Dr. Georgia A. Stewart, Principal
Greetings Parents, Guardians and Stakeholders,
The Westwood Heights staff would like to extend a very warm welcome back to our scholars, parents and all invested stakeholders to what we are confident will be a successful 2021-2022 school year of teaching, learning and taking care of each other. We must acknowledge the fact that last year was undoubtedly challenging as we navigated the turbulence of change due to the onset of a global pandemic that not only impacted our daily lives but also how we go about the business of operationalizing school functions. Yet, despite the many barriers, we made the necessary adjustments and worked collaboratively as a school community, ensuring our scholars received the social emotional and academic support they needed. As a collective school community, you are to be commended for a job very well done, for your tenacity, courage, and commitment. With that said, we are looking forward to welcoming our scholars, parents, and community partners to continue the work of ensuring our scholars are afforded nothing short of “First Class 21st Century Education” in a nurturing and supportive learning environment.
Vision & Academic Focus
Our vision this school year is to maintain a laser focus on the work of closing achievement gaps. Emphasis will be placed on early literacy development K-2 to ensure scholars are ready for a successful transition to the intermediate grade levels. Additionally, we will prioritize building essential foundational and pre-requisite skills that will provide the building blocks scholars need to master on grade level standards. Equally important, the work this year will be grounded and centered around “The Opportunity Myth” best practices: (1). Instructional Leaders, Coaches and Teachers with High Expectations; (2). Strong Instruction; (3). Deep Student Engagement; and (4). Alignment of Grade Appropriate Assignments. Finally, providing optimal support for our WHE teacher task force will be a key component to achieving our overarching literacy, foundational skills development and SIP targets this school year. Consequently, priority will be placed on providing quality professional development opportunities, authentic PLCs, data driven instruction, and hands-on coaching support grounded in research-based best practices. Finally, an “All Hands On Deck” approach will be instituted to ensure scholars are provided with the double dose of instruction needed to master grade level skills. As we implement our Blue-Print for Success action steps, timely curriculum and instructional adjustments will be made to ensure we remain on track to closing the achievement gaps and finishing strong this school year.
School Improvement Targets 2022
Last year, our scholars in grades 3-5 took the 2021 FSA assessments in reading, math and science. Our school performance results were indicative of learning lost due to many of the unique teaching and learning challenges associated with operationalizing school during a pandemic. Yet, we will make “No Excuses” only progress! We have a solid strategic plan for success this school year. Working collectively as a school community we will work to remove barriers and provide our scholars with the wrap around support they will need to be successful! While we will use the 2021 student performance data to inform our instructional intervention plans, it is important to note that our school grade remains a “C” and our SIP proficiency Targets are as follows: FSA 2022 Assessments: ELA 50%; Math 60%; Science 35%. The 2021 FSA Data and WHE Blueprint for Academic Success will be shared at our upcoming SAC/SAF Meeting in September.
WHE 2021 Theme
Elementary educators are truly the frontline heroes as we play a vital role in helping scholars develop an early love of learning and build essential foundational skills that prepare them for lifelong learning as they continue their educational careers. Therefore, it is appropriate that our 2021 – 2022 school theme, “WHE ALL STAR” aligns to that knowledge, vision and mission: The What: A-achieve L-lifelong L-learners; The How: S-strategic T-teaching and A-academic R-rigor.
District Updates School Re-Opening Plans at-a-Glance
Below are some of the preliminary adjustments that are being considered as we prepare for school re-opening. As it relates to our school-based operations, we will continue to follow district guidance and ensure the safety of our scholars and staff remains our number one priority. As we receive new updates, they will be shared to keep you informed.
Mindfulness, Self-Care, Love and Compassion for Each Other
As we prepare to launch the 2021-2022 school year, please be reminded of the importance of taking the time for “Self-care” so that we can be at our very best for our families, our scholars and each other. Let’s practice daily “Mindfulness” by staying on purpose, staying in the present moment non-judgmentally. You are encouraged to set aside a few quiet moments each day this school year to practice mindfulness so that we can exercise deep compassion, patience, extend grace and love one to another. We will continue to face some unique challenges this school year as we are still experiencing a pandemic. Yet, we have forged an alliance to stand united with a laser focus on increasing student achievement! Together we will finish WHE Strong!
Home-School Connection & Communication
Timely communication will be vitally important in order to best coordinate learning support services for your child. Therefore, your child’s teacher and other support staff will be contacting you on a regular basis as needed to ensure we are delivering optional learning experiences every day. Likewise, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher as needed for guidance and support. Furthermore, please stay informed and engaged in WHE school events by regularly visiting our school website for up-to-date information you will need to know for a successful school year. If you have any questions or needs, please call do not hesitate to call the office between the hours of 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. We are looking forward to continued partnership with all our stakeholders for students’ academic success this school year!
It is truly an honor to serve as your principal. Please know that I am always just a phone call or an email away. I am here to serve you!
Dr. Georgia A. Stewart
Proud Principal, Westwood Heights Elementary
Contact Number: 754- 323-7906