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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.

Future Board of Education Meetings
The next Westside Board of Education meeting is December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the ABC Building, 909 S. 76th St. Click here for the list of regularly scheduled meetings for the 2015-16 school year.
Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
The Bond Oversight Committee will meet at the ABC Building, 909 South 76 Street, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to view the agenda.  Future meeting dates are listed below.
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. Click here to view the minutes of past meetings and visit the District's facilities website -- imagineadistrict.org -- for more about bond projects. The tentative meeting schedule for the rest of the 2015-16 school year:
  • December 1, 2015
  • January 5, 2016
  • February 2, 2016
  • March 1, 2016
  • April 5, 2016
  • May 3, 2016
  • June 7, 2016
Find More Details About Bond Projects, Progress
Want more details about bond projects and progress? As they're worked out, the District is adding them to www.imagineadistrict.org For information about individual buildings, go to the Renovation Details tab and click the picture of your school. And follow our facilities accounts on Facebook at Westside 66 Facilities and Twitter,  @WCS66Facilities.
Enrollment in Westside Schools
District Residents
If you have recently moved into our district and wish to enroll for the 2015-16 school year, click HERE to start the process.
Open Enrollment
If you live outside our district and wish to download a Learning Community Open Enrollment application for the 2016-17 school year, click HERE . You may also apply online through the Learning Community website by clicking HERE.
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.  
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:
Happening in Our District
Swanson Student Wins By Investing
Eleven-year-old Nathan Chan knows a bit about money management.
He can quote the favorite sayings of billionaire investor Warren Buffett and discuss the benefits of  buying a home in a good neighborhood.
So it’s probably no surprise the Swanson Elementary sixth-grader won a grand prize -- $1,500 to be used for his education – in the Money Confident Kids essay contest sponsored by T. Rowe Price and Scholastic Inc.
To enter, students had to interview a parent or guardian about money management, asking about a time he or she set a financial goal and then made saving and spending choices to reach it.
Nathan interviewed his mom, Irene Au. Her goal was to save for his college education, so she invested in a 529 education savings plan. Nathan wrote about her goal and her plan. 
Nathan plans to invest his winnings. “I save up a lot of money," he said, "but I never have the guts to actually spend it." Click here for the rest of the story. 

Westside Spelling Bee
Reese Pike, an eighth-grader at Westside Middle School, won her second-straight Westside Spelling Bee on Friday. Twenty-seven spellers -- two from each elementary building and seven WMS students -- advanced to the District bee. In the final round, runner-up Jacob Caffey, right, misspelled "allium." Pike, second from right, followed with the correct spelling and aced "jackanapes" for the win. Caffey, also a WMS eighth-grader, nonetheless improved from his fourth-place finish last year. Other top finishers: Hayden Bauer, seventh grade, third; Ava Steele, seventh grade, fourth; Ella Paulson, eighth grade, fifth; and Emma Kopetzky, sixth grade at Prairie Lane Elementary, sixth. Pike will advance to the Midwest Spelling Bee on March 12. Click here for photos of the elementary and middle school spellers.
WHS's Stucky Wins Teaching Excellence Award
Judith Stucky, a physics teacher at WHS, is among 42 public school teachers nationwide to receive the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. California Casualty, the Nebraska State Education Association-endorsed auto and home insurance provider, sponsors the award in conjunction with the NEA Foundation.
Stucky will represent Nebraska at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Washington, D.C., in February. She also will be among 35 winners who will travel to Peru this summer as global fellows. 
Students Follow Pathway to Personalization
Nearly two dozen elementary students from across the District got a chance to do what most people would envy – spend a day working on projects that inspire their passions.
The first-ever Pathway to Personalization Seminar built on what District elementary schools already are doing with their extended learning time but gave students a longer block to explore their interests, said Jenny Henningsen, Excellence in Youth Coordinator for Swanson and Prairie Lane schools.
Students created “tickets” outlining their “passion projects.” The final list ranged from creating items with light-up, sewn-in circuitry to learning how to use a 3D printer, not to mention artwork and writing.
Most plan to continue their projects. Swanson fourth-graders Charlie Yale and Weston Siebler want to create presentations about what they learned and write a speech to persuade benefactors to fund a 3D printer for their school. Click here for more photos. 
Two WTV Productions Win National Awards
Two WTV stories recently received scholastic journalism's top honors -- the Pacemaker Award.
The awards were announced at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Matt Rasgorshek, WHS online and broadcast media adviser, said WTV has been nominated for Pacemakers in the past but had never won one -- not to mention two. The Pacemakers are to scholastic journalism what the Emmy Awards are to the television industry.
A story by Jon Bass (class of '15) about a graffiti artist earned second place in the Feature Story category. Click here to watch it.
A piece about "Coach Al" by Connor Flairty (class of '15) received Honorable Mention in the Sports Story category. Watch it here.
WHS's Service Learning Club Helps Homeowners
Members of the Service Learning Club at Westside High School last weekend broke out their gloves and rakes and helped two area homeowners tackle some of that never-ending yard work. Jordan Klepfer, an English teacher at the high school and the club’s sponsor, said the students got a lot done and had a great time.
Schools Celebrate Veterans on Veterans Day
A light mist was beginning to dampen the ground early Wednesday when the co-captains of Hillside Elementary’s safety patrol hoisted the American flag up the school's flagpole.
Students and visitors stood with their hands over their hearts and sang the national anthem, led by Principal Cynthia Bailey. Then they filed into the gym for rolls and coffee, capped by presentation of the colors by students from the school’s Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups.
Hillside was one of a number of Westside Schools to host Veterans Day breakfasts and programs to thank veterans. Oakdale’s breakfast included music. Staff wore T-shirts with American flags and the words, “Thank you,” on the back. Prairie Lane students offered salutes; Paddock Road celebrated veterans at an assembly. Loveland raised the flag, and Westgate hosted a breakfast.
Bailey also thanked servicemen and women at the close of the Hillside ceremony. “What we do wouldn’t be possible without what you’ve done,” she said. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for a slideshow featuring Veterans Day events.
Oakdale Community, Traffic Meetings Coming Soon
Two separate listening sessions have been scheduled to gather input from the community about building design and traffic issues. The design input meeting will be Nov. 23; the traffic discussion will follow on Dec. 15. No design concepts or solutions will be presented at either meeting. Both will be at Oakdale at 6:30 p.m. For more construction details, visit www.imagineadistrict.org 
WMS Fund-Raising Aids Students in Georgia
Westside Middle School students raised $250 last year to support education in developing countries as part of the Girls Learn International Club. WMS students chose to support the students of St. Andrew's the First Called in Batumi, Georgia. Special needs students at the school will get new textbooks, computer software, school supplies and a special field trip as a result of the donation. Special needs students are underserved in schools in Georgia, and the students were grateful for a donation intended to help all students succeed in school.
WMS Students Step Out, Step UP
WMS students recently volunteered at the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands Buddy Walk. Kudos to the kids! Teachers Melissa Jackson (health) and Guy O'Brien (special education) were proud of their efforts.
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