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UPDATE: District Major Facilities Plans moving forward

Projects within the $80-million Major Facilities Plan to renovate and improve Westside Community Schools buildings are progressing as we move into Spring 2017. CLICK HERE to download details as of March, 2017, and to read a message from Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann. For more information regarding the Major Facilities Plan, visit www.imagineadistrict.org

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WE NEED YOU: Westside conducting Communications survey

Westside Community Schools is conducting a survey of our staff, families and community members to assess how we are doing regarding communication, how we can be most efficient with our resources and if there are areas we can focus on for improvement.  We welcome all community members and stakeholders to take part and offer feedback.  The survey will be open from March 1 – March 15 CLICK HERE to take the survey.

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2017-18 Option Enrollment for Non-District Residents

Now Accepting Option Applications for 2017-18 The deadline to submit applications for Option Enrollment is near! If you and your child are Nebraska residents who live outside our District, you may apply for your child(ren) to option from your home district to Westside Schools for the 2017-18 school year.* Currently, we anticipate having available seats at all levels—elementary, middle, and high school. Selection order is determined by lottery, and placements are prioritized in accordance with…

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Hill, Jansa win state championships for Westside

Westside wrestlers Darlondo Hill and Josh Jansa are now state champions, each winning their weight classes in the 2017 NCAA wrestling tournament for Class A.  Their victories mark the first time in 16 years a Westside Warrior took a state title. Courtesy Josh Planos, KETV Going for his third state medal and hopefully a seat at the family table, Darlondo Hill’s mindset was to end his career with gold.  Pinning his…

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Senators offer legislative advice for Westside community

A panel of legislative experts provided their advice Monday night to Westside stakeholders. “This meeting stemmed from a conversation last year about how is school funded” noted Board of Education member and meeting moderator Beth Morrissette.  “How do we get our dollars?  People said, we want to learn more about the process and how our partnership with the Unicameral works.  This is a starting point.” The bipartisan panel included State Senators Joni Craighead, John McCollister…

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Metro Community College invites Westside students to Open House

Metropolitan Community College is hosting an open house March 25th and all Westside students and their parents are invited. MCC offers a spectrum of programs from career certifications to associate degrees in vocational and technical fields, to medical and professional degrees.  The Open House will take place March 25th at the South Omaha campus.  Potential students and their families are invited to learn more about programming, tuition and scholarships available. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Westside Student named one of Nebraska’s Top Youth Volunteers

Westside Middle School student Ella Alberts has been named one of Nebraska’s two Top Youth Volunteers for 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Ella, 12, will be formally recognized with 100 other students this May in Washington DC, and is now eligible to become America’s Top Youth Volunteer. Ella has collected more than $1300 along with hundreds of supplies for animal shelters by operating an annual one day lemonade stand.  Ella seeks out…

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Westside Wrestling strong at Districts, sends 7 to state

With a team at full strength for the first time this season, the Westside Varsity Wrestling Team earned a 1st Runner-Up plaque at Districts, and will send 7 athletes to NSAA State Finals. The Warriors competed in Kearney over the weekend, with 11 wrestlers taking part. “No one was sick, no one was injured, and the guys that deserved it, got the call,” said Head Coach Michael Jernigan.  “Every wrestler contributed to the earning of…

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Traffic Alert: 84th Street Closing

Beginning Monday, February 20th, 84th Street will close from Pacific to Dodge to allow crews to improve the city storm sewer system.  84th Street will remain closed until at least October.  We encourage you to find an alternate route and plan ahead for your commute to and from school, particular if you work at or your child attends Loveland Elementary, Swanson Elementary or Westside High School. For updates, the City of Omaha suggests following the…

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World Series Trophy Coming To Westside

The Cubs Trophy Tour, presented by State Farm, will be making a stop at Westside High School Friday, February 10, from 3:30-5 p.m. The event is open to the public. The first 500 fans will receive a wristband to ensure their ability to see the trophy. Additional fans will be accommodated if time permits. On Friday, gates to the Westside Football Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m. for fans who wish to arrive before the…

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7 Westside Seniors Honored On Signing Day

7 Westside High School Seniors were honored Wednesday as part of National Signing Day, when student athletes across the country indicate the colleges they intend to attend and compete for. Photo courtesy Tom Kerkman Emily Torres will attend Army to play soccer. Carlee Guyett will attend Buena Vista to play softball. Nick Henrichs will attend Buena Vista to play baseball. Josh Wonder, Michael Love and Christian Kasel will all attend Northwestern…

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Have an incoming WHS Freshman? We can help!

Welcome to Westside High School Class of 2021! Here is a guide for incoming freshmen and their families about Modular Scheduling, Graduation Requirements, Course Selections and more! Modular Scheduing WHS LINGO MOD: a 40-minute period of time GROUP: Intensity level or time needed outside of class, ranging from 1-5 IMC: Instructional Materials Center, where teachers are located when not in class, and a place for students to study when not in class COMPONENTS Large Group: 30-300…

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CWS, Inc donates $5,000 to Westside

College World Series of Omaha, Inc has donated $5,000 to Westside High School for improvements and repairs at the District baseball field. WHS Athletic Director Tom Kerkman filed a donation request with CWS of Omaha, Inc to replace netting and screens at Warrior facilities.  Omaha Westside’s Varsity Baseball Team is an 8-time NSAA State Champion, 6-Time Legion State Champion, and 2-Time ALWS qualifier. CWS, Inc, the local non-profit organizing committee that hosts the NCAA Men’s…

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Westside Students Eligible For Tribute To Rescuers Essay Contest

The Institute for Holocaust Education is awarded cash prizes for Westside students who win as part of the 15th Annual Tribute To Rescuers Essay Contest. The IHE provides educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony and integrated arts programming to students, educators and the public.  Westside Community Schools has applied to be part of the 2017 Week of Understanding, an annual educational initiative designed to deliver Holocaust survivor testimony to as many students as possible in one school…

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2017-18 New Student Enrollment for District Residents

Enrollment in Westside Community Schools for District residents: We are now accepting enrollments for new students who will be in K-12 NEXT year (2017-18) To enroll a K-12 student for next year, click HERE (District residents ONLY). Click HERE for more information about the process and the documents you will need.

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Three Westside Students Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program

Three Westside Students have been named as candidates in the prestigious United States Presidential Scholars Program. WHS Seniors Daniel Guo, Josh Militti and Preston Noll were all notified of their achievements Friday afternoon.  Candidacy for the elite program is based on outstanding ACT performance, SAT scores, or personal nomination.  Both Militti and Noll achieved perfect ACT scores and have been named 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalists; Guo was named a 2017 National Merit Commended Student.  Of…

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Westside CAPS partners with ACE Mentor Program

Westside students will work to design part of an Omaha area middle school, thanks to a new partnership with ACE Mentor Omaha. ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) selected 77 students from Westside Community Schools and Omaha Public Schools to participate in the 12-week inaugural program.  Together, these students will develop the design for an addition at OPS’s Norris Middle School, currently being renovated, as well as parking changes, administrative offices and a new entry for the…

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Westside students promote kindness

Students at Prairie Lane, Loveland and Rockbrook Elementary Schools have a big assignment this week: they will participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. The event is a nationwide movement to create a culture of kindness at schools. Last year over 5 million students across the country completed over 200 million acts of kindness in connection with the “Great Kindness Challenge” during the last week of January. Westside Community Schools has taken several proactive measures to promote respect…

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Westside TeamMates Hopes To Impact More Students

Several Westside students are ringing in the new year with a special resolution: to gain more confidence and impact the world.  Mentors with the TeamMates Mentoring Program are helping them achieve that goal. Franky, a middle school student at Westside, was matched with her mentor, Patty Landen, two years ago. Franky said they shared an immediate connection. “I don’t really talk about my problems or open up to people, but when I met Patty, I…

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Westside Middle School students win $5000 in Verizon App contest

The club, sponsored by WMS Teacher and 2016 AIM Tech Educator of the Year Kristeen Shabram, includes five Westside Middle School students who meet weekly after school.  Victoria Chin, Raeanne Sando, Alex Carson, Caleb Dykhouse and Allison Bash created a pitch for an app, which was entered in the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge.  Nationally, Verizon received more than 1,800 concepts; Westside Middle School’s entry, Smile Time, was named Best in State for Nebraska on Monday.…

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WCS Requesting Budget Feedback

As we begin this new year, we are examining the budgetary challenges that school districts across our state are addressing.  Here at Westside Community Schools, we value your feedback.  Because of this, we are asking everyone in our community: students, teachers, parents, stakeholders without school aged children and others, to provide us with your ideas and suggestions. We will be forming a budget review committee with staff members, administrators, community leaders and families to prioritize…

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Westside Students Named High School Heisman Winners

Two Westside High School students, Zach McCarty and Reagan Jones, have been named Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winners. Awarded since 1994, these honors highlight the country’s most esteemed students who give back to their communities, treat people with respect, and are continuing their education while excelling on the athletic field. “These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence,” said Westside High Principal Jay Opperman. We are excited and…

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Westside Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

Preston Noll, a senior at Westside High School, achieved a perfect ACT score on the Fall 2016 round of examinations. Noll scored 35 in a previous try at the ACT and took it again in an attempt to reach the perfect score, a feat accomplished by less than 1-percent of all students who take the national test.  The Westside Board of Education invited Noll to a meeting last month to recognize him for this exceptional…

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Westside grad nominated US Deputy Commerce Secretary

President Elect Donald Trump has nominated Westside High graduate Todd Ricketts to be America’s next Deputy Commerce Secretary. Photo courtesy the Associated Press The President Elect’s team made the announcement Wednesday morning, naming Ricketts, a 1987 graduate of Westside High School.  Ricketts is a successful businesman and part-owner of the Chicago Cubs, along with brother, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, inducted into the Westside Hall of Fame earlier this month. The Chicago…

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Westside Preschool Program Seeking ‘Peer Models’

Westside Community Schools is looking for children ages 3-5 to learn alongside children with disabilities in a Preschool Peer Model Program. Organizers are seeking typically developing learners to learn alongside classmates with disabilities, students called ‘peer models’.  These students attend the program free of charge and will have opportunities for age-appropriate interactions and activities. There are a limited number of slots available for morning and afternoon sessions; all families in the Westside Community School District…

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Westside students eligible for Red Cross ‘Heroes’ Contest

The American Red Cross is hosting a student essay contest for students grades 5 through 8, a competition open to Westside students in those grade levels. “Our organization is committed to recognizing special citizens who, because of their brave acts of heroism or unselfish devotion to the welfare of others, have been selected as community heroes,” said Region Events Specialist Briana Laymon, via press release.  “We invite students to write about people they consider heroes…

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Westside students to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Three Westside students are ready to leave for New York to perform on national TV in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Freshmen Virginia Allen and Bethany Krenzer, and senior Danielle Lemke all dance for On Pointe Dance Centre in Omaha.  24 dancers from the studio representing schools across the metro area will fly to New York on November 19th; they were selected in the first round of invitations after their performances for the Macy’s and Capital…

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Full Winter Concert Schedule Released

Westside Community Schools is proud to include multiple arts opportunities for our learners including band and strings, choir, theater and orchestra.  Please check out our Winter Calendar for concerts and events and support these talented students! Swanson Elementary Vocal Music Concert             Monday November 28, 7:00 pm, Westside Middle School WMS/WHS Jazz Band Concert             Tuesday November 29, 7:00 pm, Westside High School Loveland, Prairie Lane & Swanson Elementary Schools Band Concert             Thursday December…

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Westside Wins Third Straight Cycling Championship

A few years ago, teachers Nick Joslin and Nathan Moseley had an idea: a cycling club. “To grow interest in the sport and provide an opportunity for kids to stay active and healthy,” said Moseley.  Four years later, that idea has grown to include eight schools, more than 60 student racers and three state championships for Westside High School. Joslin and Moseley, along with representatives from Millard West, Ralston and Seward, created the Nebraska Interscholastic…

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WHS Student Athlete Qualifies for Nationals

Milo Greder, a Westside High School student athlete and Iowa State University commit, has qualified for the Nike Cross Country National Competition. Greder placed third overall in the Heartland Regional November 13th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, completing the 5K course with a time of 14:51, a personal record.  This event draws the best teams and runners from seven states: Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  More info on the Heartland…

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WHS Student Selected For National Honor Choir

Westside High School senior Nathan Wallace has been selected for the National Honor Choir, a first for the District. Nathan and Westside High Performing Arts Director Doran Johnson are traveling to Dallas, Texas to participate in the elite group.  Acceptance is rare, requiring all students to qualify for All-State Choir in years previous to their audition. “I auditioned for this group via an acapella video last May,” said Nathan.  “The song was fairly difficult for…

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Westside Students Experience Election Day

Schools and teachers throughout Westside Community Schools helped students learn about democracy, voting and politics by organizing Election Day 2016 events.

  Students at at all levels, from pre-school learners to high school seniors, took part in mock elections and activities promoting civic pride and patriotism. “We voted for a class pet today in our voting booth!” tweeted Dustin Carlson, Kindergarten teacher at Rockbrook Elementary.  He also shared videos showing students walking out…

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Westside’s ATSC Hosting Show Choir Camp

Westside’s Amazing Technicolor Show Choir invites all students grades 4-6 to join them for a vocal and dance workshop, followed by a performance the same day.  The Rising Stars Show Choir Camp will take place Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 8:30am-3:00pm. The students will perform at 3:00pm. Cost for the event is $40, which includes a pizza lunch, water and snack and a t-shirt. CLICK HERE to download the registration form.  All registration and checks must…

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Westside Board Members Honored

Three Westside Board of Education members, David Williams, Beth Morrissette and Dana Blakely, have been named recipients of the 2016 Award of Achievement presented by the Nebraska Association of School Boards. The NASB, Board of Directors and staff selected this year’s recipients in recognition of their volunteer time and commitment to education.  Williams, Morrissette and Blakely are active throughout the District, often seen attending events and supporting students.  All three have also taken active roles in…

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Westside student designer selected for Omaha Fashion Week

Westside High School student Margaret Larson has been selected as one of 18 designers to show at Omaha Fashion Week in February. Designers were required to apply and pitch their ideas to an expert panel in order to be considered for the prestigious event.  Omaha Fashion Week is now considered by many to be one of the premiere fashion showcases in the Midwest.  Margaret, 16, will show her collection, Margeux, during the Thursday, February 23…

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Volunteers Collecting Clothes For Westside Families

As the temperatures outside grow colder, volunteers throughout Westside Community Schools are working to make sure every child and family in our District is prepared with clothing and warm coats to get through the winter. The Westside Community Council has organized a Coat Drive in the hopes of collecting outerwear and winter clothes and undergarments.  Volunteers are hoping for gently used fleece jackets, sweatshirts and undergarments and socks in all sizes to stock the Westside…

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Westside Student Selected For Elite Conference

You might say Westside freshman Elizabeth Berry is crushing her first year of high school.  Berry is one of only 40 Midwest students selected by the University of Nebraska at Omaha to take part in CodeCrush, a special initiative to encourage young women to join the IT workforce. “Learning about computer science and programming is very important because it is so relevant to many different jobs and to everyday life,” said Berry.  “This makes it…

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Teams Reveal Details About Sunset Hills Plan

October 20, Project Advocates along with Westside’s Major Facilities Plan leaders, updated the public on the status of plans regarding Sunset Hills Elementary School. For complete details including architectural descriptions and timelines, visit the Major Facilities Plan website, ImagineADistrict, by clicking HERE.  

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Westside Administrators Honored

Two top administrators with Westside Community Schools were honored over the weekend for their time playing on two historic Nebraska Volleyball teams. Dr. Enid Schonewise, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Kim Eymann, Assistant Principal of Westside Middle School, both played for iconic teams for the University of Nebraska.  Schonewise, an All-American athlete, played for the 1986 Huskers, reaching the Final Four for the first time in Nebraska history, becoming the program’s first National Runner-Up.  Eymann…

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World-Renowned Artists Visiting Westside Schools

Two globally celebrated artists, UN Ambassador of Art Ibiyinka Alao and ‘Pop Artist’ Scott Blake, will visit Westside Community Schools in October. Ambassador Alao will be Artist in Residence at Prairie Lane Elementary October 24-28.  In 2001, Ibiyinka won the prestigious international UN art competition, which included 61 countries.  Because he was the first African to win this competition, the President of Nigeria named him Ambassador of Art to Nigeria.  His work with the UN…

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Westside 4th Grader Selected To Interview Astronaut

Robbie Madsen, a 4th grader at Prairie Lane Elementary, had the opportunity of a lifetime Saturday, speaking with an astronaut currently at the International Space Station. Robbie was one of only 20 selected to be part of the event, partnering Boys Scouts of America Mid-America Council with the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Late last year, UNO’s Office of STEM Education and the Peter Kiewit Institute submitted a proposal to the Amateur Radio on the International…

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Westside High Teacher Named Nebraska’s 2016 PBS Digital Innovator

Westside High School teacher Andrew Easton has been named the 2016 PBS Digital Innovator for Nebraska. The honor is one of several accolades for the WHS English teacher, who has recently been featured by Omaha Magazine and KMTV, and interviewed for an upcoming special by PBS/NET Nebraska. Easton is one of only 52 educators nationwide selected to receive the PBS honor, awarded to tech-savvy educators incorporating digital media into their classrooms.  In their press release,…

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Westside High Hosting Sneak Peek For Potential Students

Are you a seventh- or eighth-grade student attending a local private school or home school, or the parent of such a student? Are you thinking about attending Westside High School? Please consider taking our Warrior Sneak Peek tour Friday, October 28. This tour gives private and home school seventh- and eighth-graders who live in the Westside District a chance to see WHS on a typical school day and also to meet with counselors who can…

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Westside College Week Leads To Promising Futures

Westside High School helped 105 students complete more than 250 college applications during this month’s national Apply2College initiative. October 11-14, the Westside Counseling Department brought in representatives from numerous state colleges and universities and promoted higher education.  Counselors also invited in students and parents to assist with financial planning and applications. Using #WHS4College on social media, the department also spread awareness of higher education and garnered support from state and District leaders, including new Board…

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WHS Hosting Halloween Fun Run

The Westside High School Student Council invites students and families throughout Westside Community Schools to take part in the Halloween Fun Run October 27th to raise money for their program and for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Check-in for the event begins at 5:00pm in the Westside High School south parking lot.  The race will begin at 5:30 allowing participants to run or walk.  Costumes are encouraged and there will be fun activities along the way.  The…

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Board Approves Calendars Through 2020

The Westside Community Schools Board of Education has approved School Calendars through the 2019-2020 school year. For 2017-2018, school will begin August 15 and conclude May 25.  Click here for a printable version. For 2018-2019, school will begin August 14 and conclude May 24.  Click here for a printable version. For 2019-2020, school will begin August 14 and conclude May 22.  Click here for a printable version.  

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2016 Hall of Fame Inductees, Lighthouse Leaders Announced

Leaders throughout the Westside Community have announced the inductees into the 2016 Hall of Fame as well as the 2016 Lighthouse Leaders. All will be recognized at the 2016 Celebration Gala on November 3 at Happy Hollow Club.  CLICK HERE to watch a video presentation highlighting our 2016 honorees. Six esteemed alumni will be inducted into the Westside Alumni Association Hall of Fame.  Two couples, selected by the Westside Foundation and leaders throughout Westside Community Schools, will…

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WMS Teacher Named Tech Educator of the Year

Kristeen Shabram, a business and technology teacher at Westside Middle School, has been named the Tech Educator of the Year for AIM’s 2016 Tech Celebration Awards. AIM is an innovative not-for-profit community organization that grows, connects and inspires the tech talent ecosystem.  AIM recognizes six individuals or businesses annually to honor outstanding achievements within the tech community. Criteria for the Tech Educator of the Year required the nominee to be a dynamic K-12 or postsecondary…

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Benefit Aimed to Help Hospitalized WHS Athlete

Coaches and families from throughout Westside Community Schools will join together Saturday to raise money for a student athlete recovering from a burst blood vessel on his brain. Gavin Christiansen played football for Westside Middle School and was planning to play as a freshman this year at Westside High.  August 5 while at a friend’s house, he didn’t return from the bathroom.  His friends and a parent found Gavin unresponsive; paramedics rushed him to Children’s…

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Krenzer Appointed To Board of Education

The Westside Community Schools Board of Education has appointed Doug Krenzer. Krenzer fills a vacancy left by Rosie Zweiback, who resigned from the Board effective August 1.   Krenzer is an Omaha attorney and 2014 Board of Education candidate for Westside Community Schools.  Krenzer has since served on the District Facilities Task Force, and is a parent of three children currently enrolled in Westside schools.  He was also one of three members of the Nebraska…

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Westside Grad Named AP Scholar

Bridget Mizener, a 2016 Westside High School graduate, has been named an AP Scholar, one of only 108 students nationwide to receive this recognition. Bridget is one of only two Nebraska students chosen, details shared Monday by the Nebraska Department of Education.  She scored of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams and achieved the highest average scores on all exams taken, all 3.5 or higher.  The College Board’s AP program allows students…

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Four finalists named for BOE vacancy

The Board of Education has named the four finalists eligible to fill a vacant seat. Alexis Boulos, Douglas Krenzer, Jim Rose, and Meagan Van Gelder were selected from seven eligible candidates to fill the vacant seat previously held by Rosie Zweiback. The Board will now hold public interviews on September 20th and September 26th. Each meeting and interview is open to the public and will take place at the ABC Administration Building at 76th and Pacific. Candidate interviews are scheduled…

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Dirt haul to begin between schools

Westside Community School district strives to keep our communities and property owners informed of important progress updates for each of our neighborhood schools impacted by the 2015 Bond Program. To allow for the construction of the new Sunset Hills Elementary the District needs to import additional soil to level the building pad. This soil will be moved in from the new Oakdale Elementary project site.  This haul will also save the District an estimated $140,000…

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Westside Scores Above State Average in Reading, Math & Science

The 2015/2016 Reading, Math, and  Science (Nebraska State Accountability) NeSA test results for Westside Community Schools are now available. On the morning of Friday, September 16, 2016, the Nebraska Department of Education publicly released the scores. Writing will be released at a future time. These tests are one-time, drop-in checks of student performance on state standards. It is important to note that not all of the state standards are tested on the NeSA exams and…

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Westside Middle School Student Awarded Full UNL Scholarship

Ava Steele, a current 8th grader at Westside Middle School, has achieved a perfect subscore on her ACT test and will be awarded a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Ava took the test as a 7th grader last Spring.  She will be recognized for her achievement in a special ceremony at Westside Middle School on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:30pm.  UNL will also present Ava with her scholarship at that time.  The scholarship…

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Westside Awarded NAEYC Accreditation Districtwide

All 8 of Westside’s Early Childhood Centers with preschool programs are now NAEYC accredited, accounting for more than a third of the Omaha area ECC’s awarded the distinction. The National Association for the Education of Young Children began accreditation of centers in 1985 with the goal of raising the level of early childhood programs.  Accreditation is based on a conceptual framework with four areas of focus: children, teaching staff, partnerships and administration.  These noted facilities have…

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7 Candidates In Running For BOE Vacancy

The Board of Education has named the 7 candidates who applied for and were confirmed eligible to fill a vacant seat. Alexis Boulos, Dana Bartee, Douglas Krenzer, Jim Rose, Meagan Van Gelder, Richard Galusha and Robert Kully have all submitted applications to fill the Board seat recently vacated by Rosie Zweiback.  Current Board members will announce four finalists at the September 19th public meeting, and then conduct public interviews on September 20th and September 26th.…

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Westside Student Scores Perfect 36 On ACT

Westside Community Schools has learned one of our students scored a PERFECT 36 on the 2015-2016 ACT.  Josh Militti is now a senior at Westside High School.  He intends to major in chemical or biochemical engineering and plans to apply to MIT, Stanford, Berkeley and Minnesota. The Board of Education will recognize and congratulate Josh for his accomplishments at the Tuesday, September 6th meeting.  It will take place at 6:30 at the ABC building at 76th…

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Two Teachers Named STEM Fellows

Westside Community Schools educators Meredith Chambers and Angela Bergman have been selected as STEM Fellows by the Nebraska Department of Education.    Chambers, a 5th grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary, and Bergman, a Science teacher at Westside High School, will now participate in a high-quality, year-long professional learning experience designed to assist K-12 educators to integrate and apply STEM ideas across all content areas.  Chambers took part in a summer STEM workshop and was nominated…

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Westside Educators Honored

Two Westside Community Schools educators are being honored at the state and national level for their work. Elementary Educator and Teacher Leader Amy Falcone has been awarded one of only two Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in the state of Nebraska.  President Obama made the announcement today about the 2014 & 2015 winners, recognizing 213 teachers representing all 50 states.  Falcone was recognized for her work with Hillside Elementary School in 2014.  Currently a Teacher…

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New Partnership Will Address Mental Health

Westside Community Schools is now partnering with Children’s Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to address the mental health needs of learners and families across our District. This new collaboration, announced August 11, 2016, will provide enhanced services and student supports.  Director of Special Services Kami Jessop and Mike Vance, Director of Children’s Behavioral Health, released a joint statement describing the partnership. Throughout the community, students and their families encounter a range of…

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Parents: Talk Stranger Danger

Omaha Police are on alert after several reports from children in the Omaha area of a driver who approached them and asked to get into his truck.  The students told their parents and Omaha Police are now investigating.  To our knowledge, most of these reports have come from the Millard area. While this did not happen in our District or involve Westside Community Schools students, we want to stay on top of anything that causes alarm for…

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Appointment Process for Board of Education

APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY The Westside Community Schools Board of Education is no longer acception applications from District residents interested in serving on the Board of Education to fill a vacancy.  Appointment will be for the remainder of the vacant seat, which runs through May 31, 2018.  The following details the process in which a new board member will be named. Legal Requirements: An applicant must be a registered voter residing in the…

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Students, Teachers Honored

Several Westside Community Schools student and teachers were honored at the August 15 Board of Education meeting. Elias Ginsberg will be awarded a Nebraska Broadcasters Association Award at the NBA Convention Awards Gala for his work with Warrior TV at Westside High School.  Elias is pursuing a degree in film at the University of Southern California. Several members of the Westside Spirit Squad along with Coach Molly Seals attended Monday’s meeting to be recognized.  9…

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Westside Welcomes Students

Once parents completed drop-offs, students settled in as if they had never left. Freshmen spent time settling in with team-building activities. (Drone photos of freshmen orientation courtesy of WHS science teacher Ben Powers.) We’re excited for another year of learning!  

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WMS/WHS online laptop form deadline extended…

The WMS/WHS laptop form deadline has been extended to 8AM Monday. Parents should log into http://powerschool.westside66.org/ and complete these forms as part of the Annual Information Update (lower left of page).  Problems? Email powerschool.support@westside66.net with your student(s) name for assistance.

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Westside Staff Kicks Off 2016-17

Dr. McCann stressed this year’s theme — Innovation and Focus — in his opening remarks. He also described how staff’s hard work in carrying out Westside’s strategic plan is yielding amazing results for students.

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Zweiback Resigns to Fulfill Other Obligations

Zweiback has served on the board for 12 years, including several terms as president. She initially filled a vacancy on the school board for two years and was later elected to two additional terms. Her resignation is effective August 1. Slightly less than two years remain of her current six-year term. Westside Superintendent Blane McCann said the board plans to discuss a process for filling the remainder of Zweiback’s term at its Aug. 15 meeting.…

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Westside Welcomes New Teachers

New teachers participated in orientation and training activities to prepare them for a successful 2016-17.  

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District First to Train with State in Pre-K-12 Program

  The model, called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBiS, focuses on a process of teaching and encouraging positive behaviors, said Jim Sides, the District’s director of secondary teaching and learning. More students now come to school not having been taught appropriate behaviors, Sides said. A 2000 U.S. Surgeon General report suggests that while extreme violence is stabilizing and at a historically low level, the rate of disruptive behavior is escalating. PBiS, while not discipline-free,…

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Petersen Named Communications Director

Omahans have seen Ms. Petersen’s sincere care for the community through her reporting and anchor work at KETV for the past 15 years. Her commitment to serving the public, her integrity, her positive spirit and her writing and speaking skills will all be great assets for the Westside schools, and the District is excited to add her to the Warrior team. Ms. Petersen’s leadership ability will be especially appreciated as she helps the District communicate…

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Westside Seeks Proposals for Master’s Program

The District’s current Master’s program is funded by the District and designed in a way that teachers pursuing a master’s degree can attend any college or university and be given reimbursement up to what it would cost to attend a local university. We would like to offer a blended program through a partnership with a degree offering institution. The institution will work closely with the District to guide the program and ensure the course standards…

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2016 Bravo Award Winners Announced

The Bravo Award recognizes teachers who skillfully and successfully tap the unique academic, social, emotional and/or physical talents of students and who inspire students to fully engage in school and/or community life. The Bravo Award comes with $500.

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Schau, Fayman Honored with Schrager Teaching Awards

This award is presented to those teachers, who, through their exemplary teaching and devoted service, have positively influenced the lives of young people. Each teacher received a plaque and a $10,000 award. SARAH SCHAU, Westside High School Sarah Schau is a business and marketing teacher at Westside High School. She has worked for Westside Community Schools for the past 11 years. Sarah embraces every opportunity to find innovative and authentic ways to present business concepts…

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Retired Teacher’s Horse Honors Fallen Student

Paul Hundtoft’s latest painting project, turning a life-size white fiberglass horse into a memorial to a fallen Omaha Police officer, started with a chance conversation at a Superbowl party. Hundtoft, a retired Westside teacher, found himself chatting at the Blair event with Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman. They realized they had a connection in Officer Jimmy Wilson Jr., a Westside graduate and third-generation officer fatally shot in a traffic stop near 40th and Blondo…

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Teachers Go Back to School

Joseph Renzulli, a pioneer of gifted education and talent development, and his colleagues led a two-day institute at Westside High School. Renzulli is director of the Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut. By promoting enjoyment, engagement and enthusiasm for learning, Renzulli wrote, the approach improves student achievement and attendance and minimizes suspensions. Several Westside schools initially piloted the “schoolwide enrichment model.” Today, it has expanded to the…

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