Hillside News Brief

September 2, 2022

Important Upcoming Dates for You


Labor Day

Monday, September 5 (No school for students)


Hillside 6th Grade Parent Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 5:30-6:00 PM


Hillside Open House

Thursday, September 15, 6:00-6:45 PM


Hillside Safety Information Meeting for Families

Thursday, September 15, 6:45-7:15 PM


Hillside Family Picnic

Friday, September 23, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Hillside's Open House - Thursday, September 15

Come to Hillside's Open House to learn all about what your student has been learning the first few weeks of school. This is a chance to see your student's classroom, daily work, learning materials, and more! Students will participate in helping their families to get a glimpse into their school day. All are welcome. See flyer below for details.
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6th Grade Parent Meeting on September 15 from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

6th grade parents, please join the 6th grade teaching team for a brief presentation regarding 6th grade and the Hillside experience for current sixth graders. This is also a time you can ask this experienced teaching team questions you might have about this last year of elementary school and beyond. The 6th grade teachers, Mr. Folchert, Mr. Benedetto, and Mr. Turner, will have a range of topics and information for you.

Hillside has a therapy dog!

Meet Wrigley, Hillside's therapy dog! Wrigley will be on duty a couple of days per week and will be housed in the kindergarten area. She stays in her crate when she is not on duty.


We know children can benefit from the presence and comfort of a four-legged friend. Wrigley will begin joining us next week.

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Multi-Tiered System of (Student) Supports

Westside Community Schools continues the implementation of MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. MTSS in Westside assures that we regularly monitor student skills and follow-up with providing students what they need to be successful in learning. Beginning in August and September this means that we first screen all students to determine their current skill levels and plan our instruction to meet their needs.

What is MTSS? MTSS is a framework for providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress & skills are measured, and these results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. The MTSS process is flexible and allows for a continuum of supports designed to meet the needs of individual students. This support may be provided in a large or small group by the classroom teacher or other support staff, either within or outside the classroom.

What does this mean for my child? A key component of the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality instruction in their classroom. Universal screenings are brief tests used to measure the progress of all students and are given three times per year. As a result of the screenings, students may be identified as needing some degree of supplemental intervention in addition to the instruction they are receiving in their classroom. If your child is identified as needing intervention you will be notified. Please contact your child’s building principal with questions.

Nebraska Reading Improvement Act: The Nebraska Reading Improvement Act went into effect at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The goal is that all Nebraska students are able to read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This is accomplished by ensuring all students have access to high-quality instruction and for struggling readers to receive targeted support (intervention). Our current MTSS framework in Westside Community Schools already allows for us to meet these state requirements. Also, the more students continue to read, review math facts, and write/journal each day at home, in addition to their instruction from school, the more secure their skills may become.

Facilities Notice

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 [name of 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 2022-2023 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.

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Westside Community Schools Dress Code

Please click on this button to see Westside's dress code for students

Join Hillside's Community Club! All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. in Hillside's Library

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PBiS at Hillside and the Skill of the Week

PBiS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. This is our school wide (and district wide) method for supporting student positive behavior and success at school. Each week, we introduce or review a behavior skill for that week. This helps students to continue to grow their behavior skills each week.


The Skill of the Week, 9/6-9/9/22 is:


Accepting Feedback

When you accept feedback, you:


  • Look at the person
  • Say, "Okay" and
  • Stay calm


We will be working on the above skill all week!

District Approved Snack List

Click here for approved snacks for students.