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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…

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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…

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Westside prepares for solar eclipse

Westside Community Schools continues preparation for this fall’s solar eclipse, an event students and staff across the District will be able to celebrate and learn from together. Westside High School teacher and PAEMST Award Winner Angela Bergman has been organizing eclipse-related efforts for more than a year now. Project leaders are conducting training with staff at each school but there is some risk associated with this event. ALL FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A CONSENT…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sneak-A-Peeks Scheduled for ’17-’18 School Year

All Westside Community Schools elementary buildings are hosting open houses for students and parents to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. Each school will be open for a Sneak-A-Peek on Thursday August 10. Hillside Elementary School 6:00-7:00pm Loveland Elementary School 6:00-700pm Oakdale Elementary School (currently at the Swing School) 5:30-6:30pm Paddock Road Elementary School 5:30-6:30pm Prairie Lane Elementary School 5:30-6:30pm Rockbrook Elementary School 6:00-7:00pm Safe Walk to School Night Swanson Elementary School 5:30-6:300pm Back to…

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Board of Education Elects New Leadership

The Westside Board of Education has elected new leadership for the 2017-2018 school year.   Photo courtesy Mervin Reese Photography   Beth Morrissette will serve as President, and Dana Blakely will serve as Vice President. Adam Yale will serve as Treasurer, and Kris Karnes will serve as Treasurer-Elect. Doug Krenzer will serve as Secretary, and David Williams will serve as Director. For more information about the Board of Education and the June 12,…

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Construction Continues at Sunset Hills

No summer break from construction crews at Sunset Hills! Click here for June updates!

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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…

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