It's All Happening at WDES

News about recent and upcoming events at Washington District

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Welcome to WDES's Newest Staff Members

Join us in welcoming the many new faces to Washington District who are joining us for the 2019--2020 school year! WDES Principal Sandy Herdle helped recognize the newest faculty and staff members at the Westmoreland County Public Schools opening Convocation event in August 2019. New staff members include:

  • Ms. Jenkins (1st Grade Teacher)
  • Ms. Alcazar (P/T Secretary)
  • Mr. Clift (Assistant Principal)
  • Ms. Lewis (4th Grade Teacher)
  • Mrs. Fisher (Long-term sub for Mrs. Castilla)
  • Mrs. Conley (Paraprofessional)
  • Ms. Mack (Paraprofessional)
  • Mrs. Minner (Long-term sub for Mrs. Hays)
  • Ms. Monroe (Paraprofessional)
  • Ms. Valdes (Paraprofessional)
  • Ms. Wilson (Kindergarten Teacher)


We wish our new and returning staff a safe and successful school year!

OLWEUS - Bullying Prevention Comes to Westmoreland County Schools

It's spelled Olweus, but pronounced 'ol-vay-us' and it's aimed at reducing bullying in schools.


Ms. Jacque Maupin, Westmoreland’s School Social Worker says a bullying prevention program was needed for Westmoreland County Public Schools. “The Olweus Bully Prevention Program (OBPP) is a multifaceted program that allows all schools division-wide to create safe and positive schools long-term,” she says. “OBPP covers K-12 and has been proven to improve the school climate socially and behaviorally.”


Asked what Olweus will do at Washington District (WDES), Maupin says that as the school year progresses you will see the climate and culture change and shift to a more accepting and aware community where students will feel safe. “Students will have the opportunity to participate in classroom meetings about topics regarding and related to bullying. These discussions will keep the topic alive and open.” OBPP is most successful with the shared support of the students, teachers, families, and communities.


Olweus trains faculty and staff including everyone who works for the division. Ms. Maupin says that Washington District staff was very receptive in the training, expressing concerns about implementation and ideas on how to best project the program in their classrooms. She notes that, “teachers and staff are excited about having a program to assist them in the care and well-being of the students.


Maupin says that as the year progresses, district administration has great hopes for what Olweus will provide. “Our hope for OBPP is that we implement it with fidelity to see the best results for our schools. The elementary schools have such an advantage with culture change because the students are always willing to learn and they are soaking up everything being given to them,” she says. “At this elementary age they are learning societal norms, right from wrong, and the schedule of school; adding this program will be a huge bonus to our school system as a whole and it will follow them throughout their Westmoreland County Public Schools career changing the climate and culture not only at Washington District Elementary, but at every school in our division.”


Maupin adds a final note in talking about the impact of the program. “The most important takeaway from this program for parents is that we as a Division are changing the culture and climate for our students for the better. With parent help we can and will see Westmoreland County Public Schools and our WDES students SOAR!” We, at WDES also see this as a wonderful addition to what we already offer with our anonymous alerts reporting system that has been in place for a few years now. As we teach our students daily, If you SEE something, SAY something and we will DO something!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - SEPT. 17th

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Visit Washington District and see your child's classroom and teacher. We are off to an exciting start and we invite you to bring the family so your child can show you his/her classroom and so you can learn all about what to expect from your child's teacher. We will have food trucks, a photo booth with props, snacks, homework passes and much more! You can visit our vendors, sign up for a PTO office, or sign up just to help out as a volunteer. We hope to see you here!

WASHINGTON DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE 2019-2020

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Pre-K parents and children visit Open House to hear about the upcoming year from Mrs. Hutt and Ms. Bojorquez

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Mrs. Bruno's Third Grade Conducts a Science Experiment!

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Mrs. Bruno's Third Grade Tests Skittles!

On Sept. 9th Mrs. Bruno's 3rd grade classroom transformed into a science lab! Students were practicing applying steps of the Scientific Method. Mrs. Bruno had her students practice observing, hypothesizing, experimenting and drawing conclusions based on data. She asked her students to predict what they thought would happen if she put a Skittle in hot water and one in cold water for the same amount of time. Which one would decay more quickly? Students eagerly watched each Skittle decay and recorded their observations. What would be your hypothesis? Which Skittle do you think decayed faster? The one in cold water or the one in hot water and why? It was fun to watch!