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Choice Boards in Reading

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

In small group reading, Mrs. Gillming’s class has been working on choice boards during the last week of each Wonders unit. Students get to pick activities that relate to the skills we are working on. They then get to choose the ones they want to do, and which order they want do it in. Students love the flexibility, and work even harder since they choose their activities!




Filling Our Buckets at Westside

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Bucket Fillers for the month of September worked on using Self-Control. Self-Control in the classroom is very important in the learning process. Using self-control can be exhibited by raising their hand, staying in learning position, and waiting their turn. Congratulations to our Bucket Fillers of the Month from each classroom! Way to go!! bucket fillers for sept 2017 3


Say No to Drugs, and Say YES to….

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017


The First Grade students at Westside Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week this week. Students kicked off the week by pledging to be Drug Free. To end the week, a speaker from the Madison County Extension Office came and presented a program called, “Health Rocks”. This was a hands-on presentation about the harmful effects of smoking. During the week, the first graders did a writing activity called: Say No to Drugs, Say YES to… Here are some of their amazing responses: I Say YES to broccoli, I Say YES to reading books, I Say YES to being kind, I Say YES to exercise, and I Say YES to drinking V8 juice. What a smart group of first graders!




STEM Learning

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

On Wednesday’s 3rd graders have been participating in STEM projects. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. This week students created a gliding robot. We talked about force and what it would take to get the robot to move up the string. They had fun predicting how to make the robot move along the string and testing their hypothesis. Future projects will include a pumpkin catapult and slime!

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Digital Citizenship at Westside

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Media students are focusing on digital citizenship skills. This month, we look at our digital footprint. Digital footprints are the result of online activity. Websites visited, social media accounts, pictures posted online are all part of a person’s digital footprint. As digital citizens who work and socialize online, we need to be aware that what we do online is visible to others, so it is important to be respectful of others and take care of our online reputations.


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Third and fourth graders have recently started using gmail accounts and are learning to follow rules of polite etiquette (netiquette) for online behavior. We examined the NPS Internet Policy so that everyone understands the rules and is aware that cyberbullying will not be tolerated. Students are also learning to use the Explore research tool available in Google Docs and Slides to know how to correctly site information and follow copyright laws. Soon, they will begin keyboarding lessons to help them become more proficient with typing skills.

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Proud in First Grade

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

First Graders are so excited to begin Accelerated Reading, AR. Each student took their STAR Reading test to know their reading level and are so engaged in reading books all by themselves. They love taking AR Test on the computer or on their Ipads all by themsleves.
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Exploring Envisions

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Hello from Mrs. Heying’s 4th Grade Classroom!
We have been working so hard this year in all subject areas but especially when it comes to Math. Our new Math program, Envisions, has been keeping us on our toes this year, preparing us for our big step into Middle School. So far, we have covered Place Value, Rounding, Expanded Form, Addition, Subtraction, and several new ways of thinking and solving multi-stepped problems.
What’s so great about the Envisions program is the daily use of our chromebooks. Every lesson lets us explore different videos, games, and questions that can be answered in many different ways. We are learning that there is always more than one way to solve a problem and this program allows us to answer questions in ways that our brains think. It’s awesome! Is it hard? Yes! But, we love a challenge.
The manipulatives and charts give us helpful visuals when we need them and the centers that are offered are just another fun way to extend our knowledge on each topic. We have a hard road ahead but we are excited about Math and what this new program has to offer and teach us!



Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Welcome back to a new school year! Walking Club has started and over 100 students have signed up! If your child would like to join all you need to do is sign a permission form and send it back to school! They can start walking at 7:45 AM. Monday through Fridayt! PLEASE remind your child if they eat breakfast at school, they eat first, walk second!

We have spent the first few weeks in Phy. Ed. playing games and getting reacquainted with classroom expectations! We are now doing our Fall Fitness Gram testing. Your child will go through a variety of test to assess their level of fitness needed for good health! Ask your child what test they did today!


Kindergarteners at Westside Successfully Finish First Full Week of School.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Last week, we had fun getting to know each other while learning school rules and procedures. We also experienced a lot of firsts! From lunch lines to solar eclipses, these kiddos are ROCKING KINDERGARTEN! It is going to be a great year!





Westside Students On the Move

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Westside students in First through Fourth grade have been “on the move” this quarter in music class. They have learned several dances from around the world, including the United States, Russia, Ireland, and Sweden. In addition to counting music beats, these dances focus on motor movements such as galloping, skipping, walking, hopping, and elbow swings.

Students in Kindergarten learned several movement games, which introduce the concepts of shared space and scattered formation. At this age level, students are taught how to use up the entire space available, instead of congregating, as if attracted by magnets. This concept takes time to internalize and will become easier as the child matures.

Some of the dances learned are called “partner dances”. These dances require the students to pair up with one person for the entirety of the song. Other dances are called “mixers”. Students will have more than one partner, during the course of the dance.

Lastly, students of all grade levels played new movement games/dances that allowed boys and girls the choice to partner up or dance alone, while still part of the group. In one particular game, students are supposed to “be a statue”. The first time the music plays, students create one pose. The second time, the student needs to be two different statues. The third time, three and so on. This proved to be a challenge for many students, since they had to come up with seven altogether! Many students chose to use the latest popular move called the “dab”, which usually caused an eruption of healthy laughter. Always a welcome sound!