October 2012

Teresa Jordan turns 18 (with 22 years experience!)

Teachers and faculty at Westside mourned the loss of her youth of Mrs. Jordan today, at the same time celebrating the wonderful person that we know today!  Teresa is very loved at Westside for a plethora of reasons.  Not only does she sincerely care about students and other teachers, but she is always looking for ways to help others.  This is not easy as she is a full-time mom as well.  We hope she knows how much she is loved and adored here at Westside by not only the students, but her peers as well.

PTA Reflections Contest Display

Many students at Westside recently participated in the national Reflections contest.  Their creations are currently on display in the north-east corner of the school.  The theme for this year was "The Magic of a Moment".  The students who participated could represent their interpretation of this theme through dance, writing, art, and music.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair was open at Westside starting Tuesday, October 23rd, and will continue through the end of the week.  Storytellers will visit Westside on Thursday night for a storytelling event, open to Westside parents and students.

African Drum and Dance Assembly

On Monday, October 22, students and teachers were privileged to participate in an African drum and dance assembly.  Three African performers came to Westside to educate students about various aspects of Africa,-mainly dance and music.  For a portion of the assembly, students and teacher were also brought up onto the stage to learn parts of African dances.

Ken Garff Fun Run and Read-a-thon

On October 10th, Westside students kicked off the Ken Garff Reading Program with a fun run at lunch.  For every lap students completed, they earned a drawing ticket.  At the end of the day, these tickets were drawn for prizes.  Many classes also participated in the kick off festivities by having a read-a-thon in their classrooms. 

Sixth Grade Students of the Month - September

Each month, the sixth-grade teachers at Westside award two students in the classroom for all-around excellence.  The criteria for choosing the students of the month ranges from being caught up on assignments to behavior in class.  The students of the month for September are:  (Top) Juan Patino, Matthew Allphin, Aldayr Nunez (Bottom) Laura Reina, Hailey Watson, Miranda Granzini.