Please take a moment to review the following letter on West Lake’s Title I status as a Turnaround School.
If you missed attending a session of APTT, you can catch the highlights on this video:
Thank you for attending the first Academic Parent Teacher Team (or for watching the highlights on the above video). We know this was a significant change from the parent-teacher conference format we’re all used to, but this has proven to be a more effective model for developing parent-teacher partnerships to better support your student’s learning.
With our APTT model, we will be meeting four times a year, this includes three team meetings where all the families in a home base class will come together and one 15-minute individual meeting that allows teachers to provide you and your child one-on-one time.
You should have received a packet of documents either from the APTT meeting or from your student’s home-base teacher. This packet includes many good practice resources, but the most important item in the packet is your student’s goal sheet. Students are working on a reading fluency and comprehension goal to demonstrate growth based on each student’s individual performance to start the year. If you have not acquired that document, please contact your student’s Mustang Room teacher as soon as possible. Post that goal sheet in a prominent location and talk about it often as you practice with your student.
As described in the APTT session, please practice with your student 20 minutes each night, so your student can see the growth he or she was able to make before our next APTT meeting.
Our goal is that 100% of our families attend all APTT meetings! We’re ordering pizza for the next one, so come hungry!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What do I do for my student who is already reading at or above grade level? This goal is meant to be a personal improvement goal that will track a student’s individual progress and growth. For students already reading at or above grade level, we recommend spending the 20 minutes of nightly reading using a text of their choice with a focus on comprehension using the 5th step only on the progress monitoring instructions. These are close reading strategies that will serve students well right through college-level reading.
- What do I do in November when we’ve completed practicing the October progress monitoring passages? We will send home a new packet of passages for you to practice in November, and we will post them to the website as well.
- What do I do if neither my student nor I can read in English? Qué hago si mi estudiante ni yo podemos leer en ingles? We will post progress monitoring passages in Spanish to practice the fluency and comprehension skills. However, students should practice in English with a skilled reader whenever possible. Vamos a poner pasajes de lectura en español en el website para practicar la fluenza y comprensión. Pero, estudiantes deben practicar en ingles cuando puedan.
The West Lake STEM remodel has officially concluded, and we celebrated with ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. The new Student Body Officers (SBOs) did the honors in cutting the ribbon, and West Lake STEM sparkled for all to see. If you missed your chance to attend the event (or if you’re just taking a look back in history), take a moment to watch the entire ceremony. What a night!
Parents . . . We want to hear how we’re doing! Please take a quick 5 minutes to provide feedback for our great school. The survey link is: http://c4lq.com/, and the West Lake Passcode is: 142713
Thank you to the Granite Education for arranging a permanent food pantry at West Lake STEM. Watch the video to learn how it works.
We are excited to culminate our many months of construction with a ribbon-cutting event and an open house on the evening of Thursday, October 6th from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. We will begin with a short ceremony at the front doors of the school, and then we’ll invite families and friends to tour the facility. This event will immediately follow our Parent-Teacher Conferences (known as Academic Parent Teacher Teams), so we hope you can stay for both events.
It’s a wonderful day at West Lake!
This year, instead of traditional parent teacher conferences, we will implement Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT), which is a more effective model for developing parent-teacher partnerships to better support your student’s learning.
With our APTT model we will be meeting four times a year, this includes three team meetings where all the families in a home base class will come together and one 30-minute individual meeting that allows teachers to provide you and your child one-on-one time.
It is critical to attend these important meetings so we can plan how to work together to support your student’s learning. Translation will be available.
Our goal is that 100% of our families attend all APTT meetings!
We look forward to kicking off our Academic Parent Teacher Teams on Thursday, October 6. All APTT team meetings will be 75 minutes in length. The meetings will cover the following:
- A review of student progress data
- The establishment of academic goals
- A demonstration of activities to use at home with your child
- An opportunity to work with other parents from your child’s class to build community
We can’t wait to see you at the first-ever West Lake Academic Teacher Team meeting next week.
This year, West Lake STEM had five available seats on its Community Council, and, because we had five nominees for those five slots, we will not need to hold an election. We would, however, like to briefly introduce the five new members of the Community Council and express our gratitude for their willingness to serve our great school.
Kuuipo Tausinga: “I am not only a former Mustang, but I do all that I can to be involved in my children’s schools and in my community in general. I currently serve on the Granger football little league as League Treasurer and have also served in other capacities serving youth aged children and their families. I am a trusted and responsible individual committed to finding ways to help my community! GO MUSTANGS!”
Jennifer Johnson: “I have a background in Public Realtions, PTA, and previous SCC experience. Let’s get to the point: Kids matter. I care. Let’s make a difference.”
Becky Young: “I’m Becky Young and I’m a mom of 4 kids at three different schools. It’s important to me to be involved and informed and have a voice. I have participated on West Lake’s Community Council with my oldest child and I’d love the opportunity to do it again.”
Ann Peterson: “I have been involved in community council at some of my other kids’ schools. I love the opportunity to help effect real change for our children and community. I am a stay at home mom with 6 kids and care a lot about doing the best we can as parents for the kids and the school.”
Jana Rupp: “I taught school for five years, and have served with community council and PTA at two other schools. I am excited about the changes with Westlake STEM and would love the opportunity to help continue making our great school even better.”
The after school program at West Lake STEM Junior High School (Called STEM: After Hours) allows students to have a safe and educational place to be for an additional two hours after school is dismissed. The program is Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Students participate in 50 minutes of homework assistance, 50 minutes of a reward activity (open gym, cultural clubs, board games, and, for the last 15 minutes, students are fed dinner before being sent home. If this sounds like something you would like your student to do, please turn in a registration form to your student’s Mustang Room.