Westmount School is proud to be able to offer students from around the world an opportunity to attend school in our classrooms. International Students learn the Alberta curriculum and participate in all school activities and programs. They have the opportunity to improve their English skills and learn about Canada's traditions and customs.
Westmount School's mascot is a lovable dog named Westie. Students and teachers can take Westie (a paper Westie or a Stuffed Westie) with them on their trips. The travellers are then encouraged to journal about the experience!
2015 - 2016 - Mr.Graff's New York Trip
2015 - 2016 - Mrs. Bigras' Europe Trip
2015 - 2016 - Cook's Florida Trip
2015 - 2016 - Salm's Phoenix Trip
2015 - 2016 - Mercer's Washington Trip
2015 - 2016 - Rothbauer's Waterton Trip
2015 - 2016 - Kennedy's Arizona Trip
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Every second month, students from each classroom in the school are selected by their teacher to share some of their work with the principal or Associate Principal. Students can be selected for a variety of reasons: academic work, art work, work habits, citizenship, etc. The selected students meet as a group and share their work with each other and the Principal or Vice Principal. After the students have shared their work, they receive a certificate and a special pencil. A picture of the group is taken with the Principal or Associate Principal, which is posted on the wall at the School's Office. Students also sign their names in the Circle of Excellence wall display. The goal of this program is to recognize all students regardless of where their strengths lie.
The Hall Monitors of Westmount School are on duty before school and at both recesses making sure the hallways are safe for the students. They are also responsible for opening the doors for any student who gets hurt during recess. Hall Monitors are Grade 5 and 6 students who volunteer their time to keep Westmount School safe for all children.
The Safety Patrollers are a dedicated team of grade 5 and 6 students. They patrol the busy crossing in front of our school in the mornings and after school. The kids that are a part of the team complete training at the start of the year through AMA and are dedicated to doing a good job through all types of weather during the school year to ensure the safety of our students and others using the crosswalk.
Our weather policy: There will be no patrols on duty if the temperature is -20oC or colder with wind chill.
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The Strive program offers special needs students a safe environment to learn basic skills for living. Some activities include shopping at the grocery store, baking, arts and crafts, number and letter recognition and an awareness of their environment. Click here for the Strive brochure. They also have the opportunity to participate in art and music therapy through Project H.O.P.E.
Every month Westmount School holds an assembly, reviews the virtues and hands out certificates to students from each class who best exemplify the virtue of the month. The virtues and assembly dates are listed below:
September – Responsibility - Friday, Sept. 28 – 12:00
October – Respect - Wednesday, October 31 – 12:00
November - Collaboration - Friday, November 30 – 2:30
December – Empathy - Friday, December 21 – 12:00
January - Perseverance - Wednesday, January 30 – 12:00
February – Responsibility - Thursday, February 28 – 2:30
March – Respect - Thursday, March 28 – 12:00
April – Collaboration - Tuesday, April 30 – 12:00
May – Empathy - Friday, May 31 – 2:30
June – Perseverance - Thursday, June 27 - 9:00
The Native Club is a fun lunchtime club where we focus on learning about Native culture in the form of crafts, music, baking, guest speakers, videos, language, and games. We usually meet two days of the week, Thursdays for grades 1-3 and Fridays for grades 4-6. Everyone is welcome to attend!
There are two components to Project H.O.P.E., Music Therapy taught by staff working for J.B. Music (Calgary) and Adaptive Phys. Education, taught by Kelly Montford. In Westmount School, Project H.O.P.E provides therapeutic services for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 with severe learning needs, including communication, cognitive, self-help, social-emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. Project H.O.P.E provides group music and adaptive physical education to promote the development of communication and life skills.
In the Roots of Empathy program, a parent and baby (who is two to four months old at the start of the program) from the community visit a classroom nine times over the course of a school year. A trained Roots of Empathy instructor visits with the family to guide children as they observe the relationship between the baby and his or her parent. The instructor also visits before and after each family visit to reinforce teachings. There are 27 classroom visits in total in a Roots of Empathy program.
In the program, the baby is the "teacher." With each family visit, the instructor leads the children in noticing how the baby is growing and changing over the course of his or her first year of life. The children also watch the loving relationship between the parent and baby and see how the parent responds to the baby's emotions and meets the baby's needs. The attachment relationship between a baby and a parent is an ideal model of empathy.
Children learn to understand the perspective of the baby and label the baby's feelings, and then are guided in extending this learning outwards so they have a better understanding of their own feelings and the feelings of others. This emotional literacy lays the foundation for more safe and caring classrooms, where children are "Changers." They are more socially and emotionally competent and much more likely to challenge cruelty and injustice.
Our student government consists of a group of Grade 6 students that have been elected by their peers to represent the students at Westmount School. Our student government meets regularly with the principal and is responsible for a number of different tasks throughout the year such as planning school-wide spirit days (photos above), MC’ing assemblies, helping to run and organize our Christmas food drive, tabulating house league points, and other various jobs around the school.
The Early Literacy and Early Numeracy programs are division wide programs, designed for grade one and two students. The goals of these programs are to develop skills and enhance students’ abilities and successes in literacy and basic numeracy. Both programs are student-centered and focus on strategies that the student is able to bring to the reading and writing process and basic numeracy operations. Students are picked based on teacher recommendations and then assessed by the E.L.I. or E.N.I. teacher to make sure they fit the program criteria. The E.L.I. and E.N.I. programs run all year and are split into two terms, with each group of students receiving the intervention program for one term. Students in the program receive individualized teaching, with the goal of reading, writing and using these numeracy stategies taught to help them when in class
Literacy Success is a pull-out program supporting students in Grades 2 to 4. Students visit the Literacy Success room one hour each day and work in a small group setting. This program focuses on various literacy skills; strong focus on reading, comprehension and writing skills.
Emergent Readers supports students in Grade 1 through guided reading and writing sessions for 30 minutes each day. Students work in small groups and progress through a series of leveled lessons with a strong classroom and home connection. Students are expected to apply what they have learned in their regular classrooms and practice their reading skills at home as well.
Grade 1 Reading Support program supports students only in Grade 1. An educational assistant reads with selected students in a pull-out program in a small group setting. Students learn and practice reading strategies and practice sight words from their word rings on a daily basis. When reading with the children, the educational assistant teaches reading comprehension skills as well as various reading and word attack strategies. Our educational assistant really enjoys working with students in this program because reading is a life skill that opens a whole world for children to explore.