Welcome to Westside Middle School†
Principal: Russ Olsen
Assistant Principal: Cindy Vann
8601 Arbor Street
Omaha, NE 68124-2199
Click here to view the 2015-2016 Student Handbook
Click here to view the 2015-2016 Parent Handbook
Click here to view the WMS Calendar
8:00 a.m. - 3:22 p.m. (Wednesdays: †8:00 a.m. - 2:36 p.m.)
The WMS Fun Night is on Fri., Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m.† T-shirts for this event are $10 and will be pre-sold before/after school in the PAC hall, Tues.-Thurs. this week.
Activities on the night of Sept. 18 will include photo booth, large maze in the west gym, DJ in the east gym, games in the PAC hall and concessions in the cafeteria. Order a t-shirt before or after school in the PAC hall by this Thursday afternoon. You will want to attend this event! †
Click here for the †2015†WMS Curriculum Night Presentation†.
In order to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning, all students at Westside†Middle School will follow the regulations below. In addition, WMS administrators†will make final decisions regarding dress code issues that are disruptive to the†educational environment, but not specifically noted in these guidelines. WMS†dress code applies to students both during the school day and at any school sponsored†activities.
Any shirt or blouse worn to school should completely cover the back, top of shoulders, and stomach. Tank tops for boys or girls are not acceptable if they are worn as a stand alone shirt. Any top that allows the midriff, cleavage, or undergarments to be exposed is unacceptable. The following items are unacceptable: see-through blouses or shirts, tube tops or croptops, halter-tops, and spaghetti straps. Students must leave heavy winter coats, long overcoats, trench coats, and other jackets in their lockers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:22 p.m.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts:
All shorts and skirts must be appropriate length, no shorter than mid-thigh. A great way to determine if shorts are acceptable for school is to place arms at the sides and relax them. The finger tips naturally stop just about mid thigh. If the shorts are shorter than the finger tips, then they are not acceptable to wear to school. In addition, the shorts should have pockets and not be made out of some kind of stretchy material such as spandex. All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn no lower than the hips; no sagging is permitted. All shorts must be worn at the hips so underwear cannot be seen. Sleepwear, such as pajama bottoms, are not acceptable at school.
Leggings are fashionable, trendy and can be worn at school if there is some kind of additional clothing covering the waist at least to mid thigh. Leggings for boys or girls will not be acceptable as a stand alone pant.
Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers are unacceptable footwear.
Hats, caps, bandanas, hair picks, sunglasses, visors, and sweatbands must be placed in lockers during the school day. Backpacks and other book bags must also be stored in lockers between 8:00 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. For safety reasons, chains, dog collars, or sharp objects are not to be worn to school.
Clothing or other personal items that are racist, sexist, or promote drugs/alcohol/ tobacco are not permitted. Clothing which contains violent, obscene, offensive, or suggestive words, images, or language is not permitted. Gang-related symbols worn, written, carried, displayed or communicated will not be tolerated. Any student wearing clothing that violates the dress code, disrupts the learning atmosphere or is deemed inappropriate may be asked to go home and return to school properly dressed. Students who do not follow the above expectations will be dealt with on an individual basis. Any school time missed due to correcting dress code violations may be required to be made up after school.
- Students will be permitted to carry phones/electronic devices with them during the school day.†
- During instructional time these devices are not seen or heard, unless the teacher gives permission.
- Outside of instructional time, electronic devices may be used as long as they are in compliance with the student†Code of Conduct.†
- Violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Responsibility Agreement or any computer use agreement.
- Photographing, videotaping or audio recording any student, school district employee, volunteer, or bus/van driver, without prior consent of that person.
- Behavior that constitutes a danger to any other person or that is disruptive to, or seriously interferes with, class work, school activities, or school transportation.
- Retaliation against any student, school district employee, volunteer, or bus/van driver for reporting or asserting a claim of harassment, discrimination or bullying.