This Week at West Elementary School April 15, 2024

ACAP Large Group Testing Dates

Parents, this week, we will begin our Large Group ACAP Summative Testing for Math and Science (Science is 4th and 6th grade only). Our students worked extremely hard last week, and thank you for your encouragement to your child and for emphasizing the importance of the tests. On April 16 and 17, our students will test in large groups for Math. On April 18, our 4th and 6th Grade students will take their ACAP Science tests. We need our students to be at school on these days. The testing usually begins around 8:30 AM and concludes around 11:00 AM. For our 6th Grade, they usually begin around 9:20 AM and conclude around 11:45 AM. The Testing Classrooms have requirements (think restrictions on entering and exiting, free from noise and distractions) that we must follow for the test to be valid. Students who test in small groups continue testing through Friday, April 26, 2024. If your child tests early or on a date other than the large group dates, we will let you know in advance the day that they will test.

ACAP Testing Reminders

We want to encourage our students to get a good night's sleep the day before a test, eat a good breakfast the morning before the tests, and work the entire time on the test the day that they take their tests. Students will be reminded that they will not be able to enter a classroom to take the ACAP with a cell phone, smartwatch, Fitbit, calculator phone, or any device that can record information. Students who work the entire time on the test will receive a Golden Ticket. We will have daily candy drawings for the Golden Ticket winners for each grade level. We will also be working toward a day at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center in early May. Please encourage your child to work hard each day. It means so much for your child, our school, and our community.

Digital Device Policy for State Testing

Students shall not possess any digital device within the testing room when participating in the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) testing. The possession of a digital device by students participating in ACAP testing is strictly prohibited during the administration of an assessment. If students are found in possession of a digital device, whether powered on or off, during the administration of an ACAP assessment, the device will be confiscated, and the student's test invalidated. If the administrator determines there is reasonable suspicion the device was used to capture, record, share test information, or to facilitate cheating on the assessment, the device will be subject to search pursuant to Cullman City Schools policy for any information directly related to the assessment being administered. Violations may result in disciplinary action by Cullman City Schools in accordance with our Code of Conduct.

West Students to attend a Rocket City Trash Pandas Game

Parents, West Elementary School will attend a Rocket City Trash Pandas baseball game. The Rocket City Trash Pandas are the minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels Major League team. On Wednesday, April 24, our 3rd and 4th Grade students will attend. On Wednesday, May 8, our 5th and 6th grade students will attend. There is no cost for our students. Each student will have a lunch provided (all beef hot dog, chips, and drink). This field trip is for our students, and we will not have parent chaperones. Students will leave school around 9:00 AM, the game starts at 11:00 AM, and we will return to school around 2:45 PM. Students will ride in a Cullman City Schools bus to the game. We discussed with our students this morning that the game is a fun day. Students can wear hats. You can send sunscreen with your child, but they must be able to apply it. Also, we were not going to go to the merchandise store, so students would not need money. We want to enjoy the game. I talked to the students that we wanted everyone to get to go. If your child has a major discipline referral (In-school or out-of-school suspension) between now and the date that they attend, we will remove them from the trip to the game. We look forward to a great day when we go!

Cullman Middle School Boys Basketball Tryouts

The 7th Grade Cullman Middle School Boys Basketball Tryouts will be Monday, May 20 through Thursday, May 24, 2024 at 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Cullman Middle School Gymnasium.

Important Dates

April 16 and 17, 2024 - Large Group ACAP Math Testing

April 18, 2024 - Large Group ACAP Science Testing

April 24, 2024 - 3rd and 4th Grade Students at Trash Pandas Education Day Baseball Game

April 30, 2024 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville

May 1, 2024 - All Grades at East and West Elementary Schools STEM Day

Friday, May 3, 2024 - No School (State Track Meet at Cullman High School)

Monday, May 6, 2024, 5:00 - 7:00 PM - Robotics Team Demonstration in Gym

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 6th Grade FAWN Field Trip at Sportsman Lake Park

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 - 5th and 6th Grade Students at Trash Pandas Game

Monday, May 13, 2024 - Bearcat Bash Celebration at Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center

Friday, May 17, 2024 - PE Field Day

Monday, May 20, 2024 - Makeup Field Day

Monday, May 20 - Thursday, May 24, 2024 - Cullman Middle School 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6th Grade Completion Ceremony at 8:30 AM in the Gym

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - Awards Assemblies in Gym: 4th Grade - 9:00 AM, 5th Grade - 10:15 AM, and 3rd Grade - 1:15 PM.

Thursday, May 23, 2024 - Last Student Day of School - Early Release Day at 11:30 AM

West Elementary School Mission and Vision Statements

West Elementary School Website:

Email: Dr. Jay Page -

Phone: (256) 734-4271

Follow Dr. Page on Twitter at @PrincipalPage and on Instagram at @pagejay002. Dr. Page will provide updates on our learning and events that occur at West Elementary School.