The kids were excited and ready to go for the first day of school. Welcome Back!
Food Forest Fun
Mrs. Allind's class helps to plant apple trees for the new food forest!
Showing Our Appreciation
Mr. Rieber gave out coffee and scones to thank our wonderful teachers for all they do for our students.
Learning about Animals Up Close and Personal
Our students got to enjoy a fun and educational presentation from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom while also meeting some creatures up close!
Olympics Day in the 4K Classrooms
Our 4K students celebrated the Olympics with a variety of fun themed activities including Lucky Luge!
2nd Graders Get Cooking with the Harvest of the Month
Our second graders made chicken pesto pizzas with some help from Mr. Martinson from the Pizza Oven. They used basil, the January Harvest of the Month to make the pesto.
Scientific Fun in First Grade
Mrs. Antony's class had fun learning about how the sun moves across the sky with student teacher Ms. Hagen.
4th & 5th Grade Collect 400+ Items for WS Food Pantry!
Our 4th & 5th graders collected over 400 items for the WS Food Pantry during a food drive organized by the Council of Kids. Way to go!
WSES is a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School!
On November 7, representatives from WSSD received the National Blue Ribbon Schools award in Washington, D.C. for West Salem Elementary. Pictured L-R are WSSD Superintendent Troy Gunderson, NBRS Director Aba Kumi, WSES Associate Principal Lisa Gerke, and WSSD School Psychologist Heidi Horton.
3rd Grade Field Trip to the National Eagle Center
Our 3rd grade classes took a field trip to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN to learn about the amazing recovery of the bald eagle!
Great Apple Crunch!
Mrs. Adams' fifth grade class celebrates the Great Apple Crunch!
PTO Story Night
Tons of students and their families came out for PTO Story Night. They enjoyed listening to stories from some local celebrities and they all got to leave with a new book! Thank you PTO!
New Superhero Shirts
The West Salem Elementary PTO generously donated these "West Salem Superhero" t-shirts to all of our 4th graders for their upcoming field trips this year. Thank you!
5th graders help their kindergarten buddies make flags before the homecoming parade.
Mrs. Antony's first grade class waves goodbye to four monarch butterflies that they released on Monday. Student Taylor Buisman shared caterpillars with the whole first grade unit.
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, West Salem Elementary School was honored to be recognized as one of 342 schools named as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017 by the U.S. Department of Education.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
We have recently been recognized by the Wisconsin RtI Center in Reading at the Bronze level for our work toward fully implementing a school-wide framework that, according to national research, leads to improved student outcomes.
By establishing this framework, we increase consistency of effective instruction, build staff knowledge and skills so they can support all learners, use data to proactively identify and provide support for students, and create a culture that supports stronger relationships with students and their families.
"Serve with Passion to Ignite Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence"
The West Salem School District is committed to providing excellence in education for our children and our community. The recently developed mission statement Serve with Passion to Ignite Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence provides the basis for achieving our vision.
Our new mission, vision, values and strategic plan were developed in response to community input and through community participation. We remain committed to working closely with our community in the coming years to continuously improve upon our performance and make our new vision a reality.
Thank you for your service, participation, and ongoing support of our school district.
Serving with Passion…
Troy M. Gunderson