Andrea Nieto » Staff Profile

Staff Profile

Hello, Westgate family! This year will be my fifth year teaching at Westgate and my seventh year overall. I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade literacy. I am passionate about books and finding good  books for kids to read. I am currently in graduate school online through Kansas State University studying social justice and technology in education.


Student led conferences

Student Led Conferences


Good Afternoon,

Please use the link below to sign up for Student-Led Conferences on June 5th. You will sign up for your Advocacy Teacher and then move from room to room as your student describes what they are learning in each class.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email.

Weekly Update

Park Day and Community Clean Up

On Thursday, May 24 in the afternoon, we will be spending time cleaning up part of the High Line Canal Trail and adjacent field. After this, we will be having our "Field Day" at Westgate. There will be lots of different events for students to participate in that afternoon. You should have seen a permission slip that came home with your student for this day. Please fill this out and return it at the beginning of the week. If you want to volunteer as we clean up the canal and local field please indicate that on the permission slip.


8 Grade Physics Phair

Come see the physics projects of the 8 grade science classes on May 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Students will be bringing home formal invitations this Friday, May 18. We are looking forward to seeing you there!


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, our Advocacy classes as well as PE and Health classes will focus on mental health awareness all month. We feel it is important that we promote healthy living for students, for staff, and for our larger community as well. During the month we will be focusing on diet and nutrition, exercise, the gut-brain connection, sleep and stress as keys to having good mental and physical health.


Public Service Announcement Poster Presentation - May 23


To focus on these different components, we had student in Advocacy form groups based on interest. They are researching their topic and creating a Public Service Announce-type poster that they will present to our Buddy Advocacy class in the 3/4 POD this Wednesday


Westgate Events (and public events) related to Mental Health Awareness:

  • 3v3 Soccer Tournament - Thursday, May 24th from 4:00-6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to have fun and play #4Body4Mind


Save the Date:


June 1st

  • Watch the Movie Wonder: after the whole POD read the book Wonder at the beginning of the year, we are going to host a showing of the movie. From 9:30-11:30 we will be watching this movie in the gym and then having a discussion about how it compared to the book.

June 4th

  • 7/8 POD End-of-Year Party
    • 1-3 PM 
    • There will be a lip synch battle, game room, dance off room and movie room
    • We would really appreciate any store-bought food and drink donations for this event

June 5th

  • 7/8 Continuation Ceremony
    • What-7/8 Continuation Ceremony 
    • When-9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Where-PE Room
  • Student Led Conferences
    • 12:30 PM – 8 PM 

Weekly Update

Little Shop of Physics Field Trip
Tomorrow, students will be taking a field trip to the CSU campus at Fort Collins to visit the Little Shop of Physics.
  • All students must return their signed permission slips to attend
  • Students need to have a sack lunch.
  • The weather looks good, so a light jacket should be fine.

The Little Shop of Physics seeks to

  • Find creative ways to share the wonder of science with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.
  • Present a unique hands-on science experience to a diverse range of K-12 students.

The Little Shop of Physics has always been a hands-on program, something that sets it apart from other science outreach programs. Students are the scientists in the Little Shop of Physics. But we don’t just teach science, we teach that science is something anyone can do, that it is field that is interesting and accessible to anyone. We believe—and we demonstrate—that any one, of any age, can understand science at some level. 

7/8 and HS Music Concert: Tuesday, December 19, 6:00 PM; 

Thursday, December 21; Student-Led Conferences – Half Day – Dismissal at 11:30!
Friday, December 22; Half Day – Dismissal at 11:30!

Our holiday party will be at Westgate Community School in the 7/8 Pod on Friday, December 22nd, 2017, from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Students will be bringing home a flyer this week. If you would like to volunteer, please check the box on the flyer and return this note to school.

There will be a mystery jar contest, a find the snowflakes game, a movie, dancing, games, and a hot cocoa Station.

If you have any food/cups/plates to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

Last Day to Turn in Late Work
Student should check with their teachers to make sure they know the last day to turn in late work. Final grades will be posted on Friday, December 15.

Breathless Poem Ken Arkind

Pay attention to his use of personification and descriptive language. Write 5 sentences about what you noticed.