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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.
Enrollment, Transfer Information Now Available
If you are a District 66 resident and would like your K-5th grade student to attend a different elementary school (other than the school that serves your attendance area) for the 2014-15 school year, click here. If you have a child starting kindergarten next year who has a sibling currently attending a Westside elementary school through the open or option enrollment program, you must submit an open enrollment application. Click here. Do you live in Westside Community Schools attendance area and have a child who will be kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year, or do you know a neighbor or friend with a child entering the Westside Community Schools next fall? Click here.
Invitation for Bids
Bids are requested for replacement of the artificial turf at the Westside baseball field. Project bidding requirements and information is contained in the “Invitation to Bid Artificial Turf Replacement,” which can be accessed by clicking here. Bidding process closes on March 18 at 3 p.m.
Happening in Our District
Big Idea Meetings Scheduled
The public is invited to two upcoming Big Idea meetings to discuss the future of facilities in Westside Community Schools. On Monday, March 10, the DLR Group, an architecture firm hired by WCS, will present to the Board of Education its findings regarding the physical shape of District buildings. This meeting will take place beginning at 6:30p.m. at the Westside ABC Building, 909 South 76th Street. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the District has arranged for the DLR presentation to be videotaped. Following the meeting, we will post the video link on our District website. We will also post a link where you can ask any questions about the long-term building study. On Monday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the ABC Building, the District will hold its second Big Idea meeting regarding facilities. During this meeting, the DLR Group will address the functionality of our buildings. This presentation will also be videotaped and shared on our website. Please consider attending one or both of these meetings. As we prepare educationally for schools of the future, we need to understand how the physical structures of our buildings will meet the academic needs of our students.
Swanson Students Tote Hope for Mission
Students at Swanson Elementary School created more than 80 hope totes and donated them to the Open Door Mission. The totes contain toiletries and other items that are given to people in need at the mission. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Westside Foundation. To read more about the Hope Totes project and the foundation, click here.
PR Students Build Race Cars for Science
Employees from Home Depot helped first-grade students at Paddock Road Elementary build race cars that they will use as part of the science curriculum. The Home Depot visitors helped the students assemble their own race cars using a hammer and nails. Students painted their cars once they were assembled. The students will use the cars as part of the science unit on movement. See photos of the activity here.
WHS Students Collaborate with Westgate Students
Mrs. Kleppinger from Westside High School brought students from her technology class into Mrs. Wortman's kindergarten classroom at Westgate Elementary. The high school students are learning to use technology on the iPad, so both teachers came up with a collaborative idea. The WHS students interviewed the kindergartners to create individual stories about them on the ipad. Each kindergarten student will receive their own story DVD at the end of the project.
WHS Player Honored by Kiwanis
Westside High School varsity basketball player Shannen Pickering was honored recently by Kiwanis of Westside for performance excellence in the classroom and on the court. Pictured are Coach Jamie Davis, Shannen Pickering, and Coach Steve Clark. Congratulations Shannen!
Warrior Bands to Host Concert on Monday
The public is invited to an evening concert of Westside High School Warrior concert bands on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium. Some selections during the concert will be conducted by Dr. Gary Davis, who is a retired professor of music from the University of Nebraska Kearney. Dr. Davis will also work with all Warrior concert bands during the first Warrior Concert Band Festival/Clinic on March 10.
Dr. Seuss on the Loose
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish... Dr. Seuss was on the loose Friday morning at Westgate Elementary. The annual Dr. Seuss breakfast was a huge success again this year. Students and their parents enjoyed a delicious breakfast of green eggs and ham, then the fun continued into the classrooms. Westgate families could be found throughout the building engaged in Dr. Seuss activities.
Westgate Innovators Earn First Place
Westgate fourth graders Caleb Dykhouse and Alex Carson earned first place in the Documentation competition at the fifth annual Nebraska Robotics Expo at Strategic Air and Space Museum. Caleb came up with an innovative solution for his over-stuffed clothes dresser and Alex designed a new comfortable classroom chair.
Westside Robotics Success!
The Westside High Robotics team had a successful outing at the fifth annual Nebraska Robotics Expo. More than 100 teams competed this year in elementary, middle and high school divisions. The WHS team consisted of senior Youssef Eweis, freshmen Soren Johnson, Shawn Plucinski and David Atri Schuller. The WarriorBotics team competed in Hail Storm (Robotic Foosball), Water Rescue (Team Scoring Challenge) and Tornado Relief (Team driving and scoring remotely). Youssef, Soren, and Shawn all competed in Robotic Foosball. David and Soren worked extensively the last few months creating quite an impressive pair of modified CEENBoTs, but they fell to the Marian AquaPhoenix in the first round. Shawn and Soren drove for Tornado Relief and placed first in the high school division. This contest only allows you to watch monitors connected to cameras on the playing field. Imagine driving a robot on Mars from Earth. They were one of the first teams to compete, and experienced some camera glitches, but their score held for the day. Soren and Youssef drove in the Water Rescue and placed first in the high school division with a perfect score (32) and returned to the starting grid with 1:09 left on the clock to earn their bonus points. They had to use teamwork to hold a draw bridge open, granting the other robot to grab objects in another section. They were the only team to score all possible points.
Westside Hosts Battle of the Books
Westside Community School's 2014 Battle of the Books competition took place March 1 at Westside High School. More than 200 students in fourth through sixth grades from all 10 elementary buildings came together to share their love of reading. During the competition, students were asked questions about the 20 books they read and had to respond with the correct book title and author. The top 16 teams were Loveland Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Sunset Story Sasquatches, Prairie Lane Band of Bookworms, Prairie Lane JADE, Loveland EEMAARS, Prairie Lane Reading Warriors, Prairie Lane Book Bandits, Rockbrook Bookarellys, Sunset Sassy Readers, Sunset Books Ahoy!, Loveland Peanut Butter Cups, Swanson Novel Characters, Prairie Lane Rapid Readers, Oakdale Title Waves, Oakdale Lightning Bolts and Oakdale Wonderful Reading Dragons. After several tie-breaker questions, The Rockbrook Bookarellys team of Gus Parsonage, Andrew Li, Anna Henningsen, and Mia Snow took first place. The Sunset Story Sasquatches team of Nadifo Nur, Reese Pike, and Claire Garman came in 2nd. Prairie Lane Reading Warriors came in third, and Loveland EEMAARS came in fourth.
Sunset Students Love Tennis
The students in Mrs. Schmidt's first-grade class at Sunset Hills Elementary School received their very own tennis lessons from Doug Greenwald. As a reward for being respectful, responsible and safe in the classroom, students transferred their safety and responsibility skills to the tennis courts. Students were respectful when listening to Mr. Greenwald, responsible when following his directions and safe when using the equipment appropriately.
Hillside Staff Member Recognized for Excellence
Hillside Elementary School's very own Jann Hopkins was honored by Gregg Young Chevrolet and WOWT/Channel 6 News for Going the Extra Mile for Education. Mrs. Hopkins, an educational assistant, works primarily with Mrs. Foster's kindergarten classroom. Mrs. Foster nominated Mrs. Hopkins for the award Going the Extra Mile for Education. Mrs. Hopkins received a check for $150 and her story was featured on WOWT Channel 6.
Westbrook Gets Grant from Donorschoose.org
The Westbrook Elementary School Media Center and Miss Young were recently awarded a grant from DonorsChoose.org. The grant was funded by US Cellular and a few Westbrook parents. Our media center received two iPad minis and two cases. The iPad minis will be checked out to classrooms so students can read eBooks that have been loaded on them.
Westside Meets the Individual Needs of Students
Colby Koski-Aparo doesn’t know it, but he and Donald Rumsfeld have at least one thing in common. The third-grader at Sunset Hills Elementary uses a stand-up desk. So does the former secretary of defense. “I like it,” said Colby. The stand-up desk at Sunset is just one of the innovative ways Westside staff members are working to meet the individual needs of students. At Oakdale, students in Stephanie Swanson's class sit on exercise balls. Read the story here.
PR Read-A-Thon Produces Amazing Results!
Paddock Students read 110,621 minutes and with the help of Westside Superintendent Blane McCann learned that they raised $13,471! Ice c0ream party winners were Mrs. Butterfield (1st), Miss Dinkel (3rd), and Mr. Jacobson (5th). Pizza Party winners were Mrs. Butterfield (1st), Mrs. Ohm (2nd), and Mrs. Goecke (4th). Grand prize winners were Mr. Jacobson and Mrs. Ohm. Top readers in each room were awarded with a certificate. The top reader along with the student who raised the most amount of money was awarded with drawings from our guest illustrator Henry Cole.
Westside Students Excel at Writing
Four Westside students have been recognized by the Metropolitan Reading Council for excellence in writing. Benjamin Kutler, a fourth-grader at Swanson Elementary School, won first prize in kindergarten-sixth grade division of the writing contest. Benjamin’s story was titled “Super Ending Marks.” It was about a family of punctuation marks with super writing powers. Emma Miller, a sixth-grader at Oakdale, won first place as well. Her story, The City of Drab, was about Nat #3,057 from the city of Drab who joins forces with Crayon-Man in order to save her grey and colorless town. Harper Gordman, a sixth-grader at Swanson, Eliot Gray, a fifth-grader at Prairie Lane, and Marin Davis, a first-grader at Westgate, received honorable mentions for their stories.The Council received over 450 entries in the grade K-6 division. The students will be recognized at a celebration on March 1 at University Nebraska Omaha.
WMS Spring Musical Coming Soon
Westside Middle School drama students will present "Little Shop of Horrors" on March 20, 21 and 22 at the WMS auditorium. This will be a dinner theater. A gourmet pasta dinner including salad, breadsticks and a beverage will be served. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. To buy tickets for this event, click here.