With so much of our student body participating in distance learning this year and all of our student body needing to be ready to switch to distance learning if directed, this page is intended to provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Distance Learning at West Lake?
How do I login to the various platforms?
How can I get a Chromebook for home use?
Chromebooks can be checked out through the school library just as any library book would be. There may be some delay to this process during the first days and weeks of school as we need to juggle our inventory of Chromebooks between in-school use and at-home use based on the number of students enrolled in each.
What if I want to watch my school classes streamed live?
Beginning Monday, August 31, you should be able to join most classes through a live stream on Google Meet. The nickname or access code will be the lettes “wl” followed by the teacher’s last name as follows:
|Teacher||Google Meet Nickname|
|FERRARONS FONT AL||wlferrarons|
To know when to tune in to each live stream, please follow the school’s bell schedule.
Where do I access my distance-learning instruction?
Although teachers may vary in platforms for storing and distributing their online content, you should be able to link to teacher content through the Canvas link at the top of this website. If a teacher’s material is not found there, please email the teacher directly.
Where can I find my teacher’s email address?
All teacher email addresses can be found on our school directory.
What if I need to reset my password?
Please email Mr. Edwards at email@example.com or Mr. Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org for a password reset.
What if I see this screen on my Chromebook?
Please email Mr. Edwards at email@example.com as he will need to have the district reset your device.
How will I stay informed by my teachers?
Every weekend, you will receive a single email with instructions from all of your teachers (as shown below). If you are not receiving this email, please let Mr. Howe know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there other resources I can use for support while distance learning?
Use the Digital Help Desk as an added resource for support.
Serving on the School Community Council
Serving on our School Community Council is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to contribute and help improve academic performance at our school. The school receives an annual dividend from the school trust lands. Our council decides how these funds will be used. The council reviews and prepares other academic plans for our students each year. All plans are reviewed for final approval by our school board. Councils also act in an advisory capacity to school and school district administrations.
Every public school in Utah has a School Community Council. The councils are made up of school employees who are elected by employees and parents who are elected by parents of students attending the school. Membership terms are for two years. Elections are held at the beginning of each school year.
Parent members must have a student attending the school at least one of the two years of their term of service. Employees must be employed by the school district at the school. For more information please visit www.schoollandtrust.org.
Applications are due by September 8, 2020
With bussing for our entire school boundary, transportation is a little more complicated this year. Here is your quick reference sheet to see the stop closest to you.
Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will open on August 11th on this page. All students planning to attend West Lake must complete the registration before they will receive their class schedule. Registration will be completed online, but we will have online helpers to walk you through the process on August 11th from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and on August 12th from 12:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
West Lake STEM is committed to maximizing the safety of its students and staff members while also meeting the important needs schools serve to allow our community and society to normalize. We understand that families will need to make the best decisions for themselves about how to re-engage in school, and we hope this document serves to provide specific details about how West Lake will meet the state’s requirements to begin face-to-face instruction once again.
This school year, West Lake will deliver all instruction in parallel modalities:
- Face-to-face instruction
- Distance-learning instruction
All classes will be recorded or live streamed for students who are not physically present in the classroom. This content can be viewed synchronously or asynchronously since all lessons will be recorded and posted to the teacher’s class website. This will allow our school to meet the student learning needs independent of what schedule we may be directed to adopt (regular, modified, or dismissal) by our local/state school board or the health department.
Based on the Planning Requirements and Recommendations for K-12 School Reopening Document produced by the Utah State Board of Education and approved by Governor Herbert, West Lake STEM has developed the following reopening plan for the fall of 2020:
In an effort to make sure you have as much information as possible, incomplete though it may be, I want to give you an update on the plans related to our building. As I announced on March 31, the evaluation and repair process needed because of the earthquake will prevent us from returning to our building for the remainder of this school year. Now, estimates are making it very clear we will likely be without a building during the 2020-2021 school year as well.
Although we will wait for additional directives from our governor about how the statewide dismissal will affect the conclusion of this school year, I can speak with confidence that West Lake will be up and running to start the 2020-2021 school year, displaced though we may be. One of the advantages of being part of a large school district like Granite is that the district maintains many buildings and many properties, some of which are unused at times as district planning and boundaries fluctuate. Right now, we are studying several options to house our student body and staff as the West Lake facility is addressed. It’s too soon to know specifics as our board is studying options and will eventually adopt a plan, but I’m certain it will allow us to continue the fine programs we’ve worked so hard to build at West Lake and facilitate transportation for our student body to and from the temporary site.
In the long run, whether West Lake will require a renovation or a rebuild, this process is going to provide us the best and safest facility for our students even though it will require us to navigate bumps and inconveniences along the way. I’m excited about that!
I anticipate more information by early May, and I’ll keep you posted each step of the way.
To West Lake Students & Families: As you are aware, we have not had access to our building since the earthquake. The building sustained some damage and, out of an abundance of caution and given the decreased need to be in the building on account of the statewide school dismissal, we have restricted all access to the building as the damage is evaluated and addressed. Although those evaluations are not yet complete, and I do not yet have specific details to report, I can see that the evaluation and repair process is going to prohibit us regaining access to our school building before the school year is over. I will have more details about what that might mean for our instruction as we get closer to the end of April and as we know more about the status of the statewide school dismissal.
In the meantime, we want to make sure all students are able to retrieve any personal items they may have left in the building. On Tuesday, April 7th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we will have a curbside pick up for any personal items. On that day, families will be asked to stay in their vehicles, pull up to the front curb of West Lake, send in their requests via a mobile phone, and have their personal items delivered directly to their cars. To maintain social distancing and to stagger the crowd, we invite you to come according to the following schedule according and your last name (if possible):
- A-C – 9:00-10:00 AM
- D-G – 10:00-11:00 AM
- H-K – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
- L-N – 12:00-1:00 PM
- O-R – 1:00-2:00 PM
- S-Z – 2:00-3:00 PM
This post will be updated regularly with the latest instructions regarding the West Lake dismissal. Please follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter or check back to this page to know the latest information.
April 7, 2020
March 30, 2020
March 27, 2020
As many of you may have heard, the Governor has initiated some additional guidance as of 4 p.m. (Friday, March 27, 2020) this afternoon. Full details of this directive can be found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/latest/.
Some of this new guidance applies directly to our school operations as follows:
- Distance learning WILL CONTINUE.
- Schools will still be open but with limited personnel, and patrons SHOULD CALL IN ADVANCE and set an appointment to ensure appropriate social distancing.
- Playground equipment and areas are NOW closed (this does NOT include open field spaces but please practice safe social distancing).
- Grab and Go breakfast and lunch service WILL continue. However, to the highest extent possible, please remain in your vehicles and food will be brought to you. Hours remain the same (8-9am for breakfast and 11:30am – 1pm for lunch). Lunch locations will be reduced starting on Monday. Please check the Granite website later this weekend for a list of updated distribution sites. As a reminder, ANY student of Granite School District can go to ANY of our locations for food service. Please spread out during these times as much as possible to ensure appropriate social distancing.
For our employees, the vast majority of the guidance discussed today has already been implemented. Therefore, previous guidance specific to our employees is still applicable. One notable addition to that guidance is the opportunity for hourly employees to participate in online training from home for a portion of their work time. This should be done in coordination with the direct supervisor.
As indicated by the Governor, additional more restrictive guidance may be forthcoming from our local County Health Department. We will update you on that guidance when it is received.
Thanks for your help and support of these initiatives designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We hope you stay safe and healthy.
March 24, 2020
Gov. Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson announced Monday, March 23 that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through Friday, May 1.
State officials and health departments will continue to evaluate the situation and make determinations as time goes on regarding the remainder of the school year after May 1.
“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”
Distance learning and meal services will continue through the extended dismissal.
“During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues.” said superintendent Dickson. “The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”
For more statewide information, we would encourage you to visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/.
March 19, 2020:
On account of damage suffered from the series of earthquakes yesterday, the West Lake building is currently closed to everyone. You may still get breakfast (8:30 to 9:30 AM) and lunch (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) at Granger High School as well as see many of the West Lake staff over there. If you haven’t yet retrieved your Chromebook and it’s locked in the West Lake Building, let us know by quickly responding to our Chromebook Google Form.
March 18, 2020:
Online school launches today. This morning, all students should have received their email for “Online School.” Please email Mr. Howe if you haven’t received yours. Parents, you were copied as well, but about 200 of the parent copies are delayed and will hit your inboxes in the early afternoon.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be the first day of a school week if we didn’t start off with Mustang Media. This is our 150th episode and includes all of the highlights from the 7th Grade Field Trip and the 8th Grade Reality Town. Enjoy!
March 15, 2020:
In light of the Governor’s and State Superintendent’s recent announcements, I want to update you on what the two-week school dismissal will look like at West Lake STEM.
School is dismissed from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th. At the end of the two weeks, the state will re-evaluate and determine what our next steps will be. Because, Granite’s spring break was already scheduled from March 19th through March 23, the two-week statewide dismissal will only affect seven school days that weren’t already planned to be out.
- March 16 & 17: No school for students. Teachers begin preparing online instruction and assignments to start on Wednesday, March 18.
- March 18: Students begin online lessons and assignments.
- March 19 – 23: Spring Break. No online lessons.
- March 24 – 27: Students continue online lessons and assignments from home.
During the dismissal, our office will be open from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Students and families may check into the main office to go to lockers to obtain personal belongings, including Chromebook computers. During this time, students may take their Chromebook computers home.
An email will be sent on Wednesday morning with specific information about your student’s classes. A hard copy will also be available in the main office for students who cannot access it online.
Because the 4th quarter was scheduled to begin on Monday, March 16th for West Lake, some of the classes students will be working on remotely will be new classes. Instructions for how to access those classes will also be included in the Wednesday email.
All sporting events, tryouts, practices, field trips, and performances have been canceled for at least two weeks. All night school and community education classes have also been canceled.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the school. We know that this situation is not ideal, and we appreciate your flexibility and concern for our school community. I will continue to update you as we receive more information.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
As a student in Granite School District, I have the right to the full benefits of Proficiency-Based Learning. Based on the district’s philosophy and practice, I have the Right to:
- know the core standards1 I am being taught and have them presented to me in student-friendly language.
- receive rubrics that help me understand how I am being assessed and how to earn a 4.
- access meaningful, ungraded learning activities that, with my full participation, can improve my proficiency on core standards.
- demonstrate what I know and can do in a variety of ways on specific core standards.
- receive timely feedback and to have Gradebook updated regularly by my teachers.
- reassess and/or take alternate assessments.
- expect academic scores to reflect my ability, not work habits or behavior (my academic scores are independent of my citizenship grade).
- know my teachers’ deadlines for submissions and reassessments.
- achieve at high levels and clearly understand what is required to earn a 4 on any given assessment.
As a student in Granite School District, I have the responsibility to advocate for my own learning. Based on the district’s philosophy and practice, I have the Responsibility to:
- learn and respect the learning of others
- attend class on time and actively engage in my learning.
- participate fully in learning activities that prepare me for assessment and reassessment.
- show what I know and can do on every assessment.
- monitor my progress through Gradebook.
- communicate with my teachers if I want to reassess or show what I know in a different way.
- self-manage my work habits and behavior so they do not interfere with my learning.
- honor my teachers’ deadlines for submissions and reassessments and to take advantage of reassessment opportunities.
- challenge myself to achieve at high levels.