March 16, 2015, 9:26am By Amy Bounds, The Daily Camera
Middle schools looking to improve may want to check out Longmont's Westview Middle School.
The school recently was named a 2015 Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch. The Colorado Association of Middle Level Education recognized Westview for "challenging students to use their minds well, being sensitive to the unique developmental needs of early adolescence and providing every student with a high-quality learning experience."
Westview Middle school sent all six of their Competitive Robotic Teams to the Colorado State Championships on March 7th. Over the course of the season the teams have continued to improve on their designs and programs for competition. Team Andromeda (Cailyn Eveland, Morgan Chen, Davita Bird, Zoe Mazurkiewicz, Kendra Buzzetta, and Julia Wilson) finish 1st in the Programming Skills Challenge and are the 2014-2015 VEX Robotics Colorado State Middle School Champions in that category. We had two other Westview teams advance to the Championship match of the Teamwork Challenge.&n
Westview Students and their teacher, Dan Cribby, present research from the Plains to the Park program at the 2015 Rocky Mountain National Park Continental Divide Research Learning Center Biennial Research Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. March 4, 2015.
Bolder BoulderAre you interested in running, jogging, or walking 6.2 miles? Join the Westview Bolder Boulder Team! You will get some training experiences, free t-shirt, discounted entry for the famous Bolder Boulder 10 km road race, and snacks on race day, which is Memorial Day (May 25th, 2015). Register by March 20th for a race entry of $25 or by April 18th for $30. Parents, siblings, and friends may also register through BB Racers- Westview and have their goodies delivered to the school.
The teachers at Westview Middle School are always looking for new hands-on approaches to science, technology, engineering and math. John Fischer, company founder of Longmont-based StickerGiant Inc. and parent to former Westview students, jumped at the chance to help. StickerGiant Inc. donated a 3D printer to Westview Middle School to enhance their computer science and robotics programs.
Westview had five of our six teams compete this past weekend and they did pretty well compared to our previous events. All five teams are now scoring on multiple objects and two of them are hanging with some of the High School teams (Andromeda and The Creators). Andromeda was the highest scoring team in the Programming Skills Challenge beating some of the HS teams in the process. Unfortunately, they did not have that as an award this time but they were given special recognition. They did win a unique award made up from one of the High School teams hosting.
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for girls in middle school. This day-long event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges. This event takes place on February 28. Learn more and register here.