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Principal's Corner, January 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward


            As I reflected on the passing of another year and the promise of a new year, I started to look back at all of the wonderful changes and additions our school has experienced over the past five years. In addition to several excellent teachers and staff members retiring, we have had lots of great new faculty and staff join our West Side family! We have started our journey to become a Leader in Me school, where we work with each child to help him or her discover their inner greatness and become a leader. We have painted all of the hallways and doors, the gym, the cafeteria, and added new inspirational quotes and a new mascot painting in the gym with the help of our PTO. We have added a new digital sign and security cameras to protect our students. Finally, we have added lots of new classroom technology tools to help our students achieve academic excellence, including Promethean boards in every classroom, Elmo digital projectors in every classroom, new listening centers in lower grades, new desktop and laptop computers, a new wireless network, Chromebooks for every student in grades 3-5, and IPADS for every student in grades PreK-2.

            I am thrilled to continue leading our school in 2017, and look forward to working with you and your child(ren) at West Side Elementary. Happy New Year!


Mike Rich