2019 Alumni Awards

West Campus seniors were recognized by our Alumni Association and the Denver Scholarship Foundation for their achievements during high school. All of our high school students and teachers assembled in the auditorium to recognize the Class of 2019 and to be inspired by their accomplishments.

2019 West High School Alumni Association Scholarship and DSF Recipients:

Adriana Banuelos-Belloc, $500.00, Alice D. Maypole, Class of 1940
Enrico Blackwell, $500.00, Dale Wieland
Amy Cera, $2,500.00, Marie Robinson
Julius Cotton, $1,500.00, West High Alumni
Blandy Ek-Cardoz, $500.00, Alice D. Maypole, Class of 1940
Diego Guzman, $1,000.00, West High Alumni
Umutesi Karinganire, $1,000.00, West High Alumni
Alyssa Ledesma, $1,000.00, West High Alumn
Stephani, Lopez, $500.00, Robin and Barbara Lopez
Briana Mestas, $500.00, Alice D. Maypole, Class of 1940
Kenia Rodriquez-Munoz, $500.00, Alice D. Maypole, Class of 1940
Elias Romero-Leanos, $1,500.00, West High Alumni
Thalia Urbina-Astorga, $500.00, Alice D. Maypole, Class of 1940
Daniel PonceDeLeon, $100.00, Clow-Henerson/ Evan Computer/Business Award
Enrico Blackwell, $250.00, Valedictorian
Amy Cera, $250.00, Valedictorian
Chris Mares, $100.00, Speech/Drama award
Thalia Urbina-Astorga, $100.00, Alumni Athletic Award
Julius Cotton, $100.00, Alumni Athletic Award
Briana Mestas, $100.00, James Fluckey/Gary Lee Kientz Music Award
Elias Romero, $100.00, Lewis V. Fergus Math Award
Umutesi Karinginare, $100.00, War Memorial Citizenship Award
Sandra Galindo, $100.00, War Memorial Citizenship Award
Aleah Lopez, $100.00, Charles R. McDonough Award
Klany James, $100.00, Charles R. McDonough Award
Laisha Flores, $500.00, Vera Ramirez Gomez Scholarship

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CMAS Testing starts April 10th

Estimadas familias de West Leadership Academy,

Vamos a comenzar el examen de las Medidas de Colorado Éxito Académico (CMAS) exámenes el 04/10/2019. Estos exámenes se centran en los conocimientos y habilidades que los niños necesitan para tener éxito en nuestra economía global, incluyendo habilidades como el pensamiento analítico y la capacidad de resolver problemas complejos. Las evaluaciones de la CMAS se centran en tres áreas de contenido diferentes, dependiendo del grado de su hijo se encuentra en:

• Inglés Artes del Lenguaje (ELA) y Matemáticas – 6-8 grado
• Ciencias – 8 grado y 11 grado

Queremos ayudar a los padres y las familias con información para apoyar el éxito del estudiante durante este tiempo. Estos exámenes darán a nuestros maestros información crítica para ayudar a los estudiantes tener vías de preparación universitaria y profesional, y nos ayudará a entender si nuestros estudiantes tengan las habilidades necesarias para tener éxito después de la secundaria.

Calendario: El calendario en el reverso fue creado para comunicar a usted cuando se llevaran a cabo los exámenes de CMAS. Pedimos a los padres y las familias que se aseguren que sus hijos duerman lo suficiente y tengan un desayuno saludable todos los días, pero especialmente en los días de evaluación. Además, si hay citas médicas u otras citas que necesitan programarse, esperamos que este calendario ayude a hacer que esas citas en días que no sean de exámenes.

Asistencia: También queremos comunicar que todos los estudiantes deben estar en la escuela a tiempo, todo el día, todos los días. Esto es independientemente de que las evaluaciones se están haciendo o no. La enseñanza y el aprendizaje que sucede entre los exámenes son importantes, por lo que es imperativo que los estudiantes estén presentes. Nuestras expectativas se mantienen alrededor de vacaciones y esperamos que los padres continúen planeando sus vacaciones alrededor del calendario de DPS.

Retomo de exámenes: Los estudiantes hacen mejor cuando están en su propia clase para la prueba. En el caso de que su hijo tiene que perder una sesión de examen, tendrá que presentarlo después, y se retirara al estudiante durante su tiempo de instrucción normal para hacerlo. Debido a que nuestros maestros necesitan dar instrucción  los días que no hay exámenes, nuestros ayudantes serán los que den los exámenes, esto en torno los remueve de brindar su apoyo a los salones de clase. Para evitar la interrupción del dia escolar de su hijo y de otros estudiantes, por favor asegúrese de que su hijo este en la escuela todos los días y limitar sus ausencias sólo cuando están enfermos.

Agradecemos su apoyo durante este tiempo. Exámenes, incluyendo  CMAS, así como las que se toman durante todo el año, son herramientas vitales para que maestros puedan apoyar el éxito del estudiante. Hay recursos en línea para que los padres y las familias puedan apoyar a sus estudiantes durante CMAS, estos están situados en standards.dpsk12.org. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor no dude en llamar a nuestra línea directa de la escuela 720-423-5460. ¡Gracias!

Teresa Sena-Klava
Directora
West Leadership Academy

Dear West Leadership Academy Families,

We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on Wednesday, April 10th. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills our kids need for success in our global economy, including skills such as analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. The CMAS assessments focus on three different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in:

  • English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – 6th, 7th, 8th
  • Science – 8th grade and 11th grade

We want to help parents and families with information to support student success during this time. These assessments will give our teachers critical information to help our students be on track for college and career readiness and help us understand whether our students have the necessary skills to succeed after high school.

Calendar: The calendar below was created to communicate to you when the CMAS assessments are occurring. We ask parents and families to ensure their children get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on assessment days. In addition, if there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, we hope this calendar will help you to make those appointments on non-assessment days.

Attendance: We also want to communicate that all students should be in school on-time, all day and every day, regardless of whether assessments are occurring or not. Important teaching and learning happens in between testing, so it is imperative that students are here. Our expectations remain around vacations and we expect parents to continue to plan vacations around the DPS calendar.

Make-Ups: Students do best when they are in their classroom environment for testing. In the event that your child has to miss a test session, they will have to make up the test another time and will be pulled during their instructional time to do so. To prevent disruption to your child’s and other student’s day, please make sure that your child is at school every day and limit their absences to only when they are sick.

We appreciate your support during this time. Assessments, including CMAS as well as those taken throughout the year, are vital tools for teachers to support student success. There are online resources to help parents and families support their student during CMAS testing, located at standards.dpsk12.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at 720-423-5460. Thank you, and go Cowboys!

Teresa Sena-Klava
Principal
West Leadership Academy

2019-CMAS

50 Years Later

Remembering the West High School Blowout

50 years ago, students of color were oppressed due to their ethnicity, the way they looked, and the languages they spoke.  Chicano students at West decided they’d had enough so they made a list of demands to stand up to the racism they faced everyday and to improve their education.  They wanted bilingual education and Chicano studies integrated into their classes, and they wanted respect from teachers and staff. A walkout was coordinated with the help of Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, the head of the Chicano organization Crusade for Justice.

On March 20th, 1969, approximately one hundred and fifty students walked out of class.  Students marched to Baker and then back to West, where they were met by police officers.  Tensions escalated quickly.  Police reacted aggressively and used tear gas to disperse the crowd.  The next day, students of all ethnicities walked out of several other Denver high schools and met in front of West in solidarity.  There were over a thousand protesters.  Because of the clashes with police the previous day, the demonstration quickly exploded into chaos and violence, which is why the West High School Walkout became known as the West High School Blowout.  In the end, 25 people were arrested and 6 were injured.

This week students participated in a variety of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the blowout.  We analyzed the poem “Yo Soy Joaquin”, which was written by Corky Gonzales in the 60’s, and explored our own identities.  The band Los Mocochetes and the Su Teatro theater troupe performed for us.  We learned from Lita Gonzales what is was like to be Chicano in Denver in the 60’s, and we compared and contrasted how things were then to how they are today.  On March 21st, community members gathered in front of the school for a symbolic march to Su Teatro, reenacting the walkout of 1969.

Link to 9 News story about the blowout – This story features Principal Teresa Klava and Assistant Principal Mia Martinez, “daughters of two men who were a part of the West High School blowout”, both now leaders at West.

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Día de los Muertos

The West Campus remembered and honored those who have passed away while learning more about our cultural roots by participating in Día de los Muertos.  During the morning students and staff created ofrendas, drank hot chocolate, ate pan dulce, got their faces painted, and listened to storytellers.  Alumni and families joined us in the afternoon for performances by students and community organizations, including Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, and Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra.

Student Photographers:  Alejandra Diaz-Chagollan, Emily Martinez-Ocon, Elias Romero-Leanos

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Annual Family Update Instructions

Annual Family Update (previously known as Online Verification)

Save time during school registration by updating your student’s information online this summer, before registration begins in the fall. The window for Annual Family Update is July 16 – Aug 6 at 4:00pm.  As you know, all information for current students must be verified with Denver Public Schools every year. By completing this process online, you avoid paper forms and decrease the time you have to spend at the school, and in line during registration. In order to participate in the online Annual Family Update, you must have an active Denver Public Schools Parent Portal account. Please make sure your account is set up and ready. You only need one per family:

For Annual Family Update Go to:  http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org

  • Enrollment and Registration
  • Annual Family Update (Formerly On-line Verification).

Simply log-in with your parent portal username and password and follow the instructions.

DON’T HAVE A PARENT PORTAL ACCOUNT?

If you have not already set up a Parent Portal account, please visit myportal.dpsk12.org and click on “Create an Account”. You will need an email address and your student’s DPS ID#s.

Parent Portal Setup & Questions

Office of Choice and Enrollment Services

After you have completed the Annual Family Update, please apply for free or reduced lunch for 2018-2019.  You may do this by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application.

To apply for free or reduced lunch, you will need:

  • Each student’s DPS ID number, date of birth, grade, and school name
  • SNAP case number if you have one.  This is NOT the Colorado Quest Card 10-digit number

You will not need to apply if you have received a Direct Certification letter from the Food and Nutrition services for the 2018-2019 school year.

If you still need help enrolling your students we will have walk in registration on August 8th and 9th from 8am – 6pm closing for lunch from 1-2:30pm. We will need an updated proof of address for returning students. Feel free to call us if you have any questions at 720-423-5460


Actualización Anual Familiar (antes conocida como la Verificación en Línea)

Ahorre tiempo durante las inscripciones al actualizar la información de su estudiante en línea durante este verano, antes de que las inscripciones comienzan este otoño. Usted podrá hacer la Actualización Anual Familiar del  16 de Julio al 6 de Agosto a las 4:00pm.  Como usted sabe, toda la información de los estudiantes que están registrados en Denver Public Schools debe ser verificada cada año. Al completar este proceso en línea, usted evita el papeleo y reduce el tiempo que usted pasa en las escuelas y en filas durante inscripciones. Para participar en la Actualización Anual, usted debe de tener una cuenta activa de con el Portal de Padres. Por favor asegúrese que su cuenta esta activa y lista. Usted solo necesita una por familia:

Para la Actualización Anual Familiar valla a:  http://schoolchoice.dpsk12.org

  • Enrollment and Registration
  • Annual Family Update, una vez que entre puede cambiar las instrucciones al español

Y simplemente inicie la sesión con su nombre de usuario y contraseña que usa para el portal de padres y sigua las instrucciones.

¿NO TIENE CUENTA DE PORTAL DE PADRES?

Si usted no ha firmado para tener una cuenta con el Portal de Padres, por favor visite myportal.dpsk12.org y haga clic en “Para Comenzar”. Usted necesitara una dirección electrónica y el número de ID de su estudiante.

Para preguntas de cómo crear una cuenta en el Portal de Padres

Oficina de Servicios de Opción e Inscripción

Después de completar su Actualización Anual Familiar, por favor aplique por lonche gratis o a precio reducido para el año escolar 2018-2019.  Usted puede hacer esto al visitar; https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

Para aplicar por lonche gratis o a precio reducido usted necesitara:

  • El número de ID escolar de cada estudiante , fecha de nacimiento, grado y el nombre de la escuela
  • Numero de caso de SNAP.  Este no es el número de su tarjeta de Quest

Usted no necesitara aplicar si recibió una carta de aprobación directamente del departamento de Comida y Nutrición para el 2018-2019.

Si usted aún necesita ayuda con las inscripciones de su estudiante nosotros tendremos inscripciones los días 8 y 9 de agosto de las 8am – 6pm cerraremos para comer de la 1-2:30pm. Nosotros necesitaremos un comprobante de domicilio reciente. Si tiene preguntas llámenos al 720-423-5460

Good Luck Class of 2018, Welcome Class of 2022

On Wednesday night, May 30th, West Leadership Academy held its third graduation ceremony for a group of seniors who join 134 years of West High School graduates before them.  90% of this year’s graduating class have been accepted into post-secondary programs of study, and they were awarded over $400,000 in scholarships.   The following morning, we welcomed 117 students to high school at our 8th grade continuation ceremony.

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2018 Alumni Awards

West Campus seniors were recognized by our Alumni Association and the Denver Scholarship Foundation for their achievements during high school.  All of our high school students and teachers assembled in the auditorium to celebrate the success of these amazing students and to be inspired by their accomplishments.

2018 West High School Alumni Association Scholarship and “Special Award” Recipients

Paola Rodriguez–$2500 Marie Robinson Memorial Scholarship
Jeffery Carrillo Garcia–$1500 WHS Alumni Scholarship
Joaquin Carcamo-Tapia–$1500 WHS Alumni Scholarship
Darlene Valdez Benavides–$1000 WHS Alumni Scholarship
Ana Samayoa Ramos–$1000 WHS Alumni Scholarship
Ricardo Aguilera–$1000 WHS Alumni Scholarship
Luis Carrasco–$500 Dale Weiland Memorial Scholarship
Fernando Ambriz–$500 “Special Alumni Award” in memory of Alice Maypole
Christian Borjas–$500 “Special Alumni Award” in memory of Alice Maypole
Melissa Sanchez–$500 “Special Alumni Award” in memory of Alice Maypole
Yoxin Carranza-Lopez–$500 “Special Alumni Award” in memory of Alice Maypole
Amina Aden–$500 “Special Alumni Award” donated by Robin Lopez and Bernie Lopez
Jeffery Carrillo Garcia–$500 “Special Alumni Award” donated by Loretta Gonzales in honor of Ernest P. Garibay

2018 West High School Teachers Awards

Catherine Clow-Henderson, Warren Evans, Computer Business Award- $100
Brian Garcia, West Early College

Ernest Peck and Mary Coyle Chase, Speech Award- $100
Neteru Davis, West Early College

James Fluckey and Gary Lee Kientz, Music Award- $100
Ashlyn DeLaRosa-Ramirez, West Leadership Academy

Alumni Athletic Award- $100 each
Yoxin Carranza-Lopez, West Leadership Academy
Abdirizak (Abdi) Mohamed, West Early College

Lewis V. Fergus, Math Award- $100
Darlene Valdez-Benavides, West Leadership Academy

War Memorial Citizenship Award- $100 each
Gustavo Torres-Martinez, West Leadership Academy
Haley Burkhardt, West Early College

Charles R. McDonough Award- $100
Cassandra Torres, West Early College

Jay T. Slagle, Life Science Award- $500 each
Jennifer Vera-Medina, West Early College
Christian Borjas, West Leadership Academy

Alumni Scholarship Award, Valedictorian- $250 each
Jeffrey Carrillo, West Early College
Paola Rodriguez, West Leadership Academy

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Service Learning Day

West Leadership students demonstrated our core value of citizenship today by cleaning up and beautifying our community.  High school students worked around campus scrubbing walls, cleaning windows, sweeping floors, and weeding and mulching the garden beds in the courtyard.  Middle school students worked with Denver Parks and Rec to spread mulch around the trees at Sunken Gardens, rake the playground, and pick up trash along Cherry Creek.  Students also decorated meal bags for Project Angel Heart.  After a morning of hard work, we celebrated with refreshing paletas.

Photos by Yitzeiry Serna-Villalva and Mariana Romero.

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