On Thursday, December 18th, the student council members at Westside presented a check for over $3,000.00 to Dave Smith with Community in Action. Throughout the previous week, student council members counted pennies and change that students brought for the annual Penny Wars. This money will go toward feeding families in need in the area.
During the days of December 9th-12th, Westside students will participate in the annual Penny Wars, sponsored by the student council and PTA. The Penny Wars is a way to raise money for the local food bank. Each class is awarded points based on how many pennies they bring in to the school. Other classes, however, can bomb their rival classes with silver change which counteracts any points earned from pennies. The class who receives the most points will win a chocolate milk/donut party courtesy of the student council.
Before Thanksgiving break, a student from every classroom was elected to participate in the annual Gobble Off. This is a tradition here at Westside that began with Mrs. Matis. Students may choose to sound like an actual turkey, or opt for a unique sounding gobble. Prizes were awardes to the Top Gobbler, voted on by each class in the school.
The day before Thanksgiving break, students were given the opportunity to participate in the annual Turkey Trot during lunch recess. For each lap students walked or ran, they were presented with a drawing tickety that would later be used for a prize drawing. Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. Matis braved the cold to pass out tickets to the students as they completed their laps.
Shannon Arroyo, a third grade teacher here at Westside (pictured far right), was recently awarded the Crystal Apple Award. This is an award which is given to teachers who are nominated by their peers for excellence in teaching. Karen Thomas, along with Craig Harvey from the Horace Mann Agency, presented Shannon with this award. Shannon currently works in the dual immersion program at Westside, and is a great asset to the school.