The Westminster School District is committed to providing a quality education for all students, preschool through eighth grade. In particular, the Educational Services Division is dedicated to supporting students, staff and parents as we work collaboratively to develop programs and opportunities to build well-rounded students. We focus on the academic success and personal growth of each child.
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a driving force in the District’s Framework for Progress. PLCs provide the structure for collaboration amongst grade level and department educators as they work toward a common goal of student success. This ongoing collaboration takes place among grade level teachers, department teams, school to school teams and district teams. All work focuses on the following five essential questions:
- What do we want students to learn? (This is the taught curriculum.)
- How will we set them up to be successful? (The instructional strategies that will be used.)
- How will we know they are learning? (This includes formative and summative assessment.)
- What are we going to do if they don’t learn it? (This supports intervention.)
- What are we going to do if they already know it? (This supports differentiation.)
High academic achievement, health, safety and well-being for all Westminster School District students.
To empower students to become lifelong learners and fulfilled, productive citizens in a changing world.
Long-Range Board Achievement Goal
All students will graduate from middle school prepared to succeed academically and socially in high school, pass the CAHSEE, and pursue post-secondary choices.
Essentials elements for Continuous Improvement
- Focus on learning rather than teaching
- Work collaboratively
- Monitor and measure on a frequent and timely basis
- Build capacity of students and staff
Did you know?
The Westminster School District was named in a statewide research study as a model for hands-on, inquiry-based elementary science instruction.
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan
UPDATE: Draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan for the Public Hearing
The Draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan to be presented at the September 10, 2020 Public Hearing is available for review. It can be viewed and downloaded at the following links:
Information about the public hearing and opportunity to comment can be found on the September 10, 2020 board meeting page.
Senate Bill 98, approved by Governor Newsom on 6.29.20, made several key changes to accountability requirements for 2020-21. These include the establishment of a new requirement – The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan – that must be adopted by 9.30.20.
The contents of WSD’s Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan are aligned to the information in the district’s Opening Schools Plan. These plans are cited throughout the document and can be viewed in full on the Opening Schools & Safety Plan page.
The Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan memorializes the ongoing planning process for the 2020-21 school year. It includes some items that are pending, still in development, and/or being discussed in negotiations with bargaining groups. The plan includes descriptions of how the district is doing the following:
- Addressing gaps in learning
- Conducting meaningful stakeholder engagement
- Maintaining transparency
- Addressing the needs of unduplicated pupils, students with unique needs, and students experiencing homelessness
- Providing access to necessary devices and connectivity for distance learning
- Providing resources and supports to address student and staff mental health and social emotional well-being
- Continuing to provide school meals for students
Opportunity to Provide Input on the Draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan
NOTE: the Public Hearing Draft downloadable at the top of this page. Form for public comments can be accessed here:
- California Department of Education (CDE) Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan resource page
- Senate Bill 98 text
- California Department of Health: COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-based Programs