December 14 2019

Week of 12.16.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

 

As we head into this last week of school for 2019 I want to thank you for giving us, the staff at Westlake, the opportunity to work with your children.  Each child is so special and bring such joy to our community.  We are so grateful for getting to spend time learning with your children and partnering with you as parents/guardians on their journey.

We wish you and your families the very best over the holidays and a very Happy New Year!  See you in 2020!

Gifted-Talented Identification Testing

Do you suspect that your child may be in need of enriched academic programming?  Does it seem like he or she may need additional challenges in their education, and may be gifted or talented?  Gifted/Talented (G/T) testing at Westlake is currently scheduled for January 28th.  If you have a student you would like to nominate for G/T identification and would like to have tested contact Michael Wedermyer (michael.p.wedermyer@adams12.org) no later than December 16.  There is required paperwork which must be completed and returned by December 18.  You may also go to http://www.adams12.org/gifted_talented_identification  for further information and for nomination forms.

Exciting Social-Emotional Learning in 8th Grade!

Starting in January, our 8th grade Wolverines will be engaging in the “Owning Up” curriculum with their classroom teachers, grade level counselor, and the school social worker/Social Emotional Learning Specialist. Students will be learning about the emotional consequences of things like teasing, gossip, reputations and double standards, as well as how to manage these situations. Students will also be learning about the art of apology, the power of groups, and other positive social interaction strategies. We look forward to engaging in this learning together, and we’re excited that these topics match up with the real experiences of our students.

WLMS Carols, Cookies, and Cocoa

The Westlake Music Department is so excited to present Carols, Cookies, and Cocoa on Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Westlake Cafeteria. This fundraiser is a chance for our community to come together to celebrate the season, socialize with friends, family, and neighbors, and support

image.pngour incredible music students. Money raised through our dessert and cocoa sales, as well as the cake auction, will be used to help with music program needs, including helping our 8th graders pay for music festival expenses. It will be an informal, open house style, feel free to pop in for a few minutes or for the entire evening. Ugly holiday sweaters welcome!

This event will feature our 8th-grade band, choir, and orchestra students performing music of the season in both large and small groups throughout the evening. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

 

  • Intramural Basketball @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council Meeting @ 3:45pm

 

  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Basketball @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Travel Club @ 3:45pm
  • Carols, Cookies, and Cocoa @ 5:30pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am

 

  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Robotics Club @ 7:40am
  • Dodgeball Assembly @ 2:45pm
  • GSA Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Basketball @ 3:45pm

 

  • Winter Break Begins!  See you in 2020

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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December 6 2019

Week of 12.09.19

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It is hard to believe we have two weeks remaining before the end of this semester.  The Westlake school community has been working hard on our areas of focus for the year:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Equity and Access

Our talented staff have spent time and energy in the learning space for  all three “buckets” so far this year which all are contribute to developing the caring, safe environment that best support student learning.  As we go through the year I encourage you to join our School Accountability Committee meetings or PTO meetings in order to learn more about the impact our is having in the three above mentioned areas.

In this week’s blog post I’d like to share a little bit more with you about Social Emotional Learning is and how the home/school partnership is so critical for our children.  Click HERE for a video from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL) outlining what SEL is and the home/school partnership.

Gifted-Talented Identification Testing

Do you suspect that your child may be in need of enriched academic programming?  Does it seem like he or she may need additional challenges in their education, and may be gifted or talented?  Gifted/Talented (G/T) testing at Westlake is currently scheduled for January 28th.  If you have a student you would like to nominate for G/T identification and would like to have tested contact Michael Wedermyer (michael.p.wedermyer@adams12.org) no later than December 16.  There is required paperwork which must be completed and returned by December 18.  You may also go to http://www.adams12.org/gifted_talented_identification  for further information and for nomination forms.

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

 

  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Basketball @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council Meeting @ 3:45pm

 

  • Intramural Basketball @ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Hot Chocolate Social @ 4pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • School Accountability Committee @ 4:15pm
  • 6th Grade Winter Band Concert @ 6:30pm

 

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

 

  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Film Club @ 4pm
  • Spelling Bee Competition @ 4pm
  • Saturday School Tomorrow @ 8am

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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