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School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2019 SNO Distinguished Site

School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2019 SNO Distinguished Site

WSS Staff

March 14, 2019

Each year School Newspapers Online offers student newspaper programs with outstanding journalism the opportunity to apply to become a SNO Distinguished Site, according to a press release from SNO. On March 13, the West Side Story web staff earned this status for the third year in a row—becomin...

Students host third annual ‘Walk It Out’ celebrating diversity

Students host third annual ‘Walk It Out’ celebrating diversity

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor

March 11, 2019

  With students hailing from numerous countries and speaking nearly 80 different languages, West High stands out as more diverse than many high schools across Iowa. Several of these unique cultures were exhibited on Saturday, March 9 when students put on West’s third annual multicultural fashion show, Walk it Out. Featuring over 100 student models and garnering a packed room ...

Twenty West students move on as National Merit Finalists

Twenty West students move on as National Merit Finalists

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

March 10, 2019

Last month, National Merit Finalists were notified of their advancement, with about 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide becoming Finalists. Finalists are not announced publicly because 90 percent of Semifinalists move on as Finalists. Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) quali...

“Tinker v. Des Moines” activists visit West High

“Tinker v. Des Moines” activists visit West High

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Co-Copy Editor

March 7, 2019

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Mary Beth and John Tinker came to visit Iowa City West High to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ruling of their court case, Tinker v. Des Moines. In February 1969 the Supreme Court ruled that it was under the student’s first amendment rights to wear armbands protesting the...

Third trimester will bring AFT change

Third trimester will bring AFT change

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

March 4, 2019

The administration has added time onto Academic Focus Time (AFT) to make the school day longer, making up for hours lost during the polar vortex. Administrators landed on this solution because adding several minutes to AFT seemed more valuable than adding a minute to all class periods. Another chan...

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

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

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 26, 2019

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

  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

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

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...

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