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Westlake creates a magically inclusive performance

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Westlake creates a magically inclusive performance

Officer Paul Lesh, SRO at Westlake Middle School teamed up with Westlake’s choir teacher, ASL club sponsors, and the small but mighty ASL club members (students in 6th and 7th grade) to perform the school’s first ever collaborative concert featuring a song adapted into ASL (American Sign language) in front of families last spring. Learning how to sign the song in only 2 weeks, Officer Lesh was an excellent role model in overcoming nervousness on performance night, proudly standing alongside fellow club members and choir students in performing. Families proudly cheered everyone on, celebrating the magically inclusive performance.

Westlake is the middle school center for deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students in the district and students and staff alike embrace the opportunity to learn ASL and about deaf culture embracing the students that attend the school.

As a dedicated ASL club member, Officer Lesh continues to attend weekly club meetings, learning alongside students and other staff members. With the rousing success of last year, the club plans to perform two times this school year with Officer Lesh proudly at their side.


This story exemplifies our ELEVATE Focus Area: Diverse Learning. Sharing stories of how students receive engaging learning experiences and the focused-attention they need through appropriate student-to-staff ratios and varied programming.

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