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Now Accepting Summer Activities Guide Submissions

Posted March 21, 2019 This year, Westside Community Schools will once again share a compilation of summer activities, events and other opportunities available to our students. This will include district and non-district events. This Summer Activities Guide will be distributed electronically to all families and staff throughout our district, with links posted across social media, our website and Next Door. If you have an activity or event you would like to include in our electronic…

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Flood Relief Information

Posted March 18, 2019 Many of our neighboring communities are suffering due to historic flooding in and around the Omaha metro area. We know many of you are looking for ways to help; we also want to remind our employees impacted by these floods that we have assistance for your family. If you would like to donate or otherwise help Nebraska flood victims, we encourage you to learn more about efforts organized by United Way…

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Special Education Assistant Named Employee of the Month

Posted March 15, 2019 Charity Kaufman, Special Education Educational Assistant at Rockbrook Elementary, has been named the March Employee of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Kaufman will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from Angel Starks with Nebraska Realty. Kaufman was nominated by a Special Education Teacher at Rockbrook who wrote: “During the past six years, Charity has been an integral member of our Rockbrook Special Education team. She…

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Option Enrollment Spots Still Available

Posted March 11, 2019 Westside Community Schools is currently accepting option enrollment applications for the 2019-2020 school year. CLICK HERE to apply. Since 1990, thousands of metro area families have chosen Westside schools through Nebraska’s Option Enrollment Program, which provides parents with the choice to send their children to school in a district other than the one in which they reside. In fact, one in three students currently enrolled in Westside Community Schools resides outside District boundaries.…

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‘Courageous’ Westside Educator Named February Teacher of the Month

Posted March 11, 2019 Zohra Sahak, Social Studies teacher at Westside Middle School, has been named the February Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Sahak will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. Sahak was nominated by a Westside parent who wrote: “Ms. Sahak is a maverick teacher who has the courage to meet students where they…

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Westside Promotes Inclusion

Posted March 4, 2019 At Westside Community Schools, we believe all students deserve to be included in the activities, fun, friendships, and learning of school. Westside High School is proud to be part of the Project Unify Campaign; Spread the Word to End the Word will take place on March 6th. WHS Teachers are showing the following video to homeroom students. Students are also invited to sign a pledge to actively be part of the…

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Westside Swimming Breaks Records With State Silver

Posted March 1, 2019 CONGRATULATIONS to the Westside Swim & Dive team, who secured a 2019 State Runner Up victory at the NSAA Championships! Westside student athletes won medals and secured top finishes in multiple events, and broke several records. 10th Place, Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay Logan Kuehne, Alison DeSordi, Elizabeth Harding, Malia Snow, Shay Snow, Cynthia France, Anna Henningsen, Elyse Bartek 6th Place, Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay *new record* Colin Davis, Thomas…

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Westside’s Houston Named to 2018 U.S. Paralympic Athletics All-American List

Posted February 28, 2019 Eva Houston, a senior at Westside High School, has been named to the 2018 United States Paralympic Athletics All-American High School List. Houston is one of only 35 student athletes nationwide selected for this exceptional honor. “Not only is Eva involved in track, she has been a member of the band the last four years,” said Westside High School Athletic Director Tom Kerkman. “Eva and her dad have been partners in…

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March Awards and Honors

Posted March 1, 2019

  Sam Ostdiek, Swanson Elementary Sam Ostdiek, a 4th grader at Swanson Elementary, has shown incredible bravery and toughness during his battle with Wilson’s Disease and a liver transplant in August 2018. Sam and his family just learned they are going to Legoland in California, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Please help us send Sam to sunny California reminding him of the hope, strength and joy he shares with all…

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March Construction Updates

Posted February 27, 2019 PRAIRIE LANE ELEMENTARY Design work continues to progress at Prairie Lane! District leaders and Project Advocates are planning to present Design Development plans to the Board of Education for approval in March. A Request For Quotes for Contractors has also been issued and posted online (click here for more details); a bid will be selected in March. Construction on the extensive renovation and additions at Prairie Lane will begin June 1.…

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English Teacher, Building Engineer Recognized as Employees of the Month

Posted February 26, 2019 Two Westside employees, a teacher at Westside High School and a building engineer at Westbrook Elementary, have been honored as district employees of the month. Stephanie Heitmann, English Teacher at Westside High School, is named January Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. She was nominated by a fellow educator who offered the following: “Stephanie is a master teacher who works to design rigorous and engaging lessons for her students.…

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Community Invited To Sunset Hills Open House

Posted February 18, 2019 We invite all families in the Loveland, Swanson and Sunset Hills neighborhoods to visit the new Sunset Hills to tour our beautiful new school as your family plans ahead for the 2019 school year! CLICK HERE to download an invitation! The Open House will take place March 5 from 5:30-6:30pm. Please feel free to share this with your community clubs, neighbors and neighborhood associations, and nearby businesses. Families affected by boundary changes…

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2019 Kindergarten Meeting and Visitation Dates

Posted February 11, 2019

  Hillside Elementary (7500 Western Avenue, 402-390-6450) Kindergarten Parent Meeting: April 25, 6:00-7:00pm Kindergarten Round Up: August 14-16 & 19 Loveland Elementary (8201 Pacific Street, 402-390-6455) Kindergarten Parent Meeting: April 18, 6:30-7:30pm Kindergarten Round Up: May 3, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Oakdale Elementary (9801 West Center Road, 402-390-6460 Kindergarten Parent Meeting: April 30, 6:00-7:00pm Kindergarten Round Up: May 3, 9:30-11:00am Paddock Road Elementary (3535 Paddock Road, 402-390-6465 Kindergarten Parent Meeting: April 22, 6:00-7:00pm Kindergarten Round…

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Westside’s Krueger Honored With State Band Director Award

Posted February 7, 2019 Mr. Tommy Krueger, Director of Bands at Westside High School, has been selected as recipient of the Nebraska State Bandmasters (NSBA) Jack R. Snider Young Band Director Award. “This is a very prestigious award with selection being made through a statewide competitive nomination process,” said Pete Madsen, Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “It is given to a band director in their third through seventh year of teaching. Recipients are…

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Board Approves Elementary Boundary Changes

Posted February 5, 2019   On February 4, 2019, the Westside Board of Education approved a change for elementary school boundaries. This change was made after listening to constituents from across District 66 and reviewing the Boundary Committee’s work and feedback. These changes affect the Loveland, Sunset Hills and Swanson school communities. For most addresses, there will be no change. The Sunset Hills attendance boundary will expand slightly to include two sections: the area including…

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RFQ-Prairie Lane Elementary School Construction Manager at Risk

Westside Community Schools in Omaha, NE, invites proposals for Construction Manager at Risk services on the Prairie Lane Elementary School project.  The due date for proposals is March 7, 2019, at 3:00 PM CST.  Detailed information on the Request for Proposals can be found at HERE.  For more information, please contact Joel McWilliams at (402) 810-4101.

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Dr. McCann Shares Boundary Recommendations

Posted January 31, 2019 Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann has shared the boundary recommendations he intends to present to the Westside Board of Education for consideration at their next public meeting on February 4, 2019. These proposed changes impacting the Loveland, Sunset Hills and Swanson communities, if approved by the Board, would go into effect for the 19/20 school year. After careful reflection and discussion with the Westside Community, the recommendation for the expansion of the…

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February Awards and Honors

Posted February 1, 2019 Ethan Goldner, Westside High School Congratulations to Westside Senior Ethan Goldner, recognized at the Greater Omaha Sports Committee Banquet! Goldner, a multi-sport athlete for Westside, was joined by KETV’s Andy Kendeigh and Cross Country Coach Andrew Easton.   Mrs. Lindsey Jagels, Sunset Hills Elementary Congratulations to Mrs. Lindsey Jagels, 6th grade teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary, named a Star 104.5 Teacher of the Week! The Chris and Terri radio show surprised…

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6th Grade Families Invited to Gallup Parent/Child Night

Posted January 25, 2019 All Westside 6th grade students have had the opportunity to take the Gallup Strengths Explorer tool during first semester. We have encouraged parents to discuss their child’s  three top strengths as a family, to learn more about what their children are sharing about this experience at school. All of these students and their parents are invited to an interactive evening to further explore this tool and each child’s strengths. A Gallup representative will…

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Westside Names Dr. Mike Lucas as Next Superintendent

Posted January 21, 2019 Westside Community Schools Board selects Dr. Mike Lucas as next Superintendent The Westside Community Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to select Dr. Mike Lucas as the next Superintendent of the district. Dr. Lucas is currently the Superintendent of York Public Schools in York, Nebraska. Dr. Lucas completed interviews last week with the Board and groups throughout Westside including parents, staff members and students. His career achievements include the…

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Legendary Westside Leader Remembered

Posted January 16, 2019 District condolences are with the family and friends of Dr. Jim Tangdall, who died January 14. He served Westside Community Schools as a math teacher, basketball coach, principal and superintendent – devoting nearly 4 decades of his life to Westside. One of our district’s highest honors, the Dr. Jim Tangdall Beacon Award for Administrator of the Year, is given in his honor. Emily Nitcher and the Omaha World Herald shared a beautiful…

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Kindergarten Enrollment for 2019-20 Now Open

ENROLLMENT, REGISTRATION, AND RECORDS Enrollment for District Residents To enroll a RESIDENT child for Kindergarten in the 2019-20 (next) school year, click here. To begin enrolling for the 2018-19 (current) school year, click here. Click here for more information about the enrollment process for District residents and the documents you will need to provide. If you have questions, please contact the Westside Welcome Center at 402-390-2100. Enrollment for Non-Residents: Option Enrollment Since 1990, thousands of metro area families have chosen Westside schools through Nebraska’s Option Enrollment Program, which…

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Board Names Two Finalists for Superintendent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2019 Westside Community Schools Board names final two candidates for Superintendent   The Westside Community Schools Board of Education has selected two Superintendent finalists for the district. They are: Dr. Mike Lucas, Superintendent, York Public Schools (Nebraska) Dr. Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent, Douglas County West Community Schools (Nebraska) These candidates visited Westside Community Schools Tuesday and Wednesday for interviews with Board members. Dr. Poloncic will interview with the Board of Education…

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Superintendent Finalist Interviews Scheduled For January 8 & 9

Posted January 2, 2019 The Westside Community Schools Board of Education has named four finalists selected to interview as the next Superintendent of the district. The Board will interview the four finalists on January 8 & 9 at the times listed below. All interviews will take place at the ABC Building, 909 So. 76th St., Omaha, NE. The meetings are open to the public; click here for copies of the agendas.   Dr. Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent,…

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Westside High Information Night: Monday, January 14

Posted January 2, 2019 Attend the 2019 Westside High School Information Night to learn more about our small classes and modular scheduling, personalized learning for every student, free ACT preparation and proven success rates, Apple technology for every student, and our 600+ career & business partnerships. Information Night is open to all prospective students who will be in high school in the 2019-2020 school year; the event will take place at Westside High School on…

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Superintendent Finalists Announced

Posted December 22, 2018 The Westside Community Schools Board of Education has named the four finalists selected to interview as the next Superintendent of the district. The Board will interview the following: Dr. Jeffrey Geihs, Associate Superintendent, Clark County Schools (Nevada) Dr. Mike Lucas, Superintendent, York Public Schools (Nebraska) Dr. Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent, Douglas County West Community Schools (Nebraska) Dr. Rick Robins, Superintendent, Juab School District (Utah) Each candidate will visit Westside Community Schools for…

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January Awards and Honors

Posted December 20, 2018   Ben Brooks, Westside Middle School Ben Brooks, 7th grader at Westside Middle School, is part of a local team that qualified for the National Battle of the Books for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington DC! This is the fist time an Omaha team has qualified for nationals; Ben thrived in independent competition, given only two minutes to prepare and present an answer to an impromptu question on one…

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January Construction Updates

Posted December 20, 2018 PRAIRIE LANE The Prairie Lane Design Advisory Committee continues to meet to discuss plans for the extensive renovation with additions to Prairie Lane. New updates, shared by TACKArchitects and Project Advocates,will be unveiled to the Board of Education and district leaders at a luncheon on January 11. Construction is set to begin in Summer of 2019.   SWANSON ELEMENTARY Final framing and roofing continues at Swanson to create the signature “Butterfly…

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Boundary Engagement Process Update from Dr. McCann

Posted December 18, 2018 The following is a message from Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann regarding the Boundary Engagement Process.   To the Westside Schools Community, I want to provide an update regarding the work of our District Boundary Committee as part of our Boundary Engagement Process. To recap: the goal of this committee has been to balance District enrollment between Loveland, Sunset Hills and Swanson, giving consideration to educational, financial, and community concerns, with the…

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Rockbrook Special Education Leader Named December Teacher of the Month

Posted December 17, 2018 Marcia Manzo, Special Education Teacher at Rockbrook Elementary School, has been named December Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Manzo will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/zgaBZBknKGs Manzo is a loved and respected educator, receiving praise from parents, colleagues and administrators. A parent initially reached out to Assistant Superintendent of Human…

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Science Leader Named November Teacher of the Month

Posted December 6, 2018 Judy Stucky, Science Teacher at Westside High School, has been named November Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Stucky will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from  PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/K4XVwP9v5dU Stucky is a longtime teacher at Westside High School, and a regional and national leader in science education. She has organized and attended multiple conferences,…

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December Awards & Honors

Posted December 5, 2018   Westside Mathletes November 15, 40 Westside elementary students participated in the 2018 McMillan Math Contest. Schools from across the metro area competed in the contest and Westside mathletes brought home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. Congratulations to all these amazing mathletes! 5th grade Loveland/Sunset team of Jack Hawkins, Luca Agulla, BingYi Wang, and Trea Spady came in 1st place. 6th grade Oakdale Team of Christopher Whittle, Evan From, Davin…

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Dr. McCann: Westside shows the meaning of giving

The following is from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools As I reflect on the recent passing of George H.W. Bush, I am reminded of his 1,000 points of light initiative he spoke about when active in politics. His commitment to public service and a kinder, gentler approach to governing got me thinking about the 1,000 points of light found in the Westside Community Schools. I would like to share some examples. The…

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District moves forward in Boundary Engagement Process

Updated November 20, 2018 Westside Community Schools continues to work through our Boundary Engagement Process to address possible shifts within the Loveland, Swanson and Sunset Hills neighborhoods. In response to feedback received during and after a second public forum earlier this month, we have updated the Boundary Engagement Process section of our website. There you will find the complete presentation from the public forum, including the four proposed scenarios; the traffic study commissioned by Westside Community…

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Westside Announces School Psychology Awareness Week

Posted November 13, 2018 The school psychologists of Westside Community Schools are excited to announce School Psychology Awareness Week, November 12-16! School psychologists in Westside Community schools work to meet the academic, behavioral, and mental health needs of students. They are involved in and provide system-wide, building level, and individual level supports for students and staff. School psychologists in Westside are a part of their building Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) teams, Multi-Tiered Systems…

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WMS Students Selected for Elite CodeCrush Program

Posted November 6, 2018 Rose Padios and Majesty Marti-Lester, both 8th graders at Westside Middle School, have been selected for the elite CodeCrush program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  The students are two of only 32 chosen for the program out of more than 70 applicants from Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. From November 28-30, the students will attend CodeCrush at UNO, where they will be immersed in a world of IT including special…

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WHS Student named Hagel Public Service Scholar

Posted November 5, 2018 Ryan Adkins, a junior at Westside High School, has been selected as a Chuck Hagel Public Service Scholar. This award is presented to outstanding student leaders attending Omaha area high schools who exemplify the highest standards of ethics, integrity, leadership and respect.  Adkins received his award at a symposium at the University of Nebraska Omaha on October 17. He received a certificate signed by Senator Chuck Hagel, as well as a scholarship to…

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Oakdale Educator Named October Teacher of the Month

Posted November 5, 2018 Rebecca Kratky, 6th Grade Teacher at Oakdale Elementary, has been named October Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Kratky will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from  PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/RVck_f7q8FU Kratky is a longtime, respected educator at Oakdale. She was nominated by fellow teacher, Julie Schmitz, who wrote: “Becca works endlessly to provide personalized learning…

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Westside Gear Available Online!

Posted November 5, 2018 Shop for your favorite Westside gear at the Colosseum! The store, run by WHS business students inside Westside High School, is also available online. Buy hats, shirts, pants, and more! Click here to shop now, and for store hours.  

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Dr. McCann offers message of thanks, congratulations for Hall of Fame winners

Posted November 2, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools. This week, we recognized seven outstanding alumni who graduated from our schools, and have gone on to achieve incredible success in a variety of career fields. Among them: a globally respected doctor with the Centers for Disease Control; a financial expert, overseeing a billion-dollar annual budget; and a technological visionary whose work is behind some of culture’s…

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November Construction Updates

Posted November 1, 2018 PRAIRIE LANE The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for…

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Happy Halloween!

Posted October 31, 2018 Happy Halloween from Westside Community Schools!

 

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Westside ACT Scores 1.4 Points Higher Than State Average

Posted October 30, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Mark Weichel, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning While we certainly pay close attention to test scores and want to provide our students the best possible options for what they choose to do after high school, testing results do not define who we are.  They are simply one measure we use to determine how we are doing, where we can celebrate, and where we can improve. …

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WMS Student Trains At USA Gymnastics Developmental Invite Camp

Posted October 30, 2018 Westside Middle School 7th grader Lexi Zeiss was recently invited to attend a USA Gymnastics developmental training camp. Camp invitations were extended by Kim Riley (Managing Director of Athlete Programs for USA Gymnastics) and Tom Forster (High Performance Director of the US Women’s National Team). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50GclVJDxRQ&feature=youtu.be Lexi and her coach Kelley Banks Green trained with National Team coaches for four days in Crossville, Tennessee. The camp is held to provide the…

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WHS Student Honored With Believers & Achievers Award

Posted October 30, 2018 Madigan Brodsky, a student at Westside High School, has been honored with a 2018-2019 Believers & Achievers Award Winners by the NSAA. Brodsky is one of 48 overall winners from across the state of Nebraska. Nolan Miller-Johnston was also named a winner for Westside High School. All of the students nominated for the Believers & Achievers awards program represent the very best of Nebraska’s high schools, outstanding leaders within their schools and…

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November Awards & Honors

Posted October 30, 2018 Kaitlyn Hanna, Westside High School Westside High School freshman Kaitlyn Hanna tied for first place at the girls Class A state golf tournament in Norfolk. Hanna scored a 76 in rain at Norfolk Country Club on October 9, just four strokes over par. The NSAA called the event due to weather; Hanna tied with Omaha Marian senior Jalea Culliver. Hannah is believed to be the first freshman in 33 years to…

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WHS Teacher Named Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year

Posted October 24, 2018 Westside High School Business Teacher Jeanette Kleppinger has been named the 2018 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force. The group, also known as NETForce, recognizes educators who have made significant contributions toward the organization, implementation, development or evaluation of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska. Kleppinger was a key figure in the creation of the Nebraska Furniture Mart School of Entrepreneurial Thinking, a groundbreaking $150,000 partnership between Westside Community…

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Board Approves Prairie Lane Concept Design

Posted October 23, 2018 The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The…

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Hall of Fame To Induct Seven Outstanding Alumni

Posted October 18, 2018 Westside Community Schools, the Westside Community Council and the Westside Alumni Association will induct seven new members in the Westside Hall of Fame next month. In addition, our District will present three Lighthouse Leader awards to outstanding supporters of Westside Community Schools. The 2018 Hall of Fame & Lighthouse Leaders Dinner will take place Thursday, November 1 at the Happy Hollow Club. Several of this year’s Hall of Fame honorees will…

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WHS Freshman Wins Girls State Golf Title

Posted October 10, 2018 Westside High School freshman Kaitlyn Hanna has tied for first place at the girls Class A state golf tournament in Norfolk. Hanna scored a 76 in rain at Norfolk Country Club on October 9, just four strokes over par.  The NSAA called the event due to weather; Hanna tied with Omaha Marian senior Jalea Culliver. Hannah is believed to be the first freshman in 33 years to win a girls state…

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Westside High Educator Named September Teacher of the Month

Posted October 1, 2018 Megan Riege, Special Education Teacher at Westside High School, has been named September Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Riege will be honored by the Westside Board of Education and receive $100 from  PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate. https://youtu.be/mfBJ5087UkA This is Riege’s first year of teaching with Westside High School; she previously worked as a student teacher at Westside Middle School. Riege was…

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Boundaries Public Forum Offers Scenarios, Time For Feedback

Posted September 28, 2018 Westside Community Schools is evaluating how to balance District enrollment, giving consideration to educational, financial, and community concerns, with the specific focus on optimizing new space at Sunset Hills Elementary School. Through research, data, open discussion and idea sharing, we will determine what is the best path for Westside Community Schools and our students, a process that will affect elementary attendance areas/boundaries for the 2019-2020 school year. A Public Forum took…

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Westside Safe Schools Hotline Now Available

Posted August 31, 2018 Now more than ever, students face pressures and challenges that can contribute to depression, anxiety, and other problems. They’re also the first to know when their peers are behaving in ways that raise concern. Likewise, parents or other community members sometimes have concerns, either about their own child or someone else’s. Westside families now have another safe, easy-to-reach outlet for sharing their concerns and getting help when they need it. The Westside…

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Westside School Psychologist named Nebraska Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year

Posted September 27, 2018 Mary McPadden, a School Psychologist with Westside Community Schools, has been awarded the Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year Award by the Nebraska School Psychologists Association. McPadden received the honor at the NSPA Fall Conference Thursday at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center.  McPadden currently serves students at Oakdale Elementary; she has worked with Westside Community Schools for over 20 years. “Mary is a trusted resource among staff in her buildings, for…

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October Construction Updates

Posted September 27, 2018 PRAIRIE LANE District and project leaders hosted a Public Design Input Session at Prairie Lane on September 25. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019. TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the meeting, gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The Design Advisory Committee will continue to meet throughout this fall.   SWANSON…

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October Awards & Honors

Posted September 28, 2018 Mary McPadden, Oakdale Elementary Congratulations to Mary McPadden, School Psychologist at Oakdale Elementary, has been named the NSPA Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year! This prestigious award from the Nebraska School Psychologist Association is one of the highest honors school psychologists can receive. Several Westside administrators offered congratulations to McPadden, including Director of Special Services Dr. Kami Jessop, who described her as one of the most talented, driven, and dedicated professionals…

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District Remembers Longtime Educator Ron Huston

Posted September 6, 2018 Westside Community Schools staff, alumni and community members remember longtime educator and athletic director Ron Huston. Huston, who was with Westside from 1965-1992, died August 26. Huston joined Westside as a social studies teacher and baseball coach in 1965. In 1976, Huston was named Westside Athletic Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. Huston was named Nebraska Athletic Director of the year in 1986, and was inducted into…

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September Construction Updates

Prairie Lane Elementary The Prairie Lane Design Advisory Committee met for the first time this week to begin discussions for the extensive remodel with additions planned for the school. They will work with TACKArchitects and Project Advocates on design concepts, meeting throughout the fall. The project is estimated to cost $10.8 million; work will begin in the summer of 2019. Sunset Hills Elementary Students and staff have moved in to a brand new Sunset Hills…

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First Day of School Photos!

Welcome back to Westside Community Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year! #BeKind #ThrowKindnessLikeConfetti #Westside

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September Awards & Honors

Marlo Tomich, 6th Grade Teacher at Swanson Elementary, has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Tomich is invited to the White House to receive her award and $10,000, one of only two Nebraska educators recognized for their work in science and education. Click here to read more!   Congratulations to Kaitlyn Hanna, freshman at Westside High School, who recently broke the Westside school record in Girls Varsity Golf! Kaityln…

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A Message from the Superintendent

Posted August 30, 2018 The following is a message from Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools As Americans prepared to head to the polls for the 2008 Presidential Election, both candidates, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, held town halls across the country. At one campaign event, a woman told Senator McCain, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, he’s not — he’s an Arab.” Senator McCain shook his…

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Do you love children? Westside needs you!

Westside Community Schools is currently hiring Educational Assistants (Paraprofessionals) at a variety of locations.  Hours are flexible.  Please apply or refer a friend today! CLICK HERE for details and to apply!

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Hillside Educator Named August Teacher of the Month

Updated September 4, 2018 Congratulations to Mr. Daren Folchert, 6th Grade Teacher at Hillside, our August Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools! Mr. Folchert will receive $100 thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, and he will be honored at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. With the help of PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate, Westside will recognize a Teacher of the…

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Board Selects Superintendent Search Firm

The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to select Ray & Associates to assist with the Fall 2018 search for the next Superintendent of Westside Community Schools for an estimated cost of $20,300. For more information about the Superintendent Search throughout the process, CLICK HERE.

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Important: Go With Your Child To School Events

As Varsity athletic events begin this week, Westside Community Schools reminds parents of elementary-aged students to please accompany them to games. District leaders strongly encourage parents to supervise our younger fans at home games; please do not drop off elementary-aged students at the gates without adult supervision. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety and well being of all students, on and off the field!

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Sunset Hills Opens

Sunset Hills Elementary School has opened for Westside Community Schools students. The $13.8 million dollar project is on time and on budget, as promised to voters in 2015. Click here to watch video of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Opening! District leaders hosted students, staff and community members August 8th for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Back-to-School Update Speeds School-to-Parent Contact

When a child has an emergency at school, parents want to be contacted immediately. That can be hard to do if we have inaccurate or outdated information for that student. That’s why we ask all parents to go online and complete the Back-to-School Update for each of their children before school starts each August. This ensures that we have current, accurate information about every child on Day One. If you’ve not already done so, please…

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Fall 2018 Activities Guide

There are activities taking place throughout the Omaha area, offering opportunities for Westside Community Schools students and families. Please use the contact information provided for details regarding each activity. To add your activity or event to this list, please email paul.brandi@westside66.net.   LITTLE WARRIOR CHEER CLINIC Little Warrior Cheerleaders will learn motions, jumps, and cheers during the clinic and then cheer during the first quarter of the Varsity Football game on September 14th! Tuesday, September…

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NEW Snack List for 2018-2019 School Year

The Westside Safer & Healthier Foods Committee met this summer to revise the District Approved Snack List. This list provides dozens of choices for parents and families who wish to provide snacks and treats for their child and others in class or for school-related events. As a reminder: this list applies to all elementary schools. Secondary schools may bring in any commercially prepared items. No homemade food items or items including nuts are allowed. Click here…

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Important Dates at your Child’s School!

SNEAK-A-PEEKS Elementary students across Westside Community Schools, along with their families, are invited to Sneak-A-Peek events to see their classrooms and meet their teachers! Please check with your school principal to confirm dates and times. HILLSIDE: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm LOVELAND: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm OAKDALE: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm PADDOCK ROAD: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm PRAIRIE LANE: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm ROCKBROOK: August 9, 6:00-7:00pm SUNSET HILLS: August 9, 5:30-6:30pm SWANSON: August 9, 5:30-7:00pm WESTGATE: August 9, 6:00-7:30pm WESTBROOK:…

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School Supplies Lists Now Available!

Principals throughout Westside Community Schools are sending out school supplies lists to help families determine how best to prepare their children for the 2018-2019 school year. Please click each link below for details about your child’s school and grade level. If you have questions, or are unable to purchase school supplies, please contact your child’s principal. 2018-19 Hillside Student Supply Loveland Supply Lists 18-19 Oakdale Supply List 18-19 Paddock Road 2018-19 Supply Lists Prairie Lane…

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Should your child stay home? We can help you decide!

The following message is from Alan Bone, Director of Student Services with Westside Community Schools. Students who miss fewer than two days of school before October tend to have good attendance for the remainder of the year. And students with good attendance are more likely to keep up with their peers in both reading and math. One of the best things parents can do to help their children succeed is to make sure they get…

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Have you filled out your Back-To-School update?

Attention Parents/Guardians of all Westside Students: The online Back-To-School Update needs to be completed by a parent/guardian every year for each Westside student in grades K-12.  This is also necessary if students are going to be eligible to use district technology (iPads and laptops).  Many of you have already completed this process. If you haven’t and would like some assistance, we would love to help you. To complete the update now, login to your parent PowerSchool account at ps.westside66.org.…

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District Moves Forward on Superintendent Search, Boundary Engagement Process

This fall, Westside Community Schools is addressing two important issues: a Superintendent Search and a Boundary Engagement Process. Our goal is to make both of these processes as transparent as possible, gathering input and engaging our community throughout. With that, we have two special sections on our website dedicated to each of these issues. On the front page of our main website www.westside66.org, you will see two red buttons: Superintendent Search and Boundary Engagement Process.…

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Westside Educators Honored With Multiple Awards

Two Westside teachers and Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann have been awarded several honors at the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Conference. Crystal Bolamperti and David Shabram, both from Westside Middle School, were among an estimated 20 educators honored before some 500 educational leaders from across Nebraska. Bolamperti has also been awarded the B.E.S.T. Award for 2018. Dr. Blane McCann was presented the 2018 Nebraska Career Education Outstanding Superintendent Award. Under Dr. McCann’s leadership, community partnerships increased…

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Swanson Teacher Honored With Presidential Award

Marlo Tomich, a 6th Grade Teacher at Swanson Elementary School in Westside Community Schools has been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Tomich was notified by the White House Monday she had received the award for her work in 2016. She is invited to the White House to receive her award and $10,000. “The Presidential Award celebrates innovation, commitment, quality and passion in teaching,” said Tomich, a 17-year teaching…

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Westside Summer School starting July 9

Starting July 9, Westside will offer summer school programming in half-day sessions, designed to serve students (by invitation only) who completed Kindergarten through 5th grade and need additional support in academics. Westside has two sites for Summer School: Hillside, serving Hillside and Westbrook students, and Westgate, serving Paddock Road and Westgate students. Hillside & Westbrook Summer School July 9th – 27th. Summer school will take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.  until 12:00 p.m at…

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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 2018 Activities Guide

There are activities taking place throughout the Omaha area, offering opportunities for Westside Community Schools students and families. Please use the contact information provided for details regarding each activity. To add your activity or event to this list, please email 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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