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Department of Education denies ICCSD’s off-site learning request

Department of Education denies ICCSD's off-site learning request

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief

August 6, 2020

In an email sent to families on Aug. 6, Interim Superintendent Matt Degner announced that the ICCSD's request to begin the 2020-21 school year using an off-site learning model was denied by the Iowa Department of Education. This follows the district's decision to delay the start of the school year to...

ICCSD board members unanimously vote to delay start of school

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Hanah Kitamoto, Print Sports Editor

August 4, 2020

ICCSD School Board members unanimously voted to delay the first day of school to Sept. 8 amid coronavirus concerns in a board meeting on Aug. 4. The delay will provide teachers more time to plan their teaching schedules with on-site and online learning models. "One of the things I think is potent...

150,000 deaths. Why? Now what?

A thermometer lays atop a face mask.

Sachiko Goto, Designer and Yearbook Staffer

August 4, 2020

150,000. As of July 29, 2020, that is the amount of Americans who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has only been 55 days since 100,000 Americans lost their lives to the virus. In just 55 days, 50,000 deaths could have been prevented in this country, but weren’t.  There are n...

Why it’s important to vote in 2020

Why it's important to vote in 2020

Katherine Shoppa, Reporter and Yearbook Staffer

July 25, 2020

Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, reproductive rights, climate change. All are issues that have been brought to the forefront recently and consume the news from all different angles. As the world continues changing at a rapid pace, we’ve seen how governments on all different scales have responded to these ...

School board confirms previous plan despite Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation

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Kailey Gee and Maggie Huang

July 21, 2020

The Iowa City Community School District school board reaffirmed they will push for their original plan for schools during the first trimester.  The school board voted on July 14 to start the school year with no in-person classes, and eventually transition into a hybrid learning model. Possible transition date...

City overpowers Women of Troy in regional semifinals

Tamiah Teran '23 swings the bat in the regional semifinal on July 18.

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Sports Editor

July 18, 2020

A crosstown rivalry game is bound to be intense, but the Women of Troy's July 18 regional match-up felt particularly weighty. The softball team fell to City High 2-9 in a rematch game  for a spot in the regional finals. The Women of Troy put two runs on the scoreboard early in the first to tak...

Baseball team falls to Linn-Mar in substate quarterfinals

The Trojans' infield regroups during a mound visit at Veterans Memorial Stadium on July 17.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

July 18, 2020

In a normal world, Friday night’s matchup between the West High baseball team and Linn-Mar would be the third game between the two squads this season. Due to a possible COVID-19 exposure for the Lions, the July 3 doubleheader was canceled. The Mississippi Valley teams met in the substate quarterfinal...

Women of Troy defeat Wahawks in regional quarterfinals

The Women of Troy wave to the Wahawks to thank them for playing July 16.

Alyssa Skala, Photographer

July 16, 2020

The softball team kicked off their postseason in a home game against Waterloo West on July 16. The team took control of the Wahawks 10-2 to advance to the regional semifinals along with five strikeouts from Eva Burbidge '20 and three RBIs from Rylee Goodfellow '21. The Women of Troy started the r...

School board votes no in-person classes to begin 2020-21 year

Iowa City West High School

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Sports Editor

July 14, 2020

ICCSD school board members voted in a meeting on July 14 to start the 2020-21 school year with no in-person classes to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The academic calendar will remain the same with classes starting on Aug. 24 and ending on May 28. The ICCSD will start a new required learning cou...

Women of Troy split with Linn-Mar on senior night

Liv Williams '21 focuses on the pitcher July 3.

Alyssa Skala, Photographer

July 3, 2020

The Women of Troy had a strong defense in the first game, defeating the Lions 5-0.  Seniors Kiahna Hill and Grace Schneider consistently caught three fly balls in the infield in the second inning, making for three easy-outs against Linn-Mar.  West started hitting in the third inning. Maddie Caylor...

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