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Simons Named Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

Westside High School is proud to announce Jim Simons as the next Head Coach of the WHS Boys Varsity Basketball program.  Simons will take over for Brian Nemecek, who announced he was stepping down as coach earlier this year. Simons is a longtime coach and educator with Westside Community Schools, working with Warrior Basketball and Baseball teams since 2000.    A graduate of Westside High School, UNO and Doane College, Simons teaches History and Civics/American Government…

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Westside Educator Named Executive Director of Nebraska Association for the Gifted

Kristen Job, Westside’s Secondary Excellence In Youth Coordinator, has been named Executive Director of the Nebraska Association for the Gifted. Job, who has been with Westside Community Schools for 14 years, has also served on the NAG Board for 6 years.  Her programs and students have won multiple awards and honors; most recently, her students at Westside Middle and High Schools finished among the top contenders at both State History Bee and State Geography Bee…

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Westside students win top honors in Architecture, Engineering

Westside Architecture and Engineering students recently won top honors including the Post President’s Award from the Society of American Military Engineers. Many of these students are members of the Student Mentoring Program (SMP), Westside’s Architecture and Engineering Club.  The Post President’s Award is the overall first place award and highest honor determined by the Society.  Contributing to that first place finish was recognition the students received in a variety of categories including Gold Level status…

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Westside student makes history with 3rd State Geography Bee Championship

Westside Middle School student Brendan Pennington made history Friday, winning the Nebraska Geography Bee for a third time. Brendan was one of five Westside students among the field of 100 from across the state competing for the championship and the opportunity to represent Nebraska at the National Geography Bee. (Click here to learn more!)  Brendan, who also attended Prairie Lane Elementary, receives $100, an atlas, and his expenses to the national competition in Washington DC…

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Westside DECA wins big at State Championships

The Westside High School DECA team excelled at the Nebraska state championships earlier this month, including seven 1st place honors. DECA is a nationwide high school program educating and encouraging emerging leaders and entrepreneurs on best business practices.  Westside’s program has been recognized several times this school year through awards and features across local news media. There are over 200 active members in Westside’s DECA chapter;  51 students qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA.…

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WCS moving to electronic flyer distribution

Westside Community Schools will transition to an all-digital distribution system for information regarding external organizations and activities effective July 1, 2017. Approved by the Board of Education March 20, this move will allow District staff to be more efficient with both time and resources.  Currently, the Communications department and our school staff members organize and distribute thousands of flyers throughout our schools every week.  This information will continue to be available on our website, www.westside66.org,…

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Limited option enrollment openings available in Westside Community Schools

Westside Community Schools is excited to announce a limited number of openings for new students in 2017-2018! Seats are available in grades K through 12. Westside schools have a long tradition of offering top-shelf learning opportunities to our students, approximately 35 percent of whom live outside District 66 boundaries. Our vision is to relentlessly pursue innovational educational ideas through personalized learning for every student, and we welcome the opportunity to share that mission with families, regardless…

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Westside’s ATSC Named National 1st Runner Up Show Choir

Westside’s ATSC Show Choir finished as First Runner Up at Nationals over the weekend, completing a record breaking season which included 5 Grand Champion titles. The Amazing Technicolor Show Choir, under the direction of Westside Vocal Music Director Doran Johnson, competed at Heart of America 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia among the best show choirs in the country.  ATSC was also awarded Best Costumes in the country. “You danced and sang like champions tonight,” said Westside Superintendent…

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Westside students qualify for History Bee Nationals

Nine Westside students have qualified for national competition after ranking at the top of the field in the regional history bee. Seven WMS students competed in this year’s event.  Paul Suder, Virginia Jansen, Brendan Pennington, Peter Voller and Milena Morris will travel to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia this June.  Eddie Morrissette and Erin Mosier also competed for Westside. This is the 5th year in a row Westside Middle School students, coached by Westside SEcondary EY Coordinator…

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Hottovy Named Westbrook Elementary Principal

Westside Community Schools proudly announces Tyler Hottovy has verbally accepted our offer to join the WCS team as the new principal of Westbrook Elementary School. Mr. Hottovy has an extensive background in education, most recently serving as assistant principal for the last five years at Sandoz Elementary in Millard Public Schools. He has proven leadership talent and experience working in Title I schools. Mr. Hottovy will begin July 1st at Westbrook to kick off the…

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