• Dear Westropp Family,

    Welcome Back!
    I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.

    All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility. And, our much-appreciated PAC is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.

    It is with excitement that I announce we are officially Clara E. Westropp School of the Arts! This will provide our scholars with a cross curricular arts infused learning opportunity weekly! We will be sharing information about our program at the Meet and Greet on August 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM.

    New Staff
    Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Capps Moore as our new Assistant Principal.  Vanessa brings a solid skill set and a gentle, sensitive approach to meeting children and family needs. She is an experienced administrator with a positive track record with developing a positive school culture.

    Stephanie Richards will be transitioning from our PCIA to our 7th-8th Grade ELA and Science teacher. Mrs. Richards has had many years of teaching experience and is known for her consistency, high student expectations and her love for our scholars.

    We also welcome Beth Sery. Mrs. Sery will be serving our scholars at the K-3 level,  specifically working on providing intervention to scholars who are serviced on RIMPS as well as our scholars who need just a little push. She is highly experienced and knowledgeable about our intervention program LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) and has had a proven track record with improving scholars reading skills!

    Mark Julius has shared he is beyond excited to be joining our team as our new Physical Education teacher. Mr. Julius is transitioning from the high school level and is prepared to help our scholars excel in PE. He has come to us highly recommended!

    Pamula Baldassari will be working with our scholars in the upper grades who receive intervention services. Mrs. Baldassari comes to us from the high school level and is excited to provide the needed support to ensure our scholars are ready and will be successful upon entering high school. Mrs. Baldassari is known as a dedicated, fun and enthusiast teacher.

    Welcome to all our New Wildcat Family Members, we are excited for the positive impact you will have at Clara Westropp!

    Facilities Update
    If you drove past the school or utilized our outdoor field this summer, you may have noticed numerous maintenance and construction projects. First, we repaired our entry ways to improve drop-off and student walking spaces.  I am especially pleased that our Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms will be receiving new floors. We have had some classroom make-overs as well.

    Don’t forget at the end of last year we received a Brand-New Sensory Room form the Cleveland Cavaliers! We are extremely excited to be able to utilize the space and provide scholars with a room that meets their needs!


    Please remember Clara E. Westropp follows the district dress code policy. If you need assistance with uniforms, please do not hesitate to ask myself or any of our office staff. You can review the uniform policy and find supports at: https://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/54

    Attendance is extremely important for a scholar’s success not only in school but to build strong habits that will have an impact on them for the rest of their life. Please remember we open our doors at 7:40 AM for breakfast, classes begin sharply at 8:00 AM. We dismiss at 2:30 PM. This year we will not be permitting anyone entrance to the building after 2:00 PM to ensure the safety of our scholars and a smooth dismissal.

    We will be hosting our Meet and Greet on August 8th from 5:00-7:00 PM! We will be giving a spirit wear t-shirt to all scholars who attend, having raffles for supply baskets and be providing dinner. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that Clara E. Westropp School of the Arts remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

    Always Climb… Because Wildcats Never Give Up!

    Always a Proud Wildcat,

    Mrs. George-Kearns

    Educator: Principal