Harvest Festival

This Thursday is our Harvest Festival!  Dinner will be provided by community restaurants and served by retired members of the Denver Nuggets.  There are fun activities planned, including a basketball game in the gym.  Middle and high school students will be recognized for demonstrating our core values of citizenship, scholarship and integrity, AND about fifty high school students will receive academic letters for earning an outstanding GPA last school year!

6:00 to 6:40:  Dinner in the Cafeteria
6:45 to 7:05:  Basketball in the Gym
7:10 to 7:30:  Awards Presentation

Día de los Muertos

We remembered and honored those who have passed on while learning more about our cultural roots by participating in Día de los Muertos.  Students, staff, alumni, and community members created ofrendas, drank hot chocolate, ate pan muerto, got their faces painted, and listened to storytellers.  We also enjoyed performances by Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, and Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra.

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Week of 10/14

Student-Led Conferences:
All families are encouraged to attend during one of these times:
Thursday, October 17th from 4 to 7pm
Friday, October 18th from 7:30 to 11:30am

Homecoming & Spirit Week:
Monday: Twins Day
Tuesday: Sports Day, Soccer game vs South @ South
Wednesday: 70′s/80′s Day, Powder Puff Game, Volleyball Pack the House vs Sheridan, Campfire (campfire is only for high school students)
Thursday: Class Colors Day, 10th Period Pep Rally for high school students, Student-led conferences from 4pm to 7pm
Friday: No school for students, Student-led conferences from 7:30 to 11:30am, Homecoming tailgating @ 5pm, Homecoming game @ 7pm
Saturday: High School Homecoming Dance, 7-10pm
Monday and Tuesday (10/21 & 10/22): No school for students

First Week of 2019/2020 School Year

Welcome back students!

Our 6th Grade and 9th Grade Academies will be held on Monday, August 19th and Tuesday, August 20th.  All 6th and 9th grade students are expected to attend both days.

The first day of classes for ALL students (grades 6 through 12) is Wednesday, August 21st.

 

Celebrating the Class of 2019 and Welcoming the Class of 2023

On Saturday, May 25th, West Leadership Academy celebrated our fourth graduating class.  These students became the 136th graduating class from West High School.  This year’s graduates were accepted to 21 different colleges and universities and received over $360,000 in scholarships!

On Thursday, May 30th, we held a continuation ceremony for our 8th graders who successfully completed middle school and are prepared to transition to high school.  Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez was our keynote speaker.

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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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