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Mission Statement
Westdale School is committed to the development of personal, community and environmental
stewardship through educational excellence.

Vision Statement
In keeping with our Mission Statement, we seek to develop a school which:

  • values academic and personal success
  • celebrates its achievements and traditions
  • optimizes the use of available technology
  • maintains an aesthetically pleasing environment conducive to learning
  • fosters positive partnerships between home, school and community
  • holds a positive profile within the community.

Framework Statement
These goals will be actively pursued within a framework that values, supports and encourages:

  • learning
  • excellence
  • respect
  • safety
  • appropriate behaviour
  • partnerships
  • participation
  • communication.
Westdale School offers....
  • a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment,
  • a strong academic focus,
  • a creative and extensive Gifted Learners Program,
  • dedicated, highly competent teachers and support staff,
  • clearly articulated and consistently enforced standards of behavior,
  • a varied and extensive extracurricular program,
  • an active and supportive Parent Council,
  • many opportunities for parent and community volunteers,
  • integrated use of technology in learning activities, utilizing Windows and Macintosh environments with Internet access,
  • a variety of enrichment activities offered by teachers, parents and community members,
  • a lunch program available to all students.
Did you know....
  • Westdale School has achieved the status of "corporate sponsor" with the Children's Hospital Research Foundation,
  • 25 per cent of Westdale students achieved Honor Role status in June, 2016.
  • Westdale has been awarded the national CAHPERD award for quality daily physical education programming for the past fifteen years,
  • The Westdale Senior Cheerleaders were provincial champions.
  • Several Westdale students are members of the internationally acclaimed Pembina Trails Youth Choir.

The School Day
Westdale School follows the 6 day cycle used by all schools in the Pembina Trails School Division.

8:45 - 8:50a.m. Student Entry/Attendance
8:50 - 9:30a.m. Period 1
9:30 - 10:10a.m. Period 2
10:10 - 10:50a.m. Period 3
10:50 - 11:00 Nutrition/Movement Break
11:00 - 11:40a.m. Period 4
11:40 - 12:20a.m. Period 5
12:20 - 1:20p.m. LUNCH
1:20 - 1:25p.m. Student Entry/Attendance
1:25 - 2:10p.m. Period 6
2:10 - 2:50p.m. Period 7
2:50 - 3:30p.m. Period 8
At WESTDALE SCHOOL, you have the right...
  • to learn;
  • to feel good about yourself, and be treated with dignity and respect;
  • to be physically and emotionally safe.

At WESTDALE SCHOOL, you have the Responsibility...

  • to attend school, and to participate in the sanctioned activities of the school;
  • to respect the dignity and well-being of others;
  • to behave towards others in ways that are emotionally and physically safe and socially acceptable.
  • to work to the best of your ability.

Behavioral Expectations
Westdale School , with strong support from the parent community, maintains high standards of behavior for all students. A positive, orderly, respectful school environment provides the necessary foundation for successful learning to take place. Inappropriate behaviors such as insolence, rudeness, swearing, fighting, vandalism, smoking, throwing snowballs, etc. will not be tolerated. Any behavior which violates the provisions of the Pembina Trails School Division's policy on harassment will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with according to the provisions of the policy. Any behavior which interferes with the learning of other students will likewise not be tolerated. Students are not allowed to bring lighters, matches, firecrackers, pocketknives or other potentially harmful objects to school. Alcohol and illicit drugs are strictly prohibited.

 

A range of responses is available for students who engage in inappropriate behavior. Verbal admonitions, withdrawal of privileges, detentions, community service, in school suspensions, and out of school suspensions may be utilized. Responses are determined with reference to the frequency and the severity of the offense, as well as the age and understanding of the student. In all such situations it is expected that parents and school personnel will work together in a mutually supportive fashion for the ultimate benefit of the student. In the most severe situations, the involvement of police or other agencies may be requested, or expulsion may be recommended.

Westdale School seeks to maintain a positive relationship with the surrounding neighborhood. It is therefore expected that Westdale students will display appropriate behavior in the community while coming to and going home from school. A similar range of consequences may be applied towards students who fail to do so.

Lates
Punctuality is essential in developing sound academic habits. Students are expected to get their books and proceed to their classrooms promptly upon entering the school in the morning and at noon. Students are considered late if they are not in their TAG rooms at 8:40 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. Students who are late must obtain a class admission slip from the office. Parents are asked to phone the school if their child is late for an acceptable reason such as a medical appointment. Students who have three or more unexcused lates in one week will be required to serve a detention.

Bicycles and Rollerblades
Students are advised not to bring bikes to school unless they live a considerable distance from the school. Bike racks are provided for students who choose to ride their bikes. Students should purchase a sturdy lock, and should have a record of their bike's serial number. The school assumes no responsibility for bikes which may be damaged or stolen .

Rollerblades may not be used on the school parking lot until after 4:30 p.m. for reasons of safety.

Cell Phones and Music Players
Students are advised not to bring cell phones or music players to school. Students who choose to do so may only use their system at noon hour. At all other times it must be stored in the student's locker.  The school assumes
no responsibility for cell phones or music players which may be damaged or stolen.

Dress Codes
Students are expected to dress modestly and in good taste. Clothes should be neat and clean and shoes must be worn at all times. Bare back, shoulders, or midriff are not acceptable. Some specific examples of unacceptable dress are torn clothing, wearing outside jackets or caps in the school building, very short shorts, and off-the-shoulder tops. Similarly clothing with inappropriate wording or advertising alcohol, cigarettes, or the symbol or name of a substance deemed hazardous to one's health is unacceptable. The school has the right to require changes in any manner of dress that is deemed inappropriate for school wear.

Academic Information
Westdale School is committed to excellence in all aspects of a child's education.

1. We believe in a core curriculum to develop enabling knowledge and skills, including competency in reading, computing, oral and written communication, the sciences and technology.
2. We have high performance expectations.
3. We believe in performance assessment in a variety of forms and on an ongoing basis.
4. We expect students to develop good work habits and work hard at their studies.
5. We believe that students can and should develop learning/study skills and apply them in a disciplined manner both at school and at home.
6.
We want parents to partner with us in encouraging their children to do well at school and develop a positive attitude towards learning.

Student Assessment
Students are assessed on a continuous basis. Assessment activities may include:

1. daily assignments,
2. participation in class,
3. notebooks,
4. portfolios
5. projects, and
6. unit and cumulative tests and quizzes.

Students will write examinations in June. All students are involved in a study skills program prior to the exam sessions.

Students will receive three formal progress reports during the school year: December, Spring and June. 

 In addition interim reports may be sent home at other times during the year.

 

Westdale School's phone #: (204)895-8205 between parents and teachers is encouraged at any time.

 

 


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