Traditionally, information in a classroom flows from teacher to student for the purpose of absorption. This hierarchy of learning is increasingly rare at Westside. Students here are much more likely to be experimenting, discovering, and practicing with materials in the classroom and outside. They learn more often through exposure and interaction than through abstractions defined in advance for them to memorize. They often make something and share it as a way of solidifying their knowledge. They work together and alone, learning to respect and enjoy the individual learning styles and gifts of each classmate.
Music is alive and well at Westside! In addition to the state standards that are met at each grade level, we offer supplemental programs such as two Honors Chorus groups, a Drumline, a small recorder group (chosen from both third grade recorder classes) and this year, an all-girl small ensemble for more challenging music pieces. All of these groups will be chosen by invitation and audition only.
At the heart of any good music program is an active and supportive parent group. In addition to previous years parents wonderful support, we would love to invite our parents to participate in a small group that helps our music programs, such as assistance at the Braves National Anthem night, help with Drumline for parades and pre-planning and executing future travel for our Honors Chorus.
We can’t wait to be making beautiful music all around Westside!!
Art at Westside encourages students to be creative and think outside the box. In many ways, art gives students new perspectives, challenges their creativity and promotes higher levels of learning.
Here at Westside, the visual arts help students to experiment with new techniques while learning how to connect real world experiences to their creation. We create art that is personal within our curriculum at all grade levels while learning about art history. While working with state standards, we encourage our students to soar above mediocrity to produce work that is meaningful and has an impact on their overall learning experience.
Filita Kirkendoll (AKA Coach K) – This will be my 8th year teaching physical education, 5th year at Westside! PE at Westside is filled with learning about fitness through challenging games, fine/gross motor skills and team work! My goal is to educate children on the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle, while having fun!
Learning another language will not only provide great tools for students to communicate but it will also raise awareness that other countries and groups of people do things differently. Learning to communicate in another language will provide an opportunity for our children to succeed in a global society. We ensure that students receive quality instruction in the target language and give opportunities for cultural and linguistic enrichment through authentic interactions and engaging instructions.