Westwood Elementary Principal Jennifer Robinson remembers the day that her school opened 10 years ago.
The school formed in 2004 when Fleetwood Elementary and West Jefferson Elementary came together to become Westwood.
“That first year was really great,” Robinson said, “The two schools came together just beautifully.”
Robinson, who was teaching kindergarten when Westwood opened, wanted to commemorate the school’s 10-year anniversary with something special that involved the entire staff and student body.
On Dec. 2, the school’s faculty, staff and all 635 students stood in the school field, spelling out WWES. Local pilot and photographer Tom Fowler flew overhead and snapped a picture of the event.
Superintendent Dr. Todd Holden and Assistant Superintendent Phyllis Yates visited the celebration to take pictures and wave to all of the kids on the field.
“It was really smooth, and the kids thought it was super cool,” Robinson said.
Assistant Principal Dustin Farmer and Technology Specialist Marty Norris worked with the Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) class to figure out the math involved in getting all 635 kids to spell out the four giant school initials.
With the help of matching PTO funding and a number of community sponsors, each child was given a t-shirt with the school’s timber wolf logo and “Leading the pack for 10 years” written on it.
Showing appreciation for the sponsors, Robinson said, “It was important that our celebration involve them. We can’t make it without the involvement of our community.”
“We are blessed with a wonderful faculty, supportive parents and top-notch students,” Robinson said, “We’re so excited that we continue to grow.”