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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April 30 2018

Week of 04.30.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

The end of the year is closing in on us yet there is much excitement at Westlake Middle School!  Please take a moment to check out the yellow sticky note above to see what all is happening this week.  Thank you for your continued support of our school!

Don’t forget…..the Color Fun Run is right around the corner so be sure to get signed up today!

Signing up your kids is easy!  Follow this link….   https://goo.gl/6FJJVA

 

Parent Survey- Technology

If you haven’t done so already please take a moment to share with us your thoughts regarding the potential of Bring Your Own Device at Westlake.  Our technology committee which is made up of staff and parents are looking at how we can best increase technology use at Westlake and we would really like to hear what you think on this survey.  Please feel free to reach out to us with questions.

Parent Survey

Last Days of School

Similar to last year, all middle schools will have the following schedule for students on the last days of school:

May 21st- All students in attendance

May 22nd- Only 8th Grade in attendance- last day of school for 8th graders

May 23rd- Only 6th and 7th Grades in attendance- last day of school for 6th and 7th grade

All three of these days of school are full days of school and the early checkout procedures will apply should you wish to pick your child up early from school any of these days.  Please feel free to call the main office with questions.

 

 

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April 16 2018

Week of 04.16.18

Westlake School Community:

You may have seen the exciting announcement already, however, in case you haven’t, I’m pleased to announce that the Westlake school community has voted on our new mascot and the results are in!  We are now the…..

Westlake Wolverines!!!

Our next phase of this process will be looking at the designs associated with our new mascot, the Wolverines.  More information will be given to our school community around the designs as well as how to vote for the top choice.  Stay tuned for more information.

Information about Wolverines from Colorado Park and Wildlife and The National Wildlife Foundation.

Color Fun Run

There is still time to register for the Color Fun Run.  Don’t miss out!  Check out the school website for more information today and get registered.

WLMS Website

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April 8 2018

Week of 04.09.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

We have busy at school engaged in so much learning!  In fact this past week I was fortunate to observe students in 8th grade Science classes presenting their Mars rover and lander proposals which included researching and calculating the best places to land on Mars.  What a great way for students to experience learning in an authentic way!

PTO Dine Out

Have you heard about our upcoming Dine-Out at Larkburger on Wednesday, April 25th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm?  25% of the sales go back to Westlake PTO.  Hope to see you there!

Coffee with the Principal- Cancelled

With all the various events going on this week Coffee with the Principal is cancelled.  However, if you have any questions or want to know more about anything going on in our school community please feel free to reach out to Dr. Heide any time.

Color Fun Run- Still time to register!

The Color Fun Run is approaching on May 11th.  There is still time to register!  We have already had a tremendous response so far and this event looks to be not only fun but involving a large majority of our school community.  Don’t miss out, register today!

 

Color Fun Run Webpage Link 

 

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March 18 2018

Week of 03.19.18

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Spring is in the air for sure at Westlake Middle School!  This time of year is so exciting for us as educators because just as the flowers and plants begin to bloom students do too!  Over the past many months students have been learning new skills and concepts, practicing, and adjusting.  Now, the hard students have put in is paying off as students are making connections, “light bulbs” are coming on, and students are feeling more confident in their new skills and understandings.

Spring Break is very near!  Please remember that students return to school on April 3rd. 

CMAS Testing Begins

This week we begin the state standardized testing called CMAS (Colorado Measure of Academic Success).  This is one of many measures we look at as a school to determine how well students are being prepared academically at Westlake Middle School.  We use this information to help improve our instruction and, along with other measures, determine some class placements for students.  We begin testing this week in the 8th grade.  Please take a moment to reference our calendar or the yellow sticky note above to see what specific tests are being given during the week.

Westlake Middle School Events Calendar

 

Breakfast at Westlake Middle School

Did you know that Westlake Middle School offers breakfast in the morning before school starts?  Students can come into the cafeteria before school starts and purchase a breakfast to ensure they have the energy to get through the day.  Check out the menu by accessing the district link below and let us know if you have any questions.  Come enjoy breakfast!

District Nutrition Services Menu

Mascot Name- Voting Open!

Students and staff have received the following communication regarding the voting for the new WLMS mascot.  Please encourage your children to vote for their choice if they have not done so already.

Dear future and current WLMS students and staff:

Thank you all for the wonderful name submissions for our new mascot!  There were approximately 150 name submissions and our Student Council has narrowed the submissions down to the top four.

Please take a moment to cast your vote for our new mascot name by selecting the link below.  Each student and staff member will have the opportunity to vote one time. Voting closes at 3:45pm on Friday, March 23rd.

If you have any issues submitting your vote please let us know in the office.  The winning name will be announced on April 10th.

Happy voting!

Cast your Vote Here!!!

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March 11 2018

Week of 03.12.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Students often share with me their successes and struggles in the classroom. This past week was no exception as I had a number of students share their apprehension around getting a test back wondering what the resulting grade would be.  These conversations this week, along with similar conversations with my own children, reminded me of the importance of instilling and modeling a growth mindset in and for our children.  According to Carol Dweck,  “in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”  Take a moment to listen to Dweck speak about the power of yet in the video below.

Elevate Summit

The Adams 12 Five Star School District has been hard at work in the beginning phases of the new strategic plan and we need you!  Please check out the information on the flyers posted here for how you can be involved and get more information about the new strategic plan.

 

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March 4 2018

Week of 03.05.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It is hard to believe, but it is March and the final quarter of the year is quickly approaching.  Students have been working very hard to learn and practice new skills and concepts.  Students are also getting ready for some very exciting community events.  Please see below as well as the events yellow sticky note above for our upcoming events.

 

WLMS Color Fun Run!!

Please join us for the 1st Annual Color Fun Run in Honor of Devin Mack!

Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Registration:  Includes run entry and t-shirt

  • $20 (Early Bird)February 5th to March 5th- TIME IS RUNNING OUT
  • $25 – March 6th – April 4th
  • $30April 5th – May 9th – no t-shirt guarantee

Sign up on-line through the Google form link below or complete the attached form with a check made out to “Westlake PTO” and turn in to the main office.

Mascot Name Submission Contest

Students have the opportunity to be part of creating our new mascot by submitting name ideas which will be voted on by students.  Please encourage your child to share their ideas by submitting them below.  Students may submit multiple entries.  The deadline for submission is March 11th.  I can’t wait to see the creative ideas that students come up with!

Mascot Name Submission Form

 

PTO Meeting- Join us!

This week on Wednesday at 6:30pm we will have our monthly PTO meeting.  Please come join us for lively conversation about the exciting work of the PTO.

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February 25 2018

Week of 02.26.18

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It is hard to believe that the month of March starts this week!  I love the changing of Winter into Spring and the renewal and growth it brings.  As a school community there is much renewal and growth occurring on a daily basis as well.  Students have been working on building skills and are applying their learning.  This is such an exciting time of year with all that students’ are learning and we are grateful to get to spend our days with your children!

School Safety

Please know that your child’s safety while they are at school is of utmost importance to us.  As a reminder our doors are locked throughout the school day.  Visitors, parents, and guardians are required to ring the door bell and provide ID in order to enter the building.  Students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a school or district issued ID throughout the day.  If you have any questions or concerns around school safety please feel free to reach out to me by phone or e-mail. 720.972.5200 or rachel.e.heide@adams12.org.

During morning and afternoon pickup/drop off we’ve noticed some increased congestion on the East side of the building parking lot.  To alleviate some of the congestion please be sure to pull all the way through the loop to drop off/pickup or pull into a parking space.   Our buses have to use this area to enter the school bus loop and if cars are stopped waiting for pick-up of drop-off it can delay buses arriving on time and create a traffic jam near our school.  Thank you for your help on this issue to make it better for our community.

WLMS Color Fun Run!!

Please join us for the 1st Annual Color Fun Run in Honor of Devin Mack!

Date:  Friday, May 11, 2018

Time:  2:30-3:30pm

Registration:  Includes run entry and t-shirt

  • $20 (Early Bird)February 5th to March 5th
  • $25 – March 6th – April 4th
  • $30April 5th – May 9th – no t-shirt guarantee

Sign up on-line through the Google form link below or complete the attached form with a check made out to “Westlake PTO” and turn in to the main office.

Coffee with the Principal

Join me this Tuesday at 9:30am for lively discussions about what is going on at Westlake Middle School.  There will be coffee and snacks and if there is time and interest we can visit a few classrooms to see the work in action.  If you have any questions please reach out to the school.

 

 

 

NJHS Service Fundraiser

The NJHS Club is running a fundraiser for the “Birthday Smiles” program, which is a program that gives the opportunity for a birthday to kids who don’t have the opportunity to celebrate his/her birthday.  “Birthday Smiles” will put a smile on kids by setting up a birthday party for them.  We can’t do this without your help, so NJHS has created a competition between the grades to raise money so we can make kids smile, and have an awesome birthday!  The grade that raises the most money, will win a prize!

  • There are three jugs one for each grade housed in the main office.

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will all be competing to get the most money, and at the end of the fundraiser, the grade whom raised the most money will get a prize!

  • Only bills will count towards your money, and coins will take away points from other grades. So, put coins in other grades’ jugs!

  • For how much a bill is worth, that is how many points you will have.  If you have coins in your jugs, then they will take away points based on the total tallied number.

  • The prize is completely unknown, until the grade with the most money wins.  It would be a day of lunch outside, a pizza party an ice cream party, or could be something else.

Participating in this event, will not only help yourself, but your grade, and other children looking for a birthday to celebrate, so please take some time and effort to donate at least a dollar to this foundation!


For more information, please visit birthdaysmiles.org

 

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