Westside Elementary School

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Clubs & Activities

Chess Club

All levels of experience. 

Time Frame: To be announced


Eagle Library Assistants

Library volunteer program. See Mrs. Garrow for more information.

Time Frame: Yearlong (applications due in October)


Great Computer Challenge

For students who are proficient with desktop presentations, graphic design, desktop publishing, Internet scavenger hunts, or video editing. (Students should know how to use Word, Power Point, or various search engines, depending on the category in which they are interested.) New recruits must be in fourth or fifth grade. Interested students will be given a project to complete. These projects will be judged to determine team members for the spring competition. Try-outs in November. 

Time Frame: Wednesdays, January-May


H.E.R.O. (Helping Eagles Respect Everyone) Club

See Ms. Sands or Mrs. Merchant for an application.

Time Frame:  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, all year


P.A.W.S. Patrol

Partnering Animals with Students. Volunteerism and instruction on the needs of animals in Isle of Wight County. See Mrs. Lanzalotto and Mrs. Smith for more information.

Time Frame: Yearlong



See Mrs. Pealo for more information.

Time Frame: Meets in the fall; Days to be determined


Safety Patrol

The role of safety patrol is to teach students to direct their peers in safety. Interacting with school traffic, 6th graders receive training in the fundamentals of traffic safety and procedures. Patrollers direct children, not traffic. Patrollers will assist in hallways, bathrooms, buses and crosswalks. Application required.

Time Frame: Yearlong


Westside Bibliophile Book Clubs

The library offers two book clubs — one for fourth- and fifth-grade students and one for sixth-grade students. Our focus is the Virginia Readers’ Choice selections for the year. We discuss the books (in person and online), do fun activities related to our reading, make video book trailers, and connect with authors and other book clubs via Skype.

Time Frame: To be determined


Westside Makers

An after-school program focusing on activities and projects tied to the arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Students are encouraged to problem-solve, tinker, use their imaginations, and be creative. Past meetings have included working with Code.org, duct tape, K’Nex, origami, Little Bits, MaKey MaKey, MinecraftEdu, Perler beads, Snap Circuits and more. Students sign up for each individual session on a first-come, first-served basis.

Time Frame: To be determined