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Hello, my name Ms. Kaplan. This is my third year here at Westgate Community School and I am very excited to be back again in the 7/8 POD.
 
I am originally from Wisconsin and went to college at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I received my teaching license in Elementary Education and Social Studies. From Wisconsin, I traveled the world when I moved to South Korea and taught English as a Second Language.
 
This will be my 6th year here in Colorado and I have loved being here since the move. In my free time, I love to hang out with my beautiful two-year old niece, hike, crochet, and read.
 

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Halloween Party Sign Up

Please help the 7/8 students celebrate Halloween this year. Attached is the sign up genius for items we would like for our party. Please remember that all items have to be in original packaging with ingredients listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ms. Kaplan at amy.kaplan@westgateschool.org
 

September Monthly Advocacy Update

Parents! This Thursday, September 6th, Amanda Novak and Generation Schools Network are hosing a Parent and Student Focus Group about topics such as bullying, social emotional learning, and more. Join us for meaningful conversation and DONUTS on Thursday morning from 8:15 - 9:15 am. We need your input - your voices matter!
 
Advocacy
This month in Advocacy, we will be focusing on self-awareness. We will be working on goal setting, being kind to ourselves, peer pressure, self-esteem, as well as college and career readiness. 
 
Communication Pathway
The best way to contact your child’s teacher directly is via email. 
 
Please allow teachers 48 hours (2 business days) to respond. If your concerns are not addressed in that time, please reach out to Mr. Rowan as team lead to get further support. If Mr. Rowan is unable to meet your needs, he may refer you to our 7-12 Assistant Principal, Amanda Novak. 
 
Planners 
Students were each given a planner to use this year to aid in time management and organization. Each day, they should be copying down the agenda for each class. This is a great tool to see what’s happening daily. Please encourage your student to maintain this by checking in with them regularly. Students are also encouraged to track upcoming due dates in their planners. 
 
Infinite Campus Login
Parent Log In: 
Username: email address 
Password: (emailed a temporary password) 
 
If you are still having problems with logging into Infinite Campus, please message Mrs. Rochelle Goforth at rochelle.goforth@westgateschool.org 
 
Microsoft OneNote Login
Students do a lot of their classwork in Microsoft OneNote. We wanted to make sure you knew how to login in case you want to see their work or if students need to do work from home.
Username: first name.last name@westgateschool.net
Password: the same password that students use to login to their laptops at school
 
Edlio Emails 
Look for emails coming from Edlio. These are weekly updates and assignments from the teachers that your students have. Please double check your junk folder. 
 
 
Weekly Schedule in Advocacy
Monday: Check infinite campus and weekly updates, email parents and teachers about missing assignments 
Tuesday-Thursday: Advocacy lessons 
Friday: Tidy Friday 
 
Upcoming Dates
September 3rd: NO SCHOOL- Labor Day 
September 27th & 28th: NO SCHOOL- Parent Teacher Conferences

Week of August 13th

We will start switching content classes on Wednesday, August 15th.
This week in Language Arts:
  • Meet Ms. Kaplan
  • Due Dates
  • Organizational Tools
  • Warm Ups
  • I Am Malala

Week of April 9th

Hello, Westgate families and welcome back for quarter four! This quarter we are looking forward to a strong end of the school year with lots of fun learning happening in the 7/8 pod. This week students will have a regular class schedule on Monday and Friday. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday students will participate in the English Language Arts CMAS testing in the afternoon. In the morning students will have science, social studies, and advocacy. The schedule for those days is as follows: 

8:00-8:15 Advocacy                                              

8:15-9:15 Specials

9:15-10:15 Science/SS A

10:15-11:15 Science/SS B

11:15-11:45 Advocacy 

11:45-12:15 Recess 

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 3:15 Afternoon Testing

3:15- 3:30 Advocacy 

3:30 Dismissal 

As always we encourage our families to make sure their kids are well rested, and well fed before testing and school days.

17/18 Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

Hello Westgate Families!

Please sign-up for a start time in one of the slots available.

Parent/teacher conferences are going to work differently this time around. You are only signing up for a time slot and may request the teachers you'd like to meet with in this pod. Teachers will make the final decision about what teachers are in each conference and you may not be able to meet with all teachers for the entire time.

Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis.

You can also sign up for a 15 minute conference with the specials teachers separately from your other conference.

If you have any questions, please email me at amy.kaplan@westgateschool.org

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054dabaf28a4fb6-1718

Week of February 26th

7/8 Spring Dance

Where: Westgate

When: Friday, March 9th

Time: 6:30-9:30 (Doors close at 7:00)

Admission: $2.00 for Store-bought food to share

The event is run by the social committee and hosted by the 7/8 POD. All proceeds will go towards other parties/DancesActivities for the POD>

Advocacy

In January and early February, Westgate Advocacy classes are learning what Self-Regulation is and how to self-regulate our own Physical Systems, Emotional Systems, and Cognitive Systems. Students will learn how our bodies respond when we are agitated, nervous, angry, etc. They will also receive multiple strategies for coping with these physical responses. Similarly, they will learn how to name and identify their emotions as well as strategies to respond to their feelings. 

This week, students will practice using what they've learned by coming up with scenarios that have strong emotions, identifying ways to name and deal with these emotions and creating skits around these scenarios. On Tuesday, students will complete this curriculum and receive their Declaration of Emotional Freedom Certificate.

Starting Wednesday, we will begin our 7 Days of Gratitude program. During these seven days, students will practice giving thanks and being grateful for themselves and people and things in their lives. They will each have a booklet to guide them through this process and will work with a partner to keep them on track. Each class in the 7/8 POD will have a gratitude jar that will allow students to fill it with things they are grateful for.

STEAM Meet Ups

Is your child interested in joining the WildBots robotics team or just interested in STEAM? If so, Miss Nieto will be going to some Denver robotics and STEAM events coming up and would love to see some Westgate families there. If you want more details or are interested in attending and meeting up with other Westgate families (and myself) please email me in advance of the event so we can coordinate a meet up Andrea.Nieto@westgateschool.org

Upcoming Meet-Ups:

Saturday, March 3rd

What: Girls & Science (visit: http://www.dmns.org/learn/families/family-events/girls-science/ for more info)

       Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

       When: 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Sunday, March 4th

        What: STEAM Fest Boulder (Visit: https://makerbolder.com/steam/)

        Where: Boulder County Fair Grounds

        When: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 25th

What: 2017 Colorado Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. This is considered the “Super Bowl” of  Robotics competitions for High School students.  (visit:http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/event/2017-colorado-regional-first-robotics-competition/ for more info)

       Where: Denver University Gymnasium

       When: Start: March 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm;  End: March 25, 2017 @ 5:00PM            

Join the WildBots for one or all of the above meet-ups! I look forward to seeing students and families in attendance for these awesome events full of STEAM learning, and building community.

Week of February 20th

This week in Social Studies, we are continuing our study of Ancient Greece. The students began learning about Athens and democracy, now they are to compare and contrast Athens to Sparta. We will then begin learning about the Golden Age of Athens and then the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.

Week of February 20th

This week in Math, I am having the students answer a forum to review both the elimination and graphing ways to find the systems of equations. There will be a video and notes on the substitution for our final way to solve a system of equations, which the students will learn about this week.

Week of February 20th

This week in Language Arts, the students will finish their debates. The movie project for "The Outsiders" is due on Tuesday, February 20th. We will begin the book "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers this week as well. This is a book that is written like a movie script. The students will learn about the different terminology that is used in movie scripts. Students will be creating a journal to decide if the main character is guilty or not of his crimes in the book.

Week of February 20th

7/8 Spring Dance



Where: Westgate

When: Friday, March 9th

Time: 6:30-9:30 (Doors close at 7:00)

Admission: $2.00 for Store-bought food to share

 

The event is run by the social committee and hosted by the 7/8 POD. All proceeds will go towards other parties/DancesActivities for the POD>

 

JA in a Day 2/23/2018



Junior Achievement (JA) is partnering with Westgate to provide vital enrichment programs to students. Our 7th and 8th graders will have an opportunity to participate in an enrichment sessions that work to change students' lives by helping them understand business and economics.

 

7th Grade-Start It Up

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©Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., 2016

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4 ©Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., 2016 PROGRAM OVERVIEW The following overview provides a brief description of the program activities.

 

JA Start It Up is designed to engage students in an immersive business development experience enabling them to experience the creativity, sense of accomplishment, and excitement that careers in entrepreneurship and business can offer. The JA Start It Up program is a project-based learning experience. In project-based learning, students are asked to solve a real-world challenge. Learning happens organically–students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and reach new understandings as they work together to solve a problem they may encounter in the real world.

In teams, students are asked to develop a new flavor of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn (Oogie’s). Each team’s new popcorn flavor must appeal to a specific target audience: their peers.

 

8th Grade-It's my Future

http://www.jacolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/JA-Its-My-Future_Smaller.pdf

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Foreword Junior Achievement USA Junior Achievement USA (JA; JA USA) is a nonprofit organization financed by businesses, foundations, government, and individuals.

 

JA It's my Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world while still in middle school. The following key concepts will be discussed:

  • Develop a personal brand
  • Skills, interests, working environment and job outlook considerations when exploring careers and industries
  • Career mapping
  • Job hunting skills
  • Soft skills, work ethics and professionalism

Following participation in the program students will be able to:

  • Explore potential careers, discover how to plan for a job and learn how to keep it
  • Develop personal branding and job-hunting tools for earning a job

 

Advocacy

In January and early February, Westgate Advocacy classes are learning what Self-Regulation is and how to self-regulate our own Physical Systems, Emotional Systems, and Cognitive Systems. Students will learn how our bodies respond when we are agitated, nervous, angry, etc. They will also receive multiple strategies for coping with these physical responses. Similarly, they will learn how to name and identify their emotions as well as strategies to respond to their feelings. 

Lastly, students will be introduced to the cognitive system - how can we change our daily thoughts and words from negative to positive? Ask your student what types of things they are learning and keep talking about Self-Regulation with your students at home! 

When finished, Westgate Advocacy classes will start learning about Healthy Relationships. Since many people celebrate Valentine's Day in February, as well as Black History Month, we are going to explore healthy relationships on many levels. Our younger students will discuss healthy, happy friendships and how to respond during conflict. Older students will talk about relationships on many levels as well as basic respect for all. Ask your student what types of things they are learning and keep talking about Healthy Relationships with your students at home! 

Geography of Ancient Mesopotamia

Answer the following questions that correlate to the video. Ancient Mesopotamia Geography 1. What provided resources to the ancient inhabitants of Mesopotamia? 2. Describe the Northern region 3. Describe the eastern region 4. What resources were found in the Zagros Mountains? 5. Why was the Taurus Mountains important? 6. Describe the West and Southern region 7. What is Mesopotamia between? 8. Why did settlers choose this area to create city-states? 9. Describe the differences between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. 10. Name one of the earliest civilizations. 11. From the metal production map, what can be said about Ancient Mesopotamia?

Week of August 7th

Good Morning and Welcome Back! 

The 7/8 team is so excited to see all the new and returning students and we can't wait to get to know each other, build community, develop routines and start laying the foundation for a great year. Our Advocacy classes meet three times a day:

  8:00 - 8:15: Circle Time and Introduce Theme

12:45 - 1:15: Advocacy Classwork Time

  3:15 - 3:30: Final Thoughts, CNN Student News, Clean Room

We will start the first week focusing on our Advocacy class which take us through the social-emotional learning we find so valuable. This work will focus on Self-Management, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. For the first month, we will focus on the following themes:

  • Relationship building
  • Social Integration/Interaction
  • Time Management/Organization
  • School Culture
  • Academic Tools

As we move into our normal schedule, we will use the following weekly schedule in our Advocacy classes:

  •  Monday: Check weekly updates, emails, assignments
  • Tuesday/ Thursday: Themes
  • Wednesday: Individual student meetings
  • Friday: IC, Check grades, Individual student meetings

As part of our ongoing work on bettering student, teacher and parent communication, we are going to be providing each student with a Planner and Blue Communication Folder. We expect that these two things go home each night, parents and students look at them together, the parent signs the planner and both the planner and blue folder come back to school the next day. The planner will contain what the student did in class and assignment due dates (it is their responsibility to write this in the planner) and the blue folder will contain graded assignments and/or work that needs to be completed at home. The blue folder will also contain permission slips, forms, etc. We hope that this daily exercise will help strengthen communication and give students the opportunity to take more responsibility for their education. 

We hope that you are as excited as we are, and together we can make this a great year!