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Off Days at West

Sophomore Cristian Agulaira is stressed about an upcoming test.
February 27, 2020

 Teachers and students have their off days at school and sometimes it’s hard to deal with. All students and teachers have different ways to deal with their emotions. ''When students don’t get on...

Serving up sweet smiles

At West during C lunch, students put in their ID or pay for lunch, meanwhile the cafeteria staff help at the registers “Whenever you get food, they are always mostly smiling they're mostly happy and we rarely ever see them sad,” junior Makayla Brown said.
February 27, 2020

The only break we get in high school on a daily basis is lunch. Many students enjoy it because they get to spend time with friends and eat. What not everyone takes into consideration is the cafeteria staff.  Being...

Saving lives with blood

In 2019, the  Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center collected well over 1000 donations from only six schools. This does not include donations from places such as churches or donations given at one the local buildings. 
West's February blood drives proves successful
February 24, 2020

On Thursday Feb. 27, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center held a blood drive at West. During student’s second block, they could come down and donate blood. These blood drives are held once a...

Secret clubs of West

Medieval Club is not just an extracurricular, it is also a family, says adviser and talented and gifted teacher Jay Swords.
February 18, 2020

With 34 clubs at West, there is a chance students may not know all of them. Not everyone may not be aware of the more “unknown” clubs. Every student is encouraged to join a club, sport or some kind...

Who is most likely…?

Falcon couples answer questions about their relationship
February 14, 2020

Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits at West

Cultural Diversity Club students junior Farnaiza Gulam and sophomore Tray Anna Thomas, visited the library during Falcon Flex, along with the rest of the club to see the new Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits.
February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, West received new exhibits in the library. These exhibits use a type of technology called augmented reality (AR), which takes advantage of current hardware, such as a smartphone, to...

Importance of security

Security professional Shay Serrano talks to two students at West about their daily conflicts with some of the teachers. Serrano allows students to come to her whenever they need advice with anything or if they just want to talk about their day.
February 13, 2020

Fights, arguments, disagreements, and other conflicts occur at schools, so administration and school staff hold a lot of responsibility to help keep staff and students safe. Security professionals Chris...

Thoughts behind SEL (social and emotional learning)

Spanish teacher Stephanie Hansen helps her advisory student sophomore Caleb Heskett sign up for Falcon Flex. Hansen allows her advisory students to sit in the back chairs by her desk, allowing conversations to flow throughout the class.
February 11, 2020

You walk into school on a Monday morning to a room of familiar faces. You sit down, pull out your chromebook, and sign up for flex. This is the usual, however, what about the occasional lessons and slideshows?...

Behind the locker tags

Student Senate members and seniors Erica Henderson, Hailey Hansen, and Gillian Collins put up locker tags to recognize students in the building and involvement in clubs and sports.
February 11, 2020

Freshman Faith Rettler is on the volleyball team and is a varsity cheerleader. Senior Ellie Mirfield is in the Ecology Club and Health Careers Club (HOSA). Something you may overlook are the locker tags...

Student first, athlete second

Good grades were required to play in the West versus Pleasant Valley boy basketball game on Feb 4. In fact, good grades are required to get play time. A student athlete's favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play. “Don't focus on things that you can't control and always do your homework before you do anything else to be able to play,” senior and student athlete Kyle Burton said.
February 7, 2020

Throughout the years West High School has been a competitive school with sports. In every sport, all  teammates and their coaches support one another, become close, and encourage academic success.  As...

Helping hands of West

Head counselor Erin Soedt helps a student and offers a helping hand when it comes to schedules, post-high school plans, and advice.
February 6, 2020

On average the student to counselor ratio is 482 to one, according to the American School Counselor Association. As a school counselor, his/her job is not only to figure out students’ schedules, but...

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