Shamrock Blast

July 16, 2021 - Summer Break Edition

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Ready to Jump into the School Year?

Apply for Financial Assistance

The form to sign up for the free and reduced program is now available online. Apply now by following the link below.

Click here to apply for financial assistance

Even though school lunches will be free to all students, to receive financial assistance for curricular materials (Chromebooks, textbooks, workbooks, classroom novels, online resources, and supplies like science lab chemicals, and art supplies) families still need to apply to the free and reduced program.

The application must be completed online. If you need access to a computer or assistance filling it out, please contact Gladys Salas at Central Office at 317-867-8002. Summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm with a lunch break from 12:30pm-1:30pm.

If you do not qualify for the free and reduced program, there are payment plans designed to help parents pay their student(s) fees in smaller amounts.

Click here to sign up for payment plans

Free Lunch Meals for All Students

As a part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s national COVID-19 waiver program, Westfield Washington Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch meals for FREE, all year long, to all Pre K-12 students, whether you apply for free/reduced lunch or not. You will still need to apply for the free/reduced program in order to receive financial assistance for curricular materials (textbooks, workbooks, classroom novels, online resources, and supplies like science lab chemicals, and art supplies).

What is considered a free meal?
Students can receive one free lunch AND one free breakfast per school day. Meals must meet the existing USDA guidelines in order to be free, meaning meals MUST include an entrée, fruit/vegetables and milk. A la carte/snack items (extra entrees, beverages, and snacks/drinks) will still be an additional charge.

Do we still need Lunch Time accounts?
Yes, students can still use lunch accounts to purchase additional meals, snacks and a la carte items. If a student does not take an entrée, fruit/veggie AND a milk, their Lunch Time account will be charged for the a la carte items.

Are pre-K snacks free?

Pre-K snacks will NOT be free as the waiver only applies to two MEALS per day.

Award-Winning Girl Scout Troop!

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Incoming 6th grade Girl Scout Troop, Troop 1621, earned a Bronze Award this spring for a project that raised more than $1,000 for The O'Connor House.

The O’Connor House is a home for pregnant moms who are houseless. The scouts helped run the Gingerbread contest at Westfield in Lights, raising more than $1000 to be used for welcome baskets, gas cards and house supplies (eg. dishes, pots, pans, cleaning supplies). The girls also spread awareness about The O’Connor in the Westfield community.

Top left: Adalynne Hill, Corgan Sprunger (Carmel student), Scarlett Crews, Ellie Canavan, Paige Bailey, Shannon Lardio, Aurora Adinolfe

Bottom Row: Leah Whitehead, Kailey Bitler, Finley Tamm, and Lily Martin

School Start Times

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Why a delay on Wednesday?

Every Wednesday, our teachers use the first 30 minutes of the day to engage in professional development. This allows them to continually hone their craft and become better teachers for our growing Shamrocks.

Extended Learning Days

In addition to delayed Wednesdays, there are three Wednesdays, one per trimester, built into the schedule for full-day professional development. That means, on those days, students WILL NOT come to school. Instead, these days should be used to extend learning beyond the classroom. Teachers will recommend educational activities for students. High schoolers can use these days to go on college visits. Or, students can use this opportunity to log volunteer hours.

These extended learning Wednesdays are below. The district calendar link below has been updated to reflect these dates.

  • September 15
  • January 12
  • April 20

According to the Indiana Department of Education, because Westfield Washington is a high-performing district, these extended learning days WILL NOT need to be made up at the end of the school year.

Paws & Think

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The Functional Academic class at Washington Woods Elementary School participated in the Paws & Think program. Paws & Think is a non-profit organization that believes “every person who would benefit from a dog has the opportunity, and every dog fulfills its potential.”

Top row from left to right: Scarlet, Esme, Clyde (the therapy dog), Noelle, Landon, and Jude

Bottom row from left to right: Krissa, Raygan Golitko (Paws and Think volunteer) and Baylen

SafeVisitor Accounts

To visit WWS schools, read this information carefully.

Westfield Washington Schools recently made the decision to extend the expiration date of our volunteer/visitor background checks from three years to four years. As a result of this change, you should have received an email from SafeVisitor Solutions this week with a copy of your updated badge. You were not charged for this upgrade; we simply changed the expiration date to reflect the extension of one additional year.

District Calendar: 2021-2022


The approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year is available. View and download the calendar to see all of the days off and seasonal breaks.

Click here to see the 2021-22 school calendar

A Rocking Performance!

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Julia Halbrook, a rising Rocks senior, performed the national anthem at the Fair Queen pageant and performed the opening set for national recording artists, The Band Perry at the Marion County Fair. For her opening set, she sang southern rock and country cover songs and played guitar. Gryphon Mawhorter, WHS class of 2020, also played guitar on a couple songs.

Welcome to the Family!

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Oak Trace Assistant Principal Christy Herring

We would like to welcome Christy Herring to the Rocks family! She brings 21 years of education experience and a passion for integrating tech into everyday learning to Oak Trace Elementary School as the schools newest assistant principal. She received her masters degree in curriculum and instruction from IUPUI and her bachelor's degree in administration from Ball State.

Please join us as we welcome Mrs. Herring, her husband Jeremy and her daughters Brooke and Lauren to the Westfield community!

Want a Job Working With Kids?

TOTS and All Aboard is hiring!

The TOTS and All Aboard program provides childcare for Westfield families. The program has both morning and afternoon shifts available at most elementary schools for adults. Pay is competitive. If you love children and enjoy working with them or you are retired and want to work part time, this is the job for you!

Click here to apply. Then email Marci Derado at

BAC is hiring!

The BAC program provides after care for district students. Do you have a high school senior in your home with no classes last block? Is your high school graduate taking a leap year or attending college virtually? If so, this is the perfect job! The right person will thrive from supporting students. Pay is competitive.

Click here to apply. Then email Marci Derado at

Summer District Building Hours

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Questions or Concerns?

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Shamrock Shout Out!

We want to celebrate our Rocks! If you are a Westfield Washington Schools student, teacher, staff member or parent and have a positive story to share, please send us the details! Send an email to We encourage you to send stories that include personal achievements of your child such as: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, performing in a community play, earning Girl Scout badges, serving as a volunteer in a non-profit organization, etc., etc. You might just see your story in a future edition of the Shamrock Blast, on our Facebook page or website!

About Westfield Washington Schools

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