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.
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.
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.
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.
- May 3, 2016
- June 7, 2016
To enroll a K-12 student for NEXT School Year (2016-17), click HERE. (District residents ONLY.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.