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Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Mrs. Wild and I will be starting my second year teaching here at Westgate. I will be returning to the 7/8th Grade Pod and teaching Science, Math, and Literacy.
 
I am an alumni of University of Northern Colorado and have lived in Colorado for over thirty years. I love learning, dogs (and all animals, really), family, and hands-on activities. I am excited to be continuing to grow as an educator here at Westgate!
 

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GRADES AND ASSIGNMENTS

 Hello! As a new teacher at Westgate Community, I thought it would be important to communicate how grades work in my classroom. Please review this grading policy and feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Westgate uses a 4-Point Grading Scale. 0-1 (Note Meeting Expectations): A grade of this level means that the student has either failed to turn in the assignment at all, or it is not complete enough for me to see how well they are mastering a concept/topic. 2 (Approaching Expectations): A grade at this level means that the student is demonstrating that they are on their way to mastering the topic/concept we are covering. 3 (Meeting Expectations): This grade means that the student has mastered the topic/concept we are covering. I tell my students this is equivalent to an "A." 4 (Exceeding Expectations): To achieve a 4 in my class, the student must be able to demonstrate that they have exceeding the expectations needed to meet the learning target(s) attached to a concept/topic. IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE A 4 IN MY CLASS!!
 
Students in my class are also aware that I grade everything turned in. I do not assign busy work. If an assignment is missing, it goes into the Grade Book as a 0 until it is completed.
 
Westgate has a "No Homework" policy. I try to adhere to this policy as often as possible. There are exceptions in my class. These include the following: My Algebra I students will routinely have "practice work" that they take home most nights to continue practicing a concept. These will be no more than about 3-5 problems related to the day's concept and should take no more than about 15 minutes. Students that do not complete their assignments in class because of poor choices they made in class have the natural consequence of needing to finish their work at home. Finally, students may also have projects that will take extra time outside of the classroom.
 
I believe in working with students so that they are trying their hardest and giving me their best work. Staying in communication is crucial for this to work. If a student wants to redo an assignment or needs extra time, coming to talk to me is the best approach. I am reasonable and will consider any suggestion for a student that wants to learn/relearn. 

Subscription to Classes

 
Dear Parent,
 
Please take the time to subscribe to your child's teachers' pages so that you are kept up to date on what your child is learning. Make sure to sign up for their Advocacy, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science class. Teachers take precious time each week to post reminders, assignments,  and updates on these pages. Please help partner us in your child's learning experience by subscribing and reading these weekly updates. 
 

 

How to subscribe to a teacher's page

 

  1. Go to westgateschool.org
  2. On the top, point on ACADEMICS, at which point a drop down menu will appear.  

 

3. Click on CLASSROOM PAGES. This will bring you to a page that lists the various pods. 

4. Click on your child's pod level. This will bring you to a page with all the teacher and classes in that pod

5. Click on each of your child's classes. This will bring you to the teacher's class page.

6. Click the +SUBSCRIBE button on the top right corner.

7. Enter your information and click the SUBSCRIBE button.

8. Repeat for each of your child's classes.

 

Thank you for your partnership in your child's education.

Week One- August 7

 

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!