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Mrs. Lora Maslen » Staff Profile

Staff Profile

Welcome to my classroom. I have been a part of  the Westgate family since 2013. I love working with our eager, kind, and mind-stretching  students. My classroom is welcoming and engaging. In addition, I often run after-school clubs that relate to my own passions such as crafting, exercise, and Minecraft.



October Advocacy Update

This month’s focus in advocacy is Bully Prevention. We will be talking about what bullying is and is not, including identifying between rude/inappropriate behavior vs. actual bullying behavior. We will also be coming back to re-learning and refocusing on using our school’s “Enough” Protocol. We will also be talking a lot about kindness. Please participate in these conversations with us by talking to your kids at home about what they are learning here.

Our pod will have a Halloween Celebration on October 31st for Halloween. Look for a food and activity sign up for parents coming out soon. Also, remember to send costumes with your student and not have them wear it to school. They will be allowed to put them on prior to the party. Make sure costumes meet the school’s guidelines (this includes no masks) before sending them, please.

Starting on Friday, October 18th, we will be doing Service Learning. During quarter one, each student completed a survey and was able to choose from many options. Students will know which group they were placed into this week if they have not already been told. Service Learning will take place every other Friday from 10:15 - 11:15. High school students will facilitate this learning with a teacher present. The idea is that each group is working on a project throughout the entire year that they are passionate about and will help our community in some way. If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s advocacy teacher, or Chandra Valenza at Since this takes place during our math time, we will move math to 12:40 - 1:30 on these days. From 2:30 - 3:15 on these Fridays, we will be using this time to revisit & reinforce certain language arts & math concepts.

It is starting to get colder! Students will need to bring jackets outside for recess. Each student is responsible for bringing their jacket outside. Students will not be allowed to reenter the building to get their jackets if they forget. Please reinforce this responsibility with your child at home.


If you are interested in volunteering, please check the following link:

We do need a volunteer parent to organize the Halloween Celebration – you can sign up for this using the link.


Friday, October 18: Picture Retakes

Friday, October 25, 5-7 pm: Westgate Trunk or Treat

Thursday, October 31: Halloween Celebration Party

Ms. Tomlin has become Mrs. Maslen

Over the break, I was married and am excited to share with the students my new name : Mrs. Maslen. 

Week of November 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Break! Enjoy your time with your children! We will be back next week on 11/27!