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Welcome to Westside Middle School 
Principal: Russ Olsen
Assistant Principal: Cindy Vann

Westside Middle School
8601 Arbor Street
Omaha, NE 68124-2199

Attendance: 402-390-6484

Click here to view the 2014-2015 Student Handbook
Click here to view the 2014-2015 Parent Handbook

School Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 3:22 p.m. (Wednesdays:  8:00 a.m. - 2:36 p.m.)
SkillsUSA Nickels for Nails Fundraiser

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and the WMS SkillsUSA Club are teaming up to sponsor the Nickels for Nails fundraising campaign.  Nickels for Nails is an easy and effective fundraiser in which we collect money that goes towards the costs of building decent, affordable housing in the Omaha area.  Building a new house takes approximately 6,000 nails, and each nail costs about a nickel.  This means that for every $300 collected, another home can be built.  Our goal at WMS is to collect $600, enough money to build 2 new homes!


Starting Monday, September 22, we will be collecting money in PAC hallway during the mornings before school.  To help us reach our goal of $600, there is a contest with the Homeroom that collects the most money receiving a $5 gift card to either Starbucks or Scooter for each member of that Homeroom, including the teacher.  When the money is collected in the morning, the amount you donate will be marked down and credited towards your Homeroom total.


We will also have a “Guess the Number of Nails” contest.  There will be a large jar filled with nails, and you can put your name in on a guess for how many nails are in the jar.  The person who has the closest guess will win a $15 iTunes gift card.  Each guess will cost only $.50, or you can get 3 guesses for $1.


The Nickels for Nails campaign will run from Monday, September 22, through Friday, October 3.  The winning Homeroom and winner of the “Guess the Number of Nails” contest will be announced on Friday, October 3, during Homeroom.

Talk Shows in Current Events

In Current Events students created Talk Shows to discuss the different perspectives on immigration. In order to gain a better understanding of the different perspectives and points of view surrounding the issue of immigration, students played a role in a fictional talk show. The goal of the assignment was to create and perform a skit in a talk show format to demonstrate how and why people feel various ways about immigration. 


They had to discuss issues of children coming without supervision, unemployment, undocumented immigrants, dangers of drug cartels, and border security. The character roles included FBI agent, undocumented worker, unemployed citizen, immigration attorney, refugee children, and narcotics agent.

Author Visit Coming Up

Author Ben Mikaelsen is coming to WMS on November 17th.  If you would like one of his books, get an order form from your English teacher or Ms. Clark.  Orders are due October 10.

Science Class Update:
Students in science class are using a variety of property tests to identify unknown mineral samples.  In this picture students are utilizing water displacement to find volume and eventually calculate density.  
SAB Update:
Spirit Contest: Over 40 homerooms participated in the spirit challenge and six had 100% participation. After drawing from a hat, Ms. Martin's homeroom won! See pictures from other homerooms attached.
Teacher of the Month: Student Advisory Board (SAB) will be honoring two teachers each month. This honor is 100% voted on by students. For September, the winners are Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Murillo!
Truss Bridge Building in Engineering & Technology Class
In Engineering & Technology, students' were given the challenge to design a truss for a bridge.  Students had to construct the truss to span across "Warrior Canyon" and then test the efficiency of the truss through destructive testing.
Students Complete Lab in Animal Kingdom
Students in Animal Kingdom are studying three different phylum's of worms. In this lab students are looking at a flatworm, known as planaria. 
Family & Consumer Science Update

Students in Family & Consumer Science are learning about proper measuring techniques, proper use of utensils and appliances, and applying MyPlate's daily recommendations, all the while learning how to make delicious fruit smoothies.

Stop Motion Movies in Digital Media & Literacy

In Mrs. Shabram's Digital Media & Literacy class students are planning and producing their own Stop Motion movies.  Stop Motion is an animation technique that makes a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Students are working collaboratively in small groups to plan and produce a Stop Motion movie involving sticky notes. 

Westside Race For The Cure Team

Westside has a Race for the Cure Team again this year!   Team name is Westside Warriors and it's under the local team button when you register.  We are a school/university team. 


All Westside students and staff are welcome to sign up for the team, just click on the link and follow the directions:  http://komennebraska.org/register/


Please be sure to register for the Omaha race.  The race is Sunday, October 5th, starting at the Century Link Center.   There is a discount available for Westside students and staff.  Just enter this code HSTC14 on your registration to receive the discount.  Also be sure to mark what building you are in so we can get shirts to you.  Please email Sally Shepherd if you have any questions.

WMS Curriculum Night Presentation & Club Fair

Click for the 2014 WMS Curriculum Night Presentation.


Click on the following link to learn about Clubs at WMS.

WMS Clubs


Any student interested in a club should see the club sponsor to sign up. Club sponsor information can be found in the club descriptions in the above link.

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