Westside Pride

April 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WESTSIDE!

This month - March 2022 - marks the 75th Anniversary of Westside Community Schools! Formed in March 1947 through the merger of three rural school districts (#31-Oakdale, #46-Underwood and #65 Loveland), District 66 was established with 344 students, 17 teachers and 7 non-certified staff members. We now have over 6,100 students, 593 teachers, and over 400 non-certified staff members!


You can help show your Warrior pride with a new special edition 75th Anniversary shirt! Our friends at Lawlors have set up an on-line store (LINK BELOW) with several style options to choose from. Please feel free to share this link with any Warrior fan you know!


AND PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We are hosting a FREE #Westside75 celebration event for all Westside students, families, staff and community members at Westside High School on Sunday, August 14, 2022 from Noon until 4:00 PM! We will have games, activities, food, entertainment and more! We will celebrate Westside's 75th year throughout the fall as well. We have much to be proud of and much to look forward to!


Thank you for your ongoing support of Westside Community Schools… 75 years and counting!

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Message From Board of Education President, Doug Krenzer

Dear Westside,


As we head into the home stretch of the school year, we are looking forward to All Staff Appreciation Week April 4-7 to honor ALL of our dedicated school employees. On Saturday April 9, our juniors and seniors will enjoy a traditional prom they so richly deserve.


On Monday, the Board of Education approved two resolutions to refinance our bonds that will save the district over $1M. ATSC had a very successful trip to Orlando, placing third, and DECA distinguished itself again at state.


The board is excited to celebrate the recognitions and awards for students and staff that this time of year brings. Go Warriors!


Yours in Education,

Doug Krenzer

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, April 4

Board of Education meetings take place at the ABC Administration building, 909 S. 76th St., starting at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted. All meeting materials are available on our website.

IMPORTANT DATES

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Who Is Your Favorite Westside Staff Member?

Next week (April 4-8) we will be celebrating all 1,200+ Westside staff members who make our district a wonderful, high-achieving place to work, learn and grow!


WE NEED YOUR HELP!


Who is YOUR favorite staff member and why? Maybe it's a teacher who impacted your life. Maybe it's a nutrition services staff member who always greets your child with a smile. Maybe it's a building services worker who goes out of their way to keep your school clean. We want to hear who has impacted your life - and how!


Please email communications@westside66.net and let us know! We will feature Shout Outs across Westside social media next week!


THANK YOU for helping us show our staff how much we love them!

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR

MARCH 2022

March 31: Outdoor Ed Parent Meeting (6th Grade Parents), 6pm @ WMS


APRIL 2022

April 4-8: Westside All Staff Appreciation Week

April 4: Board of Education Meeting

April 4 & 5: 6th Grade Information Night at WMS

April 9: Prom

April 11-15: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

April 18: Board of Education Meeting

April 18: WE-SIDE Unified Kickball Game

April 20: Scholar Athlete Banquet

April 23: Kicks For the Cure Game, Westside V Creighton Prep

April 23: Coffee With Counselors, WHS

April 28-30: WMS School Musical

April 30-May 4: District Soccer Championships


MAY 2022

May 3: District Band Solo/Ensemble Concert

May 4: Special Education Meet & Greet, WMS

May 6: Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

May 7: District Baseball Championships

May 10: District Track & Field Championships

May 11-16: State Soccer Championships

May 13: Warrior Walkabout (6th Grade Students)

May 14-19: State Baseball Championships

May 15: Graduation

May 17: Boys District Golf Championships

May 18-19: State Track & Field Championships

May 19: College Application Bootcamp, WHS

May 19-20: Girls State Tennis Championships

May 24: District Strings West Fest

May 24-25: Boys State Golf Championships

May 27: Last Day of School


Aug 14: #Westside75 Back To School Celebration


Changes will be updated on each building's calendar, websites, and the Westside app.


Have an incoming Kindergarten student? Watch your school's calendar and newsletters for information about Round-Up and parent meetings!


Want to follow your favorite Westside Warriors activity or sports team? CLICK HERE!

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Registration Help For Multilingual Families

We are here to support all families ready to register their children for school, and have resources to support many languages! If you need support to register your child for the 2022-2023 school year with Westside Community Schools, click the button below, or click here.

DISTRICT NEWS

Westside's Team Gizmo Gang Heading To World Championships

Local FIRST Lego League (FLL) Team Gizmo Gang won the First Place Champions Award and the Robot Performance Award at the Nebraska State competition. The Champion Award is presented to the team that demonstrates having a balanced, strong performance across all judging categories – Core Values, Robot Design, Innovation Project, and Robot Performance. Gizmo Gang will advance to the FIRST Championship World Festival in Houston where they will compete against 100 teams from around the world. In addition, the teams Innovative Project, earned the Global Innovation Award Nomination. The team has been invited to participate in a separate competition showcasing their innovative project for the opportunity to be chosen for a separate 20 team global competition later this summer.


Team members include two Westside Middle School 8th Graders, Liam Cronican and Aaron Thernes and Henry Thernes from Rockbrook Elementary.


Click here to help Team Gizmo Gang!

Swim & Dive State Championships

CONGRATULATIONS to Westside Boys & Girls Swim & Dive Teams who represented Westside High School at the 2022 NSAA State Championships. Both teams won 3rd Place in the state!


STATE CHAMPIONS:

  • Nate Germonprez, 100 Fly & 200 Free (Record), Male Swimmer of the Meet
  • Jack Ellison, 500 Free


We continue to cheer for our Warriors as they compete across the country - just weeks after state, Nate Germonprez and Colin Davis were invited to the TYR event to compete alongside 30 Olympians!

ATSC & ATSB Among Best In Nation


Congratulations to ATSC for a fantastic showing at the Heart of America Competition in Orlando! The Amazing Technicolor Show Choir competed in the Championship Division and finished 3rd! The ATSC Band, ATSB, was named Best Band of the competition!

DECA Leaders Crowned State Champions, Qualify for Nationals

Congratulations to the Westside High School DECA team, bringing home 26 awards from the 2022 State Championships!


STATE CHAMPIONS:

  • Zev Gordman, Start-up Business Plan Project
  • Jack Smith, Business Services Marketing
  • Bree Bell and Mary Nilius, Buying & Merchandising
  • Jack Gerard and Umanga Ghimire, Financial Services
  • Lilly DiPrima and Charlotte Murphy, Hospitality Services
  • Chase Kroeger and Simon Hanus, Travel & Tourism


CLICK HERE for a complete list of all state award winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Battle of the Books on Saturday at Westside Middle School! More than 200 4th-6th graders representing from nine of the district's elementary schools participated in the annual event.


First place - The Literary Agency 2.0 from Rockbrook

Second place - The Rockbookers 2.0 from Rockbrook

Third place - The Wild Readers from Loveland

Fourth place - Rebel Readers from Loveland


A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and a special thanks to the event's hard-working committee from the Westside Community Council!

Westside Connection Racks Up Awards

Their competition choir season over, Westside Connection from Westside Middle School just won the Johnston Showzam contest for the first time in 13 years. In total this year, they won:


  • 6 Best Vocals Awards
  • 5 Best Choreography Awards
  • 1 Best Solo Award (Tallulah Sweet)
  • 2 Best Performer Awards (Carter Pflug and Fiona Tobin)


Westside Connection was named Overall Grand Champion five times in the 2022 season!

Boys Basketball Wins District Championship

Congratulations to the 2021/22 Westside Boys Basketball Team: District Champions!

6 Journalism Award-Winners Heading To National Contest

35 Westside High School student journalism entries were recently recognized by the Nebraska Press Women! Of those award-winning entries, six were recognized with 1st Place, and will advance to the National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest.


1st Place

  • Brady Meyerson: Best Newscast, 'The Westside Clothing Closet'
  • Delaney Davis: Double-Truck Layout, 'Lademi Davies story'
  • Joe Vermillion & Umanga Ghimire: Radio/Television Interview or Talk Show, 'Tackle Talk'
  • Zoe Gillespie: Sports Photo, 'Varsity Basketball vs. Millard North'
  • Cameron White: Video Feature Story, 'Walt and Benny: A Story of Two Unlikely Friends'
  • Emily Jasa: Video News Story, 'Club Fair Day 2021'


CLICK HERE for a complete list of all 35 award winning entries from Westside High School!

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WESTSIDE STRATEGIC PLAN PROGRESS

Finance, Safety and Infrastructure

In 2015, Westside Community Schools issued multiple bonds for Phase 1 of our Facilities Master Plan. This funded new construction of Oakdale, Swanson and Sunset Hills, renovation and new construction at Prairie Lane, and several other district projects. The district is paying the principal and interest payments on a schedule that stretches until 2035.


When those initial bonds were issued, there were not callable until 2025; we could not pay them off early or refinance until 2025. However, thanks to our fiscal oversight, knowledge and management, the Board of Education voted in a special meeting March 28 to lock in rates for 2025 and beyond. This means when the bonds do become callable, the District will already have a refinance plan worked out, and Westside Community Schools will save more than $1 Million over the course of the rest of the repayment of the bonds.


If interest rates rise (as they are expected to), our district is locked in at rates that will save us - and our valued stakeholders - money for years to come.

Student Achievement and Well-Being

Less than 7% of the 2-million students who took the ACT in 2021 scored a 30 or higher; 50 of those students are from Westside High School! On March 15, those students were honored in a special ACT Scholars Celebration to highlight their achievements.


While this is just one test, and we eagerly celebrate ALL of our students and their expansive achievements, we are proud of these scores - the result of Westside's efforts to provide FREE ACT prep courses, and the option to take this important examination TWICE at no cost to students. This often means more scholarships, more post-secondary opportunities, and more flexibility for our students and their families!


CLICK HERE to learn more!

Westside ACT Preparation

Community, Collaboration and Partnerships

Westside's groundbreaking Arts For Me! program is going nationwide! WHS Teacher Erin Lunsford presented our pilot program, providing more adapted art opportunities for alternative curriculum students, to the National Art Education Association's annual convention in New York City.


We are thrilled this amazing program is being shared with educators across the country! Please click here to learn more and to check out Ms. Lunsford's presentation!

WE-SIDE UPDATES

WE-SIDE Efforts Highlighted in Omaha World Herald

WE-SIDE, a district initiative focusing on promoting belonging for all students and staff, was featured this week on the front page of the Omaha World Herald. Reporter Lauren Wagner talks to Westside employees and WE-SIDE leaders Raydell Cordell III and Kira Mclean about what the district is actively doing to ensure all members of our district feel included and welcome, and they dispel some of the myths about our focus in this program.


CLICK HERE to read more!


Westside Equity and Inclusion Initiative Gaining Traction

WE-SIDE, Westside Community Schools

WESTSIDE OPPORTUNITIES

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Our School Social Workers Are Here For You!

Our caring team of school social workers are here to support your child and family! If you need food, clothing, utilities, or other support, contact your principal, or click above for our latest Social Worker newsletter!

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.

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COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES

The following flyers and information have been provided by community partners not affiliated with Westside Community Schools. We do not endorse any of the following organizations or events, but are providing this information at no cost as a public service to our children families, staff and community. For questions, please email communications@westside66.net.

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