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School District of Osceola County

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IMG_6061.jpg "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela


​ Organization 

​ Overview

​ Meetings/Contact 

​​PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization)

The PTSO is a non-profit organization that exists for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The purpose of the PTSO is to enhance and support the educational experience at Westside, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parental involvement, to build community and facilitate partnerships, and to improve the environment at Westside K-8 through volunteer and financial support.

All parents and guardians of Westside K-8 students, teachers and all staff are eligible for membership in the PTSO. 

​WK8S PTSO General Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month in the Media Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jessica Stewart, kindergarten teacher: stewarje@osceola.k12.fl.us.

​SAC (School Advisory Council)

The committee recommends and monitors policies, assists with the implementation of the school improvement plan, and designates funds to improve the school environment.

The SAC Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 4:45 p.m. at Westside K-8 media center. Not available to attend in person? You can still be involved via conference calls. Contact SAC president and Westside parent Steven Curtis through the school or email him at sac@westsidek8.org.

​Business Partnerships

​In addition to providing financial assistance, Westside Business Partners also participates in school events and staff functions.

​Contact Gemma Whitbread, Middle School Autism Unit teacher, whitbreg@osceola.k12.fl.us.

​OASIS

The Osceola School District's OASIS School Volunteer Program provides the opportunity for parents, businesses, and the community to enrich the education of students. OASIS volunteers extend teachers' and staffs' professional skills and assist teachers and staff in meeting the unique needs of each and every student. To ensure safe schools for our students, the Osceola School District conducts both local and national criminal history background checks at no cost to the applicant. For more information and forms, visit: OASIS.

​Contact Lucy Cruz, parent liaison, at 407-390-1748, ext. 46227, or cruzdell@osceola.k12.fl.us.

Substitute Teaching

​To become a substitute at Westside K-8, please visit: Substitute Teacher Information.

​Contact Jennie Gildelmadrid, Westside K-8 school secretary, at gildelmj@osceola.k12.fl.us.

​Bookmark Buddies

​Become a mentor and change a student's life. Mentor a third-grader once a week for 30 minutes and help improve his or her confidence, reading and love of learning. Training and materials provided. This program begins in the August/September and continues through March.

Contact Jackie Wade, media specialist, at wadejacq@osceola.k12.fl.us.

​AVID Tutors

​AVID tutors help facilitate small group tutorial sessions within the school day, working with 7th and 8th grade AVID students only. The sessions are held on Thursday and Friday of each week. AVID tutors need to be OASIS-approved and AVID-trained. Training will be provided.

​Contact Babita Persaud, AVID Coordinator, at persaudb@osceola.k12.fl.us.