Westside Pride

December 2018

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A Message From The Superintendent

As I reflect on the recent passing of George H.W. Bush, I am reminded of his 1,000 points of light initiative he spoke about when active in politics. His commitment to public service and a kinder, gentler approach to governing got me thinking about the 1,000 points of light found in the Westside Community Schools. I would like to share some examples.

This month, instead of seeing my photo with this message, you are seeing two Westside friends, Louden and Jeff. Louden is a 1st grader at Paddock Road; Jeff lives in our community and loves riding his bike near 90th and Center. A few weeks ago, Louden and his family found Jeff without his bike; it was very old, and had broken down.

“We saw Jeff not smiling for the first time in 14+ years,” recalls Louden’s mom, Jen. Louden called his father and asked if they could get Jeff a new bike. The family returned a few hours later, found Jeff in his neighborhood, and surprised him with a new set of wheels.

“Louden was smiling from ear to ear,” said Jen. “The best part is seeing Jeff riding it around town and Louden knows he helped make Jeff happy again.” It is great to see such an act of kindness in our year of #bekind. It is also wonderful to be reminded that those who give receive as much in return.

We can change the world through simple acts of generosity and kindness; we see proof of that through the Westside Foundation, our extended network of volunteers and donors, and through our caring and compassionate staff.

Click here to read more from Dr. McCann!

Boundary Engagement Process

Dr. McCann will propose boundary change recommendations to the Board of Education at the January 21 public meeting. Dr. McCann will take into account input from the Boundary Committee and the community. Click the button above for updated details.


Westside ACT Champions Club

Congratulations to the 40+ students at Westside High School who scored a 30 or better on the ACT! These students, known as the 'ACT Champions Club' were treated to a special celebration breakfast courtesy of Dr. Vicki Londer, KB Building Services and the Westside Counseling Department. A special congratulations to the two Westside students who scored a perfect 36:

Theodore Jansen and Reese Pike!

Top Spellers Represent Westside

The top spellers from each elementary school and WMS competed in the District spelling bee last month. Congratulations to these top 3 spellers: Lucy Holan (WMS), Jadyn Anderson (WMS) and Liam Plumb (Sunset Hills.) Lucy will represent Westside at the Omaha World-Herald’s Midwest Spelling Bee in the spring.

National Signing Day

Congratulations to the Westside High School student athletes who participated in National Signing Day!
  • Sylvia Fehr: Soccer at Augustana
  • Kaley Heinz: Soccer at Concordia
  • Ryley Nolin: Soccer at UMKC
  • Georgia Wimmer: Soccer at Iowa State
  • Jordan Bowen: Volleyball at Limestone College (SC)
  • Christian Snawerdt: Cross Country & Track at Iowa Central
  • Madison Jagels: Cheerleading at Hastings College
Click here to read more!

Learn more about the Westside students and staff recognized this month throughout our schools, community, and beyond!

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Oakdale students & staff collect more than 1,000 donations for Westside Food Pantry!



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Westside Gear Makes Great Holiday Gifts!

Swing by The Colosseum at Westside High School to pick up a perfect gift for the Warriors in your family! OR - our students will mail it to you, and gift wrap for FREE!

All new merchandise, designed and pressed by Westside DECA members!

Today’s Deal!

Spend $25, save $5.
Spend $50, save $10.

Help support our program while wearing authentic Westside Warrior attire! CLICK HERE to shop now!

Superintendent Search

The Westside Superintendent application process is now complete. The Board of Education anticipates having the candidate field narrowed down to finalists by mid-January, when interviews will begin taking place.

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Nominate a Westside Teacher of the Month!

This year we are once again recognizing a Westside educator every month with a $100 check thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate. Simply click this link to submit a nomination!

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12/7 WHS Play Production State Championships

12/7 Girls Varsity Basketball & Sparkles Performance, 5:30pm @ WHS

12/8 Rising Stars Show Choir Camp @ WHS

12/11 Bond Oversight Committee meeting, 6pm @ ABC

12/11 WHS Winter Choral Concert, 7pm @ WHS

12/12 Mr. WHS, 7pm @ WHS

12/13 WHS Winter Band Concert, 7pm @ WHS

12/13 WMS Westside Connection Concert, 7pm @ WMS

12/17 Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm @ ABC

12/20 Special Board of Education meeting, 2:00pm @ ABC

12/20 Language Arts Culminating Event, 6:00pm @ WMS

12/20-12/21 WHS Final Exams

12/21 Elementary Winter Parties

12/22-1/6 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

12/22 Special Board of Education meeting, 2:00pm @ ABC

12/28-12/29 Metro Basketball Tournament @ Ralston Arena


Westside #BeKind Shirts Now Available

In the spirit of the districtwide theme, “Be Kind”, Westside High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club designed the “One District One Shirt” initiative in efforts to celebrate all Westside Community Schools and support our district as a whole. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

Delivery Location: Each participating school will have shirts delivered weekly by Westside High School CAPS students.

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