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Pump it Up to move locations for third trimester

Pump it Up to move locations for third trimester

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

West’s student-run coffee shop Pump it Up will move to the library beginning Tuesday, March 5. This change comes as construction begins on the west wing of the building. “The librarians have bent over backwards to find us a place for the shop,” said business teacher Diane Fickel. “Originally...

Bill introduced into Iowa House to limit makeup school days

Bill introduced into Iowa House to limit makeup school days

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

February 28, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Introduced on Feb. 21, 2019, House File 492 was proposed in response to the 2019 polar vortex that hit Iowa in January and February, resulting in nine full school days missed in the Iowa City Community School District. These missing days have resulted in an extension of second trimester and an added 10 minutes of school each day t...

News briefs

News briefs

Will Conrad, Assistant Sports Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under News

December Dec. 22 - Portions of the federal government shutdown due to disagreements between Congress and President Trump over allocating $5.7 billion of the U.S. budget toward a southern border wall. It affected approximately 400,000 federal workers. The shutdown, which would go on to become the longest ...

Darwin Day: discoveries and diseases

Darwin Day: discoveries and diseases

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

February 23, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

  Iowa City Darwin Day is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007. This year, Darwin Day had talks by biological anthropologist Sharon DeWitte, paleo-epidemiologist Ana Duggan, Director of the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona Nicholas Strausfeld and Associate Prof...

Mary Beth and John Tinker to visit West Tuesday to commemorate 50th anniversary of landmark Tinker vs. Des Moines ruling

Mary Beth and John Tinker to visit West Tuesday to commemorate 50th anniversary of landmark Tinker vs. Des Moines ruling

WSS Staff

February 22, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Mary Beth and John Tinker, two of the plaintiffs in the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines student rights case that turns 50 this year, will visit West High on Feb. 26 to speak to students about their First Amendment rights, as part of the Tinker Tour. The Tinkers will speak with West students in the auditorium on Tuesday afternoon and in the Senate Chambers later that evening. If any West students or parents are interested in attending the speaking engagement at West, they should email journalism teacher Sara Whittaker at Whit...

West releases new bell schedule to start Monday

West releases new bell schedule to start Monday

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

This Sunday night students will be setting their alarm five minutes early. Last week the ICCSD instated a districtwide plan for making up missed school time.  Below is the new bell schedule starting this Monday, Feb. 18 and will continue until the end of the second trimester, March 1. Another bel...

SASS comes together to write letters

SASS comes together to write letters

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under News, One year since Parkland, Showcase

Students Against School Shootings (SASS) will hold a letter-writing event on Thursday, Feb. 14, the anniversary of the Parkland shooting. Both West and City High will hold their own event on the same date. The event will be held in room 237 immediately after school ends. Students who attend will be writing Valentine’s...

Six wrestlers qualify for state

Six wrestlers qualify for state

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

February 9, 2019


Filed under Breaking, Multimedia, Showcase, Wrestling

Six West High wrestlers will finish their seasons at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines held Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16. Take a look below to see a complete list of the Trojan qualifiers.  State wrestling qualifiers Infogra...

ICCSD releases plan for making up missed school time

ICCSD releases plan for making up missed school time

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing & Co-Copy Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

ICCSD Superintendent Steve Murley announced a districtwide plan for making up missed school time due to inclement weather on Friday, Feb. 8. The ICCSD currently operates under a calendar that meets the state-mandated 1080 hours of instructional time. While the 2018-19 calendar originally had 1129 ...

Real “Black Klansman” speaks at Englert

Real “Black Klansman” speaks at Englert

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

February 4, 2019


Filed under News

“Sounds like a movie, right?” Ron Stallworth quipped multiple times to a packed house at the Englert while recounting his experiences infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970’s. Stallworth spoke at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 23 on behalf of the University of Iowa Lecture Committee. As with all ...

MLK day festivities hold vast array of voices

MLK day festivities hold vast array of voices

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

January 26, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

For the second year in a row, West High held its annual MLK day celebration. Sessions included a variety of topics from teaching African Dance all the way to volunteering at the Johnson County Crisis Center. The day focused on understanding others’ perspectives and building a  community for ...

How to: navigate the MLK Day festivities

How to: navigate the MLK Day festivities

Ting Gao, Reporter

January 23, 2019


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Once upon a time in the Iowa City Community School District, Martin Luther King (MLK) Day was a simple affair. Everybody got a day off of school, with any further celebration happening on an individual-by-individual or teacher-by-teacher basis. However, during a district-wide climate survey conducted in 201...

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