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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 –…

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Summer 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 petersen.brandi@westside66.net.   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,…

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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…

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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…

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Construction Updates: March 2018

Construction updates and planning are in progress at several Westside Community Schools buildings, thanks to the 2016 Major Facilities Plan passed by District 66 voters. To read about the latest updates, CLICK HERE.

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Board Candidate Forum will be LIVE online

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 will take part in a public forum, hosted by the WEA, on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00pm at Westside Middle School. The forum will be available for viewing LIVE via Facebook Live on the Westside Community Schools Facebook page.…

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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.…

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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…

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Community message from Dr. McCann

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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…

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March Westside Pride now available!

Please enjoy the March edition of Westside Pride, the official District newsletter for Westside Community Schools. CLICK HERE to download: March Westside Pride Newsletter

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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.

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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District seeking budget feedback

Our District will soon begin discussions about the budget for the 2019 fiscal year. We are proud of the work we have done in recent years to balance our budget and meet our fiscal responsibilities, while maintaining the overall excellence found in Westside Community Schools. As part of this important process, we look to our stakeholders for input on the areas of district programming that are important to you. Are there programs or staffing areas…

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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…

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New state assessments aim to measure student performance

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Warrior Theatre Presents: DOGFIGHT

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Girls Basketball Team wins State Championship

The 2018 Westside Girls Varsity Basketball Team has won the NSAA Class A State Championship, capping off a season defined by team work and exceptional success on and off the court. “So amazingly proud of this group of girls that became a true “team”!” the Westside coaching staff posted on Twitter. “They lived their values, followed their dreams, and believed in each other and our program! Their 28 wins is a new school record (28-3).…

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February Westside Pride now available!

The February edition of Westside Pride, the official district newsletter for Westside Community Schools, is now available. CLICK HERE to download your copy: Westside Pride Newsletter February 2018

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Dr. McCann selected to serve on School Superintendent National Advisory Committee

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Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools, has been nominated and selected to serve on the School Superintendent National Advisory Committee. This prestigious group is composed of educational experts including superintendents, district-level leaders, university instructors, and representatives of state departments and professional organizations. The purpose of the National Advisory Committee is to review a draft test framework to determine the knowledge, skills, and competencies that are important for a beginning school superintendent and district-level…

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WMS Student honored with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Nathan Chan, a student at Westside Middle School, has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, one of several Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Nathan, an 8th grader, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award based on the number of volunteer hours he has given to the community. This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their surrounding area and country. As part of this honor, Nathan will…

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Westside students honored with NCWIT Awards

Four Westside students have been honored with NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing, including WHS student Ramya Iyer, selected as the Regional Winner for Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Ramya is a freshman at Westside High School. The NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Award honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Recipients are chosen for their demonstrated…

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Legislative Update, Spring 2018

For some time Westside has been closely monitoring legislation at the Nebraska Unicameral that will impact our school district. We have been working closely with our contract lobby firm, Kelley Plucker and specifically, Sean Kelley, as well as the Westside administration and Board of Education, to determine how many of the bills introduced this session will affect Westside and our students. Members of the administration and Board of Education have been meeting with and contacting…

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Boys Swim Team continues Westside swimming legacy

We are VERY EXCITED to congratulate some amazing teams and coaches! The Westside boys Swim & Dive Team with the win at Metros! The Westside girls Swim & Dive Team with the 3rd place finish at Metros! Coach Dave Harris was inducted into the 2018 Metro Hall of Fame! Coach Doug Krecklow was named Men’s Outstanding Metro Coach! Westside boys Swim & Dive Team with the 2nd place finish at State! Coach Doug Krecklow has…

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Kindergarten Parent Meetings and Round-up Dates

Hillside Parent Meeting – April 17th at 6:00pm Hillside Round-up – August 14-17   Loveland Parent Meeting – April 19th at 6:30pm Loveland Round-up – May 4th at 9:30am   Oakdale Parent Meeting – April 26th at 6:00pm Oakdale Round-up – May 4th at 9:30am   Paddock Road Parent Meeting – April 24th at 6:00pm Paddock Road Round-up – May 4th at 9:00am   Prairie Lane Parent Meeting – May 1st at 6:30pm Prairie Lane Round-up – May 9th at 9:30am   Rockbrook Parent Meeting – April 24th at 6:00pm Rockbrook Round-up – May 4th at 9:30am  …

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Safety Planning and Prevention in the Westside Community Schools

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SAFETY PLANNING AND PREVENTION IN THE WESTSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Before becoming an administrator, I was a high school English teacher for 24 years, 11 of them at Westside High School. I still remember hearing about the shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999, which forever changed my outlook as an educator. From that day forward, I haven’t met a single teacher who hasn’t thought about where to hide his or her students in the…

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WHS Math Educator named Westside Teacher of the Month

Ben Baber, Math Teacher at Westside High School, has been named February Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Baber is awarded $100, thanks to Loveland Family Chiropractic with Dr. Kiley Sequenzia and Tamie Schuett. Baber was nominated by fellow Westside High School teacher Sally Shepherd, who wrote: “Ben is a highly skilled teacher and works so hard with every student to help them succeed.  He is diligent about keeping grades current and quickly…

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Belinda Westfall named Prairie Lane’s next principal

Westside Community Schools is happy to share that Belinda Westfall has verbally accepted the position as Prairie Lane Principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Current principal Beth Welke will retire at the end of this school year. Westfall began her career in education, as an elementary teacher in Virginia, and continued as a classroom teacher after moving to Sidney, Nebraska. She then made the move to administration and is in her fifth year as an…

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A message from Dr. McCann regarding school safety

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All of us here at Westside Community Schools are heartbroken and saddened by the tragic events that took place Wednesday in Florida. No child or teacher should be afraid of going to school. The students, families, staff members, law enforcement officers and community of Parkland are in our thoughts. We are thankful for our community, who enabled us to recently upgrade security at our buildings by approving a bond issue in 2015. Please know that…

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School Boundaries

The Westside Community has long valued small class sizes and neighborhood schools.  In an effort to balance our enrollment after the completion of construction at Sunset Hills (and the long-anticipated addition of another section of K-6 classrooms to manage bubble classes), the Board of Education and administration have been contemplating moving our elementary attendance boundaries to further those goals. However, after listening to our constituents at the February 8th boundary meeting, the board and administration…

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Preschool Peer Models Wanted

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Westside Hires New Volleyball Coach

Westside High School has named Korrine Bowers as the new Head Coach of the Varsity Volleyball program. Bowers comes to Westside Community Schools with many years of success.  She will replace current coach Beth Peitzmeier, who is leaving Westside High School at the end of this school year to pursue another career opportunity. “We are excited to have Korrine as the new varsity volleyball coach,” said Westside Athletic Director Tom Kerkman. “She has been a…

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Six candidates running for Board of Education

The 2018 Caucus will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St.  Voter sign-in begins at 6 p.m. and the Caucus will begin at 7 p.m. The Caucus is held to select four candidates for two positions on the Westside Community Schools Board of Education. The names of four persons who receive the most votes at the Caucus will be placed on the ballot at the statewide primary election on May…

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January Westside Pride now available!

The January edition of Westside Pride, the official district newsletter for Westside Community Schools, is now available. CLICK HERE to view or download your copy: Westside Pride Newsletter January 2018

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Valentines Day Events scheduled, Candy List available

Valentines Day events and classroom parties are right around the corner! For these events, our Safer and Healthier Foods Plan is still in effect, however, we are allowing children to bring candy to exchange and eat at home. Please use our Approved Candy List (click the link to download) when choosing what to buy for your child to bring for Valentines Day events and parties, and check with your child’s school for complete details, dates and times.…

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Westgate Educator Named Teacher of the Month

Mary Morris, 3rd Grade Teacher at Westgate Elementary, has been named January Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Morris is awarded $100, thanks to Natalie Williams and Amigo’s Restaurant at 84th & Dodge. Morris was nominated by Westside administrators, colleagues, and community members. One nominator wrote: “Mary has a heart for all students. She has worked with some of the most difficult, showing an understanding of what they need to be successful. Going…

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Landen Foundation provides donation to Westside TeamMates

The Landen Foundation has generously offered a financial donation to the Westside Community Schools TeamMates program. Patty and CL Landen, III contacted Westside earlier this month about supporting Westside TeamMates. TeamMates matches students to to adult mentors; the matches meet in school once a week during the academic year. Mentors and mentees are matched based on interests and hobbies. During their meetings, matches can play games, craft, do a physical activity, or just talk. The TeamMates of…

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Westside’s Plautz named 2018 Scholar Athlete

Westside’s Dylan Plautz has been recognized as a Scholar Athlete by the 2018 Greater Omaha Sports Committee. Plautz, accompanied by his parents, Westside High School Principal Jay Opperman, and Athletic Director Tom Kerkman, was recognized at the Greater Omaha Sports Committee Banquet earlier this week. Plautz, who plays Varsity football and basketball, is also a top-achieving student in the classroom. As Quarterback for the Westside Warriors Varsity Football Team, he led Westside to the state…

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Kindergarten Enrollment for 2018-19 Now Open

Attention District Residents! We are now enrolling students who reside in our District and will be eligible to enter Kindergarten in August of 2018. If you live in District 66 and have a child who qualifies, click here to begin the enrollment process. Click here for more information about this process and the documentation you will need to provide. If you have questions, please contact the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100.  

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Important Information about District 66 Tax Bill

Many District 66 residents have received 2018 property valuations from the Douglas County Assessor’s office. We want to ensure you understand differences you may see on this bill when compared to statements in past years. Please note: the Learning Community levy has been $0.95 in past years; it is now $0. That $0.95 is now accounted for in the line item property tax levy. There is no .95 increase in collection by Westside Community Schools,…

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Lockout vs. Lockdown: Responses for Westside Schools

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From the office of Alan Bone, Director of Student Services What’s the Difference Between a Lockout and a Lockdown? In December, a high school in a nearby district received a 911 report that someone with a gun was inside the school. Administrators evacuated the school as police moved in; no gunman was discovered, and within days, police arrested those allegedly behind what was found to be a hoax. You may have noticed signs in our…

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Westside Snow Day Information Posted

Nebraska winters can get pretty tough at times. When snow accumulates and temperatures drop to dangerously low levels, Westside Community Schools shares with parents a concern for the safety of their children. Here are a few guidelines to ensure we work together for the safety of all students. CLICK HERE to download the 2017-2018 Snow Days Guide.

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Slideshow: Oakdale Elementary Ribbon Cutting & Open House

Our ribbon cutting and open house at Oakdale Elementary were a success! Than you to all of our District leaders, design team members, educators past and present, students and alumni, and community members who joined us to unveil this beautiful, new school. Hundreds toured the school December 14th, which is on time and on budget to open to students and staff January 10th. Click here for more information about the event and Oakdale Elementary. Thank…

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Important: Information Update about 2018-2019 calendar

Westside Community Schools has received important information from the Nebraska Department of Education regarding ACT state testing. Districts are given two options for administering the state assessment: Option 1: Online state testing in the Spring of 2019 will take place April 2 – April 4 and April 9- April 11, 2019. Option 2: Paper/Pencil state testing will take place April 2, 2019. Currently, Westside Spring Break is scheduled for April 1 – 5, 2019. At…

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Top 10 Westside Stories of 2017

2017 Year in Review What an incredible year it has been for Westside Community Schools! We have reasons to celebrate in academics, athletics, the arts, citizenship and service, community, and more. It’s tough to narrow down our Top Stories of 2017, but we did it with the help of social media/website stats and input from our District leaders, teacher and students. What was YOUR favorite Westside story of 2017?!?   #10  Westside Swimming Honored With…

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December Westside Pride newsletter available

Please enjoy the December edition of Westside Pride, the District e-newsletter for Westside Community Schools. CLICK HERE to download: Westside Pride Newsletter December 2017

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Westside Middle School Educator Named Teacher of the Month

Laura Mann, Language Arts Teacher at Westside Middle School, has been named December Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Mann is awarded $100, thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. CLICK HERE to watch as Mrs. Mann is surprised by Westside Director of Curriculum Jim Sides and Principal Russ Olsen, learning she has been named Teacher of the Month! Mann received multiple nominations for this honor; Director of…

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Westside Community Schools unveils new Oakdale Elementary School

Westside Community Schools unveiled a new school, Oakdale Elementary, on Thursday, December 14. Students and District leaders held a brief ceremony at the school at 1:00pm, followed by a VIP tour for special guests, including alumni who attended Oakdale in the 1930’s. Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included: Rosie Zweiback, former President of the Westside Board of Education John Hughes, Chairman of the Bond Oversight Committee Beth Morrissette, President of the Westside Board of…

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Camp Westside scheduled for Summer 2018

ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE: Where will your summer adventure be? Find yours with Camp Westside Early Childhood Centers.   Mark your calendars now to sign your School-Age child up for an explorative and adventurous summer! Our Summer program runs May 30- August 9, 2018. Registration begins March 5, 2018. No minimum weeks required and flexible scheduling. Email weccsummer@westsideecc.org for more information and questions!

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10 students move forward in State Geography Bee competition

During the week of Dec. 4, all 10 Westside elementary schools held a School Geography Bee.  This was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Each school winner will now take a qualifying test for a spot to compete in the Nebraska State Bee at UNO on April 6, 2018.  Westside High School student Brendan Pennington is Nebraska’s reigning…

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Westside Foundation to open new childcare center

The Westside Foundation will open a new child care center in 2019 for up to 100 students inside what is now Countryside Church. The future owners of the church, Coram Deo, entered into the agreement with the Foundation this fall. It will allow the Foundation to operate an early childhood program on the building’s lower level. “We’re excited to see our building used in ways that will serve and bless the broader community,” said Coram…

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2018 Caucus Date, Rules Set

The 2018 Caucus will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Westside High School, 8701 Pacific St.  Voter sign-in begins at 6 p.m. and the Caucus will begin at 7 p.m. The Caucus is held to select up to four candidates for two positions on the Westside Community Schools Board of Education. The names of up to four persons who receive the most votes will be placed on the ballot at the statewide primary election on…

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Oakdale Open House Set For December 14

The public is invited to tour the brand new Oakdale Elementary, Thursday December 14th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Design team members from DLR Group, as well as project leaders from Project Advocates, will be on hand to offer insight and details. This new school, financed as part of Westside’s 2015 Major Facilities Plan, will open to students in January of 2018. CLICK HERE to download a printable invitation.

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November Westside Pride newsletter now available!

We hope you enjoy the November edition of Westside Pride, the District e-newsletter for Westside Community Schools. From all of us at Westside, we hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! CLICK HERE to read or download: Westside Pride Newsletter November 2017  

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Whole Foods Market Donates Thousands To Oakdale Community Club

Whole Foods Market presents Oakdale Elementary’s Community Club with more than $3,700, after choosing the Westside Community Schools organization as its final 2017 5% Community Support Day beneficiary. This was the first time Whole Foods Market Omaha has selected a school to benefit from their quarterly Community Support Day, a community giving program event celebrated by company locations throughout the country. For every purchase made on September 20, 2017, Whole Foods Market donated back 5%…

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6th Grader Leads Westside’s Best Spellers in District Competition

Brandon Moore, 6th Grader at Rockbrook Elementary, will represent Westside Community Schools at the Omaha World Herald’s Midwest Spelling Bee in Spring 2018. Brandon won the Westside District Spelling Bee Friday, beating out the 30 best spellers throughout all elementary schools and Westside Middle School. The top two spellers at each elementary school, and the top ten spellers at Westside Middle School, won the competitions at each of their respective schools to qualify for District…

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Oakdale Special Education leader named November Teacher of the Month

Jen Borges, Special Education Teacher at Oakdale Elementary, has been named November Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Borges is awarded $100, thanks to Nick and Rachel Nun with Nun Real Estate Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. Borges was nominated by two coworkers, including fellow Oakdale Special Education Teacher Jena Coil, who shared the following: “Mrs. Borges works hard before, during, and after duty hours to make sure the needs of…

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Westside Cycling Wins State Championship

The Westside Cycling Team has won the Nebraska state cycling championship for a fourth consecutive year. The overall team championship is awarded to the school that has earned the most points over the course of the season in all four categories combined. Westside beat out the second place team by more than 1000 points. Two Westside cyclists, Jonas Turman and Anton Burkovetskiy, were also recognized for their contributions over the last four years competing in…

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Westside to host Positive Behaviors forum

Join Westside leaders as we discuss safe schools and student behaviors at an open dialogue forum, Thursday November 30 at the ABC Administration Building. This year, our educators have placed increase emphasis on our multi-tiered Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports model (PBiS). This is utilized in all Westside Community Schools, in all grades K-12. During this dialogue session, we will cover the basics of PBIS and what it looks like for our students, parents, and…

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Record-setting 39 Westside students perform with All-State Chorus

A record-setting 39 Westside High School students performed with the 2017 All State Chorus! These talented student performers span all vocal ranges and styles; an additional two students were named as Chorus alternates. 13 more Westside High School students were selected for 2017 All State Jazz Band, All State Orchestra and All State Concert Band.   2017 All-State Chorus Soprano 1: Isabela Hovorka, Alexis Rose, Jill Stark, Maddy Stark, Ella Vraspir Soprano 2: Maddie Akers,…

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Westside, Nebraska Furniture Mart announce partnership

Westside Community Schools, the Westside Foundation, and Nebraska Furniture Mart are delighted to announce a new partnership to create the Nebraska Furniture Mart school of entrepreneurial thinking at Westside High School. Nebraska Furniture Mart will invest $150,000 into a 2-year pilot fully immersing students into the business world to learn entrepreneurial skills, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and corporate insight as they prepare for future careers. Beginning in January 2018, select Westside High business students…

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State Senators See Success At Westgate Elementary

Members of the Nebraska Legislature recently visited Westgate Elementary to see evidence of the success in Westgate’s reading programs. At the invitation of Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann, four State Senators spent time at Westgate on Monday to learn firsthand what Westside educators are doing to help all students become proficient in reading by the end of third grade. In the last five years, Westside’s percentage of students reading proficiently and no longer in need of…

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Westside celebrates Halloween 2017

Classrooms and buildings throughout Westside Community Schools held Halloween and Fall celebrations to mark the holiday and the changing of the seasons!

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Westside Middle School students selected for Code Crush Experience

Six Westside Middle School students have been selected for UNO’s Code Crush in the 17-18 school year, an Immersion Experience encouraging interest and experience in emerging IT fields for 8th and 9th grade girls throughout the Midwest. Erin Mosier, Kori Dyche, Jenna Liakos, and Claire Wing are the latest members of an elite group of Westside Middle School students accepted to take part in this experience, selected in Fall 2017. For several days in November,…

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Westside senior named Wendy’s Heisman Winner

Lauren Fehr has been named a Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner for Westside High School. The award was established by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas to honor high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field. Lauren has volunteered with Westside’s Outdoor Ed program; she’s a member of the Varsity Girls Basketball and Soccer teams; she’s a member of Westside’s award-winning…

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Westside student named QuestBridge finalist

Westside High School senior Madeleine Rauhauser has been named a finalist for the QuestBridge program, a full 4-year scholarship worth more than $200,000 at America’s most elite universities. QuestBridge is a non-profit program linking high-achieving, deserving students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. This year, an estimated 15,606 students applied for the QuestBridge program. Only a third of those students are finalists, with only 17% coming from Midwest schools. Madeleine…

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Westside offering free parent-training program

All Westside Community Schools parents with children of any age are invited to take part in a free parent education group, ‘Becoming a Love & Logic Parent.’ Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents and caregivers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. During the course, you will learn about the two rules of Love and Logic, the Anticipatory Consequence, ways to neutralize arguing and much more. You…

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SOQ’s for Construction Manager at Risk

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Swanson families, graduates, teachers invited for one last look

Swanson Elementary families, past and present students, and current and former teachers, are all invited to take one last look at the school before the historic building closes. Westside Community Schools will host an Open House at Swanson, 8601 Harney Street, on Saturday November 25 from 1:00-3:00pm. Swanson will close at the end of this semester and is slated for demolition in the spring. A new Swanson Elementary will be built at the same site…

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10 Westside students chosen for Nebraska Middle School Honor Choir

10 Westside Middle School students have been selected for the prestigious Nebraska Middle School Honor Choir, an elite assembly including the state’s most talented young vocalists. WMS students chosen to participate are Elena Rosenblatt, Elina Gigantelli, Elinor Bowen, Sanaa Slaughter, Lina Shukry, Ethan NewMeyer, Aidan Upton, Kidus Tewodros, Wyatt Almeida, and Jack Scioli. Nicholas Djernes leads the Westside Middle School vocal music program, directing numerous classes and opportunities including large group choirs and smaller group performance choirs. “We have an 8th grade choir program of…

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Westbrook Educator Named Teacher of the Month

Makeisha Miller, 2nd grade teacher at Westbrook Elementary, has been named October’s Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Miller will be awarded $100 thanks to Chrissy Cameron and Angel Starks with Nebraska Realty. Click here to watch as Mrs. Miller was surprised with the news by Westside administration and Westbrook Teacher Leader Amy Falcone! Westbrook Speech-Language Pathologist Brandy Klipfel, who nominated Miller, shared the following: She is a great educator, supports all ability…

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Westside Student Named K-12 Tech Student of 2017

Emma Carlson, junior at Westside High School, has been selected as the K-12 Tech Student of 2017 for the AIM Tech Celebration Awards. This award is presented annually to a tech-savvy high school or college student with an excellent work ethic and superior technological skills. This student has used their talents to help others understand how to leverage technology to reach new heights, gain efficiencies and improve capabilities. Emma was nominated by Westside Middle School…

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7 Westside schools named Apple Distinguished Schools

Westside Community Schools is pleased to announce that seven of its schools have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for 2017–2019 for their implementation of transformational learning through the deployment of personal devices to every student.Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, ​collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of…

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ALERT: Are you receiving District emails?

Updates from Westside Community Schools are sent through our School Messenger system. We have noticed that some COX and AOL email addresses are being auto-blocked. We continue to work with these providers to troubleshoot the problem and find a solution. If you feel you are not receiving emails, newsletters and/or alerts from either the District or your school principal, please contact Kim Sedivy at sedivy.kimberly@westside66.net.

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New scholarship will honor legendary Westside coach

Westside High School and the Westside Foundation are proud to announce the creation of a Coach Lou Miloni Legacy fund, honoring the longtime wrestling coach and cherished educator. The Westside Foundation has raised more than $60,000 as part of an overall goal of $150,000 to continue to impact the storied program Coach Miloni created at Westside High School. In his 36-years at Westside High, Coach Miloni’s teams earned 16 District Team Championships and 2 Class…

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Oakdale, Sunset Hills construction moving along

Westside Community Schools continues to see new changes and exciting new developments across the district as part of our Major Facilities Plan. CLICK HERE for full details on construction at Oakdale Elementary, Sunset Hills Elementary, Swanson Elementary, and Westside Middle School!

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UPDATE: Mayor’s Office reevaluating closure of traffic light at 108th & Oak

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s office has announced they have directed the Traffic Engineering Division to reevaluate plans to remove at traffic light at 108th and Oak due to its proximity to a school. A sign indicating plans for removal was posted at the intersection in July, causing concern for families who use Oakdale Elementary, Rockbrook Elementary, West Campus and the CAPS program. Friday, the Mayor’s office indicated they have requested additional studies to be scheduled…

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Westside Clothing Closet seeking donations

The Westside Clothing Closet will host a donation drive from October 16-November 3. Many children in our schools come to class without needed clothes, undergarments, shoes or coats. The Westside Clothing Closet, organized by District 66 parents, collects these items for Westside students and their siblings. The Westside Clothing Closet is currently looking for the following: NEW sock and underwear for boys and girls (age 5 – high school) Boys sweatpants (5T-14) Girls leggings (5T-14)…

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Rockbrook Educator named Star 104.5’s Teacher of the Week

Rockbrook Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Ann Miller has been named Star 104.5’s Teacher of the Week. Miller was surprised Wednesday morning during class by a Star 104.5 crew, along with gifts and prizes. Miller was nominated by the parent of one of her students, who noted her ingenuity and communication techniques used to connect with all families. Rockbrook Elementary Principal Garret Higginbotham, as well as Westside’s Chief Financial Officer Bob Zagozda, were also on hand to…

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District says goodbye to longtime teacher

Our condolences are with the family and loved ones of Teri Donoho who died over the weekend after a brave battle with cancer. Teri was a former teacher at Westside High School and Westside Middle School. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6pm at Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home Colonial Chapel. CLICK HERE for more information. In lieu of flowers, her husband asks that donations be made to Crossroads Clinic (http://crossroadsclinicok.com) or…

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Westside ACT scores above state average

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A message from Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Dr. Mark Weichel   Westside Community Schools recently received our results for the Spring 2017 ACT exam. This was an exciting time for our school district, as these results represent our entire 2017 class, the first in which all students took the test at least once. 434 Westside students took the ACT in Spring; we truly tested everyone who qualified. This not only provided every, single…

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September edition of Westside Pride now available

Please enjoy the latest edition of Westside Pride, the e-Newsletter for Westside Community Schools. We welcome you to share this with alumni, stakeholders and community members. CLICK HERE: September 2017 To receive printed copies of Westside Pride for your home or business, please contact Kim Sedivy at sedivy.kimberly@westside66.net.

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Partnership means free behavioral assessments, counseling and parent seminars

A valuable collaboration is in place between Westside Community Schools and Children’s Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. This partnership allows us to address the mental health needs of our children and families districtwide. The services offered through the Student Assistance Program include free assessments and short term counseling, where students and their parents are invited to complete two free face-to-face sessions. Children’s Behavioral Health therapists are able to help you address any…

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Paddock Road Named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Westside Community Schools is proud to announce Paddock Road Elementary School has been named a 2017 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. September 28, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, including Westside’s Paddock Road Elementary. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of…

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Westside Swimming Honored with 2017 Dominant Dynasties Award

The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has selected the Omaha Westside High School Swimming Teams from 1973-1988 to receive the Dominant Dynasties Award for 2017. Under the direction of Hall of Fame Coach Cal Bentz, Westside earned national respect in the sport of swimming, winning 16 Boys and Girls championship titles between 1963 and 1977. Bentz was known for innovative coaching techniques to improve athletes’ performance and time in the pool. Bentz…

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