Westside Middle School Newsletter
September 9, 2022
2022-23 WMS Administration:
Kim Eymann - Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Rhodes - Assistant Principal (Dean 7C, 8A). email@example.com
Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal and Special Services Department Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Carlson - Dean and Athletic Director (Dean 7A, 7B, 8C). email@example.com
Kellon Johnson - Dean (7D, 8B, 8D). firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10 – 24. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable death. We lose approximately 125 young people in this age group to suicide each week. Four out of Five individuals considering suicide give some sign of their intentions. That means in 80% of those considering suicide, we have an opportunity to recognize the warning signs and intervene!
Here is some helpful information for parents/guardians to help with suicide prevention.
- 988 - Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. This service provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
- Crisis Text Line - Text HELLO to 741741. This service also provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
- Nebraska Family Helpline - 888-866-8660 - This service provides a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers.
Mike McCann: 7A, 7C, 8D email@example.com
Sarah Lieske: 7B, 8A, 8B firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Hauserman: 7D, 8C email@example.com
Expectations at High School Football Games
Middle School Students are welcomed to attend the high school football games! But in order to make sure it is an enjoyable experience for all spectators we ask them to follow these expectations.
Expectations at the Football Game:
- students are expected to sit and watch the game. If students do not want to do that, we ask that you do not attend.
- Running around, playing tag, and dumping/throwing water bottles will not be allowed and students will be asked to leave and mayabe banned from attending future games.
- Middle school students will either sit with their parents or sit in bleachers in the south end zone area at all home football games.
Serving the Unique Needs of All Learners SEPTEMBER 2022 - UPCOMING EVENTS The Special Olympics Unified Schools Program is a fast-growing initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together. As Unified Champion Schools, we partner with Special Olympics Nebraska to implement a three-component strategy focused on Inclusive Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole-School Engagement.
Every week our students will have a lesson on Tuesdays during homeroom. We use the program 2nd Step for our lessons as well as having have a cultural lesson every month. Next week our students will have it a lesson on Welcome to Middle School and Welcome to 8th grade. These lessons will focus on how to use 2nd step.
Annual AHERA Notice
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA) requires each public school district to annually notify parents, staff, and employee groups of its asbestos management plans. A management plan is in place for Westside Middle School and is available for review either at the school building or at the Westside Service Center, 9437 J St. Omaha, NE.
This school building was originally inspected in the1980’s and re-inspected by a certified inspector every three years thereafter. The three-year re-inspection and a ceiling tile inspection was conducted in 2019, and periodic surveillance will be conducted as required. No abatement activities are currently in progress or scheduled for the 2022-2023 school year at this building.
The Designated Person responsible for managing the District’s AHERA compliance and the contact person for questions or to review a management plan is the Director of Facilities, Russ Olsen (402) 390-8331.
Did you know that the Westside Foundation's mission is to raise private funding for all District 66 Schools? The Foundation does this primarily through private fundraising for special projects, an annual fundraiser- VI VI, and through the annual campaign, W-CLUB. Your support of the Foundation ensures our faculty, staff and students have what they need to excel every day.
Save the Date: VI VI LAS VEGAS, September 24, 2022
Funds raised at this event benefit Westside Middle School teachers and students. In year's past, VI VI funds have directly supported our students. We hope you will consider attending this event or making a donation so we can continue our good work! SUPPORT VI VI TODAY!
W-CLUB: JOIN TODAY
Make a gift that is meaningful to you to show you are proud to be part of Westside Community Schools. Funds raised through the W-CLUB get redistributed back into all Westside Community Schools. Every teacher has the opportunity to apply for W-Club grants annually. Westside Middle School has received funding for robots, traveling exhibit for German Class, and cameras for our journalism club in the past.
Donating to Westside Middle School
To make a tax-deductible donation please donate through the Westside Foundation. You can specifically note that funds should be designated to Westside Middle School community club, fun run, etc. Your gift is not tax deductible if it comes directly to our school. If you have questions, please contact Westside Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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