West High Newsletter

West High School - Sioux City, IA

February 2020

This Month's Highlights.....

  • Driver's Education Information
  • Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Information
  • Vaping Education

Message from the Principal

Being the principal of West High is such a privilege. I have felt welcomed into the West High family from day one. This summer, my family will be moving to Texas for my husband’s job opportunity. We will also be much closer to family. I will continue in my position for the remainder of the school year. The District will conduct a search for the position and more information will be provided as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Traffic Education 2020

The Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD) plans to offer two sessions of Traffic Education for the summer of 2020. The first session of classes will run June 1 - June 30 and the second session will run June 29 - July 28.

Classes will be Monday through Friday, however some driving sessions may have to happen on weekends in order to have all students complete the session in four weeks.

Registration for summer Traffic Education will begin on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 AM with the deadline for all registrations ending on Friday, March 27. Cost for the class will be $385. (School waivers are accepted for Summer School.)

In order to register:

  1. You must be 14 years of age.
  2. You must have a valid Iowa learner’s permit.
  3. A complete deposit for the class fee must be made to the high school you are registering at in order to be completely registered.

Registration forms must be filled out at the main offices of one of the three Sioux City public high schools (East High, North High, and West High). Students must complete the registration at the school they plan to attend. Registrations will not be accepted by mail or email. The student’s permit and the payment fee must be presented at the time of registration.

Registration is limited to the number of available openings at each school (West High, North High and East High). Enrollment will be accepted, based on the date order in which registration forms are received, until capacity is met. Students placed on a waiting list are not guaranteed a place in the summer class. For questions, contact John Torno (North High School) at (712) 898-3505 or tornoj@live.siouxcityschools.com.

Students and Staff of the Month

Each month one student from each grade level and department and one staff member will be recognized for living by the WHS motto We Are WEST! (Welcoming, Engaged, Safe, Trustworthy) In Januray the following were recognized:
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P.A.W.S. Meeting

P.A.W.S is our parent group, similar to a PTA. Please plan to join us in the Media Center on the following dates at 6:00 PM.

This group is a way for parents to be involved with what is going on at West High!

We hope to see you there!

March 16th

April 20th

Spring Conferences

The Spring parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner. Some very important information will be given during conferences including:

  • Course Request Verification for Fall 2020-2021
  • Current Semester 2 progress
  • Open Response Progress/Math Assessment Progress
  • Information about how to get more involved at WHS
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with your student's teachers
  • District & Parent Climate Survey

Mark your calendars now and you will receive an invitation later this month to sign up for a time.

February 26: 3:05 - 5:45 PM

February 27: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Attendance Expectations

Hallway Privileges

The best way for students to stay on track and maximize learning is to be in class every day.

If a student has a combined total of 15 tardies and/or unexcused absences within the same academic quarter, they will have restricted hallway use. Students on restriction will only be allowed to leave the classroom for restroom/personal needs with a pass given by the teacher.

Students can earn hallway privileges back by having 10 consecutive days of perfect attendance (no tardies or unexcused absences).

Tardy vs Absence

Students are marked tardy if they arrive within the first 20 minutes of class. If they arrive after the first 20 minutes they will be marked truant for that block.

Dance Eligibility

Attendance in one of the components for dance attendance eligibility. The Spring Fling in 3rd quarter (March 14) and Prom in 4th quarter (May 16) have the following requirements:

  • 90% attendance or higher
  • No truancies
  • Fewer than 7 tardies in the marking period
  • passing grades in all classes
  • No Out of School Suspensions
  • Navigator completed (if applicable)

All absences must be resolved on the day the absence occurs, or within 24 hours. If students choose to bring a guest to the dance, a request form must be approved and turned into the front office. Watch the daily announcements for ticket information as we get closer to the dates. Attendance appeals can be made with an administrator the week before the dance.

Semester 1 Grades

Please log into Infinite Campus to view your student's semester 1 grades. https://campus.siouxcityschools.org/campus/portal/siouxcity.jsp

If you need assistance accessing Infinite Campus, please call the front office 712-279-6772.

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February Update from Mr. Pace and the Athletic Department

With February comes district, regional and state competition. Please stay tuned into the West High Website, Facebook, Twitter and the athletics department schedule for dates, times and the locations where our teams will be competing. We hope to see you there to support the Wolverines. We encourage all of the student body to listen and watch the building daily announcements for the dates and times for spring sports sign up meetings. Girls track and boys track, boys and girls tennis, girls and boys soccer, and girls’golf will be starting right around the corner and the coaches will have meetings in the not too distant future to discuss their respective sports. Spring sports start dates are:

  • Track 1st Practice – 2/17/2020
  • Girls Golf 1st Practice – 3/16/2020
  • Girls Tennis – 3/16/2020
  • Girls Soccer – 3/23/2020
  • Boys Soccer – 3/162020
  • Boys Tennis – 3/16/2020

Parents are always passionate about their children and their participation in athletics and activities. Please remember to support and listen to your children’s needs. Focus on what your child does well and where they need to improve. Encouragement is essential. Listen to your child, but stay rational. Always support and listen, stay calm and open-minded until you have investigated the situation when questions and concerns arise.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns in regards to athletics or athletic student participation please contact the West High Athletic Office at 279-6790, and We Are West!

WHS Activities & Athletics Calendar

Click here for all West High Activity and Athletic Schedules


Vaping Concerns

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We continue to see students using vapes at school. Vapes and vape "pods" are not permitted on campus.

Here is what the student handbook says regarding this issue.

"The District maintains a drug/alcohol/tobacco/nicotine free environment for all District facilities, grounds, and vehicles. The policy includes the use of nicotine products that are not FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved for tobacco cessation. This requirement extends to students, employees, and visitors at all times. Persons failing to abide by this policy will be asked to extinguish their smoking material or dispose of the tobacco/nicotine product, or other product, or leave the District premises immediately."

If students are found to be in possession of vapes, the following will occur:

First Offense: Ticketed by Sioux City Police, placed in ISS for remainder of the day, and at least one additional day

Second Offense: Ticketed by Sioux City Police, OSS 1 day

Third Offense: Ticketed by Sioux City Police, OSS 3 days

Students who are caught smoking, using a vape, or in possession of tobacco or vaping products will be required to attend a vaping education class.

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After-School Tutoring & Night School

After School Tutoring is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the media center from 3:05-4:05 pm. The time is staffed with teachers from each of the core content areas. Students report to the media center and get support. This is a great way to catch up in a class or get help with current homework. No Sign-up required. Students may show up as needed.

Night School is also available for students that want to continue to work on their Edgenuity courses or need extra help. Tues & Thurs 3 - 7PM and Wed 3 - 5 in room 265

*Please note: nursing services are not provided during these voluntary activities

Upcoming Saturday Schools

Saturday school is another opportunity for students to get caught up on missing work, get extra help in classes that they are struggling with, or continue working on their Edgenuity courses. Our upcoming Saturday schools are:

February 8th, 8:00 AM - Noon

March 7th, 8:00 AM - Noon

March 28th, 8:00 AM - Noon

Food Pantry & Clothes Closet

West High's Food Pantry, "The Bear's Den," will be open Feb 8th 9AM - 11AM.

The pantry is open for any Westside families to get what they may need. Some clothes and toiletry items are also available.

The pantry is available by appointment throughout the month. Please contact Martez Van Buren vanburm1@live.siouxcityschools.com or your student's counselor to set up an appointment.

Upcoming ACT Dates

Wanting to sign up for the ACT?

Visit here to sign up and log in!

Future Test Dates:

April 4, 2020

April 21, 2020 (Administered to all 11th grade students at the high school; no cost to students)

June 13, 2020

New Transcript System

We have a new system in place for requesting official transcripts. We're offering this service to make ordering transcripts easier for you. It's also more efficient for your school, and will deliver your transcripts to the colleges you choose in the format they prefer.

Please visit https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/11598/account to request transcripts.

Order your 2019-2020 Yearbook Now!

Social media and technology are always changing, but yearbooks are forever. Buy your student a lasting memento that will grow in value each year of your student’s life – the 2019-20 West High yearbook.

When you buy your child a yearbook, you are buying a product that will be treasured today and for years to come. This invaluable keepsake of the 2019-20 West High yearbook is only $40. The price will go up as the year goes on so don’t wait.

Buy online with a credit card, debit card or PayPal at yearbookforever.com or at school with cash or check from Ms. Stephens in room 257 at West High.

Order now, so your student won’t miss out when the yearbook is distributed around October 2020, or when the class reunions start rolling around. Senior year happens once… the yearbook is forever.


Important Reminders for the Class of 2020

April 21st – Senior Meeting during Homeroom

May 16th – Prom, Hilton Garden Inn

May 16th – 17th After-Prom

May 22nd – Last Day of School for Seniors & Graduation Practice

May 22nd – Senior Honors Assembly

May 23rd – Graduation, Tyson Events Center

West High Yearbook Photograph Requirements for 2019-20.

Please read the following requirements for the senior pictures to be used in the yearbook.

  1. The yearbook photograph must be a head and shoulders or waist up composition.
  2. High resolution
  3. Hand gestures may not appear in the photos.
  4. “Selfie” photos will not be accepted.
  5. Attire for photographs must comply with West High School’s dress code.

Senior pictures can be delivered to Ms. Stephens in room 257 or sent via email to stephet@live.siouxcityschools.com. Electronic submission is preferred but not required. The final date for accepting senior pictures will be January 15, 2020.

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Saturday, May 23rd, 2:30pm

401 Gordon Drive

Sioux City, IA

Preparations are underway for the 2020 graduation. It is important that all seniors finish strong and complete all of the required credits.

The Tyson Events center will be hosting all three high schools on this Saturday. Information regarding pictures and other details will come on upcoming newsletters.


Immunization Information for the Class of 2021

Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.

The meningococcal vaccine has been required since the start of the 2017/18 school year. Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings.

What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school in August 2020. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


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District and School Climate Survey

Every voice matters in Sioux City Community Schools. That’s why we need to hear from all parents and guardians. Provide feedback using our District and School Climate Survey, which is open February 4 - March 13. The survey is available in English or Spanish.

How to take the survey:

· A link will be sent to parents/guardians by email, text message, and voicemail.

· If you do not receive a link, please contact 712-224-7471 to request a link.

· Paper surveys are available for pick up at your child’s school.

· Take the survey online at your child’s school while at conferences.

The survey asks for feedback on student and academic support, safety and behavior, school leadership, and family involvement. We will use the results to better understand our students’ needs, determine our strengths, and identify opportunities for improvement.

All survey responses are strictly confidential. The District has partnered with an independent research and communications firm, K12 Insight, to administer the survey and compile the results. District employees will not know who participates or see individual responses.

If you have questions, please contact Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications, at mayoa@live.siouxcityschools.com.

Maintaining A Safe and Healthy Environment

The Sioux City Community School District is committed to providing an environment where students and staff members are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that we are not unique, in that we experience the challenges of school and community-based bullying, yet we want to be unique in serving as a District that works to make a significant and positive difference in this arena. Please, join us in the effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. Visit our website, www.siouxcityschools.org/anti-bullying-harassment-hazing/, to learn more about our anti-bullying policy, view resources to help us combat bullying, or report concerns. We also welcome your feedback. Consider sharing your ideas or concerns using the Let’s Talk tool on our website.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, gomezj2@live.siouxcityschools.com. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.