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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:
Contractor Seeks Bids for MEP Package at WMS
Lueder Construction is inviting bids on the MEP package for the renovation and addition at Westside Middle School. Click here for the bid invitation. 
Board of Education Project Information Meeting
A meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 6, 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. 
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 June 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. Click here for the complete request for proposals.

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
Retired Teacher's Horse Honors Former Student
Paul Hundtoft’s latest painting project, turning a life-size white fiberglass horse into a memorial to a fallen Omaha Police officer, started with a chance conversation at a Superbowl party.
Hundtoft, a retired Westside teacher, found himself chatting at the Blair event with Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman.
They realized they had a connection in Officer Jimmy Wilson Jr., a Westside graduate and third-generation officer fatally shot in a traffic stop near 40th and Blondo Streets on Aug. 20, 1995, also Hundtoft’s 41st birthday.
Tierney and Wilson graduated in the same police academy class. Hundtoft taught Wilson in art classes and coached him in football and basketball in the mid-80s at what was then Westbrook Jr. High.
“They were a terrific family,” said Hundtoft, who won the District’s Schrager Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002-3 while at Westside Middle School. He retired in May 2009 after 32 years with the District.
Tierney passed Hundtoft’s name to Werner Enterprises, which was sponsoring a horse in Wilson’s name as part of the Horses of Honor public art exhibition.
Recently unveiled at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, the display features seven riderless horses, each painted by a local artist, memorializing seven deceased Omaha police officers. An eighth represents all fallen officers and another honors K9 Kobus, an Omaha police dog killed in a January standoff. Click here for the rest of the story. 
Hillside Celebrates Rocket Launch Tradition
Hillside Elementary School's annual sixth-grade rocket launch isn't just a science experiment, it's a tradition dating back 28 years. Each sixth-grader created and launched a rocket during the year-end event. Teacher Chris Turner said the launch caps the class' study of Newton's laws of motion and energy transfer, from electrical to chemical to light and motion. The cheering from the watching students had to come close to rivaling that of a NASA launch. Click here for more photos.

WMS Hosts Eighth-Grade Career Day

Students began the day learning about Westside High School's graduation service learning requirement, which eighth-graders can begin with permission this summer, and about volunteer opportunities in the community. Sgt. Lance Worley of the Omaha Police Department's Special Victims Unit gave a keynote address. During the remainder of the morning, students participated in three sessions that represented their chosen career clusters.  Approximately 30 professionals from the community shared their expertise with the middle school students. In the afternoon, students attended individually-arranged job shadows.

WHS Student Wins Silver in National Arts Awards
Harper Newell, a Westside High School senior, has earned a Silver Medal in the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards of 2016.  Harper has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented of young artists in the nation. Nearly 320,000 works of art were submitted this year. Only the top one percent were recognized at the national level.  Harper received two national awards: one Silver Medal for her art portfolio entitled "Intimate Intrusions" and another Silver Medal for her painting "Closeness."  
District Graduates First Project SEARCH Class
Westside Community Schools congratulates the 10 students who graduated in its inaugural Project SEARCH class in partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.
Project SEARCH provides on-site internships and job skills training for students with disabilities who want to seek employment and are in their last year of education.
The program began in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and since has expanded to 400 sites in 45 states and five countries. Several other Nebraska school districts have programs in partnership with various businesses, including Embassy Suites, Cabela’s and Valmont. The hospital already has hired several students.
“I could not be more pleased with how Project SEARCH at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center has worked out this year,” said Kami Jessop, Westside’s director of special services. Click here to read more. Click here for a video by WTV's Nick Ward, a WHS junior. 
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. 

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, 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.
Click here for a video of the exit interview. Click here for an excerpt from the report to the Board of Education.
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.

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