Westside Pride

September 2018

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A Message From The Superintendent

As Americans prepared to head to the polls for the 2008 Presidential Election, both candidates, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, held town halls across the country. At one campaign event, a woman told Senator McCain, “I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, he’s not — he’s an Arab.” Senator McCain shook his head, took the microphone from that woman and responded, “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign is all about.” John McCain lived his values and beliefs not to campaign negatively, but to maintain a discourse that was respectful and focused on the key issues of the presidential campaign.

Senator McCain died August 25th, and President Obama was one of the many, on both sides of aisle, who shared respectful tributes to this American hero, patriot, and kind human being. John McCain exemplified that, while we can choose to be anything in this life, we can all choose to be kind. As I listened to the many comments made about Senator McCain, I was struck both by his kindness and his gratitude; his grace in facing a terminal diagnosis and speaking about how grateful he was for his life; the many opportunities he was afforded to serve his country and to meet his fellow Americans along the way; and to build a family, all in the greatest country in the world. Yes, Senator McCain could disagree and he could argue with his colleagues, but he maintained a certain decorum, a certain respect. My father taught all four of his children that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity no matter how we might be treated. I have kept that lesson close to me throughout my life.

Click here to continue reading this message from Dr. McCann!

Boundary Engagement Process

Boundary Engagement Committee meetings will begin this month and the first Boundary Engagement Process Public Forum is set for September 27 at Sunset Hills. Click here for the latest information and updates

Superintendent Search

The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to select Ray & Associates to assist with the Fall 2018 search for the next Superintendent of Westside Community Schools. Click here for the latest information throughout the process.

Sunset Hills Elementary & Westside Middle School Complete On Time, On Budget

Students and staff have moved in to a brand new Sunset Hills Elementary School! The new building is a 2-section facility, approximately twice as big as the previous school, and was completed for an estimated $13.8 million as part of Westside 2015 Facilities Master Plan. Click here to see photos and video from the Ribbon Cutting, Open House, and 1st Day!

Work at Westside Middle School is also complete on time and on budget. Watch for an upcoming Open House sometime this fall!

Construction Updates

Click here to read more about construction updates at Prairie Lane, Swanson, Westbrook and Westside High School.


Westside Community Schools reminds parents of elementary and middle school students to please accompany your child to Varsity games, particularly football games. Please do not drop off your younger students at the gates without adult supervision.Thank you for helping us ensure the safety and well being of all students, on and off the field!

This Month at Westside

Welcome Back from Prairie Lane!

Awards and Honors

Click here to read more about September's featured students and staff members at Westside!

Nominate a Westside Teacher of the Month!

This year we will once again recognize a Westside educator every month with a $100 check thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate. Simply click this link to submit a nomination!


Schools across our district celebrated kindness on August 24, the citywide day encouraging all to #BeKind. Elementary students formed friendship chains, took part in teambuilding activities and created posters, while Dr. McCann and a group of Westside High School students and staff represented our district with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and other schools across the metro.

Westgate shows how we can all #BeKind

2018 Fall Activities Guide

There are activities taking place throughout the Omaha area, offering opportunities for Westside Community Schools students and families. Click to learn more!

Upcoming Events

8/31 & 9/3 NO SCHOOL

9/4 Board of Education meeting, 6:30 @ ABC

9/5 West Campus Picture Day

9/6 Boundary Committee Meeting, 6:00 @ Swing School

9/6 Outdoor Ed Parent Meeting, 6:30 @ WMS

9/7 Paddock Road Picture Day

9/7 WHS Fall Carnival, 5:00 @ WHS

9/10 Special Services Parent Information Night, 5:30 @ ABC

9/11 Little Warrior Cheer Clinic, 5:30 @ WHS

9/11 WHS/UNO Dual Enrollment Information Night, 6:00 @ WHS

9/11 Bond Oversight Committee Meeting, 6:00 @ ABC

9/12 Rockbrook Picture Day

9/13 Westgate Picture Day

9/13 Curriculum Nights at Hillside Paddock Road, Sunset Hills, Swanson & Westbrook

9/14 Westbrook Picture Day

9/14 & 9/15 50th Reunion for Class of '68

9/14 WMS Marching Band Performance, 6:00 @ WHS

9/15 & 9/16 60th Reunion for Class of '58

9/16 Westside Basketball Golf Outing @ Pacific Springs

9/17 Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 @ ABC

9/20 Oakdale Picture Day

9/20 Boundary Committee Meeting, 6:00 @ Swing School

9/20 Westgate STEAM Night, 6:00

9/21 Rockbrook Fun Run

9/21 Family Nights for Hillside, Prairie Lane & Swanson

9/24 Picture Day at Loveland & Sunset Hills

9/26 WHS Powder Buff Game, 6:30 @ WHS

9/27 Boundary Engagement Process Open Forum, 6:00 @ Sunset Hills

9/27 WHS Fall Choir Concert, 7:00 @ WHS

9/28 Prairie Lane Picture Day

9/28 WMS Fun Night, 7:00

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Do you love children? We need you!

Westside Community Schools is currently hiring Educational Assistants (Paraprofessionals) at a variety of locations.  Hours are flexible.  Please apply or refer a friend today!

Westside Stories, Fall 2018

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A Message from Westside Communications

We hope you enjoy this new format for Westside Pride! We listened to your input as part of the Fall 2018 Communications Survey; many of you like this e-newsletter but want it shorter, more mobile-friendly and in a format making it easier to find the information you need. This new version provides all of that with links to more details, fun photos and videos, the ability to translate to other languages, and no pdf to download.

Thank you as always for your comments and ongoing support for Westside Community Schools. We welcome your submissions to share on social media, our website, or in Westside Pride!

Brandi Paul

Director of Communications & Engagement