Westside Community and Parents, January 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome back from winter break. I hope that you had an opportunity to spend time with your
family and friends, relaxing and enjoying special time together. I also hope that everyone had a
healthy start to the new year as well. We will begin our second semester of the year on
Monday, January 9, 2023, when our students return from winter break. We are excited to see
our students!


Updates:


Storm Damages: While we are most thankful for the rain which will help with our continuing
drought conditions, several of our schools sustained some water damage from the recent rains.
In most cases our incredible maintenance, custodial and grounds staff were able to clean up the
messes and repair the damages in short order. However, the office at Rancho Vista School
sustained major water damage. We will continue to work on restoring the building as quickly as
possible, and we have been able to adjust the work areas so that the office will still be open, but
with some restrictions in access.


Solar Panels: As you drive around the district, you may notice that we are in the process of
changing out some of our solar panels. Technology is always changing and advancing, and
more efficient and effective panels with lower profiles will replace those we currently have in
place at Del Sur School, Leona Valley School, The IDEA Academy at Cottonwood, and District
Office. This project will take a while, but when it is complete, we will be able to continue to use
solar to reduce our electricity usage, saving money for other uses.


Jobs: If you are looking for a job in teaching, please note that there will be a Job Fair on
Saturday, January 28, 2023, at the District Office. You can file an application by visiting our
Human Resources Department on our website. We also are continuing to seek employees for a
variety of positions, especially instructional assistants. Please apply if this is a career path you
might find of interest. Thank you for considering WUSD.


NWEA Scores and Progress Reports: All students should have received progress reports on
the last day of the first semester in December. Along with that, many students also received
their NWEA progress scores for the first semester. Please be sure to review these two
documents with your child to ensure they are aware of the growth they are making this year, and
encourage them to continue the good work they’ve started. The staff at the school sites will be
able to answer any questions that you may have.


Extended Learning Opportunities Programs: Beginning in the 23-24 school year, we will be
offering an extended learning program to all of our UPK-6th grade schools. The intent of this
program is to provide students with 3 hours more of directed instructional support after school.
In preparation for that service for students at 10 of our schools, we will be starting a pilot
program at the end of January. The program will be hosted at Anaverde Hills School, The IDEA
Academy at Cottonwood, Esperanza School, Gregg Anderson Academy, Rancho Vista, and Del
Sur School, and services will be provided by the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club. Seats for
the program by law must first be offered to our students with the greatest academic needs, and
will be offered at no cost to the family. At this point, our pilot will be in place at a minimum until
spring break. If it can be expanded thereafter, it will be offered across the District when we
return in April. Please look for notices from your school staff that will be distributed later in
January.


Again, welcome back to the 22-23 school year. As we start the new semester, I am hoping that
you and your family have made a resolution to attend school on time every day. Attendance
continues to be amongst the most important aspects of academic achievement as well as
setting students up for success for career and college in their futures.


We appreciate your continued support of our schools and staff. I again want to thank our staff
members who worked tirelessly this past week to get our schools ready for students.
Additionally, thank you to all of our staff members as they continue to help our students learn
each and every day. See you Monday!


Happy January to All,
Regina L. Rossall
Superintendent