Westside Pride

October 2022

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, October 3

The next Board of Education Meeting will take place Monday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the ABC Administration Building, 909 S. 76th St. All meeting materials will be posted on our website once available.

Parade begins at 1:30, Route map shared below!

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NEWS & UPDATES

WE-Side Unified Earns Historic Honors

All Westside schools have been named National Banner Unified Champion Schools for 2022. This honor, recognizing an organization’s commitment to inclusion by achieving ten set standards of excellence developed by leaders in education and Special Olympics, including ongoing efforts to connect students with and without intellectual disabilities. We are the first muti-school District to receive this honor in the state (and perhaps the Nation!)


We will celebrate this incredible accomplishment with our entire community at the 2022 Homecoming Pep Rally ceremony, on Friday, October 7 at Westside High School. We will begin at approximately 2:30 at Phelps Field. We hope you can join us!

Partnership With Flagship Commons

Westside is excited to share news about a new opportunity for our students: the Flagship Commons Kids Program! Staff members at all 10 elementary schools and Westside Middle School can now share these awards with students who achieve something big, show great behaviors, or demonstrate something positive at school. Students can redeem their Free Kids Meal coupons at any Flagship Commons restaurant at Westroads Mall (with minimum $10 purchase).


Thank you to ALL District 66 businesses who partner with our schools to create new opportunities for our students and staff!

Westside Alum Wins Emmy

Congratulations to Mac Smith, Westside High School Class of 1992, who won his first Emmy earlier this month for his work as a Sound Editor on the Disney + series Moon Knight! One of this biggest fans: his classmate and now Westside HIgh School Counselor, Lindsey Stover.


"Back in 1991-1992, Mac and I were a part of Westside’s Broadcast Journalism program and created a new set for our show called “Westside Up Front” ," said Ms. Stover. "Glad Mac stuck with it! So fun to see all the great things our alumni are doing and achieving!!"


Congratulations, Mac!


WESTSIDE STRATEGIC PLAN PROGRESS

Finance, Safety, and Infrastructure

We are excited to announce that thanks to the efforts of our amazing Board of Education, we are reducing our tax levy rate for the 4th year in a row, with the second highest year-to-year levy rate drop in 25 years!
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Student Achievement and Well-Being

Three Westside High School students have been named 2023 National Merit Semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors (Hadassah ‘Lademi’ Davies, Edward Pike, and Thomas Steele) now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships nationwide, worth nearly $28 million dollars to be offered next Spring.


Davies, Pike and Steele are part of less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors named Semifinalists. They can now apply to become Finalists, offering their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The Westside Board of Education and district leaders honored Davies, Pike and Steele at their September 19 meeting.


“These outstanding students are evidence of the academic excellence we nurture at Westside High School, and we are thrilled to celebrate their achievements,” said Dr. Jay Dostal, Principal of Westside High School. “We also intend to grow this number moving forward, giving our highest achieving students the support and opportunities they need not only to earn honors like this, but to find success at every level and throughout their lives.”

Community, Collaboration, and Partnerships

WHS West Campus hosted a Career Fair for students on September 22. This terrific event allowed our students to learn more about potential job opportunities in the metro area, while also providing our local businesses the opportunity to recruit and hire new employees.


One of those businesses, QLI Omaha, sent the following:


"I also want to share with you that I was so impressed with so many of the students that I was able to meet. They were each able to effectively engage with great eye contact, appropriate sharing of information, and most of them came up with many more questions of their own. I was even asked questions I had not heard yet, so I was able to really learn something from them as well. I look forward to more of these sessions!"


Westside High staff also organized a Career Cafe with Bakers, and are planning an additional Career Fair for Westside High School on October 20.


If you would like to include your business or organization as part of our job fair, please email District Coordinator of Secondary Counseling Rick Painter at painter.richard@westside66.net!

WE-SIDE UPDATES

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Our School Social Workers Are Here For You!

Our caring team of school social workers are here to support your child and family! If you need food, clothing, utilities, or other support, contact your principal, or click above for our latest Social Worker newsletter!

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Behind The Calendar - OCTOBER

Our featured photo for October 2022 was taken by Zoe Gillespie for Westside Journalism, and showcases 4-year varsity starter Madilyn Siebler setting up for a kill attempt against Lincoln Southwest in the Class A Volleyball State Quarterfinals. The Warriors won that game, but ended their season in a heartbreaking loss, five sets, to Millard West in semifinal match at state. It was Warrior Volleyball's best season since 1985. The other three girls in this photo, Destiny Ndam-Simpson, Daniela Gologan and Jocelyn Healy, are on this year's team and hoping to make history at the 2022 State Tournament, as is their Coach Corrine Bowers.


"Their mission is to dream crazier and the goal is to win a State Championship, build their legacy at Westside and do it for their community!" said Bowers. "Hanging up a Volleyball banner in our gym would really put volleyball on the map at Westside and this team would forever be remembered as the best volleyball team in history."


We hope to have a packed house Tuesday, October 4 for Senior Night! The Westside Warriors will take on Gretna at Westside High School at 6:30. Districts are October 24-25!


Have you received a printed calendar for the 2022-23 school year? This annual family favorite is provided FREE to all Westside students, families and students thanks to local, community businesses. Get yours at your child's school, or by emailing communications@westside66.net!

FROM THE WESTSIDE FOUNDATION

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Click here for details on the Warrior Tailgate Party!

Friday, October 7, 5:00pm-7:00pm at the John L. Hoich Westside Alumni House

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Download the Westside Community Schools App!

Quick access to lunch menus? Easy checks of school calendars? The latest news from the district and your child's school? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!


CLICK HERE to download the FREE APP for Westside Community Schools!


In one click, you can personalize the information important to you and your family including which schools to follow, important district news and updates, PowerSchool access, and MySchoolBucks - all in one place! You can also search for the app - Westside Community Schools - in the Apple Store and via Google Play.

Download the Westside Warriors Activities App!

Stay up to date on the latest game schedules, rosters, late changes, and more on our NEW Westside Warriors activities app! This great tool provides information on all Varsity sports, with plans to include additional activities.


Search 'Westside Warriors' wherever you get your apps!

WESTSIDE OPPORTUNITIES

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COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

The following flyers and information have been provided by community partners not affiliated with Westside Community Schools. We do not endorse any of the following organizations or events, but are providing this information at no cost as a public service to our children, families, staff and community. For questions, please email communications@westside66.net.

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