March 29 2020

Week of 03.30.20

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

I hope you all had a restful and relaxing extended Spring Break and are staying healthy and safe.  We have really missed the kids over this extended break and have been thinking of all of our community throughout this unprecedented time in history.  This week we kick off our remote learning at Westlake and in Adams 12!  Our teachers are working through developing lessons and ensuring students have access to continued learning and connection through online resources.  I’m so proud of the Westlake staff in how they have made the needed changes from face to face instruction to meeting the needs of kids at home.  As you may imagine, this will be an imperfect plan.  Please have patience with the Westlake and Adams 12 staff as we navigate this new landscape of remote learning together.  You can expect more communication from your child’s teachers on how to access their online learning by Wednesday.  Keep an eye out for an email from us!

Like you, I have kids at home with me and I’m feeling a bit anxious about managing my work from home and their learning.  We are in this together as a Westlake school community so please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or the assistant principals and the teachers with any questions or concerns.  All the staff email addresses can be located on our website by clicking HERE.   Below are some resources that might be of help to you as we begin remote learning and parents/guardians are balancing student learning and their own work:

Common Sense Media

Adams 12 Website

NPR Article

Most importantly, take care of yourselves, let your kids know we miss them and that we look forward to reconnecting (in a new way) with them this week.  We are so grateful for our community and are honored to get to serve our community by educating our youth!  Thank you for your partnership and please reach out to us through email any time.

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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March 13 2020

Week of 03.16.20

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

 

As you know, our Spring Break has been extended to begin March 16th.  For those of you who have a child with medications at the school or need to pick up items from your child’s locker please come to the school between 9am-12pm.  All scheduled events such as the incoming 6th grade Welcome Night, music concerts, field trips, and Saturday School are all postponed until further notice.  Because this is an extended Spring Break there is no expectation that students complete school work or do remote learning.  However, many of the Westlake teachers have added additional resources to their websites for students to keep their learning fresh while we are on break.

We know there are a lot of unknowns right now in regard to the impact and spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Our Westlake school community cares for our students and families and we hope that our families will have very limited impact by this virus.  You are all in our thoughts and we look forward to seeing you again when we return to school.

Places to get Food/ Health Care and Necessities 

Lugares para obtener alimentos / atención médica y necesidades.

We will start meal service on Tuesday, March 17 and operate through the last day of the extended spring break (Friday, March 27). Meals will be served at the following locations from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Comenzaremos el servicio de comidas el martes 17 de marzo y operaremos hasta el último día de las vacaciones de primavera extendidas (viernes 27 de marzo). Las comidas se servirán en los siguientes lugares de 10:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m., de lunes a viernes.

 

Horizon High School – 5321 E. 136th Avenue, Thornton , CO

Legacy High School – 2701 W. 136th Avenue, Broomfield, CO

Mountain Range High School – 12500 Huron Street, Westminster, CO

Northglenn High School – 601 W 100th Place, Northglenn, CO

Thornton High School – 9351 N Washington Street, Thornton, CO

 

Community Food Share- Broomfield

303-652-3663

650 S. Taylor Ave., Louisville, CO 80027

 

North Denver Cares Food Pantry

6900 W. 117th Ave., #700 W

303-466-2115

Tuesday & Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Thursdays 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Seniors only on Thursdays 9:00am to 11:00am

Emergency baskets available on request.

 

Broomfield FISH, Inc.

26 Garden Center, Ste. # 1

303-465-1600

For Broomfield residents in need.

Open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm, and 1:00 to 4:00pm. (Wednesdays until 6:30pm)

Call first for an appointment to come to the food pantry.

 

The Refuge

11600 Quay St #200, Broomfield, CO 80020

Phone: (720) 295-2270

 

Health

Broomfield Health and Human Services

Main Information 

Ph: 720.887.2200

Fx: 303.469.2110

100 Spader Way

Broomfield, CO 80020

 

Building Hours:

Monday – Friday (8 a.m. 5 p.m.)

 

Kids First Health Care

303-289-1086

4675 East 69th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80022

 

 

As our building will be closed over the extended Spring Break, if you have need of assistance please call the district at 720.972.4000.  We are grateful for our families in our school community and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

 

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March 6 2020

Week of 03.09.20

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Time is just flying by this school year and I can’t believe we are in March already!  I love Spring semester for all the exciting events that happen and, most importantly, for getting to see how our students have grown over the course of the year in their learning.  From the concerts to the demonstrations of learning through presentations or assessments it just makes me smile to see how far our kids have come from the beginning of the school year.

Please take a moment to read through the information below and please feel free to reach out to me any time with questions.

Congratulations Mr. Hinkle!

Recently, our very own Mr. Hinkle, who teaches Spanish here at Westlake, received recognition from a Westlake alum!  This prior student recognized Mr. Hinkle for having significant impact in her life and influencing her future!  Congratulations  to Mr. Hinkle for making the difference in the lives of Westlake kids.  We are so proud of you!

March 19th- Non-Student Contact Day

Adams 12 Five Star Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, March 19, 2020 due to labor shortages. 

This change to the district calendar is being made because hundreds of teachers from Adams 12 Five Star Schools have indicated they will take personal leave on Thursday, March 19 to participate in The Colorado Education Association’s (CEA) planned statewide rally of educators at the Capitol during that day. 

The lack of sufficient staff would impact the district’s commitment to provide a safe and productive learning environment, and that is why we have decided to not have school for students on Thursday, March 19. 

Although students will not be present, this remains a workday for all Five Star District staff and employees not at work that day must use personal time. 

Here are some additional details about March 19 that you should know: 

  • Field trips and activities originally scheduled during the school day will not proceed unless you hear differently from your school. 
  • After-school athletics and activities will proceed as scheduled, unless you hear differently from your school. 
  • Childcare will be available for families currently enrolled in BASE only. Families will hear directly from their BASE Director with additional information and locations. 
  • No make-up day will be necessary unless we have multiple snow days before the end of the school year. 
  • This closure does not include students attending New America, Prospect Ridge, Stargate and Westgate. If they have a change in their normal day, you will receive separate communication from their building leaders. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause families. Our hope is that by making you aware of this situation with advance notice, it will help families make arrangements for Thursday, March 19. 

All schools will be open and operating on a normal schedule for Friday, March 20. 

According to the Colorado Education Association’s (CEA) website, they are promoting a day of action for educators to rally at the Colorado State Capitol because “Colorado students deserve a fully funded education system and educators who can afford to stay in the profession.” CEA has communicated that they are targeting the following outcomes: (1) secure a living wage for educators, (2) pass an initiative for a statewide ballot issue in 2020 to fix the broken education funding system and (3) eliminate the Budget Stabilization Factor (a measure of how far below pre-recession levels schools are funded) by 2022. 

Thank you for your partnership in supporting student success in the Five Star District. 

 

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

 

  • Avenger Core Field Trip
  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Girl Power Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Flag Football @ 3:45pm
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council Meeting @ 3:45pm

 

  • Mandarin Club @ 7:45pm
  • Fusion Core Field Trip
  • Intramural Flag Football@ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Intramural Flag Football @ 7:45am
  • Art Club 7:45am

 

  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • 8th Grade Band Field Trip
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Love and Logic Class in Spanish @  6pm

 

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

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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