Award Year: 2016

West Union Elementary School

400 North Pine Street
West Union, IA, 52175-1108

(563) 422-5514

Mr. Travis Elliott, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

North Fayette

School Website

Mission

The mission of the North Fayette Schools is to work cooperatively to create a safe learning environment which fosters in all students a sense of self discipline, positive self esteem, accountability, responsibility and respect. The result will encourage life long skills, so that students may become contributors in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
A tiered literacy group in a first grade classroom at West Union Elementary!

A tiered literacy group in a first grade classroom at West Union Elementary!

The mission of the North Fayette Schools is to work cooperatively to create a safe learning environment which fosters in all students a sense of self discipline, positive self esteem, accountability, responsibility, and respect.

West Union Elementary strives to carry out this mission daily. Teachers build positive relationships with both parents and community members. Parent/student/teacher conferences are held three times a year. The school includes our community through a North Fayette Parent Teacher Organization, field trips, the Junior Achievement program, the after-school program, School Improvement Advisory Committee, university student volunteers, and assisted-living/nursing home visits.

West Union Elementary uses a system of individual, small, and whole group instruction to support students' needs. All teachers differentiate instruction, analyze data, and use a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) Model to ensure student success. Within MTSS, students performing below grade level are identified and placed in Tier 2 or 3 small group interventions. Students needing Tier 3 support receive additional instruction in a 1:1 or small group setting during What I Need (WIN) time. This time is used for reinforcing, supplementing, and extending curriculum. Teachers monitor progress and make adjustments as needed throughout the intervention process for all students.

Every Wednesday is dedicated for Professional Learning Communities (PLC). PLC teams include general and special education teachers, interventionists, and instructional coaches. Teams design instructional materials, interventions, and have discussions about students' progress.

The goal of our efforts is to provide lifelong skills, so that students may become contributors in a global society.