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Westside High School
Welcome to Westside High School
An Apple® Distinguished School

Westside is a comprehensive high school of over 2,000 students located in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska. We hope you enjoy your visit to our homepage and find it helpful. If you would like more information about our school, please call us at (402) 343-2600.










Maryanne Ricketts - Principal

Main Campus • 8701 Pacific Street
Omaha, Nebraska •  68114-5200
(402) 343-2600
(402) 343-2608 FAX
Attendance Office: (402) 343-2626
Normal School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.



Westside High School Career Center • 3534 South 108th Street
Omaha, Nebraska • 68144
(402) 390-8214 • (402) 390-8212 FAX
Normal School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Jenni Allen - Principal


 
WHS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sr. Project Presentation Schedule
Sr. Project presentations will be held at the Westside Community Center at 3534 S. 108th St. Wednesday and Thursday April 15-16. Please go to the Sr. Project page to see the master schedule of student presentation times.
Violinist places 2nd in Nat'l Competition
Westside violinist Jennifer Ahn placed 2nd at the Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition in Las Vegas this past weekend. She performed a 30 minute program of music by J.S. Bach, Ravel, and Piazolla to earn the $1000. award.
Jennifer advanced to the finals after winning the regional competition earlier this Spring. 
Poetry Slam Festival
Westside High School received first place at the "Louder Than a Bomb" Poetry Slam Festival March 22 at UNO. All of our students performed very well, and their group piece just put them over the top! Peyton Wells, Lia Hagen, Ellie Bruckner, Sarah Sweeney, Zoe (Ryley) Caudell.
DECA News
Westside DECA had a great showing at the State Career and Development Conference.  
Matt Johnson was named Vice President of Nebraska DECA. Twenty-one teams placed in the Top 8, 9 out of 11 projects placed in the Top 3, and  23 individuals placed in the Top 8! 
 
 
Girls Basketball Takes State!
Westside Girls Basketball won the Class A Championship in Lincoln, Saturday March 7. Their 53-40 win over Norfolk marked the first state championship for the girls since 1999.
Robotics
Westside had three teams compete at the Nebraska State Robotics Tournament held at Cross County High School in Stromsburg, NE, Feb. 20 & 21.  Our VeX team competed with nearly 50 other teams in the State Tournament. The team consists of juniors Andy Mizener, Chris Schmidt, and Greg Tracey.  The Open team consisting of Seniors Jordan Estee, Zane Homan, Alex Zimmerman and Juniors Nate Bendorf, Cooper Castan, and Ben Frazier, also competed.

The same weekend, two teams competed at the Nebraska Robotics Expo held at the Strategic Air and Space Museum. This year's theme was using robots in outer space.  Our teams competed in Asteroid Challenge, Space Clean Up, and Capture the Alien Zombies.  One of our teams won the Asteroid Challenge in the HS division.  The team consisted of both classroom and club members, Freshmen Casey Plucinski, Maddie Rauhauser, Jared Sindt, Sophomores Ryan Clippinger, Shawn Plucinski, and Seniors Asim Ali and Coby Peterson.
Amazing Technicolor Show Choir (ATSC)
On March 14, ATSC was named 3rd Runner Up at the FAME Orlando Show Choir Competition.  They  have also secured a spot in the National Show Choir Finals in Chicago in April.  
 
Jacob Thomas was named Best Male Soloist.
Bands Excel at Contest
Congratulations to our Concert Jazz Band and Stage Band who both received Superior Ratings at the 43rd Annual Morningside College Jazz Band Contest. Our Concert Jazz Band received the 2nd Place Trophy in Iowa's Class 4A large class division. There were 10 Class 4A bands in competition.
CJB Students receiving Outstanding Musicianship recognition certificates:
  • Simon Bessmer
  • Cameron Thelander
  • Alexander Bayles
  • Stephanie Dong
Stage Band Students receiving Outstanding Musicianship recognition certificates:
  • Grace Calderon
  • Jackson Cunningham
These students were also offered a $5,000 per year renewable scholarship from Morningside College.
Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to all of the students and staff that have work selected to be a part of the 2015 Nebraska Scholastic Art Awards.  See the attached PDF.  Once again, Westside had more work selected than any other school in the state!
2015 Arts Advocacy Legislative Breakfast
A group from Westside High School attended the 2015 Arts Advocacy legislative breakfast in Lincoln February 5. These students represented the NebraskArts Award-winning fine arts, performing arts, and media arts programs at the high school. They spoke with several legislators and arts organizations, including Senator McCollister and Senator Craighead on the importance of arts education in schools. Senator Craighead has proposed LR43 to officially recognize Westside High School as a 2014 NebraskArts Award-winning school.
 
From left to right: Jeremy Stoll, Max Tierney, Connor O'Doherty, Senator John McCollister, Senator Joni Craighead, Ellie Kroeger, Erin North, Cara Treu
Course Planning Guide 2015-2016
Parent/Advisor meetings will be held Tuesday January 20 and Wednesday January 21. Students will be dismissed at 1:10 each of these days to meet with parents and students. This joint planning of next year's courses is an important activity at Westside. Your student will bring home a paper copy, and there is an electronic copy below. Please take some time to look through this with your student. We look forward to seeing you next week! 
Course Planning Guide 2015-2016 


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