http://www.jcdh.org/ ( Link to Jefferson County Department of Health)
English As A Second Language
Grace Triutt and Krista Whatley
8 students in grades K-6
Students read books that have an AR quiz. Students take the quiz on a computer. The quiz is scored. Students receive a grade for the quiz based on the number of questions answered correctly. The student is also given points based on the number of questions answered correctly. Books can be worth from 0.5 (1/2) point and up. Longer, more difficult books are worth more points. The program keeps track of which books the student has tested on. It keeps track of their total points for the year
Incentives are given for the AR program. Students earn and accumulate points all year. We have 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, and 200 point clubs.
Students may also eat lunch in the library with the librarian each month. Students must earn 10 AR points during the month and have an average of 80% or higher.
With the combined efforts of the classroom teacher and the librarian, and the students, we have almost tripled the number of AR points earned this year.
Our students are encouraged to participate in character building and leadership roles. They may participate in a variety of activities throughout the school year. Peer helpers and mentors are just a few of the programs available at Westhills to empower the students with the tools they need to become productive citizens.
Character Building Opportunities Peer Helpers are selected students from the 4th- 6th grade who assist students with their academic studies. They help students in grades K-6. Mentors are selected students from the 5th and 6th grades. They are matched with a "buddy" who is in Kindergarten or 1st grade.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters partner with Westhills in the mentoring program. Tameka Askew is our school based coordinator. Students in grades 4-6 work with younger students in Kindergarten and 1st grade throughout the year.
The Beta Club members are selected from the 6th grade. Mr. Elliott and Mrs. Simmons are the sponsors. These students serve as ambassadors for Westhills. They assist with service projects.
The Bessemer Police Department partners with Westhills in our basketball program. We have a boys and girls team made up of 5th and 6th grade students. Mr. McKisson is the liaison from the police department and one of the coaches. Our other coaches are Mr. Richey, Mr. Cook, Mr. Caffe and Mr. Aikerson. The cheerleaders are 5th and 6th grade girls. They cheer at every Westhills game. Mrs. Gentry and Ms. McPherson are the cheerleader sponsors.
Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts meet at Westhills.
Community Service Projects and Programs Our students give back to the community though various service projects each year. Westhills assisted several "Katrina victims" with various school supplies. During November, Thanksgiving baskets of food were given out to families. We adopted Meadow Wood Nursing Home during Christmas. Students made over 200 care bags for the residents. We are assisting Enterprise schools with the rebuilding of their school supply store. Our students are collecting school supplies to send to Enterprise.