Graphic novelist, Gale Galligan, visited with West School students on Monday, February 4, 2019. Gale Galligan’s graphic novels, Dawn and the Impossible Three and Kristy’s Big Day, are part of the wildly popular The Babysitters Club series.
An actor portraying Ben Franklin visited our fourth-graders on Thursday, augmenting the fourth graders’ upcoming study of various forms of energy. Through a variety of costume changes, students were witness to a young Ben Franklin learning how to be an apprentice in his family’s printing-press business, to his inventive stage, which included the finding of static electricity in the atmosphere. This 40 minutes presentation was both informative and entertaining.
Random Acts of Kindness Week: During our annual “Random Acts” week, students and staff signed a large banner pledging to be “kind, caring, encouraging, helpful, respectful, and considerate.” These characteristics and actions are celebrated through our year-long “Westie Shoutout” program. All students and staff have an opportunity to identify these actions in others by recognizing them with a certificate titled “Westie Shoutout.”
The West School staff silent auction and raffle resulted in $1800.00 that was donated to P.A.W.S. at the Highland Park store.
Third graders on their annual Valentines’ skate at Watts.
Thursday, March 7th was our annual Stand-Up to Bullying Day. Students and staff wore pink in SUPPORT of this event. At West School, teachers and other staff talked to the students about the many faces of bullying. Students were given steps to follow: walk-away, tell an adult, and confront the bully. The focus on this topic is ongoing in our Second Step social, emotional curriculum. During lunch, West School students participated in “Mix-It-Up” at lunch day. Students were randomly assigned a new seat during lunch. The intention of “Mix-It-Up” day is to afford an opportunity for students to meet, talk, and learn about students they may not normally sit with at lunch.
Civic Engagement. Our third and fourth graders volunteered at Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory.
An actor portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited our third graders on Friday, January 11.
Let it Snow! Most 8 - 10 year olds know how to make the best out of a snow covered field. Recess this past week was embraced by many and there were a lot of smiles seen on the playground.
West School Students worked cooperatively to generate ideas and prototypes of devices to help reduce food waste. This S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activity was carried-out in our Innovation Station. The challenge, or objective of this activity, is to design a new invention that will reduce food waste in the West School Lunchroom. First, the students brainstormed their product. Secondly, they worked together to draw the concept. Finally, the students were given access to a set of supplies that included construction paper, aluminum foil, cardboard, paper towel tubes, pipe cleaners and an iPad to do research. Not all classes have rotated through this S.T.E.A.M. activity. We are in the process of scheduling.
What beautiful weather for this year’s Halloween!
West School Fair. October 20, 2018