The nine building principals at each Westfield Washington School explain what students and parents can expect to see this coming school year:
Carey Ridge Elementary – Carey Ridge plans a powerful year of reading and character building for its students. The “Reading is Super Powerful” theme will be used for kindergarten and first grade and second- through fourth-graders need to “Get your Super Power Ready – Your AR (Accelerated Reader) Mission begins” when school starts.
Maple Glen Elementary – We are going to try and enhance our successes by enhancing our non-cognitive skills. These skills can be more difficult to develop. Yet they are often the ones that distinguish a person who succeeds from one who doesn’t. We want students to focus on developing the grit to succeed. We want students to know it is O.K. to fail in the safe environment of our school. Trial and error can be a great teaching tool. What’s most important is how students respond to and recover from failure to navigate the path forward.
Monon Trail Elementary – Monon Trail is excited to welcome the Life Skills program to our building. We are proud of our inclusive environment where kids achieve high academic growth, recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures and various abilities of our students, while cultivating the leaders of tomorrow.
Oak Trace Elementary – Oak Trace is pleased with our continued academic success and we plan to build upon that in the coming year. We are looking forward to continued implementation of our Digital Citizenship class which develops technology skills in our K-4 students and welcoming for the first time the All Aboard preschool program.
Shamrock Springs Elementary – We will be implementing across all grade levels a new digital citizenship class that will feature internet safety, typing and coding skills. We are excited to welcome all of the new families with the redistricting and welcoming them into the Shamrock fold.
Washington Woods Elementary – As Washington Woods says good-bye to the Life Skills class, moving to Monon Trail after being part of our school for more than 25 years, we welcome All Aboard, a classroom of the district’s pre-school program. To complement our focus on academic growth, this year the Woods staff is beginning to use the non-cognitive curriculum from the book “The Leader in Me.” We are excited to provide this new direction for our students.
Intermediate school – For the 2014-2015 school year, WIS is focused on helping develop the skills necessary to help them be career and college ready. Our staff will focus on increased academic rigor and non-cognitive skills.
Middle school – WMS will be utilizing a new learning management system for the 2014-15 school year. All WMS teachers will use My Big Campus as a better way to inform, communicate, and collaborate with students and parents. My Big Campus will allow parents to follow school and class announcements, homework, dates of assessments, and many other valuable pieces of information for all their child’s classes in one convenient place. The school also will receive 134 Dell computers to replace three computer labs.
High School – Our teachers have been working hard all summer and we are excited to welcome back our students, especially the class of 2015. In addition to implementing new Advanced Placement, Advance College Project, Project Lead The Way, and vocational certification courses, our students will be excited about the opening of our new learning center. The learning center was designed to be the academic “hub” of the building where students can gain assistance with research, writing and presentations – as well as study, read, meet groups or simply learn about something they are interested in.