Principal's Message

Dear West Mercer Families,
As we head towards the end of our first Trimester, the school is running smoothly, and all is well! The students are engaged in exciting learning activities and expanding their skills daily. The teachers are busy, busy preparing Progress Reports and getting ready for Conferences. And our recesses and lunches are successful with students making good choices. West Mercer is truly a great place to be!
Last month I shared the work that we are doing to support student behavior with our Positive Behavior Supports (PAWS). The idea behind PAWS is to proactively encourage students to behave appropriately (within our school expectations-ones that have been clearly communicated to all students) and to celebrate them when they do.
This month I want to share the companion process, what we do when students DO misbehave. I firmly believe that student behavior is a form of communication; that student's behave outside of our expectations for a REASON (need for attention, frustration with friends or workload, etc.). With this in mind I have reworked our behavior process to focus on student learning (yes, students can even learn in the principal's office). Now when students have a momentary "oops" and create a problem that is significant enough for the office to get involved, we ask the students to begin by completing a "Stop and Think" form. This form encourages students to consider what problem their behavior caused, why they did it, what they can do to resolve the problem, and finally what they could have done instead. Read More...

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About West Mercer Elementary

Our students will thrive in the cognitive, global and digital world while sustaining their passion and inspiration for learning.
1. Students will develop positive habits & attitudes toward learning
2. Students will pursue their personal best academic achievement
3. Students will prepare for their future learning and work in the modern world.