Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

November 2022 Recap


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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Spelling Bee Finalists

Congratulations to the school finalists of the spelling bee! School finals took place November 14th-18th. The champion and runner up from each school will advance to the district spelling bee which will take place at Westside Middle School on Friday, December 16th.
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Back: Britton H., Samantha M., Aabriella S., Wyatt H. (1st), Audree H., Isaac K.

Front: Kaylee H. (3rd), Amelia C. (1st), Paxton H., William D. (2nd), Libby E.

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Back: Abbygail Y., Britta S., Finley W., Choul C., Amish S., Ivan P. (1st), Devon M.

Front: Stella R. (1st), Charlotte A. (2nd), Maxwell S., Cohen J. (2nd), Foster P. (3rd), Johnny D.

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Back: Emma T., Dominic D. (2nd), Jasper W-S. (1st), Avari S., Isha N. (3rd)

Front: Savannah W., Avery S., Lauren C., Reese Z., Katharine K.

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Paddock Road

Prophet A., Bence P., Brooklynn O., Jonah M., Calvin K., Teva E., Lucas U. (2nd), Rivers D., Stella S., Samson B. (3rd), Davison L. (1st), Emma S., Molly M., Naomi B-A., Amanda S.
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Prairie Lane

Back: Maggie M. (1st), Ro'Nya J., Stella D. (1st), Willa B., Andrew R., Matthew S. (2nd)

Front: Chloe S. (3rd), Grace S. (3rd), Syed M., Griffin H.

Not Pictured: Ainsley W.

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Back: Quinn R. (3rd), Lucy B. (1st), Conor G., Claire R., Benjamin C., Chase M., Emerson N. (3rd)

Front: Ellie W., (2nd), Owen A., Whitney L. (1st), Eloise P. (2nd), Wyatt A., Sam P., Brennan G.

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Sunset Hills

Back: Beckett S., Collin A., Elsa C., Blake S., Adrien H., Toby S., Anna C. (2nd), Wesdon D. Axol E.

Middle: Henry R., Patrick H., Aya Z., Eliza S., Corrine W., Max G., Olive K (3rd), Patrick F.

Front: Adeline O. (1st), Kellan H-B., Abram B.

Not Pictured: Aiden S.

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Back: Beck R., Marley A., Hazel H. (2nd), Arrow H., Davis L. (2nd), Layla A., Cooper R.

Front: Karunya A., Finn D., Drew K. (1st), Minsu L., Irish G-G. (1st), Isabel V.

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Back: Finley E., Nathaniel A. (3rd), Darnell T., Arieunna C., Ashbury A.

Front: Kassie M., Justin L., Remington K. (1st), Dorian G. (2nd)

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Back: Kennedy K., Sloan T., Isabella H. (1st), Brock L. (2nd), Jasmine W.,

Front: Thomas F. (3rd), Michael C., Emmaline J., Edith K., Ettalyn H. (3rd)

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Brennan K. (1st), Max R. (1st), Morgan D. (1st), Jonathan R. (1st), Ben B. (2nd), Florence Y. (2nd), Gage H. (2nd), Rex K. (3rd), Addy L. (3rd), Braelynn H., Lucia C., Leo G., Olivia R., Joseph C., Santino L., Nolan O., Jax M., Luke M., Mohammad K-A., Avrie K.

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Digital Dozen - Congratulations!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Sammie M. from Hillside, Hudson W. from Rockbrook, Krish P. from Swanson, Kavin P. from Swanson, Karnitha K. from Swanson, Davis L. from Swanson, and Kennedy M. from Sunset Hills as the most recent recipients of the Digital Dozen Award for the 2022-2023 school year & the first recipient at Rockbrook! This award is presented to students who have earned 12 of the digital badges on the EY Website (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and Hudson should be proud of this accomplishment!

Congratulations, Hudson!

Shout Out - Half Way There!

The EY Team would like to give a shout out to the following students who have earned 6 or more badges. These students are well on their way to earning the Digital Dozen. Keep it up!

Abraham B. - Sunset

Addie O. - Sunset

Annil M. - Swanson

Antonio B. - Sunset

Beckett S.- Sunset

Ben W. - Sunset

Blake S. - Sunset

Brock L. - Westgate

Claire M. - Hillside

Cooper F. - Swanson

Cooper R. - Swanson

Drew K. - Swanson

Erin W. - Hillside

Finn D. - Swanson

Henry L. - Swanson

Isabella H. - Westgate

Isabella R. - Swanson

Jayden P. - Westgate

Lewis K. - Sunset

Louise D. - Sunset

Maddox S. - Swanson

Mallorie B. - Sunset

Max G. - Sunset

Olive K. - Sunset

Peter B. - Swanson

Stella D. - Prairie Lane

Thea F. - Sunset

Toby S. - Sunset

Vivian Z. - Sunset

Whitney L. - Rockbrook

Featured Badge

Ooodle with the Order of Operations

Ooodle is a number game in which the player aims to find the solution to an equation in up to six attempts. After each attempt, the game gives the user feedback that the number is either correct, correct but in the wrong place, or not used at all. Have a go at the daily challenge and tweet your results to share with others.When playing the Oodle game you will use

  • Order of Operations

  • Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication

  • Trial and Improvement

  • Reasoning about numbers

New 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!

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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!


Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. The technology promises scientific advancement in many sectors such as medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing. Check out our latest Science 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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  • December 16th - District Spelling Bee @ WMS
  • January - Classroom Geography Bees
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EY in Action!

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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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EY Team

Dr. Spady

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