Special Classes

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Special Classes 2017-11-27T20:58:52+00:00

WES, an accredited elementary school by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, currently has 25 classrooms for grades K-5. There are four Learning Lab classrooms, one Literacy Coach classroom, and one Math Coach classroom. We also have a music room, an art room, a gym for physical education classes, a library-media center, a guidance office, and a computer lab. Education at WES focuses on meeting the needs of each individual child. The use of developmentally appropriate practices allow teachers to meet each child’s needs and implement learning plans accordingly.

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The Art Department at Westwood is an ever expanding program that allows students to explore and enhance their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of art techniques such as illustrating, painting, hand building, graphic design, print making, etc.  Students will also get a blast from the past by discovering that specific historic artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci used similar techniques and mediums as artists do today.  Technology is also used in these classes as a medium for creating digital artworks and for artist research.  Students are encouraged to do their best to create a piece of art while learning techniques, the elements of art, and the principles of art.  Everyone is an artist at something.  It is Mr. Schuster’s goal to help individuals find out what that is.
First through fifth grade students at Westwood Elementary attend music once a week for 45 minutes.  Kindergartners attend twice a week for 20 minutes.  Our goal at the elementary level is to learn through active musical experiences with singing, moving, and playing instruments all while learning, exploring, and experiencing music in a variety of ways.  All students learn to read rhythm patterns and learn how to play a variety of rhythm instruments and orff instruments.  Fourth graders learn to play the recorder and continue that experience through fifth grade.  Third, fourth, and fifth graders have the opportunity to join the Westwood Chorus.  Chorus meets once a week in the mornings before school.  Other musical performance opportunities occur in December and May with short grade level performances and the Talent Show.
Physical Education plays a vital role in a students’ development and growth.  According to recent medical studies, physical well being of a student is directly related to his or her performance whether in class or in life in general.  Our goal at Westwood is to provide our students with a program that stresses and develops physical fitness, self estemm, cooperation, teamwork, and an active life style in a fun and safe environment.