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District Announcements
Information About Westside Facilities Master Plan Available
Information about proposed changes and improvements to Westside Community Schools facilities master plan is now available. A majority of this information comes from DLR Group, the Omaha architectural firm hired by the District to assess our facilities. This information was released over the course of two Board of Education meetings in March. We would like your comments and questions about this process. Please click here to make a comment or to ask a question.

DLR PowerPoint Presentation to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Report on Facilities Conditions to the Westside Board of Education (March 10)
DLR Executive Summary Report to the Westside Board of Education (March 24)
DLR PowerPoint Presentation (March 24)
DLR Educational Adequacy Scorecard (March 24)
DLR Cost Summary (March 24) 
Video of March 10 Board of Education meeting
Video of March 24 Board of Education meeting
List of Members of the Westside Community Schools Facilities Task Force

In addition to all this information, click here to view a series of reports on demographics, enrollment projections, statistics and stories about Westside Community Schools
Welcome to Westside Middle School 
Principal: Russ Olsen
Assistant Principal: Cindy Vann

Westside Middle School
8601 Arbor Street
Omaha, NE 68124-2199
Phone:(402)390-6464
FAX(402)390-6454

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.)
Animal Kingdom Students Have A Class Visitor

Visiting the 8th Grade Science Animal Kingdom Class in May was a Great Horned Owl. Students were studying the adaptations of birds and the Natural Resources District sent Austin Hill with an owl so students could get an up close look at owl adaptations.  A lot smaller than the Great Horned, Mr. Hill also brought an Eastern Screech Owl to explore with the students.

21st Century Inventors In Mrs. Shabram's Digital Media Class

In Mrs. Shabram’s Digital Media class, students are using their computer programming skills to program a game that is controlled by a MaKey MaKey.  What is a MaKey MaKey?  It’s an invention kit for the 21st century and allows anyone to become an inventor.  The MaKey MaKey turns everyday objects, like play-doh or a penny, into touchpads and combines them with the Internet.  Mrs. Shabram’s students spent time designing how they wanted to program their game using the MaKey MaKey. Then students had the opportunity to have their peers test their game and their design.  Mrs. Shabram applied for a Westside Foundation Grant to purchase the MaKey MaKey Kits.

WMS Earns Safety Award

Westside Middle School earned the Award of Merit as a 2014 Nebraska Safest Company by the Nebraska chapter of the National Safety Council.  WMS was recognized among 88 companies for outstanding safety programs in the workplace and for promoting initiatives such as an active safety committee, employee training, and injury and illness prevention.  Great work WMS!

Way To Go WMS DI Team!

This past week in Knoxville, TN the WMS Destination Imagination team competed with teams from across the US and from 16 countries worldwide. The team of: Joitree Alam, Ben Brodkey, Grace Calderon, Ellie Hellman, Maddee Rauhauser and Hailey Tierra competed against 90 other middle level teams to earn 20th place. In their instant challenge they were in the top 5 globally! This is the highest place a team from WMS has every placed at this competition - way to go WMS DIers. The students also participated in the Guinness World Record Duct Tape Ball and were interviewed by the local news agency which was also featured on HLN!

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2014/05/25/duct-tape-tennessee-guinness-world-record-omg

STEM In The Classroom With Rockets:

Students in Mr. Allemang’s class constructed pop bottle rockets with the goal of launching them into the air for more than seven seconds.  This year’s undisputed champions of aerodynamics and Newtonian physics are Taylor Prinz, Brandon Henderson, Jessica Salgado, and Christian Vierregger.  The group’s rocket stayed in the air for 12.7 seconds.  This project concludes the technology design process unit. 

WMS SkillsUSA Donates Teddy Bears To Project Harmony

The WMS SkillsUSA Club recently made teddy bears to donate to Project Harmony, a child protection center here in Omaha.  On Thursday, May 22, students delivered the teddy bears.  The teddy bears will be given to at-risk children who come to Project Harmony.


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