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Dear Westgate Families,

It is my privilege to welcome you back to the Photo of Dr. Lindemann's family19-20 school year. A new school year always brings a sense of excitement for me, and this year is no exception. In my first year as principal of our school, I am keenly aware of the legacy that we are building upon.

As your new leader,  I’d like to share three things about myself that might give you insight into who I am as a leader. 

  1. I am passionate about kids getting excited about what they are learning. This will by my 21st year serving in Jeffco, and regardless of the role I’ve served, my favorite moments are when students have light bulb moments. There is nothing as exhilarating as a kid exclaiming,“I see how that works!” or “Now I know what you mean!” or, even better, listening to students talking outside of class about what they have just  learned.
  2. I love that we are living in a globalized world. My geologist dad dragged his family all over the place which resulted in me not living in the US until I was five. This set the stage for me to travel and live in many places throughout the world as an adult. I love languages, travel and learning about people’s cultures. Despite differences, our commonalities are many. Families want their children to thrive and to pursue their dreams. They want to build safe communities that build each other up. They want to spend time on the things that matter to them. Westgate is this kind of community; we serve a diverse population and hold high hopes for the dreams families have for their children.
  3. School success is a team sport. Educating students is simultaneously rewarding and exhausting. It can’t be done in a vacuum. We need our community and parents to partner with us. I know from experience that when this happens, incredible things happen for kids.

What  might you expect from our school this year?  Our amazing team of teachers and staff will continue to Lead, Love and Learn alongside our community. We will continue our work with the Leader in Me program and teaching students about the 7 Habits and goal setting. Our socio-emotional team is expanding as part of a grant with Counselor Corps. We have a strong technology program, and this year it will expand as we partner with our Jeffco technology team and the  1:1 initiative. This means that our 5th graders will be receiving Chromebooks in November, so keep an eye out for family information nights this fall. Finally, the best way to keep up-to-date with us is to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime. I look forward to the coming year and am so grateful for the opportunity to be the principal of Westgate Elementary. 

Respectfully,


Dr. Virginia Lindemann

Principal, Westgate Elementary

 

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