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Westside's 21st Century Schools

Serving over 9,000 students spread across 346 square miles, Westside Union School District prides itself on being “the district of choice” with more choice-based programs than any other district in the Antelope Valley. Westside Union School District features 12 schools, providing world-class education to students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Continuing a tradition of high academic achievement, a majority of Westside Union School District schools exceed the (formally) coveted 800 score on the Academic Performance Index administered by the California Department of Education.

The communities served are West Lancaster, Quartz Hill, West Palmdale, and Leona Valley. A caring, supportive, and motivating learning environment is evident throughout the schools. Student's individual needs are considered in their class placement, as well as their needs to attain grade level performance standards. Planning a program to ensure each student's school success is the goal! A positive school climate that helps ensure student progress is maintained at all schools. Active parent participation is encouraged through the PTAs, School Site Councils, School Advisory Councils, parent volunteer programs and the West Antelope Valley Educational Trust Foundation (WAVE).

 

All School News & Events

Announcements

In this letter:

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and community service.

Inauguration of President Bide and Vice President Harris.

Board of Trustees discuss return of TK, Kindergarten, Special Day class, TK-6th and Face-to-Face instruction.

We have been planning for some of our students to return to face-to-face instruction beginning today, but due to the continual increase in COVID-19 cases, directions from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advised that students remain on distance learning.  
Parents of students who were to return to in-person instruction received notice of this change last week.  Our current return date for those students is January 25th, but the Board will consider this again at its next meeting, January 19th.  Attached you will find the advice letter from LACDPH for your information.

During this week, you should receive your children’s first semester report of progress.  In addition, the most recent assessment of their academic progress from the NWEA will be sent to you. Our schools are closed for winter break, but classes will resume on January 11, 2021.  At this point, we anticipate that some students will return to transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes on campus.  Some TK-6th grade students in mild/moderate special day classes will also return to classes on campus.

I am hopeful that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break, and that your children have had a successful return to their online classes to round out the first semester of our school year.  Certainly the cold morning and evening weather is a major indicator that winter is just around the corner.  Many of us enjoy that crisp morning and evening air; invigorating for sure!

In this article:

Report Cards, Assessment Reports

Return to Face-to-Face Instruction for TK/K and Certain Special Day Students

TK/K Students

Mild/Moderate Special Day Classes TK-6 

Upcoming Events

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, it is an opportunity to express my gratitude for allowing our staff to work with you and your family.  Though the past 8+ months have been unprecedented and unexpected, I am thankful for our Board, our staff and all our parents for the collective work that has been done to ensure that our students still receive the best possible educational experience.  I am hopeful that you and your family will have an opportunity to spend some quality time together, while taking a break from school. 

In this post:

* COVID-19 Update on School Reopening Plans
* Westside Wire Update
* School Lunches
* Student Technology
* Additional Resources

The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Read more about Envision Palmdale 2045, a complete community

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to enable schools serving students from kindergarten through Grade 12 to reopen safely.

Please note: This document may be updated as new information and resources become available. Go to http://www.ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ for updates to this document.


Read more about County of Los Angeles - Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) shall be used to provide details regarding local educational agencies (LEAs) actions and expenditures to support pupil outcomes and overall performance pursuant to Education Code sections 52060, 52066, 47605, 47605.5, and 47606.5. The LCAP must be completed by all LEAs each year. For school districts, pursuant to Education Code section 52060, the LCAP must describe, for the school district and each school within the district, goals and specific actions to achieve those goals for all pupils and each subgroup of pupils identified in Education Code section 52052, including pupils with disabilities, for each of the state priorities and any locally identified priorities.

Review the Westside Union School District LCAP

 

Learning Continuity Plan

Senate Bill 98, Section 43509, established the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan), which is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students and community members, while streamlining meaningful stakeholder engagement and condensing several preexisting plans. The LCP combines the intent behind Executive Order N-56-20, which extends the timeline for the 2020-21 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), provides a required written report to the community, and outlines the formal plan for the 2020–21 school year amid the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Review the Westside Union School District Learning Continuity Plan

 

LCAP Budget Overview for Parents

SB 820 required the California Department of Education, in consultation with the executive director of the state board, to revise the template for the Budget Overview for Parents, for this year only, to require reporting of both expenditures connected to the 2019-20 LCAP and budgeted expenditures connected to the 2020-21 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan).  SB 820 also required that the Budget Overview for Parents specify the amount of funds allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Review the Westside Union School District LCAP Budget Overview for Parents


 

Westside Union School District is committed to engaging all stakeholders in the education of our children. Only when we build strong relationships with our staff, students, families and community members can we make the changes we need to reach every student.

Our Modernization

Enjoy this Picture a Day adventure as The IDEA Academy @ Cottonwood undergoes its Modernization into a true 21st Century School Campus!

Westside Wire

Westside Wire - Fall 2019
Westside Wire Cover page with schools and WASC badge

Standards Based Grades

Westside has produced a short video series to educate our families and community about how standards based grading practices benefit our students’ academic performance. 

Separating Process and Product

Grades and report cards should reflect how well a student has met academic goals in each content area, indicate areas of strength and areas where additional time and effort are needed.

Eliminating Points and Percentages

By eliminating points and percentages, students are more willing to take risks to grow academically. Since there is no longer this fear of FAILING, students are confident to share their own authentic work and are open to constructive criticism.

Promoting Student Success

By using state standards as success criteria, teachers and parents ensure ALL students are challenged and making appropriate progress. One of the most positive results of SBG is the feedback loop it creates to keep all students moving forward, no matter what level they start from. This loop consists of Learning Goals, Assessments, and Feedback.

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