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Upcoming Events
- WHS Commencement
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Tradition of Excellence
Welcome to Westside Community Schools, located in the heart of Omaha Nebraska. Westside is a nationally-acclaimed public school district - one of the very best in the United States. Our superior staff, administration and Board of Education are committed to excellence in education for all students. Westside Community Schools provides high academic and behavioral expectations in a caring, friendly environment. We are proud of our strong record of success.
Information About Westside Facilities Master Plan Available
Information about proposed changes and improvements to Westside Community Schools facilities master plan is now available. A majority of this information comes from DLR Group, the Omaha architectural firm hired by the District to assess our facilities. This information was released over the course of two Board of Education meetings in March. We would like your comments and questions about this process. Please click here to make a comment or to ask a question.

DLR PowerPoint Presentation to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Report on Facilities Conditions to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Executive Summary Report to the Westside Board of Education (March 24)
DLR PowerPoint Presentation (March 24)
DLR Educational Adequacy Scorecard (March 24)
DLR Cost Summary (March 24) 
Video of March 10 Board of Education meeting
Video of March 24 Board of Education meeting

In addition to all this information, click here to view a series of reports on demographics, enrollment projections, statistics and stories about Westside Community Schools
Happening in Our District
Big Band Extravaganza is Saturday
Westside's Big Band Extravaganza is Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:45 at the WHS Gym. Tickets available at the door. $5 for adults; $3 for students. This event benefits the Westside band program. Please come and enjoy fantastic music, free swing lessons and fun! Dinner, drinks and dessert will be available for purchase. For information, contact mel@clarkcreativegroup.com or (402) 345-5800.
Meet the Board Candidates Forum Set
Save the Date! Westside Community Schools in partnership with the Westside Education Association will host on April 28 a Meet the Candidates forum. The public is invited to meet the four candidates running for the two positions on the ballot for the Board of Education. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at ABC Building, 909 South 76th St.
WMS Students Study Science, Peeps

Students in Mr. Allemang’s eighth grade science class at Westside Middle School took a break from NeSA testing to learn what happens to a human body when exposed to the vacuum of space.  They observed some of the effects firsthand as Mr. Allemang placed a Peep and water in a vacuum chamber.  The Peep expanded under the lack of pressure and the water boiled.  


RB Student Creates High-Tech Poster
Students in Mrs. Davenport's third-grade class at Rockbrook Elementary School recently read a novel called The Liberation of Gabriel King. From this story, students chose topics for further research. Some students created paper posters, but Aiden (pictured) created a technology project about The Liberation of Gabriel King.
Westgate Students Hit the Books

More than 100 Westgate Elementary School students who met their reading goals for four months in a row were treated to a StormChasers baseball game on April 22. These students in third through sixth grades earned a ticket and a day at the park.  The weather was gorgeous, sunny, and breezy!  The kids had a great time watching the Chasers beat the Nashville Sounds 5 to 1. 

Fairy Tales Staged by Swanson Students
On April 17, the students in Miss Beck's class at Swanson Elementary School performed four fairy tale plays for other classes and parents. Each first-grader had a part and had to practice their scripts every night for homework for two weeks. They also made their own props, learned to speak loudly and clearly when performing, to speak with expression and have fun.  The four plays were: The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, Chicken Little and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. For more photos, click here.
WHS Hall of Fame Dinner is May 9
Westside High School will induct five alumni, one former coach and a varsity team during its eleventh Athletic Hall of Fame dinner. The Westside High School Athletic Hall of Fame evening will take place at Legacy Hall on Friday, May 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
This year’s inductees include Ron Volberding (‘67) football and wrestling star, Steve Gerdes (‘70) boys tennis standout, Anne Gilmore Jordan (’74) diving standout, Ty Stewart (‘90) football and soccer star and Carla Bennett (‘99), volleyball and basketball standout. Former head football coach, Larry Morrissey, will be recognized and the 1971 Varsity Boys Swim/Dive team will also be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This team is the second team to be selected for this honor. The 13th annual Harley and Beth Schrager Outstanding Coach Awards will also be announced.
A limited number of tickets are still available. They are $25 per person. Contact Cathy MacInnes at (402) 343-2602. The reservation deadline is April 30. For more information, please contact Tom Kerkman, (401) 343-2605.

Westside Show Choir Featured at Metro Show
Westside High School's Amazing Technicolor Show Choir will perform along with nine other choirs from the Omaha area at the Metro Magic Show and Jazz Choir Extravaganza on Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Holland Center. It's a collaboration between Omaha Performing Arts and Metro Activities Conference. This non-competitive event will also feature choirs from Bellevue East, Burke, Millard North, Millard West, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Papillion La Vista, Papillion La Vista South and Omaha South. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating. To purchase, call (402) 345 0606 or visit TicketOmaha.com. Tickets will also be for sale at the Holland box office on the day of the event.
Video Features Innovative Math Instruction
Westside teachers are constantly looking for new technology to engage students and enliven teaching. In this short video, Paddock Road Elementary teacher Matt Kock talks about using Khan Academy to individualize math instruction for his students. Check it out!
Love & Logic Offered in Westside
A Love & Logic Parenting Class, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, will be offered in Westside Community Schools at Loveland Elementary, 8201 Pacific St., from April 22 through May 27. This six-week parenting program will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $70, which includes a workbook. Childcare will be available during class time at a cost of $5 per child. Register online  or call Karrie Barnes at (402) 408 8725.
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