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Below is a link to West Central Elementary School's monthly newsletter.  Within this newsletter is some information you may find valuable as well as some important dates!  Please click on each link to access the . . . read more

Winter Music Concerts 2023

Join us for West Central CUSD #235's winter concerts!  Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade = Tuesday, December 5th @ 6:30 PM 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade = Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM Middle School, High School = . . . read more

2nd/3rd Grade Parent Program 2023

The 2nd and 3rd grade students had a wonderful time at the Parent Program on Monday, November 13, 2023! Parents learned about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how staff at the school incorporate it with other academic subjects.  . . . read more

WCES Summer Reading Postcards

October 17, 2023

West Central Elementary School had a fantastic response from our students with summer reading postcards. There were 52 students who shared their reading with teachers and staff over the summer. Students read or listened to 10 books, . . . read more

KG/1st Grade Parent Program 2023

West Central Elementary had their first Parent Program on October 2nd during the late start Monday schedule for kindergarten and 1st grade students and guests. Both programs highlighted the school Math curriculum and activities, as well as . . . read more

KG/1st Grade Parent Program - 2023

Upcoming Parent Program Information for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Families These activities will be during our Late Start Monday, so parents will need to provide transportation to the events. No food will be served during . . . read more

FOCC Backpack Program

The Family Outreach Community Center (FOCC) in Stronghurst will once again be offering weekend food assistance.  Through their backpack program, they will send home a bag of food to supplement your groceries for the weekend.  . . . read more

Back to School Night 2023-2024

Our annual Back to School Nights will be held on Tuesday, August 15th. The Elementary and High School events will be from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The Middle School event will be from 6:00 – 7:30 pm (part of that time is for Club . . . read more

Spring Music Concerts 2022-2023

Join us for West Central CUSD #235's Spring concerts!  Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade = Monday, April 17th @ 6:30 PM 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade = Tuesday, April 18th @ 6:30 PM Middle School, High School = . . . read more

Family Reading Week - Read Beyond the Beaten Path

The WCE students celebrated this special week from November 14-18. Students shared “What they Book” (their favorite books and authors) and “Where they Book” (where they like to read). Student forms were displayed in . . . read more

Winter Music Concerts 2022

December 1, 2022

Join us for West Central CUSD #235's winter concerts!  Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade = Tuesday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade = Wednesday, December 7th @ 6:30 PM Middle School, High School = . . . read more

Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season has arrived! We are seeing an increase in illnesses such as: strep throat, influenza, and RSV. Below is West Central’s policy regarding exclusion periods for sick students as well as some preventative tips. . . . read more

KG/1st Grade Parent Program

On the morning of October 3rd, 2022, K and 1st grade parents were invited to participate with their child in an event involving Nursery Rhymes and STEM activities (Science, Technology, . . . read more

2020-21 WCEL Virtual Art Show

The link below will give you access to the show.  Enjoy!   2020-2021 WCEL Virtual Art Show read more

Point Challenge Fall 2020

Congratulations to our WCE students for meeting the challenge of earning 50,000 Heat Points! As a reward, Mrs. Frieden and Mrs. Lafary wore silly costumes all day! The students got to vote on three categories: food, school supplies and . . . read more

2020 WCEL Virtual Locker Night

Click on the link below and then explore by clicking on icons you want to learn more about. 2020 WCEL Virtual Locker Night read more

Fifth Grade Virtual Talent Show of 2020

By Lewis, Laura

We are proud to present some of our wonderful 5th graders demonstrating various skills, knowledge, and talents. With the mandated closure caused by Co-Vid 19, students missed out on some fun end-of-the-year activities. But, as the . . . read more

Mama Donkey Gets A Kiss

West Central Elementary students stepped up to the challenge during our remote learning days. From the beginning of April through May 8th they passed 1,197 Accelerated Reader tests. The students were updated regularly on their progress and . . . read more

Kindergarten Transition

Families of Future Kindergarten Students, We have created a video to help as your child transitions to Kindergarten.  Please review the video and join us  virtually through Zoom on Thursday, May 7th at 7:30pm  The video . . . read more

AR at Home

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West Central Elementary School is proud to announce the arrival of:   Accelerated Reader At Home Accelerated reader is a comprehension and vocabulary based computer program that tests the children’s knowledge of books . . . read more

New Fish At WCEL

By Lafary, Kathy

A big thanks to Mr. Buss for his continued support. Take a look at the new arrivals to the tank.    read more

2019 ILMEA Music Festival

By Mills, Nikki

Twenty-six West Central students were selected to participate in a day of music at the 2019 ILMEA District 2 Elementary Music Festival. Throughout the day students got to experience Creative Music, where they made their own song using . . . read more

Donuts With Dad 2019 - Iggy Peck

By Kelly, Judy

  Iggy Peck would have been proud of all the towers that were built at West Central Elementary on Friday, November 1st during our Donuts with Dad event.  Iggy Peck is the main character of the book, Iggy Peck, Architect by . . . read more

Donuts With Dad 2019

By Lewis, Laura

  We would like to invite all “Dads” and their K-2nd Grade children to a relaxing morning of breakfast and a STEM/literature activity! Come and enjoy some donuts and juice with your child. You will hear a short . . . read more

Muffins with Mom 2019

By Kelly, Judy

Rosie Revere took center stage this year at Muffins with Mom.  Rosie is the inventive, engineering main character of the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty.  After the students and their guests enjoyed muffins and . . . read more

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun?

Mrs. Johnston's 5th grade class recently read the book, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are . Students were tasked with building a standing tower, hopefully the tallest, using spaghetti noodles . . . read more

WCEL Back to School Night

July 23, 2019

West Central Elementary will be hosting their Open House/School Kick Off on Thursday, August 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Students and their families will be able to bring in their school supplies and put them in their lockers or in their rooms. . . . read more

WCEL Awards Day 2019

May 24, 2019

WCEL celebrated the successes of students in Grades PreK - 5.  It was a great way to spend part of the morning celebrating all of these student accomplishments!  Great job, everyone!  read more

Graduation Walk 2019

Following Graduation practice on Friday, May 17, the Class of 2019 walked the halls of WCEL.  This gives students and teachers the opportunity to congratulate the class.  It is also a good time for younger students to have a visual . . . read more

Hatching Chicks in Kindergarten

By Ford, Jenny

If you hear some "peeping" as you walk down the elementary hallways, don't be surprised! All three Kindergarten classes are successfully hatching baby chicks this week. While learning about oviparous animals and the life cycle . . . read more


By Mills, Nikki

We "reeled" in several more awesome behaviors this past week and these lucky "catches" earned some extra fun in the lab! Every Friday we reach into the fishbowl to pull out names of students that have randomly been . . . read more

"Caught Being Awesome"

By Mills, Nikki

WC Elementary staff  members have been "fishing" to "catch" students doing awesome things! 11 Lucky "Catches" were drawn for an extra recess! read more

Thanks for Your Good Work!

Our 1st and 2nd Grade Girl Scouts picked up trash at the middle school and planted flowers and delivered them to the Oak Lane Assisted Living Residents! read more

Boredom Busters!

By Lumbeck, Kristi | January 28, 2019

While we want the kids to enjoy these snow days, we understand that some may be getting a little stir crazy!  Here is a list of ideas of things you can do to make these cold winter days go by and still keep those brains active! . . . read more

WCEL Book Club

By Winters, Jessica | January 18, 2019

These students have been giving up their recess to read the book Ruby on the Outside . They are led by Ms. Lewis. read more

Gifts for the Animal Shelter

By Mills, Nikki

The third graders at West Central Elementary voted to collect goodies for the Almost Home Animal Shelter in Henderson County instead of having a gift exchange this year! We were extremely proud of their decision to donate and their tremendous . . . read more

Stronghurst Hustlers 4H complete service project at West Central Elementary School

November 12, 2018

Members of the Stronghurst Hustlers 4H group volunteered to spread tire chips on the preschool playground on Sunday, November 11th.  Volunteers included Addison, Max, Nolan, Emerson, Peyton, Spencer, . . . read more

Nursery Rhyme STEM Challenge

By Kelly, Judy

  Congratulations to Makayla and Roland for participating in the “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater” Contest.  Both students completed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math ) activities with their . . . read more

5th Graders to BizTown

By Winters, Jessica

Our 5th grade students worked hard in the classroom for 4 weeks to prepare and learn how to run a successful business at JA BizTown in Davenport. They really enjoyed this day and have learned so much about how to handle finances, write . . . read more

Donuts for Dad

  We would like to invite all Dads and their K-2nd Grade children to a relaxing morning of breakfast and STEM activities!! Come and enjoy some donuts and juice with your child. You will hear a short explanation of . . . read more

Making Lemonade!

By Lumbeck, Kristi

Students were making homemade lemonade and working on reading and math skills. read more

Thinking Like A Scientist!

By Wolf, Amy

Fourth grade has been learning to think like scientists!  During the first quarter, we will be learning all about the Scientific Method, and later this quarter we will also be studying engineering.  To practice the hypothesis . . . read more

WCE Welcome From Our Dean of Students

August 15, 2018

Hello! My name is Andrea Frieden. I am very excited to join your team this year as the dean of students. I look forward to getting to know every member of the WCE family and I am ready for the first day of school to arrive! During my . . . read more

Soil Can Be Very Interesting

By Ricketts, Julie | April 12, 2018

The 4th Grade RTI group spent some time examining the properties of soil.   read more

West Central 3rd Grade Donates at Christmas

By Carnes, Kayla

Students at West Central 3rd grade have been learning the theme “Choose Kind” this school year. This year, instead of doing a Christmas gift exchange, the 3rd grade students brought in items to donate to the Oak Lane Nursing . . . read more

Polar Express at WCEL

By Anderson, Stacie | December 15, 2017

On Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, the students of West Central Elementary were able to take a trip on the Polar Express.  In their pajamas, they boarded the train about 2:15 pm.  Conductor Stewart greeted them and began to tell . . . read more

Happy Holidays from WCEL

By Todd, Carrie | December 12, 2017

Each classroom decorated a piece of the poster to display in our Lobby!  read more

Enrichment Hour of Code 2017

Stacie Anderson | December 11, 2017

The Hour of Code takes place each year during  Computer Science Education Week . The 2017 Computer Science Education Week was December 4-10. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of . . . read more

Donuts for Dad 2017

By Kelly, Judy

  On November 4th, West Central staff invited kindergarten through second grade students along with Dads and other guests to use various kitchen staples in new ways with Kitchen Chemistry activities.  Mrs. Lafary began the . . . read more

Muffins with Mom 2017

By Kelly, Judy

  Building balloon towers, making aluminum foil boats, creating marble runs, constructing straw rockets - these activities and many more were part of the fun during the Muffins with Mom program.   Kindergarten . . . read more

WCEL Red Ribbon Week 2017

October 19, 2017

Each elementary classroom decorated a square of our Red Ribbon Week Poster!   The 2017 theme is "Your Future is Key, so stay Drug Free!"   Dress up days for Red Ribbon Week: Mon. 10/23 - . . . read more

New Art Teacher Leigh Erlandson

August 9, 2017

My name is Leigh Erlandson and I am the West Central Elementary and West Central High School Art Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2010 I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art . . . read more

NEW PE Teacher at WCEL

August 9, 2017

Hi my name is Taylor Tucker. This will be my first year of teaching. I will be teaching Physical Education at the elementary. I attended college at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. I currently live in Burlington, Iowa . . . read more

Fun at Basketball Camp!

June 5, 2017

Can you figure out what fundamentals they are learning about? read more

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