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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
Teacher Honored
Business teacher and DECA Sponsor Sara Schau was one of four to be named a 2015 Award of Excellence Winner in the competition for the 2015 NE teacher of the Year. She will be honored at a luncheon in Lincoln with the other finalists. 
Renaissance Re-Enactors Become Gypsies
Westside's Renaissance Re-Enactors Club traveled to Bonner Springs, Kansas on September 13-14 to participate in the Kansas City Renaissance Faire. This Faire is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the Renaissance period, with a little fantasy world thrown in. Playing the part of Romani gypsies, they worked tirelessly for their "Papa," Faire Director Jim Stamberger. The gypsies spent their time running (literally, gypsies do not walk) from place to place, teaching traditional Romani dances to the patrons, singing period songs, refilling water containers, cleaning the grounds, and keeping up the Romani accent and vocabulary. For this Faire, students are provided costumes, food, and given Romani names. They are also assigned a mentor and trained in how to act and interact with patrons. They are improv actors and must maintain character the entire time Faire is open. No technology is allowed as it breaks the fantasy for the patrons. We did however, manage to snap a picture pre-gate opening. Ms. Hough and Mrs. Stucky are club sponsors. 
From left to right in the picture: Dominique Hocij, Sasha Tripp, Ana Carissimo, Charley Kidder, Zoe DeBolt, Kirkland Swanson, Tyler Douglass, Ali Dassner.
Rookie Teacher of the Year
Math teacher Kristen Hogan was named this year's recipient of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics Rookie of the Year award, at the state conference.  This award is given annually to outstanding teachers in their first three years of teaching mathematics.
Robotics
The Robotics team placed 1st in the HS division at River City Robotics.  They competed at the CenturyLink Center in four Rodeo themed events; Mutton Bustin', Calf Roping, Bull Fighter, and Barrel Racing. Teams could have up to 3 robots. Mutton Bustin' and Calf Roping had two robots on the field at the same time. Team members did a great job explaining their concept and design of robots and answering questions from parents and students from other schools. Team members are Jordan Estee, Zane Homan, Cooper Castan, Ben Frazier, and Sam Sweeney.  
Debate Team Success
Eric McAtee and Teigen Swanson competed in a tournament at Valley High School Sept. 27. Eric and Teigen brought home a plaque for making it into the final rounds and a bid for the Tournament of Champions. 
2014-2015 National Merit Semifinalists
Westside High School has 6 National Merit semifinalists this year. Semifinatlists are selected by their index score with is the sum of the three subtests on the PSAT test. The text is administered every October to approximately 1.2 million juniors nationwide. Of the 1.2 million juniors, approximately 16,000 will qualify as National Merit semifinalists. Only juniors are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Of the 16,000 semifinalist, approximately 14,000 will be designated as National Merit finalists.
Pictured from left to right are: Aren Rendell, Evan Piquette, Silas Hammel and Jennifer Solheim. Cyrus Khandalavala and Michelle Xiao are not pictures.

 
 
Study Center Students Service Learning
The Study Center was awarded a grant from the National Education Association Foundation to create service-learning opportunities for students. On September 26th 15 members of the Study Center worked at the Big Garden Project at the Free Stone Baptist Church.  This site had been untended because the stairs were difficult for the elderly members to negotiate.  The plan was to clean the raised beds and turn them in preparation for next year.  They are putting a ramp in to help with access. We want to thank the National Education Association Foundation and HyVee for support of our projects.  

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