West Pelzer Elementary School is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the Graduate by providing an environment which promotes valuable academic opportunities and addresses the individual needs of students. Our mission is to R.E.A.C.H. every child, parent, teacher, and community member of WPES by respecting others, educating all, achieving goals, communicating well, and setting high expectations while molding today’s learner into tomorrow’s creative and innovative thinker.
Academic success is the driving force behind our mission. Our district's Digital Innovation program provided iPads to students in grades 3-12, encouraging them to be college and career ready upon graduation. Staff professional development was provided to enhance students' experiences and meet individual needs. Digital citizenship, class management apps, and student apps were implemented as well as continued strategies of guided reading and intervention. Teachers used a variety of effective and engaging strategies in the classroom, through field trips or bringing history to life through plays. We promoted core academics with reading logs, Greenville Drive Reading program, Fry Word party, math fluency recognitions, and Literacy Day.
Integrity, perseverance, and interpersonal skills were addressed through our Chick-fil-A Character Education program, as well as our School Improvement Council's Superhero character initiative with a culminating Masquerade Ball. Our PTO worked hard to provide a Fall Festival, Spring Fling, Fifth Grade Dance, and Teacher Appreciation luncheons. Our school raised money for Jump Rope for Heart, Relay for Life, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Shriner's Hospital. These efforts begin to show the process to students of the impact we can make in contributing to other people's needs in society.
Collaboration, teamwork, and self-direction are a part of our students' academic work; however, our school provides other opportunities for students to grow. We have a Girls Running Club, Good News Club, Safety Patrols, WPES Dance Team, Student Council, GoalPost, and monthly clubs including Art and the iPad, French, Yoga, Creative Cuisine, Wacky Science, and Gardening.
Our parents are very supportive and attend conferences, student performances, and Title I parent events. We hope to continue academic successes by creating a challenging learning environment for all students with a shared focus from parents, teachers, and community members.