The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Dec 13-Dec 20

2016 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students

Eleven West High students have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, have been presented to these talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for the National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

Front Row: Ela Pemmaraju, Leela Bassuk, Alena Mueller, Yuanyuan (Mary) Li, Maria Shriver

Back Row: Christian Zirbes, Jacob Heid, Grant Cooper, Anneke Thorne, Anupam Tiwari

Not pictured: Stefan Schmidt

'Tis the Season for Spirit Days

In order to liven up the last week of the calendar year, the Student Senate has designated the following dress up days this week:

Monday: PJ Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Wacky Day

Thursday: Dress Up/Down Day

Friday: Ugly Sweater Day

Selective College Presentation December 14th

On Monday evening, December 14th at 7:00 pm there will be a Selective College Presentation at the Kirkwood Regional Center for any student and parents in grades 9-11 who has interest in attending a selective college upon graduation. Our guest speaker comes to us from Compass Education Group, a leading provider of college admission test tutoring and guidance. Compass’ founders are nationally-recognized experts in the field of college admissions testing, and they are regularly invited by educational institutions to present seminars for students, parents, faculty, administrators and admission officers. The presentation is informative and educational in nature and is entirely non-solicitous. For more information click on the following link:

Two Concerts Left for 2015

After four music events last week, nearly all of West High's 700 musicians, including 61 All-State musicians, have performed since Thanksgiving. However, there are two more concerts to go:

Tuesday--Choir Concert, 7:30 pm.

Wednesday--Band Concert, 7:30 pm.

Both concerts take place in Arganbright Auditorium.

Pictured: Peter Tearse poses with professional saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz Brown at the Jazz Cafe on Saturday night.

West High Fights Hunger with Annual Food Drive

November 30th marks the start of Student Senate's annual food drive. This drive collects non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Crisis Center. This year we have a few competitions and incentives for students to donate items:

-There is a competition between City High and West High to see which school can collect the most food, as measured by weight.

-Students can turn 10 cans in to the main office to excuse a West High parking ticket. (This works for up to 3 parking tickets).

-Underclassmen and upperclassmen will compete in hopes of turning in more food items. Designated turn-in rooms are Mr. Davis, Mr. Hartwig, Ms. Harms, and Ms. Head for underclassmen, and Mr. Frese, Mr. Gross, Ms. Nigg, and Sra. Seidel for upperclassmen. Please encourage students to turn their items in to one of these teachers' rooms if they wish for them to count toward the underclassmen/upperclassmen competition.

The final day of collection is December 17th.

If you have any questions, you can email

Physics lab has students rolling bowling balls down the halls of WHS

Advanced physics student took to the hallways of West High this week to learn more about unbalanced forces. Their teacher, Mr. Harding promises that you can learn a lot about physics using an old bowling ball and a rubber mallet.
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ICCSD Releases Weather Guidelines

Click here for complete information about the processes used for determining when school should start late, end early, or be canceled altogether.

When looking for the most recent information about West High activities, check first on the West High website. Information about about athletic rescheduling, can be found on the West HIgh page of rschooltoday.

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