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Welcome to West Salem Elementary!

  • The kids were excited and ready to go for the first day of school. Welcome Back!
    All Smiles!
    The kids were excited and ready to go for the first day of school. Welcome Back!
  • Mrs. Allind's class helps to plant apple trees for the new food forest!
    Food Forest Fun
    Mrs. Allind's class helps to plant apple trees for the new food forest!
  • Mr. Rieber gave out coffee and scones to thank our wonderful teachers for all they do for our students.
    Showing Our Appreciation
    Mr. Rieber gave out coffee and scones to thank our wonderful teachers for all they do for our students.
  • Our students got to enjoy a fun and educational presentation from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom while also meeting some creatures up close!
    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!
  • Our 4K students celebrated the Olympics with a variety of fun themed activities including Lucky Luge!
    Olympics Day in the 4K Classrooms
    Our 4K students celebrated the Olympics with a variety of fun themed activities including Lucky Luge!
  • 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.
    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.
  • Mrs. Antony's class had fun learning about how the sun moves across the sky with student teacher Ms. Hagen.
    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.
  • 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!
    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!
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
    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!
  • Mrs. Adams' fifth grade class celebrates the Great Apple Crunch!
    Great Apple Crunch!
    Mrs. Adams' fifth grade class celebrates the Great Apple Crunch!
  • 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!
    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!
  • 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!
    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.
    Celebrating Homecoming!
    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.
    Releasing Butterflies
    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.

Recognized by the Wisconsin RtI Center for efforts to implement a culturally responsive system of support in reading at the bronze level

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
Superintendent

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