Welcome to West Central Elementary
By Mrs. Kathy Lafary
West Central Elementary
Welcome to West Central Elementary, home to approximately 400 Pre-K through 5th grade students. We have a very dedicated staff that puts the needs of our students first, while upholding our mission statement, “Providing Opportunities, Expecting Excellence.”
Our elementary building promotes the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. We do so by rewarding those students who are following the rules and meeting the expectations set forth by the faculty and staff. The students are given an opportunity to earn “HEAT” bucks which can be redeemed for prizes at the “HEAT” store once a month. These “HEAT” bucks can be earned in the classroom, hallway, lunchroom, or even on the bus. It is a great way to encourage good behavior among our students, while working towards our goal of promoting healthy mental, social, and emotional growth for all of our students.
Security is an ongoing concern everywhere. Here at West Central, we continue to work towards ensuring the safety of all students and staff members. During the fall of 2016, we installed a buzzer system on all main entrances. The doors will remain locked throughout the day and visitors will be monitored closely. Visitors will be allowed inside the building after proper clearance from the school staff. It is important that you continue to follow the procedure of signing in at the elementary office where the office staff will be happy to assist you. Additionally, we have installed security cameras in the hallways and parking lots for monitoring purposes.
The elementary teachers participate in weekly team meetings. During these sessions, they share curriculum ideas to assist one another in teaching those key ideas that have been identified at each grade level that need to be mastered by all students. These skills are referred to as essential skills and have been aligned to the Illinois State Standards. We understand that all students learn at different rates and various needs have to be met. Here at WCE, we provide a rigorous curriculum with several support programs in place. These not only challenge but also assist individuals as needed while teaching these standards. The WCE staff recently implemented a new math curriculum called EngageNY. It promises to challenge their thinking and problem solving abilities.
West Central Elementary likes to recognize students for a job well done. Monthly assemblies occur to highlight perfect attendance and character awards. Students can work towards end of the year awards in physical fitness, Accelerated Reader, IXL Math, and Enrichment. Various individual and team opportunities surface throughout the school year. Our students are very fortunate to be able to participate in the fine arts throughout the week. They have physical education daily. In addition, we offer both music and art on a weekly basis. We feel that our students benefit greatly from these opportunities and we strive to encourage well-balanced, life-long learners.
Here at West Central Elementary, we understand how important a role the parents play in their child’s education. Communication is a key component. In addition to the monthly calendars, a parent bulletin called the “Heat Hub” will be sent home with your child. The teachers will be making regular contacts with you as well. Another great way to keep informed is to access the Skyward program. As a parent, you are able to view your child’s grades, missing assignments, attendance, and lunch account balances. Parents may also get involved by attending PTC meetings. This organization is made up of parents and teachers who work together to raise money and coordinate activities for the students. Furthermore, messages will be sent out via the Connect-Ed/Blackboard system. You can select various options such as phone calls, text messages, and email notifications. Be sure to join our West Central Facebook page!
West Central Elementary aims for academic excellence while meeting the needs of individual students. Every staff member looks forward to working with you and your child throughout the year. It is my pleasure to serve as principal of WCE and to work collaboratively to create amazing opportunities for your child. Together, we can foster a community in which all students reach their highest potential.
Mrs. Kathy Lafary