The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: June 7th-June 13th

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 graduates of Iowa City West!

Photos: Iowa City West Class of 2021 commencement at Xtream Arena

The Truths I Seek (a tribute to the class of 2021 By Katy Nahra)

When I know something isn’t right, do I start with an apology?

I am not the speaker you deserve,

----I am the one that speaks before you, but Never for you.

I do not represent you

I represent a group of people who are INVESTED in you.

What have I taught you that you MUST know?

On a litany of generosity

A scale of 1 to kindness

I’ve learned NOT to ration my compassion--let it flow

Have I taught you this?

Will my dreams come true?

Dream weavers often fabricate

Visions of gold.

What lines your eyelids at night?

Be careful what you pursue,

The dream may end up chasing you.

What should I believe in?

A shared vision of truth and

Common humanity based upon love

And empathy.

Time doesn’t heal all wounds,

We do.

Where do I fit into the world?

Comparison’s a vicious Venn Diagram of superficial stereotypes

Let the compass inside you, guide you

The ONLY thing you can be is true.

What should I pursue?

I seek to be guilty of slow judgment

And Innocent of devouring false narratives

For I am not deficient because I pause

To think

I may be a slow speaker but I AM a deep thinker

Sometimes we must stop trying to be understood

And recognize the common good.

What happens when I fail?

Adversity isn’t just conflict

It is when you have given every part of yourself over

For a greater good

And just when you are ready for rest,

Someone asks you for more, so you reach deeper

Into your soul,

You reach higher, beyond your limits,

You grab onto a lifejacket which looks a lot like

Your conscience, but hugs like your truest friend

And you jump into the deep end with both eyes fixed upon the shore

So you can stay grounded while pretending not to drown.

But when you emerge from the water

Bruised, yet braver

Sometimes in the arms of others

You don’t walk away, not yet, you look back to the

Velvet undertow and rethink every stroke

Reassessing each scenario

Rearranging what you always knew to be true

Admitting your weaknesses,

And with your mouth full of apologies, Your head full of new strategies

you plunge into the depths again

Promising to do better this time.

What if I am scared of change? (scared to go?)

Life IS in fact uphill both ways.

The road that leads you away and

The road that brings you back home.

As you go,

Build bridges of benevolence,

Mend every broken fence with forgiveness,

And scatter gratitude likes dandelion seeds,

So that all roads are open to you.

Will we be okay?

Whatever we are today we are far away from where we ought to be.

I can’t prophesize, but I hypothesize about a rebirth

A regenerated generation,

That uses deliberation as its armament

And baffles with a bigger promise

Not yet realized.

It is our unconquerable resiliency

That makes us human.

Will I be rewarded for my hard work?

Forget the accolades you seek--

Seek the truth,

Even these words I speak--

are borrowed

From the experiences I’ve shared and witnessed

First hand, because I am not alone.

We are none of us, alone.

Instead, focus on

What is good,

Which is what is understood

to be sincere.

What can I expect from life?

This is the day,

When we applaud you,

and drape decorations and distinctions upon you

And hold our breath because

Our hope lies within you.

Today is the day when

My pupils become my peers

When I wish you peace, hope and love,

And all the things that money can’t buy;

A few good friends and the will to try--

To be a little better every day.

I wish you a lifetime of daydreams

And moments to stop and think.

If you, like me, seek the truth,

Then remember all you have been through

And how truly strong you are.

When adversity rings twice, and it will

Combat yourself with knowledge,

Garnish yourself in humanity,

Raise up your voices,

and please remember to

Make good choices.

Pancake Day is Back!

Save the Date!

Iowa City Athletic Booster Club Pancake Day

Saturday, October 23rd

The Pancake Day fundraiser helps raise money that supports student athletes, coaches and programs. Every year Pancake Day raises approximately $30,000 to support athletes and athletic programs at City, Liberty and West High Schools as well as North Central, Northwest and South East junior high schools. This is nearly one-half of the total money raised by the Iowa City Athletic Booster Club annually. With the cancelling of this event last year and the loss of other fundraising revenue as a result of additional cancellations, we need your help more than ever! Your support would be greatly appreciated.

If you have questions about donations or ticket purchases, you can email us at Thanks again for your continued support!

Make an online donation to the Iowa City Athletic Booster Club here.

End of School Year Information (Message sent to families on 6/2)

As we near the end of the 2020-21 school year, we are beginning to receive questions regarding the last day of school. As a reminder, the final day of classes for students is on Friday, June 11, 2021. We will release one hour early on Wednesday (6/9/21), Thursday (6/10/21), and Friday (6/11/21).

We are excited to announce that our Grab & Go Meal Program will continue through the summer. The summer program will run from June 21 through August 6, 2021. Meals will be served from noon -1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 1, 2, and 5. Below is the list of summer Grab & Go Meal locations:

  • Garner Elementary
  • Hills Elementary
  • Mann Elementary
  • Northwest Junior High
  • South East Junior High
  • West High
  • Wood Elementary

Watch for information regarding e-Registration for the 2021-22 school year to be released later in June. If you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.


Matt Degner

Iowa City Community School District

online only schedule for the last 3 days of school this week-out at 3:00pm each day Wednesday 6/9, Thursday 6/10 & Friday 6/11

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Congratulations to the 2021 journalism seniors and next year's Trojan Epic and West Side Story staffers!

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SFA Assistance Available in the Guidance Office:

Your SFA can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:

  • School and home connections
  • Mental health resources
  • Temporary Living Situations
  • School supplies and winter gear referrals
  • District and Community resources and referrals
  • Navigation of school policies and procedures
  • Help registering your child for school
  • Pre-scheduled Transportation Support

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment. Services are free for families. Please contact your school SFA if you have any questions.

If you or someone you know are in crisis, call 1-855-581-8111 or text to 1-855-895-8398 for immediate help 24/7.

Behind the mascot: “Hector” the Trojan

Since opening in 1968, West High students and staff have been proud to call themselves the Trojans. WSS looks into how the Trojan mascot came to be over the past 53 years. Read the full story here.


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All students are welcome to return library books and textbooks as soon as they confirm with their teachers that they are finished with them. In person students can drop their books in the box outside the library doors. OLP students can return items to our 24/7 book drop box at the 9th grade entrance.
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Parents - Do you need a copy of your child's high school transcript for insurance purposes or another use? Log into your PowerSchool account on a laptop or desktop computer (not the mobile app), and look in the Document Vault in the column of icons on the left hand side of the screen. You can print or download the transcript from there. If you don't have access to a laptop or desktop computer, you can use your child's Chromebook.
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The West Parent Student Teacher Organization meets via Webex (similar to Zoom) on the first Wednesdays at 12:00pm-1:00pm, all are welcome. Please write us at our new email address if you want the link to attend the meetings or have suggestions. West High PSTO also has a group page on Facebook, and the Facebook posts are also on our website at Our website has information on how to make donations by checks made out to the West PSTO which can be dropped off at the main office or mailed to the PSTO c/o West High, 2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52246. We are currently raising funds for meals for teachers on conference nights and scholarships for students to attend post season sports events.
Interested in additional resources and supports? The following resources are available to assist students and families with academic achievement, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Additional information on Covid-19 and School Age Child Care assistance are also available. Iowa City Area Resources for Students and Families
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