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September 13, 2015 - WSES News
Message from the Principal


Dear Westside Elementary Families,


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  I am honored and excited to join the Eagle family this year and I look forward to serving you as we strive for educational excellence at WSES!  I hope you have found time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate over the summer and that you are ready to hit the ground running upon your return.  Our teachers are ready and excited to Teach2Reach as we focus on positive learning experiences for every child, every day!  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 ( 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
  • 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.


The mission of Isle of Wight County Schools and Westside Elementary is to prepare our 21st century learners for educational excellence.  In 4th and 5th grades we will be integrating the Daily 5 to ensure our students are engaged in authentic reading and writing experiences that encourage a life-long love of learning.  Our 5th and 6th grade teams will kick off our STEaM program (Science Technology Engineering art and Mathematics), focusing our efforts on enhancing classroom rigor and relevance through the use of performance based assessments that encourage critical thinking and problem solving.  WSES teachers and staff are prepared to meet this challenge head on as we guide students toward achieving academic success! 


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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IWCS has zero tolerance for bullying and all of our schools are bully-free zones. As educators, we play a critical role in ensuring that our children are learning in a safe and healthy environment. As community members, it is our duty to stand up and speak up against bullying.  I encourage anyone who is being bullied or who has witnessed a bullying incident to notify an adult immediately or contact our School Information Tip (S.I.T.) line by calling 757-357-0908.


As always, my door is open, and I encourage you to give me a call if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support.

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