Hillside News Brief

May 14, 2021

Dates for You

May 18 - Band performances at WHS: 5th grade @ 6:00 p.m.; 6th grade @ 7:30 p.m.

May 20 - Orchestra performances at WHS: 5th grade @ 6:00 p.m.; 6th grade @ 7:30 p.m.


May 27 - Last Day of School; Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

Weekend Food Bags Available - Friday, 5/14/21, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Hello, Hillside Families:

Our community partner, Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church, has food bags and is ready to share with the Hillside community! The church will have 30 weekend pantry bags available, which include milk and eggs. These food bags will be available today, May 14, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. (or until the bags are gone). Underwood Hills Presbyterian Church is located at 851 N. 74th Street. Pastor Sara Tonje and the congregation are ready to help supply families in need with food for the weekend!

Cynthia Bailey, Principal of Hillside

Hillside Lost and Found

We have a large assortment of Lost and Found items that have yet to be claimed! Starting Tuesday, May 18, we will make the Lost and Found available outside at dismissal. If you'd like to check out our Lost and Found to see if a lost item can, indeed, be located, please head up to the courtyard in front of Hillside to look!
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See below for 6th Grade Promotion Day Activities at Hillside!

Former Hillsiders Return!

Hillside graduating seniors returned to Hillside to be honored by current students. We are so proud of these students' accomplishments! Congratulations, Westside grads! Once a Tiger, always a Tiger...
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Hillside Marquee Garden Needs a Hand!

Hillside Families:

Our marquee garden volunteer is going to have to give up maintaining the lovely marquee garden as of June of this year. Mrs. Blake has done an amazing job planting, weeding, and watering the garden right in front of the Hillside marquee.

If we have any willing gardeners, please email me: bailey.cynthia@westside66.net

It would be wonderful to continue maintaining this lovely addition to our marquee area.

-Mrs. Bailey

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Friday, May 21, is the last Spirit Day of the Year!

Wear your Hillside Spirit Wear (or orange and blue) for the last Spirit Day of the year on Friday, May 21!!

Elementary Instrumental Music Celebration Concert Information

Band and String Families, Band and Strings instructors are excited to announce the district wide end of the year celebration concerts! Each performer may have 4 guests in attendance with them at these events. Info about safety requirements and practices will be sent home as the dates approach. Please add the appropriate date and time for your student to your family calendars and reserve the night for this event. We cannot wait to gather together for a live performance to celebrate all that these students have accomplished as musicians throughout this unprecedented year!

Mrs. CJ, Mr. Freeman, Mrs. Matheson and Dr. Meints


Fifth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade Band Students

Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Fifth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm, Westside High School Gym

Sixth Grade String Students

Thursday, May 20, 7:30 pm, Westside High School Gym

Summer Learning Opportunities

Throughout the school year, as part of Westside’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process, students are assessed in reading and provided with strong instruction to support their needs. To engage families and extend the learning for students, we are sharing ways in which you can support your child with their reading. As we enter into summer, it is important to encourage practice in the area of reading so that students maintain the skills they learned this year.

This link: https://tinyurl.com/ue2tbc6v outlines opportunities to continue learning with and without technology. Included are links to various activities you can do with your child, as well as reading programs available in the community and some website/app recommendations. The top priority this summer is simply having your child read every day. This can include times when someone reads to or with them.

For Extended Campus Learner Families Only

It's hard to believe the school year is almost over. Our Extended Campus Technology and materials return for EC learners will be on Tuesday, May 25, or Wednesday, May 26. Please bring to our main office at Hillside any district technology (ipad, charger, etc.), textbooks, and other materials that belong to the school on either of those two days.

It is very important that we receive the charger that goes with the district iPad. Those chargers, like everything else, are valuable and necessary for us to be able to use the iPad.

Thank you for hanging in there and for helping us to have a smooth end to this 2020-21 school year! Please contact our school administrative assistant, Mrs. White-Hamilton, at 402-390-6450, with any questions you might have.

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Community Resources

Click on the link below for some information about community resources:


Middle School Health/Physical Immunization Requirements

By law, all incoming 7th graders must present evidence of having a complete physical examination, updated immunizations (Tdap is required by state law), and a dental exam prior to entering school. For missing immunizations, state law allows us to accept only valid medical exemption forms, signed by a physician or notarized religious exemption forms. A signed waiver form from parents/guardian refusing to provide physical exam documentation is also required. All forms are available from the District’s ABC Welcome Center on the westside66.net website under the Departments tab > Student Services > Health Forms section.

Physicians may print out results of the physical exam and immunizations on their forms (must have a MD signature) or you may print off a form on the Westside Middle School Website under Health Forms, a visit summary is not a physical form. Exams must be completed anytime after March 1, 2021, and before school starts in the Fall. Students planning to participate in sports must have a physical dated after May 1, 2021.

If your child has a chronic condition such as asthma, allergy, diabetes, or epilepsy, a health action plan is required. All action plans must be completed and signed by a doctor and may be found on the westside66.net website under the Departments Tab > Student Services> Health Forms section or can be picked up from the WMS main office. I will be checking my email periodically during the summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or contact the main office at WMS for general information.

Robin R. Newcomer, RN

Westside Middle School Nurse

phone 402-408-8652

fax 402-390-6454


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Westside Early Childhood and Club 66 Summer Programs

See the flyer below for information regarding Westside's summer programs for Club 66 and Early Childhood.
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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.

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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.

May Highlight:

Teaching expectations clearly and reviewing often:

Students benefit from multiple opportunities to review expectations and to practice behavior skills. We do not assume that students always remember the rules, and we know students need time to practice the skills they are learning in context. We can view negative behavior as a missing skills and work to assist and support students with attaining skills they need.

PBiS Skill of the Week

The skill for the week of 5/17 - 5/21/21 is Using Appropriate Voice Tone. When you do this well, you:

  • Listen to the level of the voices around you
  • Change your voice to match
  • Watch and listen for visual cues and adjust your voice level as needed

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

Hillside Yearbook

Yearbooks are on their way from the publisher! If you did not order one early, we have ordered some extra yearbooks for sale! They are $17.00, cash or check payable to Hillside Elementary.
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