A Closer Look

Posting Date: July 22, 2015
Expires 8/07/15

Getting Ready for School

VHEW and WBRC Fox6 joined together with some tips for "Getting Ready For School" on the segment, What's RIght With Our Schools? If you missed the segment click on the following link to hear: Alicia Hunsberger, Assitant Prinicipal, Jan Garfinkle, Instructional Technology Specialist and Maggie Carmichael, second grade teacher with their views on "Getting Ready For School".


Getting Ready For School



Posting Date: May 11, 2015
Expires 8/12/15

Vestavia West Goes Global

Vestavia Hills Elementary West has joined a new website "Oddizzi" to promote global knowledge, citizenship and communication for the remainder of this year and will continue with our 2015-16 students. This website is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. The purpose of the site is to enable children - wherever they are - to "break out" of their own world and join a global community of like-minded children. Using Oddizzi, our Vestavia West students can view the world through the eyes of people who are passionate about the places they are sharing. The carefully managed content builds a solid understanding of the people, places and cultures of the world.

Our K-3 classes will participate in "Class Pals" which is also a wonderful approach of communicating with schools all over the world. Beginning in the fall our goal will be to create realtionships with schools and classes all over the world to communciate their information to us as we send our Vestavia information to them! We look forward to this global activity!

Using this new approach to global learning and communication, we hope you will take the time to explore this unique website and what it has to offer our students and faculty/staff at Vestavia West.

Click on the link for more information - you can access the site using the username and password - 7654321q




Posting Date: May 30, 2015
Expires 8/12/15

New Faculty/Staff at VHEW

New faculty/staff members at VHEW for the 2015-16 school year include:

Maggie Carmichael, second grade teacher.

Janay Rowell, first grade teacher.

Jami Johnston, kindergarten para.

Demetrius Player, custodian.

 We are excited about these new faces at Vestavia Hills Elementary West!



Posting Date: June 30, 2015
Expires 8/13/15

2015-16 Registration

Families in Vestavia Hills City Schools will use a new, completely online system to register students for the 2015-16 school year.

The new system, powered by InfoSnap, Inc., will allow parents to register their children from the VHCS website at their own convenience between July 30 and August 13, 2015. The new system eliminates in-person registration. Parents who need in-person assistance or do not have web access will be able to register on July 30 or August 4 at the Board of Education building on Montgomery Highway.

At the end of the 2014-15 school year, parents will receive a "Snap Code" which functions as the login ID for each student in the registration system. Families will be able to use these codes to "snap" data onto the online forms, streamlining the registration process. Most families — particularly those with multiple VHCS students — will see a significant reduction in registration time as a result.

The system will accept payments by e-check and debit or credit cards; parents who pay by cash will be able to schedule a visit with their school's bookkeeper from the registration website. Following completion of the registration process, the new system will provide students with their class schedules, locker assignments, and parking space assignments.

More details about the new registration system will be emailed to parents before the system goes live in July.



Posting Date: July 31, 2015
Expires 8/14/15

2015-16 West Information

Here is some helpful information for you for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year at VHEW:

Meet The Teacher

Students in grades 1-3 will meet their teacher on Wednesday, August 12th from 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

Kindergarten students will meet their teacher on Thursday, August 13th, with the time determined by your last name based on the following schedule:

9:00 am     A-F

9:20 am     G-M

9:40 am     N-Z

You and your child will come to the school and find your child's name posted on the class lists. You will then proceed to your child's classroom, where you will be greeted by his/her teacher and given classroom information.

You will also have the opportunity to deposit money into your child's lunchroom account on Meet The Teacher Day. Checks should be made payable to West CNP. The school lunch price is expected to remain at $2.25 per day and it is recommended that your initial deposit be at least $30.00.

First Day of School

The first day of school for grades 1-3 will be on Thursday, August 13, 2015.

The first day of school for kindergarten students will be Friday, August 14, 2015.

School begins at 7:45 am and ends at 2:35 pm. Morning carpool lin starts at 7:15 am. Please arrive in time to unload by 7:45 am.