Student Support Programs (SSP), Westfield Washington Schools’ (WWS) unique extension of fee-based services, continues to grow and adapt in support of our students and families. Before and After Care (BAC) has been in place since 2005 and currently serves 548 of our kindergarten through 8th grade students with locations in each elementary and at the Intermediate School. The Toddlers of Teachers and Staff (TOTS) program extended its offerings to City of Westfield employees and siblings of enrolled WWS students in 2009 and currently cares for 124 children. The Beyond the Kindergarten Bell (BKB) program is a very popular offering extending the school day for our students attending a half day kindergarten program. Summer enrichment has been the primary emphasis for fee-based development in the last two years. 2011 Summer Camp weekly offerings were experienced by more than 1,200 WWS students. The summer camps are a combination of our traditional all summer, all day camp which supports those families needing child care in the summer months and over 85 weekly camps offered by WWS teachers and staff which can be customized student by student for a summer perfectly matched to the families’ needs and the students’ interests. Families can research the many flexible opportunities for extending the school day and school year experiences by visiting the district website and the Departments’ tab where each of our programs are fully described.
The Student Support Programs’ staff is committed to finding ways to continually grow and improve services that our families may be seeking. Currently, the Intermediate BAC Program is undergoing a transformation into the Zone 58 redesign of experiences that will be even better suited for the 5th through 8th grade student. The redesign of that program is based upon student, parent, and staff input. If you would like to be a part of that process, please contact the SSP Program Lead, Cindy Nicole, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The BKB program, as it currently exists, will be dramatically affected by the emerging Full Day Kindergarten expansion from the Indiana Department of Education (NOTE: see Dr. Keen’s Superintendent’s blog in December for more complete details). We are currently exploring the level of family interest in a pre-school offering for those students who will be entering kindergarten at Westfield as they meet the age requirements. If you would be interested in being a part of that exploration, please contact me, Cindy Keever, Executive Director of Student Support Programs, at email@example.com.