Hello Westview Community, April 3, 2020 Governor Holcomb and State Superintendent McCormick have recently announced that students will not be coming back for this academic school year. It’s sad news for sure, but it’s a realistic and rational decision based on data and time. This is a reality none of us could have dreamed about at the start of 2020. For me, it seems that time has been flying by and then in the very next moment it seems to stand still. The ups and downs are definitely a challenge but it also presents a TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY for Westview students, staff, and community to showcase our collective QUALITY. Westview clearly values traditional face to face engagement and we have proven successful with it and our results have been proven on the basis of relationships and our community. But the current conditions require us to demonstrate our quality with at-home instruction. This has been mandated from the State of Indiana to meet our required number of instructional days. This will need to be a mindshift for everyone. We will need to focus on providing quality experiences and meaningful opportunities vs providing a typical quality instructional day. Our new method of engagement will be Learning Uniquely at Home based on meaningful experiences. I am excited to see the results of what we can do and how much we can grow. We will have a target of doing our first round of at-home learning and delivery the week of April 27th with three rounds to follow on May 4th, 11th, and 18th. We will deliver at-home instruction each of those Mondays via our school buses for traditional bus riders, student walkers and students who are driven to school by parents will have pick-up times on those Mondays too. Some of the biggest points with this new at-home instruction is the recognition that it can not replace our face to face instruction, but it’s the right thing to do for our students to bridge this experience, and the process of creating and engaging at-home learning will help us prepare for a COVID-19 future concerning the 2020-21 school year. We are in a new normal until a vaccine and immunity are created. Please continue to observe good hygiene, social distancing, and best practices concerning your health. We will need everyone’s help. Parents will need to lend a hand with managing expectations, focusing students, and making the most out of this situation. I know our community will respond to our efforts and we will all grow together from this experience. Sincerely, Dr. Randall Miller “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” - MLK
Census Info, please see the link below. https://mailchi.mp/isba-ind.org/everyhoosierchildcounts-learn-the-importance-of-the-2020-census-1003633?e=508747c545
Check out this website for some educational practice for grades K-8. https://www.studyisland.com/
GET OUTSIDE! With today's predicted temperatures it would be a great day to play outside, but remember to just play at home and stay safe!
Governor Eric Holcomb announced today that all Indiana schools will be closed through May 1st, and all state standardized tests are canceled. Westview will continue to put together plans to meet the needs of our school community. For now, stay safe and positive.
Community Resources For Meals and Food Banks Local Restaurants Ben's Pretzel- Shipshewana Open for children 18 and under from Mon.-Fri. 10-3pm. Tiffany's Restaurant - Topeka IN March 16- April 20 (260) 593- 2988- Children K-12 eat for free from Mon.-Sat.6:00am-5:00pm Local family - Willing to provide to families in need. This is a WVE resource. Elmo's (BP gas station) Wolcottville IN, Free kid lunches Food Banks Near Lagrange Food and Clothes Basket - Mon. & Thurs. 9am-2pm ( 260) 463-7974 **When you go here you need to bring 2 bills or something that has your address on it for them to verify that you live in LaGrange County. LIfePoint Church Food Pantry - Goshen IN, (574) 533-1191 Mon.-Thurs. 8:30Am- 12pm Brethren Retreat Center - Food Pantry- open 9AM-4PM ( 260) 768-4519 The Window - Goshen IN, Mon.- 1pm-4pm. Tuesday. 9AM-1030AM. Thurs. 9AM-1030. 4pm-530PM Friday- 1pm-4pm Lagrange Church of Christ - Food Pantry - Thursdays 9:30AM Christ’s Community Cupboard- Open the 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00-12:00 noon
To everyone in the Westview community, don't forget to complete the 2020 Census. The data you provide remains confidential and helps the federal government determine how much financial support they will give our schools, fire departments, police force, and local transportation. Both the paper and online forms are easy to navigate. Our community needs all of us to be counted, so we can be adequately funded. Thank you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzmB5oJQ_z4&authuser=0
Thursday's lunch menu will be served on Wednesday. Ham& Cheese sandwich, broccoli salad, carrots w/ranch dip, goldfish crackers, fresh fruit, icecream treats, and milk. We will also have our Winter Blues Buster Day on Wednesday. "Beach life" wear your best beach themed (school appropriate) clothing, including flops, sunglasses, and beach towels.
Hello Westview Community, March 14, 2020 For those who have shown support towards Westview School Corporation and served as positive role models with your children throughout the past week, thank you. True character reveals itself during these times, and that character is reflected within our students. It takes a village to raise our children and we all make a difference. We have taken every scenario related to the growing momentum of COVID-19 and sliced it many ways to deliberate an outcome that puts Westview in a position that stays true to ourselves and our academic quality while balancing community safety. Westview will go to school March 16th, 17th, and 18th. We want our community to have time to make necessary arrangements due to the closure of school for an extended time. We will then take off the 10 days before spring break, March 19th to April. 1st. We have scheduled off April 2nd and 3rd for snow-make-up. Spring break is April 6th to 10th. We will then take off the 5 days after spring break too, April 13th to 17th. We will plan on returning to school April 20th. This plan leaves us 5 remaining waiver days and we may use them. Due to the day to day changes in this situation, we want to make sure the use of those 5 days will be necessary. This plan gives us a four and a half week break to then reassess our circumstances. Plans could be altered based on any mandate by our governor, IDOE, or IDOH. To summarize, Westview will be closed from March 19th until April 17th with a projected return date of April 20th. You should be prepared for all circumstances concerning our return date and finishing school. To keep our community safest, we encourage you to stay at home and not to travel based on conditions. Practice your everyday preventive measures of hygiene. Your travel and movements in the coming weeks will expose you and our community to the spread of this COVID-19 virus. The duplicity within the thought process of keeping our children at home and then ourselves traveling around, should give everyone caution and pause. We will reassess the situation every week going forward. Our circumstances at Westview and within our community will change week by week. It is an absolute honor to be a part of Westview. Take care. Sincerely, Dr. Randall Miller
Westview Staff, Students, and Parents, The intention of this correspondence is to relay understanding and communication. Westview has been following recent media reports and information from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Federal Government and several Indiana governmental agencies are working closely with both national and regional public health partners to respond to this threat. Some parents and students might be worried about this virus and how it may impact our schools and communities. Be assured that we are aware of these concerns and are proactively working to insure our schools are safe and clean for all students and staff. The safety of our students and employees is paramount. This is an emerging situation and we will provide updated information as it becomes available and relevant to us. How can our whole community help with the spread of the common cold, influenza, and COVID-19 with everyday preventive measures? Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms Stay home when you are sick Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, if you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces How can parents help? Again, our school nurses and staff will be working with students to promote good hygiene and to keep everyone healthy and safe. We also work with our custodians to ensure our schools receive thorough cleaning every day. Parents are asked for help in reinforcing healthy practices at home with children. Also, parents are asked to not reinforce untrue stereotypes, baseless claims, or fear when talking to your children. Let’s work together on this and take the common sense approach describe above. In the past, our community has experienced similar health issues with measles, chicken pox, H1N1, and whooping cough. If you have questions call your doctor or school nurse. Our school nurses are working closely with our county health department.
The Westview School Corporation reminds you to complete the 2020 Census that will be arriving soon. Census data drives funding for many community needs including our schools. Each uncounted child may reduce federal school funding by nearly $1,000 per year. That equates to approximately $10,000 per uncounted child over a 10 year period. Together, we can make sure every child counts! For more information go to 2020census.gov
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 2/27/20.
Westview School Corporation is closed today, 2/26/20.
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 2/26/20.
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 2/13/20.
Snow make-up days So far we have had a decent Winter in terms of having no school cancelations. If we would happen to cancel school before Monday, February 17th (snow make-up day), then we will be going to school on that day. If we miss school on or after February, 17th up to March, 19th, then we will go to school on March, 20th (snow make-up day). We can't predict the future with weather so we will take the opportunity to use the built-in school calendar days if we have prior cancelations. This concept will also apply for the 2 days prior to Spring break.
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 1/27/20.
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 12/16/19.
Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay, 11/12/19.
8/19/19 Westview School Corporation is on a 2 hour delay because of fog.