October 14, 2016
I never, ever, forget that the most significant impact on student success is from the work you do with students. Every. Single. Day. Be it small group reading instruction, physical education lessons, or modeling how to apologize on the playground, what YOU do counts. Thank you for your stamina, for ensuring that students learn, and for working through the tough moments with grace. I appreciate all that you do!
It's been a different kind of week for me, as you will note by the "Around WestWood" pictures. It should be titled "Around the Office Conference Room"! For three days I met with grade level teams to study student data. We used the protocol, "Here's What! So What? Now What?" The teamwork these groups displayed was awesome, specifically in their ability to look hard at the current reality of student achievement in math and reading, and student achievement gaps. Teams sifted through multiple data sheets and zoned in on priorities. As importantly, they moved into action with those priorities. Thank you to those of you who participated in this important work.
So many events occur in our classrooms throughout the week, and my goal is to attend as many as possible. If you have a lesson or event that you would like to share with me (and I can't make it), please send me a picture! The feedback I am receiving from many of you, is that you enjoy seeing what is happening throughout our school in this weekly newsletter.
Thank you all for a terrific week at WestWood! Have a beautiful fall weekend!
School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP)
Reading: The percentage of all students enrolled October 1 in grades 3-5 at WestWood Elementary who earn an achievement level of Meets the Standards or Exceeds the Standards in reading for MCA III will increase from 77.5% in 2016 to 80.5% in 2017.
Math: The percentage of all students enrolled October 1 in grades 3-5 at WestWood Elementary who earn an achievement level of Meets the Standards or Exceeds the Standards in mathematics for MCA III will increase from 84.1% in 2016 to 87.1% in 2017.
Science: The percentage of all students enrolled October 1 in grade 5 at WestWood Elementary who earn an achievement level of Meets the Standards or Exceeds the Standards in science for MCA III will increase from 85.6% in 2016 to 87.6% in 2017.
Innovation: 100% of students will have multiple opportunities to participate in innovative learning and participate in five (5) of those opportunities.
Behavior: The percentage of classroom and office referrals will decrease by 5% from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017.
The entire SCIP is at this link:
- Monday, October 17: 8:00-8:45 Tech Integration Meeting
- Monday, October 17: 9:00-10:00 Meeting at DSC
- Monday, October 17: 12:30-3:50 Data Session - Conference Room
- Tuesday, October 18: 8:00-8:45 SAGE Meeting - Room 204
- Tuesday, October 18: 9:00-12:00 Administrative Meeting - DSC
4th grade team
2nd grade team
3rd grade team
5th grade team
1st grade team
Building Leadership Team members present the SCIP
PBIS Table Situations
Food Service Staff
Thank you to Brenda, Ellie, Deb, Ute, Penny, & Lisa - our great food service staff!
Cultural Bazaar - Fifth Grade SAGE
Fifth Grade SAGE students held a Cultural Bazaar on Friday. Students researched their indigenous cultural groups in depth, and "sold" and traded their hand-made artifacts. Mrs. Bui provided me with “spending units” to purchase artifacts to take home!
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