Principal's Corner

Anita Gaines, Principal
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Weekly Wrap Up at West Side For Parents/Guardians- 4/22/24



It's Milestones Week! This week our 3rd-5th graders are taking the Ga Milestones test. The Georgia Milestones (GMAS) is an assessment designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state standards in Reading, Math, and Science. It is administered on the computer and includes comprehensive multiple choice questions, technology enhanced questions, open ended constructive response items, and an essay emphasizing 2 passages. We have emphasize to the students to not stress, but do their best. This past Friday we had a fun assembly with the Shrek characters. The fairy godmother reminded Shrek to take his time, donkey to not be nervous, Fiona to get a good night's sleep and arrive on time, and Lord Farquaad to eat a healthy breakfast. They helped students remember how to prepare for the test while having a little fun with teacher/student games and watching a few of us get slimed! Enjoy the fun pictures attached.


You may ask, "How can I help prepare my student as a parent?" You can help by assuring that those tips mentioned are followed . After the Milestones testing, all of our students will also be taking the MAP test to measure our achievement and growth. The Map test includes K-5 students. We have 5 more weeks to make a difference this school year and we want to continue to work toward our achievement goals!

A special shout out goes to the West Side track team! We had many amazing students do an awesome job last Tuesday at the track meet. Thank you parents for attending and allowing your child(ren) to participate. I enjoyed seeing them have fun!


Our student's are awesome and our teachers are hard workers. We look forward to a successful finish to this school year. We ask that you emphasize with your child the importance of our PBIS expectations. Our expectations are to have respect, own our behavior, and work towards success. We call it following the Braves Way, All Day, Everyday!

  • Just a quick reminder: Please do not park in the fire lane in front of the school.
  • Please make sure you label your child's items. We have collected several jackets, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. in lost and found. If you label the items with your child's name, we can easily return the item to the student.
  • Please remember in the event that you are late ,after 8:00, you must pull to the front of the school. This entrance is only for students that are tardy. If your student is tardy, please exit the vehicle and walk them to the door and enter the building. This is to ensure safety of the student.


Remember Attendance Matters. Once your child misses a certain number of days, please be aware that you will receive an attendance letter and could possibly be asked to attend an meeting to address the attendance issues. Please remember these letters are generated based on the number of absences your child accumulates.
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