Sarah Ward, our Instructional Coach, visited several classrooms in December to read a fun story and give a mini-lesson on writing. The students love her enthusiasm and always learn from her lessons. She also conducts monthly literacy collaboration and shares valuable resources with teachers. We are fortunate to have her expertise shared with all of our teachers.
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Zions bank invited Westside 4th graders to make ornaments to decorate the tree in their lobby. We created ornaments, then delivered them and decorated their tree Thursday evening, while singing a few Christmas carols. Zions bank generously donated $100 to our fourth grade for our efforts!
'Tis the season for elves and shelves! Our resourceful second graders had the opportunity to build a shelf for their elves. We discussed how shelves need joints, support, and concepts about vertical and horizontal. The goal was to construct the tallest shelf possible that would hold their elf so that children could not reach the shelf. After making a blueprint as a team, they started building.