Category Archives: Other Events & Contests

American Red Cross Heroes Essay Contest

Every hero has a story, and now is your chance to tell it!

This essay contest is for students in grades 5-8

Prize includes a surprise classroom party in January or February of 2021

Entries are due by Friday, November 20, 2020

Check out the flyer and cover page below for more Information.

Essay Flyer:

Essay Cover Page:

Flaunt It-Essay and Art Contest Grades 3-5

           Student Essay + Art Contest      Deadline 11/16/20

grades 3-5

Inspired by the theme “the things that make me different make me, me,” students are asked to develop an essay or artwork about how you flaunt their differences. Use the planner and rubric to support your work—in class or at home.

Click here to make a copy of the documents if you want to type your responses

Click here to download a PDF and write your responses.



2020 We-Side Poster Contest

The We-Side Community Council continues to brainstorm terrific ideas to promote inclusivity, equity and respect throughout our district.
The 2020 We-Side Poster Contest invites you to create your own poster incorporating at least one of the words from WE-SIDE.

Welcoming Equity Support Inclusion Dignity Everyone


  • Entries are due October 13
  • Make sure your entry includes your first and last name and your grade level
  • Turn it your entry at your school’s main office
  • Prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: K-2nd Grade, 3rd-4th Grade, 5th-6th Grade, Middle School, High School, and Staff

Do Space After School Club

Starting August 24, Do Space  will be offering a 100% free After-School Club that will feature computer programming, coding, engineering, and other STEAM related activities!

  • Elementary After-School Club @ 4:35 PM Monday-Thursday (ages 6-10)
  • Middle School After-School Club @ 3:35 PM Monday-Thursday (ages 11-15)
Check out their website for more information:

Westside Community Schools does not sponsor or endorse the organization or activity described in this material. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.


Battle of the Books 2020

Registration has begun for the Battle of the Books 2020!

Online registration runs through Friday, October 25.
Battle of the Books celebrates reading and fosters team spirit, and is open to all Westside District 4th through 6th graders.  We are hoping to have all 10 elementary schools represented at this year’s battle on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Westside Middle School.
For more details, please visit:

Writing Contest: Robots

What type of robot would you invent to help people (or your community) and why?

WHO: 4th – 12th graders

WHAT: Essay answering, “What type of robot would you invent to help people (or your community) and why?

WHEN: Submissions are due March 15, 2019

WHY: To practice your writing skills of course!  You might also win a chance to meet Grant Imahara who has worked on some of the most famous movie and TV robots of all time including R2-D2 and the Energizer Bunny.

Visit for more details.

2019 Nebraska Robotics Expo

The Nebraska Robotics Expo will be held at  Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Westside would like to take 3 TEAMS to this amazing event!

Mr. Harold Sanchez, a Loveland parent, will be holding workshops on Saturdays in January to prepare for the event.  All 4rd-6th grade students at Westside Elementary Schools are invited to attend. Even if a child decides he/she does not want to participate in the Expo, they are still welcome to attend the Saturday workshops.

Descriptions of the Robotics Expo events can be found by clicking the links below.

Please fill out the form to reserve your spot for the Saturday workshops.  They will be offered on January 5, 12, and 26 (all Saturdays) in the Swanson Public Library (9101 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68114) basement.

There is only space for 20 participants at each workshop. Students will be working on teams.  If a child wants to be part of the teams participating in the Robotics Expo, he/she should be prepare to attend all three workshops.

  • 3:00-3:30 pm: General information about the event, and set up.
  • 3:30-5:30 pm: Practice
  • 5:30-5:45 pm: Clean up and closing

During each workshop, we will be practicing the activities.  If possible please bring a roll (or 2) of painters tape to assist in setting up the games/activities.  If your child plans to participate in the autonomous course (programming), it would be ideal for you to have a laptop computer (PC or Mac) with a USB port and the CEENBoT Commander software downloaded.  The CEENBoT Commander software can be found here:

Battle of the Books 2019 Post #2

Calling all 4th-6th graders!  It’s time to start thinking about BOTB 2019!

Fast Facts:

  • Students will form teams of three or four students. Teams may have five students, but at most four students may compete in any round.
  • Each team will provide at least one parent volunteer to assist during part of the competition in March, in addition to a team parent to accompany the team on battle day.
  • Since this is a team event, individual students do not have to read all of the books on the list to participate.
  • This event is open to all 4th through 6th grade students in the District.
  • Registration will begin in October
  • The battle will be held on the morning of March 30, 2019 at Westside Middle School.

Check out the September Flier for additional details and bookmark the BOTB website to get the most up-to-date information!

BOTB Book List: 2019 Golden Sower nominees

1. Soar by Joan Bauer

2. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

3. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

4. Moo: A Novel by Sharon Creech

5. Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

6. Slacker by Gordan Korman

7. Wish by Barbara O’Connor

8. Maxi’s Secrets: (Or, What You Can Learn from a Dog) by Lynn Plourde

9. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

10. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

All of these books are available to borrow from the Omaha Public Library and will be available in the school libraries. If you would like to purchase books, check out The Bookworm, Half Price Books, or