A Message from Principal Tjeerdsma and Assistant Principal Heuton
Dear Westridge Community,
It is a genuine honor to serve as the administration team for Westridge during this upcoming school year. Both of us have been a part of the WDMCS District in varied leadership roles as well as being classroom teachers here at Westridge. We know we have amazing staff, students, and parents. Westridge encourages all learners to take ownership of their learning by building skills necessary for collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students master the core standards through authentic, rigorous, and deep learning opportunities.
As in the past, we will continue our commitment to helping all students learn at high levels. This can only occur through the guidance of our highly trained staff who are dedicated to the success of all students. Our passion and mission have always been to equip, encourage, and empower those we are able to serve. This is accomplished and enhanced by a strong collaborative culture. We genuinely believe that we are “Stronger Together.” We are committed to the children, staff, and families of Westridge and look forward to partnering with you to make this school year an amazing year for OUR children.
5500 E.P. True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266-2884
HOURS: 9:05 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
COLLABORATION SCHEDULE: Wednesdays 9:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
PRESCHOOL: 9:05-11:50 a.m. and 1:10-3:55 p.m.
Tamara Tjeerdsma, principal
Tyson Heuton, assistant principal
Westridge Elementary is one of eight elementary schools in the West Des Moines Community Schools. Located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35, our doors opened in 1990. Westridge is an 85,000-square-foot facility that was designed with learning in mind. There are four sections or classrooms at each grade level.
The facility is divided into pods that create a school within a school. The media center acts as the hub for the school and is easily accessible from the classrooms. The floor plan, lighting, carpeting, even the natural lighting, contribute to an environment that incites learning. The National School Board Association, in cooperation with The American Institute of Architects, selected Westridge Elementary School for its 1991 Exhibition of School Architecture. The building was noted as the best designed facility for learning. We continue to find ways to use our building that will enhance the learning of our students.