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Upcoming Events
4/23/2015
- NJHS Induction Ceremony
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4/27/2015
5/7/2015
- Vocal Music Concert
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5/8/2015
5/11/2015
 
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.
Summer School Registration
It’s almost time for elementary summer school in District 66.  A booklet of class offerings can be found here and has been sent home with youngest and only children.  (Please also note that we found an error in our printed transportation schedule.  The downloadable copy has been corrected.)
 
Registration for summer school will be online again this year and can be completed from home or at your child’s school.  Please read the guide for online registration and follow this link to set up an account.  If you registered your child for summer school in a previous year, you will be able to log in to your existing account in order to update information.
 
Please note, registration for classes will not become active until April 27th at 8:00 a.m., but parents are encouraged to set up their accounts in advance.  If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, summer school tuition may be waived.   Complete the form on pg. 5 of the summer school booklet to be considered for a waiver.
Westside Community Schools Audit Report Available
The annual audit report for Westside Community Schools is now available.  It can be accessed by following this link.  The document is a 38-page PDF. 
"Celebration of Life" for Irv Yaffe Set for April 19
 A "Celebration of Life" gathering for former school board member Irv Yaffe will take place Sunday, April 19, at the Community Conference Center, 3534 S 108th St. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.  Yaffe passed away on Jan. 5, in Austin, Texas.  He was 96. Yaffe served on the District’s board for 24 years, beginning in 1958.  He had been a lifelong resident of Omaha prior to moving to Austin in 2013.
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.

Student In-District Transfer Request for 2015-16 School Year
To request a 2015-16 in-district transfer for your K-5th grade student, click here.
Kindergarten Registration for District Residents
District residents who have a child who will be 5 years old by July 31, 2015, should register their child for entrance into kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year.  For more information click here.
Imagine a District
Westside Community Schools is currently engaged in a large-scale project to modernize and re-shape its facilities to better serve its faculty and students as the District meets the challenges of delivering and receiving uniquely individualized education in an increasingly global and interconnected world.  More information is available at ImagineADistrict.org.  An online comment form is also available.  

This short video captures how Westside Community Schools is looking ahead to meet
the educational needs of current and future students. 

Imagine a District from Westside Community Schools on Vimeo.


Happening in Our District
WMS Musicians Learn About Jazz During Workshop
WMS seventh and eighth grade band members participated in a jazz workshop presented by musician/educators from the Cathedral Arts Jazz Workshop program on April 9.  The students had an opportunity to play in a call-and-response exercise to replicate characteristic jazz rhythms and riffs.  During the workshop, students learned how to use blues scales and got to "jam" with the visiting faculty.  The Cathedral Arts musicians provided a steady rhythm section for the students to practice their improvisational skills and gave an overview of the history of jazz, as well. A slideshow of the workshop is online.  To view the photos, please follow this link
 
WMS to Stage "Footloose" April 16-18
Westside Middle School will stage "Footloose" later this week!.  Curtain is 7:30 p.m. on April 16,17, and 18.  Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 fort students, and children under 5 are free.
Warrior Theatre to Present "12 Angry Jurors"
Warrior Theatre at WHS will present "12 Angry Jurors" on April 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m.  The play will be presented with an "alley theater" seating arrangement, which places the audience on stage with the actors. Due to this format, there is an unusually limited amount of seats available. To reserve tickets, email westsidetheater@gmail.com with name and requested number of seats. Tickets will be held at the front doors the night of the show and can be paid for at that time.
Rockbrook Elementary Student Council Collects Books
The student council at Rockbrook Elementary recently coordinated the collection of more than 150 books.  The Child Saving Institute and the Open Door Mission received the books earlier this month.  
Sixth Grade Prairie Lane Student Repeats as State Geography Bee Champ
Brendan Pennington, a sixth grader from Prairie Lane Elementary School, took top honors at the 2015 Nebraska State Geographic Bee held March 27.  Brendan also won last year’s competition and becomes Nebraska’s first two-time Nebraska State Bee champion since 1996-97.  The Championship Round came down to a sudden-victory tiebreaker question: “Saxony is a state in what present-day country?”  Brendan correctly answered ‘Germany’ to take home the Nebraska State Geographic Bee championship for a second straight year.

A record 107 fourth- to eighth-graders participated in the Nebraska State Geographic Bee.  Concurrently, Bee competitions also took place in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Atlantic and Pacific territories, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.  As a state winner, Brendan receives $100 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Nebraska in the 27th annual national finals of the Bee at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13.
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