Westside Pride

November 2021

Message From Board of Education President, Doug Krenzer

Dear Westside,

Thank you to the entire community for your vote of confidence on our levy override earlier this month. This will give Westside Community Schools the ability to continue to offer enhanced educational opportunities for all our students in a fiscally responsible way. The campaign to pass this measure took the time and effort of many volunteers, and the Board of Education is grateful to all of them.

We are excited for the fall season of playoffs, performances and special events. Thank you to our hard working students and staff for making these possible.

Go Warriors!

Doug Krenzer

Board of Education Meeting: November 1, 2021

Board of Education meetings take place at the ABC Administration building, 909 S. 76th St., starting at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted. They are also available to view live on the Westside Community Schools Facebook page.

WE-SIDE, Westside Community Schools


Community, Collaboration & Partnerships

Westside is proud to partner once again with the Omaha Fire Department, welcoming firefighters to our schools to promote fire safety. Crews from Omaha Fire visited schools across our district, allowing students to see their trucks, equipment, and learn life saving lessons on how to prevent and respond to fires. Firefighters will also go to any family's home at no charge to install and check smoke detectors. For more information 402-444-3560 or visit https://omaha-fire.org/smokealarms for more information.

Student Achievement and Well-Being

As temperatures cool down, we want to make sure we support the basic needs of our students, staff and families. The Westside Family Resource Center at Westgate Elementary is stocked with winter coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, boots and other winter weather items to help keep our children and their families protected. This facility is open to all Westside students, their families and our staff members; please contact your school social worker or principal for details on how to set up a private appointment. Contact information is provided in the flyer below!

The Westside Clothing Closet is in need of winter coats for all ages of students. We accept gently used coats from sizes 4/5 all the way up to XXL (children, womens and mens). You can send any donations through the Pony to the Family Resource Center (Pipal Community Center 7770 Hascall St.) or drop off Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-12PM. We gratefully welcome donations to our Westside Family Resource Center. Donations can be dropped off Mon-Fri, 9 am-noon or contact westsidethecloset@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for helping keep our students and families warm this winter!!

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Need help at home? We are here to support you!

Click this button for more information on the services and support networks offered to Westside students, staff and families through our Westside Social Workers.

Supported and Engaged Staff

Westside is committed to developing, enhancing, and sustaining a pipeline of racially, culturally and linguistically diverse educators who embrace our commitment to excellence and are reflective of our student body. We believe, and research demonstrates, all of our 'Growing Our Own' efforts will positively impact student engagement, belonging and achievement!

Below, check out one of our new guiding documents highlighting our strategies to recruit and retain talented educators for our students. We are focusing on both short and long term steps and goals as part of our Strategic Plan!

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Be A Westside Hero!

Click here to check out our current positions available and apply to join the Westside team!

Download the Westside Community Schools App!

Quick access to lunch menus? Easy checks of school calendars? The latest news from the district and your child's school? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!

CLICK HERE to download the FREE APP for Westside Community Schools!

In one click, you can personalize the information important to you and your family including which schools to follow, important district news and updates, PowerSchool access, and MySchoolBucks - all in one place! You can also search for the app - Westside Community Schools - in the Apple Store and via Google Play.


Need Westside gear? Shop now!

The Wrestling Parents’ Club apparel fundraiser just went live!

If you need new Westside Warriors gear for yourself or your favorite Warrior, CLICK HERE! Clothes, accessories and gifts - perfect for you or for a holiday gift - with proceeds benefiting Westside Warrior Wrestling!

Winter Weather Information

We are updating district procedures in the event of winter weather. Included below is our 2021/2022 Snow Day Card with important details and contact information you can refer to if school is canceled due to winter weather. We will contact all staff and families by email, phone, and text, and we will share updates online, over social media and with our media partners.

One final note: snow days will be treated traditionally; Westside will not have remote learning on days in which school is canceled due to winter weather.


Congratulations to all of our Westside student athletes who competed at State Championships!

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Congratulations 2021 Westside Homecoming Court!

A special congratulations to Homecoming King Jad Musa Haddadin and Queen Carly Rezac! Click here for full details on our Westside Homecoming Court candidates.

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Westside Employees Are Finalists For Eyes on Heroes Prize!

Michelle Kopecky, 4th Grade Teacher at Oakdale Elementary, and Cass Birdsall-Scherer, Speech Language Pathologist for the district, have been named Finalists as part of the Eyes on Heroes contest! The contest, sponsored by Midwest Eye Care, will provide FREE Lasik Surgery for a hometown hero nominated by someone they have impacted.

CLICK HERE to vote!

Voting closes Monday, November 8. Good luck, Ms. Kopecky and Ms. Birdsall-Scherer, and thank you Midwest Eye Care!

Westside Honors Alumni, Community Partners at Hall of Fame Dinner

Westside Community Schools was excited to welcome back several famous alumni to be inducted into the Westside Hall of Fame Thursday, October 21. This year's honorees included:

  • Scott Carlson, CEO of Westin Foods (Class of 1975)
  • Linda Sorensen Meigs, Artist & Developer of the Florence Mill (Class of 1968)
  • Chris Mundy, Emmy-Award Winning producer & writer (Class of 1984)
  • Robert Rose, industry visionary in energy and technology (Class of 1964)
  • Michael Staenberg, internationally recognized realtor & philanthropist (Class of 1972)

The Westside Foundation, Alumni Association and District also recognized two Lighthouse Leaders, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, for their continued and passionate advocacy and partnership with Westside Community Schools.

For more information, and to watch this year's full ceremony, click here!

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State Volleyball Tournament: November 3

Westside will play Lincoln Southwest in the quarterfinal of the State Volleyball Tournament, 7pm Wednesday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Click the image to the left for details on tickets and/or watching the event live from home. Westside Wired will also provide live updates via Twitter at https://twitter.com/westsidewired

State Football Playoffs: November 5

Westside will play Omaha Burke at Westside on Friday, November 5 at 7:00pm in the next round of the NSAA State Football Tournament. Westside Wired will share live updates on Twitter and on YouTube:

WATCH THE GAME LIVE: https://youtu.be/eD9MpUYQWzI

LIVE UPDATES ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westsidewired

Westside Cabaret: November 7

Save the date for the WHS Vocal Music Program's Cabaret! The award-winning choirs and show choirs will have two shows - 2:00 and 6:00 pm - on Sunday, November 7th. Tickets are $12/adult and $8/student. All proceeds support the WHS Vocal Music Program!



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