The Weekly

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

AP exams begin on Tuesday, May 18th! The schedule of exams, including testing locations, can be found here. Please refer to our website for more 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.

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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.


Clear Bag Policy

Prohibited Items

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

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 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

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.


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.

Athletics Announcements


You must register as an athlete here to practice and compete: 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.


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 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

Seven Nation Podcast 5-5-21

Your Prep Sports Area Alumni Report



Iowa City West’s Aurora Roghair set to compete in Olympic Swimming Trials


Girls High School Soccer Ranking

Boys Soccer (Varsity) Score Posted - Iowa City West Trojans defeat Waterloo East Trojans 10-0.

Girls Soccer (Junior Varsity) Score Posted - Iowa City West Trojans tie Iowa City High Little Hawks 1-1.

Boys Soccer Power Index




Complete List of Your Prep Sports Area Girls State Track and Field Qualifiers

Class 4A State Track Qualifying Meet (pics)

Breaking Down the Boys Conference Track and Field Meets

Girls Track and Field Roundup: Burt, Woods Win Titles for West High at MVC Valley Divisional Meet

Boys Track and Field Roundup: West High Third at MVC Valley Divisional Meet

Breaking Down the Girls Conference Track and Field Meets



Photos of some of the top groups in the MVC valley divisional

Leigha Pacha leads Iowa City West to runner-up divisional golf finish

Girls Golf Roundup: Goodfellow, Packa Lead West High at Shortened MVC Super Meet

Fore thought: Golf coaches’ changes allow MVC Super Meet to be played


WSS: More on the boys tennis team’s district title


Another Perfect District Tennis Performance for West High as Trojans Send All Four Entries to State

Boys' district tennis preview: Good news and bad news for Gazette area teams

Iowa Boys Tennis Coaches Poll - 5/10/21

Girls Coaches Polls - May 10

Girls Tennis Roundup: West High Completes Unbeaten Regular Season With Win Over CR Kennedy

Girls Tennis Roundup: West High Downs Cedar Rapids Xavier in Battle of Top-ranked Teams

Iowa City West tops Xavier in battle of top-ranked teams

Iowa Boys Tennis Coaches Poll - 5/3/21

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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.

All students are welcome to return library books and textbooks as soon as they confirm with their teachers that they are finished with them. In person students can drop their books in the box outside the library doors. OLP students can return items to our 24/7 book drop box at the 9th grade entrance.
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Parents - Do you need a copy of your child's high school transcript for insurance purposes or another use? Log into your PowerSchool account on a laptop or desktop computer (not the mobile app), and look in the Document Vault in the column of icons on the left hand side of the screen. You can print or download the transcript from there. If you don't have access to a laptop or desktop computer, you can use your child's Chromebook.
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The West Parent Student Teacher Organization meets via Webex (similar to Zoom) on the first Wednesdays at 12:00pm-1:00pm, all are welcome. Please write us at our new email address if you want the link to attend the meetings or have suggestions. West High PSTO also has a group page on Facebook, and the Facebook posts are also on our website at Our website has information on how to make donations by checks made out to the West PSTO which can be dropped off at the main office or mailed to the PSTO c/o West High, 2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52246. We are currently raising funds for meals for teachers on conference nights and scholarships for students to attend post season sports events.
Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families
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Varsity Bound: Your Gameday Program!

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jeremy Tabor, Director of Equity and Employee Relations, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000,