Hillside News Brief

November 12, 2021

Important Dates for You

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Hillside Community Club meeting in the teachers' lounge

Monday, November 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Band Concert at Westside Middle School

November 24-28 - Thanksgiving Break

December 1 - Tiger of the Month Assemblies

December 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - 5th/6th Grade Strings Concert at Westside High School

Hillside Event Calendar 21-22 School Year

Click here to see events for this coming school year!

Veterans Day Assembly

Thank you to the veterans and their families who attended Hillside's Veterans Day assembly. Sgt. Major Scott M. Hansen spoke to our students, and we enjoyed songs by the 5th and 6th grade classes as well as student presentations. It was a wonderful morning, and we appreciate the support of the Hillside community.
Sargeant Major Scott M. Hansen speaks to students at Hillsdie

Please! We need masks!!


Please, please send your child to school with a few masks in his/her backpack! We hand out many, many masks every day, and we could really use your help to keep your student(s) supplied with masks. Thank you so much for your help!

COVID Vaccine Clinic Information

The Douglas County Health Department has asked us Westside and other area school districts to share the following link regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5-12 who may now be eligible to receive it.


Westside Community Schools is also hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday November 20 at Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor Street. Our site will be open from 10:00am until 2:00pm; this is a walk-in clinic and appointments are not needed. This site is open to children ages 5 through 11, as well as those 12 years and older interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. A second dose vaccine clinic is scheduled for December 11 from 10:00am until 2pm, also at Westside Middle School

We understand this a personal choice for your family and encourage you to discuss at home and with your family doctor. For additional information about Westside’s response and protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit this link on our website: https://www.westside66.org/domain/408

If you have additional questions about anything related to COVID-19 and Westside Community Schools guidelines, please email feedback@westside66.net.

Winners of the Hillside Spelling Bee: Wyatt H.-1st Place; Amelia C.-2nd Place; Avery K.-3rd Place

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications and Holiday Assistance

Westside families and staff,

We have two important items we hope you consider as we approach the holidays, both supporting the well-being of our Westside students and families.


Our records of students who are registered for free & reduced meals has plummeted for the 2021/22 school year. We fear this is not because of a lack of need, but because meals are free for all students, funded by the US Department of Agriculture. If you would traditionally qualify for free or reduced-price meals, it is important you file an application. Through that application, your student becomes eligible for additional benefits including fee waivers for scholarships, ACT/SAT testing, computers, transportation, summer school, activity cards, prom band instruments, etc. In addition, our district receives state and local funding based on the number of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. That funding is vital for Westside Community Schools.

CLICK HERE to complete the Free & Reduced Meal application online: https://www.myschoolapps.com/. If you would like to complete a traditional paper application, please send an email to Michele Divoky, divoky.michele@westside66.net or call 402.390.3382.


Once again this year, Westside Community Schools will be working together with our high school homerooms and a network of amazing community volunteers to support our district families in need this upcoming holiday season. Through the confidential and compassionate work of our district Social Workers, Counselors and Psychologists, we are able to assist those in our school community who may need extra help.

There are a number of ways you can help:

If your classroom, your department, your family or your place of business is interested in supporting a Westside student or family this holiday season, please email Molly Hurley at hurley.molly@westside66.net by November 19, 2021.

Thank you for your generosity and support, and for affirming the “WE” in Westside.

Westside Clothing Closet

The Westside Clothing Closet is in desperate need of winter coats and new packages of boys and girls underwear. They accept gently used coats, sizes 4/5 through adult XXL (children, women’s, and men's)! The Clothing Closet also needs new packaged underwear for all sizes, elementary through high school.

You can drop off any donations, Monday thru Friday, from 9am-12pm at the Family Resource Center at the Pipal Community Center ,7770 Hascall St. You can also drop off any donations to the Clothing Closet at Hillside, and we will get them to the resource center. Or, you can contact westsidethecloset@gmail.com to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your assistance. We want to help all our families with their needs, and donations are a big part of that!

Westside Community Schools Family Resource Center Information
Sensational Story Stations, Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Westside Craft Fair, Nov. 13 at 9:00 a.m.


Our popular and inspiring district contest is BACK for 2021! We invite ALL students and staff members to create a poem, drawing, photograph, sculpture, digital/electronic art, or painting using the theme of Belonging Builds Community.

We will be awarding prizes for different grade levels and buildings throughout the district, and your work could be featured on Westside websites, social media and in future publications!

All entries are due by November 16th at 4:00pm. Bring your art to school or email it to Dr. Lucas at lucas.mike@westside66.net.

For questions about these events or any other issues, please email communications@westside66.net.

Thank you – please join us for these important events!

Westside Community Schools

Westside Belonging Contests-Fall 2021

Hillside STEAM Day is Tuesday, December 21st

From 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, Hillside will be hosting a STEAM Day! What is STEAM? Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We want to give Hillside students hands-on experiences in these areas, and we need your help! If you are available to help run a STEAM station or organize in any way, we need you! Please access the Sign-Up Genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA5A922A0F49-steam

if you are available and willing to help us with STEAM Day (more details to follow).

Students at Work!

5th grade students in Mrs. Nekuda's class have created a school clean-up crew! The Hillside Open Spaces Clean-Up Project involves several students from Mrs. Nekuda's class who clean up our grounds during their free time. Students in the Clean-Up Project are: Autumn U., Xikis E., Natalie H., Jocselini H., Abby V., Alicia G., and Norah S.

We are so proud of our awesome Hillside Tigers. They are helping to keep our school beautiful.

Use TAGG (Together a Greater Good) to Help Hillside

Remember that the TAGG (Together a Great Good) app can help Hillside financially. Many business in the metro area will donate a percentage of every sale; all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. It's easy and fast, and every receipt is worth some $$ for Hillside if you make Hillside a beneficiary of your support on the app.

1) Download the TAGG app

2) When in the app, choose Hillside as a place to support

When you are ready to process a purchase:

2) Touch the "TAGG a purchase" button

3) Touch "Hillside" when asked to choose whom to support

4) Find and touch the business that generated your receipt

5) Take a photo of your receipt

6) Upload your receipt

That's it! It's that easy.

Thank you for TAGG-ing your purchases regularly for Hillside!

HyVee Receipts

Did you know that HyVee is a participant in the TAGG (Together a Greater Good) program? That's right! HyVee will donate a percentage of every receipt (exceptions: no gift cards, lottery purchases, money orders/transfers, or pre-paid debit cards) to Hillside if you make Hillside an entity you support. This also goes for the HyVee convenience store purchases and gas purchases, as well!

Hillside's Community Club used to collect HyVee receipts for a period of time during first semester, but no longer! TAGG benefits Hillside all year long and during the summer, too! Be sure to TAGG your purchases each time you visit HyVee. Thank you for supporting Hillside!

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education has gone digital! Please access the link below to see how you can help our Community Club to benefit from Boxtops for Education:


Thanks for your help!

Holiday Assistance

It’s hard to believe but the holiday season is right around the corner. As part of the Westside Community Schools family, we are fortunate to have some groups and organizations that are generous in many ways, especially when it comes to helping children.

Each year, several churches in the community, community service clubs and individual donors offer to help students whose families may be experiencing some temporary financial setbacks due to the tough economic times. These groups often donate a food basket, clothing and/or gifts. These items are meant to assist you in what you are already providing for your family.

If your family is not receiving assistance from other organizations, we are here to provide support. If you need assistance during the holiday season, please contact your school counselor, Mr. Zach Maloley at maloley.zachary@westside66.net or call 402-408-8462.

PBiS Skill of the Week for Next Week

Hillside, like all schools in Westside Community Schools, operates with a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support practice. This means we focus on recognizing when students are demonstrating positive behaviors. Of course, we work to help students correct behaviors that are not as positive, and we provide supports for students who need it.

Hillside announces daily the social Skill of the Week. This is the skill we are focusing on as a building for the entire week. Next week's Skill of the Week is: Asking for Help. When you ask for help you:

  • Look at the person
  • Ask the person if he or she has time to help you
  • Explain the kind of help you need
  • Thank the person for their help
Westside Snack List 2021-22

District-approved snacks that you can bring in to school any time!