Executive Director's Corner

headshot of Executive Director, Sharon Collins
Dear Westgate Community School Families,
I hope this letter finds you well and that the start of 2024 has brought you joy and good fortune. As we embark on a new year filled with endless possibilities, I am excited to share some updates and express my gratitude for the incredible Westgate community.
First and foremost, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to each and every one of you. The strength and vibrancy of our community are what make Westgate truly special. Together, we navigate challenges, celebrate successes, and create a nurturing environment for our students to thrive. Your unwavering support and commitment to our Mission and Vision continue to inspire and uplift us all.
Please join me virtually on Friday, January 12 at 11 AM for our quarterly Friday Community Connect. Details can be found on the Website calendar. I look forward to highlighting all that’s happening this quarter. There will be time for questions. The recording of the FCC will be sent out later that day to all families in case you can’t make it at 11 AM.
As we kick off 2024, I am thrilled to announce that our January Advocacy theme is "Growth Mindset."
This month, we will encourage the development of self-awareness and reflection. By helping our students recognize their strengths and areas for improvement, we empower them to set realistic goals and persist in the face of challenges. We will explore the importance of embracing challenges will be emphasized. Rather than avoiding difficulties, we will teach our students to see them as opportunities for growth. This mindset shift allows them to approach challenges with a positive attitude, viewing mistakes as stepping stones to success rather than as failures.
Furthermore, the power of effort and hard work will be highlighted. We want our students to understand that sustained effort leads to improvement and success. By praising their effort rather than innate abilities, we reinforce the idea that dedication and perseverance are key factors in achieving their goals.
As always, we will focus on fostering a love for learning. Curiosity and a desire to explore new ideas are integral to a growth mindset. Westgate will encourage students to ask questions, seek out information, and view learning as a lifelong journey.
In collaboration with you, our Westgate families, we aim to create an environment that nurtures a growth mindset. By instilling these skills and attitudes, we believe our students will not only excel academically but also develop into resilient, confident individuals ready to face the challenges of the future.
Thank you for your partnership in promoting a positive and growth-oriented learning experience for our students.
Warm regards,
Sharon Collins
Executive Director