NOTICEAs of June 30, 2014: (1) the school Web site design and address will change; (2) 2013-2014 assignment and grade postings will no longer be accessible through Edline; and (3) the new BCPS One system will provide a gradebook at the start of the 2014-2015 school year that parents and students can access
Welcome to Westchester
Westchester Elementary School is located in Catonsville, Maryland, near historic Ellicott City. WES provides a continuum of services for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students and is a certified Maryland Green School. WES has consistently scored above county and state averages on the Maryland School Assessment. Every student is a shining star!
Built in 1998, WES is proud to offer cutting edge technology. We focus on the integration of technology resources in daily instruction and every classroom has access to computers, two computer labs, a mobile lab, a live TV studio, and netbooks for students
The mission of Westchester Elementary School is to provide a quality education for all students--one that develops the skills, abilities, and attitudes that will enable them to succeed now and in the future. Vision Statement: Westchester Elementary
is dedicated to the academic, civic, and social development of all students. The
development of critical thinking and problem solving skills continue to be our
top priority. We embrace change in order to transform possibilities into
The Westchester Way I am respectful. I am responsible. I am safe. I am prepared to make possibilities become realities as I learn.
News and Notes
At the Westchester Elementary first grade end of year picnic on Friday, June 6, grade 1 teacher, Julie Menton, was surprised by Nikki Dungee from Let's Dish! with an award for being their 2014 Teacher of the Year for the Columbia area. She received a certificate worth more than $100 towards prepared meals at Let's Dish!. Ms. Menton was nominated by her student, Benjamin Taylor, for keeping instruction fun and going the extra mile with her students by howing them love and support every day. Thank you for all that you do, Ms. Menton. Congratulations!
Baltimore County Public Schools is in the process of implementing a One-card Identification system for all students and staff. In the fall of 2014, students will be issued a One-card, which they will use for building attendance and to check out library materials. The secondary schools will use the One-card to record classroom attendance throughout the day, as well. In the near future, all students who ride county school buses will use the One-card to check on and off the buses. This identification system is one more step in improving our student and staff safety and security. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Dale Rauenzahn, Executive Director at 410-887-4360.
WESNews Our live TV broadcasts are back and available to view online. Check out past broadcasts here and be looking for a yellow notification to come home whenever your child makes an appearance so you can be sure not to miss them!
Bullying Prevention Month October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Some students in Mrs. Weber's Homeroom started and anti-bullying group and made T-Shirts for World Bullying Prevention Day - check them out on WES's Facebook Page!
Online Free/Reduced Meal Application BCPS now has an online household meal benefit application as an option for families to complete and submit the application process for determining free or reduced-price meal eligibility. The paper application will continue to be accepted. There is a quick reference guide for accessing the new online application located on the Parent Resources page. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Karen Levenstein, Director at 410-887-7855
BCPS Calendar Hard copies of the BCPS calendar will not be arriving in schools until the week of September 30. You can download a PDF version under parent resources here if you need a copy sooner.
Common Core On behalf of Dr. Lillian Lowery, we are delighted to let you know that Maryland Public Television (MPT) has produced several Common Core video interstitials (formerly known as PSA spots). You can find them here: http://www.warnerhanson.com/mpt/index.html.