The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Nov. 18th-Nov. 24th

Musicians Raise Money at Play-a-Thon

Over 50 West High musicians raised money for the Iowa City Music Auxiliary last Friday. Rock, jazz, contemporary, bluegrass, classical and K-Pop were all represented in the newly-renovated West High cafeteria. The ICCSD Musical Auxiliary is an important sponsor of our music programs. They assist with transportation costs to music events and support the costs of maintaining our outstanding programs. Leah Rietz, Mallika Huynh and Julia Fink hosted the event and choir director David Haas was the faculty sponsor (and over-qualified sound technician). Thanks to all who donated and see below for photos of the outstanding event.

To the side, Ronan Smith sings First Day of My Life.

Pinter Tells of Vaping Dangers at PSTO Meeting

Sheila Pinter was the guest speaker at November's PSTO meeting. Sheila is a health public policy expert and she presented materials and a video regarding the current fad of vaping. In a recent nationwide poll, teens who use nicotine and marijuana prefer vaping to smoking. Ms. Pinter also presented statistics regarding the increased concentration of THC in vaping products. When compared with marijuana sold 20 years ago, current products are up to 20 times more potent, leaving young users particularly at risk. Below is a summary of materials presented to the group.

Electronic resources*:

Vaping. What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping. This is written in plain language and best suited for electronic distribution because of the additional links embedded. Done by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

The Surgeon General’s site at

Stanford’s Tobacco Prevention website, another favorite “go to”:

Print Material:

CDC site:


Tobacco, Vaping and Marijuana: A Parent’s Guide to a New Epidemic. About 13 minutes long, it covers e-cigs, vaping, and marijuana and provides really great tips on how to talk to teens and form a relationship with them to help teens navigate their world.

Follow Luka Kinard on social media.

Treatment Locator Tool: recently launched and is a modernization of SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator designed to increase access to care for addiction treatment. The new locator also allows searches of programs based on payment option, age, languages spoken, special population/subgroup, and access to medication-assisted treatment for an opioid use disorder.

Also explore: The Truth Initiative, The Real Story, Smokefree Teen with their quitSTART app and #quitJUUL app

*Compiled 11/12/2019 by Sheila Pinter, MS, MPH

Annual Diversity Dinner Scheduled for November 18

SSIKED will host the annual Diversity Dinner on Monday, Nov. 18th at 6pm in the cafeteria. This is a celebration of diversity at West in which students and their families are invited to attend a potluck dinner in the cafeteria. SSIKED would like to see all cultures represented at this event, which features song, dance, spoken word poetry and, of course, food. We invite you to attend and encourage you to contribute a family/cultural dish to this potluck style dinner...and help us celebrate our diverse school community.

If you know for sure that you can contribute a dish, please email that info to Ms. Maria Martin at Students needing more information should contact SSIKED Presidents Isabella Hoeger-Pinto and Quincy Tate.

WHS Events This Week

1. End of 1st Trimester on Monday, Nov. 18th

2. Finals Testing: English & World Languages on Monday, Nov. 18th

3. Diversity Dinner on Monday, Nov. 18th in the Cafeteria 6:00pm-8:00pm

4. NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, Nov. 19th

5. Final Grades Due on Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 8:00am

6. ACT Testing on Tuesday, Nov. 19th 8:30am-1:00pm. Students should report to the West Wing Commons to see their room assignment for testing.

7. All State Music Festival on November 21st to November 23rd in Ames, IA.

College Visits This Week:

All college visits are held in the Guidance Office conference room unless otherwise noted; please call 319-688-1053 with questions.

  • Friday, Nov. 22nd: US Marine Corp Recruiter 10:30am-11:30am

ISU Honor Choir Selects 9 WHS Students!

Iowa State University released the roster of the 2020 Iowa State University Honor Choir. Out of the 98 musicians selected throughout the state, 9 of them are West High Students. Students are selected not only on the basis of the beauty of their voice and their tone quality, but also musicianship skills including music literacy and tonal memory. Congratulations to the following students:

Karissa Burkhardt

Matthew Cupp

Niyati Deshpande

Julia Fink

Sean Harken

Jack Hinman

Clay Hulsebus

Asha Sandhu

Jenna Wang

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Debate Keeps Up Their Winning Ways

The WHS traveled to Davenport this weekend for another tournament. They encountered a bigger obstacle from traffic than from the competition. They arrived back in Iowa City at about the same time as Iowa fans were celebrating a win over the Minnesota Gophers. Here are results:

Lincoln Douglas Debate CHAMPION

Nate Weimer


Aviva Fraer Sachiko Goto

LD Top Speakers

  1. Nate Weimer
  2. Lydia Shin
  3. Aviva Fraer

Public Forum Semifinalists

Advika Shah and Brady Gromacki

2nd Speaker Brady Gromacki

Novice Public Forum Runner-up

Wendy Meng and Catherine Yang

Novice Public Forum Semifinalists

Hana Abou Alaiwa and Sierra Frisvold

Top Speaker 1) Catherine Yang

Policy Champion

Amy Liao and Akhil Bharanidhar

Runner up

Ethan DAlessandro and Gautam Sharda

Top Speakers

  1. Gautam Sharda
  2. Ethan DAlessandro
  3. Akhil Bharanidhar

Novice Policy Runner Up

Sofia WellsLu and Heidi Du


Ashley Seo and Maya Chu

Top Speakers

  1. Sofia WellsLu
  2. Ashley Seo
  3. Maya Chu
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WHS Sports In The News

The Fall sports season has concluded but there is much more on the way. To read about all of the Winter sports news, click on this link:

In addition, Club West has put together an online spirit wear store to be open until November 20. These items will be delivered to the school you just in time for Winter Break. Click here to order:


Girls' basketball: Preseason Gazette area Super 10


Marcus Morgan evaluating his options

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Butler Named Coach of the Year

After an outstanding state swim meet in which the West High team won four events and scored in 9 of 11 events, West High coach and science teacher Byron Butler was named MVC Coach of the year for the Valley Division. Congratulations to Coach Butler.
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Student Officials Needed

Officials are needed for lower-level high school and junior high games. Any capable person over the age of 14 can become an official. For any high school student interested in this opportunity, below is an overview of the requirements. Contact Mitch Gross, West High's boys tennis coach, for more information (319-688-1060).

Requirements for high school students becoming a volleyball or girls’ basketball official (non-varsity):

  • Be enrolled in 9th grade or higher
  • Register with the IGHSAU (Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association) ($20 fee)
  • Watch the rules meeting (available until February 17th)
  • No exam is required.

Requirements for high school students becoming a boys’ basketball official (non-varsity)

  • Be enrolled in 9th grade or higher
  • Register with the IHSAA (Iowa High School Athletic Association) ($20 fee)
  • Watch the rules meeting (available until February 17th)
  • Pass the (open book) rules exam with a score of 75% or higher

If a student wants to be able to officiate both boys’ and girls’ basketball, they must register with both the IGHSAU and IHSAA.

The requirements are the same for adults, but the registration fees are higher.

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Second Trimester Schedule Changes

Students who wish to make changes to their 2nd Trimester schedule should contact their counselor no later than Monday, November 18th. Schedule changes for 2nd Trimester will not be made after this date. Students should come to the Guidance Office or email their counselor with schedule change requests.
West Side Story Online Edition

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Click here for the most current scholarship application opportunities!

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