A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Ms. Hennessy are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Hennessy can be reached at ahennessy@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Monday, January 26, 2015

Very Proud Moment! Cody Bolithon sings at a Bulls Game.

Former Westgate student, Cody Bolithon, had the honor of singing the national anthem at a recent Bulls game. He did a great job, and certainly made Westgate very proud!

Here's the YouTube clip of his performance.

Cody B National Anthem

We here at Westgate look forward to many more musical moments from Cody! He has a bright future.

News from the Main Office

Illinois 5Essentials Survey- Parents
Please complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. This survey was designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. Please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey. The survey must be completed by March 12, 2015, but we encourage you to complete the survey as soon as possible. Thank you.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Important News from the Westgate Main Office

Monday, January 19th No School MLK Day
Tuesday, January 20th No School Institute Day
Thursday, January 29th OPEN House
Wednesday, January 28th and Thursday, January 29th BOOK FAIR

Brrrr! Welcome Back!

Happy New Year to all of our Westgate families!

With the two days off this week, music instruction was a bit interrupted. Some classes had their usual two sessions, while others had only one or, unfortunately, none. We'll get caught up next week!

A few highlights from the week are:

5th grade: We're working on ideas for our April music concert, focusing on the Leader In Me. I asked students to generate a list of songs that we could change to fit the Leader in Me initiative. We also spent time on sixteenth note rhythms while reading the book: Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name by Tedd Arnold. The illustrations alone make this a worthwhile book to share!

Third grade: Our third grade classes are working on music for their World's Fair Curriculum Snapshot, which will be held this Thursday, January 15th. Selections include Sweet Home Chicago, Chicago (That Toddlin' Town), and Old Lady Leary.