The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: March 2nd-March 8th

Jazz Ensemble Brings Home Grand Championship

The West High Jazz Ensemble headed out of state to compete in 35th Rolling Meadows High School Jazz Competition. Schools of various sizes competed at the festival and West High was the Overall Grand Champion, outplaying all other schools at the contest.

After winning their class, West High played in the Grand Finale Concert, which also featured a performance by Marquis Hill and the BlackTet. After the final four bands performed, West High was awarded the Grand Champion trophy. Ethan Buck, alto saxophone, was named outstanding soloist and Nathan Gall also received outstanding soloist recognition playing guitar with the Symphonic Jazz Band.

Not to be outdone, the Symphonic Jazz Band earned 3rd place at the Coe College Jazz Summit.

You have two opportunities to see this award-winning jazz band in concert this week. They will be on Arganbright Auditorium on Thursday evening and they will be back at West High on Saturday for the SEIBA jazz festival, which is hosted by West High. Congratulations to Directors Rich and Rob Medd and to all the musicians who played at the festival.

Robotic Team Ends Season with Style

The West High Trobotix team had a great time at the Iowa State Robotics Championship on Friday and Saturday. The competition, held in Cedar Rapids, featured the top 48 teams from around the state.

At the competition, the West team won the Promote Award. This award recognizes a video created by junior Eliana Garcia and junior Brenda Gao to promote the values of FIRST Robotics to a general audience. The team's video will be sent on to the World Championship where it will compete with other winning submissions.

Congratulations to all the members of Trobotix and their sponsor, Dominic Iannone.

Khullar and Mascardo Make Award-winning Video

This week, WHS science students Shreya Khullar and Caroline Mascardo were notified that they submitted the winning video in the Environmental Protection Agency's contest, See a Bloom, Give it Room Contest. Shreya and Caroline will be awarded the prize sometime in March. The contest was open to high school students or teams in EPA Regions 7 and 8: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. You can read all about the contest here: and check out the video below.

Congratulations Shreya and Caroline and special thanks to West High science teacher Carolyn Walling for promoting this activity.

Showtime and Good Time Company Hold Final Concert

Congratulations to all the members of the West High's competition showchoirs, Showtime and Good Time Company. They held their final event of the season, the Spring Showcase on Sunday afternoon and evening. Joining the choirs on stage was the Northwest Junior High showchoir In Time. Special shoutout to all the parent volunteers who helped make this season a success and, of course, to Directors David Haas and Luigi Enriquez.

WHS Events This Week

  1. NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 2nd
  2. Final Grades Due on Monday, March 2nd at 8:00am
  3. NHS Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 2nd in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:00pm
  4. Boys Varsity Basketball (4A Sub-State 5 Final) vs Pleasant Valley on Tuesday, March 3rd at Liberty at 7:00pm
  5. JETS/TEAMS Competition on Wednesday, March 4th at Kirkwood Community College
  6. WHS Jazz Band Concert (for 7th Gold, 8th grade and Jazz Ensemble) on Wednesday, March 4th in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:00pm
  7. WHS Jazz Band Concert (for 7th Green, Varsity Jazz and Symphonic Jazz) on Thursday, March 5th in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:00pm
  8. Academic Decathlon: State Competition 3/6 & 3/7
  9. SEIBA Jazz Band Festival on Saturday, March 7th at WHS in the AUD, LT, Both Gyms & Cafeteria

College Visits This Week:

  • Northern Illinois University on Wednesday, March 4th in the Guidance Office Conference Room from 1:00pm-1:45pm. Questions? Call 319-688-1053.

AFT Takes a Holiday

AFT, the period of time between 6th and 7th periods, will take a holiday for the next two weeks. A new AFT schedule will start once we return from Spring Break. Here is the new bell schedule:

Period 1--8:50 - 9:44

Period 2--9:48 - 10:42

Period 3--10:46 - 11:40

Period 4A

Lunch 11:40 -12:12

Class 12:12 - 1:06

Period 4B

Class 11:44 - 12:38

Lunch 12:38 - 1:10

Period 5--1:10 - 2:04

Period 6--2:08 - 3:02

Period 7--3:06 -4:00

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The Junior Engineering Technical Society will be competing in the State TEAMS competition on Wednesday, March 4th, at the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha. Good Luck, JETS!
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