News and Announcements

District Announces Red Ribbon Week Dates and Spirit Dress Days

Since its beginning in 1985, Red Ribbon Week has touched the lives of millions of students around the world. In response to the death of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, concerned parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. From Monday, October 29, through Friday, November 2, 2018, West ISD will once again participate in Red Ribbon Week with counseling sessions and lessons for our students and special spirit dress days. Trojans say "no" to drugs! Simply "click" on this news report to go to the special spirit dress day flyer. For more information, please contact your campus counselor.
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District Adds General Election Information to Website

By order of the Board of Trustees of the West Independent School District, an election is called for Tuesday, November 6, 2018, for the purpose of electing three (3) Trustees for full three (3) year terms, by Positions 3, 4, and 5. The Election will be held from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the West Community Center, 200 West Tokio Road, West, TX 76691. Early Voting by personal appearance will be conducted during each regular work day at each of the prescribed locations beginning on Monday, October 22, 2018, and ending on Friday, November 2, 2018. Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, October 26, 2018. To be placed on the General Election Ballot, the first day to file for a Board Position is Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the West ISD Administration Building at 406 W. Shook St. from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The last day to file is Monday, August 20, 2018, at 5:00 PM. Simply "click" on this news report to go to the General Election information website. For additional information, please contact Sandra Kettler at (254) 981-2000.
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District Adds 2018 State Accountability Links and Information to Website

The state of Texas via the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides annual academic accountability ratings to its public school districts and schools. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts received an accountability rating based on an A–F scale. The West ISD received a letter grade of "B". Districts received a grade or rating based on performance in three areas: Student Achievement, School Progress, and Closing the Gaps. All campuses also received a rating of Met Standard, Improvement Required, or Not Rated. The West Elementary 2018 Accountability Hearing Presentation is also linked to this website. Simply "click" on this news report to go to the accountability website. For additional information, please contact David Truitt, Superintendent, at (254) 981-2000.
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West High School Students Produce New "Time with Truitt" Segments

Each month, David Truitt, Superintendent, will work with the West High School film class to produce, direct, video, and edit "Time with Truitt" segments. The first segment is a "Back-to-School" edition to help Trojans everywhere with information about registration, the 2018-2019 district-wide theme, back-to-school events, and any changes to the district leadership team. We hope you will enjoy this segment. Simply "click" on this news report to go to the YouTube video. For additional information, please contact David Truitt, Superintendent, at (254) 981-2000.
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District Announces New Random Student Drug Testing Program, Grades 7-12

On June 6, 2018, the West ISD Board of Trustees approved a new Board policy to conduct random drug tests on students in Grades 7-12 who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities (both UIL and non-UIL sanctioned). The new policy also includes students who park a vehicle on West ISD property. West ISD and the Board of Trustees believe the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities is a privilege offered to eligible students on an equal-opportunity basis. The use of drugs or alcohol by any student presents a hazard to their health, safety, and welfare. By using random drug testing, the District is able to detect and prevent illegal drug and alcohol use among students.

To be eligible to participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activities or park on West ISD property, a secondary student (Grades 7-12) must agree to participate in a drug-testing program that includes random testing throughout the school year. A signed consent form must be on file for each student before they are able to participate in extracurricular activities or park on West ISD property. The consent form does require signatures from both the participating student and their parent/guardian. For additional information, please contact David Truitt, Superintendent, at (254) 981-2000.
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