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.
Happening in Our District
Shared Vision Meeting is Wednesday
Join us on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Westside High School for a conversation about the future of Westside Community Schools. Author Will Richardson and facilitator Jim Rickabaugh will join us as we work toward creating a shared vision for our school system. Richardson, who works on the concept of personalized learning networks, will speak from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. See Richardson's TED talk; check out his books. Rickabaugh, who met with 19 District 66 focus groups, will discuss themes from those groups and his final report. He will speak from 7:15 to 8 p.m. To learn more about Westside Superintendent Blane McCann's vision of future learning, read his new blog post.
Congratulations to WMS Teacher
Westside Middle School teacher Anna Sumner has recently been awarded the renewal of her National Board Certification. In 1994, she became the first Nationally Board Certified teacher in Nebraska. Sumner teaches engineering and technology at WMS. She has been a teacher for 34 years. Before coming to Westside, she worked in schools in Rapid City, SD, and Alliance, NE, and at Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Kearney. Sumner was first certified in 1993 after being encouraged to complete the process by her principal. Sumner decided to renew her certification to keep abreast with current teaching and learning. “I believe the process impacts student learning and drives me to be an accomplished teacher,” she said. Westside is home to 13 Nationally Board Certified teachers.
Fairy Tale Awards Staged at PR
Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Paddock Road Elementary School recently staged the "Fairy Tale Awards" musical for staff and students at Paddock Road and for families and friends in the auditorium at Westside Middle School. The musical included several solo speaking and singing parts along with multiple chorus songs.
RB Integrates iPads
At Rockbrook Elementary School, iPads have become integrated into the curriculum. Recently, second-grade students used the geoboard app on the iPad to creat polygons for the geometry unit in math. They also used iPads to practice money counting, fractions, and many other skills.
District Spelling Bee Held
Westside Middle School eighth-grader Grace Johanningsmeier won the Westside Community Schools district spelling bee on Friday. Johanningsmeier spelled the word duenna correctly to win the bee. She will now represent Westside in the Midwest regional bee. Seventh-grader Justin Solheim came in second. Sunset Hills sixth-grader Reese Pike was third. In the elementary level bee, Pike was first, Sunset Hills fifth-grader Ramya Iyer was second and Prairie Lane sixth-grader Dylan Folda was third. To see photos of the winners and the bee, click here.
Swanson Celebrates History with Music
The fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Swanson Elementary celebrated the lives and times of Lewis and Clark in a musical performance recently. Students recreated the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804. For more photos, click here.