September 23, 2021
Hello, Westview families, 

The word is out! Our crack teams of Westview scientists are hard at work solving some pretty big problems using exceptional skill and problem-solving abilities. 

Our Weather Scientists, Kindergarten and Lower Elementary students, are investigating weather phenomena to respond to questions posed by two principals about the temperatures on their campus playgrounds. One school's playground is considerably cooler than the other, and the principals have not figured out why. To better understand the problem, our team of Wildcat scientists has been conducting simulations and collecting and organizing data about the weather in our community. 

Our Materials Engineers, Upper Elementary students, are responding to pleas from a school principal to develop a better glue. Using their keen observation skills, they have learned that materials have different properties and that the properties of a mixture can change by adding other ingredients or changing the temperature. The team is working through the design cycle (design, create, test, repeat) to develop a new glue that will better meet the school's needs. 

Our System Engineers, Middle School students, are helping the Mayor of Ergstown solve a problem with blackouts within their community. Having experienced a similar issue in Texas during the February freeze, our team has some background knowledge of this phenomena. Our engineers have designed and used models to understand how energy is created and converted for consumption. Additionally, our team is investigating potential causes of the energy problem in Ergstown. In the coming weeks, our system engineers will apply what they have learned to evaluate the potential of two plans to solve the town's problem. 

These three experiences are part of our new science curriculum adoption, Amplify Science, made possible by a generous grant from the Clark and Charlene Thompson Foundation. Each trimester, kindergarten through middle school students will investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models and/or explanations to solve interesting problems. We hope that engaging in this type of scientific inquiry will provide a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning about the complex world we live in. 

You can read more about the grant and the program in our summer issue of the Wildcat Chronicle - Science Blasts Off: The Gift of Science

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The Westview School
Middle School students build and test simple machines using solar panels and sunlight for some real-life, hands-on experience of science at work. 
Upper Elementary scientists study the consistency of different substances in an effort to create and test new ways to make glue.
Our Kindergarteners are well on their way to being weather scientists. Ms. Katie utilizes hands-on learning for a lesson on graphing data using playground weather.
Ms. Katie has these young scientists thinking about temperature. After deciding that the sun cannot be brought into the classroom to test a hypothesis, Ms. Katie uses colored thermometers and lights as a warming model.
Calendar at a Glance

Monday, October 4-7, 2021
  • Lifetouch Picture Days

Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Founder's Day
  • Westview EDU: Working with your Child at Home

Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Staff Development Day/Student Holiday

Monday, October 11, 2021
  • Columbus Day (No School)

Saturday, October 30
  • POW Trunk-or-Treat

Saturday, November 6, 2021
Westview Welcomes: 1830 Science Assistant
Westview has a new addition to Science. Victoria Sample joins Mr. Dawkins in the 1830 science lab as a teaching assistant. Ms. Sample is a current student at the University of Houston studying Psychology and Biology. She grew up with a love for all things science and had childhood dreams of being a doctor. She loves her pink hair, and her favorite words of wisdom are “whatever you are, be a good one.” Her patient demeanor and love of children make her an excellent fit for Westview. Welcome to the team, Victoria.
For the first WestviewEDU of the year, we welcomed Dr. Traci L. Jordan, Psy.D., LSSP, Clinical and School Psychologist at InBloom Autism Services. Dr. Jordan discussed the topic of sharing with your friends and family about autism. If you missed the virtual presentation, do not worry. We are very thankful to Dr. Jordan for contributing a written version of her discussion to the Westview blog.

Families face many choices and decisions with a child's autism diagnosis, such as finding the right school and therapies necessary to promote a child's development. This complex process yields a wealth of information about a child, and the time will come when you will want to share valuable insights you've learned with the people who mean the most to you. In the latest edition of the Westview blog, Dr. Tracy Jordan gives some great talking tips for families in our latest blog post 5 Talking Tips for Telling Family and Friends About Autism.

Westview is Having a Birthday!
On Thursday, October 7, 2021, the Westview School will celebrate Founder's Day. Forty years ago, Jane Stewart started this school with four small children in her home. It has always been important for us as a Westview community to pause, recognize and remember Ms. Jane for the years of love and dedication that created our school. While we cannot have an assembly and take our all-school photo like in previous years, we will be holding a virtual assembly in the classrooms. Also, each grade level will take a group photo followed by a birthday celebration on the playground with cupcakes and bubbles. We ask that every student wear their blue Westview polo on this day. If you do not have a polo and/or need another size, please contact Candi Pettit.
Thank You for Supporting the Fall Book Fair
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair at Westview was a huge success this year. We are so thankful to our families for supporting the library. We are so appreciative of the generosity of our families. Teachers had their wishlists filled and then some, which helped to build their classroom libraries. As always, the book fair was great fun for our students, who loved browsing and shopping in person. It was an excellent event all around, and we thank you for your support. Special thanks to Teresa Taeger for her hard work and dedication to putting the event together for our students.
Fill Up at a "Giving Pump" to Support Westview
Need gas? Your next fill-up could help support The Westview School. Now through September 30, be on the lookout for colorful, purple signage on participating Shell pumps that donate a portion of your pump to local charities like The Westview School. Thank you to Landmark Charities/Timewise for always being such amazing supporters of The Westview School – ten of their “giving pumps” around town have Westview named as the charity of choice. A Westview parent snapped this picture of one of Shell’s “giving pumps” on the corner of I-10 and Kirkwood when her daughter spied it en route to school.
Westview is Hiring
The Westview School is hiring! Westview is seeking qualified, enthusiastic professionals, to join our team of educators and therapists to fulfill our mission of providing a stimulating, specialized learning environment where children with autism spectrum disorder can reach their fullest potential. If you or someone you know is interested, send a resume and letter of interest electronically to Candi Pettit

The Westview School is looking to increase our substitute teacher list. We have found that Westview parents are a perfect fit for this role. As a Westview substitute, you will primarily work as the class assistant for the day. We are so appreciative of all our parents who have dedicated time to support our school by being a part of our sub-list. We would love to include YOU too! If you are interested in substitute teaching on a preschool, elementary, or middle school level, please contact Michelle Chapa to complete the necessary paperwork and background check to be added to our list.

"I learned so much about how Westview works to help our kids each day. I loved seeing the kids do the many activities that fill the day." - Katie H., mom to Finley.

"Westview is like a second home to me, and the staff is like family. I love giving back to Westview by being a substitute. Also, it's nice to lay eyes on Conrad during the day." - Felicia S., mom to Conrad