November 11 2018

Week of 11.12.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Monday, November, 12th, as a country we observe Veterans’ Day.  As a parent myself, it is easy to forget the reason for this day off from work and school with all the various things we have going on.  As I imagine your families have some sort of military connections or perhaps you are an active or retired member of the military, my family has a legacy of military connection and I’m pausing today to consider those who have and do serve to protect our country.  As my eldest daughter considers the possibility of military service after high school this Veterans’ Day takes on new meaning for me.  So, in typical Dr. Heide fashion I did some research on the history of Veterans’ Day to gain a greater sense of what this day of honoring means in historical context.  I came across a short video from The History Channel that I thought I would share with you.  It is designed for middle school and high school so would be appropriate to share with your children if you would like to.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Veterans’ Day

Feedback on $15,000 Investment

Thanks to the generous support of school through the PTO Check Drive we have money above and beyond our goal to invest in Westlake!  As a school we have identified three areas of priority that we would like to use the $15,000 for and would like your feedback on these priorities.  Staff were asked to prioritize  ways to invest this money that impacted as many students as possible.  Below are the three priorities identified:

  1. Water Bottle Filing Stations– our 2016 bond project will install 1-2 stations and this money would allow us do more
  2. Classroom Furniture- this money would allow us to provide classrooms with flexible furniture options or additions that best meet the diverse needs of our students
  3. Subscriptions-  this money would allow us to continue or add to subscriptions such as Newsela or Rocketlit which engages students in literacy based learning across the content areas

Your feedback and insight on how to best invest this money is important.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts through this Google Form regarding the priorities we identified for the $15,000.

New Building Entry System

As part of our security upgrades to the building we have moved the AiPhone which is the “doorbell” you’ve used previously to gain access to the building into the foyer between the double doors.  Please see the video below to see how this new system works.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at the school.

Entryway Video

Happy Thanksgiving!

Of the many things we are grateful for as a school community, we are most grateful for being given the opportunity to spend each day with your children.  Thank you for choosing Westlake for your children and for your partnership in shaping the next generation!  We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you after the break.

November 4 2018

Week of 11.05.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It is hard to believe that we have just two weeks until Thanksgiving Break!  I am reminded each and every day how grateful I am to work in the Westlake community.  Seeing students learning skills and applying learning in the classroom or greeting students in the hallways are those daily reminders to me of the amazing community in which I am so fortunate to serve.  Thank you for sending your children to us Westlake!  We are grateful for you trust and value your partnership.

 

Gifted and Talented Testing

Testing for 6th (only newly enrolled since September 10th), 7th and 8th grade students to be considered for Gifted and Talented identification will take place in December.  If you are interested in having your student tested, please visit the Gifted and Talented page on the Westlake website to access the two forms you need to submit no later than Monday, November 5th. Please contact either Michelle Cantwell or Christy Smith for further information.

School Accountability Committee (SAC)

Join us this Wednesday at 4:15pm in the library for our first SAC meeting of the year.  We will be reviewing our data from CMAS and discussing our goals and action steps we are taking to achieve the goals.  The parent/guardian role is critical to the success and achievement of our goals as a school so please consider joining us on Wednesday.  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Dr. Heide at 720.972.5200 or rachel.e.heide@adams12.org.

 

Choice Guidelines

District outlines deadlines for 2019-2020 Choice process
Submit application by January 31 st deadline for priority consideration

Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,500 Choice applications for the 2018-2019 school year. In accordance with the state’s open enrollment law, the district’s Choice program allows for students to apply to attend schools outside of their attendance area boundary.

Both in-district and out-of-district students can apply for Choice. Out-of-district Choice requests are considered after in-district requests. Acceptance to a Choice school is based on several criteria: availability of space, sufficient teaching staff, appropriate programs and the necessary facilities for special needs students.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools will publicize the schools open to Choice for the 2019-20 school year on December 1, 2018. The Choice application and list of open schools are available online at www.adams12.org/choice. For families without computer access, a computer kiosk is available at all schools and at the Educational Support Center located at 1500 E. 128 th Avenue in Thornton.

The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2019 and is not first-come, first-served. If the number of requests exceeds the spaces available in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Parents and students submitting an application for priority consideration will be notified of the results of their application no later than the third week of February. The second deadline to submit a Choice application for the 2019-2020 school year is March 30, 2019. As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available for priority consideration in a given school, the district will hold a lottery. Notification of approval or denial will be made no later than the third week of April.

In addition to the two deadlines above, in some years a third round of Choice may be held in August and September if space is available. Schools open to the third round of Choice will be posted online at www.adams12.org/choice by August 1st. While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will attend the same school. Families with children already attending schools that are not open to Choice are eligible to submit an application for their existing student to remain at the school or for younger siblings to attend the school with their older siblings.

The duration of a Choice placement is valid for all grades served by the school. For example, if a student attends a Choice elementary school, the approval is valid to the end of fifth grade, as long as there are no significant changes in that school’s enrollment or facilities. When a student transitions from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school, they must reapply for Choice. If they don’t, the student’s placement automatically reverts to their boundary school. Students that are approved for Choice are responsible for their own transportation.

Extended-day kindergarten
For traditional elementary schools, admissions to extended-day, tuition-based kindergarten (EDK) are not managed through our Choice Program but rather directly by each school with an EDK program. Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners at traditional schools should note that enrollment in that program does not automatically mean the student will go to the same school for first grade. The student must apply through the Choice program for first grade placement if he/she wants to go to a school other than his/her boundary school. Also note that the school the child attended for kindergarten may not necessarily be open for Choice.

For magnet schools, extended-day, tuition-based kindergarten are managed by the Choice Program. Parents of extended-day, tuition-based kindergarteners attending magnet schools do not need to reapply for Choice as their Choice approval remains in effect through the highest grade served at their magnet school.

Secondary programs
In-district students are not required to apply for Choice to attend secondary programs like Horizon SOAR, Legacy 2000, Mountain Range High School of Business, Northglenn High STEM and EC@N-STEM Programs and Thornton High International Baccalaureate (IB). Admissions to those programs are managed by each school. Out-of-district students wishing to attend high school programs that are not schoolwide must apply for both Choice and with the program. If the school is not open to Choice then the program is closed to out-of-district students. If the student is not selected in the Choice lottery, they are wait listed for the school and program.

To learn more about Choice and find answers to frequently asked questions, visit the district website at www.adams12.org/choice. The Five Star District Planning and Admissions Department determines the acceptance of Choice requests and can be contacted via email at choice@adams12.org

Election Day is on Tuesday. Don’t forget to vote!

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October 28 2018

Week of 10.29.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

I was reminded over this weekend our important role with our children in helping them navigate decisions.  My eldest daughter would love it if I’d just make all the decisions for her (the difficult ones at least), but in doing this she would never have the opportunity to practice her decision making skills.  It is truly a skill even we as adults struggle with sometimes to weigh the costs and benefits of a particular decision or to problem solve on a situation.  With my eldest daughter I found it to be a valuable experience to walk with her through a major decision she had to make recently, looking at all the aspects of the decision without judgement. This process taught me more about her own inner workings to boot!

Check out this video from Parent Toolkit on helping our children around decision making and I hope you find something useful from it.

Tips to Support your Child’s Decision-Making

Gifted and Talented Testing

Testing for 6th (only newly enrolled since September 10th), 7th and 8th grade students to be considered for Gifted and Talented identification will take place in December.  If you are interested in having your student tested, please visit the Gifted and Talented page on the Westlake website to access the two forms you need to submit no later than Monday, November 5th. Please contact either Michelle Cantwell or Christy Smith for further information.

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.
  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others
  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code
  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, genders, cultures and religions.
  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

 

 In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants  to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

 

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district  leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2018 Halloween guidelines. As always the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year.

Keep in mind,  district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration.

Time to “Fall Back”

Daylight Savings time is nearing it’s end.  Remember to set your clocks back an hour between Saturday and Sunday November 3rd and 4th.  Enjoy the extra hour of time on the weekend!

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October 21 2018

Week of 10.22.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

 

The first quarter of school is complete and students are deep into gaining the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful year in middle school and beyond.  I know that with my own personal children and through my experience in working with middle school aged students it can seem like such a challenging time to be learning amidst all the changes happening in our children’s bodies.  As it turns out, while bodies are developing for adulthood our kids’ brains are too.  Check out this video below on the middle school brain and learning.

The Middle School Brain While Learning

 

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.
  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others
  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code
  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, genders, cultures and religions.
  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

 

 In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants  to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

 

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district  leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2018 Halloween guidelines. As always the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year.

Keep in mind,  district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration.

Sugarfire BBQ Dine Out Tuesday!

Sugarfire Dine Out Flyer

Join the Westlake Middle School PTO on Tuesday October 23rd from 11:00am-8:00pm at Sugarfire BBQ for our October dine out!

Sugarfire Smokehouse Westminster – 20% of all food purchases on October 23 will come back to WLMS PTO (alcohol excluded) ALL DAY (11:00 a.m. – SOLD OUT). Make sure to bring in the FLYER or be able to pull it up on your phone to show during check out (print out from our documents page or pull up on the PTO Facebook page) .

14375 Orchard Parkway (across the street from the Orchard on 144th)

Suite 100, Westminster

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake MIddle School

 

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October 14 2018

Week of 10.15.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

There is something magical about the first snowfall of the year.  It seems so cozy to snuggle up inside with a cup of hot chocolate while the snow gently falls outside.  With the first inclement weather, it is important to remind everyone of the delayed start schedule should the district use it as well as how to receive notification about school closings.  Please take a moment to follow the links below to the delayed start schedule and information about where to look for school closing information.

Daily Schedules including Delayed Start

Adams 12 Five Star Schools Inclement Weather Communication Info

 

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.  
  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others
  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code
  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, genders, cultures and religions.
  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

 

 In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants  to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

 

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district  leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2018 Halloween guidelines. As always the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year.

Keep in mind,  district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration.

Update to School Accountability Committee meeting dates

Our first SAC meeting has been rescheduled due to some scheduling conflicts.  The dates are listed below so please join us for this important meeting:

All meetings are held in the library at 4:15pm

November 7th

December  12th

February 20th

April 10th

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October 7 2018

Week of 10.08.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Our first set of Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for this week. 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 have sent out a sign-up for time slots so please check your inbox for this email. If you need to contact teachers prior to conferences, you are always welcome to email teachers with questions or concerns.  Please feel free to call the school with any questions on Parent Teacher Conferences.

Parent Toolkit Video

We all know that raising children is hard and when they hit middle school what we think we knew seems to go out the window.  I’ve shared some resources with you before from Parent Toolkit and found a short video that might be of interest to you.  Feel free to find other resources from Parent Toolkit that might be helpful to you.

Five Minutes to Spare- Middle School

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake MIddle School

 

 

 

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September 30 2018

Week of 10.01.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This was such an exciting week as we announced the results of our check drive.  If you missed it, we did video the announcements on Friday and posted it on the PTO Facebook page.  Follow the link below to access the exciting announcement!

PTO Website- Check Drive

I am so grateful to our community for the support you show us every day.  I’m grateful to be in partnerships with our parents/guardians in order to best meet the needs of our students.

Parent Teacher Conferences Next Week!

Our first set of Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner. 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 have sent out a sign-up for time slots so please check your inbox for this email. If you need to contact teachers prior to conferences, you are always welcome to email teachers with questions or concerns.  Please feel free to call the school with any questions on Parent Teacher Conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake MIddle School

 

 

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September 23 2018

Week of 09.24.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It is officially Fall now and it looks like our weather this week will be more reflective of this change of seasons. As the school year progresses please consider joining us for our School Accountability meetings throughout the school year.  At these meetings we will look at the current state of our students’ academic achievement and growth and the plans for continued growth.  Below are the dates for our upcoming SAC meetings:

October 24th 4:15-5:15pm

December 12th 4:15-5:15pm

February 20th 4:15-5:15pm

April 10th 4:15-5:15pm

Your partnership in supporting the ongoing growth of our students is critical so please consider being a part of these meetings. I look forward to our time together!

Meet our Community Outreach Liaison

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Veronica Martinez has been a part of our WLMS school community for the past year and has contributed greatly to the success of our students.  Mrs. Martinez supports students and families in getting connected to resources that help students in being successful both inside and outside of school.  Please reach out to Mrs. Martinez any time with any questions or needs.

veronica.martinez@adams12.org

Check Drive Update

WOW, can you believe there are only two days left to contribute to the check drive?  The past two weeks have been wonderful as we have seen students mow lawns, babysit, and donate their allowance all in the name of helping their school reach the goal of raising $10,000. Thank you for all of those who have contributed.  Every dollar counts and we greatly appreciate your generosity.  We are so close to reaching our goal. One last push and we are going to accomplish it together. 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.

A 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

 

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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

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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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