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Upcoming Events
10/3/2015
- VI-VI 2015
6:00 PM - 10:00 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.
Our Vision

Westside Community Schools will relentlessly pursue innovative educational ideals and promise to personalize learning for every student. We invite the challenge of developing a community of learners who embrace a broader, richer definition of success.

Westside Bond Sale and Closing
On July 7, 2015, Westside Community Schools sold a portion of the bonds approved by the voters in the May election.  The District received the bond funds on July 23, 2015.  Click here for details of the transaction.
Public Hearing and Board of Education Meeting
Westside Community Schools (28-0066) in Douglas County, Nebraska
PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given, in compliance with the provisions of State Statute Sections 13-501 to 13-513, that the governing body will meet on the 8 day of September, 2015 at 6:00 o’clock, P.M., at 909 S. 76th Street Omaha, NE  68114 for the purpose of hearing support, opposition, criticism, suggestions or observations of taxpayers relating to the following proposed budget and to consider amendments relative thereto.  The budget detail is available at the office of the Clerk/Secretary during regular business hours.  Click here for the budget summary. Click here for the agenda of the 6 p.m. budget public hearing.
The regular Board meeting will follow the public hearing at 6:30 p.m.  Click here for the Board meeting agenda. 
 
District Now Using Google Calendar
Westside Community Schools is now using a Google calendar system.  We are no longer using the calendar embedded on our District website.  We hope the new calendar system will provide you easier access to our school information. To view the new calendar, use this link:
Online Free/Reduced Meals Application Available
Westside Community Schools is now offering parents/guardians the opportunity to apply for free/reduced lunch online. The website is accessible at wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com.  
 
The Heartland Apps site uses RSA Data Encryption, which will allow District parents/guardians to enter their information into a system that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, etc. This technology is used by many banks and retailers, and is considered one of the most secure on the web.
 
Parents/guardians can complete their free/reduced applications online, 24 hours a day, even from their phones.  
 
Also, please know that parents/guardians can still complete a traditional paper application if they are not comfortable with the online process.  
Bond Oversight Committee Meetings
All meetings of the BOC will be held at 6 p.m. at the ABC Building, 909 S. 76th Street. The public is welcome to attend. The tentative meeting schedule for the 2015-16 school year:
  • September 1, 2015
  • October 6, 2015
  • November 3, 2015
  • December 1, 2015
  • January 5, 2016
  • February 2, 2016
  • March 1, 2016
  • April 5, 2016
  • May 3, 2016
  • June 7, 2016
Online Enrollment Forms Now Available
We are excited to announce that starting July 1, families who reside within the district boundaries of the Westside Community Schools can begin enrolling new students by completing most forms online. If your child(ren) are not currently enrolled in our schools but will be attending when school resumes in August, click on the link below to begin the process. 

Once your online form is submitted, you will receive instructions on documents you will need to bring to our new Westside Welcome Center, located at the ABC Building, 909 South 76th Street.  Click HERE to begin enrolling a new student.
Happening in Our District
Football Team Gets Drone Flyover
Jeff Ingraham, technology specialist with ESU No. 3, recently gave WHS football coaches another angle on their game with a drone flyover at football practice. Click here for a slideshow. Click here for the rest of the story. 
District Offers New Personalized Learning Option for Students, Staff
All Westside students and employees now have access to thousands of online courses, from Photoshop to app development, through Lynda.com 
Providing access to the website's wide array of professional-quality, video-based courses aligns with two key elements of the District's strategic plan -- personalizing learning and integrating technology, said Paul Lindgren, director of technology. 
Students ages 13 and under need parental permission to sign up. Lindgren stressed that access is available to all employees. "Even if it doesn't apply to your current assignment, anything our staff members learn will make them better stewards of our kids," Lindgren said.
For instructions, click here.
District Stays Course on ACT Scores
Westside Community Schools' average ACT composite score held steady this year at 23.2, the same as last year's average. Graduates bested both the state average of 21.5, which was down from last year's 21.7, and the national average of 21.0. Roughly 80 percent of the District's 2015 graduates took the test. The college-entry exam  tests students in English, math, reading and science. The maximum composite score is 36.  
Welcome Back to the 2015-16 School Year
The Westside Community Schools welcomed students to the 2015-16 school year Wednesday. Click here for a slideshow of opening day activities. 
Bergman Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
WHS science teacher Angela Bergman recently visited the White House as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

This year’s 108 awardees represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. 

Bergman has taught science for 13 years. During this time, she taught Earth Space Online classes, Natural Science, and Biology. For the last eight years, she has taught Earth and Space Science to 10th and 11th graders at Westside High School. As the Earth and Space Science Team Leader, Bergman has written and coordinated the curriculum for the instructors on the team.

WHS Teachers Goes to Space Camp
Judith Stucky, a physics teacher at WHS, recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.
 
Stucky was part of the Space Academy for Educators Program, which is designed for teachers who want to advance education in the STEM fields. She experienced astronaut simulators and took a virtual tour into space. Trainees also followed lesson plans based on NASA content (which is correlated to the National Science Education Standards) and received content and knowledge to pass on to their students in the classroom. 
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