The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: January 17 - January 23

Dance Marathon Raises Spirits (and lots of money)

"It's not about the money; it is about the movement," Ms. Secrist announced to the hundreds of students at the end of this year's dance marathon. She told students it was about how we all stand together when facing cancer. Ms. Secrist is one of a handful of teacher organizers of the West High Dance Marathon. During the 6-hour event, students listened to speakers, danced, ran and raised money for cancer research and cancer survivors. In total, the West High Dance Marathon raised a whopping $95,034.22 this year. Congratulations to all the participants and a huge Thank You to all of the donors. A number of area business contributed money, gifts for the silent auction and there was a huge outpouring of support from our West High families.

To hear from some of the West High Dance Marathon participants during the event, check out updates during the event from Barbara Badovinac, Grace Huber, Jenny Pigge, Katie McGrane and others: and .

Yearbook Calls for Senior Photos

Senior photos for the yearbook are due in the main office by Tuesday Jan. 19, which is the day after Martin Luther King Day. Please be sure to drop off a wallet-size print in the main office by that date. Print your name on an envelope with the photo inside.

The photo needs to be wallet-size and vertical in proportion. It can be color or black and white. A head shot or a head-and-shoulders shot works best. The yearbook will not include photos from a home printer because they reproduce poorly. Either use a professional photographer or a photo retailer to print the photo.

Final Round of Parent/Teacher Conferences Wednesday

Parent-teacher conferences will be held this Wednesday, January 20th from 3:45-7:00 pm in the cafeteria. This is the final round of conferences for this school year. If you are unable to make conferences at this time and your son or daughter is struggling in a class, we invite you to contact the teacher via email or call the counseling office to speak with a guidance counselor at 688-1050 during school hours.

WesTV Moves to LiveStream, Plans More Broadcasts

After a successful debut this January, WesTV is moving to a new web broadcasting service, Livestream. Livestream has a stable and robust platform which promises high quality streaming on all kinds of devices. On Livestream, WesTV productions will be available on-demand for years after the initial broadcast. If you can't make it to West High, please tune in to the following events this week:

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Bettendorf, Tuesday, January 19, 7:15 pm--

Orchestra Concert, Wednesday, January 20. 7:30 pm--

Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Dubuque Senior, January 22, 7:15 pm--

SEIBA Honor Band, Saturday, January 23, time TBA--

West High Celebrates MLK Jr. Day

West High celebrated MLK Jr Day on Friday, January 15 this year. The day was bookended by two videos which you can enjoy below. The first video was shown first period and it highlighted West High students and staff and their dedication to an inclusive school. The second is a spoken-word poem by Ala Mohamed entitled Lying by Omission. Thanks to West High Dean of Students, Maria Martin for editing and producing these videos.
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West High Jazz Cafe on Coralvision

If you missed the event, or if you just want to relive it, Coralvision produced a fantastic video of this year's Jazz Cafe. Access this video here: If you are pressed for time, try skipping to the 1:33.45 mark; here you will hear the guest musician, Chad Brown, and also excellent solos by Peter Terse, Jacob Nishimura and Ned Furlong. This is an amazing band that is stacked with talent.

Good Time Company Top Iowa Show Choir in River City Showcase

On Saturday, January 17, both West High show choirs, Showtime and Good Time Company, competed in the Muscatine River City Showcase. Showtime placed 5th in their division and Good Time Company made the finals which meant they presented their set again at 10:00 pm that evening. Competing against several schools from out of state, including the Chicago suburbs, GTC finished as 2nd runner up and received the highest place of all the Iowa schools. Next week, they are headed for another competition in Lincoln, Nebraska!

Spring Musical Auditions

Auditions for the Spring musical, Mary Poppins, will be held Tuesday January 19th and Wednesday January 20th from 3:30-6:30 pm.
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