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Moving On: Lori Duquette

English teacher Lori Duquette will move to Wilson Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year as a guidance counselor.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

June 4, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West and in general? A: I've taught at West five years and taught/been a counselor for 33 years.   Q: What got you into teaching? A: I used to play teacher in third grade at my grandma's house, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be a teacher. ...

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

Choir director Colleen Schloemer has been teaching for 28 years. She will be leaving West and retiring after the 2017-18 school year.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West? A: Six years   Q: How did you get into teaching? A: I would say that I accompanied. I was originally a pianist and I played piano for choirs. I really liked being in the classroom and decided that I would go back to school and get a second d...

Moving on: Adam Pagett

Associate principal Adam Pagett shows off his Falcon pride with his

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 29, 2018

Q: How did you find out about the switch? A: We know in our positions as associate principals that there are times where our boss, the assistant superintendent Mr. Scott, can move us around. He is the one who alerted us that we would be moving and changing buildings. There are a lot of different reasons ...

Moving on: Guy Heller

Associate principal Guy Heller will be transferring to Central High School due to district wide changes for the 2018-19 school year.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 24, 2018

Q: How long have you been at West? A: This is my fourth year.   Q: Where will you be going next year? A: Central High School.   Q: How did you find out you were going to have to leave? A:  I found out just prior to everyone else finding out. My boss came in and said, 'Hey...

2018 Charity Week recap

Biology teacher Renne Lietz and her honors biology students dressed in their Blue Out outfits.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 15, 2018

During the 2018 Charity Week, students and staff alike participated in spirit days, and other activities raising funds for student senate to donate. Charity Week was run by Student Senate and all proceeds went to the Falcon Nest and various programs here at West. "The Student Senate chose to give...

Humans of West: Alex Solbrig

“Since high school has started, I’ve become more independent. I don’t expect anyone to hold my hand when it comes to academic, athletic, or social success,

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 3, 2018

“One of my favorite memories was at my church camp in Ames when my friends and I left our cabins during the night and played games outside until 5 a.m." -sophomore Alex Solbrig   

Humans of West: Katie Choate

“I wish I could travel more. I would start with traveling to places around the United States that I know I want to see. Then I would probably go abroad to an extent because since I’ve been in Ecuador, I know I don't want to go somewhere with a language barrier unless I’d have a guide with me.”

April 16, 2018

“I studied abroad my senior year at St. Ambrose during the winter for a three week span in Cuenca, Ecuador. I stayed with a host family for those three weeks. I fulfilled one of my education requirements classes, which was teaching culturally responsive students. We visited a variety of different ...

Students notice adware virus on Chromebooks

 Students notice adware virus on Chromebooks when using search engines such as Google.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

January 25, 2018

Students and staff have noticed adware on their Chromebooks that directs them to searches they may be interested in. Adware is a term for software that displays or downloads advertising material. This adware affects the students’ work time on their computers during the school day. To get rid of t...

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