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West Side Story

  • 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

Statistic Saturday: the fate of the bumblebee

Statistic Saturday: the fate of the bumblebee

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
February 25, 2017
Filed under Statistic Saturday, Uncategorized

The rustic patched bees are on the verge of extinction, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. About 75 percent of food crops rely on pollinators, raising concerns about the future of the global food supply. Read on to hear ICCSD students' reactions.  Lauren Ernst '18, Iowa City Wes...

In-depth student playlist: Daniel Burgess ’18

In-depth student playlist: Daniel Burgess ’18

Reagan Hart, Distribution Co-manager and reporter
February 20, 2017
Filed under Recurring Series, Student Playlist

Daniel Burgess recommends five different songs with his stories behind them.

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1300 hours playing one game

1300 hours playing one game

Ethan Goers, Sports Correspondent and Videographer
February 4, 2017
Filed under Recurring Series, Showcase, Statistic Saturday

As technology continues to improve, many individuals have hopped aboard the computer gaming train. Along their journey they discovered the world of Steam. This marketplace is every gamers dream. A place where people can socialize, and find games for cheap. An interesting feature of Steam is that it tra...

Statistic Saturday: the fate of coral reefs

Statistic Saturday: the fate of coral reefs

Samalya Thenuwara, Feature Editor, Feature Producer
January 28, 2017
Filed under Recurring Series, Showcase, Statistic Saturday

Jonna Hall, English Teacher Aaditya Deshpande '17 Collin Wicks '18 Grace Greer '19 Sanmati Thangavel '20 ...

Way back Wednesday – Dance Marathon

Way back Wednesday – Dance Marathon

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
January 18, 2017
Filed under Recurring Series, Showcase, Way Back Wednesday

In lieu of another successful Dance Marathon event on Sunday, this Way Back Wednesday will feature all Dance Marathons held in the past. In the 70’s, the athletic department organized all dance marathon events to raise money for athletics in collaboration with City High. In 1978, the two schools ...

Statistic Saturday: down the drain

Statistic Saturday: down the drain

Ian Prescott, Reporter
January 7, 2017
Filed under Recurring Series, Statistic Saturday

In a recent study, by Mintel, researchers found that the percentage of households using bar soap dropped from 89% to 84% from 2010 to 2015. A big reason cited by most consumers was that bar soap isn't as convenient as liquid soap, 55%. (Mintel August 22, 2016) Audra Warren '18 Cassie Staib '17 ...

Way back Wednesday – money

Way back Wednesday – money

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
December 7, 2016
Filed under Recurring Series, Showcase, Way Back Wednesday

Everything costs money: your new shoes, a date to the movies, gas, food. However, prices are always changing -- we just don’t know it. For example, to take the basic ACT test with no writing is $39.50. When you include writing, the price goes up to $56.50. However the price goes up depending on ...

Statistic saturday: Black Friday numbers are still high

Statistic saturday: Black Friday numbers are still high

Samalya Thenuwara, Feature Editor, Feature Producer
December 3, 2016
Filed under Recurring Series, Showcase, Statistic Saturday

According to the National Retail Federation survey, more than 154 million consumers shopped in stores and online and spent $290 on average. (CNN November 27, 2016) Rabi Alaya '20 Kaila Loew '19 Shalom Alarape '18 &lt;br /&gt;<br /> &lt;iframe src="https://gfycat.com/ifr/Bag...

Student mixtape: Sierra Frost ’18

Student mixtape: Sierra Frost ’18

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
November 30, 2016
Filed under Recurring Series, Student Playlist

While her favorite artists and songs change from time to time, Sierra Frost ‘18’s love of R&B has remained constant. The combination of meaningful lyrics and jazzy background beats struck a chord with her.  Here are some of Frost’s favorite tracks: 1. "Distraction" by Kehlani R&B sin...

Student mixtape: Izaya Fullard ’17

Student mixtape: Izaya Fullard ’17

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
November 18, 2016
Filed under Recurring Series, Student Playlist, Uncategorized

While Izaya Fullard ’17 may be best known for his abilities on the court and diamond, he has proved to have an eclectic taste in music. From Lil Wayne to Troy Bolton, Fullard shared his favorite tunes with the West Side Story. 1.“Lean On Me” - Bill Withers This 1972 soul classic has been covered by endless artists and has been a staple of cheesy ...

Freshman 5¢: election aftermath

Freshman 5¢: election aftermath

George Liu, Reporter
November 12, 2016
Filed under Freshman 5 Cents, Recurring Series, Showcase

On Nov. 8, the entire nation held its breath as all the precincts in the United States reported their votes for the 45th President of the United States. As the night progressed, it became increasingly evident that GOP candidate Donald Trump was to be the President-Elect. Now that the election cycle is ...

Way back Wednesday – elections

Way back Wednesday – elections

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
November 10, 2016
Filed under Recurring Series, Way Back Wednesday

We now have a new president! What a long road it has been to get to the decision of Donald Trump as president. In light of this crazy election process, let’s go back to past elections. In 1968, West Side Story surveyed students about which candidate they preferred. It shows that majority ...

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