March 17 2019

Week of 03.18.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This week begins our annual CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) testing.  This is a great opportunity for students to shine and show what they know…..which is a lot!  We are excited to support our students around CMAS and look forward to seeing the huge amounts of progress they have made over the year.  We want students to do their best and we also want them to not feel unnecessary stress around testing.  Please take a moment to click on the article link below about testing tips and review the 7th grade CMAS testing schedule for this week.  If possible, please make every effort to have your child at school for testing as make-up testing can be challenging.  We certainly understand illness occurs and if your child is sick please keep them home.

Testing Tips

7th Grade CMAS Testing-

Tuesday- ELA 1 8:40am-10:40am; ELA 2 1:40pm- 3:40pm

Wednesday- Math 1 8:40am-9:55am; Math 2  12:30pm-1:40pm

Thursday- ELA 3 8:40am-10:40am; Math 3 1:30pm-2:40pm

 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the school.  We are so proud of our students and know they will do wonderfully on CMAS and finishing the school year strong!

 

2nd Annual Color Fun Run!  Register today!

Don’t forget to get signed up for the Color Fun Run!  There is still time to get in on the best price of season for registering so be sure to register today.  If your child would like to participate and you’re experiencing financial hardships please contact the WLMS counseling department and we can help support you in getting a scholarship for this fun event.  You definitely don’t want to miss out!

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

  • Wear Green Today!!!!
  • Robotics Club @ 7:45am
  • Galatic Core Field Trip
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45
  • Peru Travel Group Meeting @ 4:15pm

 

  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • Avenger Core Field Trip
  • 7th Grade CMAS ELA 
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Meeting @ 4:15pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • 7th Grade CMAS Testing- Math
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm
  • 5th Grade Open House @ 4:15pm

 

  • NaNoWriMo Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • 7th Grade CMAS Testing- ELA and Math
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Table Top Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 7:30am
  • Student of the Month Breakfast @ 7:30am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Spring Picture Day!
  • Fusion Core Field Trip
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Happy Spring Break!  See you on April 2nd

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

March 10 2019

Week of 03.11.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

I hope you remembered to move your clocks forward an hour for Daylight Savings!   It is hard to believe that Spring is officially just around the corner.  We’ve got a lot of exciting events coming up including our Color Fun Run!  Registration is now live and during the month of March is the cheapest registration fee of the season.  If you are in need of financial assistance and your child would like to participate there are scholarships available so please see one of the counselors or call the main office for more information. Don’t miss out on this annual event!

Community Safety Night

The district is putting on a Community Safety Night March 13th.  Come to this special event to learn about the various processes in the district to keep students safe.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the school or district.

 

 

 

Breakfast in the Cafeteria Available!

Students, come join us in the A La Carte Cafe for Breakfast We serve from 8:00AM-8:30 AM Breakfast is just $1.80 and remember if your student is on free or reduced lunch, breakfast is free. Al La Carte items are also available for purchase.

Pay It Forward- Book Adoption

The Sixth Grade Language Arts Department has applied for book approval of Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the “Young Readers Edition.”  The story is about twelve-year-old Trevor who is challenged by his social studies teacher to come up with a plan to impact the world.  He develops a “pay it forward” strategy in which an individual does something kind for someone else and then asks them to do the same for three other people.  The book is considered historical fiction since it is based upon the author’s experience of having been helped out of a dangerous situation.

The purpose of requiring the reading of this book is to help students focus on their “charity” argument project in Unit 6,  addressing the schools’ vision for all students: “Igniting a passion for learning and service; Dream, Risk, Achieve,” as well as a foundation for social, emotional learning which is a focus of the District 12 “Elevate” program.

The book will be available at Westlake for you to look at from March 11 – 19, as part of the approval process.  Please feel free to contact your child’s Language Arts teacher with any questions.

Upcoming Events

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  • Robotics Club @ 7:45am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45

 

  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Club 3:16 @ 3:45
  • Early Release Day
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm
  • Parent/Guardian Wellness night @ LHS @6:30pm

 

  • NaNoWriMo Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • 8th Grade Spring Musical
  • 8th Grade Band Festival
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Table Top Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 7:30am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • DHH Field Trip
  • Battle of the Books @ Lunch
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Battle of the Books @ 2:15pm
  • Saturday School Tomorrow!

 

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March 3 2019

Week of 03.04.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

If you’re anything like me as a parent you may constantly be trying to figure out how to find the balance of time on and off technology with your kids.  I recently came across an organization called Cultures of Dignity that sent out an interesting article about this exact issue.  I hope you find something meaningful for yourself and your family in this article.  Click the link below.

Bridging the Technology Gap

WLMS Color Fun Run

We Are LIVE! Registration is OPEN for you to sign up your student(s) for the 2019 WLMS PTO Color Fun Run on Friday May 10th, 2019 (the event is during school – at school). This event was a huge success last year! We had over 800 students participate AND we raised $16,000 for the school.

* New this year – Round 1 Registration is called – MARCH MADNESS! In the month of March you get the LOWEST REGISTRATION PRICE AVAILABLE ($20) and your student is guaranteed an event t-shirt.  *Note if you signed up as a Family/Friends Sponsor you do not need to register again.

Sign up today – https://goo.gl/forms/XVIYNjPUCq6f9CRx2
*This offer will end March 31, 2019.

 

WLMS Needs you!  Testing Volunteers

Please consider volunteering during PARCC testing.  We are looking for adults to be stationed in the various hallways, with a chair.  Your main objective will be to assist us with noise control and maintaining a good testing atmosphere.  You are welcome to bring a book during those times when the halls are not active.  please see the following dates and times needed.

As always, thank you in advance for all your support!

Upcoming Events

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  • Robotics Club @ 7:45am- CANCELLED
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45
  • Legacy HS Info Night @ LHS 6:30pm

 

  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Meeting @ 3:45pm
  • 7th/8th Grade Choir Concert @ 7pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Battle of the Books School Battle @ lunch time
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm
  • 7th/8th Grade Band Concert @ 7pm

 

  • NaNoWriMo Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS Meeting @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Table Top Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • 7th/8th Grade Orchestra Concert @ 7pm
  • Math Counts @ 7:30am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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February 24 2019

Week of 02.25.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

March begins this week which is hard to believe!  Your children have been hard at work learning and making huge strides towards gaining at least one year’s growth or more in their learning.  Students recently took MAPs tests which we use to help us to gauge student learning and growth.  These tests are given in Math and Language Arts and I would encourage you to talk with your child about the progress they made.  It is important when having these conversations to help support children in setting goals and understanding the importance of growth over time. Please feel free to reach out the school and/or your child’s Language Arts or Math teacher for more information about MAPs results.

Your Pie PTO Dineout

Please join us on Thursday, February 28th from 5-9pm at Your Pie at 14342 Lincoln Street Thornton, Colorado 80023 for the final WLMS Dine-out for the school year.  15% of total sales comes back to WLMS PTO. Hope to see you there!

 

NJHS Food Drive

Our NJHS members decided to get involved with the Broomfield FISH program to help bring in food for their shelves.  Broomfield FISH is an organization that helps families in Broomfield get their everyday food supply.  We are going to be doing a food drive this week (Feb. 25th -Mar. 1st) to help support our community!   Any non-perishable food items will be accepted and greatly appreciated! The biggest need is for canned meats and tuna, cereal, and juice, but anything else would be great!
Please help us promote this with your students! The top core of the school will receive a reward.  The students can put food in any of their core teachers classrooms.

CMAS Testing is coming!

CMAS testing is coming up in March and April. This assessment is an important way for us to get information about what how our students are learning and meeting state standards. 7th grade testing is March 19th through the 21st. 8th grade is April 4th, 5th and 8th for math and language arts, and April 15th and 16th for science. 6th grade testing is on April 9th, 11th and 12th. The full schedule with times is posted on our website. We ask that you please keep these dates in mind when scheduling any appointments that might keep your student out of school. We thank you for your cooperation and partnership in this effort!

 

 

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

  • Robotics Club @ 7:45am
  • 8th Graders- High School Registration
  • WLMS Food Drive
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45
  • Travel Club @ 4pm

 

  • WLMS Food Drive
  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Club 3:16 @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Practice @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • WLMS Food Drive
  • 7th Graders- Registration Materials Due
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm

 

  • WLMS Food Drive
  • 6th Graders- Registration Materials Due
  • NaNoWriMo Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Running Club @ 8am
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Table Top Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Your Pie PTO Dineout!
  • Math Counts @ 7:30am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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February 17 2019

Week of 02.18.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

A huge thank you to our wonderful PTO for supporting the staff of Westlake during Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) by providing a delicious meal!   It was a real pleasure to chat with parents/guardians during PTC and continue to nurture our partnerships for the benefits the children in our care.  Thank you for taking the time to join as at Westlake for PTC and if you weren’t able to attend and would like to chat with your child’s teachers feel free to reach out to us.

Your Pie Dine Out!

Please join us on Thursday, February 28th from 5-9pm at Your Pie at 14342 Lincoln Street Thornton, Colorado 80023 for the final WLMS Dine-out for the school year.  15% of total sales comes back to WLMS PTO. Hope to see you there!

School Accountability Committee Meeting

Join us this Wednesday for the SAC meeting at 4:15pm in our library.  We will be looking at how we are investing fundraised money, 2016 Bond Project update, and answer questions parents may have.  Please feel free to reach out to the school with any questions.  See you on Wednesday!

 

Upcoming Events

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  • President's Day- No School

 

  • NAEP Testing Today
  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Club 3:16 @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Practice @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Meeting @ 4pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • 8th Grade Registration for Current 7th Graders
  • Battle of the Books- Fantasy/Sci Fi Battle during lunches
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm
  • School Accountability Committee @ 4:15pm

 

  • NaNoWriMo Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Table Top Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • High School Student Panel @ 6:30pm
  • Math Counts @ 7:30am
  • Student of the Month Breakfast @ 7:30am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Saturday School tomorrow!

 

Westlake Middle School Staff

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February 10 2019

Week of 02.11.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

We are looking forward to seeing you this week at our Parent Teacher Conferences!  This is a great opportunity for us to partner together around your child and determine how we can best support them as a team.  The Parent Toolkit has a nice article on the differences of conferences at the middle school level from elementary as well as a “checklist” for when conference time has arrived.  Check out the article below and we look forward to seeing you later this week.

Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are 4-8 pm on February 13th and 1:30-4 pm on February 14th. Conferences will be in an arena format in the Westlake gym, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a half hour time slot when you will be able to speak with all of your child’s teachers for about 3-4 minutes each. Please look for an email sent last week with a link to sign up for a 1/2 our time slot on the 13th or 14th. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Save the Date! Color Fun Run Coming Soon!

Did your child have fun at the 2018 Inaugural Westlake PTO Middle School Color Fun Run?  This was such a successful event that we decided to do it again!  $16,000 raised!
SAVE THE DATE – May 10th, 2019.  Early Bird Registration begins in March!  This is a STUDENT ONLY event.  Early Bird Registration is the best deal at $20.00 per student which includes guaranteed t-shirt.  Money raised will go towards technology at WLMS.

Current Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.  You can also access this information and the full calendar on the yellow sticky note above.

 

  • Book Fair Open! 8am-4pm
  • Robotics Club @ 7:45am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm

 

  • Book Fair Open!  8am-4pm
  • Kids Who Code Club @ 7:40am
  • Battle of the Books @ lunch time
  • Girls Mindfulness Group @ 3:45pm
  • Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Club 3:16 @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Practice @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Book Fair Open!  8am-2:30pm and 4pm-8pm
  • Art Club @ 7:45am
  • Guitar Club @ 7:45am
  • Westlake Orchestra Academy @ 2:15pm
  • Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4pm-8pm

 

  • No School for Students
  • Parent Teacher Conferences @ 1:30pm-4pm
  • Book Fair Open! 1:30pm-4pm
  • No School for Students- Have a great weekend!
  • No School Monday- President's Day

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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February 3 2019

Week of 02.04.19

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Across our school and district (and in fact across the country), there has been a movement to better support and teach to areas of Social Emotional Learning (SEL).  Brain research has indicated the value of SEL in academic learning and over health and the results are compelling.  As parents, there are ways we can help support our children with SEL too!  Check out this article from Parent Toolkit about a parent’s guide to SEL.

Parent Teacher Conferences Coming Soon

Parent teacher conferences are 4-8 pm on February 13th and 1:30-4 pm on February 14th. Conferences will be in an arena format in the Westlake gym, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a half hour time slot when you will be able to speak with all of your child’s teachers for about 3-4 minutes each. Please look for an email on Thursday with a link to sign up for a 1/2 our time slot on the 13th or 14th. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Save the Date! Color Fun Run Coming Soon!

Did your child have fun at the 2018 Inaugural Westlake PTO Middle School Color Fun Run?  This was such a successful event that we decided to do it again!  $16,000 raised!
SAVE THE DATE – May 10th, 2019.  Early Bird Registration begins in March!  This is a STUDENT ONLY event.  Early Bird Registration is the best deal at $20.00 per student which includes guaranteed t-shirt.  Money raised will go towards technology at WLMS.

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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January 27 2019

Week of 01.28.19

Dear Westlake School Community:

I’m really looking forward to this week!  On Tuesday, we will be hosting the other middle school principals as we all work together to learn how to best implement teaching and learning practices for the best interest of our students.  I’m excited to open up our doors to my district colleagues and also to the ideas that come from inviting others into our work.

Over the course of this year Westlake has been working on developing skills around inviting students into the learning process more through the use of identifying what students should know or be able to do by the end of the lesson, how students will know they are making progress in their learning, and the use of questioning strategies to elicit evidence of learning.  Ask you child(ren) about the learning targets and success criteria being used in their classrooms and how these elements

are helping their learning.  I’d love to hear what you find out as well!

 

Winter Social- Help Needed!

Save the Date! Westlake Winter Social (formerly known as the Winter Dance) is February 8th from 4-5:30pm. Kids will stay after school and will be picked up by parents outside school at 5:30pm. $5 gives you admission, 1 slice pizza, unlimited drinks, and 1 raffle ticket. Additional slices of pizza, snacks and photo booth are $1 and games are 50 cents! The kids won’t want to miss this fun event!
We also need some parent volunteers and donations to make the event a success.  Please follow the SUG link if you can help out!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4baea723a57-westlake7

Westlake Middle School Staff

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January 20 2019

Week of 01.21.19

Dear Westlake School Community:

Over the past several weeks I have spent time at Westlake and the district working with our district on our 2016 Bond Project plan.  Our school is slated to have a renovation this summer which includes items like replacing the corridor carpeting with tile, repairing/replacing various building systems, painting, and refreshing our inside main entry to name a few of the project line items.  In addition, we will be upgrading our classroom technology across the building which will begin in February of this year.  Your child(ren) will see these updates occurring over weekends and Spring Break starting in mid-February.  The technology upgrades will include an interactive white board and sound system that will most directly impact students in the classroom in enhancing their learning.   We are excited for the all the updates coming to our building and thank our community for passing the bond in 2016!

Winter Social- Help Needed!

Save the Date! Westlake Winter Social (formerly known as the Winter Dance) is February 8th from 4-5:30pm. Kids will stay after school and will be picked up by parents outside school at 5:30pm. $5 gives you admission, 1 slice pizza, unlimited drinks, and 1 raffle ticket. Additional slices of pizza, snacks and photo booth are $1 and games are 50 cents! The kids won’t want to miss this fun event!
 
We also need some parent volunteers and donations to make the event a success.  Please follow the SUG link if you can help out!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4baea723a57-westlake7

 

WLMS 3v3 Basketball Tournament Registration is Open!

Follow the link to register!

https://form.jotform.com/83523710772153

  • $60 per team, 3-5 players (no combined grade teams)
  • Registration Deadline: January 25th
  • Admissions: $5 (kids 5 and under Free)
  • Concessions Available for purchase

Questions?

Contact Mary Despain @ 720.666.2391 or mary.despain@gmail.com

We can accommodate conflicting sports schedules!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS A NEW SOUND SYSTEM IN WLMS GYM

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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January 13 2019

Week of 01.14.19

Westlake School Community:

What a great start the second semester of this school year!  The Spring Semester always seems to fly by to me and before we know it, it’s May!  I know we have all heard this from others and maybe even say it/recognize it ourselves, but time truly does fly by and in a blink of an eye our children are graduating high school or college or accepting that first job!  Let’s take the time to savor the moments of childhood our kids are experiencing and hold on to the memories being made.

Please know that I value your insights and input.   Feel free to reach out to me any time through phone or e-mail.

720.972.5200

rachel.e.heide@adams12.org

 

WLMS 3v3 Basketball Tournament Registration is Open!

Follow the link to register!

https://form.jotform.com/83523710772153

  • $60 per team, 3-5 players (no combined grade teams)
  • Registration Deadline: January 25th
  • Admissions: $5 (kids 5 and under Free)
  • Concessions Available for purchase

Questions?

Contact Mary Despain @ 720.666.2391 or mary.despain@gmail.com

We can accommodate conflicting sports schedules!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS A NEW SOUND SYSTEM IN WLMS GYM!

 

PTO Dine Out- Chipotle!

Forget about cooking dinner on Tuesday, January 15.  Join us at Chipotle on 120th and Sheridan to support Westlake.  33% of sales from 5:00 until 9:00 that day will come back to Westlake.  We know you will be hungry, but don’t forget to print the flyer before you head out.  If that happens, just pull out your digital device at checkout and open this newsletter   (LINK)   to flash the picture above. Taco Tuesday is super easy this week … YUMMY.

 

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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