Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

January 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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Geography Contest

The EY team hosted an IAC Geography Contest the week of January 17th at all elementary schools. The competition was designed to spark student interest and reward students' curiosity about the world.

1st highest score overall

Wyatt H. Hillside

Tied for 2nd highest elementary score overall

Samuel B. Loveland

Hannah J. Rockbrook

Max R. Swanson

3rd highest elementary elementary score overall

Britta S. Loveland

Tied for 4th highest elementary score overall

Henry K. Hillside

Luke L. Oakdale

Conrad C. Paddock

Maxfield V. Rockbrook

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Friends of OPL Writing Contest

For the past 19 years, the Friends of Omaha Public Library have hosted the Virginia Frank Memorial Writing Contest for students in grades 5-8. Eligible students may win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place cash prizes for an original story they have written featuring a character from a book they have read on their own. The winning student's school library will also win a corresponding cash prize. The Friends prefer that participation in this contest is voluntary, rather than assigned.

More information and an online submission form: https://omahalibrary.org/virginia-frank-memorial-writing-contest/.

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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!

Digital Dozen Winners

Congratulations to Sanjay O. from Swanson and Johnny D. from Loveland who are the most recent Digital Dozen recipients for the 21-22 school year!

This award is presented to students who earn 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 Whitney should be proud of this accomplishment!

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!

Teddy B. from Swanson

Sammie M. from Hillside

Camden P. from Loveland

Eloise P. from Rockbrook

Emery P. from Oakdale

Chloe S. from Prairie Lane

Bianca S. from Hillside

Henry H. from Sunset

Thea F. from Sunset

Cooper R. from Swanson

Toby S. from Sunset

Grace S. from Prairie Lane

Jordyn F. from Sunset

Estelle H. from Swanson

Hazel H. from Swanson

Luke B. from Swanson

Kumar A. from Swanson

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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!


Snow + Engineering = FUN

For this challenge, create your best snow person/people, forts, and/or other snow creations!

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Origami by Children (OBC) is an annual exhibition of outstanding origami by children from around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity for young folders to share their work!

Find out more here: https://origamiusa.org/obc2022-entry-form Entries are due soon, but you could begin planning and creating your masterpiece for next year.

Begin by practicing your origami skills by checking out and completing the Origami Design Badge on the EY Website: https://sites.google.com/westside66.net/eybadgepage/fine-arts-badges

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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