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Message from the Principal


Dear Westside Elementary Families,


WOW! Can you believe the first 9-weeks is already over and it’s almost time for winter break? Time really does fly by when you’re having fun! Speaking of fun, the students at WSES have been engaged in a myriad of educational experiences! 

Mrs. Kardos & Mrs. Hewitt’s kids are working with engineers, playground representatives, and WHS Auto-CAD students to research, plan, and design a brand new playground for WSES! I can hardly wait to see their final products! 

The students in Mr. Johnson & Mrs. Dunlow’s classes are dancing their way through the major waterways of the U.S. and eating their way through a lesson on chemical and physical changes! Who says science can’t be yummy?

In P.E. students are doing good deeds while getting in shape with the Tin Can Turkey Workout! 

The hard work and dedication of our Band and Chorus students really paid off at our recent concert events and our amazing Veteran’s Day celebration! Way to go guys!

Mrs. Pyrtle & Mr. Bailey’s classes completed their first real problem-based learning experience by planning, designing, and budgeting for a Thanksgiving feast for their families. Be sure to ask them what’s on the menu and what time dinner is served!

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Woodland led our Robotics team to place among the top three teams at the Norfolk Regional FIRST Robotics Competition! The “Eagbots” have been invited to compete at the Statewide Competition in December! I know they’ll do great! 

Mrs. Hicks & Mrs. Seward’s students really showed off their amazing writing skills with heartfelt letters of thanks to those people who inspire them each day. 

There’s no better way to learn history than to experience it for yourself. The WSES 4th graders did just that when they spent a day connecting with the colonists at the Jamestown Settlement. 

Just to name a few…. :-)

We are looking forward to the second 9-weeks being even more fun and engaging as our teachers embrace the Daily 5, begin planning for the science fair, and continue to integrate technology in their daily lessons. But hey, don’t take it from me, come on by and see for yourself! 


Marsha C. Cale, Ed.S.





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  • Follow Westside Elementary School on Twitter @WSESSmithfield and on Facebook to keep up with all the great things going on in the classroom. 


  • Join our PTA (cost is $6/person) and follow them on Facebook @ Westside Elementary PTA. The PTA does so much to support our students throughout the year and it’s a great way to get involved in our school community!


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.

Eagle Pride!

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