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Back to school: What’s new at school?

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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.


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The principals at each Noblesville School explain what students and parents can expect to see this coming school year:

HinkleCreek Elementary – Implementing Project Lead The Way (inquiry based learning), eight new teachers, new Project Fit playground/fitness program by Riverview Health, new iPads, new gym floor, new principal’s secretary and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

Hazel Dell Elementary – Implementing Project Lead The Way (inquiry based learning), new Project Fit playground/fitness program by Riverview Health, seven new staff members, new technology to enhance instruction and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

North Elementary – Implementing Project Lead The Way (inquiry based learning), six new staff members including new assistant principal Jenifer Rickets, adding additional iPads to classrooms, new gym floor, new soccer goals on playground and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

Noble Crossing Elementary – Expansion of inquiry based learning curriculum and staff professional development, new iPads and accessories for third- and fourth-graders, new early childhood teacher, enhanced playground equipment to provide greater accessibility and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

White River Elementary– Implementing Project Lead The Way (inquiry based learning), new third grade and music teachers and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

Promise Road Elementary – Expansion of inquiry based learning curriculum and staff professional development, new third and fifth grade music/speech faculty, new kickball field, back to school summer reading celebration and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

Stony Creek Elementary – Implementing Project Lead The Way (inquiry based learning). New staff members including Katherine Young, a Noblesville native who has been teaching English in Prague for the last year, and Sarah Dodson who is coming from the Children’s Museum pre-school to join the early childhood team and piloting 1:1 iPad technology in fifth grade.

East Middle – New school building (former freshmen campus), implementation of 1:1 student iPads, New Beginnings school engagement/pride program, eight new teachers, Project Lead The Way expanded engineering offerings including design in modeling, robotics and medical detectives.

West Middle – Project Lead The Way expanded engineering offerings including design in modeling, robotics and medical detectives, additional teacher added to support business information/technology class offerings, implementation of 1:1 student iPads, new baseball/softball diamonds, football field and track are nearly completed.

High School – Significant new addition added, freshmen will join the main high school campus, new Innovations class lead by Don Wettrick.

Central Office – New superintendent, director of marketing and communications and director of learning.


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