Westside Pride

January 2019

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A Message From The Superintendent

To the Westside Schools Community,

I want to provide an update regarding the work of our District Boundary Committee as part of our Boundary Engagement Process. To recap: the goal of this committee has been to balance District enrollment between Loveland, Sunset Hills and Swanson, giving consideration to educational, financial, and community concerns, with the specific focus on optimizing new space at Sunset Hills. Throughout the five committee meetings and two public forums, I heard a lively and robust public debate regarding the modifications being discussed. As a father of five children, 7 grandchildren, and working as a school administrator for over 30 years, I certainly understand the emotion any boundary change discussion brings to a community.

Click here to read Dr. McCann's full message, including his plans for grandfathering and the anticipated date he plans to share his recommendations with the Board of Education.


WMS Student Headed to National Battle of Books for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Ben Brooks, 7th grader at Westside Middle School, is part of a local team that qualified for the National Battle of the Books for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Washington DC! This is the fist time an Omaha team has qualified for nationals; Ben thrived in independent competition, given only two minutes to prepare and present an answer to an impromptu question on one of three books assigned to his team. Ben and his team, Nebraska North, will compete at Gallaudet University in March - good luck, Ben!

WHS Freshman Makes School History

Alicia Gubalke, 9th grader at Westside High School, is the first female student athlete in Westside history to win an all-girls tournament! Gubalke won a December tournament in Nebraska City. “Westside has had girls place in tournaments before, but never a champion!” Head Coach Mike Jernigan told Westside Wired's Jonathan Snover. (Click here to read more!) Congratulations, Alicia!

West Campus Junior Named Star Student

Congratulations to Marquasha Swift, junior at West Campus, who has earned 55 credits this semester! In addition to her own school work, Marquasha spends countless hours mentoring Kindergarten students at Swanson Elementary. "She is positive, upbeat, and always keeps a smile on her face," said Assistant Principal Ericka Payton. "Marquasha is very mature, students look up to her, and staff depends on her. We are happy to have her at West Campus!"

Westside BRAVO Award Winners

Three outstanding Westside teachers were surprised with BRAVO Awards thanks to the Westside Foundation! These educators were nominated and honored for their hard work in our schools, and presented $500 each. Our thanks to Dr. Enid Schonewise, Laura Iliff, and Sue Seline for their support of our teachers!

Click here to read more!

Learn more about the Westside students and staff recognized this month throughout our schools, community, and beyond!



Construction Updates

Crews are busy making progress on construction projects throughout our District! The photo to the right shows Westbrook Elementary and the beginning of a new Westside Boys & Girls Club, expected to open in August of 2019. CLICK HERE for details on work at Prairie Lane, Swanson and Westbrook!
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Westside Safe Schools Hotline

Winter Break is a time for all of our families and staff to spend time with loved ones, celebrate holidays, and refresh for another exciting semester. However, for many, this time of year also brings about stress, depression and emotional challenges.

Westside families now have another safe, easy-to-reach outlet for sharing their concerns and getting help when they need it. The Westside Safe Schools Hotline is now available at 402-390-2118. If you or someone you know needs help or simply wants to talk to a professional, please consider using this free service. It can be used by anyone who has concerns about safety, bullying, depression, suicide, substance abuse, relationship issues, or anything else that could threaten someone’s physical or emotional well-being.

The Westside Safe Schools Hotline connects callers with trained Boys Town National Hotline counselors who are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Callers are not required to give their names. We encourage parents to talk with their children about this service should they ever need it. Attached is an easy reference you can print and post somewhere at home.

Thank you for your help in keeping all Westide students, staff and families safe and supported throughout our community.

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Westside Gear Makes Great Holiday Gifts!

Swing by The Colosseum at Westside High School to pick up a perfect gift for the Warriors in your family! OR - our students will mail it to you, and gift wrap for FREE!

All new merchandise, designed and pressed by Westside DECA members!

Today’s Deal!

Spend $25, save $5.
Spend $50, save $10.

Help support our program while wearing authentic Westside Warrior attire! CLICK HERE to shop now!

Superintendent Search

The Westside Superintendent application process is now complete. The Board of Education and focus groups will conduct interviews in January; the Board will announce the new Superintendent at the public Board meeting on January 21 at 6:30 at ABC.

Nominate a Westside Teacher of the Month!

This year we are once again recognizing a Westside educator every month with a $100 check thanks to PinPoint Home Sales Group with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate. Simply click this link to submit a nomination!


12/22-1/6 NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

12/22 Special Board of Education meeting, 2:00pm @ ABC

12/28-12/29, 1/2-1/3 Metro Basketball Tournament @ Ralston Arena

1/3 ATSC Premiere Night, 7:00pm @ WHS

1/5 WHS Basketball vs. Omaha Central, 3:30/5:15 @ WHS


1/7 WAC meeting, 7pm @ WHS

1/8 Bond Oversight Committee meeting, 6pm @ ABC

1/8 WHS Girls Basketball vs. Marian, 7:15pm @ WHS

1/9 Warrior Theatre Competition Showcase, 6pm @ WHS

1/10 HS, WG, PL 3rd-4th Grade Music Concert, 7pm @ WMS

1/11 Westside Community Council meeting, 9:15am @ ABC

1/11-1/12 Metro Wrestling Tournament @ Ralston Arena

1/11 WHS Basketball vs. Omaha Burke, 5:30/7:15 @ WHS

1/11 LL Adults Night Out, 6pm

1/11 PL Family Movie Night, 6:30pm

1/14 8th Grade Information Night, 5:30pm @ WHS

1/14 PR, RB, LL 3rd-4th Grade Music Concert, 7pm @ WMS

1/15 Westside Connection Debut Night, 7pm @ WMS

1/15 WHS Boys Basketball vs. Creighton Prep, 7:15pm @ WHS

1/17 WHS Wrestling Senior & Alumni Night, 4pm @ WMS

1/17 Warrior Express Premiere Night, 8pm @ WHS

1/18 WHS Basketball vs. PL South, 5:30/7:15 @ WHS

1/18 SH Pizza & Bingo Night, 6pm

1/19 Little Warrior STEM Camp, 8:30am @ WMS

1/19 NSBA 8th Grade All-State Band Competition

1/21 NO SCHOOL - Professional Learning

1/21 Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm @ ABC

1/22 WHS Swim/Dive vs. Elkhorn South, 4:30pm @ WHS

1/22 OD 5th-6th Grade Music Program, 7pm @ WMS

1/22 8th Grade/Warrior Band Concert, 7pm @ WHS

1/24 WHS Swim/Dive vs. Lincoln SE, 4:30pm @ WHS

1/24 PR 5th-6th Grade Music Program, 7pm @ WMS

1/25 WAC Spirit Night & WHS Girls Basketball vs. Omaha South, 5:30pm @ WHS

1/25 HS Family Event Night, 6pm

1/25 OD Winter Dance, 6:30pm

1/26 Competition of Excellence @ WHS

Westside #BeKind Shirts Now Available

In the spirit of the districtwide theme, “Be Kind”, Westside High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club designed the “One District One Shirt” initiative in efforts to celebrate all Westside Community Schools and support our district as a whole. All orders will be delivered when students return from break (January 7). Proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). CLICK HERE TO ORDER!