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6 West High students score perfect on ACT exam

6 West High students score perfect on ACT exam

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Seven students within the ICCSD received the highest possible score of 36 on the ACT this fall. Of the seven, six were from West: Quinn Baker '18 Colleen Bloeser '18 Yangtian Shangguan '19 Wingel Xue '18 Steven Yuan '19 Lien Zhu '18 From City High School, Jakob Roggy '19 receiv...

First Girl Up fundraiser offers much to West community

First Girl Up fundraiser offers much to West community

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

November 29, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

West High's Girl Up club will host their first fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.. The fundraiser will host guest speakers, as well as food, music, a silent auction and a raffle. Admission price is $10. The event is open to the public. Girl Up is a United Nations organization that helps...

WSS staffers place in 3 national writing, photography contests

WSS staffers place in 3 national writing, photography contests

WSS Staff

November 20, 2017


Filed under Awards, Breaking, News

The National Scholastic Press Association recognized three West Side Story pieces at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas on Nov. 18. Broadcast Editor-in-Chief Samalya Thenuwara ’18 received second place in the Multimedia Feature Story of the Year contest f...

Liberty High closed due to threat

Liberty High closed due to threat

Maddi Shinall and Fatima Kammona

November 17, 2017


Filed under Breaking, Showcase

At 9:30 a.m today a suspected minor was taken into custody at the North Liberty Police Department for a threat on Instagram that closed Liberty High. Students and staff of Liberty were told not to report to school this morning. However, a press release by the district stated that the school would...

Theatre West is a-changing

Theatre West is a-changing

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Students, parents, family friends and ICCSD administrators fill the Arganbright Auditorium to see the two yearly productions put on by Theatre West. Whether the winter drama or the spring musical, there’s something for everyone in the audience to enjoy. Tickets sell out, seats are filled and th...

10 seniors sign National Letters of Intent

10 seniors sign National Letters of Intent

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking, Showcase, Sports

Balloons, posters and cookies filled the cafeteria after school on Wed., Nov. 8 as 10 seniors signed their National Letters of Intent to compete athletically in college. Of these students, five will continue playing at Division I schools. Here's a complete list of the students who signed: Logan Cook '1...

ICCSD technology department says Chromebook update is unintentional

ICCSD technology department says Chromebook update is unintentional

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

November 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

According to the Iowa City Community School District tech department, the Chromebook settings were changed unintentionally when implementing Clever Badge logins at elementary schools. In a post published this morning on the ICCSD Technology & Innovation Blog, Adam Kurth addressed the issue. "We reset this policy at 10 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday) morning...

The Mueller investigation

The Mueller investigation

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

November 8, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Social media has become one of the biggest hobbies in American culture. Smartphones with social media apps are always on hand, and with connection virtually anywhere it’s easy to be sucked into Facebook or Twitter feeds and get caught up in the latest drama through Instagram, Snapchat and more. Because...

Why are the Chromebooks logging out?

Why are the Chromebooks logging out?

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

November 7, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

School Chromebook users opened their computers yesterday, Nov. 6, to find they had been logged out automatically. Students complained about losing tabs and needing to wait for the computer to power back on. Tech Support Specialist, Tyler J. Meade, says he believes the change is part of an update. “S...

SSIKED hosts annual Diversity Dinner

SSIKED hosts annual Diversity Dinner

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

November 5, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

SSIKED hosted its annual Diversity Dinner this past Thursday, Nov. 2. SSIKED is a student-led organization designed to encourage academic success and promote diversity. Families were encouraged to bring dishes to represent their cultures, and various local restaurants made food donations. In additio...

Back parking lot floods, water at West turned off

Back parking lot floods, water at West turned off

Alyson Kuennen and Fenna Semken

November 3, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Around 2:30 p.m., the backlot of West began flooding, triggered from a mishap during the new gym construction. "We were boring a new underground power line for the new [gym] addition, and during that it must have hit the water main, so we had to shut the water off," said Iowa City Community Schoo...

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