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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Westside Elementary School

by Leslie Dennis | Jun 04, 2019

Creating a Culture of Student Leaders

School of Distinction AwardDemopolis City Schools

Principal, Ms. Roshanda Jackson

Superintendent, Mr. Kyle Kallhoff

Westside Elementary redefined the school’s culture by creating a student-led enviornment. Westside’s popular Accelerated Reader program was changed to allow students to collaborate with teachers to set personal goals. This created student ownership, resulting in increased participation and oral fluency. Continuing the culture of student-led activities, students led morning announcements which centered on themes like “Teacher Tuesday” with fun teacher facts shared and “Funny Friday” with funny jokes told by students. Other leadership roles held by students included flag duty, school greeters, tour guides, and recorded student announcements on the school cast reminder system. Students were also involved in educating parents about Westside’s student leadership development by starring in videos. Leadership days were held quarterly to showcase student leaders as they shared individual successes with families and classmates with the third event focused on future careers. The culminating leadership day transformed Westside into a glamourous Hollywood movie premier scene. Students and parents walked the red carpet with stars dangling from the ceiling, a giant popcorn box, and life-size golden Oscar statue. This event created excitement for students to celebrate academic progress and leadership qualities at the student-led celebration. As a result, Westside witnessed improved attendance with more courteous and leadership-minded students.

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