Weston Ranch High School News
Renaissance “ROAR TO SUCCESS”
The first quarter is almost over. It ends on October and Colleges (WASC). I will also be having brown
14 . It’s been busy around WRHS these few months!! bag lunches once a month for parents and interested
We have already had 10th and 11th grade students retest community members to come together and discuss
the CAHSEE and many of our seniors are well into issues that are important to them, our first Brown Bag
getting their college application materials together. lunch will be on October 25th from 12:00am to 1:00pm.
On October 19th, we will be starting a Parent Institute
During this first quarter we have also had some staff for Spanish speaking parents which will empower
parents by educating them about our school system. I
changes. As you should know Mr. Callas has taken a
think this year will be exciting and fulfilling, and I am
position at Manteca Unified District office, and we are
enjoying being a part of the Weston Ranch community.
lucky enough to have Mrs. Clara Schmiedt as our
new principal. Hopefully you were able to meet her at
our Back to School Night.
There have also been some changes in the counselor
caseloads. Mrs. Higginbotham is working with
Principal’s Note from Mrs. Clara Schmiedt students A-Dek; Mr. Sodhi has Del-Kd; Miss
Dear Weston Ranch Community, Quintana has Ke-Roc; and Miss Blinn has Rod-Z.
Mrs. George will be working with student in the
I have appreciated the hospitality that I have
Career Center. If you need to talk with your
received as the new interim principal for Weston
student’s counselor please call 982-5387 ext. 1020.
Ranch High School. As I have observed teachers,
walked around at lunch time, talked to students, and Reminder: -- It is critical that you complete the
met with parents, I have been very impressed with Emergency Card for your student. On the pink form
Weston Ranch High School. I have been very there is a place you can list any medical conditions
impressed with the students at Weston Ranch High your student has. It is important that we are aware of
School; they are friendly, outgoing and energetic. We all conditions that may affect them here at school.
have a great staff at Weston Ranch and I believe this
school has the potential to be an outstanding Dress Code
organization. It is always important to make sure your student is
I would like to introduce myself to those who
dressing appropriately for school. The WRHS dress
I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet. I have
code is in the Student Handbook if you have questions
worked for Manteca Unified School District for the about what is appropriate. Any items confiscated due to
past 13 years. I started in 1992 as a history teacher. I violation to the dress code must be picked up by a
moved into administration seven years ago, as a Dean parent from the student’s dean. If you have further
of Students at East Union High School. I was Director
questions about the dress code please talk with your
of Child Welfare and Attendance for five years before
students’ Dean; Mrs. Teresa Johnson N-Z, and Mrs.
accepting the interim principal position at Weston
Annette Roberts A-M.
Ranch High School for which I am very excited to be a
part of. Attendance
Weston Ranch High School has several new
focus areas this year. We are starting a program called
Attendance in class is very important to our students’
Cougar Pride, where we will be taking students from success. We want to encourage all students to be to
all different backgrounds and enlisting their help to class on time so that they have get every minute of time
become leaders in their school community. We are dedicated to learning. With this in mind we will be
also starting a Challenge Day Program, which will help doing Tardy Sweeps this year, to reinforce the
raise understanding of differences among our staff and importance of being in class on time.
students. I am looking forward to working with the
staff, students and community as we get ready for next Yearbooks are on Sale! $70 with ASB and $75
year’s visit from the Western Association of School without ASB. Personalization and add-on packages
available. Pick up order forms in the administration Excellence, Renaissance, FFA, Asian, BSU, Fil-Am,
office or you may contact Ms. Riley in room 907. Foods, Gamers, Japanimation, Somos Latinos, and Art
club. Please see the Dean of Activities, Ms. Jovita
Cougar Pride Siqueiros for more information.
Cougar Pride is a new committee that we will be
starting this year. This is a student focus group that Renaissance
will be discussing student and campus related issues. WRHS has kicked off its second year with the
We want our students to demonstrate their spirit and Renaissance program. We have great hopes for this
pride and help us to make our school the best that it can year’s program. We encourage students, parents and
be. Students can get involved by be recommended by a community members to get involved to help our
staff/teacher or other students. For more information students. Some of the fundraiser events that we have
please contact Mr. Gonzales at ext. 1021 planed to do this year include a Powder Puff Football
Game and our 2nd Student vs. Staff Basketball Game.
Tutoring We have quarterly meetings for the Renaissance
Math Smart Tutoring is a FREE tutoring program committee. The next meeting is on November 18th at
for 6th-12th grade students through the San Joaquin 2:45 pm. Our sub-committees meet on a monthly basis
County Office of Education. It occurs on Monday & the meeting dates are: 10/20, 11/17, and 12/15 at 2:45
Thursday 5:00-7:00 pm and Tuesday & Wednesday in the Career Center. Mrs. Soldate is the leader for the
4a;00-6a;00 pm at M.K. Troke Library located at 502 Student Achievement Committee; Mrs. Jacobs and
W. Benjamin Holt Dr. in Stockton. For more Mrs. McFadden are co-leaders for the Academic
information call 468-9021. Activities Committee, and Ms. Angle and Chelsea
Bowman are co-leaders for the Community
Homework Hotline is program to help students in Involvement Committee. If you have any questions or
grades 4th-10th with Math homework. Call 943-7588. would like to get involved please contact Mr. Gonzales
Telephone lines are open Monday-Thursday 5:00-6:00 at ext. 1021.
The WRHS Black Student Union, with newly elected
Athletics officers, has voted to start their year with service. On
Sports are a great way to get involved in the school. October 23rd they will be hosting Gospel Legacy II, a
We already have several sports underway. For further Hurricane Katrina benefit gospel concert at the high
information please contact the Dean of Athletics, Mr. school's theater featuring students, local artists and
Mike Morenzone at 982-5387 ext. 1020. Make sure choirs. The members have learned how strongly gospel
you join in supporting our teams!! Some of our up and has impacted the history of African Americans. The
coming events are: BSU is also planning a joint Hurricane Katrina benefit
●October 14 Homecoming football game vs. Buhach with the BSU of East Union, to be held on November
at Weston Ranch 12th. Weston Ranch is also proud to have 4 regional
●October 21 football game vs. East Union officers in the United Black Student Unions of
California. They are busy planning a leadership
Conditioning has started for basketball. Talk with a conference for January, which we will host here at
Weston Ranch High, "the school where leaders are
basketball coach at WRHS for more information or
born." For more information about the BSU and their
contact Mr. Mike Morenzone at 982-5387 ext. 1020.
activities, contact their advisor, Mrs. Jacqueline
McFadden at 982-5387 ext. 2105 or
The following are the prices for WRHS sporting
Varsity football prices are $5.00 for adults
$3.00 for students with ID cards WRHS’s FFA program has been busy so far this year.
Free with ASB card On August 2 -3rd, Weston Ranch’s Officer Team
invited East Union’s Officers to combine for the 2005
All other sports: $4.00 for Adults Officer Retreat & Planning Session on the Hartnell
Freshman football $3.00 for students with College Campus in Salinas. The students have also
Basketball ID cards Free with been meeting and planning this years events. The FFA
Volleyball Free with ASB card club has begun selling steak sandwiches at the football
Wrestling games, which has proven to be very popular. Here are
some of the upcoming events for FFA:
School Activities ●October 1: Chapter Officer Leadership Conference – 7
There are lots of ways to get involved in Weston Officers will attend
Ranch High School!! Studies have shown that students ●October 4: Opening /Closing Contest @ Lodi High
who are involved in school activities are more ●October 14, October 28: Next Football Concessions @
successful. Students may choose to join one of the
several clubs on campus including Academic
●October 4: Opening/Closing Ceremonies Public Speaking or out of state university it is strongly recommended
Contest that they contact that university to clarify their
●October 13: Greenhand Leadership Conference for admission requirements. Most 4-year universities have
Freshmen 14 Weston Ranch High School students will attend admission requirements regarding GPA and test scores.
●October 29: Livestock Symposium at san Joaquin County
Fairgrounds (18 Weston Ranch Ag Students will attend. This
The test scores that the universities are referring to are
is required for potential animal project students @ Weston the SAT reasoning or the ACT. For UC campuses they
Ranch) require students to take the SAT reasoning or ACT
●November 10: Greenhand Ceremony @ 6:30 pm in the with writing along with 2 SAT subject tests. For the
WRHS Theatre. CSU campuses they only require the SAT reasoning
●November 16: Administrator’s Night. test. Also double check with the specific campus your
●November 18-19: Central Region Road Show 7 CATA student is applying to, to find out if they have any
Meeting. additional requirements. For further information about
registering for these tests please visit:
The Junior class is planning many fundraisers this www.collegeboard.com PSAT, SAT, Testing and other
year in order to raise enough money to plan a great college bound information
prom. Parents and students are encouraged to support www.act.org ACT testing
the class through their numerous fundraisers. The
junior class officers would also like to thank the junior Financial aid is also a huge concern for students.
class of 2007 for having so much spirit and dressing in Students are encouraged to search for scholarships.
white, or class color at the 1st rally of the school year. There are several websites that are helpful in this task.
Thanks! www.collegeboard.com has a free scholarship search,
college search, and career search web site.
Get Involved in Your School www.fastweb.com. is a website sponsored by the
Parents are also encouraged to get involved in the National Association of Student Financial Aid
school. You may want to join our active Booster club. Administrator. FastWEB lets Internet users search,
The Booster club will be meeting on October 4th at without cost, a database of more than 180,000 private
6:00 pm here in the Weston Ranch Staff Lounge. The sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.
Booster club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month. Students/ Parents need to complete the FAFSA (Free
Application for Federal Student Aid) at
We also have an active School Site Council. Mr. www.fafsa.ed.gov. In December, WRHS will be
Steven Jackson is our new School Site coordinator. hosting a financial aid meeting for parents.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PSAT will be admininistered here at WRHS on
Weston Ranch’s ELAC (English Language Advisory Saturday October 15th. Tenth and 11th grade students
Committee) meets on a quarterly basis. The first are encouraged to take this test. The PSAT is the
meeting will be on October 19th at 6:00 pm. Parents are Preliminary SAT, which gives students practice testing
strongly encouraged to participate. The Parent before they take the SAT which is a required test for all
Institute will be meeting the same night at 7:00 pm UC/CSU campus admissions. There is a $12 fee for
following the ELAC meeting. For more information the test. There are a limited number of tests, so see Ms.
contact Mr. Gonzales at ext. 1021. Bloom in the Counseling office to sign up to take the
All meeting dates for the ELAC and School Site exam.
Council meetings will be posted on the bulletin board SENIORS
outside the Administration building.
The WRHS Seniors are going to be busy this year, so
Career Planning we felt it would be helpful to have a monthly reminder
There have been several questions about College of activities they should be doing to get ready for
admission requirements. All students need to be aware college. Seniors also need to make sure that they meet
of what classes they have completed and what grades the graduation requirement of successfully completing
they have received in those classes. Universities Algebra 1 or equivalent, and pass the CAHSEE.
generally will not accept any grades below a C. If your Seniors will also be required to complete a Senior
student is planning to attend a UC or CSU university Project. The details of the Senior Project will be
following high school graduation they need to be reviewed in English classes. The Senior Project
familiar with the classes that are required for admission Handbook was passed out to students in their English
to these campuses. Students can visit the following class during the week of 9/26. For further information
websites for guidance: you may contact Ms. Siqueiros who is the Coordinator
www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions of the Senior Projects. Her email is
These websites are also where students need to go to
complete admission applications for either the UC or October
CSU systems. If your student plans to attend a private ●Take the SAT reasoning or ACT with writing. and
SAT subject test, if necessary.
●Work on Admissions application essays IMPORTANT DATES:
●Contact your top college choices. If possible visit the
campus. August-October CELDT testing for EL students
●Find out which financial aid applications your college
choices require and when the forms are due.
October 4th Booster Club meeting at 6:00 pm in the WRHS
●Start working on your college applications. They are staff lounge
due next month. The deadline for the UC and CSU
applications is November 30th. October 5th, 12th, Collaborative Days
●Ask for letter of recommendations. Ask teachers, 19th, 26th Students dismissed at 1:30 pm
counselors, coaches, and employers that know your October 14th End of 1st Quarter
“excellent work and know you as a good student and
Home Coming Football Game vs. Buhach HS
●Athletes planning to go to college need to register October 15th PSAT (only 150 spots) 7:30-12 pm in the WRHS
with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse at cafeteria
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net or www.ncaa.org October 16th ELAC meeting at 6:00pm in the Counselor
Parent Institute at 7:00pm
October 20th Renaissance meeting at 2:45 in the WRHS
October 25th 1st quarter Report Cards mailed home
November 11th Veteran’s Day—NO SCHOOL
November 23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday—NO SCHOOL
December 21st End of 1st Semester