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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.”

Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief 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

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Buisiness Manager 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...

“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.

Fresh faces of administration: Cory Williams

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief August 28, 2018
Cory Williams receives a new principal for the 2018-2019 school year
“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.

Fresh faces of administration: Charlie Driscoll

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor 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...

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.

Fresh faces of administration: Michael Orfitelli

Emma Bernick, Media Editor 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...

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

Moving On: Lori Duquette

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...

This year Smith taught Family Consumer Science. He taught foods in particular.

Moving on: Jason Smith

Joseph Potts, Reporter 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...

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.

Moving on: Mike Wells

Naomi Walker, Reporter 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...

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

Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Martin Morales, Reporter 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...

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

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor 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...

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

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

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....

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