Westport Academy Elementary/Middle School


2401 Nevada Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Melody M. Locke, Principal

Office: (410) 396-3396/7
Fax: (410) 752-9605
Keturah Johnson, Assistant Principal

August 24, 2020


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are receiving this, you—like many families—are probably experiencing some uneasiness regarding much of what is happening in the world around us. From the challenge of staying safe during a global pandemic to the trauma resulting from observing or experiencing heinous acts as a result racial tension, I know that many of you are yearning for consistency your family.

While districts across the nation are varied in their decisions about how students are going back to school, one belief remains the same: students must be fully engaged in high quality instruction and learning experiences, in each class, every day. This year, students in Baltimore City Schools will return to instruction on September 8, 2020 via a 100% virtual learning environment.

To ensure your children are prepared, it is imperative they have a computer and connectivity to the internet. If they need either, please call (410) 396-3396 to schedule an appointment. Additionally, to maximize their home learning environment, families should ensure students have a quiet, clean, table or desk on which students can stabilize their laptop and other important materials. Also, each time students log on, they should have sharpened pencils and a either a composition book, spiral, or notebook with loose-leaf paper on which they can take notes.

So that you do not miss important messages, one of the most important tasks we need you to do is to make sure Mrs. Rhine has updated Infinite Campus with your most recent telephone numbers, email address, and home address. Teachers and staff need them so they can effectively communicate through direct phone calls, robo calls, Class Dojo, social media, and US Mail.

To make this year as successful as possible for everyone, the key is going to be clear two-way communication. Please know as a Community School and a Restorative Practices School, we have multiple channels for open, regular, communication and numerous resources for our families. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, offer encouragement and accolades when things are going well, and voice concerns as needed.

As this administration embarks upon its eighth year of service to the students, families and the surrounding community, we are excited to welcome you back to the 2020-2021 school year. Though we acknowledge this year with a virtual start may have its challenges, we look forward to working alongside of all of you to make sure it is still a successful one for all the children.

Best Regards,

Melody M. Locke

Kat Johnson

As a full Title I School, parents/guardians have the right to request and receive information regarding the qualifications of teachers and staff providing services to their children.