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IndieFlix and Stand for Courage Filming at Westgate

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We have some exciting news! For the last two years, we have been implementing a strong social and emotional program focused on bullying prevention and promoting a culture of kindness. We have worked with CDE and other institutions throughout this process. One organization that we have modeled our student leadership groups after, Stand for Courage, is partnering with IndieFlix to showcase programs focusing on this work. IndieFlix is a global screening service that provides social impact films to create positive change in the world. IndieFlix and Stand for Courage will be at Westgate Community School on Thursday, January 17th filming for an upcoming documentary. Though filming will be taking place here, there is no guarantee that Westgate’s footage will be used in any upcoming film. If Westgate is featured, we will be sure to update our community with all relevant details. This filming will not disrupt the routines of the day, and we encourage students to be themselves throughout filming. The majority of filming on the 17th will be environmental and not individual (i.e. panning in classrooms, hallway transitions, recess, etc.). No individual filming will take place without prior contact directly from Amanda Novak. If you would like to opt your student out of any possible exposure to filming, please contact your Advocacy teacher as soon as possible. We are extremely excited about this opportunity, and we are grateful for the support of our community. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Amanda Novak at Amanda.Novak@westgateschool.org or 303-452-0967.

Calling All Volunteers! JA in a Day is coming January 25th!

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Kids believe they can be whatever they want when they grow up. And they’re right. But getting there isn’t always easy. No matter what your profession, your life experience and determination has prepared you to serve as a role model — not just to your children, but to their peers too.  Junior Achievement (JA) is partnering with Westgate to provide vital enrichment programs to students. In order for your school to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, we need your help to facilitate one of JA’s proven programs.   As a JA volunteer, you will use your life experience to become a role model for local students, teaching them about the “economics of life,” and helping them understand the fundamental connection between school and success.    You do not need any special financial skills or knowledge in order to volunteer. JA provides you with everything you need to be successful in the classroom. Volunteers receive training on how to use JA’s hands-on curriculum, and the teacher is there with you for support.  Contact Amanda Novak at Amanda.Novak@westgateschool.org to sign up!
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Principal's Corner

Dear Westgate Families,
A brand new look has come to Westgate!
A Logo says so much about an organization.  It being our tenth year of operation, we believe it's time for a fresh look that speaks to design elements and meaning of our founders.
What the logo means:
The three sides of the triangle represent our values.   The Child, Family and School partnership and Gifted Education for the Whole Child - Mind, Body and Community

The mountains represent our place in the world.

The W is for Westgate - Welcoming Exceptional Students to Gifted and Talented Education.

The gradation of blue represent the change and evolution that happens to each child through education.  It represents the realization of one's Best, Whole Self.

Blue was chosen because we believe the sky is the limit for each child we serve.
Our hope is that this new representation of Westgate resonates with you, our community.
Thank you for being a part of this great vision of what education can be for kids.  This is an exciting time of growth and blossoming into our best "Westgate Self".
Sharon Collins 
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