous classes as possible while in high school.  Grade point average is somewhat subjective from school to school. For example, The University of Michigan wants to see that students have taken as challenging a course load as their high school offers.  This includes the second semester of their senior year.  We are fortunate to offer both AP and IB courses for our students.  In addition, WOHS students may excel in any of our elective departments at high levels.  Rigor is always better!  Rigor leads to college success!  Do not be afraid to challenge yourself by taking advanced courses.


PSAT Information for Juniors

PSAT scores have been released for all Juniors and their parents to access.  Juniors must create a College Board account in order to access PSAT and SAT scores.  All Juniors should have already created a College Board account in the English class. If not, simply create one now. This is very important.

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If you log into College Board and it says that there are no PSAT scores available, then you must Click “ADD SCORES.”  From here, you should go through a process of verifying your personal information so that your scores can be linked.  The ability to send scores to Khan Academy should be available now as well.  Linking your College Board account and Khan Academy account will give you access to personalized SAT practice.

Seniors- Financial Aid for College & Important Dates

Please be sure to make plans to attend one of our free Financial Aid meeting on January 27th at 7 pm in the North cafeteria. This FAFSA parent letter was sent home recently with more info.

There are many important dates for our Seniors and parents of the Class of 2016.  Access a comprehensive list of Senior dates on the Class of 2016 Pipeline page.  You can find all other important reminders here or on our Important Dates calendar at the top of this page.

8th Grade parent Night and High School Showcase

On February 10, 2016 WOHS will host its third annual High School Showcase Night. This event is intended for anyone interested in learning more about the vast array of courses and opportunities offered to students at the best high school in West Michigan. To learn more about this unique event, click here.  It is especially important for 8th grade parents and students to attend but is open to the entire WO community.

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SnowBall Winter Formal 2016 is Coming

The WOHS winter formal SnowBall dance will take place on February 13 from 8-11 pm at the HSN Cafe. All students are invited to attend. Tickets will be on sale during lunches beginning February 8. SnowBall is sponsored by CTEE.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 19: Early College Information Night. 7 pm North LGI room
  • January 20: 1st and 2nd Hour Final Exams
  • January 21: 3rd and 5th Hour Final Exams
  • January 22: 4th and 6th Hour Final Exams (Half Day AM Only)
  • January 25: First day of second semester
  • January 27: FAFSA Financial Aid Info Meeting for Seniors. 7 pm North Cafe
  • January 29: First Semester Report Cards available on Parent Portal
  • February 5: Purple Power Basketball Games

Please click on Important Dates 2015-16 at the top of the full calendar of important dates.


With Panther Pride,

Mr. Tulgestke


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