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  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

  • Check @WSSAthletics on Twitter for updates on sports events this week

Growing school gardens

Growing school gardens

Eleanor
September 24, 2011
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School gardens are growing in more ways than one, emphasized Heather Widmayer, a member of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance, at the event she hosted on Sept. 24 at the Iowa City Public Library for gardeners to present about their efforts to start plots in the ICCSD. Later in the program, West High's own Bennett Thompson '12 and Ben West '12 took t...

“I Hope I Get it!”: West High student’s thoughts on the auditioning process

Hannah
September 21, 2011
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On a beautiful September afternoon, the once barren hallway in front of the choir room suddenly cascades with actors, singers, and dancers anticipating to be chosen to be in the cast of the upcoming fall musical, Beauty and the Beast. I stopped to ask a few of the hopefuls what they think of the auditioning...

National Pacemaker awards

Fatima
September 20, 2011
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The National Pacemaker Awards has named the West Side Story as one of fifteen newsmagazines to be a finalist. The National Pacemaker Awards only names fifteen worldwide. The last time the WSS was a finalist was in 2006-2007. The WSS is also the only school in Iowa to be named a finalist. Not only...

West High hosts most National Merit SemiFinalists

Brenna
September 19, 2011
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West High has once again upheld its “tradition of excellence.” From the 2010 PSATs emerged 27 fellow classmates, now National Merit Semi Finalists. According to Jerry Arganbright, this number is higher than any other high school in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Mississippi, or Wisconsin. In f...

Live Like Line out: Iowa City West vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie volleyball

Hannah
September 16, 2011
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Live Like Line Day and the first volleyball game for the 2010 Iowa State Volleyball Champions!! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ3ZK_fw6IM

Redistricting roundup

Redistricting roundup

Eleanor
September 10, 2011
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  At a time when no one can seem to agree about the future of the Iowa City Community School District, there was relatively little contention at the forum held Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. for the candidates running for the ICCSD School Board. The forum focused on redistricting, and was the final public ...

Reichonomics

Reichonomics

Eleanor
September 8, 2011
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Robert Reich accepts a medal honoring him as the 2010-2011 Distinguished Lecturer in the University of Iowa Lecture Series Robert Reich is just another Washington bureaucrat talking about the economy and jobs. Except that he is one of the best bureaucrats and most acclaimed political ...

Bridget Novak wins first in state for editorial cartoon

Bridget Novak wins first in state for editorial cartoon

May 24, 2011
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West Side Story art editor Bridget Novak '11 won best in the state for her editorial cartoon "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" for Class B schools today. Eric Moore of Pella High School won for Class A schools. The Iowa High School Press Association announced winners for this year’s editorial...

Social studies dept. adds new program

May 17, 2011
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By John Alatalo Students interested in social studies will have yet another option this August. Beginning next year, the new Historical Collective group will be a part of the National History Day program. Students in the Historian Collective will research a historical figure or event and have the option of pres...

Documentary about the ICCSD budget cuts

April 25, 2011
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A group of students created a documentary in response to the proposed budget cuts in the school district. Watch it here:

Teachers, students to rally against staffing cuts, potential teacher layoffs

Teachers, students to rally against staffing cuts, potential teacher layoffs

April 18, 2011
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The ICCSD is facing serious cuts in staffing and potential teacher layoffs. Voice your concern to the school board and state legislators by attending a rally tonight at 5-5:30 at the corner of S. Clinton and Harrison streets (opposite the Post Office) in Iowa City.

Watch Robotics competition live online today

Watch Robotics competition live online today

March 11, 2011
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The F.I.R.S.T Robotics Team (#167) is competing in Milwaukee today and tomorrow. Watch the live Webcast here. Team 167 Match Times: 10:39 am 11:15 am 11:51 am 2:15 pm 2:50 pm 3:38 pm 4:36 pm Find out match results here. West Robotics Students: Alex Kaaret Jackson Cameron Sydney Beaurivage Ben Sheff Ray Ockenfels Brad O...

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