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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