Elementary News

  • WL-S Elementary Family Literacy Night

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/11/2019 2:00:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem Elementary teachers and staff will host the second annual Family Literacy Night.  The evening of reading, games, and fun will take place on March 14th and is sure to be great time.  Please plan to attend this Seussical themed evening and bring the entire family!  More information will come home with your students including a way to order a Dr. Seuss themed t-shirt the entire family can wear to the event.  We hope to see you all there!FLN

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  • Fifth Grade Robotics Club begins it’s second year.....

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/6/2019 5:00:00 AM

    West Liberty-Salem’s fifth grade Robotics Club is exploring STEM education with it’s second season in coding and robotics. The Wonder League, their club name, is coached by Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Cotrell and has 18 participants. They meet after school during second semester and complete project based missions and compete amongst themselves throughout the season.

    What is STEM? STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise. (Tsupros, 2009). Coding, a large part of STEM education, is fast becoming an essential skill across many industries.

    WL-S uses Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots, designed to help students learn the fundamentals of both coding and robotics and how they work together. These amazing robots, along with apps designed to help students, can learn, play games, tell jokes, and complete obstacle courses. Currently, we have 12 of the Dash and Dot robots, but hope to expand that as interest in the program continues to grow.

    Pictured below is Brady Kauffman.  He is working on coding an obstacle course with his Dash Robot.Brady Kauffman



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  • Third Grade Students get Creative with History

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 2/5/2019 1:00:00 AM

    Mrs. Creager, third grade Language Arts teacher, just completed a two week long research project with two blocks of the third grade class. The students were asked to research biographies of memorable, historical figures of their choice. Along with reading about that person, they completed a water bottle size figure bringing their project to life. They incorporated technology in their projects creating Q.R. Codes and linking websites specific to their person. These impressive projects are on display in the elementary library and anyone with a smart phone can scan their codes for more information!

    Pictured below is McKayla Reames figure of Amelia Earhart.

    Amelia Earhart


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  • Little Tiger Cheer Announcement

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/31/2019 2:00:00 AM

    This announcement is for elementary students in grades K-4 that are participating in the Little Tiger Cheer Camp. In preparation for the Little Tiger Cheer performance during the WLS High School Varsity game on Friday night, students involved in the program are asked to meet in the elementary gym on Friday at 6 pm for practice. Students will practice during the first half of the High School JV game and will receive their camp t-shirts at this time. Announcements will be made for parents to pick up their Little Tiger Cheerleaders during the JV game half time. The Little Tiger Cheerleaders will then return to the elementary gym between the 1st and 2nd quarters of the Varsity Game in preparation for their Varsity half time performance. Cheerleaders will receive free admission to the game. Please remember that fans are asked to wear Pink to the game to support the "Pink Out" theme. Thank you supporting the WLS Varsity Cheerleaders!

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  • Glow germs teach proper hand-washing

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/15/2019 8:00:00 AM

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    Mrs. Spring and Mrs. Patton’s first grade class experimented with “Glow Germs”, lotion based simulated germs, and proper hand washing this morning.  School Nurse, Mrs. Douthwaite, used the faux germ gel to show students that even after washing our hands, some germs linger behind.  Each student used the Glow Germ lotion and then washed and dried their hands. A black light was used to show how much residue from the glow in the dark gel was still on their hands.  Each student had some glow bugs left!  Students were surprised to learn that how long, how thorough, and how well we rinse all effect how many germs can be left behind. 

    Mrs. Douthwaite reminded students about proper ways to sneeze and cough to minimize the spread of germs.  Students learned that when we use our hands, instead of sneezing into our elbows, we spread germs through everything we touch.  She also emphasized that touching our noses and mouths allow germs to enter our bodies. 

    Mrs. Douthwaite will continue her hand-washing education throughout the week in many different classes.  This is a great way to combines science and fun while teaching younger students about the spread of germs.  Thanks to Mrs. Douthwaite for this hands on experiment with our students!


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  • Drop Off Lane Update

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/10/2019 8:00:00 AM

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    As we transition to the second semester of the year, we wish to take this opportunity to address drop off lane procedures and concerns.  We have become increasingly aware of what works, and what doesn’t, and we’d like to add a few more tips to create a better flow of traffic. 

    The fire lane, as well as the curb lane north of the fire lane, is widely underutilized during morning drop off.  This area, when the driver is NOT exiting the vehicle, is available for drop use.  This will allow more students to exit their vehicles at one time and create less congestion in the left lane.  Per procedure, find a spot as far forward as possible and merge into the right lane (curb lane).  After your student exits your vehicle merge back into left lane traffic. 

    Sometimes, it is easier (especially when North of the fire lane) to merge back into the left lane closer to the stop sign.  Oftentimes, parents are dropping their students off as far back as the playground and then merging back into the left lane.  This is creating unnecessary congestion too early in the drop off process.  We would, again, like to emphasize that the goal is to find a spot as far forward as possible.  Utilizing spots north of the fire lane will help eliminate delays and traffic jams so close to the entrances from Route 68.  We ask that you still be mindful of the cross walk and those using it, however utilizing this extra space will allow for a better flow of traffic and lighten the left lane traffic jam issue we are currently experiencing. 

    In closing, we would like to remind families that students should ALWAYS exit the passenger side of the vehicle in the curb lane only, and drivers are NEVER permitted to exit their vehicle during morning drop off (parking is permitted after drop off and during pick up).  Should your child need assistance exiting the vehicle, please use the visitor parking lot, and walk your child to the building.  If you have questions or concerns please e-mail awygal@wlstigers.org.


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  • Sadie Paul wins Elementary Spelling Bee

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/9/2019 9:00:00 AM

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    Fourth and fifth grade students were really buzzing this morning as they watched 16 of their peers take the stage in the school Spelling Bee. Eight Students were chosen from each grade level in December after participating in a classroom spelling bee. Sadie Paul (5th grade) won first place and Abbie Thoman (5thgrade) was runner up. Sadie will now take an online spelling and vocabulary test in hopes of being chosen to represent WL-S at Ohio University in March. Congrats to Sadie, Abbie, and all others who participated!


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  • Walk at School a Success!

    Posted by Allison Wygal on 1/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Students, their families and siblings, grandparents, teachers and other staff gathered today for what was the year’s fifth ‘Walk at School’ morning. Over 70 walkers  jump started their morning with a 30 minute walk through the halls of the school. Walks are scheduled with weather in mind, but in the earlier and later months of the year, walking on the track is a nice treat!  Physical Education teacher, Kim Hollar, began this program roughly 5 years ago, and the program continues to grow with each new school year. All are invited and encouraged to attend.  See information below or contact Mrs. Hollar for more details at Khollar@wlstigers.org


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