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Upcoming Events
- Virtual Town Hall
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- WHS Commencement
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.
Virtual Town Hall on Facilities, Vision to be Held
Westside Community Schools will hold a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The District's plans for a vision and its facilities will be discussed during this online event. Watch this space for a link to click on the 22nd to join the town hall.
Information About Westside Facilities Plans Available
Information about proposed changes and improvements to Westside Community Schools facilities is now available. A majority of this information comes from DLR Group, the Omaha architectural firm hired by the District to assess our facilities. This information was released over the course of two Board of Education meetings in March. We would like your comments and questions about this process. Please click here to make a comment or to ask a question.

DLR PowerPoint Presentation to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Report on Facilities Conditions to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Executive Summary Report to the Westside Board of Education (March 24)
DLR PowerPoint Presentation (March 24)
DLR Educational Adequacy Scorecard (March 24)
DLR Cost Summary (March 24) 
Video of March 10 Board of Education meeting
Video of March 24 Board of Education meeting

In addition to all this information, click here to view a series of reports on demographics, enrollment projections, statistics and stories about Westside Community Schools
Happening in Our District
WHS Hall of Fame Dinner is May 9
Westside High School will induct five alumni, one former coach and a varsity team during its eleventh Athletic Hall of Fame dinner. The Westside High School Athletic Hall of Fame evening will take place at Legacy Hall on Friday, May 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
This year’s inductees include Ron Volberding (‘67) football and wrestling star, Steve Gerdes (‘70) boys tennis standout, Anne Gilmore Jordan (’74) diving standout, Ty Stewart (‘90) football and soccer star and Carla Bennett (‘99), volleyball and basketball standout. Former head football coach, Larry Morrissey, will be recognized and the 1971 Varsity Boys Swim/Dive team will also be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This team is the second team to be selected for this honor. The 13th annual Harley and Beth Schrager Outstanding Coach Awards will also be announced.
A limited number of tickets are still available. They are $25 per person. Contact Cathy MacInnes at (402) 343-2602. The reservation deadline is April 30. For more information, please contact Tom Kerkman, (401) 343-2605.

WHS Senior Curates First TED Event
Westside High School senior Ruby Hickman will curate the first TEDxYouth event at WHS on April 21 at 7 p.m. This event, featuring five WHS students speaking on the theme of Innovation, is free and open to the public. Read the story here.
Westside Show Choir Featured at Metro Show
Westside High School's Amazing Technicolor Show Choir will perform along with nine other choirs from the Omaha area at the Metro Magic Show and Jazz Choir Extravaganza on Sunday, April 27, from 2 to 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Holland Center. It's a collaboration between Omaha Performing Arts and Metro Activities Conference. This non-competitive event will also feature choirs from Bellevue East, Burke, Millard North, Millard West, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Papillion La Vista, Papillion La Vista South and Omaha South. Tickets are $5 for general admission seating. To purchase, call (402) 345 0606 or visit TicketOmaha.com. Tickets will also be for sale at the Holland box office on the day of the event.
Video Features Innovative Math Instruction
Westside teachers are constantly looking for new technology to engage students and enliven teaching. In this short video, Paddock Road Elementary teacher Matt Kock talks about using Khan Academy to individualize math instruction for his students. Check it out!
Paddock Students Debut StuCoBucks
Paddock Road Elementary students honored their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week by opening a store, StuCoBucks (think Starbucks) and serving free treats all day. Students provided coffee, tea, soda, water, juice, along with doughnuts, popcorn, muffins, and other fun treats!  Paddock Road Student Council members served staff members who enjoyed some relaxation before school in a coffeehouse setting.
103.7 Visits Paddock Road Elementary
Radio personality Steve Lundy, from KAT 103.7, visited Ms. Dinkel's third-grade class at Paddock Road Elementary recently.  He read books to the students and recorded them saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Paddock and Westbrook Pen Pals Meet
On Friday, April 4, first-graders from Miss Lewis' room at  Paddock Road Elementary traveled to meet the first-graders in Miss Kestel's room at Westbrook Elementary. The students have been penpals this school year. This was a chance to meet face to face. They made posters to find out how they are the same as and different than one another,  then the students enjoyed some time on the playground. It was fun to see a new school and finally meet new friends in person! 

Meet the Board Candidates Forum Set
Save the Date! Westside Community Schools in partnership with the Westside Education Association will host on April 28 a Meet the Candidates forum. The public is invited to meet the four candidates running for the two positions on the ballot for the Board of Education. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. at ABC Building, 909 South 76th St.
Guest Speakers at Westgate Elementary
Omaha attorney and NFL referee Clete Blakeman recently visited the sixth graders in Mr. Pesek’s classroom at Westgate Elementary.  Mr. Pesek invites guest speakers on a regular basis to speak about their professions and answer students’ questions.  The students were fascinated to learn the in’s and out’s of being on the field during a professional football game.  It’s Mr. Blakeman’s job to focus on the quarterback.  He said it’s very important not to get distracted with other aspects of the game.  He started out small.  He refereed high school games, small college games, Big 12 football games and now is one of 120 officials in the NFL.    
Love & Logic Offered in Westside
A Love & Logic Parenting Class, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, will be offered in Westside Community Schools at Loveland Elementary, 8201 Pacific St., from April 22 through May 27. This six-week parenting program will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $70, which includes a workbook. Childcare will be available during class time at a cost of $5 per child. Register online  or call Karrie Barnes at (402) 408 8725.
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