1720 West 1460 North • Provo, Utah 84604 • Phone: (801) 374-4870 • Fax: (801) 374-4873





Fine Arts Festival

Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016

If you have a child who will be in kindergarten next school year and you haven't registered them yet, please do it as soon as possible.  
Also, if you have a neighbor who has a kindergarten age child,
please pass this information on to them.
Start the registration process at forms.provo.edu.
If you don't have access to a computer and/or internet,
please come to the school and use one of our computers.   
To complete registration, you will need to bring in the following:
     - Proof of Address  (i.e.:  Provo City Utilities, Mortgage or
                                                Rental Agreement)
     - Birth Certificate
     - Immunizations - Must Include Kindergarten Shots
Register your child on forms.provo.edu even if your
child doesn't have their kindergarten shots.
  *  We will not accept your kindergarten registration unless we have all of the above turned in, which includes current Kindergarten shots.



Willie the Wildcat acts out some of the kind things Westridge students are doing!

Thanks Willie!


Draw My Life videos for Mrs. Lyon, Mrs. Pericle and Miss. Bruening


Interim Principal Chris Sorensen


We are pleased to have Chris Sorensen as our Interim Principal for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year!  Chris has extensive experience in education as an elementary teacher, an elementary and secondary principal, and as a former superintendent of the Nebo School District.  He currently works part-time at BYU, supervising principal interns in the Educational Leadership program. Mr. Sorensen will be at the school most of each school day, and looks forward to interacting with teachers, parents, and students. If you wish to contact him, please feel free to call the school at (801) 374-4870, or email him directly at chriss@provo.edu.


Principal Thomas

Becky Thomas has been chosen as the new principal at Westridge Elementary School. Becky is currently a facilitator and she will be replacing our current principal, Cory Anderson, on July 1, 2015.  Westridge is very excited to have a former alumnus become its newest administrative leader, and Mrs. Thomas is excited to keep working with the great staff, students, parents, and community of Westridge.  

 SEP Conferences - February 25 & 26

Students participate in the Geography Bee!

Posted-January 26th, 2015

On January 14th, students throughout 3rd - 6th grades participated in the Geography Bee. Individual classrooms held their own competitions to narrow down the participants to eleven. Spencer Gardner became the 2014-2015 Geography Bee champion!

Westridge students enjoy opportunities to help each other learn

Posted-December 16th, 2014

In classrooms throughout the school, students from upper grades team up with lower grade students under teacher supervision to help and teach them. Whether its reading a book, working on a project, or practicing math facts, students have loved the opportunity to work with each other. Another reason Westridge Elementary is an awesome place to learn!

We celebrate reading with our STAR reader of the month (Students That Always Reads)

Posted-December 12th, 2014

Sean Gutzman, one of our 5th grade students was chosen as the STAR reader of the month. Every month students turn in calendars showing each day they read during the month. We love to celebrate our readers and their love for the written word!

Y-Serve and Jimmerosity come to Westridge to promote kindness

Posted-December 8th, 2014

On Friday, December 5th, students from Brigham Young University's Y Serve Organization visited Westridge to share a message about listening and showing kindness. The students enjoyed a short assembly with the students and celebrated the announcement that every month Y students would come to interact with students on the playground, teaching them friendship skills. This is a part of the larger district program to stop bullying in partnership with Jimmerosity. There will be more activities to come!

Draw My Life videos for Mrs. Haws, Mr. Nance and Mrs. Jenkins

Posted-December 9th, 2014

Mrs. Leber and Mrs. Reader "Draw My Life"

Posted-November 7th, 2014

We are excited to share the Draw My Life videos of Mrs. Reader and Ms. Leber. You can also find Willie the Wildcat's video further down! Stay tuned for more.

Students are celebrated for reading, biking to school and excellent artwork!


Posted-November 7th, 2014

Today we celebrated students and teachers at Westridge. Several students have been participating in our STAR reader program. Students read every day to qualify and earn there own star in our galaxy of stars. Another student participated in an art contest with Utah Valley Medical Center. We also had a student who won a bike for participating in our Bike To School Week!

Westridge Elementary collective group of minions celebrate with students

Posted - November 3rd, 2014

Halloween haunted the hallways of Westridge Elementary on Friday, October 31st. Teachers united with minionesque getups to celebrate with students a day of fun.


Recess Guidelines

Posted-November 11, 2014

If you have any questions about the recess guidelines and the new "School Flag Program", please click here for information from www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.

We check the air quality every morning and post a flag on the flag pole according to the air quality found at http://www.airquality.utah.gov.  


Students eat lunch with Provo Firemen

Posted - October 15th

Five Westridge elementary students had the opportunity to eat lunch with Provo City Firemen last week. The whole week students pledged to stay drug-free and to be kind to others during Red Ribbon week. Five participating students were chosen to go to McDonalds for lunch. They had a wonderful time! They even road in an ambulance and on a firetruck to get there. Thank you to our wonderful firemen and PTO for organizing this event!

Westridge Carnival is a hot success!

Posted - September 26th

Westridge Elementary students and families said goodbye to the summer heat by holding the annual carnival on Thursday night! There was great fun for everyone. There were games and physical activities for kids including face painting, archeological digs, and even a booth from the Bean Museum. The food was fantastic. We were even entertained musically by performances from the Westridge Idol finalists as well as some impromptu karaoke singers. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this amazing school!

Willie the Wildcat's Draw My Life

Posted - September 9th

At our latest assembly, Willie the Wildcat shared his life story through a Draw My Life video. The students and teachers loved getting to know Willie more. We are excited to learn about all of our teachers and our students this year. Everyone has a story to share and Westridge has a story as well. Stay tuned for more stories as the year goes on.

Principal Anderson with Willy the Wildcat!

Back to School Night and Traffic Info

Posted - August 17th, 2014

Hello all! Our back to school night will be this Monday, August 18th, from 5:00 - 5:45. This is an opportunity for students to see where their classroom is located, meet their teacher, and sign up for SEP conferences.

I also wanted to post a link to the file with our traffic procedures. Please keep in mind that the traffic procedures are meant specifically for the school day and the hour before and after school starts and ends. Special events that bring hundreds of patrons to the school will cause us to amend those rules allowing public to park in the faculty parking area. You can download a parking lot map with instructions here! 


Check Out The New Website

Posted-April 28th, 2014
The elementary websites are being redesigned and Westridge gets to be the first school to be updated. There are some really nice changes and it's always good to have a new look.

Here are some of the new features:

  • New Spotlight page- Find out what is going on at your school and in the classrooms. This is the first page you will see when you go to the website.
  • Navigation- With the sidebar it will be easier than ever to get to the page you want.
  • Panel Sliders- It is now very easy to see school information, the school calendar, links to teacher sites and student achievement info. It's all only one click away.
  • District Links- Links to district information is now separated from the school site and very easy to find. One click give you a drop down menu for easy access to the district information.
  • Email the Website Manager- Quick Links contain easy access to the schools Content Manager. If you have a suggestion or find a problem let the school know.

Check back often to see what is going on at our school!


Spotlight/School News

Westridge Mission Statement 


At Westridge we want every student to enjoy school, engage in learning,

and achieve high levels of success! 



    April 22 - May 20  -  SAGE Year End Testing

    May 8  -  JAZZ Day in Lunch Room

                     3rd Grade Market Day,  12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m.

    May 15  -  Utah Opera Assembly, 9:00 a.m. 

    May 18 - 22  -  Fine Arts Festival Week

    May 19  -  Community Council Meeting, 12:00 p.m.

                       Eat at Zupas  (Portion of Amount Spent Donated to the School)

    May 21  -  5th Grade Entrepreneur Fair

    May 22  -  6th Grade Country Fair

                        Fine Arts Festival and Awards, 5:00 p.m.

    May 25  -  Memorial Day  -  No School

    May 26  -  6th Grade Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

                        Early Out, 1:30 p.m.

    May 27  -  Field Day  -  Early Out at 1:30 p.m.

                           -  All Kindergarten students come in morning.

    May 28  -  Last Day of School,  Early Out at 11:30 a.m.



     July 27 - August 7  -  Summer School by Invitation Only 



 School Office Hours

Monday - Thursday  -  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday  -  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Kindergarten Registration

Friday, April 17  -  1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Media Center

You can register your child online at forms.provo.edu, which can be done anytime
before registration.  If you don't have access to a computer or internet,
we will have computers available during registration.   
Please bring in the following to Kindergarten registration:
     - Proof of Address  (i.e.:  Provo City Utilities, Mortgage or Rental Agreement)
     - Birth Certificate
     - Immunizations - Must Include Kindergarten Shots
  *  We will not accept your kindergarten registration unless we have all of the above turned in, which includes current Kindergarten shots.


Westridge History Video

Along with the video you can click this link to see a powerpoint slideshow of the data of Westridge from the last available State assessment.


 Safety Information From District:

The district has released the following letter concerning school safety in our district.

School Safety Letter


School Safety Letter (Spanish Version)




Parent Link

We have a new system called Parent Link.  This system will call home when a student has been marked absent and it is unexcused. If you receive an attendance message, please take the initiative to call the school and excuse the absence. State law requires us to maintain attendance records and intervene when there is inconsistent attendance. The Parent Link system should also be calling to remind parents to deposit money in lunch accounts, and will have the capacity to send other important messages home as well. Look for more instructions on the Parent Link system in the coming days. You will be able to log onto the system and adjust settings so the calls will come to different numbers or through text messaging as needed.

 Reading Plus  

Westridge Reads Blog

Check out the new Westridge Library Blog, a place where Westridge Wildcats can share and discuss the great books they are reading.  Students also post stories and poems they have written.


Notes From The OfficeCold Weather and Sickness
Please make sure your child comes to school PREPARED to be out in the cold.  Also, please do not send a child to school if they have a fever or are vomiting.  Thank you!


Westrige Enters The World of Social Media
With social media becoming such a powerful way to share info., Westridge is starting to move ahead.  Follow us on Facebook.  Like us to find out current school information.  


Important School Safety Reminders:

    • ALL visitors need to check in at the office and get a visitor's badge before going anywhere in the school.
    • Please do not park in the drop off zone in the mornings. If you need to walk your children in, please park in a designated parking stall. The same is true during afternoon pickup. Park only in designated stalls.
     • When dropping off children, enter on the east side only and exit in two lines only on the west side.
    • Roller blades, skateboards, scooters and bikes are not to be ridden or used on school grounds and in the building. Before entering onto school property, students need to remove roller blades, carry skateboards and walk their scooters and bikes. All bikes brought to the school should be properly stored in one of the bikes racks provided by the school. It is strongly recommended that all students lock their bikes.
           Thank you for your help and cooperation!


Utah Write
      Westridge 5th grade students have access to an online writing program called Utah Write. Utah Write has over 20 topics for students to write papers on in the Practice section of the site. It scores your student's paper immediately according to the Six Traits writing program on a scale of 1 to 5 and gives feedback on how your student can improve their paper. Students can revise their papers and resubmit them up to 10 times to improve their scores.
      Utah Write also provides lessons to help your student improve their writing. The program will automatically recommend certain lessons based on your student's writing, but there are also other lessons your student can use under the Learn section of the site.
Westridge has just acquired 3 student computers for each classroom. During center time we will have 20 minute rotations for students to work on Utah Write. Every 2 weeks students will receive a writing assignment to enter into Utah Write.
      Students can also work on Utah Write at home since it can be used anywhere with an internet connection. They can work on their papers, writing and revising, and on the lessons Utah Write provides. Parents can go online with the student and see their papers and scores. We encourage you to have your students practice their writing using Utah Write and monitor their scores and progress. We hope you will be able to utilize this program to the fullest extent possible!


kidAn important reminder that all passengers in vehicles must be buckled up . . .it's the law. Please drive cautiously as you enter and exit school grounds.


School History
Westridge Elementary, located on Grandview Hill in Provo, is a school where children are treasured. They come to learn, succeed, grow and become the best they can be!

Westridge opened its doors in 1980 as the first year-round school in Utah. Although no longer year-round, the school has continued a tradition of innovation and academic excellence in a nurturing and caring environment.

We have a superb staff who work diligently to make Westridge an ideal environment for learning and growth! We welcome all students, parents, visitors and volunteers!


School Information

Chris Sorensen

Interim Principal
Principal's Website

Jack Kingsford


Becky Thomas


Linda Phillips

Financial Secretary

Maureen Holdaway


Cathy Ford

Nutrition Manager

Karen Mogensen

Nutrition Secretary

Sarah Christoffersen

Media Center
Link to Website

Sue Matthews

Special Education

Sue Pope

Numeracy Coach

Dora Baca


Kathy Francis

Link to Website

Patrice Parker

Link to Website

Rachel Leber

Link to Website

Amber Sheffer

Extended Day Kindergarten
Link to Website

Elaine Jeppesen

First Grade
Link to Website

Laurel Dean Karlsven

First Grade
Link to Website

Jerrie Reader

First Grade
Link to Website

Karen Schwen

First Grade
Link to Website

Debbie Spadafora

First Grade
Link to Website

Kathy Giles

Second Grade
Link to Website

Tawni Donakey

Second Grade
Link to Website

Ashley Richins

Second Grade
Link to Website

Merissa Cowley

Second Grade
Link to Website

Elizabeth Taylor

Second Grade
Link to Website

Shanna Bonnett

Third Grade
Link to Website

Amber Maio

Third Grade
Link to Website

Jessica Lyon

Third Grade
Link to Website

Tedi Hobbins

Third Grade
Link to Website

Alise Pericle

Fourth Grade
Link to Website

Mark Nance

Fourth Grade
Link to Website

Meghan Ryan

Fourth Grade
Link to Website

Kimberly Sessions

Fourth Grade
Link to Website

Mashell Brown

Fifth Grade
Link to Website

Alison Fuller

Fifth Grade
Link to Website

Megan Jenkins

Fifth Grade
Link to Website

John Jackman

Sixth Grade
Link to Website

Natalie Bruening

Sixth Grade
Link to Website

Lisa Hatch

Sixth Grade
Link to Website

Chris Fuhriman

Sixth Grade
Link to Website

Logan Mckinney

Link to Website

Sarah Payton


Carolina Parodi


Marie Stone

After School Program
Link to Website

Links to Class Websites



Westridge 2014 SAGE Tests

Percent Proficient

2013-14 SAGE Summative average proficiencies shown below reflect a new baseline for Utah's end of level testing. The new SAGE test is different than the previous Criteria Referenced Tests (CRT), and more challenging, and therefore cannot be compared to CRT results from previous years. SAGE tests are adaptive, with questions based on new Utah Core standards, and contain technology-based questions versus all multiple choice.

Third Grade

  School District State
Language Arts 61% 54% 44%
Math 50% 52% 44%


Fourth Grade

  School District State
Language Arts 70% 54% 42%
Math 78% 60% 48%
Science 74% 50% 43%


Fifth Grade

  School District State
Language Arts 54% 53% 42%
Math 70% 59% 44%
Science 57% 51% 46%


Sixth Grade

  School District State
Language Arts 61% 53% 43%
Math 66% 48% 35%
Science 55% 51% 46%


Historic Criterion-Referenced Tests


Achievement Data



The Provo City School District supports equal opportunity for students, staff, parents and guests and complies with state and federal law regulation including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments. The District does not discriminate in programs services, activities or employment on the basis of religion, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, or disability.

Inquiries regarding students, programs, services or activity compliance may be directed to the Executive Director of Student Services at 280 West 940 North, Provo, UT 84604 801-374-4814.

For program, service or activity accommodations under the ADA, please contact Student Services at 801-374-4838 or donnan@provo.edu.

Inquiries regarding employment compliance may be directed to the Executive Director of Human Resources at 280 West 940 North, Provo, UT 84604 801-374-4938.

For applicant or employee accommodations under the ADA, please contact the Benefit Coordinator 801-374-4847 or rebeccavo@provo.edu.