Congratulations to the winners of the WSD Spelling Bee! Winners in the 4th and 5th grade competition had to correctly spell obedient, especially, and exquisite. First Place went to Tri Nguyen at Meairs, Second Place went to Noah Elbettar at Schroeder and Third Place went to Jayden Pham at Fryberger. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competition was a battle with contestants spelling crustaceans, pterodactyl, and quandary. First Place went to Jenny Pham at Johnson, Second Place went to Sophia Bickley at Stacey and Third Place went to Bao Pham at Warner. The winners in the 6-8th competition will go on to compete in the Orange County Scripps Spelling Bee in February.
The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms. Sheri Loewenstein and Dr. Gary Rutherford to act as consecutive interim superintendents for WSD, effective immediately. Ms. Loewenstein will serve as Interim Superintendent from approximately November through January and then Dr. Rutherford will take the helm from February until a new superintendent is hired. Ms. Loewenstein and Dr. Rutherford are both education consultants and retired superintendents, who together have experience in virtually every facet of K-12 public education. Ms. Loewenstein served as superintendent of Westminster School District and Cypress School District while Dr. Rutherford served as superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District, Upland Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.
The Westminster School District is in the process of changing the method by which Governing Board Members are elected. Under the current “at-large” system, all registered voters in the District can vote for any of the candidates up for election. Under the new proposed system, candidates will be elected by “trustee areas.” This means only voters within a given trustee area can vote for candidates who reside within the same area. The intent of this proposed system is to offer greater opportunities for Board representation for candidates that might not otherwise be elected under an at-large system. Click on the headline for more information and to view the proposed area maps.
Westminster School District will receive a prestigious 2017 Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association for its Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program. WSD is proud to be among the select few to receive the state’s leading educational honor. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 38th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative, sustainable, and make a demonstrated difference for students. The District will be honored at a special Golden Bell Award ceremony on November 30th in San Diego.
Read the in-depth report and get an inside look at WSD's Vietnamese and Spanish Dual Language Immersion programs. These programs are becoming increasingly sought after as parents begin to recognize the advantages that come with being bilingual. Beyond the academic benefits, research has also uncovered multiple cognitive benefits of bilingualism.