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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 the upcoming weeks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will be making visits to our school sites to confirm that we are compliant with the directives we’ve been given.  The visitors will also be ensuring that all staff members on site know what the protocols are, and how to protect both students and staff as they return to the campus.

We seem to be moving slowly into fall. Unfortunately, the heat has continued to make fighting the fires in California difficult, and the smoke has produced unhealthy air quality throughout our state and especially in our Valley. We are approaching the end of our first quarter of the school year, and you should anticipate receiving a progress report for each of your children in the mail following the close of this first quarter on October 9th.

We are especially concerned for our neighbors in the Antelope Valley who have been victims of several fires, and we join others in trying to support efforts to help families safely return home. Congratulations and thanks for many years of dedicated service to members of our staff who are choosing to retire at the end of September.  We will certainly miss our colleagues and our students and families will miss the special ways in which they have supported our students.

Congratulations to Westside Union School District, which was honored by @AVAQMD with the annual William J. Pete Knight Achievement In Reducing Emissions (AIRE) award.The Board will hold its semi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 15th. Items on the agenda include recognition of additional retirees, ACSA Golden Apple Award, IDEA Academy Presentation, Unaudited Actuals, Learning Continuity Plan, and current orders from LA County Public Health.

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

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!

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Westside Wire - Fall 2019
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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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