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Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

Science teacher Brandon Yoder’s goals for his classes vary throughout the year, but he is always just as involved in the class as his students are.
“I believe that every student is capable of doing well in my classes,” Yoder said. “It is my job to guide them where they need to go, to a certain extent they need to do things on their own, but I want them to pave that path to help get them there.”
April 12, 2019

Entering room 119 one will encounter the aroma of fresh air coming from the courtyard windows, and popcorn. Depending on the day, you will find a deceased Anna Garcia mannequin laying on the floor, or...

2018 homecoming court Q&A

Get to know the 2018-2019 West High Homecoming Court
September 3, 2018

Naomi Walker Jenna Dougherty How do you feel about making homecoming court? ¨It is really exciting because I’ve wanted to be on homecoming court ever since I was a freshman.¨ What first went...

Fresh faces of administration: Cory Williams

“Mrs.William is amazing. She is a people person, she was in here right away during the summer and is devoted. She is very easy to talk to, student orainanted and I am excited about her ability to communicate. She has been in my classroom twice already in the first two days of school and I think that is very important,” history teacher Christine Coyne-Logan said.
August 28, 2018
Cory Williams receives a new principal for the 2018-2019 school year

Fresh faces of administration: Charlie Driscoll

“My specific charge is to make sure that the school is safe, that everyone at school feels safe, and to make sure that the community knows that West High is a safe school,” Associate Principal Charlie Driscoll said.
August 28, 2018

Safety in high schools is a concern for students, teachers, and administrators around the country, and new Associate Principal Charlie Driscoll has safety at the top of his priority list. The 57-year-old...

Fresh faces of administration

The inside scoop on the new administrators of West
August 27, 2018

Fresh faces of administration: Michael Orfitelli

Michael Orfitelli has only been a Falcon for a short period of time, but he sports red and white whenever possible to show his school spirit.
A behind the scenes look at new associate principal Michael Orfitelli
August 27, 2018

A sign that the school year is about to begin is the release of West High students’ schedules. Screenshots of schedules are posted, classes are compared, and there is an abundance of chatter about what...

Moving On: Lori Duquette

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

Moving on: Jason Smith

This year Smith taught Family Consumer Science. He taught foods in particular.
June 4, 2018

What do you teach at West? A: This year I just taught food classes.   Q: Do you have any advice for people that want to teach? A: Find a content area that you are passionate about and...

Moving on: Mike Wells

Q: Do you think your skills will change at Central? Why or why not?
A: I will always continuously reflect on what I do or try to find something better or new. So yes, but I will still be the same teacher I am now because of what I learned here at West.
May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I am finishing my eleventh year here at West.   Q: What will you miss most about West? A: I will miss the staff, and a lot of the students. I’ll...

Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Family consumer science teacher Kelleen McFate is moving on to Central to expand her knowledge on foods education beginning next school year.
May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I have taught at West for three years.   Q: What is the length of your full teaching career? A: 22 years.   Q: What will you miss about...

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Mark Kretschmer stands next to the awards the band has been awarded from the State Music Festival.
May 31, 2018

Q: What college did you attend? A: I attended The University of Iowa.   Q: How many years have you been a band director? A: I have been teaching overall 39 years.   Q: How long...

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.
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....

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