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District Announcements
Virtual Town Hall on Facilities, Vision to be Held
Westside Community Schools will hold a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The District's plans for a vision and its facilities will be discussed during this online event. Watch this space for a link to click on the 22nd to join the town hall.
Information About Westside Facilities Plans Available
Information about proposed changes and improvements to Westside Community Schools facilities 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

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 2013-2014 Student and Parent Handbooks.


School Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 3:22 p.m. (Wednesdays:  8:00 a.m. - 2:36 p.m.)
Peeps Visited Mr. Allemang's 8th Grade Science Class

Students in Mr. Allemang’s 8th grade science class took a break from NeSA testing to learn what happens to a human body when exposed to the vacuum of space.  They observed some of the effects firsthand as Mr. Allemang placed a Peep and water in a vacuum chamber.  The Peep expanded under the lack of pressure and the water boiled.  

German Convention Winners

On Saturday, April 5th at Westside High School, 30 Westside Middle School German students participated in the annual Nebraska Student German Convention.  Students who learn German come together at this event for fun and competition...and to speak and enjoy some German.  This year WMS did a great job.  We participated in many different categories and brought home some wins, including:

Cake Baking, 1st place: Danny Reinhardt, PJ Cahalane, Ethan Herrera, Alex Dozier and Adam Fulbright.

Spelling Bee, 2nd and 3rd place: Sam Sweeney, Haley Petri

Poster Competition, 1 st place: Hannah Petri, Autumn Muller and Haley Petri

Video Skit Competition, 1st place: Emma Korengel, Nicky Winters, Evan Dondlinger, Nick Vincentini, Elise Choquette, Josh Paul, Spencer Korengel, Ryan Vester, Anne Stepanek, Loren Woita, AJ Bruckner, Georgia Wimmer & Haley Morse

A great time was had by all!  Frau Starks-Yoble is very proud everyone's hardwork and effort!

Way To Go WMS DI Team!

This past weekend UNK in Kearney was a buzz with creative problem solvers. The state DI championships were held on Saturday and the WMS DI team of: Joitree Alam, Ben Brodkey, Grace Calderon, Ellie Hellman, Maddee Rauhauser and Hailey Tierra competed in the scientific challenge and took home first place beating out 18 other teams. The challenge required teams to find an extreme environment in which to survive by creating extreme gear. The WMS team chose to survive in Chernobyl, post reactor meltdown. The extreme gear they created was a pill using nanobots. This pill used natural elements that would help the body to survive high levels of radiation, the judges were impressed with their research skills and commended their use of such high level thinking. The group will now travel to Globals in Knoxville, TN to compete with 15,000 other creative problem solvers from over 43 countries around the world!

Way To Go WMS SMP Team!

On Thursday April 3rd, the SMP team competed at the Scott Conference Center on the UNO Campus. SMP is a pre-engineering program that allows students to use engineering, architect and design skills learned throughout the year to create a solution to a real-world problem. The SMP team of: Camille Rotermund, Jared Sindt, Kati Mdzinarishvili and Claire Smith created a three-way power mill to help capture and create energy for the world's consumption. They researched the methods of hydroelectric power, solar power and wind power to build one building that houses all three sources to create energy to use in households. The students wrote research briefs, created a 10 minute presentation and built a scale model of their solution. The students earned 2 silver medals, 5 gold medals and the Award of Distinction which came with a monetary prize.

Virginia Frank Writing Contest Winner

Congratulations to WMS student Daniel Wood for placing 3rd in the Virginia Frank Writing Contest held by the Friends of the Omaha Public Library.  An awards ceremony will be held at the W. Dale Clark Main Library downtown on April 27th.  A $25 prize will be awarded to Daniel and to the WMS Library.

Midwest Spelling Bee Winner
Congratulations to Westside Middle School student Grace Johanningsmeier, who was the winner of the Midwest Spelling Bee on Saturday. She will now compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Well done Grace! 
Mrs. Bolamperti's All About Business Class Learning About International Business

All About Business students experienced international businesss firsthand through a presentation from Karen Watson, K. Watson Group, LLC, on April 1.  Thanks to her diverse international business background, the students embraced information about how to conduct business globally.

March Madness in Mr. Mosier's American History Class
Mr. Mosier loves basketball and March Madness is taking place in his 8th grade American History classes!  Each student fills out their own History March Madness bracket of historical figures/groups and then they get to vote on who should win.  Read more about this great activity on Mr. Mosier's Blog.
Literature Circles in Spanish 1B

In Spanish 1B, 8th graders are reading a short chapter book in Spanish.  They're spending class time in their literature circles reading aloud in Spanish.


Westside Middle School Engineering & Technology Program Receives Award

David Shabram and Anna Sumner received the 2014 Program Excellence Award given by ITEEA (International Technology & Engineering Educators Association).  The Program Excellence Award is the most prestigious award given in recognition of technology education programs in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. It is awarded to technology education classroom teachers on the elementary, middle or high school levels.  Westside Middle School was one of 31 programs recognized at the ITEEA Conference last week.

Way To Go Mrs. Sumner!

Triangle Coalition for STEM Education announced fourteen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators for the 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program.  Anna Sumner will serve at the National Science Foundation, Education and Human Resources Directorate, in Human Resources Development.

The 2014-15 Einstein Fellows were selected through a rigorous application and interview process from a nationwide pool of competitive applicants. The new cohort includes elementary, middle, and high school teachers from public and private schools in 13 different states.

Beginning September 1, 2014, the selected educators will serve an 11-month fellowship in Washington, D.C.. Sponsoring agencies, include the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

For more information:  http://www.trianglecoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/News-Release-2014-15-Albert-Einstein-Fellows-Announcement.pdf

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Follow WMS EY on Twitter!

Follow the EY program at WMS on twitter! Search EY@WMS or @EYatWMS on twitter. Twitter is a great way to stay connected, you will also find other groups specializing in gifted education. If you are not on twitter please sign up - it is free and easy. If you cannot sign up for twitter email kjob@westside66.org for more information.

2013-2014 Curriculum Night Presentation
Click here to view the presentation from 7th and 8th Grade Curriculum Night.



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