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The goal of the team, which also has monitoring Council Bluffs classrooms, is to pair the classroom environmental data with student test scores to see whether indoor environments impact student achievement. The UNL team is one of seven nationwide to receive $1 million each as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Schools Initiative.
On Tuesday, May 10, Westside principals, teachers, parents and students are invited to attend a meeting that will serve as the first step in forming a committee that will help the team with community engagement. The EPA Health Project Community Outreach Committee meeting is set for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Peter Kiewit Institute, 110 S. 67th St., Room PKI250.
Clarence Waters, a UNL professor of architectural engineering and lighting expert, said measurements will continue next year and cover 240 area classrooms. Click here for a video about the project.
- May 3, 2016
- June 7, 2016
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Hillside, Westbrook Start of school in August (Watch mail for a notice)
Loveland, Oakdale, Paddock Road, Rockbrook May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Prairie Lane May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Sunset Hills April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Swanson April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Westgate April 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The District received an overall score of 292.07 on the accrediting body’s Index of Educational Quality, nearly 14 points higher than the average across the worldwide network of AdvancED schools.
“The overall score is very good, quite frankly,” David Barnett, a review team member, said during the group’s exit interview. “This is a score that should be celebrated.” Barnett is the founding dean for the Patton College of Education at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky.
The Index of Educational Quality, or IEQ, is a scoring system that debuted in 2013. It combines the ratings on performance indicators within each AdvancED standard as well other data and survey results.
Jim Sides, director of secondary teaching and learning, said the results indicate the District has “moved the needle” from a more school-by-school “school improvement” approach to a system-wide school design effort.
He thanked all Westside staff, including building staff, design team members and ABC staff, for their efforts.
“It was truly a collective effort to be recognized and recommended for AdvancED accreditation,” he said.
WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND – SUPERIOR/DIVISION I RATING Plaque
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL STAGE BAND – EXCELLENT/DIVISION II RATING Plaque
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND - SUPERIOR/DIVISION I RATING Plaque
PLACEMENT AWARDS, top three ensembles in each classification.
Middle School Jazz Bands (A) Students in grade 7 and/or 8
2nd Place Plaque - WESTSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
High School Class AA2 / 2nd, 3rd bands
1st Place Class AA2 Champion Plaque - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL STAGE BAND
High School Class AA
1st Place Class AA Champion Plaque - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT, presented to exemplary soloists.
Ava Bowman – Alto Saxophone
Christian Madsen – Trombone
Alexander Bayles – Piano
Grace Calderon – Tenor Saxophone
Simon Bessmer – Alto Saxophone
OUTSTANDING SOLOIST AWARD
Saxophone – Simon Bessmer - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
Trombone – Christian Madsen - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
OVER-ALL OUTSTANDING SOLOIST AWARD
Alto Saxophone / Simon Bessmer - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
BEST OVER-ALL WIND SECTION Plaque – WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
GRAND CHAMPION SWEEPSTAKES TROPHY - WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT JAZZ BAND
Division I “SUPERIOR” Rating –
Allison Hall – Flute Allyson Ragland - Flute Jill Tucker – Flute
Grace Calderon – Oboe Ben Battafarano – French Horn Kate Hamann – Trumpet
Megan Douglass – Trumpet Tyler Douglass – Trumpet Molly Clark – Trumpet Phillip Trimble - Trombone
Division II “EXCELLENT” Rating -
Ava Bowman – Clarinet Craig McMullen – Trombone
Jana Tucker – Mallets Luke Esola – Mallets
Francine Watkins - Mallets
Division I “SUPERIOR” Rating –
Jill Tucker & Ava Bowman – Flute/Clarinet Duet
Grace Calderon & Simon Bessmer – Alto Sax Duet
Daniel Guo & Zach McCarty – Tenor Sax Duet
Lydia James, Tyler Douglass, Ben Battafarano, Jacob Wigodsky – Brass Quartet
Division II “EXCELLENT” Rating –
Ashley Tyler/Jana Tucker/Luke Esola/Gillian Herrera – Mallet Quartet
Vargas, who works with salvaged materials, dabbed the caps with glue and helped students guide them into place on giant wooden letters.
When completed, the cap-covered letters will be hung in Westgate’s library and spell out the school’s future-focused motto, “We can. We will.”
Amanda Moon, Westgate’s teacher leader and incoming principal, said Vargas’ visit was aimed at bolstering student engagement as well as offering an enrichment opportunity. The Westside Foundation funded the visit.
During an initial session, she said, Vargas told students how he became an artist and shared the things he’s gotten to do as a result. That’s an important message for kids. “Something you’re passionate about can be a career,” Moon said. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for more photos.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students recently welcomed a Buffalo Bill re-enactor. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Buffalo Bill's birth, and celebrations are scheduled across Nebraska and the City of Omaha to celebrate this legendary Wild West icon. Fifth-graders viewed the Buffalo Bill performance with a keen eye, as they are working on identifying and discussing themes in literature. Fourth-graders watched with a focus on Nebraska history.
If you would like to see ATSC in action, the group will perform at the Holland Center on Sunday, April 17 as part of the Metro Show Choir Showcase. The performance begins at 2 p.m. and admission is $5.