Mrs. Angie Cabot, fifth grade science teacher at West, was chosen the 2009 Tuscarawas County Soil and Water Conservation District's Educator of the Year. Presenting the award was Marsha Zoller of the Norma Johnson Center. She said, "Mrs. Cabot 's efforts in the classroom dealing with the environment go above and beyond the average educator. Not only do you include SWCD programs in your lessons but keep your students motivated by hand on lesson plans that help information recall when put to the test."

Openings in preschool program

Do you have a child who is preschool eligible? We have a few openings available. Please stop in the West School office and pick up an application. Once our openings are filled, your child will be put on a waiting list.

Money, donations sought

The student council is collecting money and donations for Share-A-Christmas.

Canned food drive

Nov. 9 through Nov. 16, the school will be having a canned food drive. The cans of food will be donated to Journey's End. Please help by bringing in canned food. To make the canned food drive successful, we are rewarding the classroom at each grade level with the most canned food a pizza party.

Books and toys sought

Nov, 16 through Dec. 6, the students on the Share-a-Christmas committee will design a tree out of boxes for the lobby. We need your help to fill those boxes with gently used books and toys or new books and toys. Your donations can help put a smile on a child's face this Christmas.

Great pumpkin raffle

The Great pumpkin raffle raised $ 90.50 to be giving to Share-A-Christmas. Congratulations to the five winners! Thanks to all who participated in the raffle! The money we raised will help families in need this Christmas season.

Second grade news

How fast time flies! November is here and the holidays are vastly approaching. In second grade, we are very excited to begin our money chapter in math, and talk about snakes and spiders in reading (OH MY). We want to thank all of the parents for your time and effort during parent/teacher conferences.

Nov. 11 was Veterans Day. We celebrated this holiday at West by gathering with some of the local veterans as they give us a great presentation. We also had the honor of eating lunch in the cafeteria with our Veterans. It is a special day to thank all people who serve our country both veterans and active members for all they do for our freedom.

Also this month, we will be video conferencing with pilgrims in second grade this November as we get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. This should provide a very educational/exciting experience for your kids. Just a reminder as the weather gets colder please send coats, hats and gloves as we will still have recess outside.

Some dates to remember: Early dismissal on Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.

Fourth grade news

It's hard to believe we have already completed the first nine weeks of school! The next nine weeks ends on Jan. 15, 2010! It seems so far away but it will be here before we know it! This nine weeks' period is always a busy time with the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Please help your child stay focused on schoolwork by having a set routine at home. We appreciate your help and encouragement during this busy time!

In Mrs. Schilling's science class, the students did a fun activity using spiders (handmade, of course). The spiders traveled down an incline and onto five different surfaces. The students had to mark the distance traveled, measure the distance to the nearest half-centimeter and then find the average distance using calculators. They were then required to make a bar graph to show the average distance traveled on the five different surfaces that were tested. They did an awesome job working together! The students will continue learning to measure distance with standard and metric units. They will also be studying perimeter and area.

In Mrs. Breneman's math class, the students are continuing to work on mental math and estimation. The students have been concentrating on learning their subtraction facts and are also working on large addition and subtraction problems with zeroes and regrouping. They are also learning about patterns in shapes and numbers and algebraic number expressions. Next week the students will begin working on multiplication and division.

In Mrs. Filippis and Mrs. Lenzo's reading classes, the students are learning about the Chinese culture and comparing and contrasting it to life in America. They will be reading a story called, "Yingtao's New Friend," about a boy, Yingtao, who comes to the United States from China and finds an American friend who comes to dinner at Yingtao's home. The differences in the cultures make for an interesting evening.

Fifth grade news

To emphasize the meaning of Veterans Day, Mrs. Nigro's social studies classes have been learning about veterans who live in our community. They have been interviewing and writing reports about veterans. We were privileged to have a school-wide assembly with the veterans presenting interesting facts.

In science, we have finished a cells and plants unit and are beginning a unit on ecology. In math, we will begin division. Knowing the math facts makes division so much easier. In reading, we are continuing to stress reading AR books. The goal for the second nine weeks is 10 points and an 80 percent average. Also, completing tests in Study Island reinforces the concepts we are teaching.

We are continuing to work on our books to be published. Ask your "author" about his/her progress. We will send the finished projects to the publisher by Dec. 15.

Thank you for your continued support.

Physical Education classes learning volleyball skills

PE classes started out playing with our new Omnikin 18-inch air ball that we received from a grant this September. We then used our trainer volleyball and gator skin balls as we continued learning and practicing the proper techniques for the forearm pass/bump and the set. The serve will be the focus of our volleyball skills when we return to our unit later in the school year.

West School PE program benefits from the Donors Choose Social Media Challenge

HP and Donors Choose sponsored a Social Media Challenge during the month of October. It was a huge success and West School was fortunate enough to get two out of three projects fully funded! Twenty-three donors generously gave $764 to our school. We have already received the equipment for the "Big Foot Fitness/Adventure Club: Phase IV" and will soon be receiving the equipment for the "Big Foot Moves to the Beat" proposal. Many people also donated to our "Volleyball for All" project, which is still on my giving page. You can check out our progress by following the link on Miss Miller's web page.

A big thank you to HP and those of you that helped us expand our physical education program. Miss Miller just needs to find a way to expand her equipment room!

Use GoodSearch/GoodShop to help school

Don't forget to use GoodSearch/GoodShop for your online holiday shopping. Find the link on the Newcomerstown School District's homepage.

Since West School registered with GoodSearch in August of 2008, we've earned $80.The goal is to earn $1,000 through the site in 2010, which will be used to help pay for a magnetic climbing wall for West School. With the magnetic capabilities, Miss Miller will be able to incorporate interdisciplinary activities during physical education class that will support the content area subjects like Science, Math, Reading and Spelling as well as including the exciting sport of rock climbing for our phys. Ed. Program.

If you use this link when you shop this year for the holidays, you will also help raise money for our students in the Newcomerstown School District. Just go through the GoodSearch and GoodShop link on any of the Newcomerstown School District Web site.