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Hillside Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Loveland Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.
Oakdale Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Paddock Road Thursday, April 14, 6 p.m.
Prairie Lane Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Rockbrook Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Swanson Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.
Sunset Hills Tuesday, April 12, 6 p.m.
Westbrook Monday, April 18, 6 p.m.
Westgate Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hillside, Westbrook Start of school in August, watch mail for a notice.
Loveland, Oakdale, Paddock Road, Rockbrook May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Prairie Lane May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Sunset Hills April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Swanson April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Westgage April 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Opperman is the current principal of Hastings High School, a post he has held since 2004. He served as assistant principal from 2002 to 2004 and as a science teacher from 1989 to 1999 and 2001 to 2002. Opperman also worked briefly for the Nebraska Department of Education and for the McCook Public Schools from 1999 to 2001 as a coordinator for staff development and technology resources.
The recommendation was a culmination of the work of three interview committees made up of high school teachers and high school and District administrators. Opperman emerged as a top candidate from the consensus of these groups.
Ronco Construction is the Construction Manager at Risk for (3) Elementary School Renovation
Projects for Westside Community Schools. The scope of work for each school generally consists of interior renovations, life safety and ADA upgrades, area of refuge construction, security improvements and building envelope modifications. The company is seeking bids from subcontractors interested in work on Hillside Elementary, Loveland Elementary and Westbrook Elementary. Click here for the invitation.
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“We’ve been in school 95 days, so we know how to use our iPads,” said Elizabeth, one of Carlson’s students, as she explained how to use a story-reading app.
Cora, another student, demonstrated SeeSaw, a digital portfolio app that allows youngsters to document what they’re learning and share it with classmates and parents.
Parents, teachers and others have no trouble understanding how older students use technology. They do the same things adults do – research, write, crunch data.
But it takes a deeper look to see how students in primary grades can take technology beyond gaming to learning.
The Westside Community Schools now is in the second year of its deployment of 1:1 technology – an iPad for each student in grades K-6 and laptops for those in grades seven through 12.
The District’s technological expansion was intended to facilitate the strategic goals of integrating technology and personalizing learning for all students. But it also comes at a time when experts increasingly are recognizing that not all screens are equal, that there’s a difference between creating a video blog and watching YouTube videos.
In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that it is launching a revision of its screen-time guidelines for children. The organization long has advised no screen time for children under age 2 and no more than two hours a day for those older than 2.
Westside technology experts and teachers understand the difference between creation and consumption and are working to widen the gap. Click here to read more about how teachers are using technology with Westside's youngest students. Click here for more photos.
Now the District is planning to model the practice for teachers by flipping the Feb. 15 Professional Learning Day for Pre-K-8 staff.
Teachers will have the option of completing a 45-minute class on Blackboard before Feb. 15. If they do, they report to their home buildings at 8:45 a.m.
If they chose not to complete the online class ahead of time, they arrive at 8 a.m. to take it in their buildings. Teachers will gather at 8:45 a.m. for a 15-minute reflection on the lesson before continuing with the professional learning agendas laid out by building administrators. Personalizing learning for all students is one of the strategic goals the District has been working to implement for the past two years.
When she returned the message left on her cell phone, she learned that she was one of 106 students nationwide to receive a national-level Horatio Alger Scholarship that would pay $22,000 toward college over four years. Some 5,000 students applied.
“I just fell to the ground, and I was going to start crying, and I was in complete shock,” she said.
Yvonne had told herself since middle school that she was going to go to college no matter what. This year – her senior year – the question of how to pay for it hit home.
But during her junior year, Yvonne got involved in College Possible, an organization that coaches low-income students to and through college.
College Possible coaches assigned to participating high schools guide students through taking the ACT or SAT and help them apply for scholarships and to colleges. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for a KETV-Ch. 7 package about College Possible at Westside and other area high schools.
Sorting the samples – a process called gel electrophoresis – was step two of the three-part process involved in DNA fingerprinting, an experiment normally done in college-level courses.
At Westside High School, the experiment was made possible by $5,000 worth of new biotechnology equipment supplied by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Patrick Caffey, a WHS biology teacher, sent a proposal to UNO’s Dual Enrollment Program last semester requesting equipment for a new biotechnology program at the high school.
Caffey said the DNA fingerprinting lab is intended to spark interest in and prepare students for Westside's AP Biology class, a dual-enrollment course with UNO. The technology also will support independent student research projects. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for more photos of students in action.
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