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IndieFlix and Stand for Courage Filming at Westgate

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 or 303-452-0967.
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Calling All Volunteers! JA in a Day is coming January 25th!

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 to sign up!
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2018 Spirit Week & Drop Everything And Read Fundraiser

Spirit Week November 5 - 9 - Vote for the Carnival Theme with your change!

Monday 11/5 - Team Spirit Day - Wear your Team's Color (bring pennies)
Tuesday 11/6 - Wear Your Words Day - Wear a favorite T-shirt with words (bring nickles)
Wednesday 11/7 - Design Your Own Bookmark at School Day (bring dimes)
Thursday 11/8 - Dress like your Favorite Book Character Day (bring quarters)
Friday 11/9 - PJ Day - Drop Everything And Read 8:15 - 9:15 AM (dollars and any coins)
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Patricia Gatto-Walden Speaks at Westgate on Thursday, November 8; 6-8 PM

Join us for an evening of understanding our gifted children and our gifted selves. "It isn't always easy being gifted: Embracing your whole gifted child"

Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD, is a nationally recognized psychologist, who has worked therapeutically with gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades. In her adjunct gifted educational consulting practice, she specializes in helping parents and educators understand and embrace innate gifted characteristics which promote students’ personal health and well-being, and academic success. Her foundational book, Embracing the Whole Gifted Self, 2016, personifies giftedness. She is a featured speaker at gifted international, national and state conferences, provides teacher in-service trainings nationwide, and is a two term past Chair of Global Awareness Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. SENG honored Dr. Patty at the 2016 national conference with the Clinician of the Year Award. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and co-founder of “Yunasa”, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth. She has consulting offices in Amelia Island and Palm Beaches, Florida and Boulder and Denver, Colorado.
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Trunk or Treat and Haunted House

Westgate 2018 Trunk or Treat and Haunted House
Date: Friday, October 26th
Trunk or Treat Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Haunted House Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Westgate Community School
Price: FREE for Trunk or Treat
$5 for Child Area at Haunted House
$10 for Haunted House

Westgate students, families, and friends are invited to dress up in costumes and visit decorated car trunks to receive goodies and vote for their favorite trunk!

Then head on over to the Haunted House for some serious scares! There are 3 levels of scary, from pretty creepy to terrifying! If you are under the age of 7, you must remain in the Child Area in the 1/2 pod.
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