West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • May 6, 2021

    Dear West Mercer Families,

    It has been great to have so many students back in the building! School is really buzzing along now and students continue to show just how much they enjoy being back in the building with their teachers and their friends. Thank you for your support and willingness to partner with us this year while we met the challenges before us and pivoted when new opportunities for students arrived. This week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and as usual PTSA and parents are showering staff with messages and trinkets to show their appreciation (and of course, LOTS of great food!). Thank you, it is appreciated. This year, more than any, I also want to express my appreciation to YOU—without your support (of your child(ren), as well as our teaching staff) we could not have made it through the year!! It has been one for the records (hopefully not to be repeated) but one I believe we can all be proud of!

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an important addition to our school administration team: Katy Gibson. Mrs. Gibson has been at West Mercer for 5 years; serving first as a first-grade teacher, then as our instructional coach, and now she has stepped into an Interim Associate Principal role. Due to a medical issue with the Lakeridge Principal, Jill Kelly, our official Associate Principal has needed to be at Lakeridge full time since early February (this will continue through the rest of the year). In addition, my 91-year-old father has had some significant medical issues since February that has necessitated my absence from school more than I typically am. Mrs. Gibson has stepped in to support our students, teachers, and school to make sure that even in my absence, everything runs smoothly. Please welcome Mrs. Gibson to the West Mercer leadership team!



About West Mercer Elementary

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    Mission Statement:
    West Mercer is a place of joy where all students, staff, and families commit to grow, empower and value each other. We believe that our capacity to learn is unlimited.

    Value, Belief  and Commitment Statements:

    • We believe in strong partnerships with families and our community. We commit to respecting their insights and opinions.
    • We believe that every student and family in our community belongs. We commit to foster and embrace all aspects of diversity and further commit to face and address areas of inequity.
    • We believe it is important that we (staff, students, and families) enjoy each other and our time together at school. We commit to building relationships.
    • We believe that West Mercer is a place of emotional and physical safety. We commit to developing social/emotional health in our students.
    • We believe that behavior expectations must be clearly communicated and that students’ should be celebrated for appropriate behavior, not just criticized when they fall below behavior expectations. We commit to providing a positive behavior intervention system (PAWS).
    • We believe that learning should be personalized to meet the needs of the students in our classrooms and school. We commit to providing differentiated instructional practice.
    • We believe that student learning is most likely to occur when we use consistent, research based instructional practices and curricula. We commit to provide the guaranteed and viable curriculum mandated by the District and approved through School Board vote.
    • We believe that critical thinking and analytical/processing skills are crucial for future global opportunities. We commit to culture and foster these important thinking and problem solving skills.
    • We believe that every child needs appropriate challenge. We commit to continually improving our instructional practice so that we can grow ALL students’ skill and understanding.
    • We believe that every person (including us adults) can learn. We commit to learn from each other and from experts in a variety of fields.
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