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Last updated on Wednesday, November 08, 2017.

Bell Times

8:45 AM - 3:05 PM

EQAO

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Child Care

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Principal

Thomas Ro - 905.383.2143 | Email Thomas Ro

Superintendent

Laura Romano - 905.527.5092 x 2622 | E-mail Laura Romano

Trustee

Wes Hicks - 905.383.2222 | E-mail Wes Hicks

School Council Chairs

Shelly Frith and Brian Gould

Administrative Office Staff

Debbie Turner

Parenting and Family Literacy Centre

Brianne Stapleton

Our School

At Westwood, we reach for the stars by doing our best, doing what’s right and believing that, “TOGETHER, WE’RE BETTER”

Westwood School’s Mission Statement: The mission of Westwood Public School is to work together to provide students with a safe, positive learning environment fostering academic excellence and good citizenship.

Westwood School’s Vision: Children of the world gather here to learn and grow.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

  • 1.5 Learning Resource Teachers
  • 0.4 ESL teacher
  • Class Act Reading Program
  • Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Reading Program
  • Empower Reading Program
  • Neighbour-to-Neighbour Reading Tutor Program

Programs Highlights

  • Home Reading Programs – Snuggle Up and Read, Book Bags, etc.
  • Mind Up Curriculum (Mental Health)
  • Daily Physical Activity
  • Developmental Reading Assessment
  • Book Room to support Classroom Literacy Program through leveled reading material
  • Literacy and Numeracy Blocks of time
  • Oral language program
  • Professional Learning Community

Clubs

  • Various Sports Activities according to the season – Cross-Country, Intra-mural sports such as indoor hockey, soccer, swim team,  etc.
  • Checkers Team
  • Gr. 3 Boys’ Book Club
  • Choir
  • Library Helpers
  • Kindergarten Buddies
  • Lunch Room Helpers
  • Office Helpers
  • Health Action Team

Before/After School Program or Activities

  • YMCA sponsored – SACC (School Age Child Care) Program before and after school daycare centre

Our School Plan

Curriculum Focus

Learning Goals:
a.    We will develop classroom environments that support student use of learning goals and success criteria.
b.    We will deepen our methods and practices wherein students make use success criteria and feedback to enhance achievement.

We will determine our level of achievement according to the following Success Criteria:
a.    Have anchor charts which are accessible, at eye level and in kid friendly language.
b.    Have anchor charts that students help develop.
c.    Display learning goals throughout units, as well as use success criteria which is student generated or worded for student use.
d.    Make reference to success criteria on a daily basis and have students track them when successful.
e.    Teach to the criteria.
f.    Model the criteria.
g.    Have developed routines where students constantly refer to the criteria and goals.
h.    Have developed routines where students make use of exemplars and checklists to track their level of success.

Evidence of our success can be seen in the following ways:
What is the teacher doing in the classroom?
•    Critical self-assessment of the classroom environment to determine relevance of material
•    Success  criteria are in line with the four areas of the achievement chart
•    Post learning goals for lessons
•    Post relevant success criteria and exemplars  expressed in student friendly language in all classrooms
•    Post student created anchor charts and structure classroom and routines so that  students use them
•    Conduct activities that make students aware of their preferred learning styles

What is the student doing?
•    Students routinely use the posted goals, success criteria, anchor charts and exemplars
•    Students describe what they are learning and articulate the criteria for the end product
•    Students participate in the development of their individual learning goals through self-assessments and conferences
•    Students can articulate their needs in order to achieve and their learning style

Environment Focus

  • Safe Schools Policy implemented
  • School Policies and Routines published in Student Agenda
  • Nut Aware School
  • Safe Arrival Policy
  • Recycle Program
  • Collaborative & Proactive Solutions/CPS focusing on Social Skills
  • Weekly Food Days
  • Communications through newsletters and social media
  • Some brochures and notices translated into various languages other than English
  • Healthy Nutrition Focus

Parent & Community Involvement

Community

  • Neighbour-to-Neighbour Tutoring Program
  • Terryberry Library Homework Club
  • Seasonal Food Drive
  • Terry Fox Run
  • Community relations with:
  • Hamilton Wentworth District Police Force
  • Public Health
  • Various University campuses for student teacher education
  • Mohawk College in order to support adult education for ECE and EA students
  • Local secondary schools creating placements for co-op students
  • HWDSB mentorship program with first year teachers
  • Parenting and Family Literacy Centre

Parent

We are actively trying to increase parental involvement in our School Council:

  • Daily Snack Program
  • Meet the Teacher Night
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Fund Raising Projects to support school needs
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