Archive for January, 2016

yam 2015The IAEA is a proud supporter of Youth Art Month (YAM) and is excited to announce this year’s poster theme, The Power of Art. Considering such, create a work of art, any size, relating to the theme. Download the instruction sheet here: Youth Art Month 2016 PDF, or for more information, visit – All artwork is due to Mrs. Matt by Friday January 15th 2016 and 10 Poster Winners will be announced by IAEA in Spring with 1 going to NYC!

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs throughout each state.  Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month realizes that a comprehensive Art Education Program develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self-expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders-our children.

Westfield is once again taking part in the National Radon Poster Contest. Students ages 9-14 from states and tribal nations across the country and all U.S. territories are encouraged to create posters that raise radon awareness and encourage radon testing in every home. The top three national winners will receive a financial award and their poster will be used in radon awareness efforts.

In 2014, one of Westfield’s 6th grade students won first place in the Illinois contest and was not only featured in this year’s Radon calendar, but also received $200.00. That year we also had a Westfield’s 8th grade students win 3rd place in  Illinois and  received $100.00! In 2013, one of Westfield’s 8th grade students won first place in the Illinois contest and also received $200.00! If you are interested in the poster contest, please review this Radon Poster Contest 2016 Instructions PDF and see Mrs. Matt in the art room for more details and art supplies!

The National Radon Poster Contest incorporates art, science and health into one contest. For more information, visit

Westfield Participation: Year 4: 2016, Year 3: 2015, Year 2: 2014, Year 1: 2013 – See Mrs. Matt ASAP to participate!