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Encore Selection for 2021-2022 School Year (click here)

Hello Westside Families! This is your principal next school year, Mr. Johnson. My administrative team and I are excited for a great school year ahead of us.

In order to ensure students are connected to their passions, below are 3 documents regarding information on their exploratory next school year (we refer to them as Encores).

4th Grade Families: no action needed; the information is for you and your student on what courses they will take next year.

5th Grade Families: please discuss which option you would like your student to take next school year. At school on Thursday, June 10th, students will select their choice via a Google Form (if your student is absent on June 10th, they will select an option upon their return).

6th Grade Families: please discuss which option you would like your student to take next school year. At school on Thursday, June 10th, students will select their choice via a Google Form (if your student is absent on June 10th, they will select an option upon their return).

I have also included below imperative information Encore selections:

REGISTRATION AGREEMENT: Student schedules will be crafted with great care and consideration. Changes to student schedules creates an impact on many other courses. Therefore, changes will be made on a limited basis after being approved by the principal. It is imperative that this registration form is considered and submitted carefully by a student and parent/guardian. Encore classes are subject to change at the discretion of the administrators.

SCHEDULE CHANGE AGREEMENT: Unacceptable reasons for schedule changes: 1) Student wants a different teacher; 2) Student wants to be with friends; 3) Student wants to change a class because he/she doesn't want to do the classwork; 4) Student does not want to be classmates with the students in a particular class.


Don't wait on discussing which option your student is interested in taking next year. If you have any questions, please reach out to one of the following administrators:

Matthew Johnson, principal (mjohnson@iwcs.k12.va.us)
Toni Brown, assistant principal (tbrown@iwcs.k12.va.us)
Deborah Oakes, assistant principal (doakes@iwcs.k12.va.us)

Leave a Legacy,

Matthew Johnson
Principal, Westside Elementary School (2021-2022)

Superintendent's Annual Report (click here)

It’s here! It’s here! The IWCS 2019-2020 Superintendent’s Annual Report. Hard copies will be sent home soon.Check out this amazing interactive digital version with links throughout that will open up additional information on the stories & photos. Enjoy!

Now Hiring Instructional Assistants!

Isle of Wight County Schools is seeking Instructional Assistants for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. We are looking for candidates who are willing to assist teachers and would love the opportunity to work with our students with disabilities. We will be temporarily waiving the requirement of needing to have 60 college credit hours. This is a great opportunity to supplement your family income as well as experience working for Isle of Wight County Schools. Interested candidates can apply online on our division website at https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/employment or contact Human Resources by calling
(757) 357-0652 or emailing us at hr@iwcs.k12.va.us.

Parent Portal

Don't miss out on important information from IWCS regarding reopening of schools!

Set up a Parent Portal Account in Connect 5 to receive information to multiple email addresses and phone numbers. Prioritize which devices receive certain messages. Stay Connected during this important time!

You can contact your child's school if you need assistance, or contact Lynn Briggs at lbriggs@iwcs.k12.va.us or 757-357-4393.

WiFi Hot Spots

Isle of Wight County Schools has stationed four school buses at areas throughout the county to provide an additional resource for families who may not have internet access at home. The buses are located at the Otelia Rainey Center in Camptown, Bethany Presbyterian Church in Zuni, First Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Smithfield, and the Carrollton Cove Shoppes in Carrollton. The buses will be parked in these locations through the end of the current academic year. The hope is that families can use these hot spots to download assignments for their children that can be worked on at home.

Premiere of Weekly Encore Videos

Check out the Premiere of the Weekly Encore Videos to support and encourage students during distance learning by going to the Instructional Resources page! Make sure to click on the dates for the week to see all the videos! We miss you!
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