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Westside's 21st Century Schools

Serving nearly 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. The District operates 13 schools, providing world-class education to students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Continuing a tradition of high academic achievement, Westside has seven schools that have earned California Distinguished School, CSBA Golden Bell or Gold Ribbon School status. Importantly, all WUSD schools are also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The District proudly serves the communities of Antelope Acres, Anaverde, Leona Valley, Quartz Hill, West Lancaster and West Palmdale. A caring, supportive and motivating learning environment is evident throughout all of the schools. Our primary goal is to ensure each student’s academic success by carefully assessing their individual needs. All Westside schools maintain a positive school climate that promotes student progress. Westside is proud of the active parental participation that the schools receive through the PTAs, School Site Councils, School Advisory Councils, parent volunteer programs and the West Antelope Valley Educational Trust Foundation (WAVE).

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Thank you for your continued support of your children and their academic and social progress this school year.  Working together with our staff helps our children make the most of their learning experiences.  Most especially I want to thank the PTAs, PTSAs, and School Site Councils at all of our schools for the extra support and involvement they provide to all of our students.  You are appreciated.

Congratulations to our new Esperanza School Interim Co-Principals Kathryn Conner and Renee Hofmann.

Updates:

• Volunteers
• Vistors
• Masking
• Test kits
• TK Enrollment changes
• Transfer Requests for 2022-2023
• Employment

Updated

As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority.  Unfortunately, the latest variant of COVID has once again spread rapidly across our county.  While we anticipated receiving promised at-home COVID tests for our students from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, at this date they have not been delivered.  Based on the communication we received yesterday, they may be delivered late next week, but will not be received this week.  Rest assured that as soon as we receive the tests, they will be distributed at each school site.  Testing is not a requirement at this time, but we know many parents want the opportunity to administer the tests to their children. 

For parents who want the assurance from their children receiving a negative COVID test prior to the start of 2nd semester, the District will make available PCR tests.  From 8-11 am on Thursday, January 6th at the Maintenance and Operations Facility located on the District Office Complex, 41910 50th St. W, Quartz Hill, staff will be available to help with testing which is on a walk-in basis.  Once the testing session is complete, tests will be sent to a lab for processing and parents will receive the results via email from the lab.  The results are usually received within 48-72 hours.  Again, testing is not being required for students to return to school, however, parents have asked about providing testing especially since the over the counter tests will not arrive before Monday.

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The rain was a welcome sight to help with the statewide drought, but rainy days are always different at school. The sleet reminded us that it can get really cold in the Antelope Valley, but it sure looked a bit like snow for just a while. 

December 17th will be our final day for the first semester, and at the conclusion of our minimum day (an hour earlier dismissal), our schools will be closed until January 10, 2022 for Winter Break.

During the week of December 21st, please check your mail for your children’s first semester progress report. A new session of after school intervention classes to improve reading performance for our students will begin after Spring Break.

When your children return to school in January, we will be discontinuing the use of the STOPit SafeScreen.

The District recognizes that students utilize social media or text to communicate with their peers. Parents are encouraged to have a discussion with their children regarding the importance of appropriate online citizenship and the consequences of cyberbullying. When school reconvenes on January 10, 2022, the District may consider discipline against any student who has engaged in cyberbullying during the Winter Break.

Updated

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation throughout this first quarter of the school year.  While we are learning to manage the COVID-19 related issues, your patience has helped us to implement the ever changing health directives as expeditiously as possible.  It has also helped keep our focus on ensuring that our students continue to learn, while also addressing the social-emotional needs created by this unprecedented time.

In this article:

* PARENT CONFERENCES

* COVID-19 UPDATE

* TIKTOK CHALLENGES

* VOLUNTEERS

* BOARD MEETINGS

* EMPLOYMENT

* SURVEY

* INDEPENDENT STUDY

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

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)

School districts, county offices of education, or charter schools, collectively known as LEAs, that receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, referred to as ESSER III funds, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their ESSER III funds. In the plan, an LEA must explain how it intends to use its ESSER III funds to address students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, as well as any opportunity gaps that existed before, and were worsened by, the COVID-19 pandemic. An LEA may also use its ESSER III funds in other ways, as detailed in the Fiscal Requirements section of the Instructions. In developing the plan, the LEA has flexibility to include community input and/or actions included in other planning documents, such as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), provided that the input and actions are relevant to the LEA's Plan to support students.

Review ESSER III Expenditure Plan

Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan (ELO)

The following is the local educational agency's (LEA's) plan for providing supplemental instruction and support to students, including those identified as needing academic, social-emotional, and other supports, including the provision of meals and snacks. The plan will explain how the LEA will use the funds it receives through the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant to implement a learning recovery program for at least the students included in one or more of the following groups: low-income students, English learners, foster youth, homeless students, students with disabilities, students at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, disengaged students, and students who are below grade level, including, but not limited to, those who did not enroll in kindergarten in the 2020–21 school year, credit-deficient students, high school students at risk of not graduating, and other students identified by certificated staff.

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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!

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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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