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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!

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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.  

  Kim Dickhut at Swanson Elementary and Angela Mosier at Westside High School were presented the…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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),…

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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.  

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Superintendent Contract

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.

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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…

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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,…

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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!

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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…

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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 Graduation

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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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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,…

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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!

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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