West News Update

March 2019

ISAT-SB in April

The start of quarter 4 brings the opportunity for students to show what they know and have learned this year on the state ISAT-SB assessments. Students in grades 6, 7, 8 will be testing during the month of April. All students will take the math and language arts assessments. Seventh grade will also take an assessment in science.

Attendance every day is important throughout the year and continues during this time. Students need to be present to take the test during the arranged times. Testing will start the week we return from break, April 2nd.

Testing will be completed on student devices. Charging their devices nightly; bringing the device with a full charge each day is important. This limits the distraction of a low battery and allows students to keep focused on the assessment.

Here are some tips to preparation for testing:

  • Eat three meals a day.
  • Get a full night of sleep.
  • Have confidence in yourself!
  • Charge your laptop nightly.

8th graders...are you interested in STEM?

STEM is within Columbia High School. The STEM Academy is accepting applicants through May 1st. All 8th grade students interested in this option for their high school experience are encouraged to apply. Click the link - tinyurl.com/beapartofstem.

College Visits

West goes to College

West students will be looking ahead with college visits during fourth quarter.


Our 8th grade students will visit Boise State University on April 17th. This is a great opportunity for them to look ahead at possibilities for them in their future. On the visit they will tour the campus, visit a classroom and see a chemistry show. This will give them the experience of a day in the life of a college student.


Our 7th and 8th grade AVID students are going to visit CWI (College of Western Idaho). This will take place on May 17th. They will visit the Micron CTE building. CTE stands for Career and Technical Education. This is a hands on learning, vocational side of education.


These will be great experiences for our students. If you are interested in chaperoning either visit, please contact Katie McKenzie at West. Katie is our Career and College Counselor.