The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: May 16th - May 22nd

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Top Five for May 16th-May 22nd

1. Monday--Girl's Soccer, West at City High, 5:30, City High Field.

2. Tuesday--Boy's Soccer, West at City High, 5:30, City High Soccer Field.

3. Wednesday--Senior's last day, Graduation Rehearsal, 11:30, Hawkeye Carver Arena.

4. Thursday--Saturday, State Track Meet, Drake University

5. Thursday--Retirement Open House for Wayne Thelander and Elwin Pearson 3:00--4:00, West Library.


Sunday, May 22, Graduation, Hawkeye Carver Arena, 1:00 pm.

Double Bonus: Check out these photos of the seniors 4 years ago here!

Important Graduation Reminders for Seniors, Parents

Graduation is Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 pm at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors will open at 12:00 and seniors need to arrive no later than 12:15.

We still have a few caps and gowns in the main office that have not been picked up. If you still need a cap, gown or tassel, we have extras for purchase also in the main office.

Wednesday, May 18 is the seniors' last day of classes. Seniors will be released at 11:00 am to go to Carver Hawkeye Arena for graduation rehearsal beginning promptly at 11:30 am.

A few reminders are:

All fees and obligations need to be completed no later than Wednesday, May 18 (which is the seniors' last day). This includes:

  • Registration & Classroom Fees
  • Parking Fines
  • Library Fines & all books & textbooks returned
  • Senior Final Transcript Payment

If you are unsure if you have any monetary obligations, please check with Beckie in the Main Office. Seniors cumulative files may be picked up in the Guidance Office beginning Thursday, May 19th.

Quick, Easy Way to Share Great Performances

We have all been there. From the first concert or recital in elementary school, to the fantastic performances in high school, we want an easy way to share these moments with friends and family. The problem is, do you really want to be that parent who elbows other parents out of the way to get a shot with a shaky cell phone? Or do you want to be the person who has to lug in 20 pounds of video and audio equipment?

Well, by participating in the Light, Cameras, Action fundraiser, you will never have to do either; all you will have to do is share an instantly available link and you will have clear, great sounding video of all West High performances, even for the elementary and junior high concerts. Once the fundraiser is complete, we will be able to instantly share these memories via Facebook, Twitter, texts or any other social media platform that might come up.

Convinced? Follow this link and donate today: We are $14,000 short of our goal and we only have two weeks left to go. Any amount helps as we want to get this installed before next year.

Still not convinced? Follow this link for more details:

Soccer Matches, State Track Highlight Busy Sports Week

Here is a rundown of varsity events this week. For lower level contests, use this link to visit rschooltoday, which shows all West High athletic events.


Girls Golf, Ellis Park, 9:30 am start.

Girls Soccer at City High, 5:30 start.

Note: West High parents & students--across from the West High bench south of the 50 yard line: NO STANDING OR SITTING PERMITTED BEHIND THE GOALS OR INSIDE THE ROPED AREAS.


Boy's Soccer at City High, 5:30 start.


Girl's Tennis Regional TBA

Boys and Girls State Track, Drake University Stadium (3-day meet)

Boy's Soccer at Dubuque Hempstead, 4:15 start

Girl's Soccer vs. Dubuque Hempstead at Barker Field, 6:45 start.


Boy's and Girl's Tennis Substate and Regional, TBA

State Track Meet Concludes

WHS Library Summer Book Check Out

Once again, the West High library is encouraging students to check books out for the summer. Current 9th-11th grade students can check out as many books as they would like for the summer and the WHS library will even supply a shopping bag to carry them! The library will also be hosting summer checkout hours from 2PM-5PM on June 22 and July 27. Current NWJH and NCJH 8th graders are also welcome to come to those summer checkout hours to explore the West High library and borrow books. Any summer checkout books can either be returned during the June 22/July 27 hours or when students return to West in the fall.
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9th Graders Complete Escape Box

On Wednesday, May 11th, English 9 Honor students met to celebrate the year and to compete in two challenges that tested their knowledge of English skills and concepts: a “Kahoot” trivia challenge and a “Locked Box” challenge that required them to solve a series of content-related puzzles in order to thwart the villain by unlocking a box. Congratulations to the winners and thank you English 9 Honors students for a great year!

West High Boys Cross Country Team Meeting

Who: Anyone that wants to join the team, get in shape,

make friends and have fun!!!

What: Gather information from students & present summer plan.

When: Tuesday May 25th after school/3:20pm

Where: Room 157 Coach Martz’s Room

Why: Get organized, set summer & fall Individual/Team Goals!!

BPA National Leadership Conference Results

The conference hosted nearly 4000 students from around the United States for leadership seminars and competitive events. Congrats to the following students who placed in the top ten at the BPA National Leadership Conference held in Boston last week:

Rachel Meyer- Advanced Interview Skills

Shaye Shelton- Interview Skills

Alexandra Dobre and Ellie Jacoby: Economic Research Team

Late-Breaking News, West Wins Regional Math in KC

The West High Math team capped off an undefeated season by winning the Midwest regional competition in Kansas City on Friday, May 13. Complete results will be available next week; however, check out the photo and identify the mystery person on the right!

Science Students Win Road to Success Writing Contest

Congratulations to Parteek Raikwar for winning 2nd place and Sierra Frost for winning 3rd place in the Roads to Success writing contest.

2nd place will be awarded $75.00 and publication on the University of Iowa Latham Science Engagement website.

3rd place will be awarded $50.00 and publication on the University of Iowa Latham Science Engagement website.

Visit for more information about the contest and essay prompt.

Human Rights Commission Recognizes Students

On May 10, the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission presented the Youth Awards for 2016 at the Englert Theater. Sixteen West High students, also with students from Regina and City High, were presented awards for their work in promoting human rights. The following West High students (also pictured below) were presented individual certificates:

Kasey Baller

Kelsey Baller

Eugenia Chen

Callie Dains

Anoushka Divekar

Hiba Ibrahim

Nada Ibrahim

Carter Johnson

Chad Johnson

Khushi Kapoor

Avery Kout

Jen Kuehn

Abbie Moore

Ehtan Seylar

Kenna Short

Kyra Stoll

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Graduation Information

For information on the 2016 Graduation, click here.

For additional information and announcements, visit the main guidance page.

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.

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Welcome to The West High Weekly

The West Weekly is an on-line publication by West High School administration and staff and will be distributed on Sundays via email and popular online media sites like twitter and facebook. The purpose of the weekly is to keep the West High Community informed of upcoming events and also report the news of the previous week. If you have some suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see in this publication, please email

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It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the Equity Director, Kingsley Botchway, at 1725 North Dodge Street, 319-688-1000.

Es la política de Iowa City Community School District no descriminar en base a raza, credo, color, género, origen, religión, edad, estado civil, orientación sexual, estado de veterano, incapacidad, estado socio-económico en sus programas educacionales, actividades, o políticas de empleo. Si usted piensa que usted o su hijo (a) han sido descriminados o que han sido tratados injustamente en la escuela, por favor comuníquese con el Director de Equidad, Kingsley Botchway, 1725 North Dodge Street, teléfono: 319-688-1000.