Friday Focus

West Elementary School

Friday, September 4th

Our Mission

Our mission as a school community is to ensure high levels of learning and character development for all students by providing a safe, nurturing, student centered environment.

Shout OUTS!

  • A big shout out to Mr. Meinhardt for helping with some of our younger students this week! Thank you for always being so helpful!
  • A big shout out to Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Buthod for our before and after school bus greetings! The kids are loving the connection when they arrive and leave each day!
  • A big shout out to Meghan Holliday and Elizabeth Duncan for thinking outside the box on how to serve additional students!
  • A big shout out to Mrs. Eichelberger for being nominated for our September Staff Appreciation Breakfast! What an amazing teammate!


I am seeing such great things around the building! Please make sure as you get your email about walk-through observations that you sign off in Talent Ed.

Guided Reading

Thanks to all who have finished their beginning of the year assessments and have started guided reading groups already! Great, quick start. If you haven't started groups yet, next week we should be ready to begin with daily groups.

Team Meetings with Brandi

I have scheduled team meetings with each grade level once monthly from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Our first meetings will begin next week. We will begin discussing your team action plan and data cycles for this year. Please check the west building calendar and friday focus calendar for your team meeting dates. You should also have received an email invitation.

Meeting Reminders

9/8- 1st grade team meeting with Brandi in the conference room. 7:45 a.m.

9/9- 2nd grade team meeting with Brandi in the conference room.7:45 a.m.

9/11- Service plan meeting- Fatherley, Chamberlain- 8:00 a.m.

Happy September Birthdays!

September 4th- Elizabeth Duncan

September 20th- Jean Lambirth


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Upcoming Dates

September 2015

Monday, September 7th - No School. Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 8th- PTA 6:00.

Wednesday, September 9th- School Culture Team Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

Friday, September 11th- Patriot Day.

Monday, September 14th- Friday, September 18th- Family Involvement in Education Week.

Monday, September 14th- Building Technology Committee Meeting, 3:50 p.m.

Thursday, September 17th- Midterms go home.

Wednesday, September 23rd- Staff Meeting 3:50.

Thursday, September 24th- Papa John’s Pizza Night.

Friday, September 25th- PTA Carnival. Tornado Drill. Earthquake Drill.

Wednesday, September 30th- Instructional Leadership Team, 3:50 p.m.

United Way Campaign!

As you all are well aware we, along with the rest of the City of Jefferson, have begun our United Way Campaign.

The official Community Kick-Off is Thursday, September 3.

As in the past...we ask that you please consider a payroll deduction.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of School-Community Relations.

Four Essential Questions

  1. What do we want Students to learn?

  2. How will we know they have learned?

  3. How will we respond when they don’t learn?

  4. How will we respond when they already know?

September Character Trait: Respect

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High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion