The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: January 10 - January 17

Mock Accident Provides Sobering Lesson

On Friday January 8th during the lunch shifts, students had an opportunity to get a real-life visual of a mock accident with their peers involved. Mount Mercy BSN students Holly Clubb, Courtney Rust, and Debra Rawson in conjunction with West High School conducted a “mock texting and driving static car scene” to bring awareness to the risks associated with texting while driving. A fact sheet about risks associated with distracted driving was handed out along with a pledge for students to read and sign vowing to not text while driving. The accident scene included three students in make-up sitting still in a wrecked car. A police car, tow-truck and hearse added to the realism. Counselors were also standing by to observe students' responses to the scene. If your son/daughter seemed to be impacted by the scene, please have them meet with a counselor when school resumes.

Local community partners include West High SADD, the IC Police Department, ASAP Towing, Kalona Funeral Home, and AT&T. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration 2013 report, teen drivers have the largest population of drivers whom were distracted. Twenty seven percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes were in their twenties, and ten percent of drivers of all ages under the age of twenty involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash (2013). Check out the story in the press-citizen here and the by KCRG here.

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Midterm Grade Reports This Week

Midterm grades will be distributed to students on Wednesday this week just in time for conferences Wednesday evening. West High will hold parent-teacher conferences this Wednesday and next Wednesday, January 13 and 20, from 3:45 to 7:00pm in the main cafeteria. Teachers will be available for 5 minute conferences at tables in the cafeteria. Midterm grades will be sent home with students on Wednesday afternoon Jan. 13 and will be available at conferences.

PSAT Scores Available

PSAT scores have been available online since Thursday, January 7th and can be accessed at this website:

If a student already has a CollegeBoard account, they will need to use the same log-in. If a student does not have a CollegeBoard account, they will need to create one.

Schools have not yet received paper score reports; those are set to arrive by the end of January. The guidance office will be distributing paper score reports, along with PSAT test books, sometime in February. At that time the guidance office will also present information on how to interpret scores.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor at (319)688-1053.

West High Debaters Finish 2nd at State Tournament; Team 3rd Overall

Brothers Kai and Ethan Trepka were first runners-up at the Iowa High School Debate Tournament which was held on January 8-9 at the DMACC campus in Ankeny. The West High team finished 3rd overall for the Sweepstakes Trophy, narrowly edged out by West Des Moines Valley and Des Moines Roosevelt. Although the state tournament is complete, individuals and pairs will continue to compete at regional competitions to earn a spot at the national speech and debate tournament. Good luck to all of the West High speech and debate members as the season continues.

Yearbook Calls for Senior Photos

Senior photos for the yearbook are due in the main office by Tuesday Jan. 19, which is the day after Martin Luther King Day. Please be sure to drop off a wallet-size print in the main office by that date. Print your name on an envelope with the photo inside.

The photo needs to be wallet-size and vertical in proportion. It can be color or black and white. A head shot or a head-and-shoulders shot works best. The yearbook will not include photos from a home printer because they reproduce poorly. Either use a professional photographer or a photo retailer to print the photo.

West High Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

On Friday, January 15, West High will honor Dr. King's life and legacy with a series of educational and awareness activities. All school will be closed on January 18 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday.

Here is a list of the events on Friday at West High:

Period 1--All school video on labels and stereotypes featuring West High staff and students

Period 3--Prof. Michael Hill will be a guest speaker in the main auditorium

Period 5--A Time for Justice--America's Civil Rights Movement, Little Theater

Period 6--Mighty Times--The Children's March--Little Theater

Period 7--Selma, The Bridge to the Ballot--Little Theater

3:00--All School Video featuring a spoken word performance by Ala Mohamed

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Student Produced Innovative Theatre (SPIT) Productions

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 7pm

West High School Little Theater

Theatre West SPIT presents two One-Act shows: A one-act Drama, "Booby Trap", and a one-act Comedy, "Murder in the Knife Room". Both shows will take place beginning at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 14th and Friday January 15th.

Tickets: $5

West High Poms Keep Winning

The West High Dance Team and Pom Squad won the regional championship in Chicago this Saturday. The team finished first in the traditional pom category and placed 3rd in the jazz competition. The nationally recognized team is headed to Orlando in three weeks for a shot at the national title. In the meantime, their divisional banner will hang in the gym. Congratulations, dancers!

American Computer Science League Contest Results

The week of Dec. 14 – 18 was the first of four American Computer Science League contest weeks. In these International contests, each participant can score up to 10 points. They can earn up to 5 points for successfully completing a programming challenge and up to 5 points for correctly answering questions on a quiz. The topics on this first quiz were Recursive Functions, Computer Number Systems, and Assembly Language. The sum of the top 3 scores at each high school represents the team score.

Here at West we had 3 students score perfect 10’s so our team score was a perfect 30 points. The names of our top scorers are listed below:

Kevin Liu Sophomore 10 points

Casey McClenathan Junior 10 “

Jiahua Zhang Senior 10 “

Frances Dai Freshman 8 “

Walt Wang Senior 7 “

Ian Pope Senior 7 “

Lydia Guo Freshman 6 “

You can find out more about these contests at West is in the Senior 3 Division.

WesTV Covers Varsity Sports and Concerts on The Cube

Use the following links to follow the West High action this week:

Varsity Girls vs. Dubuque Walhert, Tuesday, Jan. 12--

Men's Choir Concert, Wednesday, Jan. 13--

Varsity Wresting vs. CR Washington, Jan. 14--

Varsity Boy BB vs. Linn-Mar, Jan. 15--

For a complete listing of competitions from freshman to varsity, go to

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