West High School's Weekly Updates: May 10th-May 23rd
Notes From the Guidance Office:
Silver Cord Community Service Hours -Students who have served at least 200 hours will receive a silver cord to wear at graduation. Students who have served 400 hours or more will receive a golden "W" pin in addition to the silver cord. Students in 9th - 11th grades need to have hours for this school year turned in by Monday, May 17th. More information about the Silver Cord program, and the form to record hours, can be found here. Please contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions at (319) 688-1053.
Scholarships - Please be sure to visit our Scholarships webpage if you are looking for funding for your post-high school plans. There are many scholarships with March and April deadlines.
AP Exam Information
Please note that digital tests require that students complete an exam setup on their testing device 1-3 days before exam day. It is the student's responsibility to complete exam setup during this timeframe. Please refer to the schedule of exams for the dates setup is available.
Students taking exams will be automatically excused on exam day. Students will be excused as below.
We encourage all students to take their ordered AP exams, but if they choose to, students may cancel their exam here.
Please reach out to your child's AP teacher if you have any questions regarding the AP exam, or contact the Guidance Office at (319)688-1053.
Senior Recognition Ceremony
On Wednesday, May 19th at 7:00pm, West High will hold our annual Senior Recognition Ceremony. This will be a virtual ceremony, available at this link.
All students and their families are invited to attend. We will recognize several seniors who have received local scholarships, as well as other academic achievements. Recognition awards and scholarships will also be given by various academic departments, and the music and athletic departments.
Feel free to contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
Graduation Information 2021
West High School Presents the Class of 2021 Commencement
Xtream Arena Coralville, IA
Sunday June 6, 2021 1:00PM
Each graduating senior will receive four (4) tickets and two (2) parking passes to graduation. If you are in need of more than two (2) parking passes, please let us know when you pick up your tickets.
There are two options for picking up tickets. Students or parents who pick up tickets must show an ID. Students/parents may only pick up tickets for their own use; you may not pick up tickets for a friend.
The week of May 24th - 28th, seniors can pick up tickets during their lunch period in the foyer outside the Main Gym.
Drive-up ticket distribution will happen on Wednesday, June 2nd from 12:30-2:00pm in the front driveway, outside the Main Gym school entrance.
Seniors’ last day of school is Thursday, June 3rd. A mandatory graduation rehearsal for seniors participating in the ceremony will be on Friday, June 4th from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Xtream Arena. Parking passes are valid for the South Parking Lot: 300 E. 9th St. (south of the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center)
We understand that not all students and families will wish to participate in the commencement ceremony in person. Seniors are asked to fill out this Google Form as soon as possible to indicate whether they will attend the ceremony or not. If you have already completed this form, you do need to respond again. We will contact students who are not participating in the ceremony about how to collect their diplomas.
Please note that seniors must meet the ICCSD’s graduation requirements in order to receive their diplomas. Counselors will communicate with any seniors, and their parents, who do not currently meet these requirements.
The Iowa City Community School District remains committed to our COVID-19 health and safety practices. The well-being of our students, staff, and families is our first priority. We are following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines to ensure we can safely, effectively, and consistently provide access to learning and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The District’s measures are meant to keep our community safe, but they are only fully effective if we are diligent and responsible in adhering to them. For further information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthandSafety.
The yearbooks are coming, so save the date for distribution!
In-person and online students can pick up yearbooks on Thursday, May 27 during all lunches (11:35-1 p.m.) in the hallway outside the main gym.
Students who pre-purchased books will be able to pick up their books at this time. Students can still pre-purchase a book at jostens.com through May 20. There will be a limited amount of yearbooks available for purchase at distribution, as well.
There will also be a book signing station and some free photos — if you are in them, feel free to take the photo!
We are also offering a drive-by pick-up outside of West High on Wednesday, June 2 from 12:30-2 p.m.
If you are unable to attend either of these, students can pick up a yearbook between 8:35 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 28-June 11 in the newsroom (room 115) on the main floor.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any yearbook staff member or the adviser, Sara Whittaker at Whittaker.Sarajane@iowacityschools.org.
The yearbook staff is so excited for you to see what we spent all year creating!
We still have many many photos for students to pick up in the main office. If your student ordered pictures from Halverson, please pick them up.
Graduating seniors: If you have not picked up your cap and gown, please do so in the main office anytime.
West BPA Takes the BPA National Competition FINALS Stage
West BPA qualified 18 out of the 26 National attendees qualified for the FINALS round of competition this week during the 2021 Virtual National Leadership Conference. Congratulations to the following teams and members for making it to FINALS.
Small Business Management Team-Sophia Davis, Payton DeVena, Mary Woodward
Website Design Team- Sara Baroncini, Schuyler Houston, Abby McKeone and Izzy Paulsen
Presentation Management Team- Alex Curtu, Margaret Lui, Kevin Lu, Silvia Tinelli
Broadcast News Team- Karen Lu, Ella Scott, Mohana Sunkara, Ava Waddilove
Presentation Management Individual- Alex Carlon, John Woodward
Administration Support Concepts- Alex Carlon
Digital Media Production- Sara Baroncini
Awards and placements will be announced at the Virtual Awards Ceremony, May 8, 2021. The virtual conference registered students from 24 states and China. Nearly 10,000 BPA members participated in the one week virtual experience.
UPDATE AFTER FINALS:
West High Business Professionals of America members took the virtual spotlight during the Awards Ceremony for the National Competition on Saturday night.
Enjoy perusing the results below earned through presentation events.
Alex Carlon- NATIONAL CHAMPION- Presentation Management Individual
Alex Carlon- NATIONAL CHAMPION- Administrative Support
Website Design Team- 2nd in the NATION- Isabelle Paulen, Schuyler Houston, Sara Baroncini, Abigail McKeone
Small Business Management Team- 3rd in the NATION- Sophia Davis, Mary Woodward , Payton DeVena
John Woodward- 3rd in the NATION- Presentation Management Individual
Sara Baroncini- Top 10 in the NATION- Digital Media Production
Broadcast News Team- Top 12 in the NATION- Ava Waddilove, Mohana Sunkari, Karen Liu, Ella Scoll
Presentation Management Team- Top 12 in the NATION- Alex Curtu, Margaret Liu, Kevin Lu, Silvia Tinelli
Despite the pandemic, these young professionals worked extremely hard this year and committed to achieving excellence in their BPA endeavors.
We are over the moon happy for these students!
Diane and Emily
Bravo to Theatre West's production of "Into The Woods!" The cast & crew should be commended for an outstanding production. Huge shout out to Ms. Nara, Ms. Rocarek, & Mr. Aanasted for their innovation & dedication.
You must register as an athlete here to practice and compete: https://iowacitywest-ar.rschooltoday.com/ This replaces the paper copy of a permission to practice form in the past. Please submit a copy of your physical here as well. If you do not have/need to update your physical to participate because we have a current one on file, please skip that step of the registration process. YOU MUCH COMPLETE STEP 6 before we are able to process your registration.
MISSING ATHLETIC AWARDS
If any student athletes are missing athletic award patches or certificates from previous years or the 20-21 school year, please stop in the athletic office and talk to Brianna Nigg or email her at email@example.com. The athletic office has a lot that have not been picked up from previous years. Awards left over the summer will be recycled.
WHS Sports In The News
Athletic Office SMORE: Some great information from our sports/activity programs!
Bookmark this page for the most accurate WHS athletics calendar of events: rSchool Today
Watch live streamed events on our YouTube Channel.
Varsity Bound: WHS Sports Results
TRACK & FIELD:
Needing Trojans gear?
We won't have another online spirit wear store until August. However, there are quite a few items available at all times on our membership site.