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Upcoming Events
- WG - CC Mtg., 6 pm
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
- WG - Arby's Night, 4-8pm
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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” for the next six weeks of 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.

Specials Calendar through Dec. 19
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.
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.

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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
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.  
Ryan Broshar

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. 
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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