e-News for June 2021

Good afternoon West Shore Families and Staff,

Listed below are few important items I wanted to share with you as we head into the last few days of the 2020-2021 school year.

End of the School Year Information
Last Day of School for Students - Thursday, June 3
  • Elementary and Middle school students will have a regular full day of classes. Kindergarten students will follow their regular schedule, Grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m., and Grades 6-8 will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m.
  • All high school students will follow their school's exam schedule on Thursday. Students who do not have exams to make-up in the afternoon will be dismissed at 11 a.m. Transportation home will be provided for high school students following the 11 a.m. dismissal. 
  • Students who participated in the Walmart Pharmacy Vaccination Clinic on May 13, will receive their second dose prior to dismissal on June 3, to complete the vaccine series.
Fourth Quarter Grades
Grades for the fourth marking period will be available online in PowerSchool no later than Friday, June 18. For information about accessing student grades in PowerSchool, please click here

Last Day of School Signs
This school year has certainly been one to remember!  Per the request of a few families, I have designed signs to commemorate the last day of school. Click here to print a sign for you or your child to hold while you take a last day of school photo (retirees I have one for you!). Please note, we will not be collecting photos or doing a video, but hope you enjoy the signs for your personal use.

Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2021
Each of our high schools will hold a single commencement ceremony at the West Shore Stadium. 

  • Thursday, June 3, 7 p.m. - Red Land
  • Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. - Cedar Cliff
  • Saturday, June 5 - Rain date for both schools. Time(s) to be determined based on number of ceremonies to be accommodated. 
Ceremonies will also be professionally livestreamed. For additional details about the ceremonies and links to the livestream sites, please click here.

Please Note, the stadium will be closed to the public Wednesday, June 2 through Saturday, June 5 for graduation preparation and ceremonies. If the rain date is not needed, the facilities will reopen on Saturday. 

Summer Courses & Summer Band Opportunities
The District is offering summer remediation and acceleration courses for high school students at NO COST to their families this year. Courses will run from June 10-July 22, and are being offered entirely online. Interested students must complete all requested information on the online application prior to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to register. Click here for more details about this year's offerings.

Additionally, the District's Summer Band Program will run from June 14-July 22. Students in grades 4-8 who are currently playing a band instrument at their school are eligible to participate in the program. Course Fees are $175 for residents and $200 for non-residents per student with scholarship assistance available.  For more details and to register, please click here.

School Board Meetings
Although we have returned to public participation and attendance at Board meetings, meetings will continue to be livestreamed and public comments accepted electronically. For additional information about in person and remote attendance/public comments, accomodations, and meeting size limitations, please click here.
School Board Meetings
Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 6:30 p.m. 

Board Policy Committee Meeting
Thursday,  June 17, 2021, 5 p.m
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Will we see you this summer?
Driving Literacy Home Bookmobile
We have the dates and locations "booked" for this summer!  Children in preschool through high school are invited to join us at one or more locations to pick out a free book. We have the complete listing of dates and locations where you can catch up with the bookmobile on our website. Special thanks to our volunteer drivers and host sites for helping us Drive Literacy Home! 

Free Grab-and-Go Summer Meals
In partnership with Sodexo, we will offer free breakfast and lunch service again this summer! No registration is needed for children up to 18 years-old, regardless of their family’s economic status or district of residence, to obtain a free breakfast and/or lunch. Menus, times, and locations can be found on our website.

Summer Office Hours
From June 14–August 13, all District schools and the Administration Center for Education will be open Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. In addition, District offices and meal location sites will be closed July 5 in honor of Independence Day. Due to summer trainings and staff vacation time, hours at the individual schools will vary each day. Please contact the building prior to your visit to confirm someone will be available to assist you.  

Looking Ahead

2021-2022 School Calendar
On April 15, the Board of School Directors adopted a calendar for the 2021-2022 school year with the first day for students set for Monday, August 30, 2021. Click here for more details.

We're Hiring - Join Our Team
We have a variety of immediate openings for teachers, building aides, secretaries, paraprofessionals, food service staff, custodial/maintenance team members, and coaches. Check out our employment page now and throughout the summer for current vacancies.

As always, please be sure to check your email for updates from your building principal or the District's online calendar for other events that may be occurring prior to the start of next school year. As mentioned above, school staff and administration do work over the summer months, so please don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.  
I look forward to seeing many of you at graduation this week. Best wishes to all for a fun and safe summer break!

Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
[email protected]
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