Westside Pride

May 2019


Andrew Johanningsmeier, Westside High School

Westside junior Andrew Johanningsmeier was recently honored as a World Language Distinguished Scholar in French, an award only presented to a few dozen students across Nebraska. Andrew has also been selected to receive a 2019-20 National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for a 7-week summer language program studying Mandarin in China! CONGRATULATIONS, Andrew & WHS teacher Anne Johnson!

Olivia Meyer, Sophia Sims & Lauren Buban, Westside Middle School

Congratulations to Westside Middle School students Olivia Meyer, Sophia Sims and Lauren Buban who won top honors at Nebraska National History Day! Of the 370 students who presented, Olivia, Sophia and Lauren are three of only a few dozen selected to compete at the National Contest held this summer in College Park, MD!
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This month, Westside students and staff earned District, State and Regional honors in academics, athletics, and activities. Click here to learn more.


Loveland presents Disney's Aladdin - Kids!

Exciting news! Through the Omaha Performing Arts, Disney Musicals in Schools Program, Loveland Elementary Proudly Presents: Disney’s Aladdin – Kids! Come support 53 of our talented 3rd-6th grade students working onstage and backstage to make this magical tale come to life! All performances are at Loveland Elementary.

Friday, April 26th at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at 5:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at 7:30pm

Click here for more details and to order tickets!
May Construction Updates

Click here to learn more about construction progress at Swanson, Prairie Lane, Westside High and Westbrook as part of the 2015 Facilities Master Plan, and private projects.

Teachers Who Care

This month, we received the following message from a parent.

'My son worked very hard for many months preparing to lead a service and becoming a Bar Mitzvah. He chose to include his two favorite teachers, one from his past and one a current teacher. This is Ryan with his 2nd grade teacher, Natalie Rinn. Please keep in mind, this is someone who taught him five years ago. She took time out of her weekend to show up at an event for a student that she taught five years ago. She just knew it was important to a former student and he wanted her there - so she came.

We are so lucky to live in a district where students matter so much teachers show up for them time and time again, year after year. They leave lasting impressions on our kids so deep they continue to think about them throughout their lives. Mrs. Rinn is an amazing educator and just one shining example of why I love our district!'

This is Westside. We are so proud of and grateful for our amazing teachers and staff!

UNO Surprises Westside student, first in her family to attend college


Meet Michele Humpal, Westside Speech-Language Pathologist!

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and Westside Community Schools has a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in every building! SLPs help students articulate their words correctly and use fluent speech, and collaborate with all educators to support students in increasing vocabulary, answering comprehension questions, expressing thoughts verbally and in writing, and learning the unspoken social rules of communication. They help students find a voice even when a child has minimal speech.

"In my first year in Westside Community Schools, I have had the opportunity to work at Westbrook Elementary School with a diverse population of students with various speech and language needs," says Michele Humpal, one of Westside's new Speech-Language Pathologists this year. "Serving students who range from nonverbal to students with autism, apraxia, intellectual disabilities, emotional regulation challenges, language, fluency, social skills, and articulation needs has challenged me as a professional to incorporate best practices to meet students' needs through an inclusive model. I've been fortunate to work with outstanding special education and administrative teams who always support me and what's best for kids. We push ourselves to improve our practices every day!"

CLICK HERE to learn more about what you can do to support Better Speech and Hearing Month!


4/26 Westgate School Carnival, 6:00pm

4/26-4/27 Loveland presents Disney's Aladdin Kids

4/26-4/28 WHS Spring Play: Get Smart

4/26-4/28 WHS Excellence in Design Art Show @ Regency Court

4/29-5/2 WHS District Soccer Tournaments

4/29 Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm @ ABC

4/30 SH & OD Kindergarten Parent Meetings, 6:00pm

5/1 WHS Excellence in Design Fashion Show, 5:30pm @ WHS

5/1 WHS Spring Choral Concert, 7pm

5/2 Years of Service Reception, 4pm @ ABC

5/2 Elementary Solos & Ensemble Concert, 7pm @ WMS

5/2 WHS Final Band Concert, 7pm

5/3 CAPS Graduation, 12:30pm

5/3 Loveland Ice Cream Social, 6pm @ WMS

5/3 Sunset Hills Carnival, 6pm

5/3-5/6 WHS District Baseball Tournament

5/4 WHS Junior/Senior Prom

5/5 Prairie Lane Family Fun Day

5/5 An Evening of Show Choirs, 7pm @ WHS

5/6 7th-8th Grade Strings Concert, 7pm @ WMS

5/7 7th-8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm @ WMS

5/7 Senior Honors Night, 7pm @ WHS

5/8 WHS Track & Field Districts

5/8-5/14 WHS State Soccer Tournaments

5/9 Westside Retiree Reception, 4:30pm

5/9 7th-8th Grade Vocal Music Concert, 7pm @ WMS

5/10 Last Day for Seniors

5/10 WMS Career Day (NO SCHOOL for 7th Grade)

5/10 Prairie Lane Muffins with Mom

5/10 Rockbrook & Westgate Kindergarten Round-Up

5/10 Warrior Walkabout, 11:45am-2:45pm @ WMS

5/10 West Campus Graduation, 1:30pm

5/10 Westbrook Carnival, 6pm

5/10 Warrior Theatre Banquet, 6pm

5/10 Westside Film Festival, 6:30pm

5/11-5/16 WHS State Baseball Tournament

5/12 Senior Baccalaureate, 5pm @ WHS

5/13 Westside Unified Field Games, 5:30pm @ Hillside

5/13 Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm @ ABC

5/13 7th Grade Honors Night, 7pm @ WMS

5/13-5/14 WHS Boys District Golf Tournament

5/14 Bond Oversight Committee meeting, 6pm @ ABC

5/14 District Strings West Fest, 7pm @ WHS

5/16 Open House for Dr. Blane McCann, 4pm-6pm @ WHS

5/16 8th Grade Honors Night, 7pm @ WMS

5/16-5/17 WHS Girls State Tennis Tournament

5/17 Loveland Closing House Cookout

5/17 Sunset Hills All-School Family Picnic

5/17 Hillside Spring Fling, 6pm @ Fun Plex

5/17 Oakdale Spring Fling, 6pm

5/17-5/18 WHS State Track & Field Championships

5/19 WHS Commencement, 2pm @ Baxter Arena

5/21-5/22 WHS Boys State Golf Championships

5/23 Oakdale Triple B Celebration

5/23 Paddock Road All School Picnic


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Westside Unified Field Games

The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast­ growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together. This year we are excited to bring a Unified Field Games opportunity to our schools. Westside Community Schools is excited to offer our final Unified Activity this year, Unified Field Games!

Where: Hillside Elementary 7500 Western Ave Omaha, NE 68114

When: May 13, 2019 5:30-6:30

What: An hour of fun and friendship aimed at partnering peers and enjoying the games and memories of elementary “Field Day” activities

RSVP Needed for Participation

If you and your child(ren) are interested in participating, please download the following linked informational flyer to learn more and to let us know if you are planning to attend.

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Our Summer Activities Guide has been updated! Click below for details!

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