The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: April 4th - April 10th

WHS Summer Athletic Camps Open for Registration

Coaches are now preparing for West High Summer Athletic Camps. Camps will occur throughout the summer so use this link to learn about times, dates and locations. Don't get left behind, sign up today.

Update from the Athletic Department

West High hosted the Annual Trojan Soccer Invitational this weekend. West High won all three of its matches, beating Ankeny (3-2) in overtime on Friday night, West Des Moines Dowling (3-0) on Saturday morning, and Muscatine (4-0) on Saturday afternoon. This was the first time that the invitational was held on West High's campus with games played on Ed Barker Field and on the new turf field at Trojan Stadium. Thanks to all of our workers, players and the hearty fans who came out to watch soccer in 40-mile an hour winds.

All teams, tennis, track, soccer and women's golf compete this week. Check out our very full athletic schedule here. The highlight this week is the Hollingsworth invitational track meet, which will be held on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 10:00 am.

In the news this week:

Conner McCaffrey named local basketball Player of the Year: story here

Girls Track team sets goals high: story here

Valerie Welch sets new long jump record at first home meet. story here

Iowa Women in Science Video Nets $500, First Place

Congratulations to Barbara Badovinac and Leela Bassuk for placing first in the 2016 Women’s History Month Video Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Office on the Status of Women. Barbara and Leela's video won $500 for West High to pay for science supplies and also a visit by the Director for the Iowa Department of Human Rights and a representative from the Friends of the Iowa Commission of Human Rights. The video is very fun; watch it below.
Women of STEM from Iowa

West Side Story Award

The Iowa High School Press Association named Design Co-editor Simran Sarin ’17, News Editor Nina Elkadi ’18 and Designer Catherine Ju ’18 as three of the 10 Emerging Journalists in the state of Iowa. This program serves to acknowledge and encourage high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who demonstrate promise in journalism. Other Emerging Journalists recognized are from Iowa City High, Des Moines North, Des Moines East, Waukee and Johnston. For information on past West Side Story awards, click here.

A link to the story on our website:

The North Liberty Leader also profiled the WSS staff last week. Here’s a link:

Attention Juniors: Hills Bank Youth Salute Program

Each year Hills Bank honors 75 West High students who have shown outstanding leadership and scholarship through their Hills Bank Youth Salute Program. We are calling on juniors who have a 3.5 GPA and have participated in 3 activities either at West High to apply for this honor. Photos and bios of the students selected will be shown in various locations throughout the fall. Below is a link to the Google Form that needs to be completed before Friday, April 8th.

West Programmers Impressive at Hawkeye Programming Challenge

On Saturday April 2, 25 West High Computer Science students competed at the annual University of Iowa's Hawkeye Programming Challenge. It was the most well attended challenge to date. There were 78 programmers representing 12 different high schools.

In Division 1 (for students who are taking or have taken AP Computer Science) Kevin Liu of West High took 1st Place.

In Division 2 (for students who are taking a Pre-AP programming course) the West High team of Fatima Mohamed, James Thompson, and Nile Wagner took 2nd Place.

Also, heading into the final American Computer Science League national programming competition, West High's team of Kevin Liu, Casey McClenathan, and Jiahua Zhang are 3 points out of 1st place. Each of these students have scored 29 out of a possible 30 points in the competition. This is an outstanding accomplishment and has earned this team an invitation to the National Programming Competition in Nashua, New Hampshire on Saturday, May 28.

Wymer to be Honored at Hollingsworth Relays

This will be a special year for the annual Hollingsworth Relays. The discus and shot put events at the Hollingsworth Relays will be named after long-time science teacher and track coach, Brad Wymer. The winners of the shot put and the discus will receive special recognition at the meet, including a special plaque which will include information about Mr. Wymer and his success as a throwing coach.

Also at this year's Hollingsworth Relays there will be a recognition of West High Track alumni and an OPEN 800 for anyone wanting to participate. 2016 senior members of the the West High Track team will also be recognized. Twelve teams will be competing in the meet, which is named after retired West High PE teacher and Track Coach, Gary Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth was also an All-American runner at the University of Iowa. The meet is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Top Five for April 4th - April 10th

1. Jazz Championships--The West High Jazz Ensemble perform at the Ioswa Jazz Championships on Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Des Moines Civic Center.

2. Blood Drive at West High on Wednesday, April 6 from 11:00 to 4:00 pm, West High Auditorium Lobby.

3. Chamber Wind and Percussion Concert, North Band Room, 7:30 pm.

4. Dine Out for Education! The ICCSD is calling for everyone to Dine Out on Thursday evening. Participating restaurants will donate 10% to the ICCSD schools.

5. Hollingsworth Relays, Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am at the West High track.

IASL Outstanding School Library Award

The West High Library is being presented with the IASL Outstanding School Library Award. They will receive a certificate and seal valid for 3 years next week at the IASL Spring Conference.

View the digital portfolio for the award application here:

Band Updates

March is National Music in Our Schools Month

Although National Music in Our Schools Month is coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to share some information about music in our school. Over 700 West High students participate in one or more of our 13 curricular and 8 extracurricular performing ensembles. We offer 4 concert bands, 3 jazz bands, marching band, pep band, 5 choirs, 2 show choirs, 2 jazz choirs, 2 orchestras, and pit orchestra. As the culmination of study in these ensembles, our students present over 70 public performances each year. West High music groups are often invited to perform at state conferences including the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and the Iowa String Teachers Association. Each year approximately 60 of our students are recognized as All-State Musicians at the Iowa All-State Music Festival – almost always the most recognized from any one high school. In 2003, the Grammy Foundation awarded the West High Music Department its Signature Gold School status, one of only six schools so recognized in the nation that year. We truly appreciate your support and the support of the entire West High School community!

SEIBA Jazz Festival Success!

Thanks to all of the band parents and students who helped host the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Association Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 5th!! Not only were we able to successfully host 60 jazz bands, but all three West High Jazz Bands gave outstanding performances. The Jazz Ensemble was awarded 1st place in class 4A, and the Symphonic Jazz Band earned 2nd place and the Varsity Jazz Band earned 4th place in the Large School Second Band class. Many students were also awarded outstanding soloist awards. The 1st place finish qualified the Jazz Ensemble for the Iowa Jazz Championships for the 21st consecutive year!

Iowa Jazz Championships, Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

The WHS Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Iowa Jazz Championships at the Des Moines Civic Center on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 . The band performs at 9:30 am. The public is welcome to attend!

Chamber Wind & Percussion Ensemble Concert, April 6th

Members of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a Chamber Wind and Percussion Ensemble Concert in the North Band Room at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, April 6th. The concert will feature the students performing in Brass Choirs, Woodwind Choirs, and Percussion Ensembles. The concert is free and open to the public without Family Passes or admission.

Local Scholarship Opportunities

Attention parents of the class of 2016: There are a number of local scholarships currently posted on the West High Guidance web site with deadlines that are rapidly approaching. Many of these scholarships are presented annually at the Senior Recognition Assembly on May 11th in the West High Auditorium. To view the scholarship check out the link below:

West High Blood Drive

The West High Blood Drive is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6th from 11am to 4pm in the auditorium lobby.

Anyone interested needs to PRE-register and get a parent permission form from Carolyn Walling in room 2. Students must be at least 16 years old to donate and weigh at least 110lbs.

Any senior who donates will be entered into the drawing to win a $500 scholarship.

Student Senate Leads Book Drive

A book is terrible thing to waste. At least when it could be read by young readers. The West High Student Senate is sponsoring a book drive to supply books to students in Iowa City elementary schools. They are collecting books that are suitable for kids in grade K-6. So if you have anything from Dr. Suess to R. L. Stine, bring them to West High between April 4 and April 18.

Mary Poppins Ticket on Sale Tuesday

Tickets for Theater West's Mary Poppins will be on sale this Tuesday at West High. The spring musical often sells out, so it is best to purchase tickets early. Tickets are on sale in the main office, 7:45 to 4:00 pm. There will be shows on Thursday, April 14th, Friday, April 15 and two shows on Saturday, April 16. Come see Mary, Bert and a cast of dozens recreate the Disney musical at West High.

Power of Positive Summit

The West High Guidance Department wants everyone to know about the power of the positive mindset. Put the Power of Positive to work for you! Sign up now and receive access instructions via email to watch and learn from our 30+ elite speakers that include NFL/NBA/College players/coaches, bestselling authors, top leaders, and more. Each speakers message is 5-15 minutes long and includes action steps that will help you to stay positive, overcome challenges and make a greater difference. You will have free online access from April 4-10, 2016.

SEI Summer Institute

SEI Summer Institute is a free summer program sponsored by the University of Iowa, Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE) designed to enhance the academic experience of local ICCSD high school students of underrepresented populations.

View the announcement of the 2016 Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) here:

Applicants should be students in good standing, currently in 8th through 11th grade enrolled in an Iowa City Community School District Junior High School or High School. Apply at the following link:

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Party After Prom

The Party After Prom will be held at the University of Iowa CRWC this year and it provides a fun and safe alternative for after the Prom. Parent volunteers are needed to run this event. For registration forms, stop in the main office or visit:
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Welcome to The West High Weekly

The West Weekly is an on-line publication by West High School administration and staff and will be distributed on Sundays via email and popular online media sites like twitter and facebook. The purpose of the weekly is to keep the West High Community informed of upcoming events and also report the news of the previous week. If you have some suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see in this publication, please email