This year, the West School Motto is “Be Kind”. It’s that simple. It’s easy to remember and easy to do. Our hope is to focus on those two words so that we can continue to make West School the great place that it is.
At West, we pride ourselves on our three R’s Behavior Matrix - Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. Our school-wide Learning Community focus is to build a strong learning community through leadership and citizenship. This year our faculty study groups will continue to focus on Self-Awareness and Self-Management which is taken from the district framework for Social, Academic and Personal Learning. Adult study groups and small student groups will be exploring the use of restorative practices for resolving conflicts and decision making. We will also explore the idea of circles as a strategy for problem solving which supports our work with Dr. Bill Preble from the National School Climate Center.
Our Whole School Student Learning Focus continues to build upon Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and this year we will be expanding the use of PLC’s, or Professional Learning Communities. Teachers will be working in teams to examine student work and make decisions about instruction based on student outcomes. This work will continue to strengthen our ability to hone in on student needs and respond to those needs in an effective and timely manner. We continue to engage our students by providing multiple opportunities for them to think and talk about new learning, use higher order thinking skills to solve complex problems and explore our rich curricular areas in order to refine 21st century thinking skills.
Our West PTC works in direct partnership with our West school community to support student learning in a multitude of ways. They continually seek to create and maintain an active working relationship among parents, teachers, and the administration so that each may contribute effectively to the education and welfare of our children. Our PTC also keep parents informed of the programs and policies of the school in order to promote a continuing exchange of ideas and information.
Finally, they also go to great lengths that go above and beyond, in a tireless manner, to continually raise funds to enhance the educational goals of our school. We are forever grateful to have such a strong supportive parent group here at West! They truly are the BEST!
Jan Murphy Ashley Furnari
Principal Assistant Principal