GLACUHO is proud to announce a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Grand Rapids Community during the 2011 GLACUHO conference. This year, the service project will be at Westwood Middle School in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Westwood is home to 471 middle school students located in the heart of the city’s west side. Westwood is dedicated to improving student achievement and building positive relationships within the school community. This is a very diverse school and is a language center building. GLACUHO will have the opportunity to work with the school as they transition to a new mascot for the school to a Hawk which will enforce the need for graduation from High School into College. The service project will be Monday, November 14, 2011, from 7am – noon.
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If you are interested in volunteering and/or donating please contact Inclusion & Equity Committee Member, Lindy Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 618.453.3318
Registration will also be available at the conference.
Service Project Details
Conference Delegates have the opportunity to participate in a community service project in the local area while at the annual conference. This year we will be working with the Westwood Middle School located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On November 14, 2011 from 7:00am-12:00pm, volunteers from the 2011 GLACUHO Annual Conference will go to Westwood Middle School and fill in and paint two outlined mascots on the walls.
The Westwood staff has a plan to ensure the student population at Westwood Middle School begins thinking past middle school and focus on graduation from high school. The staff has made strides in turning the school around and helping students reach the goals of the new strategic plan. To help students feel a sense of pride and investment in the high school, Westwood staff decided to change the Westwood Middle School mascot to the red hawk as well. Westwood staff has asked GLACUHO for help with this aspect of the project
Participants who are interested in painting the new logo as a mural on the walls should bring painting attire to the conference. Vehicles for travel will be provided.
Additionally, we are taking monetary donations for the project as well as donations of painting supplies such as brushes, rollers, tarps, painting trays, and paint.
Donations may also be sent to:
Westwood Middle School
C/O Assistant Principal Miguel Ortiz
1525 Mount Mercy Dr. N. W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
More Information about Westwood Middle School
Westwood Middle School, located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Westside is one of Grand Rapids Public School’s Language Centers committed to its diverse student population. Professionals at Westwood Middle School are striving to improve student achievement and build positive relationships within their school community. The school measures themselves by Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards and, although the AYPS have improved since 2006, administrators aim for continual improvement. After completing a new strategic plan, the Westwood Middle School is ready for a cultural shift. The steering committee acknowledges through the strategic plan there are areas of improvement and, in the words of the Steering Committee Message, “The time has come to hear laughter in the halls, conversations about the new experiences students have and provide a safe, enjoyable, multi-faceted, and interactive learning system for each person. We should no longer lose these chances or accept anything less than providing a positive, interactive, and enjoyable schooling experience for all students.” The 2011 GLACUHO Service Project will aid in celebrating and promoting positive aspects of the Westwood Middle School.
The school recently received the Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) from the State of Michigan. This grant is one of two received and focuses on setting the school climate and creating Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). By creating a shared relationship between academics, experience, and values, the school creates a greater opportunity for students to succeed.
Some initiatives have already begun in the school. First, a new dress code has been implemented. The dress code creates an environment more conducive to learning, by helping students focus on their classes and not what others are wearing. Another initiative includes creating a family of schools. This family of schools is comprised of Union High School and feeder middle schools; those schools whose students will all eventually attend Union High School. Westwood Middle School is one of those feeder schools. In creating the family of schools, Westwood Middle School is focusing on instilling more school pride. With hope, this pride will motivate students to pass through middle school into high school. Additionally, the Westwood staff wants the installation of school pride to make the transition as easy as possible to Union High School, the next step for the students at Woodward Middle School.
Westwood Middle School Fun Facts
- MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.
- Total Enrollment of approximately 481 students, grades 6-8
- Students follow a six period day and take core classes in Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. Students can also take band, art, physical education, computer, and specialized math and literacy classes.
- Students have the opportunity to extend their day by becoming involved in YoPuedo, TRIO/College Prep, LOOP, Student Council, and a multitude of athletic programs.
- School population is comprised of 46% Hispanic, 22% White, 24% African American and 8% other.
- Westwood has a staff of 41 full time teachers and 1 part time teacher. The average number of teaching experience is 11 years.