mobile menu icon
District Home Schools Calendar Staff Directory

Westside Community Schools

News and Events

Westside student named QuestBridge finalist

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

READ MORE of Westside student named QuestBridge finalist

10 Westside students chosen for Nebraska Middle School Honor Choir

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

READ MORE of 10 Westside students chosen for Nebraska Middle School Honor Choir

Westbrook Educator Named Teacher of the Month

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

READ MORE of Westbrook Educator Named Teacher of the Month

Westside Student Named K-12 Tech Student of 2017

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

READ MORE of Westside Student Named K-12 Tech Student of 2017

7 Westside schools named Apple Distinguished Schools

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

READ MORE of 7 Westside schools named Apple Distinguished Schools

ALERT: Are you receiving District emails?

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

READ MORE of ALERT: Are you receiving District emails?

New scholarship will honor legendary Westside coach

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

READ MORE of New scholarship will honor legendary Westside coach

Westside Clothing Closet seeking donations

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

READ MORE of Westside Clothing Closet seeking donations

Rockbrook Educator named Star 104.5’s Teacher of the Week

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

READ MORE of Rockbrook Educator named Star 104.5’s Teacher of the Week

District says goodbye to longtime teacher

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

READ MORE of District says goodbye to longtime teacher

Westside ACT scores above state average

MarkWeichel

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

READ MORE of Westside ACT scores above state average

Partnership means free behavioral assessments, counseling and parent seminars

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

READ MORE of Partnership means free behavioral assessments, counseling and parent seminars

Paddock Road Named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

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

READ MORE of Paddock Road Named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Westside Swimming Honored with 2017 Dominant Dynasties Award

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

READ MORE of Westside Swimming Honored with 2017 Dominant Dynasties Award

Westside Students Score High on ACT, National Merit lists

At least six Westside High School students have scored a near perfect 35 on recent ACT tests, and seven Westside High School students have been named National Merit semi-finalists. Patrick Burkholder, Brady Fehr, Lucas Gould, Stephanie Lund and Samuel Sweeney were all notified this fall they had scored a 35 on the Spring 2017 ACT examination. Grace Johanningsmeier later found out she also scored a 35 on the Fall 2017 ACT. Burkholder, Fehr, Gould, Johanningsmeier…

READ MORE of Westside Students Score High on ACT, National Merit lists

Westside Teachers Awarded Innovation In Education Grants

Two Westside Community Schools educators have been awarded thousands of dollars in grants as part of the Cox Charities: Innovation in Education program. Cox Charities chose 5 metro area schools to receive funding for 2017. Two Westside teachers, Jenny Henningsen at Prairie Lane Elementary and Matt Bova at Westside Middle School, were selected. Henningsen, Excellence in Youth Coordinator for Prairie Lane, Paddock Road, Rockbrook and Swanson Elementary schools, will use the money to purchase Bitsbox…

READ MORE of Westside Teachers Awarded Innovation In Education Grants

Hillside Educator named Teacher of the Month

Sarah Mosel, 3rd grade teacher at Hillside Elementary, has been named September’s Teacher of the Month for Westside Community Schools. Mosel, currently in her 6th year at Hillside, will be awarded $100 thanks to That Pottery Place, owner Nancy King, and manager Shelly Nauss. Click here to watch as Mrs. Mosel was surprised with the news by Westside administration and principal Cynthia Bailey! Mrs. Bailey shared the following about Mrs. Mosel in her nomination:  Sarah…

READ MORE of Hillside Educator named Teacher of the Month

Westside voters approve levy override

Westside voters have approved a measure allowing District 66 to raise its levy ceiling. This will create additional funding allowing Westside Community Schools to retain high-quality teachers through competitive compensation, and to continue maintaining and striving for personalized learning and excellent education in all classrooms. 51.3 percent of voters favored the levy override, while 48.6 percent voted it down. An estimated 7,500 ballots were mailed in. “We’re so grateful for our community that has listened…

READ MORE of Westside voters approve levy override

Westside German teacher wins national award

Westside teacher Dr. Ginger Starks Yoble has been named the 2017 K-8 Outstanding German Educator by the American Association of Teachers of German. This national award is given annually in recognition of innovative teaching, extraordinary talent and exceptional leadership in the German teaching profession. Dr. Starks Yoble, a teacher at Westside Middle School since 2007, lived abroad as a Fulbright Scholar, was a cooperating teacher on several occasions for pre-service teachers, and has hosted exchange…

READ MORE of Westside German teacher wins national award

Westside’s Welch named Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year

Westside Middle School’s Tamara Welch has been named a Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year for 2017. Welch received notice of the honor earlier this week, along with an invitation to the 28th annual Nebraska Paraeducator Conference in Kearney where she will receive her award from Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Commissioner, Nebraska Department of Education. “I appreciate the acknowledgment for my work,” said Welch. “For me, the reward is in the connections I have with the students…

READ MORE of Westside’s Welch named Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year

Paddock Road leader named Teacher of the Month

Matt Kock, 6th grade teacher at Paddock Road Elementary, has been named Westside’s Teacher of the Month for August. Kock, who has been with Paddock Road for 19 years, was honored by the Board of Education and presented $100 thanks to Prime Choice Insurance and Courtney Callaway. Click here to watch as Mr. Kock learned he was Teacher of the Month! A co-worker shared the following about Mr. Kock in her nomination: Matt Kock deserves Teacher…

READ MORE of Paddock Road leader named Teacher of the Month

Westside Experiences 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thousands of students and staff members across Westside Community Schools witnessed the 2017 Solar Eclipse thanks to a dedicated team of educators and the Westside Foundation. Westside High School teacher and PAEMST Award Winner Angela Bergman began work two years ago to secure NASA approved glasses for every single student and staff member within Westside Community Schools. Bergman also researched and collected materials spanning all curricular areas, including science, history, english and more. Thanks to…

READ MORE of Westside Experiences 2017 Solar Eclipse

Westside Begins the 2017-2018 School Year!

Westside Community Schools kicked off the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday, August 15! To all of our students and staff, have a great year!

READ MORE of Westside Begins the 2017-2018 School Year!

Warrior Walkabout helps students transition to next level

Westside Middle School has successfully debuted a new program for the 2017-2018, Warrior Walkabout, helping 7th grade students best prepare for a new year at a new school. Organized by Dean of Students Quinn McGuire, Warrior Walkabout was funded through a grant from the Westside Foundation. This unique camp allowed Westside Middle School’s newest students to meet each other and make friends, bond through group activities and skits, and learn more about activities and coursework…

READ MORE of Warrior Walkabout helps students transition to next level

Westside Implements Safer & Healthier Foods Plan

In an ongoing effort to keep all students safer and healthier, Westside Community Schools has recently updated its policies and practices regarding food provided to students. Students, parents and staff will be affected by these changes, which will take effect at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.   Among the changes you will see: All food items shared in the elementary school classrooms or at elementary-level school-sponsored activities must appear on the District-approved list…

READ MORE of Westside Implements Safer & Healthier Foods Plan

Architects to share plans for Swanson Elementary

All are invited to attend the Swanson Elementary School Community Information Session on Thursday July 20 beginning at 6:00pm. Here you will learn the latest plans for the new Swanson, presented by Alley Poyner Macchietto Architects. The firm, along with Project Advocates, has worked closely for months with a Design Advisory Committee including Swanson families, teachers and community members to determine the best plan for our new school. We welcome you to attend and learn…

READ MORE of Architects to share plans for Swanson Elementary

State mourns legendary Westside, Nebraska coach

Legendary Westside coach and educator Cal Bentz died Tuesday after a hard fought battle with cancer. An inductee into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, Bentz is widely regarded as one of the state’s greatest swimming and diving coaches of all time. Cal Bentz started at Westside High School in 1963 and was the Swim and Dive coach until 1977. In that time, he won 16 Boys and Girls championship titles and helped…

READ MORE of State mourns legendary Westside, Nebraska coach

Westside Educator Honored With Geographic Educators of Nebraska Award

Westside High School teacher Amy Studts was honored this week with the Gildersleeve-Stoddard-Stone Service to Geography Education Award. The honor is the highest the Geographic Educators of Nebraska (GEON) bestows. Studts received the honor during a special awards ceremony reception at the annual conference of the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies in Kearney. “I was very honored to receive the GEON award,” said Studts. “There have been many awesome teachers who have won this award…

READ MORE of Westside Educator Honored With Geographic Educators of Nebraska Award

Westside Educator Named 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

Westside Middle School teacher Angela Madsen has been selected by the NEA Foundation as one of 48 public school educators nationwide to become a member of this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows. Madsen, an English, Language Arts and Social Studies educator at Westside Middle School, was selected from more than 400 applicants from across the country. She will spend a year studying to understand and act on issues of global significance, while creating lessons…

READ MORE of Westside Educator Named 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

Ohm, Markley Honored with Schrager Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation graciously presents the Schrager Distinguished Teaching Awards and $10,000 to two Westside Community Schools educators, Carla Ohm and Leah Markley. Congratulations to these incredible teachers who, through exemplary teaching and devoted service, have positively influenced the lives of countless young people. CARLA OHM, Paddock Road Elementary School For 37 years, Carla Ohm has made a powerful impact on countless Westside Community Schools students. A Special Education teacher for 24…

READ MORE of Ohm, Markley Honored with Schrager Distinguished Teaching Awards

Westside FBLA Students Qualify For Nationals

Westside FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) had a strong showing at the State Leadership Conference April 6-8th, including a first place title and several qualifications for national competition. Each Westside High School participant placed in the Top 8 and have an opportunity to compete at Nationals in Anaheim, California this summer. Over 2,000 students competed at SLC and some events had more than 300 students participating.  1st Place Organizational Leadership-Stephanie Lund 2nd Place Mobile Application Development-…

READ MORE of Westside FBLA Students Qualify For Nationals

22 Westside Employees Honored for Decades of Service

Westside Community Schools will honor 22 employees who have spent decades with District 66, including a beloved teacher who is marking her 30th year teaching preschool and elementary school students. Kimberly Schmidt is currently teaching at Sunset Hills Elementary, and she has also worked at Hillside Elementary. She is known by her coworkers and students as having a big heart, spending time every day after school talking to parents and families. This is Schmidt’s 30th…

READ MORE of 22 Westside Employees Honored for Decades of Service

Westside’s Lance Named 4th In the Nation for ‘Best Newspaper’

Student journalists at Westside High School were recently named among the best in the country at multiple competitions, including at the national level and at the UNO Journalism conference. In Seattle, Washington last month, the WHS student publication The Lance was named 4th in the country for Best Newspaper. The following students were also recognized at the UNO Journalism conference: First Place – Best Long-Form Audio – Hannah Heim Second Place – Best Long-form Audio – Hannah…

READ MORE of Westside’s Lance Named 4th In the Nation for ‘Best Newspaper’

Alert for families: Is your child watching 13 Reasons Why?

Like many area school districts, our teachers and staff have recently noticed the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why , trending among teens. The series, based on the popular book by Jay Asher, depicts a group of high school students trying to piece together a story left behind by their classmate, who died by suicide. In addition to suicide, the episodes expose viewers to numerous other social issues that could be difficult for young students…

READ MORE of Alert for families: Is your child watching 13 Reasons Why?

Westside Educator Named President of Nebraska Educational Technology Association

Dr. Matt Lee, Westside’s Coordinator of Technology Integration and Digital Content, has been elected President of the Nebraska Educational Technology Association. NETA is a grassroots organization open to everyone interested in sharing information about using technology in the educational process. NETA has more than 4,300 members from a four state region. Dr. Lee, an Apple Distinguished Educator, spent the last year as President-Elect, responsible for selecting, organizing and scheduling an estimated 190 breakout sessions at the 2017…

READ MORE of Westside Educator Named President of Nebraska Educational Technology Association

Westside Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Westside High School proudly announces the six newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2017.  Three alumni, a coach, a community member and the 1976-1977 Westside Wrestling Teams will be honored at the Annual Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on Friday May 5.   Dr. Jeff Seume, Class of 1972 Dr. Jeff Seume was a standout 2-sport athlete at Westside High School. He was a…

READ MORE of Westside Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Westside Towel Tradition Continues for Swim & Dive Program

For at least four decades, Westside’s swimmers and divers have wrapped themselves in tradition and school pride at every meet. Each student athlete who qualifies to compete at the state tournament owns a towel embroidered with the school crest, a display of the spirit each swimmer or diver proudly embraces at Westside. This year, the towels were once again displayed at the annual Swimming and Diving Banquet, a cherished tradition that many believe was created…

READ MORE of Westside Towel Tradition Continues for Swim & Dive Program

Westside Educator Named Nebraska’s 2017 PBS Digital Innovator

Allison Pontious, a 2nd grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary, has been named the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator of the Year for Nebraska. The program recognizes educators who skillfully approach teaching with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students.  Pontious was noted for bringing technology into her classroom and working with colleagues through her District’s technology team, facilitating three…

READ MORE of Westside Educator Named Nebraska’s 2017 PBS Digital Innovator

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…

READ MORE of Simons Named Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

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…

READ MORE of Westside Educator Named Executive Director of Nebraska Association for the Gifted

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…

READ MORE of Westside students win top honors in Architecture, Engineering

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…

READ MORE of Westside student makes history with 3rd State Geography Bee Championship

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.…

READ MORE of Westside DECA wins big at State Championships

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,…

READ MORE of WCS moving to electronic flyer distribution

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…

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

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…

READ MORE of Westside students qualify for History Bee Nationals

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…

READ MORE of Hottovy Named Westbrook Elementary Principal

Westside Releases 2017-2018 Budget Report

Monday night, Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann presented a 2017-2018 Budget Report to the Board of Education.  Westside Community Schools faces an anticipated budget gap of approximately $3.2 million dollars, a number higher than originally projected due to anticipated revenue shortfalls at the state level and current discussions in the Unicameral reducing funding for public schools.   The District has approached this challenge from every angle to balance the budget while protecting classrooms and learners.  District leaders have solicited feedback…

READ MORE of Westside Releases 2017-2018 Budget Report

Five Westside students to compete in Nebraska Geography Bee

Five Westside students are among the top 100 students in Nebraska who qualified to compete at the state level in the National Geographic Nebraska Bee.  The Bee will be held on Friday, March 31 at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.  The champion from the Nebraska Bee will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C., May 14-17. Congratulations to Cass Fries (Westgate), Jasmine Palikhya (Loveland), Owen Schafer (Sunset Hills), Leo Konigsberg (Swanson) and Brendan Pennington (Westside…

READ MORE of Five Westside students to compete in Nebraska Geography Bee

Westside students honored for public tributes

The Kiwanis Elementary Speech Contest was held Friday, March 10 at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center.  Sixth graders from across the district prepared speeches on the topic, “Heroes and Heroines in Our Lives” and each school selected one student to attend the district contest.  The first, second, and third place winners will attend a luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis on March 30 along with their classroom teacher and families.  1st Place:  Izzy Dodge, Loveland  2nd…

READ MORE of Westside students honored for public tributes

Westside Superintendent named Outstanding Educational Leader of 2017

Westside Superintendent Dr. Blane McCann has been named the Outstanding Educational Leader of 2017, recognized at the PDK World Cafe and Awards this month. “Each year, PDK chapter #0116 nominates and selects three annual awards,” said Dr. Tami Williams, Assistant Professor with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  “The Outstanding Educational Leader award is given to an area educational leader who has made a significant impact in education, is seen as a…

READ MORE of Westside Superintendent named Outstanding Educational Leader of 2017

Westside students ‘crushing’ STEM studies

Students from both Westside Middle School and Westside High School are earning top awards and honors this month in STEM related fields. WMS students Victoria Chin, Ariana Dykhouse and Ramya Iyer were selected by the University of Nebraska Omaha to attend UNO CodeCrush, an exclusive IT immersion experience for female students.  For four days later this month, these students will learn about the IT departments of global corporations, meet women professionals who are engaged in…

READ MORE of Westside students ‘crushing’ STEM studies

Coach Nemecek announces he will step down from Westside Basketball

After 21 years guiding thousands of Westside student athletes, Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Brian Nemecek is stepping down from his coaching duties. Nemecek has been Westside’s Head Coach for the last 11 years, winning 130 games, 2 district titles and 4 district runner-up honors.  Prior to that, he served for 10 years as an Assistant Basketball Coach.  He also coached baseball for 10 years leading Westside’s Reserve and JV teams. “It’s time to set some…

READ MORE of Coach Nemecek announces he will step down from Westside Basketball

Westside students score top honors in Drake Physics Prize competition

Three Westside High School students, David Atri-Schuller, Daniel Guo and Danny Berentson, have earned some of the highest placements in the country in the Drake Physics Prize competition.  Atri-Schuller finished 2nd overall, the highest any Westside High School student has ever placed. Eight Westside students took the annual test, administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Drake University.  Hundreds of students take the test each year.  In addition to Atri-Schuller’s 2nd place finish,…

READ MORE of Westside students score top honors in Drake Physics Prize competition

Westside High named 2017 Nebraska ACT Exemplary High School

Westside High School has been honored with the Nebraska College and Career Transition Award, named a 2017 Nebraska ACT Exemplary High School by ACT State Organizations. WHS staff were notified of the honor last week, chosen among all applicants in the 2016-2017 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.  In 2016, Westside ACT scores rose .5 points.  Westside students cumulatively scored 2.3 points higher than the state average. “Our Vision Statement indicates that we look at…

READ MORE of Westside High named 2017 Nebraska ACT Exemplary High School

Westside’s Dircks honored with Kiwanis Leadership Award

Omaha Westside Basketball’s Danielle Dircks is a 2017 recipient of the Kiwanis Leadership Award for girls basketball. Kiwanis award winner Danielle Dircks with Coach Jamie Davis, Danielle Dircks Coach Steve Clark.                         The Westside chapter of Kiwanis honored Dircks and three other student athletes March 1 at a special luncheon.  These young women were recognized for showing excellence in leadership, academics,…

READ MORE of Westside’s Dircks honored with Kiwanis Leadership Award

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…

READ MORE of Hill, Jansa win state championships for Westside

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…

READ MORE of Senators offer legislative advice for Westside community

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…

READ MORE of Westside Student named one of Nebraska’s Top Youth Volunteers

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…

READ MORE of Westside Wrestling strong at Districts, sends 7 to state

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…

READ MORE of World Series Trophy Coming To Westside

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…

READ MORE of 7 Westside Seniors Honored On Signing Day

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…

READ MORE of Have an incoming WHS Freshman? We can help!

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…

READ MORE of CWS, Inc donates $5,000 to Westside

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…

READ MORE of Three Westside Students Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program

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…

READ MORE of Westside CAPS partners with ACE Mentor Program

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…

READ MORE of Westside students promote kindness

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…

READ MORE of Westside TeamMates Hopes To Impact More Students

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.…

READ MORE of Westside Middle School students win $5000 in Verizon App contest

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…

READ MORE of Westside Students Named High School Heisman Winners

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…

READ MORE of Westside Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

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…

READ MORE of Westside grad nominated US Deputy Commerce Secretary

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…

READ MORE of Westside students to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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…

READ MORE of Westside Wins Third Straight Cycling Championship

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…

READ MORE of WHS Student Athlete Qualifies for Nationals

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…

READ MORE of WHS Student Selected For National Honor Choir

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…

READ MORE of Westside Students Experience Election Day

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…

READ MORE of Westside Board Members Honored

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…

READ MORE of Westside student designer selected for Omaha Fashion Week

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…

READ MORE of Volunteers Collecting Clothes For Westside Families

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…

READ MORE of Westside Student Selected For Elite Conference

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…

READ MORE of Westside Administrators Honored

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…

READ MORE of World-Renowned Artists Visiting Westside Schools

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…

READ MORE of Westside 4th Grader Selected To Interview Astronaut

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,…

READ MORE of Westside High Teacher Named Nebraska’s 2016 PBS Digital Innovator

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…

READ MORE of Westside College Week Leads To Promising Futures

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…

READ MORE of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees, Lighthouse Leaders Announced

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…

READ MORE of WMS Teacher Named Tech Educator of the Year

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…

READ MORE of Benefit Aimed to Help Hospitalized WHS Athlete

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…

READ MORE of Krenzer Appointed To Board of Education

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…

READ MORE of Westside Grad Named AP Scholar

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…

READ MORE of Four finalists named for BOE vacancy

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…

READ MORE of Westside Scores Above State Average in Reading, Math & Science

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…

READ MORE of Westside Middle School Student Awarded Full UNL Scholarship

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…

READ MORE of Westside Awarded NAEYC Accreditation Districtwide

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.…

READ MORE of 7 Candidates In Running For BOE Vacancy

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…

READ MORE of Westside Student Scores Perfect 36 On ACT

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…

READ MORE of Two Teachers Named STEM Fellows

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…

READ MORE of Westside Educators Honored

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…

READ MORE of New Partnership Will Address Mental Health
ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )
MIDDLE SCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:15 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:44 )
HIGHSCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:10 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:50 )