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Staff Profile

Hello, my name Ms. Kaplan. This is my sixth year here at Westgate Community School and I am very excited to be back again in the 7/8 POD as the Team Lead.
 
I am originally from Wisconsin and went to college at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I received my teaching license in Middle Childhood/ Early Adolescence 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 8th 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 five-year old niece, hike, crochet, play Magic the Gathering, and read.
 

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7th Grade Continuation

Here is the link for the 7th grade thankful video. https://www.wevideo.com/view/2220251367

Student schedule and Zoom Links

Greetings Advocacy families,
 
As we jump into content classes next week, I have attached a pdf document of your schedule with all Zoom links. (For passwords please see the document in your email or Teams) The links on the document are live and will always be the same. All you must do to join a Zoom class is click the link and type the password. 
 
Please email me with any questions.
 
-Ms. Kaplan
This is August 24th-28th week at a glance. See you on Monday and Tuesday for our live Zoom classes. if you have any questions, please let me know.
This is August 24th-28th week at a glance. See you on Tuesday and Thursday for our live Zoom classes. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Student Led Conferences

Hello Westgate Families,

 

Student Led conferences for the third quarter will be held on Tuesday, May 28th,  from 12:30pm-6:30pm. During this time, students will present their 20 Time Talk in place of the traditional student led conferences. After students present, they may join their parents in the pod to share any other projects/ accomplishments/ work they have done this quarter. ALL students/parents/guardians are expected to sign up for a spot at student led conferences. This reserves a 10-minute slot for students to set up and present their 20-time project. If you cannot attend, please email your child’s English teacher right away to set up another time to present. The signup genius will have enough spots for everyone but it’s on a first come first serve basis. We are asking students to invite mentors to come to this talk as well. We can only have 1 sign up per room. Please sign up with your child’s English teacher.

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054dabaf28a4fb6-1920

 

Please contact Ms. Kaplan at [email protected] with any questions.

Denver Pop-Culture Con Field Trip Info

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

As our field trip to Denver Pop-Culture Con approaches, we wanted to keep in mind the school policies and procedures for big field trips like this. Below we will detail these topics.

  • Behavior Expectations: We realize that this is a big field trip to a large venue, and we will need all students to be on their best behavior and represent Westgate in a positive manner. As such we are letting you know about expectations leading up to this event. We will continue to follow Westgate’s behavior policy and any infractions might lead your student to not attending this field trip. We recommend you having a conversation with your child about behavior expectations. Also, if there becomes a problem during the field trip, you will receive a phone call and are expected to pick up your student from the field trip.
  • Groups: We would like to let parents know that students will be in small groups with Westgate approved adult chaperones. It is the student’s responsibility to be respectful, stick together, and listen to their chaperone.
  • Check in Times: Parent chaperones will be given a detailed schedule; each group will be expected to check in with Westgate Teachers throughout the day. If you are a parent chaperone, look for more details to come from Ms. Nieto.
  • Costumes/ Cosplay: On this field trip students will be allowed to dress up in cosplay as it is the nature of this event. However, students must still follow all school dress code rules just like they would for Halloween at school. Please remember that our students are representing Westgate at the Pop Culture Con.
  • Money: We recognize that this can be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students and as such we are allowing them to bring money, should they have time to purchase memorabilia. It is the student’s responsibility to hold on to their own money and to use it appropriately for school appropriate items they would like to purchase for themselves.

We are still looking for Parent Chaperones who have the approved background check. If you have any questions or concerns, please email your Advocacy Teacher.

Search Engine Optimization

This video is on how to utilize the search engine optimization on your blog.

Picking a Theme and Designing your blog

This video is about how to pick a theme for you blog and to design your blog for your intended audience.

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. 
Mr. Rowan: [email protected] 
Ms. Nieto: [email protected] 
Mrs. Wild: [email protected] 
Ms. Kaplan: [email protected] 
 
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 [email protected] 
 
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 [email protected]
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.