Hillside News Brief

November 5, 2021

Important Dates for You

Thursday, November 11, 8:50-9:15 a.m. Hillside Veterans Day assembly out front

Thursday, November 11 - Picture Re-take Day

Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Hillside Community Club meeting in the teachers' lounge

Monday, November 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Band Concert at Westside Middle School

November 24-28 - Thanksgiving Break

Hillside Event Calendar 21-22 School Year

Click here to see events for this coming school year!

Please! We need masks!!


Please, please send your child to school with a few masks in his/her backpack! We hand out many, many masks every day, and we could really use your help to keep your student(s) supplied with masks. Thank you so much for your help!

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Our popular and inspiring district contest is BACK for 2021! We invite ALL students and staff members to create a poem, drawing, photograph, sculpture, digital/electronic art, or painting using the theme of Belonging Builds Community.

We will be awarding prizes for different grade levels and buildings throughout the district, and your work could be featured on Westside websites, social media and in future publications!

All entries are due by November 16th at 4:00pm. Bring your art to school or email it to Dr. Lucas at lucas.mike@westside66.net.

For questions about these events or any other issues, please email communications@westside66.net.

Thank you – please join us for these important events!

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Hillside STEAM Day is Tuesday, December 21st

From 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, Hillside will be hosting a STEAM Day! What is STEAM? Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We want to give Hillside students hands-on experiences in these areas, and we need your help! If you are available to help run a STEAM station or organize in any way, we need you! Please access the Sign-Up Genius here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4DA5A922A0F49-steam

if you are available and willing to help us with STEAM Day (more details to follow).

Students at Work!

5th grade students in Mrs. Nekuda's class have created a school clean-up crew! The Hillside Open Spaces Clean-Up Project involves several students from Mrs. Nekuda's class who clean up our grounds during their free time. Students in the Clean-Up Project are: Autumn U., Xikis E., Natalie H., Jocselini H., Abby V., Alicia G., and Norah S.

We are so proud of our awesome Hillside Tigers. They are helping to keep our school beautiful.

Use TAGG (Together a Greater Good) to Help Hillside

Remember that the TAGG (Together a Great Good) app can help Hillside financially. Many business in the metro area will donate a percentage of every sale; all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. It's easy and fast, and every receipt is worth some $$ for Hillside if you make Hillside a beneficiary of your support on the app.

1) Download the TAGG app

2) When in the app, choose Hillside as a place to support

When you are ready to process a purchase:

2) Touch the "TAGG a purchase" button

3) Touch "Hillside" when asked to choose whom to support

4) Find and touch the business that generated your receipt

5) Take a photo of your receipt

6) Upload your receipt

That's it! It's that easy.

Thank you for TAGG-ing your purchases regularly for Hillside!

HyVee Receipts

Did you know that HyVee is a participant in the TAGG (Together a Greater Good) program? That's right! HyVee will donate a percentage of every receipt (exceptions: no gift cards, lottery purchases, money orders/transfers, or pre-paid debit cards) to Hillside if you make Hillside an entity you support. This also goes for the HyVee convenience store purchases and gas purchases, as well!

Hillside's Community Club used to collect HyVee receipts for a period of time during first semester, but no longer! TAGG benefits Hillside all year long and during the summer, too! Be sure to TAGG your purchases each time you visit HyVee. Thank you for supporting Hillside!

Boxtops for Education

Boxtops for Education has gone digital! Please access the link below to see how you can help our Community Club to benefit from Boxtops for Education:


Thanks for your help!

Holiday Assistance

It’s hard to believe but the holiday season is right around the corner. As part of the Westside Community Schools family, we are fortunate to have some groups and organizations that are generous in many ways, especially when it comes to helping children.

Each year, several churches in the community, community service clubs and individual donors offer to help students whose families may be experiencing some temporary financial setbacks due to the tough economic times. These groups often donate a food basket, clothing and/or gifts. These items are meant to assist you in what you are already providing for your family.

If your family is not receiving assistance from other organizations, we are here to provide support. If you need assistance during the holiday season, please contact your school counselor, Mr. Zach Maloley at maloley.zachary@westside66.net or call 402-408-8462.

PBiS Skill of the Week for Next Week

Hillside, like all schools in Westside Community Schools, operates with a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support practice. This means we focus on recognizing when students are demonstrating positive behaviors. Of course, we work to help students correct behaviors that are not as positive, and we provide supports for students who need it.

Hillside announces daily the social Skill of the Week. This is the skill we are focusing on as a building for the entire week. Next week's Skill of the Week is: Accepting Compliments. When you accept compliments you:

  • Look at the person
  • Use a pleasant voice
  • Say, "Thank you"
Westside Snack List 2021-22

District-approved snacks that you can bring in to school any time!