Westwood Elementary Activities
Students at Westwood are offered a variety of extracurricular activities to participate in. These opportunities broaden their leadership skills, allow them to showcase their talents, and work to help build their character.
The purpose of the Green Team is to provide students the opportunity to experience hands-on activities to learn how to become environmentally responsible. Students will learn how to conserve, protect, and restore the environment. Green Team is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Westwood Elementary. Students pick up recycling bins in classrooms, work outdoors with flowerbeds, and are given an opportunity to participate in a Spring service learning project. Applications are distributed in the Fall and it is a one-time application process for the entire school year. If you have questions regarding Green Team, please contact Ms. Warden.
Westwood Elementary has an active Safety Patrol consisting of more than ninety fourth and fifth graders. Students have an opportunity at the beginning of the year and before Winter Break to apply. The application process includes parental approval and a teacher’s recommendation. Patrollers are expected to maintain good grades and exhibit positive behavior so they can serve as role models for the school population. Patrollers have prospects twice a year to be selected as an Officer (Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant) for a post. Post assignments include morning car duty, morning/afternoon bus duty, flags, halls, and morning cafeteria or gym. Officers also help with assemblies. Rising third graders may apply for Safety Patrol at the end of their third grade year. Questions should be directed to Mrs. Crystal McCord.
In the spring, students have a chance to show their talents. This is always such an amazing event! Students perform in front of their grade. Afterwards, some students are selected to participate in the “Best of the Best” Talent Show. The students selected for this show perform in front of the entire school. The dates for the 2019-2020 Talent Show will May 12th and 13th, 2020 for each grade level with the “Best of the Best” Talent show on May 15th, 2020.
Roller skating is offered as an in school field trip through students’ Physical Education class. Permission slips are sent home prior to the roller skating unit and a field trip fee is required. Students are able to participate in a fun unit in gym class while strengthening their bodies, improving balance and coordination, and learning an exciting way to stay active.
In the Fall, students ask friends and family to donate pledges for the Westwood Fun Run. Students will run, jog, or walk laps during the Fun Run all while raising money for Westwood. Students are rewarded with prizes for raising money and the top runners from each grade receive medals or trophies. Fun Run will take place on October 9th, 2019.
Research says that a child that reads at least 20 minutes every night scores 15-20 percentile points higher than a child who does not. The Westwood Reading Challenge encourages your child to read every night for 20 minutes and compete against the other classes in their grade level to earn books for their classroom library. Please refer to your child’s grade level reading log that gets turned in weekly.
“A book can’t change the world on its own, but a book can change readers. And readers? They can change the world.” ~The Read-Aloud Family
Students with stellar behavior each reward period will have the opportunity to attend the PBIS Reward and Rally Day! Students get to play games, listen to music, and so much more! They have so much fun being rewarded for all their great behavior! Reward and rally days happen every 4-6 weeks and are always memorable events.
Dance team is for students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades. We have 2 teams, 1st – 3rd & 4th – 5th. Each team will have a maximum of 26 members. Students will learn various genres of dance including, but not limited to, ballet, jazz, Pom Pom, and musical theater. We will perform at 3 PBIS rallies, Westwood school events, as well as a Spring Showcase. We will be performing at middle/high school athletic events and other community activities. Students may participate in chorus and other morning school activities as well as dance team. Practices will be opposite days of chorus practice. Tuesday practice is 7:30-8:30 for 4th & 5th grades. Wednesday practice is 7:30-8:30 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.
Led by: Donna Bass and Stacey Ozment
Student Council is for 4th and 5th graders who are interested in student leadership at Westwood. This is our inaugural year for Student Council so these students will have the amazing opportunity to be the first to lead in these positions. They will work with Ms. Jones and Mrs. Lampley to create expectations and will also seek opportunities to support and help our school and Fairview communities. Student Council members will also be Ambassadors for our school and will acclimate new Westwood students to their school environment. There is an application process that includes teacher recommendations.
Led by:Rachel Lampley and Erin Jones
Each May Westwood hosts an amazing field day event! Students have a fun filled day of traditional field day games like tug-of-war, relay races, three legged races, etc. along with carnival style games, face painting, inflatables, and so much more! Students look forward to this event all year long and its easy to see why!