News from West Ottawa High School

January 2017 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 2017-18 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, Dual Enrollment, or Careerline Tech Center classes.  Your student will receive scheduling information in their seminar class on February 21st.  The scheduling process will occur throughout the week of February 27th.   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.

International Baccalaureate Info Meeting

Are you interested in learning about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program?  West Ottawa High School is proud to offer the IB Diploma Program to junior and senior students.  This academic program is highly regarded by the world’s leading colleges and universities.  Parents of students grades K-10 are invited to learn more about the IB Diploma Program at an informational meeting on Monday, January 23 at 6:45 p.m. in the LGI Room at HS North.  Contact the IB Coordinator, Mrs. Corban Van Dam, if you have any questions (

8th Grade parent Night and High School Showcase

On February 8, 2017 WOHS will host its fourth 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.


PSAT Information for Juniors

PSAT scores have been released for all Juniors and their parents to access.  Juniors must have a College Board account in order to access PSAT and SAT scores.  All Juniors should have already created a College Board account in their Seminar class. If not, simply create one now. We HIGHLY recommend using your WOHS email to create your College Board and Khan Academy account. 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.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 17: FAFSA Fill In Day 1-4 pm. A203 North. Seniors parents and students.
  • January 18: 1st and 2nd hour Exams
  • January 19: FAFSA Fill In Evening 7-9 pm. A203 North. Seniors parents and students.
  • January 19: 3rd and 5th hour Exams
  • January 20: 1/2 day of school. 4th and 6th hour Exams 8-11 am
  • January 23: First day of second semester
  • January 27: First Semester Grades available on Parent Portal

Please click on Important Dates 2016-17 at the top of the full calendar of important dates.

With Panther Pride,

Mr. Tulgestke

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