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Hello, Westgate family! This year will be my second year teaching at Westgate. I enjoy not only teaching 7th and 8th-grade science, English, and math but also, teaching our students how to be kind and creative citizens. This year I will be coaching the 6th-12th-grade Robotics Team (the Wild Bots), as well as being the advisor for the 7th and 8th grade Buddy Advocacy program we are introducing here at Westgate. In my free time, I love going to live music, playing soccer, reading, podcasting, and being creative. I look forward to a fun and creative year with all of you!
 

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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.

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054dabaf28a4fb6-june1

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.

Weekly Update 9/11

  • Friday, September 15; Original Works Orders Due!
  • Wednesday, September 20; October Count Day!  Please be at school!
  • Friday, September 22; Deadline for Quarter  grades
  • Wednesday, September 27; 5 PM – 8PM; Thespian Society Showcase & Spaghetti Dinner
  • Thursday, September 28 & Friday, September 29;    8 AM – 8 PM; Parent-Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL!
  • Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 13; FALL BREAK – NO SCHOOL!

Robotics Club Needs: Go Wildbots!

Ladies and gentlemen we have six weeks from today to build a fully functioning robot that will compete in the BEST 2017 fire and rescue game. To say I'm excited would be an understatement, to say I'm nervous would be an understatement. My team is made up of fierce, funny, and spunky 6th, 7th and 8th graders. If you would like to support them we are currently looking for tool donations to help us build our robot. Let me know if you can help.  Questions can be directed to Miss Nieto at andrea.nieto@westgateschool.org.

 

Hammer

Screw drivers

Wreches

Drill press

Saws

Measuring tape

Vernier calipers

Center punch

Hot Glue gun

Duct tape

 

 

Wonder Shirt Fundraiser

The students in the 7-8 pod are currently reading the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. One of the themes of this novel is, “When you have a choice between choosing right or choosing kind—choose kind.” Stemming out of this philosophy the students have been working hard to find a way to give back to children who are like our books protagonist Auggie who has a facial difference. Miss Nieto’s English class held a t-shirt design contest and Seth Roberts (an 8thgrade student who is not in Miss Nieto’s class) was the winner. The shirts utilizing his design are currently being printed on light blue high quality cotton shirts. We have a limited supply of 200 t-shirts (Adult Smalls, Mediums, and Larges). The t-shirts say, “You’re the hero of your own story” on the front with the Wonder face logo, and “Now be the hero of someone else’s. Choose Kind.” on the back. Each t-shirt is being sold individually for $20 CASH ONLY! All cash must be given to Miss Nieto along with a t-shirt size at the time of ordering. The profit raised from the sale of t-shirts will be donated to Children’s Craniofacial Association-- which empowers and gives hope to individuals effected by facial differences. If you have any questions or would like to purchase one please contact Miss Nieto directly at andrea.nieto@westgateschool.org.

 

We will continue to make time management and organization a priority. This includes using class websites, Infinite Campus and email to our advantage. Here is a link to the Westgate website page that tells you how to setup and use Infinite Campus. I would suggest logging on and checking once a week with your student.

http://www.westgateschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=598156&type=d&pREC_ID=1080866

 

Finally, we will start using some new training we received on Friday to help students understand their NWEA MAPS scores, history and how they can use this information to set real, meaningful goals. Each student has their own page and we will use this as part of our one-on-one meetings we have with our Advocacy students. 

 

Weekly Update

Starting Tuesday, the 8 graders will continue state CMAS science assessments as well as other state testing throughout the building. The 8 graders will conclude testing on Thursday and the only testing left in 7/8 will be a few make-up tests.  The 7/8 students will have the following schedule this week. 

  

Day

AM

PM

Monday

All-Language Arts and Math Classes

All-Social Studies/Science Classes

Tuesday

All-Language Arts and Math Classes

7-Social Studies/Science Classes

8-CMASS Testing

Wednesday

All-Social Studies/Science Classes

7-Language Arts and Math Classes

8-CMASS Testing

Thursday

All-Language Arts and Math Classes

7-Social Studies/Science Classes

8-CMASS Testing

Friday

All-Language Arts and Math Classes

All-Social Studies/Science Classes

 

Because of the need for testing labs and proctors, there will be no specials this week. In place of specials we will be doing an extended Advocacy Unit on communication. We will cover speaking, listening, body language and conflict resolution. During these lessons we will write, think, discuss, watch videos and rotate to various classrooms in the POD to participate in different activities. We hope that this will raise the level of communication in our POD.

 

Finally, April 14 is the last day to donate for our classroom silent auction basket. If you want to donate, please visit the following link. 

 

Carnival Baskets

Carnival Basket Information

Parents! It is that time of year again where each advocacy (homeroom) teacher sponsors a basket that will be sold at the spring carnival- May 13. Each basket has a theme and the parents contribute to the theme to create the basket. Our basket is Artistic Fun. The parent volunteer in charge of our basket is Kristen Briggs. You can contact Kristen with any questions you have regarding the basket. Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius link below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a9a92aa5f85-artistic

All items need to be turned in to the front desk labeled with my name so they know whose basket the item belongs in. If you choose to make a money donation or gift card, please make sure those are also labeled with my name and turned in to the turn in box in the lobby.

Thank you so much! Please contact the parent volunteer if you have any questions (contact information is located in the sign up genius link).

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Weekly Update

 

Starting tomorrow we begin state PARCC & CMAS assessments.  We will conclude testing in April, after our Spring Break.  The 7/8 students will have the following schedule this week. Students will not have Electives this week unless they are in band. 7/8 band will meet for 30 minutes each morning to prepare for their performance on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 pm.

Day

AM

PM

Monday

Language Arts and Math Classes

PARCC Math Unit 1

Tuesday

Social Studies/Science Classes

PARCC Math Unit 2

Wednesday

Social Studies/Science Classes

PARCC Math Unit 3

Thursday

Language Arts/Math Classes

Social Studies/Science Classes

Friday

Language Arts/Math Classes

Social Studies/Science Classes

 


Please make sure your students are here on time and for the entire day during their specific testing window. We ask that you do not pick your student up early or bring them in late on these days. As with any day, students should get a good amount of sleep each night.

 

 

Thank you for your support and understanding.  

Weekly Update

Hello Parents and Guardians,
Starting on Monday, March 13 we begin state PARCC & CMAS assessments.  We will conclude testing in April, after our Spring Break.  Specific times and days for students are posted on the calendar on our website.  For more information about PARCC & CMAS assessments, see the attached Power Point from the PARCC Coffee Talk last week.
As with all standardized assessments, practice does improve student scores.  However, test preparation will be only a small part of students’ instructional time over the next few weeks, as regular instruction must continue.  While it is not required, practice at home for the upcoming assessment is encouraged.  You can access the public access practice assessments online using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers.  At this time, you will only be able to access PARCC ELA/Literacy and Mathematics assessments, not the CMAS Science assessment.   The Colorado Department of Education has not indicated when the public CMAS Science practice tests will be available. 
Grades 3-9* will take the PARCC ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessment (*9th grade will take the Algebra I assessment).
Grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the CMAS Science (Online practice tests are not available)  
 
Go to http://parcc.pearson.com and click on Practice Tests. 
 
Click on ELA or Math
 
Choose the grade of your child
 
Select Computer-Based Practice Test. 
 
Practice tips:
·        Review the Rubric to see how students are scored.
·        Encourage your child to read the instructions and questions entirely before answering a question.
·        Encourage the use of scratch paper when doing the Math assessment.
·        Discuss the questions with your child. 
·        Encourage your child to practice the writing portions by typing their answers.
·        DON’T over practice.  While we want our students to be ready, we don’t want them to be burnt out before the actual Assessment. 
 
Also, during the assessment window, we have some reminders and guidelines we need all parents to follow.
*NO VOLUNTEERS FOR CLASSROOMS OR LUNCH VISITORS DURING THE TESTING WINDOW (Testing starts March 14th & goes through all of April). THE ONLY VOLUNTEERS ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING WILL BE OUR SCHEDULED LUNCH VOLUNTEERS. This is for all grades, as we are testing in many locations throughout the building and cannot risk any disruptions.
*Please make sure your students are here on time and for the entire day during their specific testing window. We ask that you do not pick your student up early or bring them in late on these days. If a student leaves during the middle of a test, then their tests will be invalidated.  We would like to prevent this as much as possible. 
*6th grade lunch schedule will be modified on Monday, March 20th – Wednesday, March 22nd. The schedule is as follows:
-Recess: 11:45-12:15
-Lunch: 12:15-12:45
*9TH Grade lunch schedule will be modified on Friday, March 17
-Lunch 11:45-12:30
 
Thank you for your support and understanding.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Assessment Coordinator, Daneke Callahan atdaneke.callahan@westgateschool.org.

Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The sign up for conferences is now active as of 4:00 pm today February 24th to March 17th 4:00 pm. Please take the time to sign up for a single 15 minute session to your child's core teachers. Please do not sign up with the Advocacy teacher, if you sign up for more than one slot one of them will be deleted. Core classes include Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. If you would like to meet with Specials teachers you can sign up for an additional 15 minute time slot with them. 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054dabaf28a4fb6-7th8th