November 22 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

As we head into the Thanksgiving week I want to express my gratitude for our school community.  I’m, every day, amazed by the kindness, thoughtfulness, and humorous nature of our kids and I’m so thankful to get to spend time with them every day.  Thank you for sharing your children with us at Westlake!  I’m also so grateful for our Westlake staff and for the wonderful parent/guardian community!

We at Westlake wish you and your families the very best over the break and look forward to seeing you in December!

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November 8 2019

Week of 11.11.19

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This past week we were fortunate to hold our 7th and 8th grade Choir Concert and what an amazing performance we had!  Our students, 7th and 8th grade, dressed up and sang beautifully.  It truly was a rewarding experience for us watching students exemplify professionalism. Students took to the microphone to introduce their family and friends to the happenings of the concert.  I’m not even sure I heard a quiver in their voice, they were so proud and honored to be selected to address their audience.  The diverse choice in songs which varied from French-Canadian to African Spirituals was an uplifting cultural experience as well.  Come join us this week for the 7th and 8th grade Band Concert on November 14th for more amazing performances by our talented Westlake Middle School students.

Westlake Middle School Toy Drive

Once again we have teamed up with Broomfield’s Precious Child organization to support Colorado kids in need this holiday season by filling their gift wishes. 
Join us in collecting new, unwrapped gifts so every kid can celebrate.
Donation bins are located in the office and we will be accepting gifts through December 13.
Our community thanks you!
Unwrapped gift ideas:
  • Board Games
  • Sports Balls and Equipment
  • Bath & Body Works Items
  • Gift cards for teens
  • Legos
  • Hot Wheels
  • Coats & Winter Gear
  • Arts & Craft Supplies
  • Cologne & Body Spray
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing for teens

PTO Spring 2019 Fundraiser Update

Thank you so much to our PTO and school community for making our 2019 Spring Fundraiser so successful.  The money we received was earmarked to go toward technology.  We were very fortunate to be able to order special microphone sets for each classroom that work with our classroom sound systems.  These special microphones are encased in a ball allowing the teacher and students to toss the microphone back and forth during class discussions or to answer questions.  The students and the teacher can hear each other much more clearly using this microphone which enhances, and makes possible,  learning for all in the classroom.  Check out the microphones HERE!  The microphones have been ordered and should arrive any day now!


PTO Dine-out Nights!

Thank-you so much for attending our October Dine-Out night at Sugarfire Smokehouse.  Our school raised $587!  Our next Dine-Out Night will be Wednesday, November 20th from 5-8pm at Modern Market (4800 W 121st Ave Unit C, Broomfield, CO).  Simply mention you are there to support Westlake Middle School when you make your purchase and 50% of your meal’s price will be donated back to the school.
Also, save the date for our last two Dine-Out nights of the school year:
*  Tuesday, January 21 at Chipotle (120th and Sheridan) 
*  Tuesday, February 25 at Your Pie (14342 Lincoln St, Thornton)

School Accountability Committee (SAC)- Come join us!

This week our SAC will convene to involve our parent/guardian community in the work of the school.  We will be reviewing our overall school performance and our goals for the year.  Consider joining our team to create better outcomes for kids.

We will meet at 4:15pm in the library on the following dates:

November 13th

December 11th

January 29th

February 26th

Upcoming Events

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  • Veteran's Day- No School


  • District Orchestra Rehearsal Field Trip
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Meeting @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • School Accountability Committee @ 4:15pm


  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Robotics Club @ 7:40am
  • GSA Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • 7th/8th Grade Band Concert @ 6:30pm


  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Saturday School tomorrow @ 8am
  • District Orchestra Festival @ LHS tomorrow!

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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November 1 2019

Week of 11.04.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:


The time has come to “Fall Back” and turn our clocks back an hour.  While we turn our clocks back our classrooms are pushing forward with amazing learning happening every day!  As I make my rounds at school each day I’m seeing students engaging in high levels of learning across the content areas and electives classes.  We’ve been so fortunate at Westlake to have such a supportive parent/guardian community as well who help support achieving the best possible outcomes for our students.  Thank you for support from our PTO, our Watch DOGS, parent volunteers, and the daily efforts you as parent/guardians make to ensure students arrive to school.  We are grateful for our partnership with you!

If you have an interest in being a volunteer, join the PTO, become a Watch DOG, or support the school in some other way please feel free to reach out to us at 720.972.5200.


Parents- a class for you!  Cooking Matters

Starting Thursday November we will be starting a cooking matters class for the next 6 weeks.
classes will be held in room D103 from 4:30 – 6:30.
If you are interested in taking the class please contact Ms. Veronica Martinez  You do need to sign up. Classes will be in English and Spanish.
 Child care will be provided!

3v3 Basketball Tournament!

WLMS 3v3 Basketball Tournament Registration is Open!
Saturday, December 7th, 8am – 3pm 
Follow the link to register!
 $75 per team, 3-5 players (no combined grade teams)
 Registration Deadline: December 2nd
 Admissions: $5 (kids 5 and under Free)
 Concessions Available for purchase
Contact Mary Despain @ 720.666.2391 or
We can accommodate conflicting sports schedules!
See the attached flyer for more details!

District outlines deadlines for 2020-2021 Choice process

Submit application by January 31st deadline for priority consideration

 Last year, Adams 12 Five Star Schools received more than 4,500 Choice applications for the 2019-2020 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 2020-21 school year on December 1, 2019.  The Choice application and list of open schools are available online at For families without computer access, a computer kiosk is available at all schools and at the Educational Support Center located at 1500 E. 128th Avenue in Thornton. 

The deadline for priority consideration is January 31, 2020 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 2020-2021 school year is March 30, 2020. As with the first round, if the number of requests exceeds the spaces available 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 by August 3, 2020. 

While not a guarantee, when possible, priority will be given to sibling applications so that families will attend the same school. The district encourages siblings to apply in the priority consideration round (1st round) as there are no guarantees that siblings who apply in the 2nd and 3rd rounds will be approved. 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 who receive approval of their Choice application and attend schools outside their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation to and from the school.  Participation in the district’s Choice program will affect a student’s right to transportation afforded under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Families eligible for homeless assistance services should consult with the Student and Family Outreach Program before choosing to participate in the Choice program by calling 720-972-6015.  

Secondary programs

Admissions to high school programs with specialized admissions criteria 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) are managed directly by each school.   In-district and out-of-district students wishing to attend high school programs with specialized admissions criteria must apply directly with the school’s program and do not need to apply with the Choice Program.

To learn more about Choice and find answers to frequently asked questions, visit the district website at  The Five Star District Planning and Admissions Department determines the acceptance of Choice requests and can be contacted via email at or by phone at (720) 972-4055.

Upcoming Events

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  • 7th Grade Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm


  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • Battle of the Books during lunches
  • 7th and 8th Grade Choir Concert @ 6:30pm


  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Robotics Club @ 7:40am
  • GSA Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm


  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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