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West View Elementary School

Report to the Community

2018-2019

 

About Our School

 

The mission of West View Elementary School, in partnership with its entire community, is to educate each student by providing a positive, challenging, and enriched learning environment that enables each student to become a life-long learner and a responsible citizen in an increasingly global society.

 

West View Elementary School is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by providing a positive, challenging, and enriched learning environment that enables each student to become life-long learners and responsible citizens in an increasingly global society.

 

With a Gifted and Global Studies focus, students have opportunities to learn through experiences and lessons that allow them to have an understanding of the world around them.  The teachers were fully engaged in professional development that supported the mission and goals of the school.  In 2018—2019, teachers implemented the strategies taught in the Fundamentals of Reading staff development classes for the state required reading endorsement.  Additional professional development included Compassionate Schools Training, Classroom Interventions, independent reading strategies, and using data to drive instructional decisions for students.  Individualized learning continues to be the focus for the school and district, providing students with a pathway for personal growth and success.

 

West View Elementary School was honored to be recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.  This high honor is a testament to the commitment of providing a quality education to all students.  We are proud of our students’ consistent academic performance on standardized assessments.   

 

In addition, West View received the Palmetto Gold & Silver Award for overall student performance.  West View is proud of its history of academic success and will continue to strive to provide optimal learning opportunities for students.  Through a collaborative approach from all stakeholders, the school endeavors are easily accomplished.  West View is fortunate to have strong parental involvement and support that provides students with specific learning opportunities and creates wonderful memories of their elementary school years.

 

Percentage of Students Scoring “Met and Above” on SC PASS Testing
Grade Science Social Studies

 

2016-17

2017-18

2016-17

2017-18

4th

79%

81%

81%

-

5th

73%

-

66%

67%

 

 

Percentage of Students Scoring “Exceeds, Meets, and Approaches” on SC Ready Testing

Grade

ELA

Mathematics

 

2016-17

2017-18

2016-17

2017-18

3rd

70%

73%

76%

69%

4th

76%

78%

77%

79%

5th

77%

83%

68%

65%

 

Purpose of this Report

 

This report is issued by the West View School Improvement Council in accordance with South Carolina law to share information on the school’s progress in meeting various goals and objectives, the work of the SIC, and other accomplishments during the school year.

 

School Improvement Council Members

 

Elected

DiAndra Brooks, Parent

Mike Reece, Parent

David Swank, Parent

Chris Baumgardner, Parent

 

Appointed

Amanda Zibell, Parent

Kim Stravolo, Parent

Mary deGuzman, Teacher

Andy Rogers, Teacher

Paula Gaskins, Assistant Principal

James Lies, Assistant Principal

Kellen Holtzclaw, Teacher

 

Ex-Officio

Dr. Lindi Metcalf, Principal

 

 

School Improvement Council’s Annual Goals

 

The School Improvement Council established 4 goals for the 2018-2019 school year.

 

Goal 1: Increase Communication between Parents and the School

West View already had several forms of communication in place for parents. Our teachers create a webpage to display information and news. We have our school webpage, Facebook page, and a phone messenger system that contains relevant facts and information. Individual teachers use the Remind App and Class Dojo to keep parents up to date on activities, events, and news taking place at school.  We will continue to use all of the forms of communication listed above.

 

Goal 2: Maintain a Healthy and Safe School

Our goal this year was to increase fitness and health education (physical, social, and emotional) opportunities for students and the community.  Our staff completed Compassionate Schools Resiliency Training to better understand the social and emotional needs of students in poverty and how to best address those needs in school.  We conducted Lunch and Learns for the community on Eating Disorders in Children while implementing nutrition awareness programs such as “5th Grade Cooking with Drew” in our after school program.  Our school resource officer sponsored Non-Contact Rugby Club, and we had the first ever District Six elementary school Volleyball Club!

Goal 3: Instructional Focus

With continued focus on authentic reading and reading readiness through Read to Succeed, West View Elementary School implemented the use of STAR reading, STAR math, and DAR2+ assessments in grades kindergarten through third grade.  We focused on adding multiple copies of

book sets to support grade level curriculum and differentiated learning opportunities.  Teachers implemented reading conferencing and guided reading and discussed such reading strategies during Professional Learning Community meetings with the Reading Coach and Principal.

 

West View Elementary also focused on increasing opportunities for students to receive remediation and enrichment in small groups.  With the addition of our reading interventionist, we were able to implement additional small group reading instruction during the school day, while adding critical thinking classes for students in first through fifth grade as an extension of the school day.  These interventions proved successful in reducing the number of children scoring in the at-risk category for reading (below the 25th percentile.)

 

Goal 4:  Community Partnerships

We know that students build resiliency by connecting with trusted adults who support and encourage them.  This year, we formed a partnership with Mentor Upstate, under the leadership of Director Natalie Patterson.  This program matched community members with individual West View students.  Mentors commit approximately 30 minutes per week to eat lunch with their student, engage in conversation, and make positive connections. 

 

We continue to work closely with our PTO and are thankful for our local churches, restaurants, and businesses who continually support us through donations and words of encouragement.  Their involvement in our school builds opportunity and support that ultimately benefits the children of our community!

 

 

Opportunities & Events

Think Tank

Forensics Club

4-H Pet Club

Cooking Club

Puzzle Club

Trailblazers and Diamonds Club

Running Club

Soccer Club

Volleyball Club

Games Club

Girls on the Run

Talent Show

Science Fair

Terrific Kid Ceremony

Art & Music Visions

PTO Family Fun Nights

Health/Career Fair

Math Explorers

Reading Tournament

Flag Patrol

WVES Wildcat News Crew

Junior Beta Club

Student Council

Walk to School Day

Field Day

Geography Bee

Spelling Bee

Read-n-Roar Bookstore

Book Fairs

Lunch & Learn for Parents

Non-Contact Rugby Club