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A Tradition of Excellence
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.

District Now Using Google Calendar
Westside Community Schools is now using a Google calendar system.  We are no longer using the calendar embedded on our District website.  We hope the new calendar system will provide you easier access to our school information. To view the new calendar, use this link:
Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education of School District 66, Douglas County, will meet at the ABC Building, 909 S. 76 St., on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for the agenda.  
Superintendent Contract
A copy of the Superintendent's contract to be voted on by the Board of Education at its meeting MondayMay, 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. may be viewed here. 
District Seeks Mental Health Proposals

Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Nebraska is requesting proposals from

qualified providers to establish a contract to furnish student mental health support services. It is the

intent of this solicitation to enter into an agreement with the selected entity to remove obstacles to

learning by providing mental health services in the District’s ten elementary schools, Westside Middle

School, Westside High School, Westside High School West Campus, and Underwood Hills Early

Childhood Center. Proposals are due May 31, 2016, at 2 p.m. Click here for the complete request for proposals.

Westside Seeks Bids for Oakdale Demolition
Westside Community Schools will receive bids for a Combined Contract for building demolition of Oakdale Elementary School located at 9801 West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. The building is two (2) stories in height and has a total area of approximately forty-three thousand (43,000) square feet. Bids must be on a Lump Sum basis. Bids will be received until 2 p.m. (CDT), on Thursday, May 19, 2016, by Joel McWilliams with Project Advocates at the ABC Building, 909 South 76th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114.
The Architect-Engineer will hold a Pre-Bid Conference at Oakdale Elementary School on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 4 p.m. (CDT). Click here for the complete bid notice.
Find More Details About Bond Projects, Progress
Want more details about bond projects and progress? As they're worked out, the District is adding them to www.imagineadistrict.org For information about individual buildings, go to the Renovation Details tab and click the picture of your school. And follow our facilities accounts on Facebook at Westside 66 Facilities and Twitter,  @WCS66Facilities.
Health Project Meeting Set
For the past months, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been monitoring lighting, acoustics, air quality and temperature conditions in a number of Westside classrooms.
The goal of the team, which also has monitoring Council Bluffs classrooms, is to pair the classroom environmental data with student test scores to see whether indoor environments impact student achievement. The UNL team is one of seven nationwide to receive $1 million each as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Schools Initiative.
On Tuesday, May 10, Westside principals, teachers, parents and students are invited to attend a meeting that will serve as the first step in forming a committee that will help the team with community engagement. The EPA Health Project Community Outreach Committee meeting is set for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Peter Kiewit Institute, 110 S. 67th St., Room PKI250.
Clarence Waters, a UNL professor of architectural engineering and lighting expert, said measurements will continue next year and cover 240 area classrooms. Click here for a video about the project.
Future Board of Education Meetings
The next Westside Board of Education meeting is April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Campus, 3534 S. 108th St. Click here for the list of regularly scheduled meetings for the 2015-16 school year, summer 2016 and the 2016-17 school year.
Bond Oversight Committee Meetings
All meetings of the BOC will be held at 6 p.m. at the ABC Building, 909 S. 76th Street. The public is welcome to attend. Click here to view the minutes of past meetings and visit the District's facilities website -- imagineadistrict.org -- for more about bond projects. The tentative meeting schedule for the rest of the 2015-16 school year:
  • May 3, 2016
  • June 7, 2016
Parent Information for Sixth-Grade Pre-Algebra
Information for parents about Westside's sixth-grade pre-algebra program is available. Click here to download it. 
2016-17 K-12 Enrollment Now Available
Enrollment in Westside Schools
For District Residents:
We are now accepting enrollments for new students who will be in grades K-12 NEXT year (2016-17).

To enroll a K-12  student for NEXT School Year (2016-17), click HERE. (District residents ONLY.)
Click here for more information about the process and the documents you will need.
To enroll a new student for the CURRENT School Year (2015-16) school year, click HERE.
Kindergarten Roundup Schedule
Kindergarten roundups will follow the schedule below.

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.  
Westgate                                                                 April 29, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Online Free/Reduced Meals Application Available
Westside Community Schools is now offering parents/guardians the opportunity to apply for free/reduced lunch online. The website is accessible at wcsapplyforfreelunch.heartlandapps.com.  
The Heartland Apps site uses RSA Data Encryption, which will allow District parents/guardians to enter their information into a system that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, etc. This technology is used by many banks and retailers, and is considered one of the most secure on the web.
Parents/guardians can complete their free/reduced applications online, 24 hours a day, even from their phones.  
Also, please know that parents/guardians can still complete a traditional paper application if they are not comfortable with the online process.  
Happening in Our District
2016 Bravo Award Winners Announced
Westside teacher Jason Fry, teacher leader Megan Poell and school counselor Dr. Vicki Londer are the winners of the 2016 Westside Foundation Bravo Teaching Awards.
The Bravo Award recognizes teachers who skillfully and successfully tap the unique academic, social, emotional and/or physical talents of students and who inspire students to fully engage in school and/or community life. The Bravo Award comes with $500. Click here to read more about what these amazing educators do for kids every day. 

Two WHS Musicians Recognized by Judges
Judges at the District Music Solo & Ensemble Contest can award one Outstanding Performance solo award and two Honorable Mention Awards. Kate Hamann received an Outstanding Performance Award for a trumpet solo and Ben Battafarano won an Outstanding Performance Honorable Mention Award for a french horn solo.
DECA Shines at Nationals

Westside DECA competed along with 17,500 students from across the world in Nashville, TN.  The following students had an amazing competition.

  • Jackson Frerichs: Top Performer on the Comprehensive Test in Hotel Lodging Management
  • Michael Merical:Top Performer on the Comprehensive Test in Principles of Finance
  • Rachel Zetzman and Lizzie Harwood: Top Performer on the Role Play/Presentation for their Advertising Campaign
  • Eliza Jasa, Nikki Wagner and Lauren Zimmerman: Top Performer on the Role Play/Presentation for their Innovation Plan
  • Hannah Stodolka: Top 10 IN THE WORLD for her Advertising Campaign
Students Explore Painting, Origami at Seminar
About 40 students spent a day exploring their inner artist as part of the annual Spring Art Seminar. They were led by visiting artist Abby Hack, a Westside High School senior, as her Lighthouse Project. Hack gave a presentation about Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and his themes, including his use of color. Students then painted their own mini-Kandinskys. Students also took a turn at origami. "We learned that people use origami a lot in science," said Jack Meehan, a Rockbrook fifth-grader. Space shuttle engineers, for instance, use origami to help figure out how components fold up. Edward Davis, a Westbrook fifth-grader and origami enthusiast, helped fellow students create folded paper art. To enroll in the seminar, students had to submit a piece of art created just for the event. Click here for more photos. 
AdvancED Team Recommends Accreditation
After a four-day visit and deep dive into District operations, an external review team has recommended that the AdvancED Accreditation Commission grant accreditation to Westside Community Schools.
The District received an overall score of 292.07 on the accrediting body’s Index of Educational Quality, nearly 14 points higher than the average across the worldwide network of AdvancED schools.
“The overall score is very good, quite frankly,” David Barnett, a review team member, said during the group’s exit interview. “This is a score that should be celebrated.” Barnett is the founding dean for the Patton College of Education at the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky.
The Index of Educational Quality, or IEQ, is a scoring system that debuted in 2013. It combines the ratings on performance indicators within each AdvancED standard as well other data and survey results.
Jim Sides, director of secondary teaching and learning, said the results indicate the District has “moved the needle” from a more school-by-school “school improvement” approach  to a system-wide school design effort.
He thanked all Westside staff, including building staff, design team members and ABC staff, for their efforts.
“It was truly a collective effort to be recognized and recommended for AdvancED accreditation,” he said.
WMS Students Create New Magazine
Westside Middle School's yearbook staff has added another option to the District's stable of student publications. Welcome "Kaleidoscope," a feature magazine similar to Westside High School's "Craze" magazine. Once the yearbook was put to bed for the year, Kristin Job, EY teacher, and Cynthia Royer, art teacher, challenged the class to come up with additional journalism-related projects they could produce on their own. One group proposed a magazine. Students learned the inDesign design program, created their own layout and chose and wrote stories. "This is truly a student-created publication," Job said. Another group is working on a publication called "The Spear," which more closely resembles Westside Wired. Watch for that soon, and read "Kaleidoscope" here.

Artist Bart Vargas Visits Westgate
A few at a time, Westgate students stepped up to nationally known Omaha painter and sculptor Bart Vargas and held out colored bottle caps.
Vargas, who works with salvaged materials, dabbed the caps with glue and helped students guide them into place on giant wooden letters.
When completed, the cap-covered letters will be hung in Westgate’s library and spell out the school’s future-focused motto, “We can. We will.”
Amanda Moon, Westgate’s teacher leader and incoming principal, said Vargas’ visit was aimed at bolstering student engagement as well as offering an enrichment opportunity. The Westside Foundation funded the visit.
During an initial session, she said, Vargas told students how he became an artist and shared the things he’s gotten to do as a result. That’s an important message for kids. “Something you’re passionate about can be a career,” Moon said. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for more photos. 
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