The Compass

Week of March 1, 2021

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Greetings Westside Parents and Families! Thank you for your continued support and positive feedback to the staff this week. The students have shown determination and perseverance in their learning, kindness to others, and responsibility in their actions which is a direct result of your guidance at home.

One thing you will soon notice about my leadership is my focus on student and school safety. As I have been observing and learning from the staff these last two weeks, I have found areas we can improve and am working to tighten up procedures to ensure your child remains safe during their time here. I appreciate your support in advance for some of the new protocols that will take place. The first will simply be a reminder that all parents or family members who come to campus will need to show a valid Driver's License in order to pick up one of our students or meet with a staff member such as parent conferences.

This week, Brevard Public Schools is launching their annual Parent Survey to collect your input on a variety of topics. Please take a few moments to complete the survey in English or Spanish at the links below in the next section. Additionally, any parent of a student with a disability will be receiving an envelope with a different survey specifically to your child OR you can click the link below and provide your child's information to gain access. Again, your voice matters and we appreciate your perspective!

Finally, this week we are celebrating Read Across America and honoring one of the greatest authors, Dr. Seuss. On Tuesday, March 2nd, students and staff are invited to dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss or other storybook character. We will also be doing a whole school Drop Everything And Read block that day for all to enjoy their favorite book. Please see more information below.

Again, thank you for your continued communication, partnership with teachers, and sharing your input to make Westside better every day. Have a wonderful week!

~Mrs. Stephanie Woodbury, Principal

(321) 956-5050

BPS Parent Survey

Parents are invited to participate in the Brevard Public Schools parent survey. The survey will be available in English and Spanish to all parents on Monday, March 1st through Friday, March 12th.

Parents can access this survey on line at:



Please complete this online survey from home on your home computer or on your smartphone. Paper copies are available for families with limited electronic access.

By completing this survey, you will help us serve each of our students at (your school name) with excellence.

A summary of the parent survey results will be reported and posted on the BPS Family Engagement website at as well as our school website. Survey results and comments will guide school improvement efforts and be used to meet the diverse needs of Brevard students and families.

Survey for Parents of Students with Disabilities

If you have a student with a current IEP, you should have received an envelop this week with a survey. Please complete and return to school OR click the digital link here:

Parents will be asked to select their child’s school district, school name, and enter their child’s grade and date of birth. All information given by the parent on the survey will be kept confidential and will not be linked to student or parent individually identifiable data. Parents with more than one child with an IEP should complete the survey for each child.

Westside Students Learn Every Moment of Every Day!

Sixth Graders are learning about cells and their organelle functions. After researching the parts of cells, students used their creativity to build and label models of either a plant or animal cell.

In PE this rotation, students have been working on Fitness Challenges and "practice improves performance" while giving our their best effort. Third through Sixth graders collect and write down their scores, and then will input into a Google Survey when finished with 10 out of 15 Fitness Challenges. K-2 students are doing the same challenges but learning and practicing them not writing down their scores.

This First Grade eLearner uses text evidence to identify key details in the text during reading!

Students working with Mrs. Hurd built a life-sized number line to explore negative numbers and play Integer Tug-of-War (Powerful Positives versus Negative Ninjas).

Second graders (Aaliyah and Austin) in Ms. Miller's class worked hard on comparing and contrasting the most important points in two texts on the same topic using a Venn diagram. Her class has also been working on restating, answering, and citing evidence when writing short responses to text.

Fourth Graders in science are learning about acquired and inherited traits. Their challenge was to create camouflage butterflies like these two, fantastic examples by Isabella and Justice.

Read Across America & Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Tuesday, March 2nd

All students are invited to join in the fun for Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday! Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss or storybook character and bring your favorite book for our school-wide D.E.A.R time. Masks will still need to be worn and please do not bring any "weapon-like" accessories. We look forward to this fun-filled day sharing our love for reading!

iReady Rockstars!!

Congratulations to the following classes who had the highest pass rate on iReady this week!

Kindergarten- Grant

1st- Goolsby & Dickson

2nd- Bonnett

3rd- G. Miller

4th- Harwood

5th- Toenjes

6th- Perschbacher

iReady is an online learning program that builds ELA and Math skills to help students master grade level standards. Students are encouraged to complete lessons with a 90% pass rate.

Have YOU Ordered your 20-21 Yearbook?

We are getting close to publishing our 20-21 Yearbook and you won't want to miss having this year's photos and memories in your child's collection. Please follow the link below to order yours before time runs out!

Project Tomorrow Speak Up Survey

Brevard Public Schools would love your input for annual and long-term planning regarding the use of technology for learning. Please take a moment to offer your perspective at the survey link below. Thank you!

Show your School Spirit!

Encourage your child to wear their Westside shirts, club shirts or school colors every Friday to show their pride!

Upcoming Events

  • March 8th- SAC Meeting @ 2:45p (virtual link)
  • March 15-19th- Spring Break
  • March 22nd-iReady Diagnostic #3 Testing Window Begins (3rd-6th)
  • March 22nd-Pre-Registration for 21-22 Packets sent home.
  • March 29- April 2nd- Kindergarten Registration
  • April 2nd- Holiday for ALL
  • April 5th- Report Cards Issued for 3rd Nine Weeks
  • April 5th- *Tentative* FSA Writing (4-6) and FSA ELA (3rd) Window Opens
  • April 19th- iReady Diagnostic #3 Testing Window Begins (K-2nd)
  • April 19th- SAC Meeting @2:45p (virtual link)
  • April 23rd- Pre-Registration Packets Due!
  • May 3rd- *Tentative* FSA ELA (4-6) and Math (3-6) Window Opens
  • May 10th- *Tentative* NGSSS Science (5th) Window Opens

Reminder: Send clean mask and water bottle in with your child daily