September 16 2018

Week of 09.17.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

The official start of Fall is just a week away!  With Fall nearing that also means our first set of Parent Teacher Conferences are also just around the corner. Believe it or not, Parent Teacher Conferences are less than a month away! We will have conferences on October 10th from 4-7 pm and October 11th from 4:30-7:30. Conferences will be arena style in our gym. This means that you will have an opportunity to talk with each of your child’s teachers for about 3-4 minutes. In order to make conferences as efficient as possible for families, we will be having families sign up for half-hour time slots. We will soon be sending out a sign-up for time slots. Please look out for this email. If you need to contact teachers prior to conferences, you are always welcome to email teachers with questions or concerns.

 

Student Drop-off

Parents and Guardians, I know that all of us want to protect the safety of our precious students and ensure that our school drop off is safe and efficient. We have had a few near misses lately with students getting out of cars or crossing the street. When you are dropping off in the morning, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Drive slowly and stay alert. Please do not begin driving as you are watching your student walk away from your car.
  • Pay attention to the crosswalk and traffic monitors and follow all signals. It does take some time to get everyone in to drop off and we all need to be patient.
  • Please be kind and respectful by always pulling all the way to the end of the hug and go lane for drop off and always filling in all spaces on both sides of the lane.
  • When dropping off on the left side of the hug and go lane, please have students exit your car from the driver’s side door so they are not stepping in front of cars.
  • Please do your best to make sure that your student is ready to hop out of the car when you get into the hug and go lane so we can keep traffic moving.

Thank you for your help with keeping student drop off safe and efficient for everyone!

New Health Clerk

This past Friday we said good-bye and wished well to Cheryl Young-Beumer our Health Clerk for many years at Westlake.  Cheryl is heading into her retirement and we are so exited to hear about her many adventures in this new phase of life.  She will be missed.

Please help me in welcoming our new Health Clerk, Kara Dawdy, to Westlake Middle School!  Ms. Dawdy brings with her a wealth of experience in our district and will be a wonderful addition to our school community.  She has been briefed in the various needs of our students and if you wish to contact her directly please feel free to e-mail her.  Kara.k.dawdy@adams12.org

2018-2019 WLMS Check Drive

WLMS PTO Check Drive is off to a great start!  So far we have collected $6700 for our school community!  Thank you all so much for your support of our school community.  This money helps to support efforts to improve and enhance the learning opportunities for students.

In lieu of Read-a-Thon, we will be doing a check drive this fall.  100% of your donation goes to the PTO, directly benefiting WLMS.  Donations can be made on-line, via check or cash and are 100% tax deductible.  Please request a tax receipt by emailing westlakepto@yahoo.com.

Suggested amount is $25 per student, but any donation makes a difference!

For each $25 donated, you will get one raffle ticket and can win one of the following prizes:  Gift cards, WLMS spirit wear, Grand prize – 3 chromebooks (limit one per family)

Our goal is to raise $10,000!  Reaching our goal will help us fund these plus many more school requests:

  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Parent Teacher Conference Meals
  • Student of the Month Breakfast 
  • Bully Prevention Luncheon

As a special thank you, families who contribute will get their name on a paper wolverine and displayed near the main office!

Make checks payable to Westlake Middle School PTO, complete the attached form and deliver both to the front office OR complete this on-line Google form and pay via PayPal:

 

https://goo.gl/4bymiG

Questions?  Please direct them to our PTO email: westlakepto@yahoo.com.

For more information on the check drive, visit our website at

https://asciangu.wixsite.com/westlakepto/copy-of-events

 

Have a wonderful last week of Summer!

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake MIddle School

September 9 2018

Week of 09.10.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

The WLMS Transitional Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has had a successful start!  In the classrooms I’m seeing students engage in work both with and without their devices that is enhancing their learning experience.  At Westlake we are committeed to the combination of pen and paper learning and learning using technology.  Ultimately, we want students to be challenged in their learning and making at least one year’s growth in each of their classes.  The use of technology is a tool to help support student growth.

Students having access to technology is different than when we as the adults were growing up for the most part.  As a parent myself I’m constantly learning about where and how to set various boundaries around technology to ensure my own children are learning, growing, and healthy.  I came across this article below from Common Sense Media that I wanted to share with you regarding screen time.  I hope this article is helpful to you as it was to me!

School-Year Screen-Time Rules

 

2018-2019 WLMS Check Drive

WLMS PTO Check Drive Starts today!  In lieu of Read-a-Thon, we will be doing a check drive this fall.  100% of your donation goes to the PTO, directly benefiting WLMS.  Donations can be made on-line, via check or cash and are 100% tax deductible.  Please request a tax receipt by emailing westlakepto@yahoo.com.

Suggested amount is $25 per student, but any donation makes a difference!

For each $25 donated, you will get one raffle ticket and can win one of the following prizes:  Gift cards, WLMS spirit wear, Grand prize – 3 chromebooks (limit one per family)

Our goal is to raise $10,000!  Reaching our goal will help us fund these plus many more school requests:

  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Parent Teacher Conference Meals
  • Student of the Month Breakfast 
  • Bully Prevention Luncheon

As a special thank you, families who contribute will get their name on a paper wolverine and displayed near the main office!

Make checks payable to Westlake Middle School PTO, complete the attached form and deliver both to the front office OR complete this on-line Google form and pay via PayPal:

 

https://goo.gl/4bymiG

Questions?  Please direct them to our PTO email: westlakepto@yahoo.com.

For more information on the check drive, visit our website at

https://asciangu.wixsite.com/westlakepto/copy-of-events

Checking Students Out From the Office

The safety of your children in our school is of the utmost importance to us.  One process we use to support the safety of children in our school is in how students can be checked out from the office during the school day.  As a reminder, if you need to pick up your child early from school we ask that you ring the bell at the front door and have your picture ID handy for us to verify.  The front office will verify your information against our records and retrieve your child from class.  Thank you for your partnership in this process to ensure the safety of our school community.

Join us for PTO!

Our first meeting of the year is scheduled this Wednesday at 6:30pm in the library and we would love to see you there!  Come join us to hear about all the exciting ways parents can be involved in our school community.  We value our partnerships with parents and guardians a great deal and look forward to our work together this year in supporting your children in their learning!

Tired of waiting in the long line to pick up or drop off your child?

The traffic around Westlake can sometimes be a little trying in the mornings and the afternoons.  If waiting in the long lines to get into the Hug and Go lane on the North side of the building or going around the parking lot on the East side has become challenging consider possibly dropping your child off along 135th Avenue or along Westlake Drive.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions about our morning and afternoon traffic please feel free to reach out to our Campus Supervisor, Chris Laws, at christopher.g.laws@adams12.org.  Thank you for your support around making our pick-up and drop-off times a little easier for everyone!

 

New Faces at WLMS!

We have a couple new staff members who have joined our school community.  Laureana Ledezma is our new front office

Laureana Ledezma, Front Office Clerk

clerk and you will see her any time you come into the main office as her desk is the first one you see!  Ms. Ledezma is a Westlake alum and is so excited to be back at Westlake to serve the community she loves!

Rob Hicks, Student Monitor

Secondly, we have hired a Student Monitor, who works with our students in the lunch room, from among our parent ranks!  Rob Hicks has joined our school community in a new capacity and we are so excited to have him with us in this new way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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September 2 2018

Week of 09.03.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I hope that you enjoyed the additional time added to the weekend.  At Westlake we are seeing some amazing learning already happening which is so exciting!  Last week I was fortunate to see our 8th graders working through a review of solving multi-step equations as well as our 7th graders demonstrating their knowledge on MAPs assessments.  We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with your children every day and we thank you for entrusting us with them!

This past week I also came across a blog post out of Philadelphia that reminded me of how much our children observe and model our behavior as adults.  While this blog is about the role of fathers in developing literacy skills in children it really shares a message for all of us as adults in our roles in modeling what we want for our children.  I hope you enjoy this blog post!

The Role of Fathers in Developing the Next Generation of Readers and Dreamers

 

“Remember that you are the windows through which your children see this world. Take notice of yourself and the things that you do in hopes that your example will stir their hearts and souls!”
Rayfield Wright, NFL Hall of Famer

Watch DOGS

We are very excited to share that Westlake Middle School will be using the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program again this year!  Watch DOGS is a nationally recognized program from the National Center For Fathering, that helps men in the community connect with schools through volunteer service.


If you are interested in more information please join us for our kickoff night and pizza by RSVP’ing to Mr.Austin.  If you are unable to attend our fall kickoff but would like to be involved, just send Mr. Austin an email noting so with contact information.

Danny L. Austin
8th Grade Counselor
Westlake Middle School
720-972-5213

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake MIddle School

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August 26 2018

Week of 08.27.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This past Friday we had our first all school assembly and it was a blast!  The agenda was full of energy boosting fun competitions with students and staff.  Our staff band shared a message with students through performing “Stand By Me.”  What a great way to start off of the school year!  Check out a portion of the staff performance below and follow me on Twitter:

Staff Performance

As parents it can be very challenging to raise children and middle school can be especially challenging.  Please know that at Westlake we are dedicated to supporting your child as a team with you, the parent, in order to produce the best possible outcomes.  I came across a resource that may be helpful to you and give you ideas on how to successfully navigate your child’s middle school experience.  Check out the link below from Parent Toolkit for creating your own customized kit.

Back to School Kit- Parent Toolkit

Thank you for your partnership and for sharing your children with us.  We are very fortunate to be a part of a school community as special as the one around Westlake Middle School!

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August 19 2018

Week of 08.20.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

From talking to many students and parents it sounds like the first few days have been a success!  Students have already been engaged in various learning across the school from collaborating on solving break out boxes (think escape room, but in the form of a box on the box), reading and playing rhythms in music, getting to know one another and classroom expectations through various activities, and so much more!  We are so fortunate to spend each day with your children.  Thank you so much for sharing them with us at Westlake.

Over the summer I heard a newscast on Colorado Public Radio that got me thinking and I’d like to share it with you.  Recently, a parent in our community brought this same newscast up as we were talking about technology and school.  I hope you find something useful from this for you and your family.

Follow this link to listen to the newscast.

 

Welcome our New Campus Supervisor!

Across the district all the middle schools were given a new position called Campus Supervisor in order to support our efforts around school safety.  The Campus Supervisor is a person who serves our school community by ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and campus.  We are extremely fortunate to have hired Chris Laws for this position!  Mr. Laws comes to our school community with a wealth of experience as a retired law enforcement officer with Adams County having served most recently as a Commander.  He has a heart for students and ensuring their safety in our school.  If you see Mr. Laws please be sure to stop by and say “hello.”

WLMS Wolverines Spirit Wear Store

Our wonderful PTO has set up a Spirit Wear store online and it is now open.  Check out the link below and stock up on your WLMS gear!

WLMS Spirit Wear Store

 

Mark Your Calendars!  Back to School Night and BBQ

This Wednesday is our Back to School Night and BBQ!   Parents and Guardians will have the opportunity to see each of your child’s teachers by running through your child’s schedule.  There will be two time frames available to you to go through your child’s schedule so please join us for the time frame that fits best for your schedule.  Please see the outline of the schedule below:

4:30-5:45 – Opportunity #1 to go through your child’s schedule

5:30-6:30 – BBQ- come enjoy some delicious food and chat with members of our school community

6:15-7:30 – Opportunity #2 to go through your child’s schedule

As you will be following your child’s schedule please take a moment to login to the parent portal on Infinite Campus so you know what schedule you are following.  Sixth grade parents, your child will receive their full schedule on the 22nd so be looking for that piece coming home.   This is a great opportunity to make sure you have what you need in terms of accessing Infinite Campus.  If you have any trouble with this or don’t have a login for Infinite Campus yet please reach out to Jeanne Morrison at 720.972.5200.

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

 

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August 12 2018

Week of 08.13.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the first week of school for the 2018-2019 school year!  We are so excited to welcome students to school on Wednesday.  Staff have been busy at work preparing the learning environment for students.  There is tremendous positive energy in the air at Westlake as we anxiously await the arrival of students!  We are grateful to be welcoming your children to school this week and know that through our partnership with you this looks to be the best year yet at Westlake.

For those of you new to Westlake my communication with you through this blog happens on a weekly basis.  On the top right hand corner you will see a yellow “post it” note that will link you to important upcoming events for the week.  You can also access past postings to this blog through the sidebar on the right.  I have linked a recent communication to families in a post titled “Welcome Back” so please check this link in the event you didn’t receive this recent communication.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me via phone or e-mail.

720.972.5200

rachel.e.heide@adams12.org

Schedule for Wednesday

Please note that there is a special schedule for students on Wednesday for their first day.  We will not be serving lunch on this day, but there will be transportation services for students who utilize this district service.  Thursday and Friday will be full days of school for all students on a normal schedule.  Please see the schedule for Wednesday below:

  • 6th Grade- 8:30am- 11:15am
  • 7th and 8th Grade- 11:30am-2:15pm

Transitional Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Over the past several months we have been sharing some communication with you in preparation for the transitional BYOD initiative at Westlake.  As you may know, students are encouraged to bring an approved device (see below) for use in the classroom.  The use of these devices is not to replace good teaching but to help teachers and students have access to learning strategies and experiences that this technology allows.  The plan is that teachers will use device-based strategies about 50% of the time while still mixing in more traditional methods of instruction.

Students and families who choose not to buy or bring a device will still be able to check one out on a class by class basis.  The learning experience should be the same for kids with and without a device, but the kids with a device will have the added convenience of being able to personalize their device, use it at home, get familiar with one device and develop the responsibility of taking care of one.  In addition, families who bring/buy a device have a shortened supply list.

This is an initiative that has broad support from both our staff and parent community.  We are excited for the opportunities this initiative opens for your students.

Supply List and Device Criteria (English)

Supply List and Device Criteria (Spanish)

 

WLMS Wolverines Spirit Wear Store

Our wonderful PTO has set up a Spirit Wear store online and it is now open.  Check out the link below and stock up on your WLMS gear!

WLMS Spirit Wear Store

 

Mark Your Calendars!  Back to School Night and BBQ

Please join us on August 22nd for our Back to School Night and BBQ!  For those of you who have been with us in previous years for our Back to School Night we will running the evening slightly differently.  Parents and Guardians will have the opportunity to see each of your child’s teachers by running through their schedule.  There will be two time frames available to you to go through your child’s schedule so please join us for the time frame that fits best for your schedule.  Please see the outline of the schedule below:

4:30-5:45 – Opportunity #1 to go through your child’s schedule

5:30-6:30 – BBQ- come enjoy some delicious food and chat with members of our school community

6:15-7:30 – Opportunity #2 to go through your child’s schedule

As you will be following your child’s schedule please take a moment to login to the parent portal on Infinite Campus so you know what schedule you are following.  Sixth grade parents, your child will receive their full schedule on the 22nd so be looking for that piece coming home.   This is a great opportunity to make sure you have what you need in terms of accessing Infinite Campus.  If you have any trouble with this or don’t have a login for Infinite Campus yet please reach out to Jeanne Morrison at 720.972.5200.

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

 

 

 

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May 20 2018

Week of 05.21.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

We’ve arrived at the last week of school, believe or not!  Over the course of this school year I’ve seen such incredible growth in our students both in academics and also as individuals.  As we close out the school year it is important to reflect on our experiences from this year and our lessons learned.  We are so thankful for such an amazing parent/guardian community that supports our school in amazing ways.

PTO Raises $16,000!

A HUGE shoutout to the Westlake PTO who raises $16k with the first Color Fun Run!  The PTO has set aside this money to support the technology efforts at Westlake.

Thank you, PTO, for your overwhelming support of our school community!

Resources for Summer Success

Check out this video series from Parent Toolkit on creating a successful summer for your child and avoiding the dreaded summer slip.

Summer Success Video Series

Have a wonderful summer!

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May 13 2018

Week of 05.14.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Friday’s Color Fun Run was a huge success!  Students enjoyed all the festivities of the event especially when the color blasts happened.  As students came back into the building after the Color Fun Run they were certainly covered in color and with lots of laughter and smiles.  Our school community certainly made lasting memories through this event!

A HUGE shout out to our wonderful PTO for putting on this very successful and fun event.  We are so grateful to have such a supportive and dedicated group of parents supporting our school community.  Thank you, Westlake PTO, for your hard work and effort around the Color Fun Run.

Wolverines Image Revealed

Our school community voted and the results are in for the main image to represent the WLMS Wolverines!  Students received an e-mail regarding this reveal at the end of last week so feel free to check out that communication as well. Thank you for your support through this process in identifying a new mascot and image.  Check out the student newspaper for an article about this process!

 

Meet the Music Department

Over a week ago I sent out a communication inviting parents and students to join us Monday at 6:30pm to meet the new music teachers to WLMS.  As you may recall, both Mr. Gill and Mr. Di Nuovo are retiring at the end of this school year.  We have hired a new Band teacher as well as a Choir teacher to join our current Orchestra teacher, Mrs. Dunford, in the WLMS Music Department.  Please join us for an informal meet and greet on Monday at 6:30pm to meet our music department.

 

End of Year Awards and Final Days Schedules

In just over a week we will be hosting the End of Awards for all grade levels.  Please note that as a district, middle schools no longer hold Continuation ceremonies for 8th grade.  However, parents/guardians are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.  Below is the schedule and time for the various awards and last days of school:

  • Monday May 21- All students @ school
    • 7th Grade Field Day
    • 8th Grade Swim Day
  • Tuesday May 22- No School for 6th and 7th Grades
    • 8th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 10am
  • Wednesday May 23rd- No School for 8th Grade; last day for 6th and 7th Grades
    • 7th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 8:45am
    • 6th Grade Awards Ceremony @ 12:50pm

Parent Survey Data

Thank you for providing your feedback and insights regarding our school and district processes.  Parents now have access to this information which can be found by following the link below.  We gained tremendous insight on how to improve at WLMS to provide your children and even better learning experience.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Parent Survey Access

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May 6 2018

Week of 05.07.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Well, it is officially May now and the end of the school year is getting larger in the view minute by minute.  There is still considerable learning to be done in the classroom and at home which can seem daunting when the weather and other Spring/Summer time activities fracture our kids’ focus.  If you’re interested in looking at ways to help your child focus on the tasks at hand check out this article from Parent Toolkit.

How to Get Kids to Focus

Color Fun Run- Don’t miss out on the party! No running required

There is still time to register for the Color Fun Run which is happening this Friday the 11th.  Did you know that this will be like a giant party out on the track?  Students do not have to run to participate.  Students can hang out with friends, chat, watch others, and join in on the fun in a way that fits for each person!  All a student has to do is register! All students who want to participate can and if the registration fee is a problem please see a staff member and we will help get your child set up to participate.  Kona Ice will be here on Friday during this event as well as a DJ!  This is going to be a fantastic event so don’t miss out!

Register Here

 

Coffee with the Principal

Come join Dr. Heide this week for the final Coffee with the Principal of the year!  We will be meeting at 9:30am.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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