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Opperman is the current principal of Hastings High School, a post he has held since 2004. He served as assistant principal from 2002 to 2004 and as a science teacher from 1989 to 1999 and 2001 to 2002. Opperman also worked briefly for the Nebraska Department of Education and for the McCook Public Schools from 1999 to 2001 as a coordinator for staff development and technology resources.
The recommendation was a culmination of the work of three interview committees made up of high school teachers and high school and District administrators. Opperman emerged as a top candidate from the consensus of these groups.
Ronco Construction is the Construction Manager at Risk for (3) Elementary School Renovation
Projects for Westside Community Schools. The scope of work for each school generally consists of interior renovations, life safety and ADA upgrades, area of refuge construction, security improvements and building envelope modifications. The company is seeking bids from subcontractors interested in work on Hillside Elementary, Loveland Elementary and Westbrook Elementary. Click here for the invitation.
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The meetings will be:
__ Friday, Jan. 22, noon to 1 p.m., review Oakdale Elementary concept designs.
__ Friday, Feb. 5, noon to 1 p.m., review Westside Middle School concept designs.
Westside will host the 16th Annual Competition of Excellence on . Nineteen groups from Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota will be competing. Show your staff I.D. and you will be admitted free of charge. ATSC will perform at and Simply Irresistible at
When she returned the message left on her cell phone, she learned that she was one of 106 students nationwide to receive a national-level Horatio Alger Scholarship that would pay $22,000 toward college over four years. Some 5,000 students applied.
“I just fell to the ground, and I was going to start crying, and I was in complete shock,” she said.
Yvonne had told herself since middle school that she was going to go to college no matter what. This year – her senior year – the question of how to pay for it hit home.
But during her junior year, Yvonne got involved in College Possible, an organization that coaches low-income students to and through college.
College Possible coaches assigned to participating high schools guide students through taking the ACT or SAT and help them apply for scholarships and to colleges. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for a KETV-Ch. 7 package about College Possible at Westside and other area high schools.
Sorting the samples – a process called gel electrophoresis – was step two of the three-part process involved in DNA fingerprinting, an experiment normally done in college-level courses.
At Westside High School, the experiment was made possible by $5,000 worth of new biotechnology equipment supplied by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Patrick Caffey, a WHS biology teacher, sent a proposal to UNO’s Dual Enrollment Program last semester requesting equipment for a new biotechnology program at the high school.
Caffey said the DNA fingerprinting lab is intended to spark interest in and prepare students for Westside's AP Biology class, a dual-enrollment course with UNO. The technology also will support independent student research projects. Click here for the rest of the story. Click here for more photos of students in action.
Maryanne Ricketts, WHS principal, received the Administrator of the Year award from the Nebraska International Thespian Society. State board members vote based on letters of recommendation from students, teachers and parents.
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In addition to getting remodeled space this year, the Career Center also is receiving a renewed focus on best practices, a process called Career Center renewal. And on Tuesday, Jan. 12, administrators proposed changing the school's name to Westside High School West Campus to better reflect the evolution of the facility and its mission. The Board of Education discussed the proposal but postponed action given that they heard it for the first time Tuesday.
Construction is expected to begin in January to renovate the lower level of the Westside Community Conference Center for Career Center students as well as for students in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program. The work is part of the $79.9 million bond issue voters approved last May.
About that time, administrators, teachers and administrators from the Career Center and WHS began meeting to review best practices for alternative education and to outline a new plan of action.
The process incorporates the adoption of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) underway at WHS. While it’s not consequence-free, PBIS focuses on teaching positive behaviors rather than penalizing unwanted ones.
Jim Sides, director of secondary teaching and learning, said the timing of the renewal process could not have been better. "The stars are truly aligned for this Career Center renewal," he said.
Click here to read more about the process. Click here for more photos.