A Letter from Dr. Poff, Westside Principal

Dear Westside Families,

It is hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is almost upon us! I hope each of you has had a relaxing, fun, and safe summer.

I must say it has been a very quiet summer here at Westside. I am anxious for the staff and students to return to get some life back in the building! One positive though is that our building maintenance staff have been hard at work cleaning the building. The floors are nice and shiny which is always a signal to me that it is almost time for everyone to return! This school year we are looking forward to continuing our academic improvement from the past two years. I cannot express how proud I have been of our staff and students for all of their hard work. They continue to soar!

I also wanted to let you know about some important changes for the upcoming school year. First, as a matter of safety, no one will be allowed to park in the bus loop in front of the main entrance. The loop is in fact a fire lane. What this will mean is that if you drop your child off after car riders has closed in the morning (7:45 a.m.) you will need to park in one of the visitor spots in the front parking lot and walk your child to the main office to sign in. This ties in to our emphasis on attendance and being on time this year. The Commonwealth of Virginia has some new standards regarding attendance that will tie in to our accreditation process. As a result, it is IMPERATIVE that students be here every day and on time. Expect school staff to be even more attentive to your child’s attendance this year. In addition to the state standards, it will only help your student academically to be here each day, on time, so that they are not missing valuable instruction time.


Beth Poff, Ph.D.

Principal, Westside Elementary

 2018-2019 Back-To-School Events


  • Kindergarten Orientation will be held on August 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria


  • Pre-School Orientation will be held on August 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria


  • The Back-to-School Extravaganza will be held on August 18, 2018 at William Fleming High School from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. During this event, students will receive a free bag of school supplies (while they last).


  • The first day of school will be Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Welcome back Eagles!


  • Westside’s Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.