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West Salem Elementary 4K Program

Welcome Parents and Families! We are excited that your child will be joining us in our 4K program. 

4K Registration & Screening
Do you have a child who will be four years old by September 1, 2024? We are so excited to welcome our newest class of Panthers! 🐾 
Please contact the elementary school office at (608) 786-1662 or esoffice@wsalem.k12.wi.us to get your name on the list to receive more information. 

About Us

West Salem’s 4K program has been going strong for over 10 years! The West Salem 4K has a solid group of dedicated teachers who offer a high-quality preschool program to any student who is 4 years old by September 1st. The 4K teaching staff is made up of two full time teachers and one part time teacher. All classrooms are also staffed with a paraprofessional and are supported by an Early Childhood Special Education teacher. Our team values our community and what it is like to have children go through the West Salem School District. They are proud not only to be teachers, but some are parents and community members of West Salem.

The 4K program is four half days each week.  Students will either attend in the morning from 8:30 - 11:40 a.m. or in the afternoon from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. West Salem currently uses Creative Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, and Second Step to help guide their teaching. This curriculum has a nice balance of both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning. Students are formally assessed two times per year and their progress is discussed with families twice a year. The 4K teaching staff believes in creating an atmosphere in which children feel safe, emotionally secure and have a sense of belonging. Their classroom environments of 10 interest areas support these beliefs. Children are active participants in their own learning and we offer many opportunities for children to learn and explore the world around them while using a play-based approach within the classroom.

Family relationships are a core value of West Salem’s 4K. Relationships are an essential part of setting students and families on the right path for a successful school experience in 4K and beyond. We offer monthly activities for families to attend at the school, in the community, and at local nursing homes. In addition, we often send home family activities to extend their learning and nurture family connections. 

We believe in the power of literacy at home. Therefore, children are provided many new books throughout the school year to grow their home library and share the love of reading with their families. 

Our 4K program is the foundation to ignite a love of learning for all children! 

Non-District residents are welcome to enroll in the West Salem District by completing an application for Open Enrollment beginning February 5-April 30, 2024. 

General Information

A Note from the Nurse-Required Immunizations

Enrollment Form
Home Language Survey
4K Bus Information Slip 
Student Immunization Records Form (you may fill this out or obtain one from your child's health care provider)

Our 4K Teachers


         Karly Baganz                                Megan McConkey                           Ashley Ranzenberger


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