Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Welcome to a new and exciting year at Westwood Elementary School! I hope you had a fun-filled and well rested summer. I am honored to be your school leader. I am ready and committed to lead our school community to an academically fulfilling and socially uplifting school year. My philosophy is to provide the highest quality service to every scholar, teacher, and community stakeholder that I encounter. Education is a value-based, mission driven, customer service occupation that is built around a scholar-centered approach to everything we do.

As a school, our theme will be “All In!” Webster defines a community as a “unified body of individuals, people with common interest living in a particular area.” Our common interests are the scholars of Westwood Elementary School. It is imperative that our community embraces the idea of doing whatever it takes to ensure the academic growth of our scholars and is “All In!” As a professional learning community, from the cafeteria worker, to the building engineer, to the teacher and ultimately the principal, we are all committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children each day.

My priorities as principal include, but are not limited to:
  • increasing scholar achievement, by increasing teacher quality and effectiveness in the classroom with job embedded professional development;
  • increasing parental involvement, which promotes clear support of the instructional program; and 
  • improving our overall school ranking by at least one level this year.
Although all of my priorities are important, none are more important than our scholars. They are the single most important area and I will not compromise their integrity or become weary. I am passionate about the plan for Warrensville Heights City Schools under the direction of School Board President, Ray Freeman, and Superintendent Donald J. Jolly II, especially as it relates to our children. As the instructional leader, I believe in scholars first and will make decisions that are in the best interest of all children.

In closing, when the school, community partners, parents, and business leaders all work together as a learning community, the results can only be positive. With an “All In” approach to the school year, we will not only create a stronger Westwood, but establish and maintain a community of achievement.


Rafiq Iman Vaughn, Ed.S
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