Vestavia Hills Living

2017

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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K I M H A U S E R P R I N C I PA L " Winning this award "affirms that our school puts students' needs at the forefront of all decisions and that teachers have high expectations of themselves and their students. " 38 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7 V E S T A V I A H I L L S E L E M E N T A R Y W E S T West was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School this year, recognized by the U.S. government's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program that honors schools that have achieved high levels of performance or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups. Nominated by the Alabama State Department of Education, West was awarded the honor by the National Department of Education based on high achievement and outstanding educational expectations and results in educating students. Those results were measured by items such as school climate, school administration, student achievement data, school culture and community involvement. Winning this award "affirms that our school puts students' needs at the forefront of all decisions and that teachers have high expectations of themselves and their students," says Kim Hauser, principal. "West faculty and staff works tirelessly to ensure all children succeed at their highest potential. It was humbling and very motivating to be one of 328 schools selected in the nation to receive this award. Also, it was such an honor because this award cannot be self-nominated; the state department must ask you to participate in the selection process." When the award was announced, Hauser presented all faculty and staff with a West t-shirt that has a blue ribbon on the back symbolizing the honor. All 800 students received a gold medal saying "winner" on a red, white and blue ribbon to include them in the honor. "They also have t-shirts that are worn frequently," Hauser says.

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