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Westwood Elementary transforms school

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Westwood Elementary's efforts to transform its school and their community, has earned the school new recognition.
The school recently got a face-lift and a playground. The 'cowboys' saddled up for success in the first 100 days under the new leadership of their new principal, Renee Ellis, an educator who had never led a school before. But as the school year comes to an end, Ellis reflects on the new look and feel to the elementary school.

"We have only been together 178 days so we are learning each other. We are learning to grow and together we will win," said Ellis. Part of school's new methods are, for example, students are never allowed to be without book .Boys and girls are taught in separate classrooms.
"One of the things we always have is children always have a book in their hand. That means that we maximize every instructional minute whether they are looking at the pictures or reading," said Ellis.

Weekly training is provided for parents, and professional development for teachers.Ellis is also focusing on making sure parents know what is going on at the school.  

"I am very excited about the changes at Westwood.   At one time I thought about transferring my child out . But I decided to just leave him here," said parent, Velita Johnson.

Ellis hopes to increase test scores and remove Westwood from the state's academically unacceptable list.  "We also decided that this would be a school that would transform the community. We knew in order to uplift the students, we also had to uplift the community that they lived in," said Ellis.
Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover will tour the turnaround school on Tuesday, may 13th at 11:30 a.m.

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