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.

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.

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.

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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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West kicks off the first week of October with two college fairs

October is College and Career Readiness Month for Denver Public Schools.  On Tuesday, October 4th, the West Campus hosted the Student Leadership Summit with USHLI (United States Hispanic Leadership Institute).  Students heard from guest speakers Carlos Ojeda Jr. and Ernesto Mejia from CoolSpeak about overcoming the struggles of growing up poor and Latino.  The speakers motivated students to find their voices, shed the labels that are holding them back, and to be the greatest versions of themselves every single day.  One West Leadership senior was given $100 to share with his family, with the message that there will be more financial help to come after he graduates from college.  Representatives from 20 colleges were present.

On Thursday, October 6th, West hosted the larger Colorado Council College Fair.  Students met with representatives from 45 different colleges and post-secondary institutions.

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Welcoming the Class of 2020 to High School

This year’s 8th Grade Continuation Ceremony was hosted by Middle School Principal Dave Alex and Executive Principal Teresa Sena Klava.  Student speakers included Angelo Anchondo, Fransee Samayoa-Ramos, and Ashley Sanchez.  Councilman Paul Lopez, who graduated from West High School in 1997 and now represents West Denver, was the keynote speaker.

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DPS recognized as an AP District of the Year by College Board

On March 10th DPS was recognized by College Board not only for having consistently increased enrollment in AP courses between 2013 and 2015, but also for increasing AP scores.  A representative from College Board stated that this is an anomaly, as school districts usually see decreases in AP test scores when they show drastic increases in enrollment.  All of WLA’s AP students boarded buses to Thomas Jefferson High School to attend the event.  Many DPS schools were in attendance but West Leadership was called out because we were founded with the help of College Board and we are the last remaining College Board school.   WLA currently offers AP Geography, AP Spanish, AP Calculus, AP Language and Composition and AP Literature with plans to offer even more AP courses next year.   AP courses prepare students for the rigorous coursework they will receive in college.
Event report by Keabeth Gonzalez
Photography by Jayline Castellanos-Orozco

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Spring Musical

Little Shop of Horrors

The West Campus spring musical was a success thanks to the dedicated cast and crew from West Leadership Academy, West Generation Academy and West Career Academy.  Special thanks to Ms. Walburn, Ms. Kennedy, Mr. Cooke and Ms. Irvin for all their hard work!

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