Hillside News Brief

March 26, 2021

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Dates for You

Mar. 29-April 2 - Spring Break

April 13 and April 15 - 6th Grade Parent Information Nights at Westside Middle School

April 22 @ 6:00 p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation Night (bring your kindergarten student)

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Hillside is participating in a Food Drive for Food Bank of the Heartland!

Hillside will be collecting canned/packaged food (see below for list) to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland. We know what an important role the Foodbank of the Heartland plays in supplying families with food, especially during this past year. We are honored to partner with Ronco Construction of Omaha to provide some much-needed donations of canned/packaged food to Food Bank of the Heartland.

There will be a donation box located in Hillside's main office from now until April 15. Please consider sending what you can to fill it up! Thank you!

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Attention Current 6th Grade Parents

Westside Middle School will be hosting a 6th grade parent information night on Tuesday, April 13th and Thursday, April 15th. We will be practicing social distance protocols, therefore this event will be limited to two parents/guardians. Students do not need to attend as they will receive the information during the Warrior Walkabout on Friday, May 14th. Topics that will be covered; Schedule, General Expectations, Grading, and Activities. We will be offering two sessions each night to allow for social distancing, you only need to attend one. Please look for a sign-up genius link next week to get signed up.

  • Session 1: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • Session 2: 7:15pm-8:15pm


Kim Eymann

Westside Middle School



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Westside Soccer is Back!

We are so EXCITED to get the season started and could use a little help from our fellow westside students!

The JV and Varsity soccer teams are looking for ball boys and girls, grades 4th and up to shag balls at each of our HOME JV and Varsity games. We would like 2 volunteers at each game. Grab a friend and let’s start shagging balls!


Free admission, T-shirt and hot dog for each volunteer! Plus, you will get to meet the players and coaches!

Click Here to sign up.

Questions: email Gabby Mormino at gabwithu@gmail.com or call/text (402) 681-3917

State Testing Information for Extended Campus Students

Westside Community Schools will be conducting state testing (NSCAS) in the next few weeks. Below are the dates and times assigned to each grade level at Hillside:

5th Grade:
Math on 4/5 @ 9:00
Reading on 4/9 @ 9:00
Science on 4/12 @ 9:00

6th Grade:
Math on 4/5 @ 1:30
Reading on 4/9 @ 1:30

When your Extended Campus student comes for testing, they need to have a fully charged iPad, charger, headphones, and mask with them. The test sessions are around 60 minutes in length, although some students may take longer. Students will enter Hillside at the North Gym doors and be escorted to their testing site by the proctors. Please ring the bell at the door if there is no one standing at the door to greet students.

Please fill out this form as to whether or not you will have your student tested. This year, state testing is optional for extended campus learners.

Thank you for your time and contact me with any questions you might have regarding state testing in the 20-21 school year.

Mrs. McGuire, Assistant Principal

Elementary Instrumental Music Celebration Concert Information

Band and String Families, Band and Strings instructors are excited to announce the district wide end of the year celebration concerts! Each performer may have 4 guests in attendance with them at these events. Info about safety requirements and practices will be sent home as the dates approach. Please add the appropriate date and time for your student to your family calendars and reserve the night for this event. We cannot wait to gather together for a live performance to celebrate all that these students have accomplished as musicians throughout this unprecedented year!

Mrs. CJ, Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Matheson and Dr. Meints


Fifth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Fifth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

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How to Register for Championship Martial Arts Classes



Questions? Please call: Championship Martial Arts 402-932-299

Championship Martial Arts COVID Safety Precautions

At Championship Martial Arts, safety is our top priority. In order to best serve our students and community, we have introduced a COVID-19 Safety Protocol to help keep our dojo sanitized, our staff and students healthy, and our community thriving. We ask that you please adhere to the following guidelines:

1. We do our best to maintain appropriate social distancing within the dojo at all times.

2. All staff, parents, and students will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the dojo.

3. We will take everyone's temperature at the front door, with a contactless thermometer.

4. Students are allowed to enter the dojo 5 minutes before their class, as we let the class before them exit and then clean the mat, equipment, and any touch surfaces between each class. There are markings on the sidewalk outside to encourage social distancing while students wait to enter the dojo.

5. All students must use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the dojo, and before stepping onto the mat.

6. We ask that any persons who are ill or symptomatic not come into the dojo, and parents must notify us if anyone in their family or close circle has been exposed to or tested positive for Covid-19; and if so, all must follow the Health Department's guidelines.

7. Hand Sanitizer is available in 5 stations throughout the dojo.

8. At this time, we ask that only 1 parent/guardian accompany each student so that we can keep the numbers in our observation area lower.

Westside Early Childhood and Club 66 Summer Programs

See the flyer below for information regarding Westside's summer programs for Club 66 and Early Childhood.
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Specials Information for Extended Campus Learners

Extended Campus students should access their specials classes and assignments through the Specials App. The classes match the rotation of in person students.

Club 66 Registration Dates

Monday, April 5th - Club 66 (WCS Kindergarten - 6th grades) registration for currently enrolled families

Monday, April 19th - Club 66 (WCS Kindergarten - 6th grades) enrollment is open to all families


Monday, March 1st - Enrollment open for all ages and families

To have a registration link sent to you, please contact Hillside's Club 66 site director Linsey Messerschmidt at 402-884-3825 or at messerschmidt.linsey@westside66.net

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Facebook Live!

We will stream our Kindergarten parent information meeting on Facebook Live. If you haven't already, please join our Facebook page at Hillside Elementary School - District 66. There is another Facebook account out there with Hillside Elementary's name on it, and that is NOT our official Facebook page!!
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Inventure Day Link for You

Here is the link for Inventure Day: Inventure Day Link

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBiS) at Hillside

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is ongoing at our school. We have a school-wide program to address the behavioral needs of all of our students and to support positive behavior throughout our school. We love to recognize students who do the "right thing" and find ways to create good feelings about great behavior.

March Highlight:

Helping students with missing skills:

Challenging behavior from students can also be viewed as missing social skills. In Westside Community Schools, we have a well-organized district-wide curriculum for supporting social and emotional learning. The curriculum (called Second Step) teaches social/emotional skills and helps adults reinforce those skills. We view social-emotional learning (SEL) as an important piece of our curriculum and teach and reinforce it regularly.

PBiS Skill of the Week

The skill for the week of 4/5 - 4/9/21 is Asking for Help. When you do this well, you:

  • Look at the Person
  • Ask the person if he or she has time to help you
  • Clearly explain the kind of help you need
  • Thank the person for the help

Our school works on different skills weekly; students can practice this every day!

Hillside Yearbook

Order your Hillside yearbook early! Online sales go throughout the year. Here is the website:


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