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 Behavioral Intervention 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. Upon returning to school in the fall, you will notice a change that involved the installation of a buzzer system for all outside entrances. The doors will be 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.
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 common core 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 will be implementing a new math curriculum this fall 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, 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!
Below are some links to West Central Elementary School's monthly newsletters. Within these newsletters is some information you may find valuable as well as some important dates! Please click on each link to access the . . .
What a great day to Plunge for a Cause! Way to go Charlotte Ackermann and Joe Pilger, along with several other brave individuals, who represented the WC Heat at the Galesburg Plunge this afternoon. The . . .
Congratulations Mrs. Lumbeck!
Vanessa Wetterling of Sunny 97.7 WMOI and AM 1330 WRAM/FM 94.1 notified us that the School Spotlight this month is on West Central Elementary and the Teacher of the Month is Mrs. Lumbeck. Congratulations to Mrs. Lumbeck!! . . .
On Friday, November 4, 2016, West Central Elementary School held its annual Donuts with Dad Event. This program was a huge success as we had over 113 families represented. This number represents a 13% increase over last . . .
Parent Presentation on Erin's Law
October 20, 2016 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (30 minute sessions) West Central Elementary Gym . . .
In September, Mrs. Meier and Mrs. Smith's 5th Grade went to Safety Day at the fairgrounds in Stronghurst. The weather was beautiful and the day was educational fun. Students listened to trained instructors speak and . . .
My class has been busy doing a John Chapman Apple Raft Engineering Challenge! They were given only string, and had to bring in their own sticks and twigs to create and build rafts that would float an apple. This was my first duo . . .
Fourth grade students at West Central Elementary have been participating in daily RTI blocks where they are able to work on various skills. One group is working on STEM activities. STEM stands for . . .
West Central Elementary is incredibly grateful for the wonderful summer reading program that the Henderson County Public Library provides for our students and community. Each year there is tremendous participation, and this year . . .
Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant a Tree The 4th Grade students at West Central Elementary received trees for Arbor Day. They were presented with the trees by Mr. Dale Buss and Mr. Shannon Pence. The trees were provided on . . .
Mrs. Hennings, a third grade teacher at West Central Elementary, teamed up with Mr. McGuire, the art teacher at West Central Elementary and West Central High School, to create a wonderful poster reminding students of how they can . . .
On Thursday, Dec. 17 around 10:00 am the Polar Express came to West Central Elementary. The Elementary students boarded the train and were on on their adventure. The Polar Express was read by Conductor Pilger. Fun time was . . .
On December 7, 2015 the WC Elementary Enrichment took part in an "Hour of Code". Hour of Code was designed for the kids to spend at least one hour during the week of December 7-13 on Computer Coding through . . .
On Thursday, October 29, we celebrated our First Quarter AR Goals with an Ice Cream party! Over 80 students participated in the celebration. Students that participated met their quarterly AR goal and were randomly selected in . . .
On October 26 the Elementary Enrichment did an experiment with candy. First they looked up the PH levels of a few candies. After finding out the PH levels, they then added the candy to a baking soda and water mixture to see if the . . .
Students in Mrs. Lumbeck's room have been reading about the Mississippi River this week. To end the week, they built bridges out of popsicle sticks. This activity required a lot of creative thinking, patience, and . . .