District Spotlight - October 20, 2017

posted Oct 21, 2017, 8:13 AM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - October 20, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]     

  • Grade 1-5 parent-teacher conferences are Wednesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 26.  These are early dismissal days for grades 1-5, and there is no school for EC and Ashley students.

  • In the Spotlight” featured Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Tim Connor this week.  Click this link to view the segment, as well as the first and second episodes.  In the Spotlight airs on Channel 15 Monday-Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday-Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

  • The Partnership for Education Teacher Mini Grant Reception was held on Monday.  Twenty mini-grants ($300 each) were awarded for the 2017-2018 school year to teachers and principals. Some of the applicants were individuals and others worked as a team of teachers on the grant project. The grant proposals were for innovative projects for students in a classroom or for students at a school.  Click this link to view the group photo.

  • This week I visited with a group of student ambassadors at John Ashley, and Principal Kathleen Bailer at Ashley.  Great to meet these future student leaders! (Photo 1)

  • Precision Auto Repair coat drive runs until December 1; the items will be distributed to WSPS students in need.  See this article for more info - donations are greatly appreciated!  

  • Partnership for Education Food Fest West (info on this link) is October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!  

  • SAVE THE DATE:  November 16, 2017 - CARE Coalition community event, “No First Time,” at 6:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.  Join CARE for a free pasta supper provided by the Lions Club from 5:30-6:00 in the WSHS dining commons.  Homework help will be available thanks to the Key Club and National Honor Society members. Click here for info and see photo below.  

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF - PUERTO RICO:  Fausey Elementary’s families and staff have been extremely generous in donating to provide relief to Puerto Rico’s children.  During the first week, Fausey collected over $565.00.  The collection will continue until the end of October.  A special thank you to Mrs. Rhodes for organizing the donations, and decorating the office door with a heart for each donation made.   (Photo 1)

  • READING AND MATH CENTER -  Mrs. Petit is shown working with a small group of students, reading a book together, while Mrs. Altman has her students count out decades on the carpet.  (Photos 2-3)

  • TECHNOLOGY IN LITERACY - The fifth graders in Mr. Bailey’s room use technology to respond to a writing prompt.  The assignment was shared by Mr. Bailey using Google Classroom, and the students respond likewise, using the mobile ChromeBooks.  (Photos 4-6)

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

Upcoming:

October 21: Urban Search & Rescue Robotics Challenge

October 26: WSHS College Fair 8-9:30 AM

Click on link:

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • WSHS Student Ambassadors will attend their first meeting at MIAA on 10/20/17.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.  Season passes are still available!  For information visit this link.

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities presentation is November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The presentation is for student-athletes, their families, and coaches is approximately 50 minutes.  Jack has been helping high school coaches and athletic directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  Click this link for more info.

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Alumni Update  

Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.  


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • All third grade students participated in a cooperative poetry reading and two Reader’s theater presentations in our auditorium.  Students honed their speaking and listening skills as they presented their original poems and costumed adaptations of traditional literature.  In preparation for the presentations, students learned about the structure and components of poetry, rhymes and traditional literature as well as how to read orally with expression and fluency.

  • Parents and peers thoroughly enjoyed the presentations.  A huge thank you to all of the supportive families, amazingly talented third graders and their teachers Mrs. Glaessner,  Ms.Johnson and Reading Specialist Mrs. Kearing. (Photos 1-5)

  • Students in grade 2 have been busy learning new AVMR math games.  This gives them the opportunity to practice addition and subtraction. Below, Mrs. Sady is working with two students to produce balanced equations using a number balance. (Photo 6)

  • Coming up next week: 11:00 dismissal for two days with no lunch served on Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26 for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  On Friday, the regular school schedule resumes.

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week Middle School students participated in #saysomething week.  This week encourages students to speak up and share concerns with trusted adults and support each other in difficult situations.  This initiative included morning PSAs over the announcements; staff wore green ribbons all week, and Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Hardy led discussions in health classes and had a “SnapChat” booth at lunches this week to encourage students to participate. (Photos 1-2)

  • Today was a Pink Out day at WSMS.  Students and staff raised funds and wore pink to support Rays of Hope and their work in funding Breast Cancer research.  This event was coordinated by Mrs. Pandolfi, Mrs. Scibelli, Mrs. McKinnon, and featured some help for a team of 8th grade students! (Photo 3)

  • This week, two 8th grade teams visited Mystic Seaport and Aquarium in connection with their study of biosciences in their science classes!  This included a squid dissection with members of the aquarium staff! (Photo 4 and 5)



        

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The Principal’s Cabinet, a student advisory group at Mittineague, voted to adopt a school in Texas, soon after Hurricane Harvey hit.  These students came up with a plan for Mittineague students to do chores for their parents for a two week period for a donation to support this needy Texas elementary school!  The students raised over $500.00 to purchase school supplies that would be sent directly to The Helen Major Elementary School. The students spoke to classes, wrote messages and flyers home and even created a sign-up pledge sheet for the students and their families!  Many thanks to Brett Ralph from the Horace Mann Insurance Agency donated 100.00 to support their cause!!  Three fifth graders took charge and led this initiative!! #MittineaguePride  (Photo 1 Lamara, Morgan, Lily)

  • Mrs. Brackett is back in the house!!  Mittineague School is so very fortunate to have a growing bunch of wonderful volunteers and this past week, Mrs. Bracket volunteered to come in on a consistent basis to read and work with some first graders!  Many people know that Mrs. Brackett was a para at Mittineague for many years and she just retired last June!  Mittineague School is very lucky to have her share her expertise and love of children, once again!!  (Photo 2 - Mrs. Brackett and Leo)

  • The Mittineague satellite of the Boys and Girls Club is once again bursting with energy and creativity. This group, under the direction of Sue Gerardi continues to shine with their special projects and their liveliness!  Pictured here is a snapshot of their Columbus Day boat race and some frolicking fall fun! (Photos 3 - Jossey, Isabella and Sarahea; and 4 - Xavier, Vinnie, Aidan, Mason, and Vinson)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The Tanglewood Marionettes are coming to Tatham once again.  These professional puppeteers are going to present the folktale, The Dragon King.  The students look forward to these shows each year.

  • The Student Council met this week.  Their first community project will be to collect items to benefit the Harmony House in Chicopee.  Ruth Willemain, a former West Springfield teacher runs this Hospice Home.

  • Third graders got a lesson on multiplication. Mr. Heath read the book A Hundred Hungry Ants as a way to get students to learn about arrays. Students made all different arrays using paper ants.   

  • In an effort to keep all our staff healthy, the Flu Clinic will be here on Tuesday giving free flu shots.


Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  A fall fine motor activity for the littles at playgroup this month!  (Photo 1)

  • Parent/Child Date Night: Pumpkin Celebration is full.  More photos to come next week at the celebration.

  • Next Parent/Child Date Night: Friendship Celebration will be November 9, 5:30-6:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Children and families will learn what makes a good friend and celebrate with friendship activities.  Register now at 413-519-2511 and brennan@wsps.org.

  • Parent Cafe: Mindfulness and Relaxation for Parents November 30, 5:00-6:00 at the First Congregational Church.  Childcare and refreshments will be offered. To register please call Jen Brennan at 413-519-2511 or brennan@wsps.org

  • West Springfield CAFE will be at the Mittineague Trunk or Treat on October 29, 4:00-5:30, in the Mittineague parking lot with a StoryWalk: Too Much Glue.  Stop by!

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English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • ESL Parent Classes started Monday, October 16!  Open enrollment all year!

  • In ELL Reading Groups at Coburn, students worked on vocabulary development, sequencing and fluency while reading Making A Pizza!  They highlighted the vocabulary words within the book, matched them with the real life items, and then put the details of making a pizza from the text in sequential order.  They culminated the task by making a pizza using a sequence of events!

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]


Information Technology


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Curriculum and Instruction  [Twitter @WSPSCurriculum]

  • I wanted to congratulate Mr. Taylor and the Young Democrats of America Club for their thought provoking and well presented questions to our School Committee candidates.

  • MCAS Results: Parent/Guardian Report Update: Districts are scheduled to receive the 2017 MCAS results on October 24, 2017. If this indeed happens, parents will receive the Parent/Guardian Report in the mail within 3-4 business days after district receipt.

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Special Services

  • Special Education Meet and Greet:  Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. - West Springfield High School.  Come and meet the new Director of Special Services, the Assistant Director and some other members of our special education team.  Attendees will hear about the new service delivery model, learn more about how the Special Education Parent Advisory Council supports families of students with IEPs or 504 plans.  There will also be time for questions and answers.  Light refreshments will be served.


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Bridges friends had their last session with Mrs. Metcalf’s 3rd graders. During that time they each made a page that will be compiled into a book all about what a wonderful world we live in.  They listened to Louis Armstrong to inspire their writing.  Now this dedicated group will move on to another lucky class at Coburn.  (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Thank you to the mobile dentist for visiting this week. Now our students’ smiles are brighter than ever! (Photo 3)

  • Parents can still sign up for conferences with the classroom teacher. Conference days are October 25 and 26.  Translators are available, if needed.  Please call the office to arrange for a conference.

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Ms. Lindsy and Mrs. Messier’s classes continue to read with their “buddies” and the students are really enjoying it each Monday afternoon.  

  • Mrs. Messier and her class welcomed the Middle School students this week to collaborate on a piece of “The Pet Project”.  (Photo 1)

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on October 25 and 26.  Please watch for a notice from your child’s teacher.  On both of these dates, student at CAS will be dismissed at 10:30.

       

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • Cowing School will have screening on October 27.

  • Parent -Teacher Conferences will be on October 25 and 26.  Early Childhood Students will have no school on both of these dates.


 John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Mrs. Carter has started working with students on self-portraits during Art. (Photo 1)

  • Mrs. Narey’s class published their first classroom book entitled “Our Pumpkin Patch Adventures.”  They will share it with parents at the upcoming Conferences.

  • Mrs. Hildonen’s class enjoyed a ride to the pumpkin patch at Randall’s farm, and picking out a pumpkin to take home!  (Photo 2)


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District Spotlight - October 13, 2017

posted Oct 13, 2017, 1:32 PM by Erin Mountain

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]     

  • The District Improvement Plan committee is meeting regularly to review and make updates to the document, which can be found on wsps.org under ‘About WSPS.’ The 2017-2018 School Improvement Plans are also available there.

  • Fausey and Memorial were on the Student Advisory Council meeting calendar this week.  I enjoyed my time with the principals and students.  (Photo 1 - Memorial)

  • Precision Auto Repair coat drive runs until December 1; the items will be distributed to WSPS students in need.  See this article for more info - donations are greatly appreciated!  

  • Fire Department Open House is Saturday, October 14 from 10 to noon (44 Van Deene Street).

  • The Partnership for Education Mini Grant Reception is October 16 at 3:30 in the faculty dining room at West Springfield Middle School.  The regular meeting will follow.  Anyone interested in learning about the Partnership is welcome to attend!

  • Partnership for Education Food Fest West (info on this link) is October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!   **Please note: the bike raffle date and time will be announced in the near future.

  • SAVE THE DATE:  November 16, 2017 - CARE Coalition community event, “No First Time,” at 6:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.  A free pasta supper provided by the Lions Club will be held from 5:30-6:00 in the WSHS dining commons, and homework help will be available. Thanks to Carly Camossi for designing the flyer!  (Photo 2)

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Mrs. Vedovelli's class enjoyed a hayride to the pumpkin patch at Randall's Farm. (Photo 1)

  • Mrs. Jacob’s class and Mrs. Ramistella’s class had fun learning about sunflowers and acting out how they grow. (Photo 2)

  • Mrs. Smart is inviting students to spend time reading with her as a new and special reward for filling up their yellow paw.  Students can fill up their paws by taking care of themselves, others, and their things.

            

                                                                            

Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • CRAFTY CRAFTERS - Mrs. Florek is crafting again! The after school program enables Fausey’s inspired students to create handmade crafts using various media and techniques.  (Photo 1)

  • STUDENT COUNCIL - The Student Council met for the first time to plan their activities for the year.  This group of motivated students, led by Mr. Harty, Mr. Navone and Mrs. Murray, work hard to find ways to help their community….and have fun along the way!  Students Peter F. and Quinlan K.  are shown making an announcement to the Fausey community about the Student Council’s first project:  Parish Cupboard collection.  (Photos 2-3)

  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION COLLABORATION -  Ms. Hockenberry and Ms. O’Shaughnessy have started the year out strong.  Shown also are their photobombers taking a break from practicing their soccer skills.  (Photo 4)

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

Upcoming:

October 14: Art Walk and West Side Photography Show at Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream

October 21: Urban Search & Rescue Robotics Challenge


Click on link:

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Congratulations Coach Weber for being recognized  by MSTCA for WMass Coach of the Year for Boys Track 2017.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.  Season passes are still available!  For information visit this link.

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities presentation is November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The presentation is for student-athletes, their families, and coaches is approximately 50 minutes.  Jack has been helping high school coaches and athletic directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  


Alumni Update  

Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.  

  • Did you ever wonder if a WSHS faculty or staff graduated from West Springfield High School?  Click this link to find out!  Thanks to WSHS Engineering teacher Howard Bernard ‘82 for compiling this list!


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • Ms. Heroux’s fifth grade class enjoyed their SEEC trip to Bear Hole.  They were dressed to learn and explore.  They reported what they enjoyed the most:  Learning how the water is cleaned and ready for consumption; learning about transpiration; eating lunch at the former restaurant by the water; fresh deer prints, and scavenger hunting for animals and bugs.  Thank you to Tim Connor, Ms. Condon and Mr. K for making this trip educational and meaningful.  (Photos 1-5)

  • Thank you to reading specialist Gretchen Schwamb for her service at Memorial.  It was a great pleasure to work with Gretchen.  Both students and staff will miss her. Memorial thanks Gretchen for coming out of retirement -- her love for children shines through brightly!  (Photo 6)


  • Ms. Metallo visited Mrs. Weldon’s classroom to share new AVMR games with students.  Students are excited to have even more ways to strengthen their numeracy skills.  (Photo 7)

  • Fourth grade students completed the Mystery Science investigation Will a Mountain Last Forever?  The sugar shake activity used sugar cubes to model what happens to rocks as they fall from the top of a mountain.  Students were able to see models of weathering and erosion taking place in this experiment.  (Photos 8-9)

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Cookie Dough sales conclude on Monday, October 16.  Please be sure all forms and money are turned into homeroom teachers on that date!  

  • Seventh grade Creative Literacy students kicked off the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest in conjunction with the West Springfield VFW.  A panel of local veterans from the VFW joined WSMS staff Veterans Mr. Brown and Mr. Dufault in answering questions and sharing their experiences with the students as they prepare to write.  Picture 1 below shows Mr. Gillen introducing the panel.  Picture 2 shows the panel introducing themselves and opening the discussion.

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Morning work at Mittineague School has changed to a thinking, problem solving based challenge activities that are collaborative in nature where children are given a math or STEM challenge to work on that may be a one or multi-day activity. Very little writing or paperwork is involved, but Learning Conversations and excitement abound!! (Photo 1 - grade 1; Photo 2 - grade 4)

  • Mrs. Canon’s first graders spent sometime learning the operation of the Chromebook and getting familiar with her Google classroom site!  The students were able to master the first steps fairly quickly! The Chromebooks will become a normal part of their everyday classroom and they will soon be reading and writing and using them for math, as well!  (Photo 3)

  • Mrs. Ranstrom’s multi-grade fourth and fifth grade class was immersed in math as the fifth graders worked together on some problem solving while the fourth graders began to learn the process of long division. (Photos 4,5)

  • Mittineague School enjoyed a full house on Thursday night as parents and children together investigated the mysteries of science at family science night with Mike from Top Secret Science!  More than 150 parents and children attended! (Photo 6)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The Read to Rover program started this Wednesday.  Mrs Connors, volunteers, along with her dog Duffy, help students with fluency.  She has been coming to Tatham since 2011!  Tatham is truly grateful for her helping our students.  (Photo 1)

  • Mrs. Morgan, Tatham music teacher, has got students moving and shaking to the sounds of music. Students from the ABA class use scarves to keep the beat.  (Photo 2)

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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader is held Fridays from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library for five more weeks. To sign up, please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • ESL Parent Classes start Monday, Oct. 16!  Open enrollment all year!

  • Second grade English language learners share describing words with a peer to give clues about which "mystery" classroom tool is inside the paper bag.  (Photo 1) Third grade ELL students have been learning the vocabulary to identify and discuss the people in their families.  In this picture, students are taking turns reading a poem entitled "Family."  (Photo 2)

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Staff flu clinics have begun and will continue in the coming weeks at all schools. Read more about the flu vaccine here.  Please attend a clinic, see your provider or a local pharmacy for the immunization.

  • Here is some important information from the CDC about how to protect yourself and others from common colds.

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the number one chronic childhood illness in the U.S. is pediatric dental disease, also known as severe tooth decay.  Here are some tips from the CDC to promote best dental hygiene practices.


Information Technology


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Use Google Drive offline

Most people think you need to have an internet connection to create, edit, and save Google Documents on a Chromebook. However, you can actually work with all your Google Drive documents when your Chromebook is offline–you just need to enable this feature. Do so by going to the My Drive view in Google Drive, and then click on the gear icon and click Settings. Next check the box labelled “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer” next to the Offline header. Now any changes made to your documents while your Chromebook is offline are automatically synced back when you next have an internet connection.


Curriculum and Instruction  [Twitter @WSPSCurriculum]

  • West Springfield Public Schools have been grant the Math Recovery grant that will allow the District to further implement Add+Vantage Math Recovery or AVMR. AVMR is a Tier II math intervention that supports gap reduction in grades EC-5. For more information visit AVMR .

Special Services

  • Special Education Meet and Greet:  Tuesday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. - West Springfield High School.  Come and meet the new Director of Special Services, the Assistant Director and some other members of our special education team.  Attendees will hear about the new service delivery model, learn more about how the Special Education Parent Advisory Council supports families of students with IEPs or 504 plans.  There will also be time for questions and answers.  Light refreshments will be served.


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Second graders are learning about nonfiction text features. They are demonstrating their knowledge of these features by going back to the text to identify each feature in their “just right book.” (Photos 1, 2)

  • Coburn’s PBIS Committee met on Wednesday to begin to plan for monthly meetings that focus on character traits. The committee is looking to create more cross-age experiences.  Character traits will connect to our Coburn expectations:  respect ourselves, respect learning, respect each other and respect property.

  • Fourth grade students are off to hike Skinner Mountain today!

  • Teachers learned to use Voiance, a new interpreter service to assist in facilitating conferences and communication with families. (Photo 3)

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Mrs. Messier’s class continues to work on their “Pet Project”.  On Tuesday, October 10, the class visited Dave’s Soda and Pet City to shop for items that they can donate to the animal shelter.  On Wednesday, the class visited the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Shelter.  (Photos 1-3)

  • Mrs. Cassidy’s sixth grade class has gotten the hydroponic garden up and running.  It is amazing to see how quickly the herbs and vegetables grow! (Photo 4)

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on October 25 and 26.  Please watch for a notice from your child’s teacher.  On both of these dates student at CAS will be dismissed at 10:30.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • Today students had a great time at the fire safety presentation.  Below are some photos of the Fire Department’s demonstration about fire safety.  


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WSPS District Spotlight - October 6, 2017

posted Oct 6, 2017, 12:01 PM by Erin Mountain   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 1:18 PM ]

WSPS District Spotlight - October 6, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]     

  • On behalf of the CARE Coalition, thank you to the students in the Transition Services program at the high school for applying custom CARE labels to 2,500 blue folders last week!  The folders will be distributed to WSPS students in grades 5-12 in an effort to raise awareness about CARE.  The labels and folders were funded by donations from community partners.  (Photos 1-2)

  • Taping for the second “In the Spotlight” segment took place this week at the Channel 15 Innovation Studio at the high school.  The segment produced by Chris Stone and Nic O’Dell features WSHS student leaders/seniors Meagan Burke and Sevil Usmanova.  Have a look on this link.  Thanks to these students for their time and insight, as well as their dedication to WSHS and the school community.   Segments air on Ch. 15 at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

  • This week I began meeting with Student Advisory Councils.  The first stop was Tatham School on Wednesday, followed by Cowing Alternative School on Thursday.  I enjoyed talking with the students and hearing about their experiences.  (Photo 3 - Tatham)

  • Today’s Professional Development day focused on Depth of Knowledge, social emotional learning, collaboration, working with traumatized students, cultural competency, and more.  Many thanks to Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Tim Connor for his efforts to provide topical and informative sessions for faculty, staff, and administrators.      

  • The Ninety Nine in West Springfield is hosting a breakfast this Saturday, October 7, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., to help raise funds for the West Springfield Boys & Girls Club.  More info on this link.

  • Thanks to community partner Precision Auto Repair in West Springfield, stuff sacks containing notebooks and pens were donated to deserving WSPS elementary students.  WSPS is grateful for their generosity (click this link for the story)!  A coat drive organized by Precision Auto Repair is currently underway until December 1, and the items will be distributed to WSPS students in need.  See this article for more info - donations are greatly appreciated!  

  • On Tuesday, October 10, a School Committee meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m., in the Municipal Office Building Justin Morgan Auditorium on the second floor.

  • Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14. The Fire Department Open House is Saturday, October 14 from 10 to noon (44 Van Deene Street).

  • Mark your calendar for the Partnership for Education Food Fest West (info on this link) on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!   **Please note: the Fundraiser Ride has been postponed, but the bike raffle date and time will be announced in the near future.

  • Lights On Afterschool is October 26, 2017, a celebration of after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.  Mayor Reichelt’s proclamation on this link urges citizens to participate in its observance.

  • SAVE THE DATE:  November 16, 2017 - CARE Coalition presents a community event, “No First Time,” at 6:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium.  A free pasta supper provided by the Lions Club will be held from 5:30-6:00 in the WSHS dining commons, and homework help will be available.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • On Wednesday October 11, Cowing School will have the Fire Safety Presentation to teach the preschoolers about fire prevention and safety!

  • Did you know that October 2 was “Custodian Day”?  The Cowing School custodians work very hard and we wanted to recognize Mr Tim and Jake for all of their hard work!!  THANK YOU for making our school clean and safe.  We appreciate all you do!  (Photo 1)

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • This week our students participated in their very first All School Meeting, where Ms. Cannon’s class and Mrs. Schoen’s class retold the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”  Students also had the chance to celebrate the birthdays of their peers and enjoyed singing a variety of songs with Mrs. Morgan. (Photo 1)

  • Mrs. Busiere’s class and Mrs. Narey’s class are beginning their program with the W.S. Senior Center.  A fall book about pumpkins will be read to the students, with an art activity to follow.  Both classes are hoping for a year filled with much joy, and look forward to the intergenerational relationships that will be formed.

  • A field trip to Randall’s Farm in Ludlow is planned for October 11 and 13.  Students will enjoy a hay maze, fun fall games, doughnuts, and cider.  Thank you to the PTO for their generosity in sponsoring this trip.

  • School pictures will be happening on October 10.  Let’s see everyone’s best smiles!

Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • COLLECTION FOR PUERTO RICO - Mrs. Skolnick is collecting monetary donations to benefit the Puerto Rican communities that have suffered from the ravages of Hurricane Maria.  For every donation, a heart with the student name will be displayed on a bulletin board.  Thank you in advance for your support.  (Photo 1)

  • FALCON FOCUS SCHOOL NEWSPAPER - Please enjoy the school’s first newspaper on this link.

  • TOWER GARDEN -  Thank you to Mrs. St. Peter’s hard work at maintaining the tower garden! Fausey Elementary families are greeted by the beautiful greenery when they enter the front door.  Currently, the tower garden is planted with Bok Choy, almost ready to be harvested.  (Photo 2)

  • PBIS TWIN DAY - This past Friday Fausey staff and students showed off their multiple selves by dressing as twins (and triplets).  See all of the photos on this link!

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

Click on link:

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Season passes are still available!  For information visit this link.

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities presentation is November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The presentation is for student-athletes, their families, and coaches is approximately 50 minutes.  Jack has been helping high school coaches and athletic directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  


Alumni Update  

  • Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.  

  • Shawn Lyman ‘97 (Westfield State University ‘02) will be inducted into the Westfield State University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 13.  More information about Hall of Fame inductees can be found on this link.

  • Kelsey Mantoni '10 is entering her last year of medical school at UMass-Worcester.  She was valedictorian of her class, and played Varsity Softball and Soccer while at West Side.


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • Each month, all students have the opportunity to become award recipients in two different ways. Citizenship / Caught Being Kind awards originate from peer nominations and students can earn Academic Effort awards through teacher and administrator nominations.  Memorial promotes a winning combination of PBIS, recognition of academic perseverance and positive peer interactions to benefit our students. (Photos 1 - Citizenship Award; Photo 2 - Academic Effort Award)

  • High school student Colin Scully made a video on this link showing the Memorial School Big E parking lot (aerial footage made possible by Colin’s drone).  Huge thanks to all of the band parents and HS students, and Memorial School staff and parents who helped to park; proceeds benefit both Memorial and the HS band!  (Photo 3).  Thanks also to thank 8th grader, Mohammed, for volunteering to park cars - even before he is a HS band member!  (Photo 4)

  • Of note, the band had water bottles available for customers and they will be donating some proceeds to the American Red Cross to support hurricane victims.  Lastly, parking was smoother than ever due to Dave Bosini’s genius cone parking design!

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Vice Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, Mrs. Manning, has been working with teachers on lesson planning, assessment development, and instructional strategies.  She’s featured in picture 1 below leading staff through work on developing precise learning targets and implementing workshop model lesson plans.  She led a workshop on October 6 along these same instructional themes as well!

  • Next week, a panel of Veterans (including some from WSMS!) will be speaking with students in connection with the West Springfield VFW’s “Patriot’s Pen” Essay Contest.  Mrs. Godden spearheaded this annual event for Creative Literacy students!

  • The WSMS Cookie Dough Fundraiser is continuing and concludes next Friday Oct. 13!  Please consider supporting WSMS’s only school- wide fundraiser!!

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The first handprint of the year was awarded to a student who went above and beyond with homework and learning!  One of the fourth graders from Mrs. Ranstrom’s multi-age classroom took home the fifth grade math homework and completed it even though she didn’t have any homework herself that evening.  When asked why, she said it was hard, but she wanted to see if she could do it!!  True Grit!! (Photo 1 Jordan)

  • As the Mittineague garden is waning, a second grade student and her mom went in and harvested the remaining vegetables to get the garden ready for the next season!  Kudos to Phoebe and her mom! They were able to collect eggplant, tomatoes and peppers!  (Photo 2 Phoebe)

  • Mittineague School held a September Character Award assembly to recognize those students who have started off the year  showing excellent character.  Each classroom chose one standout student! So proud of all of them!  (Photo 3 Lily, Gage, Imany, Liam, Emanuela, Phoebe, Lily, Nevaeh and Morgan)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Meteorologist Jacob Wycoff came to the third grade to talk about weather and climate. The students were very interested in the causes of hurricanes.  (Photo 1)

  • Grade 5 went to Bear Hole to learn about the importance of watersheds.  (Photo 2)

  • Grade 4 is learning about rocks and minerals. Jack Marcy, from the Connecticut Valley Mineral Society brought in a wide assortment of minerals to show our students.  (Photo 3)




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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader is held Fridays from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library for five more weeks. To sign up, please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • ELL Parent Classes begin October 16!   

  • Grade 1 students at Coburn partner sharing a writing piece they completed about something they like and something they love.  They did a great job!

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • In West Springfield we know that parents are an important protective factor in the lives of teens.  Please click this link for Jon Mattleman’s top 15 parenting tips.

  • Please check your medicine cabinets and dispose of any unwanted/unused meds.


Information Technology


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The page lists the installed version of the browser, and runs a check for updates. If it finds the update to Chrome,  it downloads and installs it automatically. A restart of the browser is required to complete the process.


Curriculum and Instruction:  [Twitter @WSPSCurriculum]


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Session 1 of the After School Program began Monday, which includes the return of the chess club! Students were engaged in a wide variety of activities thanks to the planning of Ms. Lozinski. (Photos 1, 2)

  • Girls on the Run continues to prepare for their big event. Thank you to Mrs. Pringle and Mrs. O’Brien for their commitment to this important group.  (Photo 3)

  • The Mobile Dentist arrives at Coburn on October 16.

  • Don’t forget Picture Day is October 17!!

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Mrs. Messier kicked off their community “Pet Project” this week.  The students from Ms. Scibelli’s class are their collaborators and they all welcomed staff and pets from the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Shelter.  Be on the lookout as they “embark” on a few field trips this month to spread the word about this special project.

  • Thank you Mr. Tim and Jake for all you do at Cowing School.  We celebrated “Custodian Day” on Monday, October 2. (Photos 1-2)

  • Enjoy the long weekend and please check the calendar for upcoming Parent Teacher conference dates.

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WSPS District Spotlight - September 29, 2017

posted Sep 29, 2017, 1:28 PM by Erin Mountain   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 8:57 AM ]

WSPS District Spotlight - September 29, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]     

  • In the Spotlight” made its debut on Channel 15 this week.  The inaugural segment (also on this link) featuring Coburn Principal Jeanine Heil airs at 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and also at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Thanks again to Jeanine Heil, and to Chris Stone and Nic O’Dell for producing the program!  View the coverage on Mass Live here.  Two high school student leaders will be the next guests on ‘In the Spotlight.’       

  • Back to School Night at Cowing, Cowing Alternative School, and Ashley School took place this week.  Thanks to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, students and families for making these events informative, fun, and meaningful.    

  • Wednesday, October 4 is international Walk & Bike to School Day.  While there is no formal program to mark this in West Springfield, it certainly is a great opportunity to bring the community together for a common purpose while promoting healthy choices and safety education.  

  • The West Springfield Partnership for Education (WSPE) received a $5,000 donation this week from Alden Medical, LLC President Damon D’Amico, thanks to their Alden Cares matching gifts program.  After making the initial donation of $5,000 to WSPE in 2015, Alden Medical challenged the Partnership to raise $5,000 by July 2016 and $5,000 by July 2017, with the promise of a matching gift.  The Partnership succeeded in large part due to the hard work of its members and the support of the community.  The WSPE is grateful for Alden Medical’s generosity!  Joining me for the check presentation were Damon D’Amico, Kate Morneau, and Kevin McQuillan. (Photo 2)  

  • Mark your calendar for the Partnership for Education Fundraiser Ride (info on this link) on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Bear Hole parking lot (presented by Colorado Ski Shop and WSPE), and Food Fest West (info on this link) on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!   

  • A Conor McCormick Invitational cookout lunch and 9-hole golf tournament is planned for October 22, 2017.  Please click this link for more information!  

  • Look for articles, photos and events on the district’s social media!  Please check out WSPS on Facebook (West Springfield Public Schools) and Twitter (@WestSideSupt), and click here for a list of the other WSPS Twitter accounts!

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Ms. Canuel and Mrs. Messier’s classes began their “Reading Buddies” groups.  The children enjoy sharing their library books with each other -- some with puppets!  (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Mrs. Cassidy and Ms. Scibelli’s classes are working with Mrs. Hillman from the WSMS in a course called “Make It”.  The boys have enjoyed working in small groups to problem solve and build towers with cups…….without touching the cups with their hands!  Ask them about it!  (Photo 3)

  • Thank you to all of the families that attended Open House.  It was great to see everyone, and the support is appreciated!  REMINDER:  School pictures will be taken on October 3.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • Goodbye Judy, WELCOME Sara!  Sara Almoula is now the new Secretary at Cowing School.  

  • Cowing School held their Open House on Tuesday September 26. We really enjoyed seeing all the families. The John Ashley and Cowing  PTO are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at Cowing or John Ashley!

  • School Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 3.

  • Here is a student from room 5 really concentrating on completing a project.

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • John Ashley had its Open House on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 along with a Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the PTO.  

  • A field trip to Randall’s Farm in Ludlow is planned for October 11 and 13.  Students will enjoy a hay maze, other fun fall games, doughnuts and cider.  Thank you to the PTO for their generosity in sponsoring this trip.

  • School pictures will be happening October 10.


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • FALCON FOCUS SCHOOL NEWSPAPER - Falcon Focus reporters and their leader Mrs. Martin are ready to publish their first newspaper, coming soon!!  From left to right:  Maher M., Kendall B., Kaleigh S., Mrs. Martin, Katerina K., Elda H., and Kenzie C.  (Photo 1)

  • SUMMER READING CELEBRATION - Our summer readers got rewarded with a pencil, a certificate and a much-coveted extra recess!  Thank you to Mrs. Petit, Mrs. Kane, and Mr. Harty for planning this great event.  (Photos 2-3)

  • ONLY ONE YOU ROCK PROJECT - Mrs. Brogan and Mrs. Carter have taken on a wonderful project promoting kindness and respect throughout the school and community.  Each student was asked to bring in one smooth rock, and maybe one more for a friend.  The rock will be used for a special art project that will be displayed for all to see.  

“There’s Only One You In This Great Big World….Make It A Better Place” - Linda Kranz.

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:


Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Season passes are still available!  For information visit https://sites.google.com/a/wsps.org/athletics-at-wshs/seasons-pass

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities” will be coming to West Side on November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  WHAT IS “RECRUITING REALITIES?" A presentation by Jack Renkens to student-athletes, their families, and coaches that runs approximately 50 minutes.  Jack has been helping High School coaches and Athletic Directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  


Alumni Update  

  • Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.

  • Stan Konieczny ‘08, M.D., is in residency at University of MA Medical School.

  • Evan Walkwitz '08 is a Physical Education teacher and Varsity Basketball Coach at Ludlow High School.


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • It was all about PBIS this week at Memorial.  Celebrations included “School Spirit Week,” where a different theme was evident each day.  Many students and staff members dressed up for “Red Carpet Day” and walked down a red runner in the hallway (Photos 1-2).  Mr. Ragno also spray painted stars on the grass by the sidewalk so that students felt like stars as they entered the building.  “Twin Day” brought a lot of smiles (Photos 3-5).  “Crazy Hat and Hair Day” was popular as well (Photos 6-7).  Memorial really came together - students and staff - to show great  pride as a school community.

  • Don’t forget to park at Memorial if you’re going to the Big E - it’s the last week! Your support means the world to the High School Band and Memorial School!  Memorial School student, Mohammed Sultan, volunteered to assist High School band members - what a guy!  Dylan and K.C. braved the 90 degree weather in field (Photo 8).  Mrs. Calabrese and former student Megan take a break from parking to pose for a photo (Photo 9).

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • The annual school wide fundraiser kicked off this week.  The cookie dough sales support all student events and activities at WSMS, and 100% of the proceeds directly benefit students.  All students were issued order forms on Tuesday afternoon!  Please consider supporting this cause.  

  • Next week, 7th grade students will visit Skinner Mountain to examine geological surveys, rock formations, and connect local geology to current learning in Science classes.  Thank you to Mr. Powell, Ms. Logan, and Ms. Savoy for leading these great trips next week.  One team at a time will visit the mountain from Tuesday through Thursday of next week.

                                   

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Mrs. Lyons brought Miss Diana and  Evan R., Lucas P. and Jayden O. a caterpillar from her garden, three weeks ago, right after we started school.  Miss Diana read the boys the story, Waiting on Wings and the boys helped care for him during school.  As a group, they watched and listened as he ate and ate and then he turned into a chrysalis on September 15. They waited 12 days, Lucas noticed the change first ...as  out he came today ! (Photo 1 - Lucas P.; 2 - Jayden O., Evan R., Lucas P.)

  • Mittineague School started a school banking program this year and it is off to a good start!  Two fifth grade students from the principal’s Cabinet are student tellers and they are responsible to take in and record all the deposits.  They are working very diligently and being extremely careful with each transaction!  Mrs. Jaime Smith from Westfield Bank is spearheading this endeavor and she works right along side of the students on Tuesday mornings!  Tuesday is now School Banking Day!!  (Photo 3 Alex B., Lamara T. and Mrs. Jaime Smith)

  • Mrs. Ranstrom’s students participated in another STEM challenge this week. This one involved finding the distance between the earth and the four nearest stars and trying to create a model to scale using toothpicks and mini marshmallows!  The challenge definitely looked easier than it was.!  The students then followed up with some thinking questions in their Science notebooks. (Photos 4, 5 - Morgan P. and Elian B.)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Fifth graders conducted an experiment as they learned about water run off and the importance of protecting watersheds as they get ready to visit Bear Hole Reservoir.  (Photos 1-2)

  • “Orange You Glad It’s Friday” is the new theme to celebrate the end of every week.  Everyone is encouraged to wear black and orange to show off their school spirit.  (Photo 3)

  • School Banking began this week with the help of Westfield bank.  The goal of this program is to help our students learn the importance of money and saving.  Fourth and fifth grade tellers are also learning important math skills.


                                               





Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader began today, September 29, from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library.  The session will run every Friday for seven weeks. To sign up, please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • Change of date:  ESL Parent Classes begin Monday, October 16t!!  Open enrollment all year! (Photo 1)

  • Natalya Belaya teaches Coburn students how to dance!  Every Wednesday they share in the joy and fun of multicultural music and dance.  (Photos 2-3; Natalya far left in Photo 2)






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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Parents and guardians:  Please be sure you have sent in your yellow cards, physicals, immunizations and any medications with orders and parent permission to your child’s school nurse asap to help keep your child safe and healthy at school.

  • Please check your medicine cabinets and dispose of any unwanted/unused meds.

  • Medications can be safely disposed of inside the West Springfield Police Dept.



Information Technology



  • 91 Help Desk Request were closed this week!

  • The School Department is transitioning to a new website and we want your suggestions!  Please take a few moments to fill out our website survey.


Curriculum and Instruction:

  • The Turtle in Paradise culmination play took place this week.  Students in grades 2-5 experienced an outstanding rendition of the Turtle in Paradise by our own West Side Drama class.

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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • On behalf of the 2nd - 5th graders, Coburn would like to thank the WSHS Drama Club for the invitation to their performance of Turtle in Paradise. The students had a wonderful time and they are still talking about it!

  • The School Council met on Tuesday to welcome new members, review the School Improvement Plan and discuss next steps.  The School Council looks forward to digging into this important work.

  • The PBIS Committee (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) met Wednesday to continue their work on school-wide behavioral supports.  The next meeting will focus on how to plan for and facilitate school-wide activities that teach students about character traits.

  • First graders are becoming better writers every day. They are learning about how to write a personal narrative with a beginning, middle and end.


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WSPS District Spotlight - September 22, 2017

posted Sep 22, 2017, 1:35 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - September 22, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • Look for articles, photos and events on the district’s social media!  Please check out WSPS on Facebook (West Springfield Public Schools) and Twitter (@WestSideSupt), and click here for a list of the other WSPS Twitter accounts!      

  • The West Springfield CARE Coalition marched in The Salute to West Springfield Day Parade on September 18.  The Coalition plans to continue increasing its visibility in the community this year through informative programming and collaborative events!  Follow CARE on Twitter and Facebook at 01089cares.  The new CARE website on the Town of WS website (www.townofwestspringfield.org) under ‘Residents,’ will be completed sometime in the next few weeks!  Thanks to Chief Technology Officer Stephanie Straitiff for her efforts to rebuild this website!

  • I was pleased to tape the first segment of “In the Spotlight” on Channel 15 yesterday.  The inaugural episode features Coburn Principal Jeanine Heil, and it will be posted on social media and broadcast on Channel 15 in about a week (Photo 1).  Two segments will be presented each month, produced by Chris Stone and Nic O’Dell.  (Photo 2) Guests will include administrators, teachers, staff, students, community and business members, alumni, and town organizations.    

  • Back to School Night at the middle school took place yesterday, September 21, 2017.  Next week, Cowing Alternative School, Cowing Early Childhood, and Ashley will host Back to School Night events.  View the schedule here.  

  • The Partnership for Education is pleased to be involved with two events this fall:  a Fundraiser Ride (info on this link) on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Bear Hole parking lot (presented by Colorado Ski Shop and WSPE), and Food Fest West (info on this link) on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!   

  • A Conor McCormick Invitational cookout lunch and 9-hole golf tournament is planned for October 22, 2017.  Please click this link for more information!  


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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Second grade teachers participated in a training on the September 18 for the math Envisions 2.0 program that they are currently piloting.  Thank you to Laura Gorodisher for facilitating this session.

  • The first PTO meeting for the year is scheduled for Thursday, September 28.  Looking forward to working with families to support students at Coburn!

  • 3rd graders in Mr. Granger’s class made their own hurricanes in a jar and used their observation skills to describe what they saw when their homemade hurricanes were spinning. They were very excited to bring these creations home to share with families!

  • The kindergarten ELLs this week learned how to name school tools by matching pictures and words. (Photo 1)

  • Students in second grade built “Power Towers” to help them learn their sight words. They worked individually or with a partner to build their towers and practice writing their sight words. (Photo 2)

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • The hydroponic tree is underway!  Mrs. Cassidy and her 6th graders started the seeds on Friday and everyone was pleasantly surprised to see how much they grew over the weekend. (Photo 1)

  • Thank you Mrs. Hillman for the fun (but sometimes stressful) “Make It” classes.  The Middle School classes have been working in small groups to solve challenging cup stacking tasks using NO hands -- just string and rubber bands.  They were quite successful!  (Photos 2 and 3)

  • Mark your calendars for Open House on September 26, from 5:30-6:30.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • All the classes at Cowing have been talking about the Constitution.  Below are some pictures from the different classrooms.

  • Friday, September 22 is the first Community Screening for the year.

  • Many families that are looking for places for their preschool children are taking the flyers that we have in our lobby for the West Springfield Community and Family Engagement (CAFE) Free Community Program.

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Principal Bailer enjoyed reading to class rooms yesterday.  She also talked about the buddy bench that is out on the playground.

  • Students are starting to read the Pledge of Allegiance during morning announcements and acting as Library helpers.  These are some of the PBIS rewards. Extra recess, pajama days, popcorn and movies are also very popular rewards.  Way to go PBIS!


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • BONNIE PLANT THIRD GRADE CABBAGE PROJECT:  Nathan is currently a fourth grader who participated in the Bonnie Plant 3rd Grade Cabbage Project.  All third graders were given a cabbage plant at the end of the last school year.  While in Mrs. Santos' 3rd grade class Nathan was inspired to take his responsibility seriously and nurture his plant all summer.  As of this week the cabbage has grown to 9.1 pounds!  The Cabbage Project is used to help inspire a love of vegetable gardening in young children.  Nathan's cabbage has been entered into a drawing.  A student from each state will win a $1,000.00 scholarship. Good Luck Nathan! (Photo 1)

  • SUMMER READING LOGS:  Fausey students were encouraged to read, read, read during the summer months!  The children noted their reading into a summer reading log, with a grand total of 130 students participating this year.  In the picture below, Mr. Harty and Mrs. Petit review the logs and post a star for each participating student.  As a celebration of their enjoyment of reading, the students will participate in ceremony where they will get a certificate and a pencil, and then will be allowed an extra recess!  (Photo 2)

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Season passes are still available!  For information visit https://sites.google.com/a/wsps.org/athletics-at-wshs/seasons-pass

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities” will be coming to West Side on November 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  WHAT IS “RECRUITING REALITIES?" A presentation by Jack Renkens to student-athletes, their families, and coaches that runs approximately 50 minutes.  Jack's been helping High School coaches and Athletic Directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  


Alumni Update  

  • Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.

  • Patrick O'Brien '08 is a Physician's Assistant in Connecticut.  He graduated from University of MA in 2012, and recently completed his medical training.

  • Taylor Saimeri '10 has taken a position as an athletic trainer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will work for the Tar Heels.


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • The Summer Program students were the star presenters of a nonfiction whole-school assembly.  During the summer, students learned about many countries and customs in our world, the animals specific to those countries and continents, money, traditional musical instruments, the arts, and how to say hello in different languages.  During the assembly, the students interacted with their peers while sharing photos and playing music as they collaboratively exchanged facts.  Thanks to Mrs. Dickson, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Glaessner, Mr. Preye, and Kelly Bordeaux for their hard work and creativity during the summer.  Also, thank you to the parents and families who attended the assembly to support their children and Memorial School. (Photos 1- 4)

  • This week, some students celebrated a successful Summer Reading Program at the West Springfield Public Library.  They received prizes from the library all summer  and, from the school, they received a certificate and a healthy fruit popsicle.  Thank you to parents and families for supporting the “School-Community Partnership,” and to students for their commitment to reading.  Reading Specialists Ms. Brunelle and Mrs. Kearing were enthusiastic promoters of the reading program, and they continue to impart a love of reading in all of the Memorial children. (Photos 5 - 6)

  • Don’t forget to park at Memorial if you go to the Big E.  You will be supporting  our school as well as the West Springfield High School Band.  Memorial is SO CLOSE to the Big E and there is easy access out when you are done at the fair.  It’s a pleasure working with the band students and parents, and I commend them for enduring the temperatures in the high 80s for two days.  Look for highlights in the next few weeks.  (Photo 7)

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Thank you families, for another great Back to School Night Open House -- the turnout was wonderful!  WSMS enjoyed welcoming families as they met with teachers to hear about the work planned for this school year.

  • Ms. Santaniello and Ms. Godden’s Creative Lit students were recognized in two separate articles in Springfield Republican.  Letters from exiting 8th Graders to incoming 6th graders were featured.  Also featured was an article about the Hats for Harvey fundraiser to benefit Tanglewood MS in Houston, TX.  WSMS raised over $1,500 to support their school.  See the “Neighborhood” section of the Thursday, September 21, 2017 edition of the Springfield Republican for more!

  • Next week, the annual cookie dough fundraiser kicks off.  This is the only school-wide fundraiser!  Please be on the lookout for order forms and consider supporting student activities at WSMS through this great event.

  • This week, our first group of students headed into the makerspace!  Grade 6 scientists and engineers had a challenge to work through.  Students had to creatively problem solve, work together, and design structures that met some basic engineering requirements.  They had to plan and work through failed designs in their given class period.  Look for an article about this first event in a coming edition of the WS Record!  (Photo 1)

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Constitution Day was this week, and Mittineague School observed it in a variety of different ways.  In grade one, the classes, shared a story about the Constitution and the students made booklet about it. In second grade, the students discussed what the Constitution is, when it was created, why it was created, and how it is still used today.  Students used Constitution Day as a first opportunity to use google classroom by accessing some of the government websites from chromebooks.  Students also participated in learning conversations about how the Constitution impacts all of our daily lives.  Some classes read We the Kids and discussed the illustrations and how it helped us understand the vocabulary from the Preamble better.  Others created their own classroom Bill of Rights" to build on their understanding of the principles of the Constitution.  Hopefully all of this will help the students build a better understanding of how to be good citizens!

  • This was an exciting week at Mittineague where the student leaders were named who will make up the new Superintendent's Advisory Council (SAC) and the Principal's Cabinet (PC)!  The students applied by filling out an application and writing their thoughts about why they would like to be a part of these teams, topics they would like to discuss, and what makes their school so special.  Mittineague is pleased to announce the 2017-18 SAC/PC student leaders. (Photo 1 SAC: Lily B., Lamara T., Kaleigh G., Morgan P., Mia F. (front row) Jaisyn F., Bradie B., Cheyenne M.) (Photo 2  PC: Alex B., Lamara T., Morgan P., Dayishimiye R., Yohalexa R., Kaleigh G., Cheyenne M., Lily B., Mia F., Bradie B., Bry T., Lilyana B., Lizzie H., Alexis H., Isabella Z., Jaisyn F.)

  • The first graders took a STEM team challenge this week:  Build the tallest free-standing tower using all your plastic cups?  They worked tirelessly to develop a plan that would work.  One of the hardest things, was to listen to others' ideas and to choose "the best plan" going forward! It was a real learning experience!  (Photo 3 - Evan, Diamond, Jaexianey, Jossey; Photo 4 - Emma, Mackenlee, Bryant)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Students in Grade 1 are busy during workboard time learning different sight words each day. (Photo )

  • Grade 2 students have begun guided reading with their teacher. (Photo 2)

  • Tatham’s first PTO Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 20.  Many events are planned throughout the year.  Parents are encouraged to lend a helping hand!  The mum fundraiser was successful!


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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader is now accepting sign ups for fall session, which begins September 29, from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library.  The session will run every Friday for seven weeks. To sign up, please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • ESL Parent Classes will start Oct. 9th...fliers will be going out....open enrollment all year long!   

  • Love the evidence of the engaging learning going on at the middle school!  Every beginning ELL is able to access the content and be challenged at their readiness level.   A reflection of of our great teachers! (Photos 1-3)         

  • In third grade at Coburn, students are learning all about weather and how it affects our planet. In Johnny Granger’s classroom, they started off the weather unit talking about one of the most important resources on the planet: Water!   The class read the story Magic School Bus at the Waterworks and made their very own water cycles using vocabulary words: Evaporation, Condensation, and Precipitation. They even got to make their water many different colors!  (Photo 4)

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]


Information Technology



  • 66 Help Desk Tickets were closed in the last week!

  • The School Department is transitioning to a new website and we want your suggestions!  Please take a few moments to fill out our website survey.


Curriculum and Instruction

Two New Grants Supporting Elementary Math Intervention:

  • We are very excited to report that West Springfield Public Schools is a the recipient of the competitive Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS):Tiered Mathematics Academy. The grant will allow WSPS to continue to implement the research-based Tier II math intervention program entitled  Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR)

  • Additionally, WSPS has received a non-competitive Title IV grant that allows for the purchasing of AVMR kits and training of forty-two elementary teachers.

District Spotlight - September 15, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:18 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - September 15, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • I was pleased to host a meeting for parents/guardians (formerly known as Key Communicators) on Wednesday evening at the high school. The quarterly meetings, open to all WSPS parents/guardians, provide an opportunity for us to connect, converse and collaborate.  The next meeting is November 15, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at the high school.  Look for reminders on our website, social media and local newspapers.  Parents/guardians wishing to be added to the email list for the Superintendent’s Quarterly Meetings notices should submit the request to mountain@wsps.org.    

  • Back to School Night at the high school took place yesterday, September 14, 2017.  Next week, the middle school will host Back to School Night on September 21.  Click this link to view the schedule.  

  • The Partnership for Education is pleased to be involved with two events this fall:  a Fundraiser Ride (info on this link) on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Bear Hole parking lot (presented by Colorado Ski Shop and WSPE), and Food Fest West (info on this link) on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Food Fest West tickets are available for purchase at the School Department and through WSPE board members!   

  • A Conor McCormick Invitational cookout lunch and 9-hole golf tournament is planned for October 22, 2017.  Please click this link for more information!  


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

  • WSHS Data Team continue to meet to discuss 2017-2018 priorities. The data team  assists in guiding the high school administration in the curricular, instructional and social emotional direction of the school. (Photo 1)

  • District Attorney Gulluni has selected West Springfield Middle School Civic students to collaborate with his office in support of real life civic lessons throughout the school year. (Photo 2)


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Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • The Reading specialist has completed their assessments for Reading Recovery and met with the 1st grade team on Wednesday to select students for this individual service that happens every day for 30 minutes.  Thank you to that team for their hard work to support our at-risk readers.

  • Principal Jeanine Heil, and Assistant Principal Amy Smith, have been enjoying their “meet and greets” with the students at Coburn.  Children were asked to bring questions to interview their new administrators.  Questions included: Do you have any brothers or sisters?  Do you have any pets? What did you dream about when you were a kid?  Why did you want to be a principal?  This has been a wonderful way for the children to connect with Ms. Heil and Mrs. Smith.

  • Coburn had its first fire drill this past Tuesday and all students exited quickly and quietly.

  • The Coburn Crisis Team met on Wednesday to review protocols and procedures as well as prioritize areas in need of improvement.


Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • Ms. Lindsy’s class started using storybird.com and the students absolutely love it. They are writing their own short stories and poems and are reading each other's work.  (Photos 1 and 2)

  • Mrs. Messier’s class is em”barking” on BIG project.  They invited the WS Animal Control officer to their class as a kickoff to their project.  (Photo 3)

  • Mark your calendars for Open House on September 26, from 5:30-6:30.

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Cowing Early

  • The new students are settling in.  It is amazing that we can already see that many of these little ones love to come to school!

  • Welcome to Abbey Kusek!  She has joined the Cowing staff as the para in Room 7 with Kristin Trznadel.

  • The first Community Screening next Friday, September 22.  A group of three and four year olds will be screened for development as well as vision and hearing.


John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • August 30, 2017 was John Ashley’s meet & greet.  The participation by Kindergarten parents was wonderful.  Everyone was so excited to see the school (some for the first time), see their classroom, meet classmates and teachers.  Thank you John Ashley staff for putting smiles on everyone’s face.

  • Kindergarten started August 31, 2017 - the students are all smiles!  Hallway, lunchroom, and restroom expectations are being explained and followed.  PBIS is in full swing, and rewards (extra recess) are being earned.

  • Welcome to the John Ashley family, new staff members: Jessica DeForge (teacher room 17), Lindsay Pelkey (para room 8), Stephanie Ewing (para room 2), Julia Graziano (para room 18), and Hannah Melendez (Adjustment Counselor).


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Fausey participated in a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to remember the 3,000 victims and to honor all those who responded on September 11, 2001.  Mr. David Tierney, Fausey custodian, once more honored the memory of Melissa Harrington-Hughes, who perished on that fateful day.  Ms. Harrington-Hughes was the aunt of two of our Fausey students, Cooper and Calleigh. (Photos 1-2)

  • Grade One students are learning the rituals and routines at Fausey Elementary, in the cafeteria with the help of our Lunch Monitors.  They’re fast learners!  (Photo 3)

  • Fausey’s fifth graders enjoying one of the best parts of the day-recess!

    

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

  • Please visit the MIAA Schedule on the athletics web page.

  • Season passes are still available!  For information visit https://sites.google.com/a/wsps.org/athletics-at-wshs/seasons-pass

  • Jack Renkens “Recruiting Realities” will be coming to West Side November 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the high school Auditorium.  WHAT IS “RECRUITING REALITIES?" A presentation by Jack Renkens to student-athletes, their families, and coaches that runs approximately 50 minutes.  Jack's been helping High School coaches and Athletic Directors for 20 years, empowering their student-athletes by revealing the real process behind college recruiting.  


Alumni Update  

  • Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.

  • Mike Minnehan '02 recently earned his second Bachelor's Degree, and is studying for his Master's.  He is a firefighter for the town of East Longmeadow.


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • Since the first full week of school, everyone was has been to learn!  Students and teachers were busy as they completed testing for Reading Recovery, and they began the first week of Roaming the Known. Thanks to Ms. Brunelle, Mrs. Kearing and Mrs. Schwamb.  Memorial is very pleased to welcome Mrs. Schwamb for the month of September. You will see her below (Photo 1) sharing the joy of reading with Izem, one of the new first graders.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair during Open House last week was very successful.  Some of the school’s wonderful students volunteered to set up the small items with staff members while they were waiting for their buses to be called.  Huge thanks to Jen Fleury, PTO co-President, and her children Phoebe and Gavin, who expertly served families making purchases.  Karen Diaz was there to represent the Partnership for Education, and Sarah Meara represented the CARE Coalition.  Mrs. Huffman may have retired last June, but she couldn’t resist returning for Open House to see students and staff.  PBIS and teamwork were in action at this event!  (Photos 2-7)

  • The entire staff and student body completed a very important safety drill on Tuesday with the help of the West Springfield Police.  Sergeant Rees and Officer Delnero assisted us as students and staff walked to the evacuation site.  Memorial is very proud that the students perfectly executed and completed the drill in less than 30 minutes!  (Photo 8)

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Jennifer, Phoebe and Gavin Fleury representing Greeters at Open House - Marcie Kearing, Kathy Huffman,

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • Next Thursday, September 21, is the Middle School’s annual “Back to School Night.”  The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at WSMS.  This is not a night for individual conferences, but is a great way to meet teachers, learn about curriculum, and learn about great programming available to students and families.  The West Springfield Boys and Girls Club, CARE Coalition, and West Springfield Partnership for Education (with a bike raffle!) will all be on site to share great information with families.  A personalized schedule will be available for each student’s family in the cafeteria as they arrive!

  • The annual PBIS tug of war to kick off the school year took place on Friday!  See the Middle School twitter page for pictures from this great event!

  • Mr. Chotkowski’s Period 7 Modern World Class was selected by District Attorney Anthony Gulluni for his “Adopt a Classroom Program.”  The DA, his team, and members of the City Council visited this class on Monday to introduce the program and answer questions from students.               

                                               


Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • This was a week for safety drills!  First, WSFD led fire drill,followed by school-led safety drill practices for what to do during a lockdown and a shelter in place.  All of the children responded very responsibly during these practices.  Well done!  More drills will take place in the future!

  • Mittineague hosted the Mobile Dentist this week and 17 children were able to receive important dental services at school.  They estimate that 35.7 days of school (absences) were saved because these children were able to be seen in school and return directly to class after dental services were completed. The Mobile Dentist usually visits twice a year, fall and spring. (Photo 1)

  • Mrs. Penna’s fourth graders have started learning about North America.  They are presently “in” Canada learning about the flora and fauna, natural resources, government, people, and other pertinent things!  The students had a challenge to write Mrs. Penna a letter as if they were currently in Canada, telling her about all of the things they are experiencing.  The letters Mrs. Penna has received so far have been filled with interesting facts!  (Photo 2 -Vinnie M., Brody L., Anna C. and Sidd K.)


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The Tatham Open House was a huge success!  An impressive 98% of Tatham families attended.

  • The West Springfield Fire Department came to the school this week for a practice fire drill. They were impressed with how quickly and orderly everyone exited the building.

  • There is lots of information gathering happening at Tatham! Students are taking the math pretest, so we are able to see what they retained over the summer and what skills need reinforcement. The teachers have also started BAS testing to get the appropriate reading level on the students. We have already identified those students who will Reading Recovery to help them reach grade level benchmarks!

  • Our PTO had their first event on Friday with  an outdoor movie. Fun was had by all!


Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10:30-11:30 at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader is now accepting sign ups for fall session, which begins September 29, from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library.  The session will run every Friday for seven weeks. To sign up, please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • Meetings and PLCs with ELL Department members have begun and the conversations have been positive and productive!  Can’t wait to to continue meeting everyone and working with all in the year ahead!

  • An ELL MCAS DATA Team has formed and everyone is eager to delve deep!   Members include:  Maureen Moynihan, Oliva Ricks, Eva Howard, Kelly Hayes, Dina Sibilia, Paula Gilmartin.   Thankful for the time and effort they are dedicating to this process to gain understanding and looking forward to the dialogue as we work together.  

  • Steph Duggan’s grade 2 class at Coburn:  While writing All About Me books, students are learning how to use many of the tier 1 vocabulary resources in the classroom. Picture dictionaries, word banks, and vocabulary books are just a few of the supports students are learning to use with independence.

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Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Parents are a powerful influence in the lives of their teens.  Learn more about monitoring teen activities from the CDC.

  • School nurses continually work to keep all students safe from vaccine preventable diseases. Read more about vaccines here.

  • Please be sure to return your child’s completed yellow emergency card to school as soon as possible.


Information Technology



  • We have closed 217 Help Desk Requests so far in the month of September!

        

Special Services

  • Last week, three students in the WSHS Transition Program run by Kristina Gourley started college as part of the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) program. They had a wonderful day on campus and are excited for the semester.

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District Spotlight - September 8, 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 1:24 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - September 8, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • Back to School Night at our elementary schools took place yesterday, September 7, 2017.  Next week, the high school will host Back to School Night on September 14.  Please click this link to view the entire schedule.  

  • The first Partnership for Education meeting of the 17-18 school year is September 11, 2017, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library (1st floor Community Room).  Meetings are open to anyone wishing to learn more about WSPE -- please attend if you’re interested!  Two events taking place this fall will support WSPE:  a Fundraiser Ride on October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Bear Hole parking lot (presented by Colorado Ski Shop and WSPE), and Food Fest West on October 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Click this link for info on Food Fest West -- tickets are being sold at the School Department!   

  • WSPS parents/guardians are invited to join me at quarterly meetings this school year, for an opportunity to converse, connect, and collaborate.  The first meeting is Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the main office conference room at West Springfield High School (425 Piper Road).  Meetings -- formerly called Key Communicator meetings -- are designed to provide a forum for WSPS parents/guardians to discuss topical issues and learn about current district initiatives.

  • A big ‘thank you’ to the Town’s DPW for their work to provide a more streamlined and efficient traffic pattern at John Ashley School.  Our next school to be examined for improvements is Fausey!

  • A Conor McCormick Invitational cookout lunch and 9-hole golf tournament is planned for October 22, 2017.  Please click this link for more information!  


Special Services

  • Special Services is very excited to be starting the new school year looking forward to supporting and observing all of our students’ accomplishments.  The work Special Services does is a critical component to the success of many of the students in our schools.  As the department plans and grows its programs, input from our families is needed.  A wonderful opportunity awaits anyone who would like to get involved.  Each District is required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to have a Special Education Parent Advisory Council; SEPAC offers membership to all parents of students found eligible for special education in the district, as well as other interested parties.  The SEPAC is authorized to provide advice to the district regarding special education programs and policies. Additionally, the SEPAC is authorized to meet with designated school officials and to engage in activities which enable the SEPAC to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the district's special education programs.  Anyone interested in getting involved is asked to please call Special Services at 413-263-3276.  All it takes is a once-a-month commitment, and with your help, Special Services can plan and present some excellent resources to our families in the district through workshops, speakers, and informational communication.


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @WSPSCurriculum]

  • The Curriculum Office is pleased to report that the One Book One Community fall activities are underway.  We hope the students, families, and community enjoyed the book.  Students will be be presented a play on Turtle in Paradise on September 26 or 28.

  • The Curriculum Office is hard at work preparing for our October 6, 2017, Professional Development Day.  The focus for this year remains on Depth of Knowledge, inclusion, and supporting social/emotional learning.  The message to the teachers has been “teach to the heart and the brain will follow,” and personalize the learning.


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Coburn had a wonderful opening to the school year!  It was lovely seeing the students enter the building excited to return!

  • There are many new faces among the Coburn faculty and staff this year:  Jennifer Chapman - school nurse, Cathy Desroisers - 3rd grade; Sean Noe - head custodian; Steve Lucey is filling in as the technology teacher while Jenn Finn is on leave; Lisa DeLong is now serving as a reading specialist; Kim Murphy - 1st grade long-term substitute; and Erin Cauley - 4th grade.

  • As new principal at Coburn, I can quickly see what an extraordinary community this is and look forward to an exciting year!


Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!  It was wonderful seeing all of the students after eight long weeks away for the summer.  Opening week at CAS was fabulous.

  • CAS looks forward to many upcoming opportunities for learning….and yes….some fun!

  • CAS has added a new staff member:  Mrs. Pamela Bannish is a “floating paraprofessional.”  Mrs. Bannish brings LOTS of teaching experience, and she will have the opportunity to work with all of the students.  She is excited to get to know the children and the CAS Program.  WELCOME!


Cowing Early Childhood

  • Cowing EC enjoyed meeting students and families at Meet and Greet!  Thank you to everyone who brought in flowers for our community vase!

  • Cowing welcomes Kaitlyn Joseph as a special education paraprofessional in room 6 in the morning and room 2 in the afternoon!

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • John Ashley had a smooth start to the school year by welcoming parents and students at Meet and Greet.  The students came in excited to be kindergartners and meet new friends! Thank you to all the families who brought in photos for our Summer Snapshot Bulletin Board!

  • Yesterday, as a part of PBIS, we held our first “Pawsitive Day” awarding students who demonstrated our school rules with Paw stickers!  The students were amazing!

  • Welcome to our new staff: Ms. Deforge (Rm 17 teacher), Ms. Graziano (Rm 18 Paraprofessional), Ms. Ewing (Rm 2 Paraprofessional), Ms. Melendez (School Adjustment Counselor).


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • Welcome to the new Fausey staff: Ms. Kauffman (1st Grade), Mrs. O’Brien (1st Grade), Ms. Hanley (4th Grade), Ms. O’Shaughnessy (Physical Education), Mrs. Seidl (Co-taught 1st-2nd Grade), Ms. Bogner (1st-2nd Grade), Mrs. Howard (1st Grade), and Ms. Warzecka (Developmental Life Skills K-2)

Photo #1 - Ms. Hanley at the Open House.

  • Fausey’s students came back energized for the new school year, and the ‘newbies’ were welcomed at First Grade Orientation - Photo #2  

  • Open House was well attended by Fausey families!  The students and teachers shared their creative classrooms and everyone visited the informational tables.  Fausey’s PTO included parents and teachers working together to hold a very successful book fair.  Photos #3-5

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]


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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.


Alumni Update  

  • Please email alumni updates to mountain@wsps.org, and include name and year of WSHS graduation along with the update.

  • Alexander Ashe '10, UMass degree in Environmental Science ‘14, graduated in May 2017 from Bay Path University’s Masters Program as a Physician’s Assistant.  Alex works full time in the Urgent Care Department at Hartford Hospital.


Memorial [Twitter @WSPSMemorial]

  • Memorial School students and staff were thrilled to be back together again.  The new school year began with an assembly, where new students and staff were welcomed to the “Memorial Family” and  friends reconnected with each other.  A big commendation to custodians Brian and Uly for their work all summer.  The floors were gleaming and the school was clean and neat.  Thank you to all of the teachers who worked tirelessly to prepare their classrooms - the results were amazing!  (Photo 1 - Assembly; Photo 2 - Lunch Procedure)

  • Fifth graders became mentors for our first graders during the first week of school. Students worked with the principal, teachers and custodian to walk through the daily lunchroom procedures. First grade students have been doing an excellent job with their trays and seating arrangements when they are in the cafeteria. Thank you to fifth graders Salim, Ahmed, Kaylee, Lindsey, Noah and Malak. They all received redeemable “BEE Bucks” as part of the PBIS program. (Photo 3 - Gr. 5 Assistants)

  • Students in Mrs. Weldon’s class are strengthening observational and reporting skills while witnessing the metamorphosis of five monarch caterpillars into butterflies.  Pictured here: Alina, Yordy, Arisa, and Javier at work. (Photo 4 - Mrs. Weldon’s class)

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Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week, WSMS students participated in practice Fire, Lockdown, and Shelter in Place drills.  Staff and students responded in perfect fashion.  The drills were quick, orderly, and seamless.   

  • The WSMS makerspace is up and running!  Donations are needed for this creative and engaging learning environment.  Please see the WSMS website for a lists of needed donations and links for an explanation of what a makerspace is!

  • Creative Literacy students in Mrs. Santaniello’s 6th grade classes have adopted Tanglewood Middle School in Houston Texas as part of the “adopt a classroom” program to support schools devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  Students and Staff participated in a Hats for Harvey Day yesterday to solicit funds for supporting our partner school.                   


Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Mittineague has had a wonderful kickoff of the 2017-18 school year!  The smiling faces were missed this summer, and Mittineague jumped back into the thick of things right away!  Some changes this year: two multi-grade classes -- a grade 2/3 taught by Mrs. Bartolucci, and a grade 4/5 taught by Mrs. Ranstrom.  Both are veteran teachers taking on a new challenge this year!  Miss Becker got married in August and she is now Mrs. Berggrun; this year she is teaching third grade in room 8!  Mittineague is also fortunate to introduce Mr. Dylan Chasse, the new school adjustment counselor, who is taking Mr H.’s place, and he will be at Mittineague 2½ days a week on the same schedule that Mr. H. followed.

  • Science made an appearance in the classrooms as three classrooms participated in a STEM challenge during the first week of school!  Future engineers put their heads together to design and construct several structures using a variety of different materials!  The students were excited and engaged and didn’t give up until they accomplished their goal!  Kudos to Mrs. Bartolucci, Mrs. Hogan, and Mrs. Ranstrom for their creative STEM challenges!  (Photos 1-6)


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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • Opening day went smoothly!  There weren’t even any tears!  The children are quickly learning classroom routines and procedures.

  • Tatham is happy to report that the stage has been restored -- it certainly looks great!

  • Tatham welcomed many new staff members:  Mrs Scytkowski is filling in for Mrs Morizio, who is on maternity leave (she had a baby boy in August.), and Mrs. Parent is in for Mrs. Scytkowski.  Mrs. Doyle and Ms. Courtemanche teach in the ABA classroom, along with their paraprofessionals, Amy King, Abraham Belyy, Meghan Cosby, Maria Londo, Katie Rorrio, Lisa Shill, and Megan Driscoll-Hurt.  Katie Shaw teaches Art to the Tatham fourth and fifth graders.  Mrs. Draghetti is the new nurse, as Mrs. Ross began her well-deserved retirement!  Everyone is excited to be part of the Tatham Family!


Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Playgroups begin next week for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, from 10:30-11:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.

  • Learn about the joy of reading to your 3-5 year old with Raising a Reader Red Bag Program.  Each week, families will participate in a literacy activity and take home a bag of books.  Raising a Reader is now accepting sign ups for fall session, which begins September 29 from 12:30-1:30, at the West Springfield Public Library.  The session will run every Friday for seven weeks. To sign up please call 413-519-2511 or email brennan@wsps.org.

  • Stay tuned  for Parent Cafes and Parent Child date nights every month!

   

English Language Learner Department (ELL)

  • The ELL Department has said farewell and best wishes to Colleen Marcus, who is off to enjoy retirement, after many years of compassionate commitment as West Springfield’s ELL Director.

  • With one goodbye, comes another hello!  I’m honored to introduce Sharlene DeSteph as the district’s new ELL Program Director.  In Sharlene’s words: “It didn’t take long to see how remarkable the teachers are who work with the ELLs and how lucky I am to now be a part of this ever-evolving program!”

  • I’d also like to share that our veteran ELL Department member, Riki Landers, who has demonstrated her dedication to ELLs in many different capacities within the district, is now taking on a new role as a part-time ELL coach.  The ELL Department is so excited to have her serve as this resource to continue fostering more support and collegial conversations around our ELLs.


Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Welcome back to school!  Please return your child’s completed yellow emergency card to school as soon as possible.

  • Please be sure your child’s school nurse has an up-to-date copy of your child’s most recent physical and immunizations on file in their school health record.

  • When a medication needs to be taken during school hours, please remember that the following forms must be provided before we begin to give medicine at school: 1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medicine, and 2. Signed medication order by your licensed prescriber.  Also, medications should be delivered to school in pharmacy labeled container by a responsible adult.  


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  • We have closed 115 help desk tickets since the first day of school and many more are in progress!

WSPS District Spotlight - June 16, 2017

posted Jun 16, 2017, 12:47 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - June 16, 2017

 

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • Despite the excessive heat and humidity on Sunday, the WSHS Class of 2017, their families, and friends were all smiles at the graduation ceremony.  Visit this link to see the Mass Live article and 100+ photos.

  • This is the final District Spotlight (DS) post of the 2016-2017 academic year.  Look for the DS again on September 1, 2017!

  • With the end of the school year fast approaching, West Springfield Public Schools acknowledges and celebrates the service of the 2016-2017 retirees.  Please click this link for a look.  Thank you for your dedication to WSPS and our students and families !

  • As a reminder, the Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship will serve to help a graduate of WSHS  -- for whom English is their second language -- to pursue their post-secondary education.  In order for the scholarship to be sustainable, contributions in any amount are being sought.  If you are so inclined to contribute, please send a check made payable to WSPS (with “Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship” in the memo line) to the Central Office at 26 Central Street, Suite 33  West Springfield, MA 01089.  This scholarship will be offered beginning with the WSHS Class of 2018.

  • The last day of school is June 21, 2017, and the last day for kindergarten students is June 19.  Both of these are half days for students.  

  • The Town of West Springfield has formed a newly-formed Information Technology Department, which will service all Municipal, Police, Fire, and School Department needs, effective July 1, 2017.  In addition, new help desk procedures are being implemented; to request assistance, please electronically submit a help desk ticket on townofwestspringfield.org or by clicking here.  For more information, go to this link.

  • Convocation for all staff is Monday, August 28.  This is also the first professional development (PD) day of the 17-18 school year.  The second PD day is August 29.  School starts on August 30 for grades 1-12.  Kindergarten begins on August 31.  Have an enjoyable and safe summer!

 

Information Technology

 

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  • High School Student Chromebook Collection

    • All high school students are required to turn in their assigned Chromebooks for the summer.  Chromebook collection will take place in the High School Library beginning Friday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 21.  Students should turn in their Chromebooks once they determine that they are no longer needed for any final exams, and as soon as possible to avoid long lines on the last day of school.

  • HelpDesk Status

  • 1896 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 6/16/17. (+ 28 this week)

  • 1618 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. (+ 78 this week -  after some cleanup of records)

 

Special Services

  • Congratulations to Fausey Staff: Kate Morneau, Lynn Birks and Karen Feeley for an outstanding job presenting at the DSAC-sponsored Inclusive Practice Network.  All three presented on the work that was done this year at Fausey in implementing the co-teach model.

  • If your student has been recommended for Extended Year Services, you will be receiving a letter this week or early next week, giving you information regarding start dates and times of the program your child has been recommended for.

  • SEPAC is the Special Education Parent Advisory Council; membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and any other interested parties. Duties of the Council shall include: advising the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs; and providing information to its membership regarding specific disabilities, parent’s rights and other current/related topics.

  • West Springfield SEPAC is currently looking for individuals to serve on its leadership committee.  Anyone who is interested can visit the “West Springfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council” Facebook page, which is run by current SEPAC President, Ivonne Hall, or call Special Services at 263-3276.  Planning for the 2017-2018 school year events will occur during the summer.

 

Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • A spring concert was held on Monday for grades K-1 & 2-3 under the direction of Mrs. Morgan and with the support of Mr. Rovero.  The students sang beautifully and they put on a great performance for their families.  Thank you to all of the staff that stepped up to help all of the students prepare for their concert. (Photos 1-4)

  • Students from grades 4 and 5 had their Arts Block performance on Wednesday afternoon to showcase what they have been learning during their Arts Block classes.  Performances included Sports & Hiking, Band, Chorus, and Dance.  Artwork was displayed in the hallways to support Spring Concerts and masks from art were displayed on a table in front of the stage.

  • The grade 5 students are finishing out their final full week of elementary school with a graduation breakfast and by receiving their Certificates of Completion on Friday.  Coburn is proud of all of their accomplishments and wishes the students well in middle school!

  • Field Day was a hit at Coburn School last Friday.  The students participated in a number of fun events and activities such as relay races, parachute activities, obstacle course, limbo, bubbles, bounce house, and every child also got a snowcone!  The West Springfield Police and Fire Departments were also able to attend bringing a police car with equipment and a fire truck with their equipment for the students to engage with them.  Thank you to all who participated in getting the field day up and running for our students. (Photos 5-9)

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • CAS celebrated the 8th graders with a graduation on June 9.  It is sad to see them go, but we have every confidence that the 8th graders are ready to embark on the next chapter…...high school.  Best of luck to all of you!

  • The students in Ms. Lindsy’s class created their own board games as an end of the year project.  Anyone want to play “Mine-opoly”?

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • We held our last Community Screening last Friday, and now our classes are full for the fall.

  • Ms. Mahoney’s class had a wonderful day playing with a parachute this afternoon; even the adults had a great time.

 

John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Incoming Kindergarten parents, please remember to turn in registration packets.  Kindergarten screening will take place June 20-21, 2017.  Appointments have been sent and phone calls have been made.

  • Field Day was a huge success!  Thank you to Christopher O’Brien (PE Teacher extraordinaire), the teachers, and the PTO parents who volunteered. The day would not have been possible without them! (Photo 1)

  • Fun, Fun, Fun!  Water Days are here at John Ashley; classes spend the day outside doing everything water, including sprinklers.  Thank you again to the teachers, parent volunteers and our custodian

           Mr. Jim!  (Photos 2-3)

  • Room 12 enjoyed a visit with and a tour of a police cruiser from Officer O’Brien (father of Breighlyn O’Brien).  (Photo 4)

  • Room 18 with their summer bucket lists.  (Photo 5)

 

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Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • CIRCUS 2017 - The night was beautiful and the performers were prepared after a week of practice.  Fausey Circus 2017 went off without a hitch.  The first graders started off the night with their melodies, and then the fifth graders finally got the chance to show off their skills!  The audience enjoyed hot dogs, burgers, snow cones, and other goodies. Thanks to all the volunteers, led by our PTO president Jenn Poulin!  (Photos 1-3)

  • FIELD DAY - The white teams met the blue teams again in a multitude of physical challenges.  This year’s t-shirt was designed by 5th grader Brenna Cauley.   Field day was once more a success thanks to the PTO coordination.  (Photos 4-6)

  • GRADE 3 PRESENTATION - Grade 3 students wrapped up their studies of the history of the United States with a great play.  Many thanks to their teachers for preparing the performers!  Families weathered balmy gym conditions to enjoy their performance!   (Photo 7)

  • FLAG DAY - June 14 is another tradition that Fausey upholds with a special ceremony in coordination with the Veterans Council.  Many local dignitaries and veterans attended this school-wide event.  The children were each given a flag to commemorate the day.  (Photos 8-10)

  • FALCON FOCUS - Please enjoy our final edition of our school newspaper on this link.

 

 

 

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • The West Side Track & Field Booster Club is holding their 3rd Annual Run for the Terriers 5K Run / 2 Mile Walk on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the high school.  Click here for more information.

  • Football Tryouts will be Friday, August 18.

  • All other Fall Sports tryouts begin Thursday, August 24.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

Memorial (Twitter @WSPSMemorial)

  • Memorial had a very successful Field Day followed by our Annual Family Picnic.  Students participated in cooperative, team and individual activities to invigorate their minds and bodies!  Thank you to the many parent volunteers, Ms. Sirignano for her expert planning, the collegial and accommodating staff members, and the PTO.

  • Memorial’s Annual Family Picnic was enjoyable due to the wonderful family participation and the delicious meal prepared in our kitchen.  Thank you to everyone who made this event a success.  Below, Memorial wishes to thank and highlight the kitchen staff members as well as the lunch monitors!

  • The 2nd Annual family event, “WE Are Memorial,”  was held on Wednesday evening.  Thank you to all of our families, staff members, and Nancy Farrell, who participated.  A big applause for Mercedes who performed a traditional Mexican dance.  A very special thank you to UNICO members who cooked all of the food to perfection!  Below, is Mercedes and  4th grader Jordyn with her sister Lillian and friend Lane. Jordyn baked and decorated an amazing cake for the “Cake Walk.”

 

 

Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • KARE Club students visited with seniors at the Monastery Heights facility on Monday!  (Picture 1)

  • Superior Court Judge Hon. Edward McDonaugh visited with team 7-1 on Monday, June 12, to help them prepare for their mock trials they’d be conducting in Mrs. Brown’s English class this week.  The trials featured Justices Mr. Gillen, Mr. Brown, Officer Johnson, and Mr. Korell who listened to students present cases, testimony from witnesses, and examined student prepared evidence in connection with the book,

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  • 8th Grade Students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society this last Thursday evening.

         8th grade Science teacher, Mr. Wegrzyn, was the keynote speaker.  Mrs. McClure is the advisor to              this group, and with Mrs. Gaw and Mrs. Gourley, put on a wonderful evening for these high-                     achieving students!  Click this link to view the program.

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Mrs. Penna’s class had a VIP table for the last trimester of the year. Mrs. Penna chose different characteristics to focus on, each week and chose students who exemplified those character traits! The students do not know ahead of time which things she is looking for, so they have to work really hard to show good character all the time!  This past week’s winners were: Morgan Peabody and Kaleigh Connor  (Photos 1-2)

  • The Mittineague garden has been over ridden with strawberries and mint this spring! Miss Diana has taken groups of children out to harvest the strawberries each day. They have also made ice cold mint water and mint iced tea for the office!  (Photo 3 - strawberries picked and shared with Mrs. Doe)

  • Alexis Silva Cassidy, from the class of 2025 paid all her paw tickets in to go in and work with a first grade class. She spent the morning one day this past week, reading with some first graders! (Photo 4)

  • Field Day and the Mittineague Family Picnic 2017 was a rousing success this year, with beautiful weather and great sportsmanship all around!!  Thank you to all the parent volunteers who made the day extra special!! (Photo 5 sponge relay, 6 - clothing relay)

  • The Mittineague School Family would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, action-filled summer!!!  See you August 30!!

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The first grade took a trip to Forest Park to learn more about animal habitats.  In the Afternoon,

the zoo came to Tatham!  Each year Mrs. Gale hosts Zoo on the Go.  They brought some animal species to the fourth grade as they learned about adaptations.

  • On Thursday, the fifth grade celebrated their years at Tatham with  a special breakfast and slide show. Special thanks to our parent volunteer, Mrs. Murphey for putting the slide show together!  The students received a tee shirts depicting the year they will graduate from high school with all their names.

  • Third graders are using their knowledge of area and perimeter to design their own amusement park.

 

 


Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Last day of playgroup is Monday, June 19.  Summer Playgroup for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers will take place at 389 Main Street, from 10:30-11:30 on the follow dates this summer: July 11, July 25, August 1, 8, 15 and 22.   Free. Drop in and snack is included.  

  • Thank you to all the families that attended our programs this year and looking forward to summer visits!

   

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ESL Summer School acceptance letters have been sent home.  Summer School begins on Tuesday, June 27, and it will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for five weeks.             

 

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

For the latest information and resources available in MA, here is a link to the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline website.

WSPS District Spotlight - June 9, 2017

posted Jun 9, 2017, 12:16 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - June 9, 2017

 

From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • This is a busy week for the WSHS Class of 2017:  the Baccalaureate Service was held on Wednesday, Senior Awards Night was Thursday, Senior Prom is tonight, and Commencement is Sunday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern States Exposition Coliseum (doors open at 12:30).  

  • As part of an administration reorganization effort, effective July 1 Ms. Amy Smith will begin serving as the Vice Principal at Coburn Elementary School and Mr. Michael Atkins will assume a Vice Principal’s role at West Springfield Middle School.  Over the next week and a half, Ms. Smith and Mr. Atkins will collaborate and spend time in each other’s current building to meet staff and students.  I am confident that the respective skill-set that each administrator will bring to their new assignment will serve to benefit the staff and students at the Middle School and Coburn Elementary School.

  • As a reminder, the Athletics Department is welcoming donations for the Terrier Pride campaign.  The aim of the fundraising effort is to collect enough money to fund the acquisition of banners to proudly display all of the league and Western Mass titles that student-athletes at WSHS have claimed!  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

  • As a reminder, the Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship will serve to help a graduate of WSHS  -- for whom English is their second language -- to pursue their post-secondary education.  In order for the scholarship to be sustainable, contributions in any amount are being sought.  If you are so inclined to contribute, please send a check made payable to WSPS (with “Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship” in the memo line) to the Central Office at 26 Central Street, Suite 33  West Springfield, MA 01089.  This scholarship will be offered beginning with the WSHS Class of 2018.

  • The next School Committee meeting is June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building Auditorium/2nd floor.  This will be the last School Committee meeting of the 2016-2017 school year.

  • The last day of school for grades 1-11 is June 21, 2017, and the last day for kindergarten students is June 19.  Both of these are half days for students.  

 

Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]

  • Here is some important information from the CDC about summer safety for youth.

  • As we prepare for summer, please remember to send a copy of your child’s most recent physical and immunizations to the school nurse.

  • For the latest information and resources available in MA, here is a link to the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline website.  

 

Information Technology

 

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A new internet safety curriculum offered by Google is now available.  Featuring a game called Interland where students embark on a quest to be fearless explorers in an online world, the Be Internet Awesome five fundamentals are “Share with Care,” “Don’t Fall for Fake,”  “Secure Your Secrets,” “It’s Cool to be Kind,”  and “When In Doubt Talk It Out.”

 

  • HelpDesk Status

  • 1868 HelpDesk tickets received from 8/29/16 - 6/9/17. (+ 27 this week)

  • 1569 of those HelpDesk tickets have been closed. (+ 47 this week)

 

Special Services

  • SEPAC is the Special Education Parent Advisory Council; membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and any other interested parties. Duties of the Council shall include: advising the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs; and providing information to its membership regarding specific disabilities, parent’s rights and other current/related topics.

  • West Springfield SEPAC is currently looking for folks to serve on its leadership committee.  Anyone who is interested can visit the “West Springfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council” Facebook page, which is run by current SEPAC President, Ivonne Hall, or call Special Services at 263-3276.  Planning for the 2017-2018 school year events will occur during the summer.

 

Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Over this past year, the grade 3 students have had the pleasure of working with the Seniors from our community through the Bridges Program.  This past Wednesday, the Bridges Program invited all of the grade 3 students up to the Senior Center for a walking field trip for Zoo on the Go.  The students will have their last meeting with the Seniors from Bridges on Wednesday, June 14.  (Photos 1-3)

  • The Coburn annual picnic was held last Friday.  It was a beautiful day, families came to Coburn School and had lunch with their children, and overall it was a great turnout!  Special thanks goes to Coburn’s wonder custodian, Onix Cruz, and Coburn’s amazing kitchen staff for pulling off such a great event. (Photos 4-5)

  • All of the students in grade 4 participated in a STEM challenge on Monday.  Students were working on Engineering Design 4.3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out tests of one or more design features of a given model or prototype in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify which features need to be improved. Apply the results of tests to redesign a model or prototype and 4.3-5-ETS1-5(MA). Evaluate relevant design features that must be considered in building a model or prototype of a solution to a given design problem.  Students created boats made out of aluminum foil in order to determine which boat could hold the most paper clips before sinking.  One winner from each grade 4 class was chosen to compete for the ultimate winner in grade 4.  The ultimate winner was Ali Imad from Mrs. Buswell’s classroom. (Photo 6) (additional photos).

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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • The CAS teachers and students enjoyed a beautiful day at the Springfield Quadrangle.  They visited the Springfield Science Museum and the Art Museums.

  • THANK YOU, Mr. Turcotte for making the middle school student’s 4th term so much fun!  This week the middle school students learned some chords on the guitar.

  • May Students of the Month are:  Joseph Ocasio and Valentino Gonzalez

  • Upcoming events:  Grade 3 to Mittineague Park on June 13;  Grade 5 to the Josiah Day House on June 15; Field Day on June 16

  • Last day of school:  June 21 with dismissal at 10:30 AM.

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • Mrs. Kania’s class used their puppet theater to sign “Old McDonald” and to tell farm stories.

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John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Incoming Kindergarten parents, please remember to turn in registration packets.  Kindergarten screening will take place June 20-21, 2017.  Appointments have been sent and phone calls have been made.

  • On June 6, John Ashley had their family picnic; it was raining outside, but the smiles on the faces of children, grandparents, parents and siblings were great to see.  Thank You to the very hard working, wonderful cafeteria ladies, the custodian and teachers at John Ashley.  Nice job everyone!

  • “Field Day” was held Friday June 9 (weather dependent).  Beach Day has been moved to Friday, June 16, 2017 - don’t forget to wear your favorite, hat, sunglasses, tee shirt etc. on “Beach Day.”

 

Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • AA FIELD DAY ~ Students from throughout the district gathered at Fausey for the second annual Field Day!  The students and their teacher started the physical events with a stellar parade.  Each group was named after a planet in the solar system and were cheered on by the entire Fausey Elementary community.  (Photo 1)

  • CAR WASH ~ The Fausey Student Council held a car wash to benefit the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Sturge-Weber is a rare genetic disorder which causes children to be born with port wine birthmarks on the forehead and face.  This disorder also causes other issues which affect overall growth and development.  The Sturge-Weber Foundation raises money  for research and educational  programs  and to help provide people who have Sturge-Weber with a better quality of life. Thank you to all the students and their mentors:  Mr. Harty, Mrs. Murray and Mr. Navone.  (Photo 2)

  • ART IN ACTION! SPLATTER PAINT SPECTACULAR ~ Coinciding with the car wash, students were also able to participate in an art event.  The could throw and splatter paint onto paper, paint filled hoops, color-drenched foam balls, canvas and clothes!  Parent supervised event, please no drop offs.  Thank you to leaders Mrs. Green and Mrs. Feeley, along with their many helpers.  A special thank you for the West Springfield Partnership Grant for funding this event.  (Photo 3)

  • ALL TOWN BAND ~ Mr. Rovero led his very talented musicians in a memorable performance at the Middle School.  Although the students from all the elementary schools don’t usually get a chance to practice together, their joint performance was applauded by families and the community.  (Photo 4)

  • END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATIONS!  First and second graders shared their year’s work with their families through various gatherings.  First graders included songs, Author’s teas, and visual presentations.  Second graders also shared their work and then had a picnic with their families.  (Photos 5-8)

 

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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:

  • Molly Ryder - Artwork of the Week

  • Science MCAS - June 5 - 6

  • AP History students as docents at Josiah Day House continues

  • Senior Awards Night - June 8

  • Senior Prom at Wyckoff Country Club - June 9

 

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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Fall Sports Information Night for Parents/Student Athletes will be Thursday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the West Springfield High School Auditorium.  It is mandatory for students who intend to play a sport at West Side next year to attend with a parent or guardian.

  • Impact Testing for Student Athletes and band members will take place June 13-15 in room B331 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

  • All Juniors, Incoming freshmen and anyone who has not participated in a sport or band at West Springfield High School will need to take the Impact Test. This information is on the TV monitors at the H.S  & our Athletic Website.

  • The West Side Track & Field Booster Club is holding their 3rd Annual Run for the Terriers 5K Run / 2 Mile Walk on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the high school.  Online registration is open until June 13 on this link.  Click here for more information.

  • Football Tryouts will be Friday, August 18.

  • All other Fall Sports tryouts begin Thursday, August 24.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

Alumni Update

  • Jake Link ‘13 is a software engineer at Wayfair, located in Boston.  Jake graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May 2017.

  • Marina O’Toole ‘11 graduated from Seton Hall University in 2015 with a BS in Biology, and a Masters in Physician Assistant in May 2017.  After passing her boards, Marina is officially a PA-C - congratulations!

 

Memorial (Twitter @WSPSMemorial)

  • The first graders enjoyed a visit from Forest Park’s “Zoo on the Go” program.  Mr. Ben and his assistant brought many animals from the zoo.  Their visit was a wonderful culmination for their unit on habitats and animal adaptation.  Mr. Ben was very impressed with how much information the students knew!  As part of the experience, students needed to GO outside for a practice fire drill.  Memorial was very proud of the first graders as they quietly and efficiently left their engaging presentation!.

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  • On Monday, Memorial had a Spring Band and Music Concert followed by an Art Show.  The amazing and talented singers and artists impressed a full house of families and friends.  Lindsey Bergeron was the featured soloist for the morning.  Mr. Augusti and Mr. Rovero did a wonderful job preparing our students to perform in a professional manner and Ms. Largey presented the artwork beautifully.  All aforementioned teachers travel between schools, but their level of dedication to students was evident. After the concert (and continuing all week), the annual spring Scholastic Book Fair was held, which was a huge success.  At one point, the line to purchase books for summer reading was all the way down the hall!  Thank you to the Memorial teachers who helped with setting up, and Celinez and Mya Jodoin, Ann Marie Sarkis, and Dan and Jen Fleury for organizing and selling.

   

 

  • Students were treated to a “One Book” presentation and a performance from members of the High School Drama Club followed by a presentation from the West Springfield Public Library.  Memorial  student Semanur was pleased to join the actors as “The Cat” in the play.  The students were all very excited to read a common book with our community and to visit the library to borrow more books during the summer!  Thank you to Tim Connor, Karen Diaz, Terri Mitus, Rachel Svec, and the student performers!

  • Field Day is Tuesday, June 13 followed by the Family Picnic.  The second annual “We Are Memorial” family event will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30-7:00 outside.  Bring your appetites and enjoy a fun evening of crafts, food and snacks!

 

Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • This week, incoming 6th grade students and families toured WSMS, met teachers, and met students in our annual orientation day.  All current fifth graders from across the district met at WSMS during the day for a tour, performances, presentations, and information.  Parents and families were treated to a similar presentation in the evening.  Thank you to our Guidance Department and Student Ambassadors club for helping lead this important day.  

  • This week, 38 grader 8 students and 4 staff members are touring Washington D.C.  They were invited on a private tour of the Capitol Building from Senator Warren’s office and they were granted gallery tickets to Thursday’s House of Representative’s session by Representative Neal.  In addition, they toured the National Mall and monuments, the Supreme Court, and Arlington National Cemetery.  Thank you to Mr. Sullivan for coordinating this incredible trip.  

  • Seventh grade students toured New York City last week.  They saw the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ellis Island, The 9/11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity Church, Times Square, and the Museum of Natural History.  This incredible experience was led by our 7th grade staff and facilitated by Mr. Boutilier.  Thank you to all of the students, parents, and staff who made this all possible.  

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Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • The spring concert was a success with the band under the leadership of Don Rovero, leading the way with several rousing selections! The classes presented several songs to a standing room only crowd! The band followed their performance a few days later with another stellar performance at the All Town Elementary Band concert at the middle school! Our fifth grade closed the show with a rendition of “The Times of Your Life” as their send off from fifth grade. Congratulations to all of the musicians! (Photo 1 - Mittineague band; and 2 - fifth grade performance )

  • The fifth grade had a busy week this week!  On Monday, they visited the Josiah Day House this year with some honors’ history students as docents!  On Tuesday, they braved the weather to visit Plimoth Plantation in connection to their social studies learning.  On Wednesday, they celebrated with parents and friends at the fifth grade breakfast and awards ceremony.  Thursday brought their orientation visit to the middle school and Friday the family picnic and field day!! All in all it was an amazing week! (Photos 3 - Josiah Day House visit and 4 - Connor Boyd, Kenny Daviau, Angelina Robinson, Lucy Casillas and Kelsey Mutyeiya)

  • Six fifth graders and one fourth grader were recognized for excellence at the awards ceremony!  Angelina Robinson and Logan Trainor were recognized for overall excellence in achievement, while Roxana Ciocalau, Ethan Geddis, Erin Jacobson and Gabbie Mogavero were given excellence in character awards.  Last, but not least, Alexis Silva Cassidy was awarded the “Rising Star” award for overall excellence from a fourth grader!  Congratulations to everyone!  Both fifth grade teachers exclaimed that this was the hardest year ever because there were so many worthy candidates! (Photos 5 - Kristen Hogan, Erin Jacobson, Roxana Ciocalau, Ethan Geddie, Gabbie Mogavero, Logan Trainor, Angelia Robinson and Jaime Ranstrom;  6 - Alexis Silva Cassidy and Julie Penna)

  • The students from the class of 2027 presented their ancestor research projects as the culminating activity from their social studies curriculum unit.  The children had to research their personal history and include a map with a compass rose, key and title, 5 topics chosen from a list about the country of their heritage and then something to present to showcase this to their class.  Students chose anything from music, to food, to native dress, etc.  Kelvin Lubwama chose to share native clothing from Uganda and his mom, Christine joined him to share what their special occasion outfits from Uganda looked like. (Photos 7 - Kelvin and mom, Christine, and 8 - students in room 2)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • On Thursday, Tatham held their annual spring concert.  The singers managed to get the last song in before the rain!

  • Tatham’s Annual Field Day followed by the Family Picnic was held on Wednesday, June 7. Fun was had by  everyone.

  • Students in grade three have been studying Colonial America. Mr Heath brought in artifacts and gave students the opportunity to look at them and guess their purpose.

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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup is at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Monday,  Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are at the Merrick Station Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 p.m.    

  • Parent/Child Date Night: Field Day with Dad - June 13, from 5:30-6:30pm at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club field, 615 Main Street. Come with your father figure and compete in field and minute-to-win-it challenges!  Free.  Registration required.  Contact Jen Brennan at 413-519.2511 or brennan@wsps.org.           

 

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @wspscurriculum]

  • One Book One Community was released at all of our elementary schools. We look forward to this fun summer read and follow-up activities in the fall.  Parents received a letter on May 26, 2017, explaining the purpose and planned activities.

  • The WSMS is in the process of learning and developing a building based data team. The work and dedication to this process, like many of the schools, has been outstanding. WSMS is using the DATA Wise process of data inquiry.

 

English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ACCESS scores were released last week.  These reports, along with district data and teacher input, are used to determine student classification for next year. In the next two weeks, the ACCESS score reports and Annual Parent Notification letters will be sent home to the families of all ELL students.

  • ESL Summer School acceptance letters will be sent home next week. Summer School will begin on Tuesday, June 27 and it will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for five weeks.

WSPS District Spotlight - June 2, 2017

posted Jun 2, 2017, 12:00 PM by Erin Mountain

WSPS District Spotlight - June 2, 2017


From The Superintendent [Twitter: @WestSideSupt]

  • I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship.  Each year, this scholarship will serve to help a graduate of WSHS  -- for whom English is their second language -- to pursue their post-secondary education.  In order for the scholarship to be sustainable, contributions in any amount are being sought.  If you are so inclined to contribute, please send a check made payable to WSPS (with “Colleen Marcus ELL Scholarship” in the memo line) to the Central Office at 26 Central Street, Suite 33  West Springfield, MA 01089.  This scholarship will be offered beginning with the WSHS Class of 2018.

  • WGBY Connecting Point featured a powerful, poignant segment on May 29 featuring a West Springfield family’s opioid tragedy.  The segment can be viewed on this link.    

  • Tickets for the June 4 CARE Coalition Pancake Breakfast (8:30-11:30 at The Big E Firehouse Restaurant) will be available at the door on Sunday.  Tickets cost $5 for adults, and $3 for children under 12/senior citizens.  Raffle items include a 50-50 raffle and four (4) tickets to a Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball game (donated by CARE Coalition Steering Committee member John Weiss of Ormsby Insurance).  Please save the date and support CARE!

  • The All-Town Elementary Band Concert is Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

  • The next School Committee meeting is June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Office Building Auditorium/2nd floor.

  • The last day of school for grades 1-11 is June 21, 2017, and the last day for kindergarten students is June 19.  Both of these are half days for students.  


English as a Second Language Department (ESL)

  • ESL Summer School will begin on Tuesday, June 27 and it will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for five weeks.  The ESL Summer School is open to all second languages learners who will be in kindergarten - grade 12 during the 2017-2018 school year.  For additional information about the program, please contact Colleen Marcus at marcus@wsps.org.


Health Services [Twitter: @cmviens]


Information Technology


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VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) -


Speak to Go is a new Google WebVR experiment. Speak to Go lets you explore the world in virtual reality by just speaking the name of a place. Speak into Speak to Go and you'll be shown Street View imagery of that place.  Although it has been designed to be used with phones in virtual reality headsets,  it can also be used with Chromebooks providing a less immersive but still a very interesting experience.  


Speaking of VR, Google is promoting a set of virtual reality tours related to Alexander Hamilton's life.


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Special Services

  • We are excited to introduce you to a new model of service delivery that we are implementing next year in math at the 6th grade level. This model was developed to address the needs of our students and to ensure that students were given the opportunity to be instructed by highly qualified core curriculum teachers as well as from our Special Educators. Students will be now serviced in one of the following two ways:

  • Co-taught classroom where they will receive services from a content area specialist and a special educator

  • Regular education classroom with paraprofessional support and then will receive their explicit instruction to address their math goals in an academic support class that is taught by a special educator at another time in the day.

  • SEPAC is the Special Education Parent Advisory Council; membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and any other interested parties. Duties of the Council shall include: advising the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs; and providing information to its membership regarding specific disabilities, parent’s rights and other current/related topics.

  • West Springfield SEPAC is currently looking for folks to serve on its leadership committee.  Anyone who is interested can visit the “West Springfield Special Education Parent Advisory Council” Facebook page, which is run by current SEPAC President, Ivonne Hall, or call Special Services at 263-3276.  Planning for the 2017-2018 school year events will occur during the summer.


Coburn School [Twitter: @WSPSCoburn]

  • Kamila Gavel, Coburn’s first grade winner from the 11th annual MSBA My Ideal School Contest, visited the State House on Wednesday to be recognized as one of 11 winners from across the state.  Kamila attended with her parents, two of her sisters, Mrs. Sullivan her teacher, and Ms. St.George.  Each child received a framed picture of the drawing they entered.  Kamila read her entry aloud in front of all of the participants, and she was given a gift from People’s United Bank.  While we were at the State House, Representative Michael Finn and Senator James Welch stopped by to congratulate Kamila and we were given a special tour from the both of them!  The Coburn contingent visited the Senate Chambers, House Chambers, Governor’s office, had many pictures taken, and learned all about the history of the State House from Rep. Finn.  It was an amazing day and Kamila had a smile on her face all day long!  (Photos 1 & 2)

  • Students from grade 2 and grade 4 decided that they wanted to help clean up the Coburn School playground.  These helpful students came up with this idea on their own!  They worked with Mr. Atkins during their recess time and contributed to helping to help keep Coburn school clean!  (Photo 3)

  • Shelly St. George visited John Ashley School on Tuesday to meet all of the kindergarten students who will be coming to Coburn next year.  She read the students a story, talked about Coburn School and answered many of the questions that the students had.  Many of the students already have siblings that attend Coburn School and they were excited to share that news.  The students at Ashley showed Ms. St. George their ‘whole body listening’ and the voice volume scale.  Coburn students also use these two things, which will help the Ashley students make a smooth transition to Coburn School in the fall!


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Cowing Alternative School [Twitter: @WSPSCowingCAS]

  • The students and staff are very excited we have reached the month of June.  Each classroom has many special events and projects happening to add some educational fun into the end of our school year.  Please be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events.

  • The hydroponic garden has recently produced an eggplant!!  Everyone is so excited, as CAS has been waiting so patiently!!

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Cowing Early Childhood

  • A day on the farm in Room 4.

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  • The classes at Cowing have created kindness rocks that they will distribute around town this week.

  • Next Friday, Cowing EC will hold the last Community Screening of the year for Pre-K.


John Ashley [Twitter: @WSPSAshley]

  • Incoming Kindergarten parents, please remember to turn in registration packets.  Kindergarten screening will take place June 20-21, 2017.  Appointments have been sent and phone calls have been made.

  • Mother nature did not cooperate with John Ashley this year.  Field Day outside activities were postponed until next Wednesday, June 7, 2017, but the magician (Ed Popoelarczyk) came!  It was great to hear all the laughter and screams of delight when he did his tricks.  


Fausey School [Twitter: @WSPSFausey]

  • THE FALCON FOCUS - May Edition!  A special thanks to Mrs. Martin for yet another great newspaper edition.  Please use this link to view the latest submission from our very talented reporters.

  • ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY - Mrs. Diaz led the presentation of districtwide initiative of One Book - One Community.  The high school drama club did a great job with a Reader’s Theater of the book Turtle in Paradise.  First grader Mason Sady did his part as the cat!  Fausey students will be reading the book on their own or with a favorite adult so we can all talk about it when school starts next year!  (Photos 1-3).

  • CHICK UPDATE - The new residents are thriving, with the love of their Room 16 students.  Jadien is even reading to them!  They’re going to be the smartest chicks ever. (Photos 4-6).


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High School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSHS and @WSHS_guidance]

Weekly Review:


Upcoming Events:

  • MCAS (STE) Grade 9 - June 5 - 6

  • Senior Baccalaureate - June 7

  • Senior Awards Night - June 9

  • Senior Prom - June 9


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Athletics [Twitter: @wshsterriers]

  • Below are the playoff games:

    • Boys Tennis hosted Northampton H.S. on Thursday June 1

    • Softball hosted Chicopee Comp Thursday, June 1

    • Baseball will host Chicopee H.S. Monday, June 5, at 4 p.m

    • Volleyball will travel to Westfield H.S. Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

  • The West Side Track & Field Booster Club is holding their 3rd Annual Run for the Terriers 5K Run / 2 Mile Walk on Saturday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the high school.  Online registration is open until June 13 on this link.  Click here for more information.

  • Please follow @wshsterriers on Twitter for daily WSHS Athletics updates of scores and highlights.

Alumni Update

  • Olivia Werenski ‘13 graduated from Champlain College with a B.S. in Public Relations on May 13.

  • Jenna Wright ‘14 graduated in May with honors from Mount Ida College with an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has completed a number of Board exams and she will take the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam in July.  Currently residing in Boston, Jenna plans to  work as a Dental Hygienist while pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene from Mount Ida in the Fall.


Memorial (Twitter @WSPSMemorial)

  • First graders are busy studying national symbols. Their project was to create a cube where each side displayed a national symbol and some interesting information about that symbol.

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  • The second grade class worked very hard to prepare for their Reader’s Theater presentation. They have been working on The ABC’s of Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad after studying biographies and learning about many important people. Students worked in pairs to learn lines and create a poster to present during their performance. The families, staff and the entire student body exclaimed,  “The performance was amazing!”

  • Third graders enjoyed visiting Mittineague Park for the annual SEEC field trip. In science, students had been studying ecosystems and organisms and they knew a great deal before they visited the park. Students spent the day exploring the field, stream, and pond habitats. This was a fabulous culminating activity. A big thank you to the SEEC staff for hosting the annual field trip!

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  • Coming up: Please join Memorial at the Spring Band and Music concert followed by the Annual Art Show on Monday, June 5, beginning at 9:30.

  • The second annual “We Are Memorial” family event will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30-7:00 outside.  Bring your appetites and enjoy a fun evening of crafts, food  and snacks!


Middle School [Twitter: @WSPS_WSMS]

  • The WSMS Band, Chorus, and Jazz Band all performed this week for students and families.  The evening performance on Thursday was a great event and well attended.  The WSMS Band also performed at the Memorial Day parade on Monday.  

  • 8th Grade students participated in a “Step Up Day” on Friday at West Springfield High School.  Dr. Perrone hosted 8th graders for lunch, a tour, and some connections with students, classes, and activities.  

  • Mr. Brown led a group of about 40 students on a field trip to a Hartford Yard Goats baseball game this week.  This trip was a part of our PBIS program and recognized students who earned unique BARK Bucks for meeting behavioral expectations in exemplary fashion.  

  • Grade 7 students took a field trip to New York City on Friday.  The toured all the historical sites, visited the Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial.  

  • Next Friday, June 9, from 8-9:30, Judge McDonough will visit WSMS to speak with 7th Graders and give them advice as they conduct Mock trials in connection with their novel, Touching Spirit Bear.  7th Grade ELA teacher Mrs. Brown established this connection and set up this exciting visit!

  • WSMS will host an incoming 6th grade orientation next Thursday, June 8.  All current fifth grade students will visit and tour WSMS during their school day.  An evening presentation hosted by Mr. Gillen and the Student Ambassadors Club will be held that same evening at 6:30 for families.  Presentations from staff, administration, and a tour will be featured components of the evening.  

                               

Mittineague [Twitter: @WSPSMittineague]

  • Students from Rachel Svec’s drama class at the high school came to Mittineague on Thursday to present a Reader’s Theatre performance on the upcoming One Book One Community read this summer:  Turtle in Paradise! The high school students presented to books to all students from grades 1-4. (Photos 1-2)

  • Ms. Largey matted and hung student art work through the school to be ready for the Spring Concert and Art Showcase on June 2nd! (Photo 3 - Jagger Sayward, Cayla Harper, Maddie Minalga, Jayden Sizer; Photo 4)

  • Mrs, Penna and Miss Becker’s classes experienced a STEM Day on Wednesday. The day was broken up into three engineering challenges! The first was a pinball challenge where the students were given simple household items, a paper plate and a marble. The goal was to get the marble to move in as many different spaces as it could and make it to the other side. The second challenge was the basketball Shooter challenge in which the students had to create a catapult to propel a ping pong ball into the air and a basket to catch it in. The last challenge was the Jelly Bean Bottle Flipping challenge where students had to use different amounts of jelly beans inside an empty water bottle to see what the ideal amount was for flipping! In each of these challenges, the students had to design and create a prototype and the test and record their results! The day was a huge success and the student designs, ingenious! (Photos 5 Yohalexa Rivas, 6 Angela Caldwell)

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Tatham School [Twitter: @WSPSTatham]

  • The Tatham Spring Concert was Thursday, June 1.

  • The annual Field Day is next  Wednesday, June 7, followed by the Tatham Family Picnic. This is always a great day to meet up with all our families!

  • The fifth grade took a trip to the Josiah Day house on Wednesday to learn more about the history of West Springfield. (Photo 1)

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Community and Family Engagement [Twitter and Facebook: @westspfldcfce]

  • Community Playgroup is at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club.  Held every Monday,  Tuesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, the activity is free (snack included), and drop-ins are welcome.

  • Parent ESL Classes are at the Merrick Station Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., and Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 p.m.    

  • Parent/Child Date Night: Field Day with Dad June 13, from 5:30-6:30pm at the West Springfield Boys and Girls Club field, 615 Main Street. Come with your father figure and compete in field and minute-to-win-it challenges!  Free.  Registration required.  Contact Jen Brennan at 413-519.2511 or brennan@wsps.org.           


Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment [Twitter: @wspscurriculum]

  • The WSHS Drama class, launched our One Book, One Community today at Mittineague School and Fausey School. We look forward to June 8, finishing the distribution at Tatham, Memorial and Coburn/CAS!!

  • Sharing Practices Related to Students Who Are Above Grade Level:

          West Springfield Public Schools is excited to learn and be part of an effort by the Department of

Elementary and Secondary Education in developing data points that identify best practice strategies to better support our students performing above grade level.  

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