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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

Vivian Polgreen

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor

(she/her) Vivian Polgreen is a senior at West and it is her third year working on staff. She is the news editor and co-managing editor for the online publication. In her free time, she enjoys reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, rowing and playing cello in the orchestra.

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Kay Dileo smiles while sitting in her chair

Kay DiLeo

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 30, 2023
Paul Breitbach is a retiring West High School counselor

Paul Breitbach

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 30, 2023
The Iowa House Capitol in Des Moines during the winter.

[Photo] March news briefs

Mrudani Ramkumar, Print News Editor
March 3, 2023
WSS recaps the latest ICCSD school board meeting.

School board updates: Dec. 13

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
December 14, 2022
Iowas election results for the 2022 midterm election  were released on Nov 9

Iowa’s election results

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
November 10, 2022
A protester holds up a sign urging people to vote during the protests on June 24, 2022.

What are midterm elections?

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
November 4, 2022
Here is a sketch of what West will look like after the renovations have been done.

ICCSD confirms a new construction plan

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
October 26, 2022
This year, the midterm elections will take place on Tuesday, November 8

How to vote in the midterm elections

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
October 23, 2022
Every year, as prices rise, a dollar is worth less.

What’s up with inflation?

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
September 27, 2022
Many colleges are no longer requiring applicants to submit standardized test scores.

Test optional?

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 31, 2022
West Highs new mental health website

Center for Wellness website

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 20, 2022
Junior highs in the ICCSD will be transitioning to a middle school model in 2024

ICCSD School Board combines sixth grade with junior high

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
April 12, 2022
The debate continues on masks and the official end to the pandemic.

Is it over yet?

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
April 4, 2022
Homecoming will be West Highs only all school dance of the school year.

West High winter formal canceled in planning stages

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 24, 2022
Many people in our community struggle with mental health and are unaware of the resources available to them

Combatting a mental health crisis

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 8, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. was incredibly influential in his work for Civil Rights and racial equality. (File Photo)

Remembering Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
January 17, 2022
Class times will change with the new West High bell schedule, which will be introduced on Jan. 24.

West High set to implement new bell schedule

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
January 14, 2022
The West High parking lot sits empty as snow removal crews start to clear the snow on Feb. 7, 2021.

The return of snow days

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
January 7, 2022
Iowa winters mean two things: cold weather and snow days.

How to spend your snow days

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
January 6, 2022
Omicron, the most recent COVID-19 variant, was recently named a variant of concern.

Don’t overlook Omicron

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
December 17, 2021
A sign taped to the West High front door tells students, staff and visitors about the new mandate on Sept. 15.

ICCSD mask mandate extended

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
October 10, 2021
West High students have the choice to wear face masks while on school property as of May 20.

ICCSD updates COVID-19 quarantine policy

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
September 14, 2021
Bill banning diversity curriculum in Iowa

Bill banning diversity curriculum in Iowa

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 26, 2021
April 30, 2021, marked Joe Bidens 100th day in the White House

A look into the Biden presidency

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 22, 2021
AP testing started on May 15, and students will be testing both online and in person through June 3

AP Testing in 2021: What you need to know

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 18, 2021
The yearbook staff celebrating the completion of the 2021 yearbook on April 2. This years staff is combined in-person and online students.

Trojan Epic yearbook releases distribution dates

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
May 8, 2021
8,500 students across the Iowa City Community School District have been fully in person since February 15

In-person school and the COVID-19 ripple effect

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
April 16, 2021
As more and more people get vaccinated, the slow of the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming a reality.

Iowa’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Where we are now

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
March 29, 2021
WSS recaps the latest ICCSD school board meeting.

School board recap: 2/23/21

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 26, 2021
WSS recaps the latest ICCSD school board meeting.

School board recap: 2/9/21

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 12, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine is slowly making its way through the state of Iowa.

Iowa’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out explained

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 10, 2021
WSS recaps Gov. Kim Reyonolds new COVID-19 guidelines.

Overview of new Iowa COVID-19 restrictions

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
December 6, 2020
The flu and COVID-19 may seem similar on paper, but in reality the two illnesses are vastly different.

Finding the difference: COVID-19 and the flu

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
November 12, 2020
Pandemic pastimes

Pandemic pastimes

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
October 4, 2020
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