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 email@example.com.
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
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!
Posted-January 7th, 2015
On January 3rd, two lego robotic teams from Westridge Elementary participated in a competitive event at Thanksgiving Point. For several months team members have been designing robots, learning about programming, and investigating electronics. Many participants and judges commented on the incredibly creative and interesting robots our teams engineered!
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!
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!
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!
Posted-December 9th, 2014
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Posted-July 29th, 2014
Welcome back! Can you believe that school will begin in three weeks! We are so excited. I've posted a new message with a lot of important information. Please click this link to read it!
Posted-August 15, 2014
There will be a Bond Presentation at Westridge Elementary, Tuesday, September 4, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Please click here for more presentation dates in the district.
Posted-May 13th, 2014
Westridge Elementary held its annual Engineering Night for the third grade students and their families in anticipation for starting the STEM focus program in 4th grade. The auditorium was filled with families working with each other to build hot chocolate machines. Mrs. Ballard led the activity, but the students took over quickly as they planned, created, tested, and revised their engineering ideas. Families had a good time working together.
Several 5th grade students, who have been STEM focus students for two years, were on hand to help families work through the engineering design process. The night was a success! There were many different designs developed, built, and successfully tested.
Posted-April 28th, 2014
Westridge Elementary Ballroom has competed in three events this year. In every event they have received top awards. In the final competition of the year at Brigham Young University, the Westridge Ballroom team as a whole took first place. (See pictures from the competition) The team will be showing off their talent on May 2nd for the 3rd - 6th grade students.
You can also be a part of the Ballroom team next year. If you will be an interested 4th - 6th grade student next year you can sign up now to be a part of the team. Space is limited and so it is important for you to jump on the opportunity. Sign up forms will be available in the office! We love our Westridge Wildcats.
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:
Check back often to see what is going on at our school!
At Westridge we want every student to enjoy school, engage in learning, and achieve high levels of success!
April 2 - Early Out, 1:300 p.m.
April 6 - 10 - Spring Break, No School
April 11 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,
Provo Town Centre Mall, West Parking Lot
April 17 - Kindergarten Registration
April 20 - 24 - Teacher Appreciation Week
April 22 - May 20 - SAGE Year End Testing
9:00 a.m. - K - 3rd Grade
9:30 a.m. - 4th - 6th Grade
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.
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.
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 Office: Cold 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!
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!
An 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.
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!
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