Jr. High SOAR Class

August 24th, 2017

Mrs. Doughty’s 2nd and 3rd period SOAR classes working as a team to avoid the “piranhas” and “cross the river” on their “rafts.”

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Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

The fourth grade students had the ability to watch the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Many students were amazed how bright it was outside, even when the sun was almost completely covered!

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New Teachers

August 21st, 2017

This year we are lucky enough to welcome three, amazing, new teachers to the Bel Air staff.

BA Carissa Batenhorst

Carissa Batenhorst joins kindergarten.

BA Karissa Rudloff

Karissa Rudloff joins third grade.

BA Kristine HerleyLast but not least, Kristine Herley is our new Autism teacher.


Montessori Elementary Makes a Splash !!!

May 25th, 2017

The Montessori students had a little fun to help with closing out the end of this school year.  The 1st through 4th graders headed to the YMCA for a little swim time.  This is the perfect time of year for them to brush up on their swim skills before summer vacation begins.  They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thank you YMCA staff for all your help.  It is greatly appreciated.

And so with that, the students and teachers are wished happy and safe summer vacations. We will see you in August !!!IMG_0142 IMG_0704 IMG_0710 IMG_0135 IMG_0142 IMG_0134


Second-Graders at Grant Elementary enjoyed a hot day at the Henry Doorly Zoo!

May 22nd, 2017


Students have learned about animals and their habitats, their culminating activity was a field trip to the zoo.  For some students, this was their first visit to the zoo!  A favorite highlight this year included seeing the 16 day old baby giraffe!  Our zoo trip has become a Grant tradition second-grade students always look forward too! Thank-you to our parent volunteers who joined us!  We appreciated the extra help!
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Grant School Meets Reading Goal

May 19th, 2017

This year the Grant students set an Accelerated Reading goal of  20 million words by the end of the year.  Our principal, Troy Berryman agreed to kiss a pig if they met their goal.  

Delva Santee, our long time AR facilitator spearheaded the project.  For each million words read, a cartoon pig was placed in a prominent area in the hallway.  The students could then track their progress throughout the school year.  

By the beginning of May the Grant students had read well over the goal.  Mr. Berryman had to pucker up and kiss a squealing pig!  The student then enjoyed pig cookies decorated by Mrs. Santee.

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Graduate Walk

May 18th, 2017

The senior “Bel Air” students walked through the halls today.  Bel Air students and teachers cheered and greeted them with cheers and high fives!  Congratulations Graduates!9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2



Westside Students On the Move

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!


We LOVE Technology!!

May 11th, 2017

Third graders at Westside created a Google slideshow about a place they would like to visit. In addition to practicing their skills with Google slides, they also learned more about how to follow copyright requirements. Students practiced finding copyright information for images to learn if they had permission to use them. Let’s keep learning those 21-century skills!
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Amazing Artists

May 11th, 2017

Fourth-graders from Mrs. Thompson’s class show off their Art Achievement Awards, earned for having projects selected for art shows during the school year. Ms. Bennett, their art teacher, personally presented them with their special certificates. More than 30 students from Westside Elementary won ribbons for their artistic talents this year. Way to go!
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