Newsletter

Westwood newsletters for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted below on most Wednesdays throughout the school year. Click through the categories below to read this week's newsletter.

Newsletters will also be sent via email to families. If you are not receiving these emails, please review your contact information in Campus Parent Portal. If you still do not receive newsletter emails, please contact Westwood at 763-600-5300.

In this week's newsletter...

A Message from Principal Larson - March 20, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring

Each year we look at the Spanish Immersion programming from a K-12 perspective. Last year as a part of the reconfiguration we adjusted the grade 6 program to be a full immersion 70/30 model, meaning that 70 percent of the day for our sixth graders is in the target language of Spanish. As we move into next year, we are considering changing the Grade 7 and 8 core content area of Social Studies instead of Science in the target language of Spanish. We would offer both regular and honors in the target language. Part of the reason we are considering the changes are:

  1. Continued vocabulary development with academic vocabulary and cognates
  2. Teacher licensure
  3. Ability to align the reading and writing skills in the target language of Spanish – Social Studies content
  4. Social Studies -  culture
  5. Primary resources in English offers a bridge to content learning and code-switching a skill that can be directly taught for second language learners

Once a final decision is made we will make adjustments to the registration of our Spanish Immersion students.

Report Cards

The trimester two report cards will be going home with students on Wednesday, March 27. Grades will be available to parents as well in Parent Portal in Campus. Grade 5 and 6 students will take home report cards in Wednesday envelopes and grade 7 and 8 students will receive their report card during 7th hour. 

Academic Grading Scale              

The Academic grade is based on the student’s mastery of learning targets. Career and Life Skills grades are reported to parents at the end of each trimester. Career and Life Skills grades reflect learning work, homework and meeting deadlines. Departments may also include The Panther Way behavior (being prepared, being respectful, being a good classmate) in the Career and Life Skills grade. Each department will define what is included in their Career and Life Skills grade on their syllabus. A syllabus will be placed on each teachers Schoology page. 

Career and Life Skills Grading Scale     

  • M – Meets expectations (80% of the points/time)
  • S – Sometimes meets expectations (60% - 79% of the points/time)
  • I – Inconsistently meets expectations (59% of the points/time) 

Honor Roll Criteria         

Students are eligible for the A or B honor roll if they have met the academic and career and life skills requirements in grading. Students must hold a specific GPA requirement along with having met the requirements of the career and life skills grade. 

A Honor Roll requirements:

Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement - 3.70 - 4.0

Career and Life Skills requirement for Honor Roll – students must meet one of the following:

  • All “M’s” in the career and life skills grade
  • One “S” and the rest “M’s” in the career and life skills grade
  • Two “S” and the rest “M’s” in career and life skills grade
  • One “I” and the rest “M’s” in the career and life skills grade

B Honor Roll requirements:

Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement - 2.70 - 3.699

Career and Life Skills requirement for Honor Roll – students must meet one of the following:

  • All “M’s” in the career and life skills grade
  • One “S” and the rest “M’s” in the career and life skills grade
  • Two “S” and the rest “M’s” in career and life skills grade

One “I” and the rest “M’s” in the career and life skills grade.

Spring Testing Dates

Spring marks the start of state testing. Next month, students in grades 5-8 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). The MCA's are tests that students take to demonstrate proficiency on state standards in reading and math. In grades 5 and 8 students also take the science MCA which measures science proficiency standards. I wanted to make you aware of the testing dates as you plan for appointments in April.

  • Wednesday, April 17 - MCA - Reading Grades 5-8 
  • Thursday, April 18 - MCA - Reading Grades 5-8 
  • Wednesday, April 24 - MCA - Math Grades 5-8 
  • Thursday, April 25 - MCA - Math Grades 5-8
Upcoming Events - March 20, 2019

March Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 21 - 5th Grade Choir Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Monday, March 25 - PTO Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Westwood Cafeteria

April Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, April 17 - MCA Testing - Reading
  • Thursday, April 18 - MCA Testing - Reading
  • Friday, April 19 - NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, April 22 - NO SCHOOL - Staff Professional Workday
  • Wednesday, April 24 - MCA Testing - Math
  • Thursday, April 25 - MCA Testing - Math
  • Friday, April 29 - PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Westwood Den
  • Tuesday, April 30 - 4th Grade Band Orientation & Registration Night, 6:30 p.m., Westwood Cafeteria

May Upcoming Events

  • Monday, May 6 - Jazz Cafe, 7 p.m., Westwood Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, May 7 - MCA Testing - Science - Grades 5 & 8
  • Wednesday, May 8 - MCA Testing - Science - Grade 8
  • Thursday, May 9 - 8th Grade Choir Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Tuesday, May 14 - MAP Testing - Reading - Grades 5-8 
  • Tuesday, May 14 - 7th Grade Choir Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17 - Washington D.C. Trip
  • Wednesday, May 15 - MAP Testing - Math - Grades 5-8
  • Monday, May 20 - 8th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Tuesday, May 21 - 7th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Thursday, May 23 - 6th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
  • Wednesday, May 29 - 5th Grade Band Concert, 7 p.m., FAC
The Need to Know - March 20, 2019

Spring Testing Dates

Spring marks the start of state testing. Next month, students in grades 5-8 will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). The MCA's are tests that students take to demonstrate proficiency on state standards in reading and math. In grades 5 and 8, students also take the science MCA, which measures science proficiency standards. Below are the April testing dates.

  • Wednesday, April 17 - MCA - Reading Grades 5-8 
  • Thursday, April 18 - MCA - Reading Grades 5-8 
  • Wednesday, April 24 - MCA - Math Grades 5-8 
  • Thursday, April 25 - MCA - Math Grades 5-8

Spring Athletics and Activities

Online registration is currently happening for the following spring athletics and activities:

  • High School Track
  • Westwood School Intramural Track and Field
  • Girls' Softball
  • Boys' Baseball
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Boys' and Girls' Golf
  • Boys' and Girls' Lacrosse

Click here for more information and to register for spring athletics and activities

Spotlight On Student Learning - March 20, 2019

The Westwood School SLP Speech Team has been having a fantastic season! They competed on February 21 in their second meet and took home plenty of ribbons. Sixth graders Anna Crandall and Nora Christopherson competed in the Humorous category and were definitely getting laughs. Anna won 3rd place and Nora tied for 4th place out of 24 competitors. Way to go, girls! Eighth grader Terrynna Williams and Alex Larkin from SLPHS competed for the first time as a duo in an incredibly talented category. Congratulations to the entire team for a fantastic meet! Thanks go out to Reece Wenholz, Josh Archibong and Muluk Eltag from our high school Speech Team for judging. #PantherProud

Athletic and Activity Announcements - March 20, 2019

Westwood School has after-school programs, including athletics, intramurals and clubs, which are coordinated by Spring Lake Park Community Education.

These activities are supervised and led by certified coaches, licensed teachers and/or knowledgeable staff who emphasize skill development, participation, teamwork, leadership, social growth, sportsmanship and respect for others. Most activities are available to all Westwood students. Activities begin after school starting at 2:45 p.m. for grades 7-8 and 3:15 p.m. for grades 5-6, and run until 4:30 p.m. Activity buses are available.

Spring Intramurals and Clubs

Click here to register for any of the activities listed below.

  • Weight Training - Spots still available
    • Tuesdays/Thursdays
    • March 19-April 18
    • Coaches: Mr. Luecke/Mr. Fields
  • Volleyball
    • Mondays/Wednesdays
    • March 20-April 17
    • Coach: Mrs. Resch
  • Floor Hockey - Spots still available
    • Tuesdays/Thursdays
    • March 19-April 18
    • Coach: Mrs. Baldy
  • Run/Track Club - Spots still available
    • Tuesdays/Thursdays
    • April 23-May 30
    • Coaches: Mrs. Baldy and Mrs. Zobitz
  • Ultimate Frisbee - Spots still available
    • Mondays/Wednesdays
    • April 24-May 29
    • Coach: Mr. Waldon
  • Cooking Club
    • Thursdays
    • 5th - 8th Grade
    • Session 1: March 21, 28, April 4, 11 and 18
    • Session 2: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Current Activities

Westwood Drop-In

The Westwood cafeteria Drop-In Center will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for homework help and daily activity. There is no fee to drop in and all students in grades 5-8 are welcome. Activity buses are available for those students who drop-in.

  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays
  • Open to all Westwood students at 2:45-4:40 p.m. for 7th and 8th graders and 3:15-4:40 p.m. for 5th and 6th graders
  • Specific activity each day
  • Homework help available