Test 101, Week 1 Notes
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Date Created: 09/19/16
Clarissa Childress ED220C 12 September 2016 Westmoreland Elementary School I moved to Westmoreland, Kansas when I was 5 years old. I was in first grade and I think it was in the middle of October. Previously, I had attended Riley County in Riley, Kansas. My mom and I moved to Westmoreland to live with my grandma since she had knee surgery. I remember being terrified and feeling out of place at my new school. Luckily, another little girl named Morgan got assigned to show me around and show me how things were done in the first grade. Morgan actually is in my Introduction to Teaching class with me and we are still best friends to this day! Westmoreland is about the same size as Riley, so I did not have to get used to a bigger city. Westmoreland has 778 people living in the town, but some students obviously live outside of the town as well and ride the bus to school. About 95% of the population is Caucasian, .4% is African American, and a little over 2% is Hispanic. Honestly, I could tell you who those specific people are, since I know literally everyone in the town. I have lived in four different houses in the tiny town of Westmoreland. First, we lived with my grandma. When I was in third grade, my grandma moved into an apartment designed for senior citizens across town, so my mom and I also moved out. We moved to a raggedy house right across from the elementary school. I started walking to school every day, which was a new experience for me. Although I could walk from my old house because of how small the town is, my mom or grandma still drove me and picked me up. When we lived across from the grade school, I would walk a few blocks to my grandma’s apartment while my mom was working. We moved again when I was in seventh grade to a duplex home down the street. I was still close enough to the grade school, but just a couple of blocks down. By that time, I did not attend the elementary school, but still had to walk to the school to get picked up by the bus that took us all to the high school. Once I was about to start freshman year of high school, we moved again to a newer home with my mom’s boyfriend at the time. They are now engaged and we still live there! The classes at Westmoreland Elementary are grouped together by grades. First and second grade are combined, third/fourth, and fifth/sixth. Although the grades are combined, there are two to three classrooms that they all share, and the kids rotate throughout the day between classrooms. For example, in my third/fourth grade classrooms, my homeroom was where I kept all of my belongings and had my assigned desk with my name on it. In my class, I had third and fourth graders. For science, we stayed in our classroom while the class next door had social studies. We would then switch rooms and I would learn social studies in the classroom next door. For “novel studies”, which was what we called reading once we got to third grade and above, we had three classrooms and depending on the level of reader you were, you went to a certain room with certain kids. I think this is a unique way of forming classrooms because the children are able to meet others who could be a year older or younger than them. I also think it was a neat strategy because we would never know which teacher we would have and who would be in our class. I remember getting a paper in the mail telling me who was all in my homeroom with me and which teacher I had. I think most of my teachers were amazing people, and it was such a close community so we all had a fun time and could talk about our families with teachers and they understood who we were talking about. I distinctly remember our principal dressing up as Elvis every single Halloween. He was also a KU fan, so in the morning when all of us kids were in the gym, he would say “All KU fans can go to their classrooms.” He would make the rest of the children stay put for a couple of more minutes, just as a joke. As a whole, our school did some pretty awesome things. I remember my sixth grade teacher shaving his head because of some bet. I cannot remember what bet exactly, but he definitely shaved his head in front of the entire school. We also put on talent shows in which the fifth and sixth graders got to perform. The whole school got to watch and parents were invited as well. The school is actually a very old school. In fact, my grandma attended high school at it. The doors are old and when you walk through it in the dark, it is pretty creepy. One newer aspect of the school is the elevator. They installed an elevator when I was in third grade I believe. Another neat thing we received was a brand new playground. During the summer between fifth and sixth grade, the school torn down the old playground and installed a new one. Our class was thrilled that we got to be the “top dogs” during the first year having the first playground. It was actually a pretty big deal to the town that we got a new playground. I think attending a smaller school was a fun experience and I did not have a lot to worry about when it comes to bullying. I think if I had transferred to a Manhattan school I would have been terrified. I also think that going to a smaller school could be what steered me towards Emporia State. I do want to be a teacher, so that was my main reason for coming here. I do not, however, think I could survive going to a huge university. Sometimes I wonder if I would have a different type of personality if I did go to a bigger school, but I am glad I went to one of the best schools in Kansas.