Wednesday, February 27, 2013
This photo is from the inaugural day of Bassett Elementary school in 1968
In a new feature, we'll be periodically sharing photos of Westlake's past. This week, we're featuring a photo of the then-brand new Bassett Elementary School's first day of school, courtesy of ClevelandMemory.com. According to Cleveland Memory, this photo, taken on Jan. 4, 1968, is of first graders' first day of school "at the new Bassett Elementary School in Westlake. "This is the first grade room of Mrs. Virginia Royer. The building has seven teaching stations but has been designed so that future additions will triple its size and potential enrollment. Construction costs are the last funds from a 1963 bond issue," a Cleveland Memory reads. Today, the school has more than 380 students. Do you have a "long ago" photo from Westlake you'd …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Two Westlake elementary schools win national honor
Westlake City Schools earned a big honor on Monday as Bassett and Hilliard Elementary Schools were named winners of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. They are two of only 13 schools in Ohio to earn the honor, which is given by the U.S. Department of Education. Both Bassett and Hilliard were among the top schools in state assessments, received the top score of Excellent on their state report cards, and earned a high Performance Index Scores. Bassett earned the top score of Excellent on the most recent state report card and a Performance Index Score of 110.4, which reflects the achievement of every student. Hilliard also earned an Excellent on the state report card and posted a Performance Index Score of 108.2 "We're thrilled," …
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Heading out back-to-school shopping? Here's what you need.
With Westlake City Schools opening early this year, back-to-school shopping is a bit more rushed for Westlake parents. So, we're here to help. In the coming days, Westlake Patch will publish all the supply lists for each of the schools. Today, it's Bassett Elementary School's supply list. It's the PDF form attached here. You can print it or look at it on your phone in the store to make sure you're getting not only everything you need, but the right things.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The two schools join only a dozen others in the state up for the award.
Bassett and Hilliard elementary schools are standing out among Ohio's primary schools. The state has nominated the two schools for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools award, along with only a dozen others. Both schools were among the highest-performing schools on state assessments, received the top score of Excellent on their state report cards, and earned a Performance Index Score of over 110. The school principals were thrilled with the news, and credited their predecessors for laying the ground work that made the schools so successful. “The staff at Bassett is humbled by this recognition,” said Bassett Principal Ben Hodge. “Former Principal Tim Rickard created a learning community that achieves excellence, and I want to continue that …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Westlake City School administrators and educators will work through the summer and into 2012 to prepare the district's application for candidacy.
By 2014, the curricula taught in Westlake’s elementary schools will undergo quite a transformation as administrators and teachers are in the process of planning and developing an International Baccalaureate (IB) program that will be aligned with the district’s continuous improvement plan. Bassett principal Ben Hodge, curriculum director Pam Griebel, and IB coordinators Deb Wadden and Colleen Steidel will be helping to position Bassett – along with Dover, Hilliard and Holly Lane Elementary Schools – to take on this scholastic feat. Why 2014? Good question. It’s because IB isn’t any ordinary program. Administrators and teachers have to develop new lesson plans that abide by IB’s strict educational guidelines that require each student to …
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Westlake kids do amazing things every day, and each week at Westlake Patch, we're going to be featuring child, teenager, club or team that really shines.
Westlake kids do amazing things every day, and each week at Westlake Patch, we're going to be featuring child, teenager, club or team that really shines. Whiz Kid: Christopher Elliott, 10 School: Bassett Elementary Teacher: Mrs. Thrasher Accomplishments: Christopher is taking part in a country-wide math contest called "First in Math" by Suntex. The program provides friendly incentives for kids to preen their math skills and helps them to score well on standardized tests. Students who take part receive accomplishment stickers each time they finish a section of the contest, and Christopher is in first place among all of the nation's participants of the First in Math challenge. "Bassett joined the First in Math competition last spring, …