Woodside Elementary School, a beautiful building on a hilltop setting, is an exciting place where children learn and grow. Providing academic excellence while nurturing the whole child summarizes the focus of this professional learning community. Staff, students and parents work together to create a strong community that encourages enthusiasm for teamwork, continuous growth and learning for children and adults.
Woodside opened its doors to students on Aug. 17, 1999, and a five-classroom and multi-purpose gym addition was completed in late 2012. The building is designed to enhance learning with access to technology and learning resources. Classrooms are clustered by grade with shared breakout areas. These clusters allow flexibility in grouping and instruction. The library is central to learning areas. The design allows students ready access to information and materials. Woodside has a fully equipped computer lab and a large group area for instructional activities and programs.
Woodside has 24 homeroom classes with between four and six sections of each grade. Staff includes two part-time instrucitional coaches, one full-time instructional coach, a school counselor and a school psyhcologist. Special programs at the school serve students with cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities, as well as speech-language needs. Students with special education needs are educated in a fully inclusive instructional model that allows them to spend as much of their day as possible with regular education classmates.
Parents are important at Woodside. An active Home and School group provides volunteers and extra funding for special activities including assemblies, field trips, classroom assistance and the book fair. A Wellness Committee comprised of staff and parents provide activities to show the benefits of healthy life choices to students.
Parent and senior citizen volunteers provide guidance and assistance in the health room, lunchroom, library-media center, computer lab and classrooms. Parent programs range from introductory experiences each fall to specialized grade level events.
Woodside’s Site Plan focuses efforts and activities to promote student learning and achievement. Goals are to: enhance respect and ownership within the school community; increase problem-solving activities to strengthen critical thinking skills in math; and help students communicate effectively, especially in writing.
Recognized as a 2011-12 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) School of Distinction by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, many exciting activities promote the school’s goals. Students participate in events that help others and create a sense of community. The annual curricular and wellness offerings as well as grade level musical programs throughout the year give students a chance to demonstrate their learning to family and friends.
At a glance
Student enrollment: 514
Starting time: 9:05 a.m.
Ending time: 3:50 p.m.
School colors: Navy blue and grey
Grading system: Semester report cards with proficiency scores of 1-4 are aligned to key learning goals and corresponding rubrics.