Westside Middle School

August 15, 2021

The WMS Staff is looking forward to meeting your student this week. Everyone has been working hard to prepare for an awesome year!!
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First Day Of School

This year our first day of school for 7th graders will be Tuesday, August 17th. 8th grade students will not attend until Wednesday, August 18th.

Tuesday, August 17th

First Day of School 7th Grade ONLY

From 8:00-12:00

  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served
  • Students will enter through the PAC entrance.
  • The building is open to students everyday starting at 7:30.
  • All students will pick up a new copy of their schedule when they enter the building.
  • Students should bring their backpack on the first day
  • Bus Transportation will be available at dismissal for all bus riders. Buses will leave at approximately 12:15pm
  • 2nd Day of school will be Wednesday, August 18th from 8:00-2:44.

Wednesday, August 18th

First Full Day of School for both 7th and 8th Grade


**Wednesday's school is dismissed at 2:44. Every other day it is 3:15.

  • School will be from 8:00am-2:44pm (Breakfast and Lunch will be served)
  • Students will enter through the PAC entrance.
  • The building is open to students everyday starting at 7:30.
  • All 8th grade students will pick up a new copy of their schedule when they enter the building.
  • Students should bring their backpack
  • 8th grade students will have a brief presentation in the PAC to start their day off.

Drop off and Pick Up at WMS

Drop off and pick up can be at little crazy here at WMS. Please make sure you are following all traffic laws!! Below is a map to show traffic flow.

Before School:

Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:30 (we do serve breakfast everyday)! If you need to drop your student off before 7:30, students will need to wait outside of the PAC entrance. All students should enter through the PAC entrance until 7:55. Students arriving after 7:55 should enter through the main doors.

After School:

Students will be asked to leave the building by 3:20 unless they are working with a teacher or involved in an activity. Buses will leave by 3:25. All students should be off campus by 3:40. If you are unable to pick up your student by 3:40, please sign them up for after school library.

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Important Information from the Nurse

By law, all incoming 7th graders must present evidence of having a complete physical examination, updated immunizations (Tdap is required by state law), and a dental exam prior to entering school. For missing immunizations, state law allows us to accept only valid medical exemption forms, signed by a physician or notarized religious exemption forms. A signed waiver form from parents/guardian refusing to provide physical exam documentation is also required. All forms are available from the District’s ABC Welcome Center on the westside66.net website under the Departments tab > Student Services > Health Forms section.

Physicians may print out results of the physical exam and immunizations on their forms (must have a MD signature) or you may print off a form on the Westside Middle School Website under Health Forms, a visit summary is not a physical form. Exams must be completed anytime after March 1, 2021, and before school starts in the Fall. Students planning to participate in sports must have a physical dated after May 1, 2021.

If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, allergy, diabetes, or epilepsy, a health action plan is required. All action plans must be completed and signed by a doctor and may be found on the westside66.net website under the Departments Tab > Student Services> Health Forms section or can be picked up from the WMS main office.

Prescription medications required to be given at school must be brought in the original labeled prescription bottle with a medication authorization form signed by a physician AND a parent/ guardian. All over-the-counter medication (including cough drops) must be brought in the original, unexpired, container accompanied by a parent/ guardian-signed medication authorization form.

School Pictures

If your student did not get their picture taken during orientation we will have pictures on the morning of Friday, August 20th. You can order pictures using the following link: www.martinphotography.hhimagehost.com. Or you may print out the form below and have your student bring it with them on August 20th. Retakes will be in October.


Your student will attend homeroom everyday for 30 minutes opposite of lunch. We will follow the schedule below. During the first few weeks of homeroom the lessons will be teaching students the expectations and procedures for our building.
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Curriculum Night

Please join us for Curriculum Night. We will begin in the PAC with a presentation from Smart Gen Society (see information below) and the Administrators. From there you will meet your student's teachers. Check back for a more detailed scheduled here next week.

7th Grade - Monday, August 30th 6:00-8:00

8th Grade - Wednesday, September 1st 6:00-8:00

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Counseling Department

Each student is assigned to a counselor to help them with scheduling classes, problem solving, and peer conflicts. If you have any concerns,you may contact your student's counselor at any time, they will be happy to help. Below is list of counselors and to which students they are assigned to.

Last Name starting with A-G = Sarah Lieske

Last Name starting with H-O = Doug Hauserman

Last Name starting with P-Z = Mike McCann

If you have any questions about your student's schedule or classes, please contact their counselor!

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Information on Athletics


Each student-athlete must have an Athletic Physical Exam and his or her Parental Consent Form completed and signed by all necessary individuals prior to the beginning of athletic practices. All forms must be completed with all required signatures prior to a student being allowed to participate. This is an Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) requirement as well as a Westside Middle School requirement. All forms are kept on file at Westside Middle School.


All students who participate in sports at Westside Middle School must pay an athletic participation fee. The cost of this fee is $25.00 and will cover all sports for the entire school year. Athletes participating in a fall sport will need to pay this fee by September 1, 2021. Athletes playing a winter or spring sport will need to pay this fee prior to the start of the season.



7th/8th grade boys and girls interested in participating in cross country can sign-up for cross country Thursday, August 19th and Friday August, 20th at Westside Middle School. Practice will begin Monday, August 23rd. Parent Meeting at 5:00 to meet coaches and share information about the XC Season.

Head Coach: Emily Vlcek vlcek.emily@westside66.net

Asst. Coaches: Jonathan Pingel, pingel.jonathan@westside66.net and Thomas Benedetto, benedetto.thomas@westside66.net


Equipment checkout and official practice for 8th graders will be held Thursday, August 19th from 3:30-5:00. Parent meeting following equipment checkout August 19th at 5:30 p.m. in the Westside Middle School auditorium.

Head Coach: Todd Johnson, johnson.todd@westside66.net

Assistant Coaches: Zane Cozad, cozad.zane@westside66.net Brandon Madison, madison.brandon@westside66.net and Brandon Pond, pond.brandon@westside66.net

Volunteer Coaches: Kris Brown, Jarrod James, and Dave Kline


Sign-up information will be distributed at school during the week of August 23. Games will be played from 3:30-4:00 starting September 7th . A schedule of games will be provided.

Intramural Coach: Mike McCann, mccann.michael@westside66.net


Try-out for volleyball teams will be held Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20th, and Monday, August 23rd from 3:30–5:15 in the WMS Gyms. Parent Meetings will be held Thursday, August 26th after practice.

Head Coach: Jaden Daake, daake.jaden@westside66.net

JV Coach: Lauren Jadlowski, jadlowski.lauren@westside66.net

Reserve Coaches: Tiffany Nagel, nagel.tiffany@westside66.net and Corby Cerni, cerni.corby@westside66.net

Intramural Coaches: Liddy Mahacek, mahacek.elizabeth@westside66.net and Megan Albers, albers.megan@westside66.net

If you have questions about any of our fall athletic offerings, please contact Dan Carlson our Athletic Director at 402-408-8669 or carlson.daniel@westside66.net

After School Library Program

Westside Middle School offers after school library hours. This opportunity allows students to have a quiet work space to complete homework with adult supervision.

After School Library will begin on Monday, August 23rd and run throughout the school year.

After School Library hours are as follows (please note that Wednesday Library hours are only until 4:00) :

Monday - 3:15-5:00

Tuesday - 3:15-5:00

Wednesday 2:44-4:00**

Thursday 3:15-5:00

Friday 3:15-5:00

The library will be closed on the following school days so please arrange a different plan for your student:

Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 13

November 22 and November 23

December 20 and December 21

Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 9

Friday, May 13

Last day of After School Library: Friday, May 20

**After School Library will not be offered during the last week of the school year.**

In order to supervise and track student attendance accurately, we are requiring parents/guardians to fill out the registration found at this link. Each student needs to be signed up in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Corrie Philo. We look forward to another great school year!

Corrie Philo

Dean of Students



Parents must call into the attendance secretary, Ms. Metzler, if your student is ill or not able to attend school that day. Please make sure this is done by 9:00 AM.

The attendance number is 402-408-8649 or 402-390-6464

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Westside Middle School participates in TAGG. TAGG has a growing list of participating businesses who will donate a portion of what you spend there to our school. WMS uses these funds to help support our school PBIS store and extra supplies teachers need throughout the year.

This is a fast and easy way to help our building without fundraising. Watch this video to see how it works. https://youtu.be/WS2u4s1J63c

Below is a list of business that participate in TAGG. Remember to select Westside Middle School!!

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Free and Reduced Forms

If you are interested in filling out the paper work for Free and Reduced Lunch, please go to the District Website (westside66.org), click on meals, scroll down until you see My School Apps Logo. Under the logo click on Free and Reduced application and begin entering your information.

If you have questions you may contact Michele Divoky at 402-390-3382 or email her at divoky.michele@westside66.net.

Parent AHERA Notifications for 2021-2022 School Year

Annual AHERA Notice

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires each public school district to annually notify parents, staff, and employee groups of its asbestos management plans. A management plan is in place for Westside Middle School and is available for review either at the school building or at the Westside Service Center, 9437 J St. Omaha, NE.

This school building was originally inspected in the1980’s and re-inspected by a certified inspector every three years thereafter. The three-year re-inspection and a ceiling tile inspection was conducted in 2019, and periodic surveillance will be conducted as required. No abatement activities are currently in progress or scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year at this building.

The Designated Person responsible for managing the District’s AHERA compliance and the contact person for questions or to review a management plan is the Director of Facilities, Russ Olsen (402) 390-8331.

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