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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Westside Offers Summer Programs

There are multiple programs and activities offered over the summer break through Westside Community Schools Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Offered at Hillside, Prairie Lane, Westbrook and Westgate.  Offers free breakfast and lunch for students age 1-18 (and their parents if funding comes through) through the summer months when school is not is session.  For more information, call 402-390-6490.   Title Summer School Summer school for students (by invitation) from Hillside, Paddock Road, Westbrook and…

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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…

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WHS Theatre Presents: Zombie Prom-a Musical

Westside High School Presents:  Zombie Prom – a Musical March 16-18 at 7 p.m. and March 19 at 2 p.m. For ticket information, go to:  www.warriortheatre.org

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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,…

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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…

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