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  • The 4th Grade Literacy Night

    We want to send a big thank you to all the 4th graders and their families that attended the literacy night on 10/25.   We had a huge turnout and we hope you all had a great time learning about new strategies and resources to support literacy! Each station focused on a different element of reading to promote family-student literacy interactions at home. We had Barbara Raab representing resources  from the Wilmington Public Library, Mrs. Provensal (Technology Coordinator K-5) sharing digital resources via the computer, as well as 10 other engaging stations including one where students got to take home a free “just right” book! The Scholastic Book Fair was open for families to shop for books as well. Thank you for a very successful third annual literacy night!



















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    2018 - 2019 Supply Lists have been posted.  You can view them on the Supply Lists page.



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  • MCAS Support Letter

    Posted by Mr. Shaw on 3/20/2019

    Hello West Families,


    We wanted to share some helpful information for the upcoming MCAS testing sessions, which will begin after April vacation.  A number of parents have asked, “What can I do to help my child?”  Below is a link to the MCAS Home Page (top menu bar) where you can find a tutorial that demonstrates the many online tools that students will be able to use for both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  During 4th and 5th grade library classes before the testing cycle begins, our school librarian Mrs. Kurchian will review all of the tutorial slides with the students.


    Students will soon begin taking practice tests for ELA, where they are able to use the tools, view the computer based testing platform and see what will be expected from them during the actual testing sessions. When using the Chromebooks, students may request to use a mouse if that is their preference.  During both ELA ad Mathematics, students are able to use scrap paper and a pencil as well.


    You will find the sample practice tests for each grade on the same link below.  This will give you a window into what your child will be experiencing during the test. 



    Please take a look at the April and May MCAS schedules that were sent home in early March, and are posted on our West web page, so you can review the days that your child will be testing.  Students should be encouraged to get a good night’s sleep, arrive at school on time and give their best effort for each session.  Students will be allowed to bring a healthy snack and water for MCAS days. 


    Thank you for your support,


    Dennis Shaw

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  • Winter 2018

    Posted by Web Master on 12/19/2018

    Winter Updates


    Hello West Parents,


    With the onset of winter, and the variations in weather it brings, I would like to take a moment to remind you all about how we approach outdoor recess. We use the Child Care Weather Watch Chart (http://www.c-uphd.org/documents/wellness/weatherwatch.pdf) to determine whether we will go out or stay in. Mrs. Hannigan, our school nurse, and I, check the outside temperature and wind using a weather app, then together we check the chart and make a decision. When we do go out, our challenge has always been trying to determine if children are dressed appropriately for the weather, while at the same time respecting your decision as a parent regarding what your child wears to school. Adding to the situation, many garments now are of technologically advanced materials that in fact are much warmer than they look. Therefore, from this point forward, we will make the assumption that the outer garments a child wears to school are also approved by you for outdoor recess.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact me. Thanks.


    Students regularly take their math assessments (pre- and/ or post-topic) online.  They have visited the computer lab or have taken the tests right in class on the Chromebooks.  This adjustment to an online format will be helpful in preparation for our Spring MCAS testing, especially for students in Grade 4 who will be completing their MCAS in ELA and Mathematics on a computer-based format.  Please note that the testing window is longer this spring in order for us to coordinate the use of our testing devices.  The MCAS 2019 testing window is April 1st through May 2th.  A more detailed calendar for specific grades will be sent home in January.


    Coming Soon:

    • 5th grade Advanced Band will be performing on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the WHS Auditorium
    • Rob Surrette, Artist- School-Wide Assembly January 15
    • Early Release: Friday, January 25 at NOON (CIT for staff)
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  • Fall 2018

    Posted by Web Master on 10/12/2018

    Hello West Community,


    Fall is here already! We truly have had a great beginning to the school year.  Students are acclimated to their teachers, our expectations, and the regular routines of the building.  One area where I could use some help is securing some parent volunteers to cover recess duty on Fridays. This coverage gives grade level staff members the opportunity to meet weekly and examine student data. If you are interested, email Mrs. Quinn at danielle.quinn@gmail.com .  Thanks!  


    Later this month, we will again have our Joanne Benton WEF Walk fundraiser.  It will be on Wednesday October 31st at the West, with each grade walking laps around the building, recess yard, and parking lot for 20-30 minutes. The Boutwell students may also join us at some point, which is always extra fun for us. This is the WEF’s largest fundraiser of the year, and the monies are shared between each school, and the funding of various grants biggest school fundraiser of the year.  The event was renamed this year in honor of our former superintendent, the late Joanne Benton. It was her favorite event of the year! Please be sure to ‘sponsor’ your child in this fun event!


    Thank you!


    Dennis Shaw

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