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March 2020

THE

Volume 3 Issue 2

of West Wing

Challenging today’s student to achieve excellence through strong academics, athletics, and the arts.

An A+ School of Excellence!


LETTER FROM THE

PRINCIPAL Dear Parents and Guardians of West Wing Students, We are thrilled to be celebrating our 15th school year, implementing excellent educational opportunities for ALL students. We are enjoying a phenomenal school year at West Wing School. The West Wing staff continues to implement a rigorous academic curriculum to enhance your child’s academic skill level. Educational changes continue to be implemented to enhance and improve the quality of education that we provide to our West Wing learning community. Dr. Price-Barry

We have much to be proud of at West Wing, we have several extra curricular programs such as a winning band, choir program, art program and a physical education program that engages students in learning and developing their skills outside of the classroom. At West Wing School we develop skills for the whole child. We believe that each child comes to our school with unique skills and talents. As we celebrate our 15th year together, we are thankful and grateful to our parent community for sharing your children with us. Thank you for trusting our staff to provide your children with the best education possible. Please continue to support us as we strive to meet your child’s educational needs.

Educationally Yours, Dr. Price-Barry

West Wing School Principal


West Wing’s Spelling Bee a Success! By Jodi Fishback

On December 17, 2019, West Wing hosted our annual Spelling Bee. Representatives from 4-8th grade competed to win the coveted award of Champion! Congratulations to Nicholas Topolosek in 5th grade, our 4-6th grade winner. Runner up was Gage Mahn, in 6th grade. In our Junior High division, Nolan Spanko took the championship and Lilian Motz was runnerup. Congratulations to all of our classroom champions and school winners. They went on to represent our school in the District Spelling Bee. If you would like to be a stellar speller, check out the website at www. spellingbee.com and study up for next year’s competition.

Save the DATE! By Tricia Hilbert

Our annual ARTSAPALOOZA is coming up on April 23rd in the West Wing Multipurpose room from 5-7! All West Wing students who have had art this year will have a FRAMED and double matted work of art in the show! The frames are available to purchase for $25 (the art room gets a portion of this cost for supplies :)). Purchasing the art in the frames is OPTIONAL and unpurchased art will go home unframed with students a week after the show. There will be musical entertainment by our talented WW choir and band, which is always a huge hit AND there will be FOOD TRUCKS available so that families can enjoy dinner outside at tables under the ramada! Hope to see you all at this fun event!

BIZTOWN By Christina Riccitelli

Every year, our 5th grade students have the opportunity to attend Junior Achievement BizTown. Students run a town for the day. This includes electing a town mayor, interviewing for jobs, learning how to write checks, make payments, balance bank accounts and work together to achieve goals. Throughout the day, students have tasks to complete with their coworkers, goods to buy and sell, taxes to pay and town meetings to attend. This incredible day is the culmination of a 6 week unit and a favorite among students. “This is the BEST day ever” was echoed by many on the bus ride home from BizTown.


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Message from KPG CONNECT KPG Connect is pleased to be working with West Wing in bringing this publication to the students and parents. We thank Principal, Dr. Linda Price-Barry for sharing her vision for the publication and Reading Specialist and MTSS Coordinator, Christina Riccitelli for the tireless hours of creating, editing, and proofing the content for this publication. And, special thanks to the many students, parents, and staff of the school - this publication is for them.

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Content Manager Rachel Pribyl

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Basketball Championship By Dallin Smith and Grant Davis

The team felt solid, coming in after winning the championship last season; however, they had to learn to work as a team with additional new players. The team had an almost undefeated season, and may have felt over confident against Gavilan Peak. This team was ready to battle, for which we were not well prepared. With several turnovers and a lack of defense, this was the one and only loss for the season. After this disappointing game, the team knew they had to refocus, be humble and fight for every win. The rest of the season was full of triumph and accomplishment. The championship game was played against Norterra Canyon at Boulder Creek High School. The NC team was a tough team to beat, but WW had already defeated them twice. This was the best game of the season. The WW team chemistry was on point and a win was inevitable. Austin Kramer was a leader on the team and role model for his skill and work ethic. David Cassanova was a model team member as well. He was sidelined because of an injury throughout most of the season but was able play the final game. He didn’t miss a beat contributed to the win. Thank you to Coach Moore and Coach Pitts for developing a great team!


STUDENT

SPOTLIGHT

Kinley Harper

Kindergarten student Kinley Harper is taking the dance world by storm. At only 5 years old, Kinley dances 10 hours a week in multiple styles of dance. She participates in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and gymnastics as well at the Gotta Dance Company. Kinley also includes strength and conditioning classes to her regimen. Kinley participates in many different dance competitions and most recently placed second in the advanced division and won the top overall award! Kinley will be participating in six competitions this year. She began gymnastics at 18 months old and dancing when she was 3 years old. Because dance has had such a positive impact, Kinley hopes to be a dance teacher one day and maybe even win the dance show, “So, You Think You Can Dance!� You have our votes, Kinley!


Registration FAQ’s 1) How do I register my child for school? Registration packets can be picked up at your home school or printed from the www.dvusd.org website under Parents and Students tab - Register for School. Completed registration paperwork should be turned in to your school office along with the following items: - Original birth certificate or certified copy - Immunization records - Proof of Residency (current utility bill, lease or mortgage document) - Legal guardian or custody papers, if applicable - Any additional documents such as Gifted Test Scores, IEP’s, Standardized Test Scores, 504’s or copies of recent report cards are also helpful to provide when registering. West Wing will also send a record request to your child’s previous school once your child is registered. 2) When should I register my child for school? Registration of your child should occur as soon as possible. If you live within the West Wing attendance area, you can come in anytime during office hours (M-F 7:30 am - 4:30 pm) to register your child. Early registration provides us much needed time to enroll your child and schedule classes. Early registration also helps us project the possibility that additional staff may be needed for the following school year. If you have applied for Open Enrollment, and have received a letter of acceptance from the District Office, you must come in and register your child within 10 days of receiving the letter, in order to secure your child’s enrollment. 3) How do I find our Home School? All of the attendance area maps are available on the district’s website. You may also call the District Office at 623-445-5000 to verify your home school. 4) Does my student have to attend his/her Home School? Students can request Open Enrollment to any school in the district. Requests will be approved based upon capacity as determined by current enrollment and anticipated growth for the upcoming school year. Only students who do not reside in the West Wing attendance boundary need to apply for Open Enrollment. To apply for Open Enrollment go to www. dvusd.org - Parents and Students - Open Enrollment. Complete and submit application online.

5) Why do I have to provide proof of residency if my student is on Open Enrollment? Whether you are in our school boundary, or on Open Enrollment, Proof of Residency is required to prove that you (and your) child are current residents of Arizona. 6) How old does my child have to be to start Kindergarten? Students must be 5 years old by August 31st to enter school. See Early Entry information at www.dvusd.org 7) Is transportation provided for my child? Transportation may be available; however, this is dependent upon your childs age/ grade level and the distance between your home and the school. Students that are on Open Enrollment are not eligible for transportation. You can verify your child’s transportation status by calling West Wing School at 623-376-5000, or the District Transportation Office at 602-467-5090. 8) When does school start? For the 2020-2021 school year, the first day of class is Monday, August 3rd. 9) What time does school start? West Wing School classes start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Campus opens at 8:30 a.m. 10) Can I drop my child off earlier than 8:30 am? Only students eating a school breakfast may be dropped off at 8:15 a.m. Students must remain in the cafeteria until the 8:30 a.m. bell rings. The rest of the campus is open and has supervision beginning at 8:30 a.m. No children, other than those eating breakfast in the cafeteria may be dropped off prior to 8:30 a.m. If you need Before & After School Care you can contact our Community Education department for additional information or go to www.dvusd.org/communityed for details. 11) What are the office hours? West Wing office are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please contact the West Wing School Office at 623-376-5000 if you have any questions!


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100 Days in Kindergarten On the 100th day of school, West Wing Kindergarten students dressed up to look like they aged 100 years. Silver hair reflected throughout the grade level along with canes and walkers. Glasses were popular for the 100-year-old crowd as well as suspenders and crazy eyebrows! It looks like 100 days really aged our kindergarten students but they are still as adorable as they were on the first day of school.


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Hour of Code By Jackie Davis

One of the things we are doing to increase the exposure West Wing students have to the world of computer science is participating in the Hour of Code event each December. This year we were fortunate to have volunteers from USAA teach a lesson about coding to some of our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th graders! This hour long lesson about basic coding skills turned into a team effort of trying to figure out and create multi-step code, find bugs (errors), and trying to debug a program that didn’t work. It was a lesson in perseverance, as well as an entertaining way to introduce coding to students who might not have had exposure otherwise. If you are looking for a way to introduce or continue coding with your child, Code.org has a wide range of fun coding activities for every age.

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West Wing - March 2020  

Volume 3 Issue 2

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Volume 3 Issue 2

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