Westside Community and Parents, November 2022

November 21, 2022

Dear Westside Parent and Community Members,

Thank you for your support and involvement with our school communities this Fall.  It has helped our students as they’ve returned to a more normal school day and year.  The support for the many activities of our PTAs and PTSAs has been outstanding, bringing enjoyment and fun to all of our students and their families.  We thank the committees who’ve organized, set up and cleaned up after all the fund raising activities that enable us to provide more opportunities for our students.  Those efforts have been outstanding.

Our sports teams at middle school have been busy as well.  Volleyball and cross country have ended their seasons, and students are moving into basketball season.  Our students enjoyed the return to league play and several of the teams won the league championships as well.  Congratulations to all of our students who participated and thanks to all of you who provided support by attending the games, working the snack bars or providing transportation from practice or to events.

With the recent election, there are some changes to our Governing Board members.  Mr. Bill Lindoff who has been a member of the Board since 2018, chose not to seek re-election.  We thank him for his service as a trustee, that when added to  his many years of dedication to students as a teacher, represents over 30 years of giving to our community.  John Curiel and Jennifer Navarro were re-elected to serve another 4 year term on the Board, and joining them is Andrew Rowe.  We appreciate their volunteer service to our community and the leadership that they provide to our District.  

As we return from our Thanksgiving break, students will be taking the first semester NWEA progress assessment.  This will provide an opportunity to measure academic progress from the beginning of the year through the first two quarters of instruction.  Our staff has been working diligently to close the learning gaps that may have developed since the 19-20 school year when the pandemic changed how instruction was delivered to the students.  With the return to full time classroom instruction, we anticipate a change in the academic growth.  The scores for the semester assessment will be sent home with the semester progress reports.  

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten program that expanded this past school year is now serving over 200 students.  Enrollment in the program next school year will increase again as the eligibility to attend the program changes again.  The 23-24 school year children who turn 5 on or before April 2, 2024 will be able to enroll in UPK at the start of the 23-24 school year.  Enrollment will open in the spring of 2023.

Recently the employee unions and the District reached a contract settlement for 22-23 and 23-24 school years.  As many families have to plan their vacation time at the beginning of the calendar year, please be aware that there is a change in the calendar beginning in 23-24.  A fall break for students is planned for October 9-13.  Parent conferences and staff development will take place during that time, but students will not attend school that week.  Please check the website for the 23-24 and 24-25 school calendars.

I hope that you and your family are enjoying this week off, taking time to visit with family, traveling and just getting time to relax.  Again, we thank you for the continuing opportunity to work with your children as together we help them achieve academic, physical, and social emotional growth this school year.  

Happy Thanksgiving,

Regina L. Rossall