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In honor of Black History Month (February 2021), Westside Community Schools is sponsoring a poetry, photography, and creative video contest for all students and staff. Check out the details below!
- Entries need to be turned into your school office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 AM on February 25th.
- Gift card prizes and/or Westside gear/swag will be given out to contest winners.
- POETRY CONTEST: Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff. Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics. Any and all forms of appropriate poetry will be accepted.
- PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff. Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics. Appropriate photographs of all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. will be accepted.
- 1-2 MINUTE CREATIVE VIDEO CONTEST: Divisions for K-2nd graders, 3rd & 4th graders, 5th & 6th graders, middle school students, high school students, and staff. Submissions should be about inclusion, equity, respect, teamwork, embracing diversity, Black History, or other relevant topics. Appropriate videos no longer than 120 seconds will be accepted.
Let’s get ready for spelling bee season. Watch this video, pause to take notes, and work along with the teacher to practice words that are spelled wrong over and over.
Spend at least 3 minutes taking notes. If you are a spelling PRO, spend more time watching!!
*This is a great word list to use as a practice session!
*Make sure you know how to pronounce all of the words from this list. You can use the internet to help you with this. Type in the word and the word “pronounce” and it will pop up for you.
#1 Start with the first five words.
#2 Whisper spell each one 5 times.
#3 Now practice spelling one word one at a time.
*Look at one word quickly.
*Close your eyes and spell the word using the strategy that works for you.
*Open your eyes and check your spelling from the list.
*Keep practicing until you can spell all 5 correctly.
#4 Repeat with the next 5 on the list.
Try more practice words
Find the list that is right for you
To earn credit for this mini spark, choose 10 words from the grade level that suits you. Create a study guide. Have a teacher, parent, or peer give you a spelling test over the 10 words you choose. Submit your results and the study guide to your teacher or EY coordinator.
Nebraska Loves Public School presents…
Students will tell a story about something important to them (i.e extracurricular activities, how current events are affecting them, their goals for the future, etc.) They will then upload 3-4 pictures to facilitate the story.
These Student Voices stories will be featured on Nebraska Loves Public Schools site and social media alongside selected students across the state.
Our Westside students have great stories to tell and we would love to see some of them featured! The deadline for the first round of Student Voices is Friday, November 6. This project is open to all students K-12.
The Hardest Math Problem Student Contest is an annual competition presented by Scholastic, The Actuarial Foundation, and the New York Life Foundation that challenges grades 6–8 students to solve multistep, grade-appropriate math problems with real-world situations and engaging characters. NOTE: 5th graders are eligible to participate by reaching to a higher grade level!
- Contact your EY Coordinator to get a copy of your grade level challenge question. NOTE: All students are invited to take an extra challenge and submit entries at either their current grade level or above. They may submit one entry per question they are grade-eligible to answer. For example, a 5th grader may submit up to three entries, one each at the 6, 7, and 8 levels.
- Students must provide a mathematically correct answer to a challenge in order to receive an invitation to compete in Challenge 2 with an even more difficult problem.
- Entries Due Nov. 23. Your EY Coordinator will submit your entry.
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.
Student Essay + Art Contest Deadline 11/16/20
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.
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
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: https://dospace.org/afterschool/
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Youth programs at Do Space feature projects involving hardware, software, critical thinking and life skills that promote technology and digital literacy in members aged preschool through age 18.
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