Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

October 2021


The Excellence in Youth (EY) Program at Westside Community Schools provides expanded learning opportunities for students with high ability, in addition to fostering and encouraging talent development in all students.
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Badge Mania!

New Language Arts Badges

EARN A BADGE . . . or 12!

Every student in Westside has the opportunity to begin earning badges. Working towards earning a badge allows students to dig deep into topics and explore individual interest areas. Badges can be found in various subject and interest areas.

Earn 12 badges to achieve the acclaimed "Digital Dozen" and earn a prize and recognition! Choose from hundreds of badge options on the EY Website or choose one below to get kick started!

2021-2022 Digital Dozen Winners!

Check this area for additions to the 2021-2022 "Digital Dozen" winners.
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Enrichment Notebooks

Shout out to Irish GG grade 5 from Swanson who wrote a delightful story about the order of operations in her math enrichment notebook.

The notebooks can be found on our website under the math tab or the link below. Make a copy for yourself and get started today.

Email your building EY Coordinator if you have any questions!

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Mini Sparks are quick lessons that introduce learners to various topics. Sparks can be found under every subject area on the EY website. These activities require minimal supplies and make for a great family activity!


You may think every drop of rain falling from the sky, or each glass of water you drink, is brand new, but it has always been here, and is a part of the water cycle. At its most basic, the water cycle is how water continuously moves from the ground to the atmosphere and back again. As it moves through this cycle, it changes forms. Water is the only substance that naturally exists in three states on Earth – solid, liquid, and gas.

Check out this Mini Spark to learn more!

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Did you notice the EY Challenge tab when you visited the website? We encourage all students to participate in the challenge. Each month, a new challenge will be posted. We aim to keep the challenges timely and relevant to what is happening in the world around us.

You can find the current challenge by clicking the link below or visiting the EY website.

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  • School Spelling Bees - November 10th-12th - Scripps Online
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First Quarter Checklist

Parents/Guardians - Be sure to ask your students what they have been up to in EY so far this year. Enrichment opportunities have been underway in each building during the first month of school.

Have your child show you the following EY resources:

  • EY Website
  • Badge Page (show one you have completed or want to complete soon)
  • Mini Spark (any subject)
  • Student's Reading and/or Math Digital Notebook (show completed sections/modules)
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The EY program website is the hub of communication for the EY Team. For our K-8 students, monthly challenges, seminars and events, as well as other learning opportunities are posted to the site on a regular basis.

All students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities posted, regardless of whether they have been identified for the EY Program. Students can participate independently by accessing the opportunities at home or during tech time at school. Teachers may also facilitate these whole and small-group enrichment opportunities for students in the classroom.

Click below to check out all our website has to offer!

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HAL Family Forum via Zoom

Welcome to the HAL Family Forum for Fall of 2021! This event is a time for families of HAL students across Nebraska to connect, share experiences, and learn from one another. The topic of this forum will be managing student anxiety, perfectionism, and behavioral manifestations of giftedness. Join us to talk to other families that have children experiencing similar joys and struggles as your HAL child. Knowing you have others out there like you is not only important, but empowering!

The event is November 16th from 6:30-7:45 pm (CST).

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EY Team

Dr. Spady

  • Paddock Road
  • Westgate
  • Westside Middle School
  • Math 7 Honors Coordinator