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West Elementary School

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Bethany Fuchs

Welcome to West Elementary School!  All of Laurel’s 1st and 2nd graders attend West, so we have over 255 students this year! My name is Bethany Fuchs, and I am the proud principal.  Our staff, students and community are amazing!

Our vision at West is simple but important: Our school is a place where students and staff build relationships while growing and learning in a safe, fun, and supportive community.  We strive to build a community that fosters all students’ learning. To assist with our sense of community and belonging, every student and staff member was given an "I Belong..." shirt.  We love wearing these shirts!

We currently have seven 1st grade classrooms and seven 2nd grade classrooms.  We have outstanding specialists who lead weekly classes: Music, PE, Library, STEAM and Guidance.  We also have an excellent Title I teacher to work as a team to best support students.

We have monthly positive behavior assemblies that celebrate student success and provide behavior instruction. These celebrations are a great way to honor our students and success!

Whether you're a student, family member, community member or staff, we are here to support you and help you achieve your goals. Thank you for choosing West Elementary School as your partner in education.  Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions 406-628-3400.



Bethany Fuchs

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Students and staff spelled out "I Belong..." on the first day that we wore our shirts.