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 equipped with computers. 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 two fully equipped computer labs and a large group area for instructional activities and programs.
Woodside has 28 homeroom classes with four or five sections of each grade. A full- and a half-time reading specialist, media specialist, math specialist, guidance counselor, district social worker and school psychologist support students. 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 labs, school store and classrooms. Parent programs range from introductory experiences each fall to specialized grade level events. In 2005, Woodside was selected to become an Arts in Community Education (ACE) school in partnership with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
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. Serving in the School Store or on “Students of Service” are among leadership opportunities. A focus on writing inspired creation of a mini-literary magazine for young authors. The annual curricular and wellness offerings as well as various grade level musical programs throughout the year give students a chance to demonstrate their learning to family and friends.