March 14, 2019
Hello Westfield families!

Spring brings some wonderful learning opportunities for our Middle School students to travel and explore! Be sure to scroll down and see images from their trips this week to Washington, DC, Rock Ranch, and Space Camp! Our literary team won awards at both the region and state competitions. Next week, our seniors begin their Westfield Senior Experience (WSE) week, while our Lower and Middle School students take the ITBS test. Next up, spring break!
It's great to be a Westfield Hornet!
Juniors and seniors, it’s not too late to sign up for your prom photos on Saturday, March 16th with We do Photography! Please email them at and they will assign you a time. And no worries- you will be finished in time to attend the dinner at 6:30. 

Westfield's Junior-Senior Prom is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The crowning of the prom king and queen will be held at 9 p.m., followed by the senior lead-out at 9:30 p.m. and the sophomore server dance at 10 p.m.
Congratulations to the Literary Team for winning runner-up at Region literary and second runner-up at State literary, and to senior Charles Cartwright who won state champion in Impromptu Speaking!

At Region competition, Westfield students placed in the following categories:
Andrew Collins - 1st in Argumentative Essay
Olivia Eubanks - 1st in Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Nate Sizemore - 2nd in Personal Essay
Alice Culpepper - 3rd in Spelling
Leeanna Allen- 3 rd in Dramatic Oral Interpretation
Nate Sizemore- 3rd in Humorous Oral Interpretation
Mahi Patel and Emily West- 3rd in Duo Oral Interpretation
Charles Cartwright - 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking; 2nd in Impromptu Speaking
Leanna Allen - 2nd in Girls’ Solo
Jack McClain-2nd in Boys’ Solo
Leeanna Allen, Olivia Eubanks, and Cheryl Anne Matthews - 4th in Trio
Jack McClain, Drake Jones, Jacob Nelson, and Ethan Critten - 2nd in Quartet

Students placing in first and second at Region advanced to the State competition. Congratulations to the following students who placed at State:

Charles Cartwright - State Champion in Improptu Speaking and 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
Andrew Collins - 2nd in Argumentative Essay
Jack McClain - 3rd in Boys' Solo
Nate Sizemore - 4th in Personal Essay
Jack McClain, Drake Jones, Jacob Nelson, and Ethan Critten - 3rd in Quartet

The literary team is coached by Mrs. Pam Pierce, Upper School English teacher, Mrs. Kathy Stubbs, Upper School English and drama teacher, Mr. Robert Jones, Upper School debate teacher, and Mrs. Lauren Mann, Upper School chorus teacher. Great work, Hornets! #westfieldliterary
Third graders in Mrs. Christy Grantham and Mrs. Lisa New's classes have found a fun and interactive way to learn about fractions in their math classes - a finding fractions scavenger hunt!
Our first graders are learning to write like scientists through the study of magnets. They have written a question, hypothesis, experiment steps, and today conducted experiments to see what items are attracted to magnets!
Lower and Middle School ITBS Testing

The Westfield School utilizes the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) to test students at grade levels 3 - 8. The ITBS is a national standardized, norm-reference test which provides an in-depth measure of important educational objectives in the areas of reading, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. It provides reliable and comprehensive information both about the development of students' skills and their critical thinking abilities. The ITBS scores measure the grade equivalency as well as the comparison of the students' performance to the performance of other students nationwide. 

Westfield utilizes the ITBS scores to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students, make appropriate adjustments to the curriculum in order to maximize student achievement, and provide feedback to students and parents. Click here to view Westfield's ITBS results.

Lower School students in grades 3 - 5 will take the ITBSMarch 18 - 21, and Middle School students will take the ITBS March 19 and 20. Below are tips to help your child have a successful experience in taking the ITBS:

1. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before the test.
2.    Make sure your child has some form of breakfast on the morning of the test.
3.    Try to help your child have a normal routine the night before the test (i.e. a family meal together, a relaxing night at home, etc.)
4.    Make sure you communicate to your child that testing is a typical, everyday part of schooling; help your child understand the importance of testing without raising his/her anxiety level.
5.    Remind your child to listen carefully to the person who administers the test. Encourage him/her to read directions carefully. Remind him/her to read all the choices before selecting an answer.
6.    Give your child a BIG hug before they go to school and tell them how proud you are of them!
Learning through Travel Outside the Classroom

Our Middle School students are exploring and discovering this week through hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Our sixth grade “astronauts” are having a blast at space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Our seventh graders are participating in team building activities to help them learn to communicate and listen to each other, as well as see things from others' perspectives on their field trip today to  The Rock Ranch. The eighth grade has spent the week in our nation's capital, visiting and touring national monuments, the National Cathedral, and Smithsonian museums. It is an incredible experience, honor, and privilege for our students to have the opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you to our faculty and parent volunteers for helping these students explore and learn beyond our school campus!
Scholarships for Seniors

Applications and information for the following scholarships are now available outside Ms. Jackie Almand's office:

Spillers Orthodontics Scholarship (deadline March 15)
Georgia Strawberry Festival Scholarship (deadline March 15)
Robins Financial Credit Union Scholarship (deadline March 29)
Kiwanis Club of Perry Scholarship (deadline April 17)
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship (deadline June 14)
Our Upper School chorus, directed by Mrs. Lauren Mann, sang for residents at The Baptist Village this week. We love seeing our students share their talents with others in the community.
Congratulations to our Lower School Students of the Week!
Grayer Holmes - 1st Grade
Brayden Head - 1st Grade
Jake Sloan - 2nd Grade
Caleb Caulley - 3rd Grade
Stone St. Clair - 4th Grade
Trentan Tiencken - 5th Grade

Our Middle School, JV, and varsity baseball teams are off to a great start! Be sure to click here and check out this article in today's Houston Home Journal . Come out and support our Hornets in a big region game tomorrow night vs Pinewood in the Hornets' Nest! JV plays at 4:30 pm, followed by varsity at 6:30 p.m. And, don't forget to drop by the cafeteria between 3 and 5 pm to meet new football coach Bruce Lane. #westfieldbaseball
Congratulations to Brant Beckham and Ben Lawson who won second place today in the Houston County Student Bass Angler Federation tournament today at Lake Tobesofkee!!!  #westfieldproud
March 14: Varsity Football Meeting for Interested Students Grades 8 - 11 and parents, 6 pm, Cafeteria

March 15: "Meet and Greet" for New Football Coach Bruce Lane
3 - 5 pm, Cafeteria

March 16: Junior-Senior Prom

March 18 - 22: Westfield Senior Experience (WSE) Week

March 25 - 29: Spring Break

April 1: Classes Resume

April 16: Spring Pictures for Grades Pre-K - 5th by We Do Photography

April 18: Spring Pictures for Grades 6th - 11th by We Do Photography

April 19: Booster Club Golf Tournament at Houston Lake CC
School-wide Noon Dismissal!

#It's Great to Be a Westfield Hornet!