West Mercer Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • June 7, 2021

    Dear West Mercer Families,

    June is always a bittersweet month in a school building. We are excited for the growth we see in students and of course are also looking forward to some time away from campus to recharge but then again we have some good byes to say as people move on. One of those good byes is of course to our 5th grade students (moving on to Middle School) and to other students who are moving to other schools or areas. Our 5th graders have continued to fill the role of student leaders, even with a year that meant a lot of school was online. They have shown perseverance, determination, and drive. All students have shown flexibility and positivity as we moved from one instructional model to the next; we are proud of you! To all our students who are moving on I want to say: We will miss you! Please take part of the wolfpack with you and always remember the Wolf Way: take care of yourself and take care of the pack!

    Another good bye is to our staff who are moving on for one reason or another; some moving to new locales, others to new opportunities at different schools, and some retiring. I would like to honor the staff who are leaving. It is the strong and committed staff that makes West Mercer the exceptional place that it is. We will miss:

    • Steve Kiner
    • Carly Adams
    • Saumya Santosh
    • Kristina Olafsson
    • Carole Morrison
    • Erin Wilson-Tan
    • Eric Eaton
    • Kris McBurney
    • Sarah Pangallo

    We will also miss the staff who left us mid-year. Good bye to:

    • Rebekah Kates
    • Joanna Berg

    This June is particularly bittersweet for me as I have decided to retire at the end of the school year. I will miss this amazing community of learners and leaders but know that the wolfpack will continue in my absence and another leader will emerge to take my place. I know that West Mercer will continue to be a place that welcomes all, celebrates all, and encourages a sense of joy to all who enter its walls.

    Congratulations to staff who are being honored by PTSA or District
    It is wonderful when others recognize the tremendous staff members that we have here at West Mercer. I am excited to share that 2 of our staff have been honored recently by others.

    • Congratulations to Lynn Lawrence, named employee of the year by MISD
    • Congratulations to Chris CocklinRay, named outstanding educator by MISD PTA Council

    Please join me in celebrating their hard work and commitment to our students!



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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