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District Announcements
Elementary Master Schedule
Figuring out which “special” an elementary school student is participating in during a school week is now just a matter of following the calendar and a short set of numbers.

Beginning this school year, Westside Community Schools has created a common master elementary schedule, which should make things simpler for parents/guardians and their children.  “Specials” (physical education, music, art, and foreign language) are on a four-day rotation.  Below is a pdf that lists numbers, which represent the four different “specials” that take place during the academic year for all elementary school.  Your child’s teacher will communicate which number (one through four) corresponds to the special activity for the day.

Also, for the parents/guardians of fifth and sixth grade band/strings students, the pdf also includes information on band/string cycle days.

ATTENTION: The attached pdf has been corrected to reflect the Feb. 2 and 4 inclement weather school cancellation days.   

Specials Calendar through the end of the 2014-15 school year
 
Westgate Announcements
Westgate's Mission
The Mission of Westgate Elementary School is to educate each child to achieve his/her full potential in collaboration with school, family, and community.
Art Fair
Click here for Art Fair information
1st Day of Spring
Staff and students celebrated the first day of Spring in a Hawaiian way.
6th Grade Speech Contest
Congratulations to the Westgate speech contest winners, Olivia Nieto, Zoe St. John, & Emily Fast. Olivia was Westgate's 1st place winner, she gave her speech in the district competition.
Robotics Contest
Westgate elementary students participated in the 6th Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum.  Students participated in a variety of events throughout the day and also explored areas of STEM by visiting vendors.  The Gators team consisting of Cassidy Fries (4th grade at Westgate), Alex Carson (5th grade at Westgate), Caleb Dykhouse (5th grade at Rockbrook), and Claire Wing (5th grade at Loveland) came in 2nd place in the "Capture the Alien Zombies" event.  Students devised a contraption for their robot that would capture moving alien zombies (spheros) and return them to their holding area (see picture).  The Gators also took 2nd place in the Autonomous Course where they had to program a robot to deliver cargo from Earth to three different space stations.
 
Valentine's Day Box Contest
The Valentine's day box contest was a huge success again this year. Talon's box was a fun tribute to his years at Westgate.
Gators of the Month - February
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for February's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Dr. Seuss Breakfast
The Dr. Seuss Breakfast was a huge success again this year. Students and parents enjoyed a breakfast of green eggs and ham and cinnamon roll. Parents and Students enjoyed fun Seuss related activities in the classrooms.
Persuasive Students
The kindergarten students at Westgate practiced their persuasive writing skills by asking Mr. Broshar and Mrs. Moon for a class pet.  Students were thrilled when Burt, the guinea pig, visited their classrooms.
Middle School Information
State of the Schools Report
The Nebraska Department of Education released the State of the Schools Report on October 24, 2014.  The report includes testing results from the spring of 2014 in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, and Writing.  We are proud of our growth and excited to continue our efforts aimed at increasing student achievement to even higher levels.  Thank you for partnering with us  in the education of your children.  
Sincerely,
Ryan Broshar

 
Gators of the Month - January
Gators of the Month - January
 
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for January's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Bullying Awareness Week
The students at Westgate have been celebrating bullying awareness week. All the classes have had special lessons this week centered on bullying. Mrs. Morris's class learned how to support the target in a bullying situation. They wrote words of encouragement to say to support a targeted student. 
100th Day of School
The 100th day at Westgate was a huge success. The primary students did many activities involving the number 100. It's such a fun way to celebrate everything the students have learned.
Get an Omaha Public Library Card at Conferenes
Does your child have an Omaha Public Library card?  If not, you'll be able to sign him/her up for one at Parent Conferences.  There will be a sign up table located in the media center.  An OPL librarian will process the requests and return the cards to our librarian, who will deliver the cards to students.  OPL has many great programs and services, and we are excited to provide this opportunity.  
Westgate Book Fair!
 
The Westgate Book Fair is coming!  If you would like to volunteer, click on this link to sign up for a time:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0548A5AD29AA8-westgate

Wednesday, Feb. 4th-3:00-5:00
Thursday, Feb. 5th-3:30-6:00
Friday, Feb. 6th 3:30-7:30 (during pancake man)

The online fair will run from 1/28-2/17.  The link is:
 

 
 
 
 
1st Semester Student Enrichment Clusters
Students finished their third week of enrichment clusters this week. Throughout the building students are cooking, crafting, painting, acting, building, and so much more. Excitement is in the air on cluster days at Westgate.

More Photos
Digital Book from The German is Easy Cluster
During the German is as easy as eins, zwei, drei! Enrichment Cluster at Westgate, students created a digital book about animals and colors.  Download them and take a look (and listen)!

Click Here 
January Buddy Activity
Once a month students at Westgate get together with their cross grade buddies to focus on a common theme.   This month's theme is anti-bullying.  There were many creative, educational, and fun activities shared.  Talk to your student about what their activity was!
Gators of the Month - December
 
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for December's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Westgate's Diaper Drive
The student council at Westgate Elementary held their first annual diaper drive this year. The members of the student council researched the Omaha Lydia House and saw the need and importance to raise diapers for the children of the Lydia House. The members participated in a field trip to the Lydia House to see first hand where their donations would be going. They were then able to share this with the rest of the students at Westgate. Overall, Westgate elementary raised over 7,000 diapers. The members of student council went to the 94.1 drop off site and were interviewed on the radio about their diaper drive success. The teachers at Westgate are extremely proud of the amount of donations and the meaningful talk amongst students about how important this diaper drive was. Way to go Westgate! 
Nov. Gator of the Month
Gators of the Month - November
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for November's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Hit The Books!
3rd-6th graders attended the kick off presentation for Hit The Books.  Students that reach their reading goal will earn the opportunity to receive prizes and attend an Omaha Storm Chasers game in the spring.  Keep reading Westgaters!
Veteran's Day Breakfast 2014
Buddy Activities
Westgate students participate in buddy activities once a month.  These groups are comprised of students from two different classrooms-one primary grade level and one intermediate grade level.  There is a theme for each month.  This month's theme is Language Arts.  Buddy activities are part of our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum 
Gators of the Month - October
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for October's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Halloween Fun in 2nd Grade
Pumpkin Contest
Several students participated in the annual pumpkin decorating contest. Thank you to everyone who participated, it was fun to see all the creative pumpkins.
Spelling Bee

    On Thursday, October 23rd, the Westgate School Spelling Bee was held at the Westside Community Conference Center.  At the beginning of October, all students in grades 4-6 took a written test to determine who would compete.  There were 15 qualifying students.  Congratulations to Hakim Lotoro who was our school winner and Kyisacca Freeman who placed second.  Hakim and Kyisacca will move on to the Westside School District Bee which will be held on Friday, November 21st at the Westside Community Conference Center.  Shayla Criddle and Jack Bailey tied for 3rd place.  Congratulations Gators!

 

Here is a list of the finalists that qualified for the Westgate Spelling Bee:


Nikolas Dimitrov, Kyisacca Freeman, Eli Wagner, Hakim Lotoro, Alex Carson, Drew Cleaver, David Bogacz, Maduok Foneag, Darcy Nelson, Avery Nicklous, Melissa Allen, Makuey Foneag, Nevaeh Nielsen, Shayla Criddle, Jack Bailey
Gators of the Month - September
Congratulation to all the students who were nominated by their teachers for September's Gator of the Month. These students were selected by their teachers for being respectful, responsible, and safe. The Gators of the Month got to attend a pizza party to celebrate their great behavior. Way to go Gators of the Month!
Savings Sidekicks
Ayasha in Mrs. Fullers' room sold 24 Savings Sidekick books and won an ipod. Great job Ayasha and all the Westgate students who sold books to earn money for Westgate.
Plum Creek Literacy Festival
On Friday, September 26, the fifth-graders from Westgate traveled to Seward, Nebraska to attend the Plum Creek Literacy Festival they had the opportunity to meet several authors.  They listened to, and met, Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series, Jim Murphy,a nonfiction writer, and J. Patrick Lewis,poet. 
Pizza!
After reading about the steps to make pizza, the kindergarten students at Westgate made their own delicious treats.
Enrichment Time
​Using Enrichment time to raise funds for G.A.P.A which helps animals and will be donated to the Humane Society.  
Safety Patrol
It's a tough job, but fifth grade can handle it.  Fifth graders spent the morning on September 2, training to be safety patrols with Officer Elkins from the Omaha Police Department. The students learned of their responsibilities to keeping students at Westgate safe.
2nd Graders Hard at Work
2nd graders in Ms. Kotulak's class are hard at work. They are building stamina to read and work independently during literacy stations. Click here for more photos.
Gators of the Month - August
This year, Wesgate teachers will nominate one student from each classroom every month to be Gator of the Month. The students who are nominated are outstanding at following Westgate's rules to be respectful, be responsible and be safe. This month the students were recognized at an all school assembly. The whole school heard some Warrior athletes explain how the same three rule are still important to them. Way to go Gators of the Month!
High School Students Talk About Finance
Some Westside High School students visited Westgate's fifth grades to talk about financial literacy.  The fifth graders learned some new financial vocabulary and then played games.  They were able to download new apps for their ipads to participate in this fun activity! Click here for more photos
Worms in 4th Grade
The 4th graders in Miss Ingles's class enjoyed comparing and contrasting earthworms and gummy worms to discover the difference between living and non living things. 
Peaceful Plaground
The students of Westgate are excited about the new games that have been painted on the playground.  Mr. Weber is teaching the rules and procedures for these games during PE times.
Battle of the Books
Click here for important information about Battle of the Books
Westgate's Back to School BBQ
The Back to School BBQ was a great success again this year. Students and parents came to Westgate to meet their teachers, activate their new ipads, eat, and have some fun. It was a perfect way to kick off the 2014/2015 school year! Teachers, students, and parents are very excited to start the new school year.
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