• GETTING INVOLVED

     
      
     
    STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES 
     

    Clubs/Organizations 
    There are numerous reasons to get involved in one or more clubs or organizations on campus.  Colleges consider strongly a student’s well-roundedness and contributions to his/her school for admission and scholarship consideration.  In addition, it helps students feel connected to school and friends, and it fosters positive socialization.  With more than 40 clubs and organizations, Westside has numerous opportunities for students to get involved.  

     

    Athletic-Oriented Programs

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Cheerleading

    Cross Country

    Dance

    Drill Team

    Football

    Golf

    Lacrosse

     Soccer

    Softball

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track

    Volleyball

    Water Polo

    Wrestling

     

     

     

     
    View more information on our athletic programs.  
     
     

    Performing and Visual Art Programs

    Band

    Ceramics

    Choir

    Computer Animation

    Dance

    Digital Photo Art

    Drawing

    Jazz Band

    Orchestra

    JROTC Rifle Team

    Sculpture

    Thespians

     

    Student Council
    Student Council is centralized with the exception of the Senior Class. There are five officer positions which will act as the leadership body for the Student Government organization as well as both standing and event-related committees. While still part of Student Council, the Senior Class will act largely as a separate entity with its own President and officers.

    Attention! 
    Please keep in mind that Westside High School is unable to accept checks. When paying for club items, dues, etc. please use a money order or cash.
     

     
    PARENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Westside High School Parent Teacher Organization
    Welcome! A new year is here, and we invite you to stay involved. The objective of the PTO is to enhance the overall educational experience of all Westside students. The PTO assists with volunteer time and financial resources. We help in some of the following areas: staff appreciation, scholarships, enhanced teaching materials/supplies, and campus beautification. We provide volunteers to help wherever needed including UIL competitions, in the bookroom and library, Homecoming and more. We also sponsor the Back-to-School Bash and the Westside Wire (in-home newsletter). We also award ten $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors each year. Join by November 1 to be eligible for the current year.

     Ready to support your student through PTO involvement?  Here is how:

    • Join the PTO - See the membership form in the First Day Packet or on the PTO website.
    • Attend PTO Meetings -- Generally the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. in the Library.  Reminders will appear in the school e-newsletter.  See you there!
    • Participate in the PTO's Dollars for Scholars campaign. Even if you cannot give of your time,  lend your monetary support through our "write a check" program. It's easy. You will find the form at our website or again, in the First Day Packet.
    • We look forward to meeting you and working as partners in the success of all students at Westside High School. 

    Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)
    There are a host of volunteer needs at Westside, and we welcome all interested individuals and business partners to participate in our VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools) program.  Volunteering is a great way to be an active participant in your child’s educational experience.  It is a known fact that schools with an active volunteer base are more successful than those without this support.  We encourage you to give of your time and expertise to help contribute to the success of all Westside students.

    To begin volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form found in the forms packet along with the HISD background check form.  This will help us match your interests with the needs of the school.  As our main method of communication is by e-mail, it is very important that we have an accurate e-mail address.  Return these forms to the Main Office at the school.  When you come to the school to volunteer, please check in at the welcome desk or Main Office and wear an ID badge.  If you will be a recurring volunteer, you may have an ID badge made in the attendance office after the first two weeks of school.

    Here is a sampling of areas where Westside needs your help:  Library, Book Room, Tutoring, Food and Baked Goods, Landscaping, Homecoming, Attendance Office and Football Ticket Sales.  Many other areas are listed on the Volunteer Interest Form.   For further information, contact our VIPS Coordinator. 

    Athletic Booster Club (ABC)
    The Westside High School Athletic Booster Club (ABC) looks forward to another year of outstanding athletics.  During the school’s first 10 years, Westside teams have won numerous district championships, many post-season games, have had several individual state champions and one team state champion.  We wish each of the teams continued success this year and look forward to watching each of the over 1000 Westside student-athletes grow in their ability, their sportsmanship, and their character. 

    The ABC has two main goals. The first is to raise funds to supplement those provided by the school district so that our student-athletes have the facilities, coaching, and equipment needed to participate in a wide variety of sports in a safe and competitive manner. The ABC will also award scholarships to the Outstanding Student-Athletes named by the administration at the end of the school year. Our second goal is to help promote community awareness and involvement in Westside athletics. Once again, the ABC will publish the Westside Wolves Football programs and sponsor the Community Fun Run. We also maintain an ABC website, hold monthly meetings, and advance our organization at a variety of school events. 

    All profits from ABC fundraising events are shared with the sports participating in the fundraiser. This is a great way to help support your child’s team.  We encourage every parent to join the booster club and every team to get involved in selling both retail and spirit ads for our sports programs.

    We invite everyone to attend our monthly meetings held on the second Monday of every month at Westside High School and to visit our website at www.westsidehighsports.org. Make a commitment to your student, your school, and your community as we continue to promote a positive winning attitude in athletics.  

    Other Parent Groups
    There are other organized parent groups at WHS (Music Booster Club, Pride, etc.) who meet regularly to support extracurricular activities. Sponsors, coaches and teachers can always use help; please don’t hesitate to ask even if the organization does not have a formal parent group. 

    Shared Decision Making Committee
    The purpose of the Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) is to advise the principal on school issues, including the budget and staff development.  It is comprised of eight teachers, four non-instructional certified professionals, one non-instructional staff member, parents (selected by the PTO), community members (selected by the principal), students (selected by students), and the principal. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month, and are open to the public; however, only committee members may vote. If you would like an item added to the agenda, please email the school principal at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.