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Weighing the decision

Weighing the decision

Marta Leira and Annabel Hendrickson

May 23, 2019

A new policy “I understand these decisions may be surprising,” read the email from Diane Schumacher, the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in the ICCSD. In only four sentences, the message explained a decision that would change the transcripts for all students, starting with th...

West High looking to add girls wrestling team in 2019-2020

West High looking to add girls wrestling team in 2019-2020

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

May 14, 2019

Kody Pudil, assistant wrestling coach, has a vision in mind for girls wrestling at West High. After observing wrestling coaches from other schools build their own girls wrestling programs, Pudil has taken the first step to bring female wrestling to West High. A survey has been sent via email to all f...

BPA members place at National Leadership Conference

BPA members place at National Leadership Conference

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 9, 2019

West’s Business Professionals of America chapter attended the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Anaheim, California on April 29 - May 5. The chapter took 30 students, all of who qualified for NLC by placing in the top three at the State Leadership Conference in February. Attendees competed ...

Literary magazine publishes new issue

Literary magazine publishes new issue

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 7, 2019

The West High Review, West High’s literary magazine, published its first issue in four years on Friday, May 3. Copies were distributed to English classrooms, art classrooms and the school library, as well as City High, Liberty High, the Iowa City Public Library, the Coralville Public Library and Prairie ...

West High takes on Camp Courageous

West High takes on Camp Courageous

Elise Seery, WSS Intern

May 5, 2019

When most people think of camp, they imagine packing up their bags and leaving home for the summer, but this week West High Students ventured to Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa. Camp Courageous is a year-round camp and respite facility that focuses on inclusion for those with special needs. West...

FilmScene unveils new “Strengthen Grow Evolve,” project

FilmScene unveils new “Strengthen Grow Evolve,” project

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

April 24, 2019

For the past year, the area across the street from the downtown rec center has been consumed by a grand construction project, the details of which have mainly existed as whispers about a new FilmScene theater opening, a bowling alley. Last Saturday, the twentieth of April, a new partnership between FilmS...

IHSPA awards WSS staff with design, online, photo and writing awards

IHSPA awards WSS staff with design, online, photo and writing awards

WSS Staff

April 17, 2019

The Iowa High School Press Association awarded the West Side Story staff 52 awards in the annual spring journalism contest. IHSPA also named the 2018-2019 West Side Story staff as an All-Iowa News Team finalist based on the schools with the largest number of awards from this contest. IHSPA will announ...

Weighted GPA plan changes again

Weighted GPA plan changes again

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

April 3, 2019

On Jan. 10, 2019 the ICCSD decided to change to a weighted GPA system starting in the 2019-20 school year. On April 3, the district made changes to the initial guidelines for the transition. An email was sent to teachers outlining the new changes. The district has decided to not include honors class...

Rumor Patrol: Economics

Rumor Patrol: Economics

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

April 1, 2019

Last year, a state bill regarding high school financial literacy was signed into law. The law requires high school students to take one semester of a personal finance course before graduating. An amendment is pending in the Iowa legislature that would require students graduating in 2023 and after to c...

Second annual March for our Lives held in downtown Iowa City

Second annual March for our Lives held in downtown Iowa City

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

March 30, 2019

The second annual March for our Lives took place in downtown Iowa City on Saturday, March 30. The event, coordinated by West and City High Students Against School Shootings (SASS) members, protested school shootings and lack of gun control legislation in the U.S. Although the event experienced decreased...

Teachers to play David Bowie tribute show Saturday

Teachers to play David Bowie tribute show Saturday

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

March 27, 2019

This Saturday, March 30, West High English teacher Nate Frese will play a set of all David Bowie songs at Gabe's with his band. Social Studies teacher Dominic Iannone will also be sitting in with the group in place of Matt Harding, who teaches Physics at West. It's an all-ages event, with tickets costi...

West Side Story staff receives 9 awards from Quill and Scroll

West Side Story staff receives 9 awards from Quill and Scroll

West Side Story Staff

March 15, 2019

Quill and Scroll recognized West Side Story members for awards in photography, writing and podcast on March 15. These winners competed with high school journalists from across the nation for the awards. 2019 WSS Sweepstakes winner: Editor-in-Chief Kara Wagenknecht '19 in Sports Reaction Photo...

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