Westside Middle School

August 27, 2021

Masks are REQUIRED starting on Monday, August 30th for all students!!!

Please also have your student bring a water bottle to school. The water fountains are shut off, but we do have water bottle filling stations.

NO School on Friday, September 3rd
for Staff Development.

NO School on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day

Curriculum Night

Please join us for Curriculum Night for Parents. We will begin in the PAC with a presentation from Smart Gen Society (see information below) and the Administrators. From there you will meet your student's teachers.

7th Grade - Monday, August 30th 6:00-8:00

  • 6:00 Smart Gen Society Presentation in PAC
  • 6:30 Admin Presentation in PAC
  • 6:50 Team Presentation in team areas
  • 7:20 Find Classrooms and Meet Encore teachers

8th Grade - Wednesday, September 1st 6:00-8:00

  • 6:00 Smart Gen Society Presentation in PAC
  • 6:30 Admin Presentation in PAC
  • 6:50 Team Presentation in team areas
  • 7:15 Find Classrooms and Meet Encore teachers

Lunch Finger Scanning

For students that did not attend Orientation, we will be finger scanning next week for their lunch account. We use the finger scan to ensure that other students are not buying food using someone else's student ID. If you do not want your student to participate in this please contact Liz Buckley at elizabeth.buckley@westside66.net and we will make sure your student is not scanned.

Drop off and Pick Up at WMS

Drop off and pick up can be at little crazy here at WMS. Please make sure you are following all traffic laws!! Below is a map to show traffic flow.

Before School:

Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:30 (we do serve breakfast everyday)! If you need to drop your student off before 7:30, students will need to wait outside of the PAC entrance. All students should enter through the PAC entrance until 7:55. Students arriving after 7:55 should enter through the main doors.

After School:

Students will be asked to leave the building by 3:20 unless they are working with a teacher or involved in an activity. Buses will leave by 3:25. All students should be off campus by 3:40. If you are unable to pick up your student by 3:40, please sign them up for after school library.

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Free Rides on Metro Transit for Students

K-12 Rides Free is a pilot program that offers free access to bus, MOBY, and ORBT services for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Omaha region during Metro’s regular service hours. The program started on May 10, 2021 and will run until June 1, 2022. All K-12 students in the Omaha metro and surrounding area are eligible. High school students must show a valid school-issued ID when boarding. For those who do not have a school-issued ID, Metro will provide one. Identification is not required for elementary and middle school students. Details can be found at ometro.com/k-12.


This coming week in homeroom students will be given information on clubs and have a lesson on goal setting. Students will have their first academic day on Wednesday where homeroom teachers will meet with students to review their academics on powerschool.
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Warrior Time

Warrior Time is a flex period at the end of the school day from 2:47-3:15 that students and teachers use for intervention/enrichment throughout the school year.

Students will be assigned to one of their teachers each day, except for Wednesday, for Warrior Time. Students are requested by teachers and then sent a daily email in the morning from "Edficiency" giving students information on which teacher they will have for Warrior Time.

If a student wants to join a teacher's Warrior Time to get extra help, they can email the teacher and request to be in their Warrior Time.

We hope your student joins us for WMS Fun Night!!!

Please see the flyer below for details. We are also looking for any parent help that night beginning at 6:30 p.m.; but if that doesn't work for you, let us know what time you could arrive.

If you're available to help for part or all of the evening, please reply to bolamperti.crystal@westside66.net and include the information below.




Volunteer Time Frame:

Many thanks!

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Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) funds are being provided under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, enacted on March 11, 2021. The purpose of ESSER III is to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students by combating learning losses, supporting social-emotional needs and ensuring a safe return to the school environment for students. Westside Community Schools will submit an application for ESSER III funds to the Nebraska Department of Education which must include input from a variety of stakeholders on how best to use these funds. Please take a few moments to provide your feedback through the link below; this survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and will close August 31, 2021.

Click here to begin.

Thank you in advance for your participation and input.

Westside Community Schools


If you encounter problems with the link provided above, please copy and paste this link into your browser: https://forms.gle/bhVT3Rs9ci9DTYn27

For any questions related to this email or anything regarding our Safe Return to School Plan for 2021-22 and/or COVID-19 guidelines, please email feedback@westside66.net or visit www.westside66.net and click 'COVID-19 UPDATES'.

After School Library Program

Westside Middle School offers after school library hours. This opportunity allows students to have a quiet work space to complete homework with adult supervision.

After School Library will begin on Monday, August 23rd and run throughout the school year.

After School Library hours are as follows (please note that Wednesday Library hours are only until 4:00) :

Monday - 3:15-5:00

Tuesday - 3:15-5:00

Wednesday 2:44-4:00**

Thursday 3:15-5:00

Friday 3:15-5:00

The library will be closed on the following school days so please arrange a different plan for your student:

Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 13

November 22 and November 23

December 20 and December 21

Parent/Teacher Conferences - March 9

Friday, May 13

Last day of After School Library: Friday, May 20

**After School Library will not be offered during the last week of the school year.**

In order to supervise and track student attendance accurately, we are requiring parents/guardians to fill out the registration found at this link. Each student needs to be signed up in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Corrie Philo. We look forward to another great school year!

Corrie Philo

Dean of Students



Parents must call into the attendance secretary, Ms. Metzler, if your student is ill or not able to attend school that day. Please make sure this is done by 9:00 AM.

The attendance number is 402-408-8649 or 402-390-6464

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Start on Time

Westside Middle School is committed to ensuring that class time is used effectively and efficiently. In 2019 we adopted a new set of procedures called “Operation START on Time!”--the acronym stands for “Safe Transitions And Reduced Tardies.”

All teachers will help supervise the halls during the time between classes. When the bell rings teachers having classes will close their doors and begin teaching immediately. Each hallway will have designated staff members working with any students to problem solve ways to prevent them from being late again. Tardy students will write an explanation of why they were late, which will be entered into our records. Moreover, this explanation will be sent in an email to parents/guardians so that families are kept informed.

The tardy student will be escorted to his or her classroom. The escorting staff member will ensure that the student does not disrupt the class and will signal to the teacher that all necessary paperwork has been completed. We will begin these procedures on Thursday, August 26th. We have waited to implement this to ensure that all students know where they are going within the building. Students learned about Start on Time on Friday, August 20th during homeroom.

For students who are late, these procedures ensure that the family is kept informed and that records are kept so the continuum of consequences is consistent for all students. Our hope is that implementing this continuum will help students learn the importance of punctuality. The consequences for repeated tardiness within a semester are as follows:

1st Tardy Note home

2nd Tardy Note home

3rd Tardy Note home

4th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

5th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

6th Tardy Note home; 1 detention and meet w/ dean

7th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

8th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

9th Tardy Note home; 2 detentions and meet w/ dean

10th Tardy Note home; Parent Meeting & Wednesday night school (develop tardy plan that includes the possibility of additional consequences)

For students who are consistently on time, these procedures ensure that tardy students will not be allowed to disrupt the flow of the teacher’s lesson. These procedures have been very successful which has increased learning time for all students and contributed to the positive atmosphere of our school.

We encourage students to ask their teacher to use the restroom once they get to class, as we are aware that using the restroom during passing period may not be doable, depending on where their classes are located.

WMS Bell Schedule

7th Grade Bell Schedule

Pd 1: 8:00-8:40

Pd 2: 8:43-9:23

Pd 3: 9:26-10:06

Pd 4: 10:09-10:49

Pd 5: (7th) 10:52-11:32

Pd 6: (7th) 11:35-12:15

Spark/Lunch: 12:18-1:18

Pd 8: 1:21-2:01

Pd 9: 2:04-2:44

Warrior Time 2:47-3:15

8th Grade Bell Schedule

Pd 1: 8:00-8:43

Pd 2: 8:46-9:26

Pd 3: 9:29-10:09

Pd 4: 10:12-10:52

Spark/Lunch 10:55-11:55

Pd 6: (8th) 11:58-12:38

Pd 7: (8th) 12:41-1:21

Pd 8: 1:24-2:04

Pd 9: 2:07-2:47

WarriorTime 2:50-3:15

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Westside Middle School participates in TAGG. TAGG has a growing list of participating businesses who will donate a portion of what you spend there to our school. WMS uses these funds to help support our school PBIS store and extra supplies teachers need throughout the year.

This is a fast and easy way to help our building without fundraising. Watch this video to see how it works. https://youtu.be/WS2u4s1J63c

Below is a list of business that participate in TAGG. Remember to select Westside Middle School!!

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Free and Reduced Forms

If you are interested in filling out the paper work for Free and Reduced Lunch, please go to the District Website (westside66.org), click on meals, scroll down until you see My School Apps Logo. Under the logo click on Free and Reduced application and begin entering your information.

If you have questions you may contact Michele Divoky at 402-390-3382 or email her at divoky.michele@westside66.net.

Parent AHERA Notifications for 2021-2022 School Year

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 2021-2022 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.

Student Handbook

Kim Eymann - Principal



Brian Stevens - Assistant Principal (He will handle all questions on Busing)

Dean for 8A & 7C



Jenni Allen - Assistant Principal & Director of Special Services



Dan Carlson - Dean & Athletic Director

Dean for 7A, 7B, & 8B



Corrie Philo - Dean for 7D, 8C, & 8D (Handles all questions on after school Library)