Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

September 2021

INTEREST & TALENT DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL LEARNERS!

The Excellence in Youth (EY) Program at Westside Community Schools provides expanded learning opportunities for students with high ability, in addition to fostering and encouraging talent development in all students.
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First Quarter Checklist

Parents/Guardians - Be sure to ask your students what they have been up to in EY so far this year. Enrichment opportunities have been underway in each building during the first month of school.



Have your child show you the following EY resources:


  • EY Website
  • Badge Page (show one you have completed or want to complete soon)
  • Mini Spark (any subject)
  • Student's Reading and/or Math Digital Notebook (show completed sections/modules)
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EY WEBSITE - YOUR ONE STOP INFORMATION HUB!

The EY program website is the hub of communication for the EY Team. For our K-8 students, monthly challenges, seminars and events, as well as other learning opportunities are posted to the site on a regular basis.


All students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities posted, regardless of whether they have been identified for the EY Program. Students can participate independently by accessing the opportunities at home or during tech time at school. Teachers may also facilitate these whole and small-group enrichment opportunities for students in the classroom.


Click below to check out all our website has to offer!

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TAKE THE CHALLENGE!

Did you notice the EY Challenge tab when you visited the website? We encourage all students to participate in the challenge. Each month, a new challenge will be posted. We aim to keep the challenges timely and relevant to what is happening in the world around us.



You can find the current challenge by clicking the link below or visiting the EY website.

Challenge #1 Highlight


Thank you all for submitting your work for the 1st EY Challenge for the 2021-22 school year!


We decided to highlight Kendall's (Swanson 4th grade) project because she drew "Monkers the Monkey", isn't Monkers super cute!


Check out Kendall's project below!

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EARN A BADGE . . . or 12!

Every student in Westside has the opportunity to begin earning badges. Working towards earning a badge allows students to dig deep into topics and explore individual interest areas. Badges can be found in various subject and interest areas.


Earn 12 badges to achieve the acclaimed "Digital Dozen" and earn a prize and recognition! Choose from hundreds of badge options on the EY Website or choose one below to get kick started!

2021-2022 Digital Dozen Winners!

Check this area for additions to the 2021-2022 "Digital Dozen" winners.
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SPARK YOUR LEARNING!

Mini Sparks are quick lessons that introduce learners to various topics. Sparks can be found under every subject area on the EY website. These activities require minimal supplies and make for a great family activity!

SPARK HIGHLIGHT

There is a plethora of data when it comes to sports! Whether you’re looking at individual player stats, team rankings, or just want to see the breakdown of a particular game…MATH IS EVERYWHERE IN SPORTS! Check out this new Math mini spark to explore math data!

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EY IN ACTION!

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UPCOMING EVENTS


  • Classroom Spelling Bees - October 25th-27th


  • School Spelling Bees (Scripps Online) - November 3rd-5th


  • District Spelling Bee - Friday, November 12th
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BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

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EY Team

Dr. Spady

  • Paddock Road
  • Westgate
  • Westside Middle School
  • Math 7 Honors Coordinator