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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Friday, July 31, 2015

MOMS Club Enjoys Summer

June was a fun-filled month for the MOMS Club. And we are so excited to have all of our school-aged children now at the monthly events!

Alonso Construction to Add New Classroom Wing and Enlarge Cafeteria

With its student population bursting at the seams, parts of Alonso High School will be under construction this fall. The new addition will ensure the school’s growing enrollment can be better accommodated for the 2016-17 school year.

2015 WOW Scholars: Connor Raab

WOW Scholar Connor Raab, a 16-year resident of Westchase, graduated from Alonso High School with a weighted GPA of 6.29. The son of Lisa Raab of Stonebridge and Matthew Raab of The Eagles, Raab was ranked an impressive fifth in a class of 521.

Davidsen’s Eighth Graders Dance into High School

The Davidsen Middle School eighth graders topped off their year with "A Night Under the Stars.”

Scouts Prepare for Summer Camp

Troop 46’s recent Court of Honor

Troop 46 has been preparing for their annual trip to summer camp. This year we will be returning to Woodruff Scout Reservation. Woodruff has both a variety of merit badges to choose from and a great facility.

Westchase Elementary Battle Team Wins Area 2 Championship

Westchase Elementary’s Area 2 Battle Champs. Pictured are Media Specialist Vicki Bollinger, Abigail Armstrong, Joshua Willeke, Grace Barrett (Captain), their Grade 4 teacher, Ms. Amber Watson and Kayla Hunter.

Call them the Comeback Kids. And never, ever count them out. On Thursday, May 28, Team Watson, the Fourth Grade Battle of the Books winners from Westchase Elementary School completed against 18 other school teams and returned the Area 2 Battle of the Books winners.

Westchase Bids Fifth Graders Farewell

In June Westchase Elementary wrapped up another successful school year with a very busy last week of activities for its exiting fifth graders. The fifth grade Wizards enjoyed a yearbook signing and breakfast, a formal banquet, a fun field day of games and activities and an awards ceremony with a “clap-out” send off.

2015 WOW Scholar Julie Williams

When asked about a significant book she’s encountered in her academic career, 2015 WOW Scholar Julie Williams cited Nella Larsen’s Passing. “I love how the book explores racial and gender identity by inverting the tragic mulatta stereotype (one of my favorite literary characters),” she stated. “Passing has shaped the way I view myself as a young, biracial female and empowered me to embrace my unique racial identity.” Who is this bright, talented young lady?

Westchase Schools’ Math Bowl Teams Meet Success

Davidsen’s top performing Seventh Grade Math Bowl Team (l to r) Quinn Manning, who took first place in the individual competition, Rafael Borromeo, Luis Cekan, Kayla Huynh, and their sponsor, Melissa DeGusipe.

As the school year drew to a close, Davidsen Middle’s Seventh Grade Math Bowl Team and Westchase Elementary’s Third Grade Math Bowl team saw great success in district-level math competitions.

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!