West Weekly Update

Volume 12, Issue 3, 8/29/21

From the desk of Mr. Jolliffe

Masks will be the topic of the week. Please do not make this a no-win confrontation. If a student does not want to respond to your request, please call administration or security to come escort the student to the cafeteria. This is real simple. Either the student chooses to wear the mask or they go home. Yes, we will have to remind our students about adjusting their masks but if they are making a good faith attempt to wear their mask, please work with them. Why masks….masks are one more way for us to help slow the spread of the COVID virus and to keep schools open. Washing hands and social distancing are also key mitigation practices. Vaccinations are also a key piece in the process and all of our students and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine. Masks will help kids stay in school if they are a close contact. If a student is vaccinated and wears a mask, they will not have to go through the daily testing regiment due to being a close contact.

We are currently testing over 100 kids daily due to close contents. We can test roughly 20 kids every 15 minutes. If perfectly timed and all kids are present we can get this done in less than two hours. We are using multiple staff (Health room, office, security and admin) to accomplish this task. Multiple schools are testing significantly more kids than we are. For every positive student we can expect around 20 close contacts and these kids must be tested over a period of a week to remain at school.

Friday will be an activity day with an outside pep assembly at the end of the day. We will have the logistics set up on the turf field so that we are as spread out as possible to enjoy a 30 minute pep assembly to kick off our fall sports season. The first football game is this Friday at Friends starting at 7:30PM. Please come out and enjoy the evening supporting your Pioneer Cheer, Dance, Band, Flag and Football teams. Go Pioneers!!!

Next Tuesday we will be hosting a building in-service that will begin in the auditorium at 8:00AM. The morning will include work on standards referenced learning, ignite learning initiatives and addressing our schoolwide WIGs (Wildly Important Goals). The afternoon will focus on academy and department work time.

Be Kind – Be Nice – Be Respectful – When asking kids to address their mask issues. Most of our kids will do a great job with their masks and will need simple, kind reminders to address the issues. Your tone and body language goes a long way in how a student will respond to your request. DO NOT FOLLOW students and hound them about their mask. Look for a camera and point towards the person you asked and then report that to administration and/or security. Let us pursue those more difficult cases. DON’T make this personal. Control what you can control and then let others handle to more interesting scenarios.

Thank you for adjusting your routines to address this changing landscape of schooling. Together we will get through this. Please remind yourself when stressed that EVERYONE is trying his or her best to do a great job. I have not meet one Pioneer not willing to help make this better. WE are all frustrated and we want to vent our frustration but please take a deep breath and understand we are all doing the best we can.

Together we are better – Go Pioneers!!!

Relationships, relationships, relationships…..Pioneers lead the way!!! - Mr. Jolliffe


Academy Time Activities

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West High Wellness Initiative

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Let’s work together!


Events at West


Sunday, Aug. 29th, 8am

West High

Monday: Career Day

Tuesday: Tourist Day

Wednesday: Pink Out Day

Thursday: Throw Back/Decades Day

Friday: Class Colors & Jersey Day

Class colors are:





AVID Site Team Meeting

Monday, Aug. 30th, 3:15pm


This is open to any staff interested! We welcome anyone - AVID experienced or not!

After School Learning Center

Monday, Aug. 30th, 3-5pm






Esports Tryouts

Monday, Aug. 30th, 3:30-6pm


Monday 8/30- Friday 9/3

Tennis @ Northwest

Monday, Aug. 30th, 4-6pm

1220 North Tyler Road

Wichita, KS

Tennis Vs North

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 4-6pm

West High Tennis Courts

Volleyball @ Bishop Carroll

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 5pm

8101 West Central Avenue

Wichita, KS

NHS Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 9:30am


Tennis Vs South

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 4-6pm

West High Tennis Courts

Cross Country @ Clearwater

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 4:30pm

Clearwater, KS, USA

Clearwater, KS

Soccer @ Southeast

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 5pm

2641 South 127th Street East

Wichita, KS

Activity Schedule

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 8am

West High

Pep Assembly

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 2:30pm

West High Football Field

Football Vs Dodge City @ Friends University

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 7:30pm

2100 W University Ave

Wichita, KS

5th Quarter

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 9-10:30pm

West High - Main Parking Lot


Around West


West High Pioneer Booster Club

Our Booster Club has the following t-shirts and hoodies available. Please contact Mrs. Ramsey or Mr. Wanger if you are interested in any of these items.


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