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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.)
SEM Cluster Spotlight

The Help Omaha SEM Cluster is making fleece tie-blankets for the Lydia House. They are also selling donuts after school to raise money to donate to a local homeless shelter.

SEM Cluster Spotlight

The Helping Hands SEM Cluster is creating positive sticky note quotes to leave for others around school to help them have a more positive day. Also, the Helping Hands group will be visiting Children's Hospital Rainbow House and providing treats to the families there and meeting/playing with the kids.

SEM Cluster Spotlight

The WMS Builds for Animals SEM Cluster is hard at work. One subgroup is making a squirrel house, another subgroup is making a cardboard animal for an enrichment activity at the zoo, and the third subgroup made a cat tree & some other cat/dog toys. 

Participant In The Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair

Elise Choquette participated in the Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair at the Zoo this Saturday. The Annual Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF)/Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences(NJAS) is open to all greater Omaha-area students in grades 7-12. The MSEF/NJAS gives students an opportunity to present and display their research projects and have their projects judged by area college instructors and practicing professionals in the projects field. MSEF is affiliated with the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS). Elise’s project was about how sports drinks have electrolytes in them but we don’t know how many. There are different amounts of electrolytes that should be replaced for certain levels of activities.  She conducted experiments that tested the number of electrolytes in Gatorade, Powerade, and vitamin water and then displayed her findings.

WMS SkillsUSA Club Competes at State Conference

The WMS SkillsUSA Club traveled to Metro Community College on Friday, March 20, to participate in the 4th Annual Nebraska Middle School SkillsUSA Conference.  It was a day filled with various competitions and camaraderie with 200 middle school students from around the state.  Other middle schools participating were Beveridge, LaVista, Logan Fontanelle, Louisville, Niobrara, Papillion, Raymond Central, Sterling, Thedford, and Wahoo.

Earning medals for WMS were: Neha Khalid and Rebecca Podariu, 1st place in Presentation; Georgia Wimmer, 2nd place in Bridge Building; Madigan Brodsky, 3rd place in Bridge Building; Neha Khalid, 3rd place in Applied Math.

Others competing for WMS were Samantha Alvarez-Olvera in Prepared Speech, Emily Bauer in Quiz Bowl, Ciara Baumert in Applied Math, Madigan Brodsky in Technical Team Problem Solving, Amelia Coulter in CO2 Dragster and Quiz Bowl, Ethan Goldner in Bridge Building and Technical Team Problem Solving, Madison Jagels in CO2 Dragster and Quiz Bowl, Rebecca Podariu in Technical Team Problem Solving, Brett Upton in CO2 Dragster, Patrick Voller in Mouse Trap Vehicle (Distance & Speed), Georgia Wimmer in Quiz Bowl, and Daniel Wood in Mouse Trap Vehicle (Distance & Speed).  The WMS SkillsUSA Cub is sponsored by David and Kristeen Shabram.

SEM Cluster Spotlight

The Bridge Building SEM Cluster has been working on a proposal to improve the footbridge on the SE corner of Westside Middle School.  They used Google maps to measure distances and a measuring wheel to get actual measurements to compare to the blueprint they got from the county urban planning office.  They also used proportions to determine a reasonable scale for a model.

Announcing the 2015-2016 WHS Varsity Dance Team

Congratulations to the dancers who made the 2015-2016 Varsity Dance Team! Students in RED are new dancers from WMS. Way to go!


Brodsky, Madigan

Cuevas, Valerie

Day, Kristen

Endelman, Claire

Glazer, Jane

Goldstein, Gayle

Hack, Abby

Jones, Jillian

Lawrence, Kera

Mack, Reyna

O’Kane, Lily

Smith, Kailey

Sonnleitner, Kayla

Tigani, Abby

SEM Cluster Spotlight

A WMS graduation trip is on its way—student choice!  Seventh and eighth graders in the WMS Graduation Trip SEM Cluster with Dr. Bolamperti chose to begin their first meeting by creating and sharing a poster of their ideal vacation with the group.  They decided to take notes to determine if there were common themes presented in the posters. Next, they chose to wait until their second meeting to determine if they would plan a trip with one destination or each explore various destinations to choose from for their graduation trip.  Finally, the students decided to invite a guest presenter from Travel Leaders to help them know what to consider when planning their trip.


During their second meeting, Dora Bitsos, Travel Leaders, presented considerations for planning the student trip.  After the presentation, students identified transportation, hotel and sites as some of the key topics for their trip.  They also selected a spreadsheet as a way for them to record their information and they set a goal of entering the mode of transportation and cost by the end of the meeting.  Students researched and shared their modes of transportation and cost with the group prior to dismissal.

2015-2016 Class Registration

The registration process is currently in progress for the 6th graders entering 7th grade next year.  Registration deadline for 6th graders in Friday, March 27.  If you have questions about the registration process contact your child's 6th grade teacher or WMS Guidance office at 402-408-8626.

Click here to view the 6th Grade Parent Meeting Presentation that was presented on February 24, 2015.
here to view the 2015-2016 Curriculum Book.
Instructions for WMS Class Registration


The registration process for 7th graders entering 8th grade will start in April.  Ms. Herink will talk to the students about the different class offerings.  The students should then discuss the various options with their parents.  Parents will then login to PowerSchool and complete the on-line registration.  If you have questions about the registration process contact Ms. Herink at 402-408-8618, herink.julie@westside66.net or WMS Guidance office at 402-408-8626.

WMS Free Art Movement

Students at WMS are starting a movement - a FreeArt Movement. Royer's Mixed Media students are creating canvases that will be hidden all over Omaha to promote a FreeArt Movement. The canvases will be packaged with instructions on what to do with them once you find them. Some are yours to keep, some we ask that you pass on to someone else who needs FreeArt. Clues will be disseminated on the wmsfreeart facebook page and by following EY@WMS on Twitter. Get some FREE ART!

WMS Musical
Click here to find the Cast List for the  2014-2015 WMS Musical "Footloose."

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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.

Click on the following link to get instructions on how to set up a Parent Account on PowerSchool.
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