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. http://www.icwestsportscamps.com/
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
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: http://wsspaper.com/20611/news/ihspa-names-3-wss-staffers-emerging-journalists/
The North Liberty Leader also profiled the WSS staff last week. Here’s a link: http://www.soloneconomist.com/content/march-24-2016-north-liberty-leader
Attention Juniors: Hills Bank Youth Salute Program
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
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
View the digital portfolio for the award application here: http://icwestlibrary.weebly.com/
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
Mary Poppins Ticket on Sale Tuesday
Power of Positive Summit
SEI Summer Institute
View the announcement of the 2016 Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) here: https://www.smore.com/mrknr.
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: http://goo.gl/forms/0BeoEoUY6H