Hillside News Brief

September 10, 2021

Important Dates for You

Thursday, September 23: 6:00 p.m. Community Club meeting in the Hillside library

Friday, September 24: Spirit Day at Hillside! Get into the spirit by wearing some spiritwear OR blue/orange!

Friday, September 24: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Hillside Family Picnic (outside on the Hillside grounds). Bring your picnic basket and a blanket!

Thursday, September 30: One School, One Book Family Activity Night

Hillside Event Calendar 21-22 School Year

Click here to see events for this coming school year!

One School, One Book Morning Reading

Parents and Guardians:

Due to time constraints in the morning and the limitations of the size of our library, we are going to provide audio recordings of the reading selections only; there will be no live read aloud at this time for our novel (One School, One Book).

The recordings will be available on the One School, One Book app located on student ipads. They can check for any recordings of sections they may have missed.

Thank you.

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Bringing Personal Items/Devices to School

Parents and Guardians:

If your student chooses to bring a device to school (phone, tablet, etc.), PLEASE make sure they lock it up in their classroom at the start of the day. Because we do not have student lockers (we just have cubbies), backpacks are unsecured and vulnerable to occasional theft in the hallway. While this is not a regular occurrence at Hillside, it does happen. Our school policy is that all students LOCK UP valuables with the teacher (or, even better, they do not bring these items to school, if at all possible). We cannot be responsible for damage or loss to personal devices; please encourage your student to lock up their devices with the teacher every day. Thank you.

Social Media: What You Need to Know

Parents and Guardians:

We have a rare opportunity to hear area experts discuss all we need to know about social media out there right now. Adults, especially, need to stay informed about social media because students' digital lives are ongoing and ever-changing.

Karen Haase and Bobby Truhe from KSB School Law Firm in Lincoln, Nebraska, will present this informaiton. See below for details regarding where and when to attend.

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Hillside Families:

This year, the federal government will continue to subsidize free breakfast and lunch for all students. While the meals are free, extra helpings and water bottles are not free. Also, there is a charge for milk if a student is buying that to go with a lunch brought from home.

If you think you might qualify, please complete an application for meal assistance (see below links).

Students who qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify to receive discounted fees for other district expenses such as bussing or activities. All children in the district benefit in areas beyond the lunch program when qualified applications exceed a certain percentage of the district’s enrollment.

CLICK HERE to fill out an application online.

CLICK HERE to print and fill out your application.

Football Games

While we welcome all students at our Westside High Football Games, we want to ensure families and students know the rules, to ensure the safety of all involved.

  • All elementary students attending the game will need to attend the game with a parent and sit with a parent.
  • No footballs or other balls allowed in the stadium.
  • Middle school students will sit in the bleachers in the SE corner of the end zone. Middle school students will buy a ticket at main gate and enter from the student game. We are asking middle school students to show ID at the game.
  • Middle school students will use the upper concession stand and portable restrooms in the South east corner of the stadium.

Students who do not follow these rules will be asked to leave. Thank you for your help to make sure our game atmosphere is positive for all who attend!

Safety During Arrival and Dismissal

Please help us to keep arrival and dismissal smooth, efficient, and safe:

  • Consider putting your child seat on the curb side of your back seat; this helps kiddos to enter and exit the car quickly. If you are able to teach your child to buckle up, even better!
  • Please do NOT walk through traffic in our circle drive during arrival or dismissal; cars are fast and furious during these times, and we have a sidewalk available for you and for students to walk around

Thank you for helping us to keep everyone safe at arrival and dismissal.

TAGG at Hillside: Together a Greater Good

TAGG is an innovative program that has been in existence for quite a few years now. You download the app on your phone, then look for businesses that will give back to Hillside. Scan your receipt within the app, and the business will donate a portion of their profit to Hillside. It's a fast and easy way to give to Hillside! Thank you for considering joining us in raising funds for our school via TAGG.
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Homecoming Parade Information

It is time to start planning for homecoming! This year the parade will take place on Wednesday October 6th at 6:30. Westside High School would like to have as many groups as possible participating. They encourage any school club, sports team, or community group to participate.

If you have a group that would like to participate in the parade please fill out the form below. You can have a float or you can walk in the parade.

Link to form: https://forms.gle/BarRJK1cGciEZuw7A

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Bailey or Mrs. McGuire, and they will find answers for you!

Water bottles

At present, Hillside's drinking fountains are still disabled because of COVID protocols. Please consider sending your student to school with a water bottle, clearly marked with your student's first and last name, if possible. Thank you!
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Westside Snack List 2021-22

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