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Message from the Principal


Dear Westside Elementary Families,


Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  I hope you have found time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate over the summer and that you are ready to hit the ground running on September 6th!  Our teachers are “Geared Up!” for the new school year as we focus on implementing project-based learning and providing students a positive educational experience.  As we get started, here are just a few reminders that will ensure a smooth transition back into the school routine:


  • Sign up for the PowerSchool Parent Portal to review your child’s grades and academic progress, if you have not already done so. More information can be found on the division website (www.iwcs.k12.va.us/page/powerschool/) or in our school’s main office.
  • Download the SchoolWay app and follow WSES to receive text message updates and news.  More information on how to sign up can be found on our website or by visiting http://www.myschoolway.com/IWCSchools.
  • Join the Westside PTA during our Open House event on September 3rd.  Information and sign-up envelopes will also be sent home during the first week of school. 
  • Explore our school’s website for more information about school hours, attendance policies, lunch prices, and school supply lists, etc.


Many of our teachers spent their summer working with experts in the field preparing to launch our school and division into project-based learning.  We know this model comes with some change, but we also know it is a change for the better, moving us away from a one-size-fits-all standardized testing approach.  The coming year will be filled with hands-on, authentic learning experiences that challenge our students and encourage them to engage in the 5C’s (Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Citizenship). 


At Westside, we will focus on the 5C’s by teaching our students what it means to be an Eagle Citizen.  We believe good Eagle Citizens:

  • act with integrity by demonstrating responsibility for themselves, compassion for others, and respect at all times. 
  • are motivated learners who work hard to ensure they are meeting their goals and take pride in their work.
  • think critically by questioning underlying assumptions and challenging themselves to explore all sides of an issue or task. 
  • are innovative learners who push themselves to think creatively, take risks, and try new things, and
  • demonstrate their ability to work collaboratively by being good teammates and communicating effectively with their classmates and teachers. 


Please remember, your child’s academic success requires teamwork! It is essential that our parents and community members are our partners in learning.  I have an open door policy and I believe it is my job to ensure we are providing the framework and foundation for that relationship.  Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance in any way.  It is going to be a positive and engaging school year at WSES!  We look forward to working with you and your child to ensure a productive and safe learning environment that promotes the highest levels of student success.


Marsha C. Cale, Ed.S.



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