Panther Press

September 2021

Upcoming Events


3 Professional Learning - No School

6 No School

10 Donuts with Dad 7:30 - 8:00 am

22 School Picture Day

24-28 PL Book Fair

24 PLCC K-6 Outdoor Movie Night 7:00 pm

28 Step It Up Fundraiser Kickoff

28 PL Community Club Meeting 6:30 pm

Calendar Change: The 5th & 6th Music Program will be held December 20, 2021 at the Westside Middle School at 6:00 pm.

You can link to the on-line calendar at:

Parent-Teacher Communication Meetings

Parent-Teacher Communication Meetings will be held October 13th & 14th. Teachers will communicate with parents via a Webex meeting or in-person. A sign up genius will be sent later this month.


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GO Warriors!

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!

EY News

Please click on the link below to check out the new EY (Excellence in Youth) newsletter!

Megan Thompson

Westside Community Schools

EY Coordinator

Loveland, Prairie Lane, Westbrook


Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands

for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. MTSS in Westside assures that we regularly

monitor student skills and follow-up with providing students what they need to be

successful in learning. Beginning in August and September this means that we first

screen all students to determine their current skill levels and plan our instruction to

meet their needs.

What is MTSS? MTSS is a framework for providing instruction and support to

promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s

progress and skills are measured, and these results are used to make decisions about

further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and allows for a

continuum of supports designed to meet the needs of individual students. This

support may be provided in a large or small group by the classroom teacher or other

support staff, either within or outside the classroom.

What does this mean for my child? A key component of the MTSS process is that

all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings

are brief tests used to measure the progress of all students and are given three times

per year. As a result of the screenings, students may be identified as needing some

degree of supplemental intervention in addition to the instruction they are receiving

in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will be

notified. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.

Nebraska Reading Improvement Act: The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act

went into effect at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is that all

Nebraska students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade.

This is accomplished by ensuring all students have access to high-quality instruction

and for struggling readers to receive targeted support (intervention). Our current

MTSS framework in Westside Community Schools already allows for us to meet

these state requirements. Also, the more students continue to read, review math

facts, and write/journal each day at home, in addition to their instruction from

school, the more secure their skills may become.

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Be Safe, Respectful, and Responsible!