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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:
District Invites Bids to Build New Oakdale

Douglas County School District No. 66, a.k.a. Westside Community Schools, will receive bids for a

combined contract, including general construction, mechanical, and electrical work, for the new Oakdale Elementary School located at 9801 West Center Road, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. In addition, right-of-way improvements to the adjacent access road and utilities are included in the work.

The building is two (2) stories in height, and has a total area of approximately sixty-one thousand five

hundred (61,500) square feet. Bids must be on a Lump Sum basis.

Bids will be received until 2 p.m. (CDT), on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, by Joel McWilliams with Project

Advocates, Owner’s representative, at the ABC Building, 909 South 76th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. Bids received after this time will not be accepted.

PRE-BID CONFERENCE: The Owner and the Architect-Engineer will hold a Pre-Bid Conference at ABC Building, Conference Room B-C, located at 909 South 76th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68114 on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. All prime bidders are encouraged to attend. Click here for the complete bid invitation. 

Westside Seeks Proposals for Master's Program

The Westside Community School District (“Westside” or “District”), an independent public

school District located in Omaha, Nebraska, is currently accepting proposals for a partnership

with a College and/or University (“Institution”) for offering a Masters Degree in Teacher

Leadership or a related area (“Program”). The District’s current Master’s program is funded by

the District and designed in a way that teachers pursuing a Master’s Degree can attend any

College or University and be given reimbursement up to what it would cost to attend a local

university. We would like to offer a blended Program through a partnership with a degree

offering Institution. The Institution will work closely with the District to guide the Program and

ensure the course standards are taught, however, components of the instruction would reflect the

District’s strategic plan and goals. Click here for the complete request for proposals. 

Proposals are due Monday, August 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. and must be submitted to:

Dr. Mark Weichel, Assistant Superintendent, Teaching & Learning, Westside Community Schools, 900 So 76th Street, Omaha, NE 68114 weichel.mark@westside66.net

Board of Education Project Information Meeting
A meeting will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 at the ABC Building, 909 S. 76th St., to provide members of the Westside Board of Education with information about upcoming construction projects. A quorum may or may not be present. No official board action will be taken.
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.
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 2016:
  • June 14, 2016
  • July 12, 2016
  • August 9, 2016
  • September 13, 2016
  • October 11, 2016
  • November 8, 2016
  • December 13, 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.
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.  
Let's Talk!
We invite you to send your questions or comments. A feedback form is available here.
Happening in Our District
Early Childhood Centers Plan for Future
On June 8 and June 10, Westside Early Childhood Centers held a Strategic Planning session facilitated by Beth Morrissette, a member of the Westside Board of Education.  Participants included Westside Early Childhood Centers administration, site directors, billing personnel, District leadership, Westside Foundation board members and elementary building administrators.  Common themes that were brought forward include: using data more effectively, looking at program growth and facility improvements, workforce development, web presence, relentlessly pursuing excellence, sustainable technology plan, affordability options for families, family involvement and community engagement and awareness, and partnerships between the Foundation, the District, and Westside Early Childhood Centers.  The work this group completed was exciting and energizing.  The strategic plan will help guide Westside Early Childhood Centers as they prepare for future growth and development.    
Schau, Fayman Receive 2016 Schrager Awards

The Phillip and Terri Schrager Foundation honored District 66 teachers Sarah Schau and Deb Fayman with the 17th annual Distinguished Teacher Award. The teachers were recognized at an awards ceremony at Westside High School. Each teacher received a $10,000 award.
Schau teaches business and marketing at Westside High School. Fayman is a reading coordinator at Westgate Elementary. Throughout their careers, these teachers have demonstrated the highest standards of leadership and professionalism. 
This award is presented to those teachers who, through their exemplary teaching and devoted service, have positively influenced the lives of young people.

WMS Wins Career Ed Award
For the second year in a row, WMS has earned the Outstanding Middle School Nebraska Career Education Program Award. The award was presented at the Nebraska Career Education Conference in Kearney on June 8. Crystal Bolamperti, a WMS business teacher, accepted the award.  
Easton Named Lead Digital Innovator
Andrew Easton, an English teacher at Westside High School, has been named one of 52 Lead Digital Innovators by PBS LearningMedia. Easton was selected from a pool of talented and innovative educators from across the United States and its territories. The program, in its fourth year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in education technology and incorporating digital media into their classrooms. He took an introduction to video class at WHS so he could produce better quality instructional videos for his students. Easton uses technology to help personalize learning for his students, one of the core strategies in Westside's strategic plan. Read more here or watch Easton's application video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y0oPd84AKg
Teachers Go Back to School
Westside teachers have the opportunity to go back to school Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about bringing enrichment opportunities to and personalizing learning for all students.
Joseph Renzulli, a pioneer of gifted education and talent development, and his colleagues will lead a two-day institute at Westside High School. Renzulli is director of the Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut. 
By promoting enjoyment, engagement and enthusiasm for learning, Renzulli wrote, the approach improves student achievement and attendance and minimizes suspensions.
Several Westside schools initially piloted the "schoolwide enrichment model." Today, it has expanded to the majority of the District's buildings and is an element of Westside's efforts to personalize learning for every student. 
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. 

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