Under the direction of the Department of Academic Affairs,
this office is responsible for supervision of the elementary school program and administrators and oversees the district's Magnet Program
In coordination with the Academic Affairs Team and the principals, this office identifies and implements instructional strategies and practices based on analysis of student achievement data, ensuring the improvement of teacher instructional skills while developing and maintaining the best possible educational program for elementary students in the Westerville City Schools.
Elementary Academic Affairs also oversees the following areas:
Each fall, the elementary schools offer parents the opportunity to come into the schools and meet with the child’s individual teacher to celebrate academic success and discuss concerns. Please contact your child’s school’s office to schedule a conference.
Official Elementary Parent Conferences are held each October.
Throughout the school year, parents are welcome to contact their child’s teacher to schedule a conference to discuss progress.
Elementary School’s Continuous Improvement Plans
Each elementary school develops an annual Continuous Improvement Plan, or CIP. Directly related to the five goals of the District, principals and building leaders analyze building data, set building-specific goals that align to the District goals, and develop strategies for accomplishing these goals. Building CIPs will be posted to the schools’ websites as soon as they are finalized.
Elementary Math Specialists
The goal of the Math Specialist is supporting classroom teachers by assessing the math skills and needs of students and communicating these to classroom teachers and parents.
Elementary Programming Administrative Committee (EPAC)
The Elementary Programming Administrative Committee (EPAC) is charged with exploring possibilities of increasing access to elementary programs across the district. Currently, the District’s highly popular Magnet Programs are housed at Hanby and Emerson, in addition to three classrooms of the Math/Science program at Robert Frost. Enrollment in the Magnet Programs is limited to those students who are accepted through a lottery process.
During the 2011-12 school year and as a result of drastic budget reductions, the Magnet Programs were eliminated. A bridge plan was developed for the 2012-13 school year that would allow students already enrolled in a Magnet Program to continue with the program, as well as allow district administrators to work with parents, teachers, and principals from all elementary schools to re-imagine elementary programming.
Through the months of September and October, parents were invited to complete an on-line survey to give EPAC feedback on the possibility of expanding elementary programming, such as the Magnet Programs, into all schools across the district.
Elementary Reading Specialists
- The Elementary Programming Administrative Committee met with Superintendent of School Dan Good, Chief Academic Office Karen McClellan and Executive Director of Elementary Academic Affairs David Baker and shared the most recent thinking of the district’s Executive Team with regards to the work of EPAC. Feel free to contact your school’s principals or EPAC representatives to share your feedback on the attached meeting notes. Click here for January 2013 EPAC Meeting Notes. Click here for the letter from Dr. Good that was sent home with all elementary students on January 7, 2013.
The goal of the Reading Specialist is teaching all children to read in today’s diverse classrooms by supporting classroom teachers, assessing the reading strengths and needs of students and communicating these to classroom teachers and parents.
for information regarding Kindergarten Registration.
Third Grade Reading Guarantee
The Ohio Department of Education is currently developing guidelines and recommendations for a new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Schools will be responsible for using diagnostic assessments to determine students who are “at risk” of reading below grade level. Students who are not reading at grade-level by the end of the third grade may be retained.
District administration is working to update policy to reflect this new legislative requirement and to develop procedures and practices that schools will follow in order to be in compliance with this new law.
if you would like to learn more about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.