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Upcoming Events
- Volunteer Council Mtg.
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
- 5th/6th/7th Bandorama
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
- District Choral Festival
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Tradition of Excellence
Welcome to Westside Community Schools, located in the heart of Omaha Nebraska. Westside is a nationally-acclaimed public school district - one of the very best in the United States. Our superior staff, administration and Board of Education are committed to excellence in education for all students. Westside Community Schools provides high academic and behavioral expectations in a caring, friendly environment. We are proud of our strong record of success.
Our Vision

Westside Community Schools will relentlessly pursue innovative educational ideals and promise to personalize learning for every student. We invite the challenge of developing a community of learners who embrace a broader, richer definition of success.

Westside Seeks Proposals for Boys Town Well Managed Schools Training
Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, is currently accepting proposals to enter into a contract with a qualified provider to offer professional development on Boys Town Well Managed Schools Training for Westside staff.  The District requests a “train the trainer” model implemented once a year over three years to train a total of 15 staff members.  The program is funded by a three-year United States Department of Education grant. The RFP document is available for review at this link.  Proposals must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
Westside Seeks Proposals for Transportation Services
Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, is requesting proposals from transportation providers to establish a contract to furnish student transportation services. 
The services sought are for school bus and van (“vehicle”) transportation for students and other persons designated by the District to and from designated schools and buildings operated by the District, and/or to and from points as directed.  Such transportation shall be furnished by means of buses, vans, and other such vehicles specified by the District and at such times and locations specified by the District.
The RFP document is available for review at this link
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE: Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
Westside Community Schools 2013-14 Annual Report
The 2013-14 annual report for Westside Community Schools is now available. Please click here to download a copy of the annual report.
Westside Community Schools Audit Report Available
The annual audit report for Westside Community Schools is now available.  It can be accessed by following this link.  The document is a 38-page PDF. 
Open Enrollment Deadline is March 15, 2015
Open enrollment for the 2015-16 school year begins November 1, 2014 and ends March 15, 2015.  Applications are available on the District website.  Contact Julie Thacker at 402-390-2107 with any questions. A list of frequently asked questions can also be found here.  
Student In-District Transfer Request for 2015-16 School Year
To request a 2015-16 in-district transfer for your K-5th grade student, click here.
Kindergarten Registration for District Residents
District residents who have a child who will be 5 years old by July 31, 2015, should register their child for entrance into kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year.  For more information click here.
Imagine a District
Westside Community Schools is currently engaged in a large-scale project to modernize and re-shape its facilities to better serve its faculty and students as the District meets the challenges of delivering and receiving uniquely individualized education in an increasingly global and interconnected world.  More information is available at ImagineADistrict.org.  An online comment form is also available.  

This short video captures how Westside Community Schools is looking ahead to meet
the educational needs of current and future students. 

Imagine a District from Westside Community Schools on Vimeo.

Happening in Our District
Oakdale Students Conduct Experiments
Oakdale Elementary's sixth grade students recently had visitors come from College of Saint Mary's.  The guests reviewed states of matter.  During hands-on experiments, students created safe physical and chemical reactions. 
STEM Student Build, Test Model Trebuchets
A trebuchet is a medieval siege engine (sort of like, but different from, a catapult) that was used during the Middle Ages to fling stones. STEM students at Westside High School recently built model trebuchets for class after doing research both on the history of the devices and the physics and math involved with tossing objects great distances.  Follow this link to a brief slideshow.
Sunset Hills Enjoys Evening of Art, Soup
Sunset Hills Elementary had a great Art and Soup night on Feb. 20. The third annual event featured an all-school art show, a free soup/chili dinner and contest, and many art activities. Students and families browsed art displays, got their faces painted and participated in the numerous art-related activities.  This year was extra special because visiting artists Lisa Worrall and Bart Vargas attended. Both artists had previously worked with students to create art for the show. Donations that were collected will support the Community Club's art program, ArtPALS.  Check out a slideshow of the event.


Paddock Road Read-A-Thon Benefits Food Bank
With the support of parents, teachers, community and family sponsors, the students at Paddock Road Elementary had an amazing Read-A-Thon.  The results:
* 80 percent of the students participated
* Students read for 142,145 minutes
* 142 cases of food and $1,519.70 will be donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland on behalf of the school.
The Read-A-Thon's theme was "Feed your Imagination AND your Community…READ."
WHS Student Designers Prepare for Fashion Week
In a first for Westside High School, two senior students will have their clothing designs included in Omaha Fashion Week, which takes place March 10 through 15.  Mary Jo Losen, Fashion class instructor in the WHS Family and Consumer Science Department, said the two students—Chris DiGiorgio and Alyssa Koory—have been hard at work for weeks.  DiGiorgio will have six outfits (a total of13 items of clothing) in the show; Koory created 12 outfits.  Read more at this link

Elementary Students Prepare for Strings Concerts

Elementary school students from across the District will give concerts on March 10 that will feature both solo and group strings performances.  To promote the event, a short video preview was created. 
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