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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…

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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…

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Westside Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Westside High School proudly announces the six newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame.  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 2-year letter…

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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…

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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…

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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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