A Message From The Westmore Principal:
Welcome to the Westmore Principal Web Page!
Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize that the collaboration between the school and home is crucial to a child's success in education. The school recognizes that parents are the single most important variable in the academic and behaviorally success of a child. Parents model a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily. One of the most important components of a school is the partnership between the school and parents who work together for the best interest of the children.
It is for this reason that our School Improvement Team, in conjuction with all of the Westmore teachers, created the Westmore School Community Compact to ensure the relationship between the parents and school remains strong. The compact specifically lays out the responsibilities of all stakeholders in providing the best, well-rounded education for your child. We encourage parents to keep this compact in a location that is easily accessible as a reminder of their role in the education of their child, as well as helping to hold the school accountable for our role in educating your child.
As we begin the 2013 - 2014, school year, I am encouraged by the behaviors displayed by all of the Westmore students not only in their classrooms, but in the lunchroom, specials and especially during lunch recess. We spent an hour on the second day of school addressing school-wide expectations in all areas of the building. This is a huge part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative that we are re-vamping here at Westmore. Through PBIS, we will take a positive approach in recognizing the behavioral and academic success of your children. Four times throughout the year, we will take time out to celebrate the success of students' behavior during our Fun Friday Events. I whole-heartedly believe that when we set clear behavioral expectations it paves the way for academic success.
What is PBIS?
PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and it is a positive, proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Illinois PBIS Network
How Has PBIS Changed At Westmore?
PBIS looks a little different this year than it has in the past. Sure, we still focus on teaching expectations in all areas in our building, but we are changing the way we recognize children. In the past, students were able to earn "Pride Paws" which were given to children when they were following school expectations.
This year, we have replaced "Pride Paws" with "Cat Cash". "Cat Cash" will allow staff more opportunities to recognize students appropriate behaviors, because now children are excited about the PBIS program. Children are still recognized for following school-wide expectations, but now the children can for save "Cat Cash" for our PBIS Celebrations called FUN FRIDAYS. During our FUN FRIDAYs, children will be able to spend their hard earned "Cat Cash" on a menu of items that occur throughout the day. FUN FRIDAYs are a celebration of student's positive behaviors and will occur once a quarter.