Excellence in Youth

Westside Community Schools

October 2022 Recap


The Excellence in Youth (EY) Program at Westside Community Schools provides expanded learning opportunities for students with high ability, in addition to fostering and encouraging talent development in all students.
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Digital Dozen - Congratulations!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Sammie M. from Hillside as the first recipient of the Digital Dozen award for the 22-23 school year! This award is presented to students who earn 12 of the digital badges on the EY Website (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and Sammie should be proud of this accomplishment!

The Excellence In Youth Team is proud to announce Hudson W. from Rockbrook and Krish P. from Swanson as the most recent recipients of the Digital Dozen Award for the 2022-2023 school year & the first recipient at Rockbrook! This award is presented to students who have earned 12 of the digital badges on the EY Website (ey.westside66.org), which is available to students district-wide. It takes self-motivation, grit, and determination to earn these badges and Hudson should be proud of this accomplishment!

Congratulations, Hudson!

Shout Out - Half Way There!

The EY Team would like to give a shout out to the following students who have earned 6 or more badges. These students are well on their way to earning the Digital Dozen. Keep it up!

Henry L. - Swanson

Davis L. - Swanson

Stella D. - Prairie Lane

Antonio B. - Sunset

Erin W. - Hillside

Toby S. - Sunset

Isabella R. - Swanson

Annil M. - Swanson

Claire Mc. - Hillside

Kennedy M. - Sunset

Ben W. - Sunset

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Super Speller!

Explore the choices from a menu for this badge. The strategies on this menu can be used with any list of words and can help you become a super speller!

New Badges

EARN A BADGE . . . or 12!

Every student in Westside has the opportunity to begin earning badges. Working towards earning a badge allows students to dig deep into topics and explore individual interest areas. Badges can be found in various subject and interest areas.

Earn 12 badges to achieve the acclaimed "Digital Dozen" and earn a prize and recognition! Choose from hundreds of badge options on the EY Website or choose one below to get kick started!

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Mini Sparks are quick lessons that introduce learners to various topics. Sparks can be found under every subject area on the EY website. These activities require minimal supplies and make for a great family activity!


Fables are stories that are passed down, with a good lesson or moral to be learned, and are about animals, plants, or forces of nature that are humanlike. Fairy tales are stories that often involve magical characters, have good and evil characters, and generally start with “once upon a time.”

Check out this Mini Spark to learn more!

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Did you notice the EY Challenge tab when you visited the website? We encourage all students to participate in the challenge. Each month, a new challenge will be posted. We aim to keep the challenges timely and relevant to what is happening in the world around us.

You can find the current challenge by clicking the link below or visiting the EY website.

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Sigma Math Contest

SIGMA is a mathematics league that promotes problem solving through competition. SIGMA provides opportunities for students to apply their mathematical knowledge in new and different ways by solving non-routine problems. During the month of October, Sixth grade EY students participated in this contest. Congratulations!


Libby - 1st

Mackenzie, Erin, Harmony, Cyrus, Luke - 2nd


Kocis, Ada - 1st

Keira, Charlotte - 2nd


Jasper - 1st

Samuel, Dom, Noah - 2nd

Paddock Road

Dolan, Conrad - 1st

Cody - 2nd

Prairie Lane

Grace - 1st

Michael - 2nd


Whitney - 1st

Clarissa -2nd

Sunset Hills

Toby, Antonio, Landon - 1st

Collin, Zuriel, Mallorie - 2nd


Isabella - 1st

David, Alexander, Owen - 2nd


Remi - 1st

Kanna, Nathaniel, Landon - 2nd


Brock - 1st

Charli, Thomas, Michael, Jayden, Kennedy, Emmaline - 2nd

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  • School Spelling Bees - November 14th-18th - Scripps Online
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The EY program website is the hub of communication for the EY Team. For our K-8 students, monthly challenges, seminars and events, as well as other learning opportunities are posted to the site on a regular basis.

All students are encouraged to participate in the opportunities posted, regardless of whether they have been identified for the EY Program. Students can participate independently by accessing the opportunities at home or during tech time at school. Teachers may also facilitate these whole and small-group enrichment opportunities for students in the classroom.

Click below to check out all our website has to offer!

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EY Team

Dr. Spady

  • Paddock Road
  • Westgate
  • Westside Middle School
  • Math 7 Honors Coordinator