ACCESS Testing on 1/24

Dear West Leadership Families,

Beginning on January 8th, English Language Learners (ELLs) at West Leadership Academy in sixth through twelfth grade will participate in the ACCESS 2.0 for ELLs assessment.  This assessment measures a student’s English Language skills in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  ACCESS 2.0 is a state assessment and is used by classroom teachers to determine the level of language support that a student may need during instruction.  With this information, we are also able to monitor student progress on an annual basis, and determine when a student is ready to be placed in mainstream instruction.  To learn more about this assessment please visit the following web page:

Though you may have seen previous communications which indicated that the assessment would be given online this year, the test will be delivered in paper-pencil form in Denver Public Schools.  The district is currently preparing to transition to the online form next year.

West Leadership Academy will be administering the assessment on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.  Please be sure that your student arrives on time at 7:45am so that they do not miss any sections of the test.  Only the students who need to take this assessment will report to school on this day.  If you have questions regarding the assessment, please contact the main office.

Queridas Familias de West Leadership,

A partir de Enero 8, los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés, en la escuela West Leadership Academy (WLA), participarán en la evaluación ACCESS 2.0 para estudiantes que están aprendiendo Inglés. Esta evaluación mide las destrezas de los estuadiantes para hablar, escuchar, leer y escribir en inglés. ACCESS 2.0 es una evaluación del estado usada por los maestros para determinar el nivel de apoyo lingüístico que un estudiante pudiera necesitar durante la instrucción. Con esta información, también podemos supervisar el progreso de los estudiantes cada año y determinar cuándo un estudiante está preparado para asistir a clases de instrucción regular. Para aprender más acerca de esta evaluación visite la siguiente página web:

Aunque usted pudo haber visto comunicaciones anteriores que indicaban que este año la evaluación se haría en línea, en las Escuelas Públicas de Denver esta evaluación se hará en papel y lápiz.

West Leadership Academy administrará esta evaluación el miercoles 24 de Enero del 2018. Por favor asegúrese de que su estudiante llegue a tiempo a la escuela 7:45 de la mañana a fin de que no pierda  ninguna de las secciones de la prueba. Unicamante deben presentarse a la escuela los estudiantes que han sido seleccionados para esta prueba. Si tiene alguna pregunta respecto a esta evaluación, contacte la oficina principal de la escuela.

Fall 2017 Report Cards

The last day of the fall semester is Wednesday, December 20th for middle school students.   High school students have finals on December 18th and 19th, and should not come to school on the 20th unless they need to make up finals.
Students return from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 9th.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please be advised that report cards for both middle school and high school students will be sent home on Thursday, January 11th.
Report cards will be passed out in advisory classes and will be reviewed on a one-to-one basis with the advisory teacher and student.
Please be sure to ask your student to show you their reports card, then engage in a discussion that pertains to their academic progress.
In addition, there will be a form for you to sign that must be returned to the advisory teacher, indicating that you have seen and discussed the grades with your student.

Buenos días padres de familia y/o tutores legales,

Les estamos informando que el día 11 de enero se enviarán las calificaciones a casa con su estudiante.
Se les entregarán a su estudiante en clase de consejería y serán revisadas uno a uno con su consejero(a), para así crear metas académicas.
Por favor asegurese de pedirle a sus estudiante las calificaciones. Recomendamos que tengan una conversación relacionada al progreso académico de su estudiante.
Igualmente estaremos enviando un formato el cual debe ser firmado y regresado al maestro de consejería, en la cual indica que usted vio y tuvo la convesacón académica con su estudiante.

Flu Season Concerns and Recommendations

Winter is here and so are winter colds and other illnesses. We do not want children to miss school. Neither do we want our families sending a sick child to school to expose others to possible illness.

Due to the increase in influenza cases in the school district, Denver Public Health has recommended that school leaders send a letter to all DPS families about the flu. Public health officials have shared there is a significant increase in reported cases this year.

Carta relacionada con la gripa (Español)

Flu Letter (English)


Y.E.S.S. Mentoring Blog Now Live!

Y.E.S.S. (Youth Empowerment Support Services) is a non-profit organization that focuses on teaching students social and emotional skills through the support of peer mentoring. By understanding the choices available to them and through the support of a peer from a similar “cultural zipcode” – YESS students become empowered to make smarter decisions that lead to positive outcomes. In addition to social and emotional skills, the class also supports students in academic skill development through weekly tutoring/homework sessions, college admissions and scholarships through our College Navigator program, and family involvement through our YESS Family Advocate.

Check out the link below to see what we are up to in class!

2017 College Fair

October is College and Career Readiness Month at Denver Public Schools and it’s also the month of the annual West Campus college fair.  This year all of our high school students had the opportunity to learn about admissions requirements, financial aid, majors, and student life from the representatives of 40 different colleges and universities.












Get a Lift with RTD

The City of Denver is partnering with RTD in rolling out a program where all Denver youth ages 14-18 can receive a preloaded card for bus/rail fare.  The MyRide card can be used on all regular RTD bus rides, Call-n-Ride, SkyRide and rail services.   There are only 1,500 cards available on a first come first served basis.  The passes are only available for a limited time and not reloadable.

Students who do not qualify for the free RTD passes through Denver Public Schools Transportation would be excellent for this program.  The MyRide cards will be distributed through several recreation centers.

For further information and to learn how to get the MyRide card, you may access the following link:

Celebrating the Class of 2017

On Saturday, May 20th, West Leadership Academy graduated its second class of seniors.  95% of the graduates have been accepted to a post-secondary institutions and collectively they have earned over $400,000 in scholarships!

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West High School Alumni Awards

30 graduating seniors from West Leadership Academy, West Early College and West Career Academy were recognized for their achievements by our Alumni Association.  The awards ceremony was held in our auditorium in front of the entire high school student body.  West Leadership seniors were presented with awards and scholarships ranging from $100 to $1500 based on need and merit.

$1500 Alumni Scholarship Awards
Axel Abundez-Abundez
Jayline Castellanos

$1000 Alumni Scholarship Award
Deisy Flores

Dale Weiland Memorial Scholarship Award
Leslie Valles

Alumni Committee Special Awards
Ana Romero-Gonzalez
Giselle Abundez-Abundez
Julio Ameca-Porras

2017 Teacher Awards
Ernest Peck and Mary Coyle Chase, Speech Award
Julio Ameca-Porras

Alumni Athletic Award
Joliet Moya

War Memorial Citizenship Award
Yulises Espino

Jay T. Slagle, Life Science Award
Ana Romero-Gonzalez

Alumni Scholarship Award, Valedictorian
Ana Romero-Gonzalez

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