West News Update
West's Character Education Focus
West has recently begun a character education program known as Project Wisdom. Character education is an intentional effort to help students understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values. Students with good character are caring, just, and responsible. They have developed an internal motivation to do their best and to contribute to the world around them. Good character education improves social and emotional competencies as well as academic performance.
The Project Wisdom program is one of the oldest and most respected character education programs in the nation. The centerpiece of the program is a series of thought-provoking inspirational messages that are narrated over the public address system. These brief daily messages known as “Words of Wisdom” provide a message that uplift and promote a more positive and effective school climate. West encourages students to volunteer to read these words as part of our morning announcements. Check with your child to see what they think about this program!
Spring Break is Here!
The school will be closed March 21st-25th. Enjoy the break! We will reopen at 7:30 am on March 28th.
West students will ISAT-SB starting April 11th. This will continue through May 12th. On testing days it is important that students be present. The testing schedule will be sent home for each grade level. Please avoid scheduling appointments for your child on those days. If it is unavoidable let the school know in advance.
Spring Sports have begun
Track and Tennis started this week. We have many students participating in spring sports. If your child is interested they are able to still join. Contact the school office on Monday for information.
Spring Break is Here!
Recognizing Positive Student Behaviors
The Dawg Shop
West Middle School has recently implemented a system of positive behavior supports to help encourage respectful and helpful behaviors at West. The cornerstone of our system is “Dawg Bones”, which are tickets that are issued when a school faculty member witnesses a student behaving in a way that helps improve school climate and culture.
Every Friday students can spend their Dawg Bones at our school store, appropriately named the “Dawg Shop.” In the Dawg Shop, students can buy school supplies, trinkets, and treats. They can also use their bones to enter into a number of weekly or monthly raffles.
Weekly we raffle off the chance to spend a lunch period in our VIP Gaming Lounge, where a lucky student and 3 friends can play video games, eat snacks, and have a great time. Monthly we are raffling off bicycles, which are donated to West by the Canyon County Bicycle Project.
So far, this program has been a great success! Students are showing increased positive behaviors, and many Dawg Bones are being spent in the Shop!
Visit with your student to see how many Dawg Bones they have earned, and what they are hoping to spend them on!