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.


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.


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


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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WLA Students Perform on the Hamilton Stage

On Wednesday, March 21st, West Leadership Academy students attended a special performance of the Hamilton Musical at the Performing Arts Center.  The show was the culmination of a unit in which students spent weeks studying about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers.  Teams from 60 schools competed by researching, writing, and performing original pieces that were submitted to the Hamilton cast.  Before Wednesday’s show, students from several schools were selected to perform their pieces for the audience, including WLA students Jose Torres-Andazola, Zehydi Chaparro-Rojas, Rossy Martinez-Sanchez and Alexandra Andazola-Chavez.   The event was covered by The Denver Post and Chalkbeat.

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CMAS Testing in March and April

Dear West Leadership Academy families:

We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on March 20, 2018. 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 four different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in:

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

We want to help 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 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.

Volunteers: Please also note the days in which we cannot allow volunteers in certain floors of our building. This is to adhere to the ethics and other policies set forth by DPS and the State of Colorado to maintain a secure testing environment.

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. In addition, due to our teachers needing to teach during all non-testing days, our paraprofessionals are used to give make-ups, which pulls them from supporting the classroom. 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 contact us. Thank you, and go WLA!!

Estimadas familias de West Leadership Academy:

El próximo 20 de marzo vamos a comenzar los exámenes de las Medidas de Colorado para el Éxito Académico (CMAS). Estas pruebas se centran en los conocimientos y destrezas que los niños necesitan adquirir para tener éxito en nuestra sociedad, incluyendo habilidades como el pensamiento analítico, así como la capacidad de resolver problemas complejos. Las evaluaciones de los CMAS se centran en cuatro áreas de contenido diferentes, dependiendo del curso en el que su hija/o se encuentre:

• Inglés (ELA) y matemáticas – 6º, 7º, y 8º curso
• Estudios sociales – 7º curso
• Ciencias – 8º y 11º curso

Por lo tanto, queremos ofrecer a los padres y familias información para que los estudiantes logren dicho objetivo. Además, estos exámenes darán a nuestros maestros información relevante con el fin de que se puedan tomar las medidas oportunas y así ofrecer al estudiante dichas habilidades y herramientas en su reparación después de la secundaria, ya sea en su vida universitaria y profesional.

Calendario: el calendario localizado en el reverso fue creado para  que sepa(n) cuándo tendrán lugar los exámenes de la CMAS. En general, 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, en particular, durante estos días. Igualmente, si hay citas médicas u otras que necesitan programarse, el calendario ayudará a que no coincidan con los exámenes.

Voluntarios: durante los días de los exámenes, debido a las políticas establecidas por DPS y el Estado de Colorado, no será permitido el acceso a voluntarios en el edificio, con el objetivo de para mantener un entorno de evaluaciones seguras.

Asistencia: también rogamos a los estudiantes la máxima puntualidad: deben de llegar a tiempo y permanecer todo el día durante todos los días y no solo el día de la evaluación. Sabemos que la enseñanza y el aprendizaje son importantes, así como estos exámenes. Por lo tanto, es imperativo que los estudiantes estén presentes. Nuestras expectativas es que las familias se ajusten al periodo oficial de vacaciones establecido por el Distrito Escolar  (DPS).

Retomar los exámenes: está demostrado que los resultados de las pruebas son más altos cuando el estudiante está presente en clase los días de las pruebas. En el caso de que su hija/o tenga que perder alguno de los exámenes, lo tendrá que realizar otro día. Esto implica que perderá clases normales y por lo tanto, impactará negativamente en su proceso de enseñanza/aprendizaje. Asimismo, como nuestros profesores han de dar clase los días que no hay exámenes, serán nuestros ayudantes los que den  dichos exámenes, no pudiendo estar en clase apoyando a los estudiantes que lo necesiten. Por lo tanto, y con el fin de evitar interferir en el normal funcionamiento del centro, por favor, asegúrese de que su hijo este en la escuela todos los días y limitar sus ausencias sólo cuando están enfermos o motivos de causa mayor.

Por último, queremos agradecer su apoyo durante este tiempo. De nuevo, los exámenes, incluyendo los CMAS, así como las que se toman durante todo el año, son herramientas vitales para que los docentes puedan brindar el éxito del estudiante. Hay recursos en línea para que los padres y las familias puedan apoyar a sus estudiantes durante CMAS, situados en standards.dpsk12.org. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor, no dude en preguntarme. ¡Gracias!


7th and 8th-Graders Visit DU

West Leadership Academy is part of Denver University’s VIP (Volunteers in Partnership) program, designed to promote self esteem in students and bridge the transition from secondary to post-secondary studies.   Our middle school AVID students visited DU last week to tour the campus and learn about some of the many opportunities DU offers.  Students were greeted by a West Leadership alumni and current DU freshman, they then participated in an engaging presentation by the Physics Department, and finally received an extensive tour of the campus.  Students were impressed by the library, athletics facilities, and they especially enjoyed eating lunch in the dining hall.  This experience gave students a glimpse at college life and motivated them to work harder to achieve their goals.

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Possible Walkouts to Support Parkland

Dear WLA families,
We want to share with you that some students at our school may be planning to walk off our campus to show support for the victims in the Parkland, Florida school shootings.
Please know that we are working with these students to provide activities that allow their voices to be heard on campus, where we can ensure they are safe.
However, we know some students may chose to leave despite our objections. In case this occurs, please be aware of the following:
  • Per district policy, when students leave the building without parent and/or school permission, their absence is unexcused.
  • To ensure students’ safety, we will require a school or district employee to accompany them off campus if possible.This is not a sign we support their protest; rather, that our students’ safety is our top priority.
  • If students leave campus, we will notify parents as soon as possible. We may not always, in all cases, be able to complete this notification before media report walkouts.
If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or the assistant principal, Cris Sandoval, at 720-423-5460 or 720-423-5368.
Teresa Klava
Estimadas familias de WLA:

Queremos compartir con ustedes que es posible que algunos estudiantes de nuestra escuela estén planeando salir del campus para apoyar a las víctimas del tiroteo que tuvo lugar en la escuela de Parkland, Florida.

Queremos que sepan que estamos trabajando con estos estudiantes para proporcionarles actividades que les permitan hacer oír sus opiniones en el campus, donde puede garantizarse su seguridad.
Sin embargo, sabemos que algunos estudiantes pueden optar por marcharse a pesar de nuestra oposición. En caso de que así suceda, tengan presente lo siguiente:

  • Según las normas del Distrito, cuando los estudiantes se marchan del centro sin permiso los padres y/o de la escuela, su ausencia se considera injustificada.
  • Para garantizar la seguridad de los estudiantes, pediremos a un adulto empleado de la escuela o del Distrito que los acompañe fuera del campus. Esto no significa que apoyamos la protesta, sino que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra máxima prioridad.
  • Si los estudiantes abandonan el campus, nos comunicaremos con los padres lo antes posible. Es posible que, en todos los casos, no siempre podamos completar esta notificación antes de que los medios de comunicación informen sobre las protestas.

Si tienen alguna pregunta o inquietud, no duden en comunicarse conmigo o con el subdirector, Cris Sandoval, por teléfono al 720-423-5460 or 720-423-5368.

Teresa Klava