Greetings Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School Community,
On behalf of the entire staff, I want to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year!
Last year we used our “Be the Change” theme to empower students to be active members of the school community and to understand that they can be a part of change both big and small. From the continuation of programs such as Friends Day and Student Council, to new initiatives that embraced social emotional learning, we highlighted different ways we were working hard to be the change we wanted to see in the world. Thanks to dedicated teachers and staff, we continued to raise the bar on the purposeful integration of technology through innovative teaching and varied learning opportunities.
In 2019-2020, we are embarking on a PBIS journey and looking to have Wildcats Put Their Best PAWS Forward! Although we are fortunate to have a safe school with a positive school climate and innovative culture, we recognize that there are opportunities for growth. This is particularly true in the unstructured times, arrival and dismissal. Not to mention, this approach will help us develop a consistent set of expectations that all teachers and staff will follow. The PBIS Committee, which worked all last year and includes a representative from each grade level, program, and staff, worked hard to establish a framework that will be rolled out over the course of the year. Parents can expect to receive information and updates along the way.
We hope you make regular use of our online tools to stay abreast of the great work at WTE. The school website houses school information and links to a wide array of other digital connections including my newsletter and school Twitter feed that features students in action. In addition, most teachers utilize communication tools to keep you informed and part of the experience including websites (classroom or grade level), Twitter, SeeSaw (K-2), and Schoology (3-5). Although life in the digital world is not without its complications, we work to leverage tools that give us more opportunities to connect with students, families, and the world around us.
Here's to a fantastic year.
Dr. Nora Wheeler