Hillside News Brief

February 19, 2021

Dates for You

February is Black History Month!


Feb. 19 - Orders for James Solheim books due in office

Mar. 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (virtual/phone)

Mar. 17 - Virtual Author Visit (James Solheim) at Hillside

Morning Traffic Flow

For folks dropping off students in the morning:


Thank you for keeping the carpool line moving! Although it is very tempting to try to drop a student off directly in front of the breakfast doors or directly in front of the school, it helps us so very much if you will pull all the way up in the carpool line before dropping off your student(s). This way, we can get more cars into the line and dropping off students quickly. Students are able to walk to their destination within a few moments.


Thank you for helping us to keep traffic moving in the morning!

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WE-Side Contests

In honor of Black History Month, Westside Community Schools is sponsoring poetry, photography, and creative video contests in February. See more details below:



  • Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics
  • Entries need to be turned into Hillside's front office or emailed to lucas.mike@westside66.net by 10:00 AM on February 25th
  • Gift card prizes and/or Westside gear/swag will be awarded to contest winners


POETRY CONTEST • Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff



  • Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics
  • Any and all forms of appropriate poetry will be accepted



PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST • Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff


  • Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics
Appropriate photographs of all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. will be accepted


1-2 MINUTE CREATIVE VIDEO CONTEST • Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff


  • Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics
  • Appropriate videos no longer than 120 seconds will be accepted.

We are having a virtual author's visit at Hillside!

Author James Solheim, author of It's Disgusting and We Ate It! and Grandmas are Greater Than Great will be virtually visiting with Hillside students on Wednesday, March 17, as Hillside celebrates Read Across America Week.


If you wish to order a book for your student(s), you can print out this order form: https://forms.gle/Zguu3RYf3kM8Vg1f9


Order forms and accompanying payment will be collected in Hillside's front office (cash or check). Orders must be received by Friday, February 19th.

Specials Information for Extended Campus Learners

Extended Campus students should access their specials classes and assignments through the Specials App. The classes match the rotation of in person students.

Dates for Pre-School (Early Childhood Center) Registration

If you have a pre-school-age child and would like to register for Westside's Early Childhood Center, here are some dates for you:



Monday, February 1st - ECC (toddler, preschool & 4 year old) registration for currently enrolled families

Monday, February 15th - ECC (toddler, preschool & 4 year old) registration for WECC/WCS staff and District 66 residents

Monday, March 1st - ECC (toddler, preschool & 4 year old) enrollment is open to all families


To have a registration link sent to you, please contact Julie Oelke at oelke.julie@westside66.net

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Club 66 Registration Dates

Monday, April 5th - Club 66 (WCS Kindergarten - 6th grades) registration for currently enrolled families

Monday, April 19th - Club 66 (WCS Kindergarten - 6th grades) enrollment is open to all families


2021 SUMMER REGISTRATION DATE

Monday, March 1st - Enrollment open for all ages and families


To have a registration link sent to you, please contact Hillside's Club 66 site director Linsey Messerschmidt at 402-884-3825 or at messerschmidt.linsey@westside66.net

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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBiS) at Hillside

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is ongoing at our school. We have a school-wide program to address the behavioral needs of all of our students and to support positive behavior throughout our school. We love to recognize students who do the "right thing" and find ways to create good feelings about great behavior.


February Highlight:


Good Behavior Games in the Classroom

Teachers have a variety of games they can play with their entire class to encourage and reward good behavior class-wide. Some teachers might reward the entire group periodically with letters that eventually spell out something like, "RECESS." That class, when they are able to earn all the letters that spell RECESS will earn an additional 10-15 minute recess for themselves. Kids love to play good behavior games, and these friendly competitions are motivating to most kids.

PBiS Skill of the Week

The skill for the week of 2/22 - 2/26 is Asking Permission. When you ask permission well, you:


  • Look at the person
  • Use a calm voice
  • Ask, "May I..." and what you'd like to do
  • Accept the response calmly


Our school works on different skills weekly; students can practice this every day!

Hillside Yearbook

Order your Hillside yearbook early! Online sales go throughout the year. Here is the website:




https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=44315

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