Students in Grade 5 will participate in the Westover Chorus. Practice is once a week for 50 minutes. This is in addition to their regular music class. There is not a report card grade attached to the chorus program. It is expected that students participate in the two concerts, winter and spring.
Students in Grades 4 and 5 may select an instrument of their choice to play at the beginning of each school year. In the fall, they attend an assembly that introduces them to the various instruments that are available in band and orchestra. Depending on a student’s ability, they will be in a beginning group or advanced group. Instruction is once a week for 30 minutes during the school day.
The Westover Elementary School Safety Patrol consists of Grade 5 students. They are chosen on the basis of achievement, responsibility, and cooperation. At the end of each school year, Grade 4 students are invited to write a short essay if they’d like to be a patrol and why they think they would be effective. Then each student is interviewed by the Patrol Sponsor and another staff member. Students are notified before the end of the year and spend a week shadowing a Grade 5 patrol to learn about the duties and responsibilities.
Westover Student Council
The Westover Student Council is composed of two representatives from each classroom from Grades 2 to 5. At the beginning of each school year, through the campaign and election process, the student body elects a student board which includes a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Meetings are held regularly throughout the school year. Students develop leadership and organizational skills as well as speaking and writing skills through participation in this student body.
WNN: Wallaby News Network
Three times a week, a TV crew of 5th graders starts Westover's school day. The WNN TV crew members contribute to the daily script, which includes the weather forecast, lunch menu, special announcements, and student birthdays. Each crew member learns every role of the morning's production, including camera, talent, teleprompter, audio, switcher, computer graphics, and floor director. Students apply to become members of the studio crew.
How do you become a member of the Wallaby News Network (WNN) crew?
Fifth grade students are eligible to become members of the WNN crew. The WNN sponsor is looking for responsible and respectful students who are willing to speak in front of a camera, work with a team of fellow students, work with television equipment, and be able to arrive at school at 9:00 a.m. Applications and permission slips will be given out in the spring of Grade 4. The sponsor and selection committee will then interview each student for eligibility
Field Day occurs at the end of each school year on two different mornings in June, one for Primary grades and one for Intermediate grades. During Field Day, students rotate through a variety of PE activities that they’ve learned throughout the year.