To make the transition to a new school easier, we will be having a Kindergarten staggered start. Your child should only start school on the day they are scheduled. If your child's last name starts with the letters A-J, they will start school on Tuesday, August 10th. If your child's last name starts with the letters K-Z, they will start school on Wednesday, August 11th. On Thursday, August 12th, ALL Kindergarten students will attend together. We would like Kindergarten parents to be able to walk their child to class but also need to practice social distancing as much as possible. Therefore, we will allow Kindergarten parents to walk their child into the building and to their classroom door until Thursday, August 12th. After that date, all students must either be dropped off through the car line for breakfast at 7:30 am OR dropped off in the K/1/2 car loop at the classroom doors starting at 7:45 am. Walking students to class will not be allowed after Thursday, August 12th. We are excited about the start of the school year and look forward to you joining our Western Academy family!
In order to promote continuity of literacy skills year-round, all students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grade are required to participate in summer reading. Students will be expected to read a novel of their choice from the provided Sunshine State Readers book list (see attached list). Although you will not have projects or written assignments to complete during the break, be prepared to engage in class discussions, complete novel activities, and take a novel assessment based on the book during the first week of school. All of these novels are available at your local library, but we encourage you to purchase your own copy. Have a pen, highlighter, and stick notes on hand. Annotate and take notes in the margins. Highlight a quote that you love. Put your literacy skills into practice, just as we will be doing throughout the school year. In addition, this summer reading novel will be your first entry into our 2021-2022 gradebook. More information about quiz dates will be sent home during the first week of school. Until then, Happy Reading!
Western Academy Charter School has maintained its status as a 2021 Green School of Excellence. We take great pride in continuing to be a model of environmental stewardship and sustainability for Palm Beach and Martin County schools.
Western Academy has amended the Student Protcol due to COVID-19. The changes are as follows: Responsibilities of Students and Families: Any other student attending face-to-face instruction in the school that resides in the same home as the student exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and be assigned to Distance Learning. Responsibilities of Principals : The School is required to notify The Florida Department of Health Epidemiology Department if any in-classroom instruction student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The School will provide the DOH with the necessary information for contact tracing. The DOH will work with the School to determine whether school or classroom closures are needed. A list will be provided by the school of every student and staff member with whom they have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) during the school day. This list will be securely maintained. After the Department of Health has finished the contract tracing investigation, the DOH will notify parents, guardians of students or staff identified as exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school. The DOH will provide the school with a list of the exposed students and school staff with the returning date to school. The names of exposed students must not be revealed as prohibited by FERPA. Students identified above shall be sent home for up to 14 days to self-isolate and return to school per the date on the Department of Health letter. If the student or staff member after exposure develops symptoms, he or she should remain home and be tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, the individual should remain isolated at least 10 days and symptom free, including no fever in the previous 24 hours. If the individual test is negative, they should still self-isolate for 14 days from the last contact with the confirmed case as per the Department of Health. The above changes will go into effective when we return on Monday, November 30, 2020.
The sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 2, 2019 and runs through, August 6, 2019. During the sales tax holiday, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including; certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use.
Western Academy earned an "A" school grade rating again. This is the 13th year Western Academy has earned an A. Not only did we earn an A, but we are one of the highest scoring schools in Palm Beach County! We rank 5th among all elementary schools, 3rd among all middle schools, and 8th among all schools in the district.