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SASS comes together to write letters

SASS comes together to write letters

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

February 13, 2019

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

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

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

“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 25, 2019

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

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...

2018 at West: a year in review

2018 at West: a year in review

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

January 22, 2019

2018 brought change to West High in many ways, including new traditions and student activism. WSS compiled a list of major events and changes that helped define the past year at West. The Arts ICCSD show choirs kicked off 2018 with their annual fundraising event, Dollars for Scholars, on Jan. 1...

West student takes on international math competition

West student takes on international math competition

Marta Leira, Reporter

January 17, 2019

,Michael Han '20 will represent West and compete for $10,000 in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will be livestreamed this Saturday at noon. To qualify for the championship, Michael had to take a 10-question online qualifying test that included questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and prob...

West selected for Amazon partnership

West selected for Amazon partnership

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

January 16, 2019

In Monday's Weekly Update principal Gregg Shoultz announced the school's status as an Amazon Future Engineer school (AFE). "West High School is pleased to announce that it has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) school - a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to ...

WHSDM holds annual hair drive

WHSDM holds annual hair drive

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

January 12, 2019

West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) held their annual hair drive after school and during seventh hour on Friday, Jan. 11. Students and teachers donated hair to make wigs for children battling childhood cancer. Together, they donated 150 inches of hair. "This year has been difficult in terms o...

West to instate weighted GPA system

West to instate weighted GPA system

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

January 10, 2019

As of the 2019-20 school year, students at West, City and Liberty high schools will receive weighted GPAs. The class of 2019 will graduate under the current unweighted GPA system. Principal Gregg Shoultz cites the primary motivation to be that many Iowa colleges and universities offer awards, such as...

Merry and bright

Merry and bright

Abby McKeone, WSS intern

December 29, 2018

He sits in his favorite chair in the house, a gray recliner that has been with him as long as he can remember. Cars stream by his house, slowing at the display in his yard. Families get out of their cars to see the 18-foot Grinch, giant gingerbread house and other inflatables shown on his snowy lawn....

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