February 14 2020

Week of 02.16.20

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

This week is the official Random Acts of Kindness Week!  Schools, workplaces, homes, and communities can come together to “make kindness the norm.”  Let’s band together to in our school community with ideas around kindness during this week.  Click HERE for some inspiration.

JA Finance Park for WLMS 8th Graders March 9th, 10th and 13th Parent Volunteers Needed!

JA Finance Park is an experiential opportunity that all Adams 12 8thgraders participate in during the spring semester. We host the students at the American Furniture Warehouse in Thornton after they have completed lessons in the classroom that relate to personal financial literacy. What we do during the field trip is throw students into the middle of an adult life and ask them to financially survive a month of being an adult. This is accomplished by assigning students a random life scenario (spouse, kids, job, debt) on an tablet. The tablet walks them through paying taxes, setting up a budget and making shopping choices while trying to stick to that budget.

The volunteers role is to assist and answer questions about why adults make certain decisions, what is a need versus a want, and why making a budget – AND sticking to it – is so important. The volunteer is trained prior to student arrival so there is no prep work and the only background knowledge they would need is the life skills we as

adults may have had to learn the hard way: bill paying, credit card debt, making good shopping choices, etc.. This is a great opportunity to open the door to financial discussions with your student and helping them make better financial decisions early enough to make a difference (love that compound interest!).

Click HERE for a flyer with more info.

Click HERE if you’re ready to volunteer!

 

Your Pie Dine-out Coming Soon!

Save the Date:  Our last Westlake Dine-Out night of the year will be at Your Pie on Tuesday, February 25 from 5-9pm.  No need to show a flyer or mention Westlake – 15% of all sales that night will go to our school.  Your Pie is located at 14342 Lincoln St, Thornton, CO, 80023.  Hope to see you there!

 

Book Adoption for 8th Grade

8th grade language arts teachers are looking to get The List board approved for the middle school level. The List, by Patricia Forde, received a notable award from the American Library Association.

The List is about a dystopian novel exploring both our treatment of the environment and our use of language. After a second great flood, Noa establishes a community called Ark. Noa believes language is the root of all evil and restricts Ark residents to 500 words. Letta, the protagonist, is the wordsmith’s apprentice. Letta’s journey forces her to question Noa’s teachings as she encounters people from other communities who live, speak, and believe contrary to what Noa teaches.

8th grade language arts teachers would like to use this book to help students study themes rendered new, symbols, and motifs. 8th grade students will write a literary analysis of The List as a culminating assessment of our fourth unit of study.

The book is available in the Westlake main office for community members to view.

Upcoming Events and Activities

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  • No School- President's Day

 

  • Mandarin Club @ 7:45pm
  • Intramural Flag Football@ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Intramural Flag Football @ 7:45am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • Battle of the Books @ Lunch Time

 

  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • GSA @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • 8th Grade Orchestra joins Legacy Orchestra @ 6:30pm Legacy High School

 

  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Student of the Month Breakfast @ 7:30am
  • Drama Club/Theatre Tech Club @ 3:45pm
  • Saturday School tomorrow 8am-11am

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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February 7 2020

Week of 02.10.20

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

It’s hard to believe that the groundhog predicted an early Spring with all the Winter weather we have had lately.  As a reminder, students are welcome to come into the cafeteria at 7:45am so encourage your children to come inside especially on the cold mornings.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school and partnership in support of best outcomes for our kids.  We are so grateful for our Westlake school community!  Please take a moment to read through the information below and let us know if you have any questions.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are this week on Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00-8:00 pm and Thursday, February 13th 1:00-4:00 pm. If you haven’t done so already please click HERE to access the sign-up for a conference time.  If you have any questions about conferences please let us know.  In addition to our regular conference set up we will also have a table set up for resources and support around mental health.   We look forward to seeing you at conferences!

 

State Standardized Testing Coming Soon!

CMAS testing is coming up in April. These assessments are an important way for us to get information about how our students are learning and meeting state standards.

 

  • All grade ELA and Math testing will be on April 2nd, 3rd and 6th.

  • 7th grade Social Studies testing will be on April 21st through the 22nd.

  • 8th grade Science testing will be on April 21st through the 22nd.

 

The full schedule, with times, will be posted on our website by the end of March. We ask that you please keep these dates in mind when scheduling any appointments that might keep your student out of school. If you choose to not have your child participate in CMAS testing you will need to fill out and return this form to the main office. We thank you for your cooperation and partnership in this effort!

Help us serve you better | Take the annual Family-School Relationships Survey

  

In an effort to help us continually elevate your child’s educational experience, I encourage you to take our annual Family-School Relationships Survey! The survey is specific for our school and will help us know where we are succeeding and where we can improve.

 

Why is the survey important and what do we do with the data? Watch as principals from across our district explain what the survey means for their school community. 

 

Take the 2019-20 Family-School Relationships Survey by Clicking HERE to access the survey 

 

  • The survey is open from Jan. 27 to Feb. 19, 2020 and is completely anonymous.
  • The survey is expected to take between 5-10 minutes and can be taken in English, Spanish or nine other languages on your smartphone, tablet, computer or via paper (talk with your school office for a paper copy).  
  • If you have children at different schools, we encourage you to fill out a survey for each school. 
  • Survey data is benchmarked nationally and compared to the Five Star staff and student survey to create a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture and climate. Survey results will be made available to families by the end of the school year. 

 

Thank you in advance for taking this important survey as we work together to continue to elevate the way we serve your child in every classroom, every day.  

 

Welcome our new Office Clerk!

Please welcome Janet Salas to our Westlake school community!  Ms. Salas started with us in January so you may have already had the opportunity to meet her.  She has been an excellent addition to our team and we are so glad to have her at Westlake!

Janet Salas, Hablo Espanol

Love and Logic Class offered in Spanish!

Classes Sobre cómo Convertirse en un 

Padre de Amor y Lógica

 “Puedes entrenar a tu hijo para que te escuche la primera vez que dices algo.O puedes entrenarlos para que te ignoren.

Criar a un niño que escucha a adultos es una fuente de alegría.

Criar a alguien que no lo hace es una fuente constante de frustración y tormento “. -Love & Logic

 

Las clases comienzan el 13 de febrero de 2020, esta es una clase de 6 semanas. Por favor regístrese con la Sra. Veronica Martinez 720-972-3179 o veronica.martinez@adams12.org

Upcoming Events

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  • Book Fair Today!
  • 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
  • 7th Grade Band and Orchestra Field Trip
  • IntramuralFlag Football@ 3:45pm
  • Math Counts @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Leader Meeting @ 4pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Book Fair Today!
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Intramural Flag Football @ 7:45am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4pm-8pm

 

  • No School for Students
  • Book Fair Today!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences @ 1pm-4pm

 

  • No School for Students

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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January 11 2020

Week of 01.13.20

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

We are so excited to move into this new year and decade with our Westlake School Community!  This second semester looks to be a great one.  Please take a moment to read through all the great information about what is going on in our school.

 

As always, if you have any questions or ever want to talk more about the great things happening at Westlake please feel free to reach out to me at any time by phone or email.  720.972.5200 or rachel.e.heide@adams12.org

Vaping Presentation- Save the Date!

You are invited to a presentation for parents on vaping on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Westlake Middle School in the gym. This event will feature a presentation from Broomfield Public Health and Tri-County Public Health on current trends in youth vaping in our community, potential health risks, and what parents can do to support healthy youth. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Parents from neighboring middle schools (Rocky Top, Prospect Ridge and Thunder Vista) have been invited to join us for this presentation. Please see attached flyer for additional information.

Workshop Flyer- Click HERE

Donation request- We are out of tissues!

The cold and flu season has hit Westlake with a vengeance and we are out of tissues.  If you are able to donate a box or two of tissues the runny noses of Westlake would be so grateful.  Thank you for your help!

 

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

The Book Fair is just around the corner the week of February 10th.  We are in need of volunteers to help support this awesome opportunity to get kids reading.  If you are interested please click HERE to sign up!

 

PTO Dine-out at Chipotle

Thank-you so much for supporting our Dine-Out Nights this year!  Your support has helped our school raise much-needed funds.  Our next Dine-Out night will be Tuesday, January 21st from 5-9pm at Chipotle (5160 W 120th Ave. Unit B, Westminster, CO).  There are several Chipotle locations in the area, so make sure to go the one near the intersection of 120th and Sheridan.  Just tell the cashier you are there for the Westlake fundraiser before you pay or show them a copy of the flyer (hard-copy or on your phone) and our school will get 33% of the price of your meal back.
Click HERE for the fliers for the event.  Spanish flier click HERE.
Thanks for your support!
Westlake Middle School PTO
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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

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  • 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

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  • 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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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
Questions?
Contact Mary Despain @ 720.666.2391 or mary.despain@gmail.com
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 www.adams12.org/choice. 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 www.adams12.org/choice 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 www.adams12.org/choice.  The Five Star District Planning and Admissions Department determines the acceptance of Choice requests and can be contacted via email at choice@adams12.org 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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October 25 2019

Week of 10.28.19

 

Dear Westlake Parents and Guardians:

As a parent it can be a real struggle to determine when to allow your child to have a phone, especially a smart phone.  We want to be able to communicate with and hear from our kids, which the smart phone allows, and its a battle to know where to draw the line in regard to access our kids have to the internet and social media through the smart phone.  Technology has changed so significantly since the time I was a teenager (i.e. cell phones just barely hitting the scene) to where we are now!  Our kids are still kids, though, and it’s important for us to help them navigate the tech scene as best we can.

One of the counselors here at Westlake found this website that encourages parents to “wait until 8th grade” to give our kids smart phones.  As a parent myself, it makes a lot of sense to me and I know I’ll be considering “wait until 8th” for my own kids.

Click HERE to get to the Wait Until 8th website

 

Spirit Week

This upcoming week is Spirit Week!  Let’s show some school spirit and enjoy dressing for the theme each day!  Check it out below:

Monday 10/28 – Hawaiian Shirt Day
 
Tuesday 10/29 – Twin Day
 
Wednesday 10/30 –  Disney Day (dress up like your favorite Disney character/Disney-themed shirt) 
 
Thursday 10/31 – Halloween Costume (See guidelines below)
 
Friday 11/1 – Era day (wear clothes from the 90s, 80s, etc.)

Tipi Event @ Westlake Middle School

Anyone at Westlake that would like to stay after school on Wednesday, October 30 from 2:30 until 4:30 is invited to attend a Native American tipi event. We’ll set up at the field nearest 135th Ave. The program will include a discussion and demonstration on how to set up a tipi with a discussion on it’s cultural, practical, and scientific design.  There will also be programming utilizing the tipi as a math lesson as well as discuss it’s cultural significance. The program will run at all the middle schools between now and the 11th Annual Adams 12 powwow that will occur Saturday, February 22 at Century Middle School.  All are invited to attend both the tipi program this week as well as the powwow in February so mark your calendars!

Halloween Guidelines

Adams 12 Five Star Schools encourages the opportunity for students and families to engage in celebration that is respectful to all cultures, religions, races, and beliefs.  In our continued efforts to maintain a respectful, safe and secure learning environment, the following guidelines for Halloween celebrations have been developed. These guidelines apply to students, staff, and participants of all Halloween celebrations both during and after the school day.

Halloween Guidelines

  1. Costumes that would otherwise violate the Student Dress Code (Superintendent Policy 5060) will only be allowed if approved by an administrator prior to wearing to school.  For safety reasons, masks or makeup should not cover the student’s face in a manner that makes the student unrecognizable. Masks or makeup that conceal student’s identity may be worn only during designated times such as during a costume contest.  
  2. The following are considered not appropriate for school or school events:
  • Costumes that are overly graphic, promote violence or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others 
  • Costumes that are sexually suggestive and would otherwise violate the school’s dress code
  • Costumes with sound effects, lights or other components which would disrupt the classroom learning environment
  • Costumes that could be considered insensitive to various races, genders, cultures and religions
  • Toy or facsimile weapons of any kind (guns, knives, swords, bats, etc.) are not allowed
  • Costumes or dress of any kind that may be potentially disruptive to the educational or school environment

In alignment with Superintendent Policy 5060, school administrators may ask students or participants  to change into school appropriate attire and/or remove masks, makeup, or costumes.

Halloween Guidelines Addendum (RE:  Clown Costumes)

As you may recall, in 2016 the Five Star District prohibited students and staff from wearing clown costumes on school grounds due to social media threats nationwide. Although we have not been made aware of any similar threats this year, district  leadership made the decision to leave this prohibition in the 2019 Halloween guidelines, acknowledging the release of the movie, IT, and in anticipation of a social media response.  As always, the safety and security of students and staff is our first priority, therefore students and staff are prohibited from wearing clown masks or costumes on school grounds. This adjustment was made in the best interest of the school community and creates a safe environment for students and staff at Halloween celebrations this year. 

Keep in mind,  district and school leadership will reevaluate the guidelines each year and make adjustments as needed to ensure a safe celebration for the entire school community. Students who violate or are suspected to be in violation of this policy will be referred to school administration.

 

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

 

  • Spirit Week!- Hawaiian Shirt Day
  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Spirit Week!- Twin Day
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Soccer @ 3:45pm
  • WEB Leader Meeting @ 3:45pm
  • Early Release Day
  • Spirit Week!- Disney Day
  • 7th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Pokeman Club @ 7:30am
  • Art Club 7:45am
  • Battle of the Books during lunches
  • Tipi event @ 2:30pm
    Halloween! Wear your costumes (see costume guidelines)
  • Creative Writing Club @ 7:30am
  • Robotics Club @ 7:40am
  • GSA Club @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
    Spirit Week!- Era Day (dress in 90's, 80's, etc.)
  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm

 

The Westlake Way

 

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October 18 2019

Week of 10.21.19

Westlake Parents and Guardians:

Earlier this month you received an email announcing that all schools in the Five Star District will be administering the first Social-Emotional Learning Survey this year. I am writing to let you know that Westlake Middle School students will receive the survey between October 21st and November 8th. 

Our school is committed to increasing social-emotional resources and support for all students. In alignment with our community-driven strategic plan, ELEVATE, we are excited to provide students with a survey that will allow us to measure the impact of those resources on our students’ social-emotional learning. Although this survey does not collect personally identifiable information, it does allow us to view feedback trends and patterns across our school that will inform how we approach social-emotional learning for all students.   

If you have any questions regarding the survey, I encourage you to look at the following:

 

Thank you for your participation in this survey. We are excited to learn more about the social-emotional needs of our students in order to provide them with the best possible educational experience. 

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions at: 720.972.5200

 

Rules of the Road

Thank you for your support in making our drop off and pick up times safe and efficient.  In order to best support our school community around how the drop off and pick up around the school works please see the visual below.  Also, if you have interest in supporting this process more consider signing up to volunteer as a crossing guard by clicking on the link below.

Crossing Guard Volunteer Sign Up 

 

Composer Works with Westlake Band Students

Jeff Herwig, a composer and music teacher in Pennsylvania, worked with our 7th grade bands recently as a way for our students to learn a new compositional technique.  Mr. Herwig was kind enough to devote some time with the class via video conferencing so that the students could ask questions directly to the composer and get feedback on their performance. He seemed impressed with how the students did and posted about it on his official Facebook page.  Check out the link above showcasing the work our 7th grade bands did!

Upcoming Events

Click on each day to reveal the upcoming events.

 

  • Newspaper Club @ 3:45pm
  • Coding Club @ 3:45pm
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Student Council @ 3:45pm
  • Sugar Fire PTO Dine Out
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Intramural Soccer @ 3:45pm
  • 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
  • GSA Club @ 3:45pm
  • NJHS @ 3:45pm
  • Disc Golf Club @ 3:45pm
  • Love and Logic Class @ 6pm
  • 8th Grade Jazz Band @ 7:30am
  • Drama Club @ 3:45pm
  • Film Club @ 3:45pm
  • Saturday School- Tomorrow 8am-11am

Dr. Heide, Principal Westlake Middle School

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