Westwood Elementary

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“Welcome to Westwood”

Westwood believes in strong partnerships with families and urges all community members to remain committed to our school. Because of our excellent teaching staff, strong family supports, and hard working students, our school will continue to excel.


We at Westwood are using “The 8 Step Process of Instruction” and using data to drive our instruction. Like all great lifelong learners, we are taking full advantage of the District's professional development opportunities to ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of educational instruction.  Each student will work in a small group on a daily basis to improve Math and Language Arts skills. Students will receive remediation, maintenance, or enrichment depending on their current skill level.


Please visit the Westwood News section or our Calendar for the latest information on what is happening here at Westwood...


PowerSchool Parent logon is now Single Sign On.  You will still use the Parent Portal link on the left - but you will need to follow the instructions at this link to create your new account  (this will open in a new window).  Everyone must create a new account.  You will now be able to use ONE log on for multiple students.



PLEASE…enroll your Kroger Plus Card to benefit Westwood Elementary. Kroger will donate a percentage of everything you spend directly to Westwood to support our school & provide resources for our students. (Note: Your shopping information is completely private. Only reward earning totals are shared with Westwood Elementary.)

Enrollment can be done any time, but expires March 31st of every year. After April 1, you must re-enroll your card (but you do NOT need a new card). Westwood Elementary organization number is UL515.

To sign up:

If you are new to the Kroger website….

  1. Have your Kroger Plus Card handy (or plan to sign up for a new one digitally)
  2. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  3. Choose “Create Account”
  4. Follow prompts to create account and register your Plus Card with it
  5. At top right click “My Account” in orange box
  6. Scroll to bottom under “Community Rewards”
  7. Enter Westwood Elementary’s organization number, UL515 and hit search
  8. Click button for Westwood Elementary
  9. Hit “Enroll”

If you already have a Kroger website account and are re-enrolling your card…

  1. Go to https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Sign in to your account
  3. At top right click “My Account” in orange box
  4. Scroll to bottom under “Community Rewards”
  5. Enter Westwood Elementary’s organization number, UL515 and hit search
  6. Click button for Westwood Elementary’s
  7. Hit “Enroll”


 Journeys Reading Program

 Experience CCRA sample link

Important Upcoming Dates

July 25 - Elementary Enrollment 8 am - Noon & 1 pm - 4 pm

July 26 - Elementary Enrollment Noon - 4 pm & 5 pm - 7 pm

August 6- Faculty/Staff Workday and Meeting- No Students; “Back to School Night”    

August 7- First Day of School for Students

August 13- Westwood PTO Meeting- 6:00pm

August 14- Westwood Skating Party- 6:00pm

August 17- Hearing Screening (Grades 1 & 4 only)

August 21- Vision Screening 12pm (Grade 3 & 5 only)

August 22- Westwood Picture Day

August 24- Healthy Smiles Dentist  

August 29- Westwood Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser @ Rose Bowl   

September 3- Labor Day - No School

September 4- Grandparents Day 7:45-8:15am (Student Last Names A-F)  

September 5- Grandparents Day 7:45-8:15am (Student Last Names G-M); Mid-Term Reports  

September 6- Grandparents Day 7:45-8:15am (Student Last Names N-Z)  

September 10- Staff Meeting- 2:45pm; Westwood PTO Meeting- 6:00pm

September 11- Westwood Skating Party- 6:00pm

October 1- Staff Meeting- 2:45pm   

October 3- Walk to School Day (Meet at Westwood Golf Course)

October 5- End of First 9 Weeks

October 8-12- Fall Break - No School (1 week)

October 15- Westwood PTO Meeting- 6:00pm

October 16- Westwood Skating Party- 6:00pm

October 17- Elementary Report Cards

Oct. 22-26- Red Ribbon Week

October 26- Fall Festival Setup- 2:45pm     

October 27- Westwood Fall Festival- 4:00-7:00pm

November 4- End of Daylight Savings

November 5- Staff Meeting- 2:45pm  

November 6- Election Day

November 7- ELKS Hoop Shoot- 8:00am   

November 9- Veteran’s Day Program 1:00pm

November 13- Westwood Skating Party- 6:00pm

November 14- Mid-Term Reports

November 15- Spell Bowl Competition

November 20- Student Assembly: Professor Wow’s Fun-Believable Science Show

November 21-22-23- Thanksgiving Vacation - No School

December 3- Staff Meeting- 2:45pm  

December 4- Westwood Christmas Program- 6:00pm  

December 11- Westwood Skating Party- 6:00pm

December 20- End of Second 9 Weeks/1st Semester (Last Day for Students)

Dec. 21-Jan. 4- Christmas Vacation



Weather Information

In case of inclement weather, please do not rely solely on the School Reach messaging system.  Anytime school is closed, delayed or dismissed early, it will be announced on the TV (channels 6, 8 and 13), on the radio (WMDH 102.5 FM) and listed on the New Castle Community School


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Westwood is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Mgt. System in our school to enhance the district’s program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our building at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors, contractors, volunteers and any other guests in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. 

Upon entering our school building, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID, which will be scanned into the system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our building. It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the driver's license is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the BMV. Therefore, any other information on the ID is not scanned by the system and is not accessible to any of the users. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.The system should be fully operational over this summer.

A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork. In the event that a person does not have identification, he/she can still be given access to the building but will be escorted by a school staff member or School Resource Officer (SRO). 

Learning to Give


Thank you to all students, families, and staff that helped support our Skate-a-thon! The Skate-a-thon was obviously a huge success. We were able to raise $3,464.25. 

Winners of our Incentives

-Classes with 90% or more Participation earning “Extra Recess”- Mrs. Amman, Mrs. White, Mrs. Flynn, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Gerth, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Denney 

-Class raising the most money earning a “Popsicle Party”- Mrs. Denney

-Grade level raising the most money earning a “Pizza Party”- 4th Grade 

-Winner of a “$100 Walmart Gift Card” from our raffle of students raising $50 or more- Rees Schetgan 



Thank you for all of your support for our 3rd Annual Bowl-a-thon! I think the students really enjoyed themselves and we were able to collect $4,436.13 This money will go directly to helping support the students of Westwood and provide them with new Library books.  

In addition we are awarding the following prizes for participating…

Popsicle Party for 90% or more class participation:


Class Raising the Most $ (earning Fall Festival Wrist Bands):


Grade Level Raising the Most $ (earning a Pizza Party):

5th Grade

Winner of a $100 Visa Gift Card (names were entered for collecting $50 or more): Lily Lam




"Relay for Life”


Our Westwood family is participating in the Relay for Life this year, and have some fun events planned for your children to help raise money!

During the week of May 9th, students can donate $1 each day to participate in one of our activities. Please give the money to your teacher, and they will turn it in for you.

May 9th: Wear your favorite sports team gear!

May 10th: Dress like a nerd for Nerd Day!

May 11th: Wear your favorite hat for hat day!

May 12th: It is crazy hair day!

May 13th: 30 minutes of free tech day!  

On Friday, May 13th, our school will participate in a relay walk during the school day. Students will walk on the track for an hour. If you would like to purchase a Luminary bag to decorate in memory or in honor of someone you know who has battled cancer, they will be available for $1 in Mrs. Flynn’s room. The bags will be on display during the walk at school.

If you would like to join the Westwood Team to walk in the Relay for Life benefit on June 18th  from 8 am to midnight at Baker Park, you can go to relayforlife.org. Then click “Find Event- New Castle, IN. Finally, click “Join Team” and scroll to find Westwood Wildcats for a Cure. Stephanie Criswell is our team captain. We would love to have a group of Westwood families participate in our walk!

Thank you for your support!




“Westwood’s War on Hunger”


We held our “War on Hunger” during the first two weeks of December. This was in hopes that we could get items donated to Westminster Community Center prior to Christams and the New Year. I want to personally thank everyone for their efforts and support. 

This year we were able to help raise over 3,000 nonperishable food items to help members of the New Castle Community during the holiday season.




Thank you to all students, families, and staff that helped support our Skate-a-thon! The Skate-a-thon was obviously a huge success. We were able to raise $3,331.10. 

Winners of our Incentives

-Classes with 90% or more Participation earning “Extra Recess”- Mrs. White, Mrs. Stockberger, Mrs. Denney, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Gerth 

-Class raising the most money earning a “Pizza Party”- Mrs. Gerth

-Grade level raising the most money earning a “Tech Week”- 4th Grade 

-Students raising $20 or more earning the opportunity to “Throw Water Balloons at Mr. Carson at Field Day”- 82 students!  

-Winner of a “Kindle Fire HD” from our raffle of students raising $50 or more- Ashton Rainer



Westwood AR Program


Bring your classroom right into your students’ homes for reading success.

You can’t argue with proven research: Students perform better when parents are actively involved in the learning process. By logging onto Renaissance Home Connect*, parents can access real-time information in English or Spanish to stay up to date and keep their children motivated. Students and parents can:

  • See progress toward reading goals
  • Conduct book searches using AR BookFinder
  • Review AR Quiz results
  • View the number of books and words read
  • Strengthen vocabulary skills

*Does not allow quizzing in Accelerated Reader from home.


Parent Connection: