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  • The book drive will continue this week, through Friday

  • The band department leaves for Florida on Monday and will return Sunday

  • Midterm grades are due on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

  • There is no school on Friday, April 21

The Changing Climate

The Changing Climate

Nick Pryor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

With climate change being one of the most talked about issues of our time, what really is it? And how do young people today get involved in the fight against climate change?

Booster Club Pancake Day 2017

Booster Club Pancake Day 2017

April 14, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Video, Video

City High and West High put aside the rivalries to sit down, converse and laugh. All the while enjoying some pancakes to support the Iowa City School Districts' athletic department. The annual Booster Club Pancake Day took place April 8.

An interview with Hep Cat

An interview with Hep Cat

March 29, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Video

Over the past year Nick Burgess '18, Keegan Moore and West High grad Nick Deerberg have worked to form their new band, Hep Cat.

Boys basketball 2016-2017 highlights

Boys basketball 2016-2017 highlights

March 28, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports, Video

A highlight video of some of the best plays of the boys basketball team's state championship winning season.

Setting the stage

Setting the stage

Ian Prescott and Kristina Rosebrook
February 20, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Video

The lights dim, they take to the stage, dressed in black, they sit down and with a wave of the conductor's wand, they begin. On Jan. 29, West High's orchestra worked with Orchestra Iowa to play a concert.

Dream On

Dream On

Michael Moonjely and Kristina Rosebrook
February 14, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Uncategorized, Video, Video

Dream a little dream. Apparently it is easier said than done. According to the Huffington Post, 67.81% of Americans only recall at least two or three dreams per month. The WSS asked students to share some of their most vivid childhood dreams. ...

Kids give WSS staffers dating advice

Kids give WSS staffers dating advice

Eleanor Ho
February 13, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Video

West Side Story staffers Fenna Semken and George Liu met with some teachers' children last week to get last minute advice on how to have the perfect Valentine's Day. Rose and Boon Juhl, Ava Frese, Ash and Rowan Iannone and Eleanor and Gwen Smith were the experts, giving tips on how to dress, what dan...

Rally against Muslim ban draws over 1500

Rally against Muslim ban draws over 1500

Cameron Cook, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase, Video

In response to the executive order placing a hold on people traveling from seven majority Muslim countries, citizens of Iowa City held a rally that featured speakers, music and poetry to show solidarity with those affected. The event was originally organized when members of the Muslim and Jewish comm...

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