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Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska is requesting proposals from
qualified providers to establish a contract to furnish student mental health support services. It is the
intent of this solicitation to enter into an agreement with the selected entity to remove obstacles to
learning by providing mental health services in the District’s ten elementary schools, Westside Middle
School, Westside High School, Westside High School West Campus, and Underwood Hills Early
Childhood Center. Proposals are due June 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. Click here for the complete request for proposals.
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Hundtoft, a retired Westside teacher, found himself chatting at the Blair event with Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman.
They realized they had a connection in Officer Jimmy Wilson Jr., a Westside graduate and third-generation officer fatally shot in a traffic stop near 40th and Blondo Streets on Aug. 20, 1995, also Hundtoft’s 41st birthday.
Tierney and Wilson graduated in the same police academy class. Hundtoft taught Wilson in art classes and coached him in football and basketball in the mid-80s at what was then Westbrook Jr. High.
“They were a terrific family,” said Hundtoft, who won the District’s Schrager Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002-3 while at Westside Middle School. He retired in May 2009 after 32 years with the District.
Tierney passed Hundtoft’s name to Werner Enterprises, which was sponsoring a horse in Wilson’s name as part of the Horses of Honor public art exhibition.
Recently unveiled at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, the display features seven riderless horses, each painted by a local artist, memorializing seven deceased Omaha police officers. An eighth represents all fallen officers and another honors K9 Kobus, an Omaha police dog killed in a January standoff. Click here for the rest of the story.
Students began the day learning about Westside High School's graduation service learning requirement, which eighth-graders can begin with permission this summer, and about volunteer opportunities in the community. Sgt. Lance Worley of the Omaha Police Department's Special Victims Unit gave a keynote address. During the remainder of the morning, students participated in three sessions that represented their chosen career clusters. Approximately 30 professionals from the community shared their expertise with the middle school students. In the afternoon, students attended individually-arranged job shadows.
Project SEARCH provides on-site internships and job skills training for students with disabilities who want to seek employment and are in their last year of education.
The program began in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and since has expanded to 400 sites in 45 states and five countries. Several other Nebraska school districts have programs in partnership with various businesses, including Embassy Suites, Cabela’s and Valmont. The hospital already has hired several students.
“I could not be more pleased with how Project SEARCH at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has worked out this year,” said Kami Jessop, Westside’s director of special services. Click here to read more. Click here for a video by WTV's Nick Ward, a WHS junior.
The Bravo Award recognizes teachers who skillfully and successfully tap the unique academic, social, emotional and/or physical talents of students and who inspire students to fully engage in school and/or community life. The Bravo Award comes with $500. Click here to read more about what these amazing educators do for kids every day.
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, 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.
Click here for a video of the exit interview. Click here for an excerpt from the report to the Board of Education.