News and Events
Westside Announces School Psychology Awareness Week
Posted November 13, 2018 The school psychologists of Westside Community Schools are excited to announce School Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-16! School psychologists in Westside Community schools work to meet the academic, behavioral, and mental health needs of students. They are involved in and provide system-wide, building level, and individual level supports for students and staff. School psychologists in Westside are a part of their building Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) teams, Multi-Tiered Systems…READ MORE of Westside Announces School Psychology Awareness Week
WMS Students Selected for Elite CodeCrush Program
Posted November 6, 2018 Rose Padios and Majesty Marti-Lester, both 8th graders at Westside Middle School, have been selected for the elite CodeCrush program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The students are two of only 32 chosen for the program out of more than 70 applicants from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. From November 28-30, the students will attend CodeCrush at UNO, where they will be immersed in a world of IT including special…READ MORE of WMS Students Selected for Elite CodeCrush Program
WHS Student named Hagel Public Service Scholar
Posted November 5, 2018 Ryan Adkins, a junior at Westside High School, has been selected as a Chuck Hagel Public Service Scholar. This award is presented to outstanding student leaders attending Omaha area high schools who exemplify the highest standards of ethics, integrity, leadership and respect. Adkins received his award at a symposium at the University of Nebraska Omaha on October 17. He received a certificate signed by Senator Chuck Hagel, as well as a scholarship to…READ MORE of WHS Student named Hagel Public Service Scholar
Oakdale Educator Named October Teacher of the Month
Posted November 5, 2018 Rebecca Kratky, 6th Grade Teacher at Oakdale Elementary, has been named October Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Kratky will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/RVck_f7q8FU Kratky is a longtime, respected educator at Oakdale. She was nominated by fellow teacher, Julie Schmitz, who wrote: “Becca works endlessly to provide personalized learning…READ MORE of Oakdale Educator Named October Teacher of the Month
Westside Gear Available Online!
Posted November 5, 2018 Shop for your favorite Westside gear at the Colosseum! The store, run by WHS business students inside Westside High School, is also available online. Buy hats, shirts, pants, and more! Click here to shop now, and for store hours.READ MORE of Westside Gear Available Online!
District To Host Second Boundary Engagement Process Public Forum
Updated November 2, 2018 Over the past 18 months, Westside Community Schools has been evaluating how to balance District enrollment, giving consideration to educational, financial, and community concerns, with the specific focus on optimizing newly available space at Sunset Hills. At the request of the Board of Education, a Boundary Committee comprised of representatives from the Loveland, Sunset Hills and Swanson communities has met throughout the fall to examine options and develop a recommendation…READ MORE of District To Host Second Boundary Engagement Process Public Forum
Dr. McCann offers message of thanks, congratulations for Hall of Fame winners
Posted November 2, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools. This week, we recognized seven outstanding alumni who graduated from our schools, and have gone on to achieve incredible success in a variety of career fields. Among them: a globally respected doctor with the Centers for Disease Control; a financial expert, overseeing a billion-dollar annual budget; and a technological visionary whose work is behind some of culture’s…READ MORE of Dr. McCann offers message of thanks, congratulations for Hall of Fame winners
November Construction Updates
Posted November 1, 2018 PRAIRIE LANE The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for…READ MORE of November Construction Updates
Posted October 31, 2018 Happy Halloween from Westside Community Schools!
Westside ACT Scores 1.4 Points Higher Than State Average
Posted October 30, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Mark Weichel, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning While we certainly pay close attention to test scores and want to provide our students the best possible options for what they choose to do after high school, testing results do not define who we are. They are simply one measure we use to determine how we are doing, where we can celebrate, and where we can improve. …READ MORE of Westside ACT Scores 1.4 Points Higher Than State Average
WMS Student Trains At USA Gymnastics Developmental Invite Camp
Posted October 30, 2018 Westside Middle School 7th grader Lexi Zeiss was recently invited to attend a USA Gymnastics developmental training camp. Camp invitations were extended by Kim Riley (Managing Director of Athlete Programs for USA Gymnastics) and Tom Forster (High Performance Director of the US Women’s National Team). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50GclVJDxRQ&feature=youtu.be Lexi and her coach Kelley Banks Green trained with National Team coaches for four days in Crossville, Tennessee. The camp is held to provide the…READ MORE of WMS Student Trains At USA Gymnastics Developmental Invite Camp
WHS Student Honored With Believers & Achievers Award
Posted October 30, 2018 Madigan Brodsky, a student at Westside High School, has been honored with a 2018-2019 Believers & Achievers Award Winners by the NSAA. Brodsky is one of 48 overall winners from across the state of Nebraska. Nolan Miller-Johnston was also named a winner for Westside High School. All of the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools, outstanding leaders within their schools and…READ MORE of WHS Student Honored With Believers & Achievers Award
November Awards & Honors
Posted October 30, 2018 Kaitlyn Hanna, Westside High School Westside High School freshman Kaitlyn Hanna tied for first place at the girls Class A state golf tournament in Norfolk. Hanna scored a 76 in rain at Norfolk Country Club on October 9, just four strokes over par. The NSAA called the event due to weather; Hanna tied with Omaha Marian senior Jalea Culliver. Hannah is believed to be the first freshman in 33 years to…READ MORE of November Awards & Honors
WHS Teacher Named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
Posted October 24, 2018 Westside High School Business Teacher Jeanette Kleppinger has been named the 2018 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force. The group, also known as NETForce, recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward the organization, implementation, development or evaluation of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska. Kleppinger was a key figure in the creation of the Nebraska Furniture Mart School of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a groundbreaking $150,000 partnership between Westside Community…READ MORE of WHS Teacher Named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
Board Approves Prairie Lane Concept Design
Posted October 23, 2018 The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The…READ MORE of Board Approves Prairie Lane Concept Design
Hall of Fame To Induct Seven Outstanding Alumni
Posted October 18, 2018 Westside Community Schools, the Westside Community Council and the Westside Alumni Association will induct seven new members in the Westside Hall of Fame next month. In addition, our District will present three Lighthouse Leader awards to outstanding supporters of Westside Community Schools. The 2018 Hall of Fame & Lighthouse Leaders Dinner will take place Thursday, November 1 at the Happy Hollow Club. Several of this year’s Hall of Fame honorees will…READ MORE of Hall of Fame To Induct Seven Outstanding Alumni
WHS Freshman Wins Girls State Golf Title
Posted October 10, 2018 Westside High School freshman Kaitlyn Hanna has tied for first place at the girls Class A state golf tournament in Norfolk. Hanna scored a 76 in rain at Norfolk Country Club on October 9, just four strokes over par. The NSAA called the event due to weather; Hanna tied with Omaha Marian senior Jalea Culliver. Hannah is believed to be the first freshman in 33 years to win a girls state…READ MORE of WHS Freshman Wins Girls State Golf Title
Westside High Educator Named September Teacher of the Month
Posted October 1, 2018 Megan Riege, Special Education Teacher at Westside High School, has been named September Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Riege will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/mfBJ5087UkA This is Riege’s first year of teaching with Westside High School; she previously worked as a student teacher at Westside Middle School. Riege was…READ MORE of Westside High Educator Named September Teacher of the Month
Boundaries Public Forum Offers Scenarios, Time For Feedback
Posted September 28, 2018 Westside Community Schools is evaluating how to balance District enrollment, giving consideration to educational, financial, and community concerns, with the specific focus on optimizing new space at Sunset Hills Elementary School. Through research, data, open discussion and idea sharing, we will determine what is the best path for Westside Community Schools and our students, a process that will affect elementary attendance areas/boundaries for the 2019-2020 school year. A Public Forum took…READ MORE of Boundaries Public Forum Offers Scenarios, Time For Feedback
Westside Safe Schools Hotline Now Available
Posted August 31, 2018 Now more than ever, students face pressures and challenges that can contribute to depression, anxiety, and other problems. They’re also the first to know when their peers are behaving in ways that raise concern. Likewise, parents or other community members sometimes have concerns, either about their own child or someone else’s. Westside families now have another safe, easy-to-reach outlet for sharing their concerns and getting help when they need it. The Westside…READ MORE of Westside Safe Schools Hotline Now Available
Westside School Psychologist named Nebraska Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year
Posted September 27, 2018 Mary McPadden, a School Psychologist with Westside Community Schools, has been awarded the Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year Award by the Nebraska School Psychologists Association. McPadden received the honor at the NSPA Fall Conference Thursday at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center. McPadden currently serves students at Oakdale Elementary; she has worked with Westside Community Schools for over 20 years. “Mary is a trusted resource among staff in her buildings, for…READ MORE of Westside School Psychologist named Nebraska Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year
October Construction Updates
Posted September 27, 2018 PRAIRIE LANE District and project leaders hosted a Public Design Input Session at Prairie Lane on September 25. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the meeting, gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The Design Advisory Committee will continue to meet throughout this fall. SWANSON…READ MORE of October Construction Updates
October Awards & Honors
Posted September 28, 2018 Mary McPadden, Oakdale Elementary Congratulations to Mary McPadden, School Psychologist at Oakdale Elementary, has been named the NSPA Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year! This prestigious award from the Nebraska School Psychologist Association is one of the highest honors school psychologists can receive. Several Westside administrators offered congratulations to McPadden, including Director of Special Services Dr. Kami Jessop, who described her as one of the most talented, driven, and dedicated professionals…READ MORE of October Awards & Honors
District Remembers Longtime Educator Ron Huston
Posted September 6, 2018 Westside Community Schools staff, alumni and community members remember longtime educator and athletic director Ron Huston. Huston, who was with Westside from 1965-1992, died August 26. Huston joined Westside as a social studies teacher and baseball coach in 1965. In 1976, Huston was named Westside Athletic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. Huston was named Nebraska Athletic Director of the year in 1986, and was inducted into…READ MORE of District Remembers Longtime Educator Ron Huston
September Construction Updates
Prairie Lane Elementary The Prairie Lane Design Advisory Committee met for the first time this week to begin discussions for the extensive remodel with additions planned for the school. They will work with TACKArchitects and Project Advocates on design concepts, meeting throughout the fall. The project is estimated to cost $10.8 million; work will begin in the summer of 2019. Sunset Hills Elementary Students and staff have moved in to a brand new Sunset Hills…READ MORE of September Construction Updates
First Day of School Photos!
Welcome back to Westside Community Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year! #BeKind #ThrowKindnessLikeConfetti #Westside
September Awards & Honors
Marlo Tomich, 6th Grade Teacher at Swanson Elementary, has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Tomich is invited to the White House to receive her award and $10,000, one of only two Nebraska educators recognized for their work in science and education. Click here to read more! Congratulations to Kaitlyn Hanna, freshman at Westside High School, who recently broke the Westside school record in Girls Varsity Golf! Kaityln…READ MORE of September Awards & Honors
A Message from the Superintendent
Posted August 30, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools As Americans prepared to head to the polls for the 2008 Presidential Election, both candidates, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, held town halls across the country. At one campaign event, a woman told Senator McCain, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, he’s not — he’s an Arab.” Senator McCain shook his…READ MORE of A Message from the Superintendent
Do you love children? Westside needs you!
Westside Community Schools is currently hiring Educational Assistants (Paraprofessionals) at a variety of locations. Hours are flexible. Please apply or refer a friend today! CLICK HERE for details and to apply!READ MORE of Do you love children? Westside needs you!
Hillside Educator Named August Teacher of the Month
Updated September 4, 2018 Congratulations to Mr. Daren Folchert, 6th Grade Teacher at Hillside, our August Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools! Mr. Folchert will receive $100 thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, and he will be honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. With the help of PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, Westside will recognize a Teacher of the…READ MORE of Hillside Educator Named August Teacher of the Month
Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm
The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to select Ray & Associates to assist with the Fall 2018 search for the next Superintendent of Westside Community Schools for an estimated cost of $20,300. For more information about the Superintendent Search throughout the process, CLICK HERE.READ MORE of Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm
Important: Go With Your Child To School Events
As Varsity athletic events begin this week, Westside Community Schools reminds parents of elementary-aged students to please accompany them to games. District leaders strongly encourage parents to supervise our younger fans at home games; please do not drop off elementary-aged students at the gates without adult supervision. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety and well being of all students, on and off the field!READ MORE of Important: Go With Your Child To School Events
Sunset Hills Opens
Sunset Hills Elementary School has opened for Westside Community Schools students. The $13.8 million dollar project is on time and on budget, as promised to voters in 2015. Click here to watch video of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Opening! District leaders hosted students, staff and community members August 8th for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Back-to-School Update Speeds School-to-Parent Contact
When a child has an emergency at school, parents want to be contacted immediately. That can be hard to do if we have inaccurate or outdated information for that student. That’s why we ask all parents to go online and complete the Back-to-School Update for each of their children before school starts each August. This ensures that we have current, accurate information about every child on Day One. If you’ve not already done so, please…READ MORE of Back-to-School Update Speeds School-to-Parent Contact
Fall 2018 Activities Guide
There are activities taking place throughout the Omaha area, offering opportunities for Westside Community Schools students and families. Please use the contact information provided for details regarding each activity. To add your activity or event to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. LITTLE WARRIOR CHEER CLINIC Little Warrior Cheerleaders will learn motions, jumps, and cheers during the clinic and then cheer during the first quarter of the Varsity Football game on September 14th! Tuesday, September…READ MORE of Fall 2018 Activities Guide
NEW Snack List for 2018-2019 School Year
The Westside Safer & Healthier Foods Committee met this summer to revise the District Approved Snack List. This list provides dozens of choices for parents and families who wish to provide snacks and treats for their child and others in class or for school-related events. As a reminder: this list applies to all elementary schools. Secondary schools may bring in any commercially prepared items. No homemade food items or items including nuts are allowed. Click here…READ MORE of NEW Snack List for 2018-2019 School Year
Important Dates at your Child’s School!
SNEAK-A-PEEKS Elementary students across Westside Community Schools, along with their families, are invited to Sneak-A-Peek events to see their classrooms and meet their teachers! Please check with your school principal to confirm dates and times. HILLSIDE: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm LOVELAND: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm OAKDALE: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm PADDOCK ROAD: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm PRAIRIE LANE: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm ROCKBROOK: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm SUNSET HILLS: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm SWANSON: August 9, 5:30-7:00pm WESTGATE: August 9, 6:00-7:30pm WESTBROOK:…READ MORE of Important Dates at your Child’s School!
School Supplies Lists Now Available!
Principals throughout Westside Community Schools are sending out school supplies lists to help families determine how best to prepare their children for the 2018-2019 school year. Please click each link below for details about your child’s school and grade level. If you have questions, or are unable to purchase school supplies, please contact your child’s principal. 2018-19 Hillside Student Supply Loveland Supply Lists 18-19 Oakdale Supply List 18-19 Paddock Road 2018-19 Supply Lists Prairie Lane…READ MORE of School Supplies Lists Now Available!
Should your child stay home? We can help you decide!
The following message is from Alan Bone, Director of Student Services with Westside Community Schools. Students who miss fewer than two days of school before October tend to have good attendance for the remainder of the year. And students with good attendance are more likely to keep up with their peers in both reading and math. One of the best things parents can do to help their children succeed is to make sure they get…READ MORE of Should your child stay home? We can help you decide!
Have you filled out your Back-To-School update?
Attention Parents/Guardians of all Westside Students: The online Back-To-School Update needs to be completed by a parent/guardian every year for each Westside student in grades K-12. This is also necessary if students are going to be eligible to use district technology (iPads and laptops). Many of you have already completed this process. If you haven’t and would like some assistance, we would love to help you. To complete the update now, login to your parent PowerSchool account at ps.westside66.org.…READ MORE of Have you filled out your Back-To-School update?
District Moves Forward on Superintendent Search, Boundary Engagement Process
This fall, Westside Community Schools is addressing two important issues: a Superintendent Search and a Boundary Engagement Process. Our goal is to make both of these processes as transparent as possible, gathering input and engaging our community throughout. With that, we have two special sections on our website dedicated to each of these issues. On the front page of our main website www.westside66.org, you will see two red buttons: Superintendent Search and Boundary Engagement Process.…READ MORE of District Moves Forward on Superintendent Search, Boundary Engagement Process
Westside Educators Honored With Multiple Awards
Two Westside teachers and Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann have been awarded several honors at the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Conference. Crystal Bolamperti and David Shabram, both from Westside Middle School, were among an estimated 20 educators honored before some 500 educational leaders from across Nebraska. Bolamperti has also been awarded the B.E.S.T. Award for 2018. Dr. Blane McCann was presented the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Outstanding Superintendent Award. Under Dr. McCann’s leadership, community partnerships increased…READ MORE of Westside Educators Honored With Multiple Awards
Swanson Teacher Honored With Presidential Award
Marlo Tomich, a 6th Grade Teacher at Swanson Elementary School in Westside Community Schools has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Tomich was notified by the White House Monday she had received the award for her work in 2016. She is invited to the White House to receive her award and $10,000. “The Presidential Award celebrates innovation, commitment, quality and passion in teaching,” said Tomich, a 17-year teaching…READ MORE of Swanson Teacher Honored With Presidential Award
Westside Summer School starting July 9
Starting July 9, Westside will offer summer school programming in half-day sessions, designed to serve students (by invitation only) who completed Kindergarten through 5th grade and need additional support in academics. Westside has two sites for Summer School: Hillside, serving Hillside and Westbrook students, and Westgate, serving Paddock Road and Westgate students. Hillside & Westbrook Summer School July 9th – 27th. Summer school will take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m at…READ MORE of Westside Summer School starting July 9
Open House for Sunset Hills planned for August 8
All stakeholders, neighbors, alumni, and Sunset Hills families are invited to an Open House on Wednesday August 8 to tour the newly constructed Sunset Hills Elementary! The school will be open for tours that evening from 6:00-8:00pm; the building will open to students when they start the new school year August 14th. Click here to download a printable invitation!READ MORE of Open House for Sunset Hills planned for August 8
Boundary Engagement Process Planning Begins
The Board of Education met on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, to discuss the comprehensive Boundary Engagement Process to take place in the Fall of 2018 into January of 2019. The meeting took place from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the ABC Administration Building and was open to the public, with notice posted prior on the District website. Click here to view the agenda. Please note: the official minutes of this meeting will be approved at the July 16th…READ MORE of Boundary Engagement Process Planning Begins
Sunset Hills Bricks Available Monday
Construction crews have begun external demolition of the historic Sunset Hills Elementary School. Starting Monday, June 18, bricks will be available in a pile at the site of the former school for anyone who wants to keep a souvenir of the original Sunset Hills. The pile will be located in the parking lot of the original school, at 9503 Walnut. So that we have enough for everyone, we ask that you only take one per person. Please note: visitors…READ MORE of Sunset Hills Bricks Available Monday
Board Swears In Van Gelder, Krenzer
Dr. Meagan Van Gelder and Doug Krenzer have been sworn in as the newest members of the Westside Board of Education, elected by voters in May. The Douglas County Election Commission has confirmed the results of a very close election, after conducting several recounts. Van Gelder and Krenzer took an oath of service at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The Board also announced and voted on new roles, assigned as follows:…READ MORE of Board Swears In Van Gelder, Krenzer
Playing sports at WHS? Forms due now!
The following is a message from Tom Kerkman, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Westside High School. I hope you are having an enjoyable and relaxing summer. With the beginning of each school year, participants in our athletic programs need to be reminded of certain requirements, which must be met prior to the first day of legal practices. My intent is to inform each of you about several items that hopefully will make the start…READ MORE of Playing sports at WHS? Forms due now!
Westside celebrates teachers, staff members at end of year celebration
Westside Community Schools celebrated a successful school year with the district’s annual End of Year Celebration, hosted by Dr. Enid Schonewise and Westside’s Human Resources team. This annual event recognizes some of Westside’s top educators, provides give-a-ways and raffles for all employees, and honors staff members through both the Westside Education Association and the Westside Foundation.
2018 Primary Election – Westside Recount
The official results of the 2018 Primary Election are posted on the Douglas County Election Commission website here. The results for the Westside Community Schools Board of Education are within the automatic recount provisions in Nebraska Revised Statutes. The recount will be conducted at the Douglas County Election Commission office on the afternoon of Thursday, June 7, 2018. This information will also be shared with candidates in this race.READ MORE of 2018 Primary Election – Westside Recount
Dickhut, Mosier named 2018 Schrager Distinguished Teachers
The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation graciously presents the Schrager Distinguished Teaching Awards and $10,000 to two Westside Community Schools educators, Kim Dickhut of Swanson Elementary and Angela Mosier of Westside High School. Congratulations to these incredible teachers who, through exemplary teaching and devoted service, have positively influenced the lives of countless young people. KIM DICKHUT, SWANSON ELEMENTARY Kim Dickhut, a veteran teacher who has dedicated her career to elementary education, is a lifelong learner…READ MORE of Dickhut, Mosier named 2018 Schrager Distinguished Teachers
Patterson awarded Dr. Jim Tangdall Beacon Award
Michelle Patterson, a veteran educator at Westside Community Schools and Principal of Sunset Hills Elementary, is the inaugural winner of the Dr. Jim Tangdall Award for Administrator of the Year. Michelle receives $2,500 from the Westside Foundation and the Tangdall family. Michelle has been with Westside for 22 years, spending several of those as Principal at Paddock Road Elementary and at Sunset Hills Elementary. She is also the Director of the district’s Excellence In Youth…READ MORE of Patterson awarded Dr. Jim Tangdall Beacon Award
May Westside Pride newsletter now available!
The May edition of Westside Pride, the district newsletter for Westside Community Schools, is now available! CLICK HERE to download a copy.READ MORE of May Westside Pride newsletter now available!
Westside Educators Awarded Scholarships
Human Resources with Westside Community Schools, with the generosity of multiple donors, has presented several educators with scholarships to continue the pursuit of professional degrees and development. The Westside Foundation annually awards $500 scholarships to certified and classified staff members who are furthering their education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Enid Schonewise, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, recently awarded scholarships for 2017-18 to Tyler Foster (Westside High School), Diana Williams (Westbrook Elementary),…READ MORE of Westside Educators Awarded Scholarships
May 2018 Construction Update
Progress and planning are moving along at six Westside schools! CLICK HERE for updates on construction and plans at Prairie Lane, Swanson, Sunset Hills, Westbrook, Westside Middle School and Westside High School.READ MORE of May 2018 Construction Update
WHS Teacher Wins National Educators Rising Award
Elizabeth Cosentino, Family & Consumer Science Teacher at Westside High School, has been named recipient of the 2018 Erin Young Award from Educators Rising. This prestigious honor is given to an educator working to inspire and mentor students who plan to pursue teaching. Elizabeth is the sponsor of Westside’s chapter of EdRising, helping students who are interested in the field of education. Both KMTV and the Omaha World Herald profiled Cosentino and her program earlier…READ MORE of WHS Teacher Wins National Educators Rising Award
Summer Foods Program Starts May 29
Once again, Westside Community Schools is partnering with the Department of Education and the USDA to offer the Summer Foods program at four of our elementary schools. This program offers free meals to any family who comes to one of our sites. “All of our sites are open sites and any child ages 1-18 may receive a free, nutritious meal,” said Jackie Cambridge with Westside Nutrition Services. “There are no income restrictions or paperwork to…READ MORE of Summer Foods Program Starts May 29
Loveland Educator Named May Teacher of the Month
Kim Streff, Reading Coordinator at Loveland Elementary School, has been named May Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Streff is awarded $100, thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. Strife was nominated for this honor by Loveland Principal Steph Hornung, who offered the following: “Kim is an over-comer, a problem-solver, an innovator, and most importantly a dynamic master Reading Teacher at Loveland. Her enthusiasm, love, dedication and passion…READ MORE of Loveland Educator Named May Teacher of the Month
Superintendent Contract At the meeting held on May 14, 2018, the Board of Education approved the 2018-19 Superintendent’s contract. Click here to view of copy of the contract that was approved by the Board. Click here to view the Superintendent Pay Transparency Act Notice.READ MORE of Superintendent Contract
Dr. McCann Named 2018 Nebraska Career Education Outstanding Superintendent
Congratulations to Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann, the recipient of the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Outstanding Superintendent Award! This prestigious honor, chosen by the Nebraska Department of Education, will be presented to Dr. McCann at the Nebraska Career Education Conference Awards in June in Kearney. Westside High School teacher Jeanette Kleppinger nominated Dr. McCann for this honor. Ms. Kleppinger will lead the new Nebraska Furniture Mart School of Entrepreneurial Thinking at Westside High, a groundbreaking…READ MORE of Dr. McCann Named 2018 Nebraska Career Education Outstanding Superintendent
Leaders, Learners Celebrate New Westside Boys & Girls Club
Westside Community Schools in close partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is proud to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new club honoring the Hawkins Family attached to Westbrook Elementary School. Both organizations, along with dozens of students from Westbrook Elementary, took part in the ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the site of the new club. For 13 years, the Westside Boys & Girls Club has provided a safe,…READ MORE of Leaders, Learners Celebrate New Westside Boys & Girls Club
Previews shared of Swanson Elementary
The Design Advisory Committee for Swanson Elementary met on Monday, May 7, to see an updated presentation from project leaders and architects about the new school, scheduled to open to students in the Fall of 2019. CLICK HERE to see Monday’s presentation and notes from the DAC meeting, posted on our Facilities website!READ MORE of Previews shared of Swanson Elementary
Westside Student Wins National Video Award
Ramya Iyer, a freshman at Westside High School, has won first place in the Advancing Women and Girls category of Population Connection’s “World of 7 Billion” [mrss-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com] student video contest. Her video was about ending child marriage. 5,000 participants around the globe submitted entries. Ramya was struck by the fact that over 1 billion women will have been child brides by 2050. The four faceless girls in her film represent the many millions of girls married off before…READ MORE of Westside Student Wins National Video Award
2018 Commencement Will Be LIVE online
The 2018 graduation ceremony for Westside High School through livestreaming. Graduation is set for May 20 at Baxter Arena with a starting time of 2 p.m. Follow the link below to access the correct YouTube address. There is NO CHARGE to view this event, with live access across the world. The link: WHS 2018 GraduationREAD MORE of 2018 Commencement Will Be LIVE online
Summer 2018 Activities Guide
There are activities taking place throughout the Omaha area, offering opportunities for Westside Community Schools students and families. Please use the contact information provided for details regarding each activity. To add your activity or event to this list, please email email@example.com. 16th ANNUAL WARRIOR GOLF CLASSIC TOURNAMENT The Warrior Football Program is now planning the 16th Annual Warrior Golf Classic Tournament on June 16th, 2018, at 1:15 p.m., at Eagle Hills Golf Course in Papillion,…READ MORE of Summer 2018 Activities Guide
Westside DECA finishes in national Top 20
Westside DECA, after a dominant performance at state competition, has wrapped up their 2017-2018 season as one of the Top 20 teams in the country. Westside High School recently sent 49 qualifying competitors to national competition in Atlanta. 39 of those students received Top 20% Finisher Awards. Of the 6 Nebraska students/teams to qualify for finals, 3 were from Westside High School. Congratulations to Maddie Elbracht and Morgan Murphy, named to the Top 8 in HTDM,…READ MORE of Westside DECA finishes in national Top 20
April Westside Pride Now Available!
The April edition of Westside Pride, the official District newsletter for Westside Community Schools, is now available to view or download! CLICK HERE for your copy!READ MORE of April Westside Pride Now Available!
Progress Continues at Swanson, Sunset Hills
Construction work continues at several Westside Community Schools buildings as part of our 2015 Major Facilities Plan. For a complete April update, including details on news at Prairie Lane, Sunset Hills, Swanson, Westbrook and Westside Middle School, click here.READ MORE of Progress Continues at Swanson, Sunset Hills
2019 Spring Break Changes
At the request of Westside District Leadership, the Board of Education has voted to change the 2018-2019 Spring Break to March 18-22, 2019. It had been previously set for April 1-5, 2019. As we have updated you throughout this school year, our previous Spring Break dates for 2018-2019 coincided with the Department of Education’s set ACT dates, affecting all of next year’s juniors at Westside High School. These dates are set by ACT and the…READ MORE of 2019 Spring Break Changes
Rockbrook Educator Named April Teacher of the Month
Jan Kyle, 2nd Grade Teacher at Rockbrook Elementary, has been named April Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Kyle is awarded $100, thanks to Angel Starks with Nebraska Realty. Kyle received multiple nominations for this honor. One of her colleagues at Rockbrook offered the following: “Mrs. Kyle cares about the hope and well-being of each of her students. She saw a need for her students to start each day with a meaningful Morning…READ MORE of Rockbrook Educator Named April Teacher of the Month
Westside Celebrates Employees’ Years Of Service
Westside Community Schools is grateful and proud to recognize a combined 2,323 years of service from District employees. On Thursday May 3, our Board of Education and District leaders will honor 38 of those employees who are marking 20 years or more with Westside Community Schools. 45 Years of Service Deborah Sadowski, Curriculum Specialist at Swanson Elementary 35 Years of Service Ann Kauffman, World Languages Teacher at Westside Middle School 30 Years…READ MORE of Westside Celebrates Employees’ Years Of Service
Note from the Nurse: Physicals Required!
7th Grade Requirements- Please Schedule Physicals A Note from your Middle School Nurse: Nebraska law requires all students entering 7th grade to have a complete physical (this physical also fulfills the requirements for a sports physical). Physicals should be performed after March 1st if not playing sports, and after May 1st if playing sports. Also required is a Tdap booster given after 10 years of age. Please call your health care provider to make an…READ MORE of Note from the Nurse: Physicals Required!
Concert Jazz Band Earns 3rd NSBA Championship
Congratulations to the Westside Concert Jazz Band, the NSBA State Jazz Festival Grand Champion for the third year in a row!! The group of student musicians is led by WHS Director of Bands Tommy Krueger. Saxophone Grace Calderon, Emma Dougherty, Andrew Li, Jack Moseman, and Elsie McCabe Trombone Christian Madsen, Owen Port, Oliver Gurney, and Ella Paulson Trumpet MaryKate Bessmer, Ben Waxberg, Ashleigh Madsen, Megan Douglass Flute Angela Li Vibes Alessandra Meza Piano Reese Pike…READ MORE of Concert Jazz Band Earns 3rd NSBA Championship
Warrior WalkAbout Registration Open for all 6th graders
A MESSAGE FOR ALL CURRENT 6TH GRADERS & THEIR FAMILIES Your student will begin the 18-19 school year at a new school! We invite your incoming 7th grader to join us at Warrior WalkAbout on July 26th or July 31 from 8:30am-12:30pm at Westside Middle School. Warrior WalkAbout is an orientation camp for incoming 7th graders at WMS. The goal of the camp is to create a meaningful, exciting, and engaging experience for our 7th…READ MORE of Warrior WalkAbout Registration Open for all 6th graders
Westside’s Future Business Leaders Shine At State Conference
Westside FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) participated at the State Leadership Conference earlier this month. Several students were recognized in key business areas, including WHS senior Stephanie Lund, who won a state championship in Organizational Leadership. FBLA Stata Conference Awards 3D Animation: 3rd place – Blythe Grady, Grace Roberts, Raeanne Sando Economics: Honorable Mention – Catherine Cox Hospitality Management: 6th place – Anna DeSordi, Jordan Rhyner, Baylee Seaman Management Decision Making: 3rd place – Stephanie Lund, Aliyah…READ MORE of Westside’s Future Business Leaders Shine At State Conference
Westside Journalism Brings Home State Bronze
Several student journalists from Westside High School are now state champions, part of the Warrior Team that finished 3rd in state competition. These are the latest in a long list of awards earned by Westside Journalism this year. NSAA State Journalism Results Broadcast Feature: 1st place — Christepher Speeks, De’Andre Hill Broadcast News: 3rd place — Christepher Speeks, De’Andre Hill Broadcast Sports: 1st place – Evan Dondlinger; 6th place – Libby Bekins Column Writing: 1st place – Maryam Akramova; 2nd place – Emma Miller Infographic: 1st place –…READ MORE of Westside Journalism Brings Home State Bronze
Alumni, former teachers say goodbye to Sunset Hills
March 31, dozens of former Sunset Hills students and staff members say goodbye to the longtime staple of Westside Community Schools. Sunset Hills Elementary, built in 1956, will close this May. A brand new Sunset Hills Elementary School is being built next door. Westside hosted a One Last Look event open house for all former Sunset Hills students, staff, families and community members to tour the building one final time. CLICK HERE for more on…READ MORE of Alumni, former teachers say goodbye to Sunset Hills
Student Artists featured across Omaha
Several of Westside High School’s talent student artists will display their work at one of Omaha’s most popular shopping spots: Regency Court! The shopping center at 120 Regency Parkway will be host to the 11th Annual Excellence In Design Senior Art Show from April 25-29. Westside’s award-winning Art Department, headed by Erin Lunsford, has helped teach and mentor promising student artists for years. This year alone, seven WHS students were awarded National Scholastic Art and…READ MORE of Student Artists featured across Omaha
Four candidates advance to May Board of Education election
Sean Conway, Doug Krenzer, Steven Taylor and Meagan Van Gelder have been selected by District 66 voters as the four candidates who will advance to the May election for the Westside Board of Education. All four took part in a public forum, hosted by the WEA, on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00pm at Westside Middle School. The forum is available for viewing via Facebook Live on the Westside Community Schools Facebook page. CLICK HERE. Eight…READ MORE of Four candidates advance to May Board of Education election
Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Westside High School proudly announces the six newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2018. Four alumni, a coach, a community member and the 1986 Girls Swimming and Diving Team will be honored at the Annual Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on Friday May 4. Pat DiBiase, Class of 1973 Pat DiBiase was an outstanding swimmer for Westside High School from 1971 to 1973.…READ MORE of Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Westside Student Artists Awarded National Gold Keys
Two Westside High School students have been awarded Gold Keys from National Scholastic Art & Writing, the hop honors students can receive at the regional level. Brennan Zatechka’s painting is entitled ‘Street Scene’. Brennan is a junior at Westside High School, where her art is prominently featured. Grace Johanningsmeier’s painting is entitled ‘Escape’. Grace is a senior at Westside High School, where she is also a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Brennan and Grace created two of…READ MORE of Westside Student Artists Awarded National Gold Keys
Community message from Dr. McCann
From of the office of Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann I am certain that everyone is looking forward to spring recess, marking the “official” end of winter. I enjoy seeing and hearing the robins and other birds, the greening of the landscape, longer days and other signs of spring: baseball, prom, commencement, planning a budget for the next school year… yes, this is the time of year that the District begins preparing next year’s budget. The FY19…READ MORE of Community message from Dr. McCann
District hosts Facebook Live event: School Safety & Security
Westside Community Schools hosted a Facebook Live event: School Security and Safety on Thursday, March 29. Viewers could join us from offices, home, or lunchrooms to ask questions about current safety and security practices and policies at all Westside Community Schools, hosted by District Director of Student Services Alan Bone. To view the presentation and question/answer session, click here.READ MORE of District hosts Facebook Live event: School Safety & Security
2 Westside Middle School students qualify for National History Bee
Westside Middle School students Peter Voller and Milena Morris have qualified for the National History Bee competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Peter, Mily and two other students, Eddie Pike and Jade Taylor, all represented Westside in the National History Bee regional competition earlier this week. “Every year since we have been competing, Westside Middle School sends the best and brightest to national finals and this year is no exception,” said Secondary EY Coordinator Kristen Job.…READ MORE of 2 Westside Middle School students qualify for National History Bee
Weidemann Named Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year
In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, announced on March 19, 2018 Quinn Weidemann of Westside High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Nebraska Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Weidemann is the first Gatorade Nebraska Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Westside High School. Photo courtesy Olivia Washburn for Westside Journalism The award, which recognizes not only…READ MORE of Weidemann Named Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year
Westside School Librarian Wins National Award
Deb Sondall Saetveit, school librarian at Westside Middle School, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators. The award will enable Saetveit to attend an AASL National Conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time. While teaching English at the secondary level,…READ MORE of Westside School Librarian Wins National Award
Hillside Educator Named March Teacher of the Month
Teresa Matthews, Art Teacher at Hillside Elementary School, has been named March Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Matthews is awarded $100, thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. CLICK HERE to watch as Ms. Matthews is surprised in class by Principal Cynthia Bailey, learning she has been named Teacher of the Month! Matthews received multiple nominations for this honor. Fellow art teacher Cecilia Schultz at Westbrook Elementary…READ MORE of Hillside Educator Named March Teacher of the Month
Scholar Athlete Banquet set for April 25
Scholar Athlete Banquet Celebrating Success in Classroom & Athletics The 23rd Annual Westside High School Scholar Athlete and Spirit Scholar Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 to recognize the academic accomplishments of our Athletes and Spirit Members. We ask that you consider a tax-deductible donation to help us make the evening a success. Varsity Athletes & Spirit Squad, Grades 10-12 with 3.5+ GPA or 6.4+ MPA will be honored. Invitations will be mailed in early April to…READ MORE of Scholar Athlete Banquet set for April 25
Westside student awarded NAIFA scholarship
Allan Feldman, a student at Westside High School, has been awarded the Bob and Betsy Nelson Endowed Scholarship from the NAIFA-Nebraska Foundation. Allan plans to attend Iowa Western Community College to earn a degree in Fire Science Technology. NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, honors five exemplary students every year for their success in high school. Donors contribute a minimum of $10,000 to fund these permanently endowed scholarships. Congratulations, Allan!READ MORE of Westside student awarded NAIFA scholarship
Westside grad dazzles America on ‘The Voice’
Hannah Goebel, a 2015 graduate of Westside High School, will continue appearing on the national hit TV show ‘The Voice’ after dazzling audiences across America Monday night with her incredible singing talents. Hannah was selected by all four celebrity judges on Monday night’s audition show. Years before trying out for ‘The Voice, Hannah performed with Westside’s Simply Irresistible and was a featured soloist on Cabaret Night, she performed the national anthem for the College World…READ MORE of Westside grad dazzles America on ‘The Voice’
Westside Educator selected for Transatlantic Outreach program
Westside High School teacher Amy Studts has been selected to participate in the Transatlantic Outreach Program study tour to Germany this summer. Studts is well known and respected by students at Westside High School and colleagues both at District 66 and throughout her field. Earlier this school year, she was honored with the Gildersleeve-Stoddard-Stone Service to Geography Education Award. The honor is the highest the Geographic Educators of Nebraska (GEON) bestows. “I am ecstatic and honored…READ MORE of Westside Educator selected for Transatlantic Outreach program
Sunset Hills student wins District speech competition
Ten of Westside’s best young speakers competed for District honors, with a Sunset Hills 6th grader claiming the top prize. The Kiwanis Elementary Speech Contest was held Friday, March 9th at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center. Sixth graders from across the district prepared speeches on the topic, “Going Beyond: The Extra Mile” and each school selected one student to attend the district contest. The first, second, and third place winners will attend a…READ MORE of Sunset Hills student wins District speech competition
Westside teacher receives International award
Westside Middle School teacher David Shabram has been awarded the Emerging Leader Distinction by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Shabram, who teaches Engineering and Technology at Westside Middle School, will be formally presented with his award at the association’s annual conference in Atlanta in April. Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools, was among those who nominated Shabram for this honor. He wrote: David is an excellent educator and extremely innovative as…READ MORE of Westside teacher receives International award
New state assessments aim to measure student performance
State Assessment: Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) New NSCAS Summative assessment measures student performance Takes less time, reveals deeper information, and helps address learning roadblocks This school year, the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Summative assessment replaces the Nebraska School Accountability (NeSA) tests in: English language arts and math for grades 3–8 Science for grades 5 and 8 This new, computer-adaptive culminating assessment measures student performance against Nebraska’s content area standards, showing how…READ MORE of New state assessments aim to measure student performance
Westside High Musician Wins Regional Competition
Andrew Li, a 9th grader at Westside High School, has won the MTNA West Central Junior Woodwind Division competition, and will now compete at the National MTNA Conference in Florida. Andrew was named as Nebraska’s representative for the regional competition in October, and traveled to Iowa City in January to compete. He will now compete at the National Music Teachers National Conference in Florida from March 17-21. Thousands of students nationwide competed for these elite…READ MORE of Westside High Musician Wins Regional Competition
Westside Student Named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year
Haleigh Henry-Fewell, a senior at Westside High School, has been named Youth of the Year for the Westside Boys & Girls Club. Haleigh has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club for 13 years, participation that greatly impacted her outlook on life and her future. “I want to be the voice for the average teenager who faces the daily challenges experienced teens across our country,” said Haleigh, who volunteered 1,000 hours in the…READ MORE of Westside Student Named Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year
Boundaries Discussion Suspended Until Fall 2018
The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools Dear Westside families and stakeholders: I would like to inform you that, after discussions with individual Board of Education members, district leadership has decided to push the reset button on any decisions regarding adjustments to our elementary attendance area boundaries. We will suspend the work of the Boundary Committee until September of 2018. The BOE will not vote on this issue…READ MORE of Boundaries Discussion Suspended Until Fall 2018
Five Westside students to compete at Nebraska Geography Bee
Five Westside Community Schools students have been named semifinalists and eligible to compete in the 2018 Nebraska National Geographic State Bee. Owen Schafer (Sunset Hills), Leo Konigsberg (Swanson), Kate Stevens (Loveland), Aubrey LeClair (Prairie Lane), and Maya Johnson (Westside Middle School) will all represent District 66 at the state competition in April. This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held…READ MORE of Five Westside students to compete at Nebraska Geography Bee