October Awards & Honors
Posted September 28, 2018
Mary McPadden, Oakdale Elementary
- Congratulations to Mary McPadden, School Psychologist at Oakdale Elementary, has been named the NSPA Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year! This prestigious award from the Nebraska School Psychologist Association is one of the highest honors school psychologists can receive. Several Westside administrators offered congratulations to McPadden, including Director of Special Services Dr. Kami Jessop, who described her as one of the most talented, driven, and dedicated professionals she has ever had the privilege to work alongside.
Sarah Weiss, Westside Middle School
- Sarah Weiss, a 7th grader at Westside Middle School, was the 2018 keynote speaker at the Go Red For Women Expo. Sarah survived a stroke last year, and has since bravely shared her story and worked to raise awareness and support for the American Heart Association. Sarah was also recently featured by 3 News Now Anchor Jennifer Griswold; click here to watch!
Justin Knight, Westside Middle School
- Justin Knight, a 7th grader at Westside Middle School, has been named the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands Junior Youth of the Year! Justin, who also won the honor at the Florence Boys & Girls Club, had to take part in interviews, and write and present a speech. He is awarded a $1,000 scholarship and was honored by the Westside Board of Education this month.
Gus Parsonage, Westside High School
- Gus Parsonage, a 10th grader at Westside High School, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor achieved by less than 1% of all Boy Scouts! To earn this honor, Gus organized an extensive service project at Rockbrook Elementary. Gus and a group of volunteers rebuilt benches, updated landscaping and painted fencing at the school, sprucing the up the exterior for all students and staff!
Paddock Road Student PBiS Team
- The students pictured were voted to be members of Paddock Road’s Student PBiS Team. These team members are considered role models and leaders of the school and consistently follow school-wide expectations of being safe, respectful and responsible! Way to go, Pandas!
Samantha Gillotte, Westside Middle School
- Samantha Gillotte, an 8th grader at WMS, is part of the cast of Shrek The Musical at the Omaha Community Playhouse! She also played Jane Banks in last year’s Mary Poppins at Westside Middle School, performed at the 2017 FEI World Cup, and recently won awards at two Junior Theater Festivals! Shrek The Musical shows at the Omaha Community Playhouse through October 14.