PE Pipeline

The second through fifth grade students in Miss Miller's physical education classes are completing the Presidential Fitness Challenge. The events test student's ability in the following areas: Upper arm strength, abdominal strength, cardiovascular endurance, agility and flexibility.

West School Book Fair

The West School book fair, held during the week of April 9, was a great success! Students enjoyed looking at all the new books and making their own purchases.

Thank you to all the volunteers! This book fair would not be possible without your help. Also, thank you to the parents who patiently waited in line on the mornings of Muffins with Mom. The checkout lines were long with the amount of people there, but the cause will benefit our students. The profits from the book fair will support our Library and AR program at West Elementary, including the AR celebration on the last day of school.

Read and Relax

On Wednesday, March 21, West School students who earned their third nine weeks goal were able to attend Read and Relax. Students brought in blankets and pillows and were given a snack and drink to enjoy while they read a good book and relaxed. Students are currently working on earning their fourth nine weeks individual goals for an ice cream sandwich.

AR celebration and volunteers

West School is working on earning 16,000 AR points as a building to earn their end of the year AR Celebration again this year. If our goal is met, the celebration will be held on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 30 in the morning hours. If we meet this goal as a building, all West School students will be able to attend.

If you are interested in helping with the celebration by running a station for us, volunteer papers will be sent home around the second week of May or you may contact Mrs. Durben by email at durbensa00@nctschools.org or by school phone at 498-4151. All volunteers are greatly appreciated. We need at least 25 volunteers each year to run this event, so if you are available, come have a great time with us!

Super Seconds

The school year is coming to a fast end and students are looking forward to the many special activities coming up in May. We have an exciting field trip to McKinley Museum in Canton on May 3. Make sure to return the permission slip and $3 admission fee soon.

Second graders need to be able to add and subtract with regrouping (carrying and borrowing), tell time and count money, so any extra practice they can get at home will be helpful. To be able to participate in the last nine weeks AR reward, students will need to have their goals met by May 18, so keep reading!

Third Grade Spring Fever

A lot has been going on here at West school and I think that it's fare to say that spring fever is in the air. Recently, we had a really cool visit from our friends at the Columbus Zoo and I'm sure everyone enjoyed their time off over spring break. The third grade classes are all excited about the nice weather and upcoming school related events. April 20 is the date for the fourth nine weeks mid term grades. On April 24 and 25, the students will be taking the reading and math Ohio Achievement Assessment. It is very important to make sure that the students get a good nights rest the night before and a hearty breakfast the day of each test. May 4 all West school students will participate in the West Field Day. If you are interested in volunteering that day please contact Mrs. Miller at West school. Also, on May 11 the third grade classes will be taking their annual field trip to Roscoe Village. Finally, don't forget to keep reading your AR books. With lot's going on I can see why everyone is so excited for spring. It's going to be exciting and a lot of fun. Good luck students on your OAA and remember that your going to do great.

Fourth grade news

We hope you all enjoyed your spring break and time spent with family. Teachers and students are slowly getting back into the swing of school and looking forward to what is coming, the Ohio Achievement Assessments in reading and math. We are working diligently in all classes to prepare for these assessments. The reading test will be Tuesday, April 24 and the math will take place on Wednesday, April 25. There are ways that you, the parent, can help us during this time: 1. Please make sure your child goes to bed on time and is well rested; 2. Make sure that your child has had a nutritious breakfast; 3. Please be sure that he/she has pencils with erasers; 4. has glasses if they wear them. We generally allow students to chew gum on the day of the test, but they are not able to have it on days when we are not testing. We are optimistic that everyone will do a great job for themselves and their school.

In reading and language arts, students are reviewing for the upcoming OAA. We are doing sample test questions from old tests to help us be better prepared for what is to come.

In math and science, students are reviewing for the upcoming OAA. After the test, students will be moving on to long division. In science, students will be studying the world of plants.

In Ohio history, we are currently researching an Ohio inventor and creating mobiles about them to hang in the room. After the test we will be moving on to government. Happy spring!)

Fifth grade news

We have just completed our third nine weeks and have a full schedule planned for the last one fourth of the year. Topping the list is final preparation for the Ohio Achievement Test. The reading test will be given on Thursday, April 26. The math test will be given on Tuesday, May 1 and science will be on Thursday, May 3. Please help your child do his best by making sure he/she has plenty of rest and eats breakfast. Also, to help your student review for the test, please encourage them to complete work on Study Island.

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, we are excited to try something new this year. In addition to the traditional talent show we will be presenting a 30 minute musical, "A Better Me, A Better You." All fifth grade students will participate in this musical under the direction of Mrs. Masloski. We thank her for her extra time and effort. The performance will be May 29 at 8:45 a.m. Please join us!

Mrs. Hursey's social studies classes have completed a project about the original colonies. Now they are studying the Revolutionary War. In math, we're reviewing the math concepts studied earlier this year. They've taken a survey and made graphs to represent their data. In reading, we're working on summarization, word meaning and context clues. Mrs. Cabot's science classes are finishing their unit on "Thermal Energy" and will study "Space." Please encourage your student to use the Study Island website to review.

Our days are jam-packed! Thanks for continuing to support your child and his/her education. The acronym, TEAM comes to mind: Together Everyone Accomplishes More!