Hillside News Brief
March 15, 2023
Important Upcoming Dates for You
NO SCHOOL - Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17
Boys and Girls Club Closed - Friday, March 17
Band-o-rama at Westside High School - Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m.
K-1-2 Music Program at Westside Middle School - Thursday, March 23, 6:00-7:00 pm
Hillside Spirit Day - Friday, March 24 (wear your spirit wear or blue and orange!)
6th Grade Music Festival - Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. at Westside High School
Spring Break - March 31-April 9; return to school Monday, April 10
April is Autism Awareness Month
Hillside School Dance - Friday, April 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the North Gym
Incoming Kindergarten Student Family Information Night - Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
Hillside Spirit Day - Friday, April 21 (wear your spirit wear or blue and orange!)
Hillside Fun Run - Friday, April 28, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Hillside Fun Run is Coming!
Our Community Club will be having a Fun Run fundraiser for Hillside on April 28 Right now, we are looking for businesses to sponsor t-shirts for our students to wear on the Fun Run day. If you, your employer, or your company would be interested in contributing, please contact Hillside's Community Club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for considering!
Westside is Rolling Out Phase 2 of the Bond!
Bond Issue Meetings: More information for you!
There are several meetings to choose from regarding the Bond Issue. Representatives from Project Advocates will be on hand with Dr. Lucas at these meetings to help answer questions regarding Phase II projects.
Ballots will be mailed by the Douglas County Election Commission between April 17 and April 28, 2023
Ballots are due by May 9, 2023.
Attention 6th Grade Families-A Message from Westside Middle School's Principal
If you are the parent or guardian of a 6th grader who will be transitioning to Westside Middle School next fall, please read below. This is an exciting time!
We have several important dates we hope you mark on your calendar. Your first event is 6th Grade Information Night, an event organized to help introduce you and your student to their future school. Both students and parents are invited to 6th Grade Information Night; you may pick the night that works best for you. When you arrive, you will report to the Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00 - 7:30pm
Monday, March 27th at 6:00 - 7:30pm
Families will be attending three break out sessions in order to gain more information about WMS.
Middle School 101: Find out about dress code, expectations, bus, after school library program, ipads.
Grading: Learn from teachers about grading at Westside Middle School
Athletics/Clubs/Activities/Involvement: During this session, staff will discuss the different opportunities for students to be involved with at WMS.
Counselors will be available to ask questions about schedules, but they do not have a specific rotation.
The second event is Warrior Walkabout. This event, involving students only, allows current 6th graders to meet each other and explore Westside Middle School through fun activities. It will take place in the afternoon of Friday, May 12th during the normal school day. Students will eat at their elementary school and then travel by bus to Westside Middle School. This has been a very positive event in helping our students feel better about heading to middle school.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Westside Middle School! Please contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have additional questions. We will see you in March!
Principal, Westside Middle School
Hillside 1,000 Book Challenge!
Parents can submit the reading at home by using this link: https://forms.gle/ewPxsx57mAYYPwZCA
Westside Speech Contest 2023
On Tuesday, March 14th, students participated in the Westside Elementary Speech Contest, sponsored by the Omaha Westside Kiwanis Club. All 6th Grade students in the district wrote speeches in class and selected students competed in building level competitions. 1st place building winners from each school were invited to the competition where ten students competed. We want to congratulate all of our contestants listed below as well as our overall winner and runners up on a job well done!
June C., Paddock Road
Hazel H., Swanson
Ava W., Loveland
Brock L., Westgate
Kate K., Oakdale
Landon L., Westbrook
Sammie M., Hillside
1st Place: Caroline H., Sunset Hills
2nd Place: Liam M., Prairie Lane
3rd Place: Whitney L., Rockbrook
Hillside Yearbooks: Chance to Order Will be at the End of April
Hillside yearbooks will be produced this year, and the link to order will be out at the end of April. We will sell yearbooks for about 2 weeks. They will be $18.00 each this year. Please watch the newsletter for the link to order!
Learning Express Shopping Opportunity
Learning Express is a local toy store with more than just entertaining toys.
Click for more info on Learning Express!
See below for a coupon for Hillside families!
PBiS at Hillside and the Skill of the Week
Hillside emphasizes the "3-Be's"
We want all students to know how to be safe, respectful, and responsible, not only while at school, but in their life!
The Skill of the Week for 3/20 - 3/24/23 is:
Staying on Task
When you stay on task, you:
- Look at your task or assignment
- Think about the steps needed to complete it
- Focus all of your attention on your task
- Stop working only when instructed
- Ignore distractions and interruptions by others
We will be working on the above skill all week!