A CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Regular Day Schedule
Early Birds: 7:45 am to 11:05 am
Late Birds: 9:30 am to 12:50 pm
Grades 1 to 5
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
7:45 am to 2:10 pm
7:45 am to 1:40 pm
PLEASE REPORT YOUR STUDENT'S ABSENCE DAILY!
All absences must be reported to the school within 72 hours.
You can report this absence in any of the following ways:
Our Attendance Rate Goal is 96.02% for the 2015-2016 school year. We started off strong in our first month of school with a rate of 98.04%, but as of 12/3/15, we have dropped to a considerably lower rate of 95.99%. Attendance is critical to student success. One day out is equivalent to approximately 2 days of lost instruction. Keep your children at home if they are truly ill, otherwise, please make your best effort to get your children to school on time, every day!
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the state’s academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer adaptive assessments in English-Language Arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, and 11 and paper-based tests in science for students in grades 5, 8 and 10.
This year, testing dates are as follows:
*Please check our school’s website soon for more information on testing dates. For more information about testing options for your student, please visit the Assessment, Research and Evaluation tab of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District webpage at http://www.mdusd.org/departments/r-n-e/CAASPP.
Parent School Climate Survey
Please take a few minutes to participate in this state-wide survey to help us determine how we can better serve our students and their families.
Click on the following link for information and access to the survey in ENGLISH: Westwood_Elementary en.docx
Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para acceder a la encuesta en español Westwood_Elementary es.docx
We are entering the last stretch of the school year! During this first week of May, we take time to celebrate the hard work that our Westwood teachers and support staff put in to support our students. Personally, I stand in awe every day of the incredible team that I am fortunate to work with. I am challenged daily to ‘step up my game’ as the leader of this dedicated crew of professional educators, who strive to provide rigorous instruction in a nurturing environment in which all children can thrive. It has been wonderful to see the growth the students have made thus far, both academically and socially. Westwood is a truly special place!
I would be remiss if I didn’t also celebrate our amazing volunteers, for whom we are all indebted! We would like to give special thanks to our PFC parent group, especially Amy Ragland, who did an awesome job of coordinating the annual Art Gala, and bringing in charity donations from businesses/organizations all over the greater Bay Area (no easy task!). Those, combined with the generous donations provided by Westwood families that helped fill our classroom baskets, helped the Gala bring in over $5,000! These funds will be used to directly support programs and activities for our students! Westwood wouldn’t be the same without our committed volunteers (and their patient families)! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
The end of the school year always seems to come upon us so quickly. The call of the outdoors and the promise of summer can be invigorating, but can also distract us from our responsibilities at school. We still have quite a few weeks ahead of us, so please continue to encourage your Wildcats to stay focused and finish the school year off strong, remembering to do our best to be safe, respectful and responsible every day. Thank you, as always, for your support!