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Ms. Morton, Q98’s Teacher of the Week
Published by Flora McLain on November 1, 2018
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Photo of Ms. Morton with Q98 producerRecently, Ms. Kelly Morton was named the Q98 Teacher of the Week.  Ms. Morton has been teaching for nearly 8 years. Seven of those years have been at Westarea Elementary. Ms. Morton is currently teaching second grade, where she sets high standards for all of her students. She integrates technology as well as a variety of games and songs into her lessons. Mr. Gage Long, the promotions assistant and producer at Q98, presented Ms. Morton with a plaque, a certificate, and various gift certificates during the Mustang News. Ms. Morton wishes to thank her colleagues.  “I could not do it without the support of my team and my administrators.”

        
Mentoring Matters
Published by Flora McLain on November 1, 2018
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Be a Mentor!

        
Every Minute Counts!
Published by Flora McLain on November 1, 2018
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Duke Energy Science Night
Published by Flora McLain on October 26, 2018
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graphic promoting the Science FestivalWestarea Elementary has been selected to receive a Duke Energy Science Night kit as part of the 2019 North Carolina Science Festival. Though several hundred schools applied for this prestigious award, fewer than half of the schools received this award.  Ms. Caldwell, one of our instructional coaches, spearheaded this successful effort. The kit will support a Science Night held at Westarea Elementary during the North Carolina Science Festival in the spring.  Please plan to attend this wonderful event and support the science learning of our students.

        
Teacher of the Year 2018-19
Published by Flora McLain on October 22, 2018
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photo of Ms. Ohls and Dr. BackmanMs. Melissa Ohls was recently celebrated as the Westarea Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2018 – 19.  Originally from Michigan, Ms. Ohls has been teaching for 8 years. Six of those years have been at Westarea. Ms. Ohls currently teaches third grade while serving as the grade level chair and as the School Improvement Team chair.  She is also the advisor for the yearbook.  The principal of Westarea, Dr. Backman says “Ms. Ohls has been a wonderful asset to Westarea in the classroom as well as schoolwide. We look forward to more great things from her and for her.”  Read more

        
Fall Book Fair 2018
Published by Flora McLain on October 22, 2018
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Graphic for the Fall 2018 Scholastic Book FairThe whole school is excited about the upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed to Westarea Elementary!  At the Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents.  You can also contribute books to your child’s classroom library.  The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.  Research shows that reading at home can help your child be successful on End of Grade tests, at school, and in life.  See you at the Book Fair!

        
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Published by Flora McLain on October 16, 2018
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October is breast Cancer Awareness Month.Westarea Elementary staff and students supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month recently.  Some students wore pink shirts with their uniform bottoms.  National statistics state that nearly 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. That means that many people and their families are affected by this disease.  Early detection increases the survival rate. Westarea Elementary celebrates with the survivors and their families.

        
Westarea Exceeds Expected Growth
Published by Flora McLain on October 14, 2018
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Photo of Westarea ElementaryThe North Carolina State Board of Education recently announced that Westarea Elementary exceeded their expectations for academic growth as measured by the Education Value-Added Assessment System for the 2017-18 academic year.  This means that the average Westarea student learned and improved their skills even more than the state expected them to.  Please join us as we celebrate this outstanding milestone.  Education is vitally important to the success and growth of our young people. With the support of our parents and community partners, the impact education makes in the lives of our students is immeasurable. Westarea staff and students are incredibly thankful for your dedication and unwavering commitment to our students. We look forward to your continued support and to our students’ continued growth and success in the future.

        
Helping Children After a Natural Disaster
Published by Flora McLain on October 13, 2018
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National Association of School Psychologists NASPWe would like to share this information with you in response to Hurricane Florence and the flooding that has impacted this area. Such events can be traumatic for children and youth of all ages. Parents, guardians, teachers, and significant adults in a child’s life are uniquely situated to help children to manage their reactions. According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), some common reactions in children are as follows: Read more

        
Uniforms
Published by Flora McLain on September 1, 2018
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dress code

Shirts: All shirts must be Plain White or Navy Blue. Shirts must be a plain polo or polo-style shirt or plain long sleeved shirts that button up the front (oxford style). All shirts must have collars and remain tucked in while on campus. Only plain white undershirts may be worn under any approved shirt. The undershirt should not be visible at the sleeves.

 Pants/Shorts/Skirts: All bottoms (pants, skirts, and shorts), must be Navy blue, and Khaki. Slacks must be a hemmed cotton structured dress pants. They must be worn on or above the hip (no low rise, low cut, or sagging).  Pants with cut off or frayed hems are not permitted.  Pants must be a cotton/polyester mix, corduroy, or twill material.  No joggers, spandex, leggings, jeggings, or sweatpants are permitted. Shorts must be worn on or above the hip and at the knee. Skirts and jumpers must be worn on the knee or longer. Jumpers are acceptable as long as the length is appropriate.

Shoes: Shoes must have a closed toe and closed heel. Shoes with laces must be laced to the top and tied/buckled. All shoes are to be worn under the leg of the pants.

Belts: A belt MUST be worn with any garment having belt loops.  The belt buckle must be plain and will not exceed the width of the belt.

        
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