West High School's Weekly Updates: Jan. 7th-Jan. 13th
D'Alessandro and Sharda Reach Finals in State Debate Tournament
- Nick Silva and Charlie Zheng into the quarterfinals in Policy Debate
- Advika Shah was 5th in speaker points in PF
- Ethan D'Alessandreo was 6th in speaker points in CX
- Mengcheng Guo was 10th in speaker points in LD
- Gautam Sharda was 10th in speaker points for CX
Many of the young debaters were competing in the novice division at the beginning of the year and now they are making waves at the varsity level. Congratulations to Mr. Cooper and all of the West High Speech and Debate Team.
Get Your Own MLK Day T-shirt!
West High is getting geared up for the Annual MLK Day of Learning, which will take place on January 24. To commemorate the day, West High students have designed this unique t-shirt. Get yours today by following this link: https://pogo.undergroundshirts.com/collections/west-high-school-we-unite-together
PSTO Set To Meet Next Week
West Scores High on Iowa DOE Performance Profiles
West High scored well when compared with other 4A high schools on the new Performance Profiles recently unveiled by the Iowa Department of Education. West High posted a score of 61.31, which was well above the state average of 54.91 and one of the highest scores by any 4A high school in Iowa. Below is the press release from the State DOE regarding this new metric.
DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education today released new online reports showing how public schools performed in a new accountability system that meets the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education law that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.
“I’m thankful that the Every Student Succeeds Act puts ownership of school accountability back where it belongs: with states and local school districts,” Director Ryan Wise said. “We’ve gone from a federal accountability system that was prescriptive and punitive under No Child Left Behind to a homegrown system that focuses on helping schools find solutions that work for them.”
The new reports, called the Iowa School Performance Profiles, include each school’s scores on a set of accountability measures. The reports display scores based on a school’s overall performance, as well as the performance of subgroups of students, such as children from low-income backgrounds.
The accountability measures include a unique indicator of school climate based on student surveys of engagement, safety and overall learning environment called Conditions for Learning. The other measures are: Student participation on state assessments, academic achievement, student academic growth, graduation rate, and progress in achieving English language proficiency. A postsecondary readiness measure will be added in 2019.
“We have a great opportunity through ESSA to take Iowa’s accountability focus beyond test scores and proficiency to look at school performance more holistically,” Wise said.
The new accountability system emphasizes student growth as measured by results on state assessments from year to year. This approach was based on feedback from Iowans who wanted a change from a previous federal accountability system that emphasized proficiency.
“While proficiency matters, schools also deserve credit for making significant progress with students,” Wise said.
The new reports specify schools that have been identified for additional support and improvement based on their performance. ESSA requires these identifications to ensure students have the same opportunities for success that exist for students in other schools. Of Iowa’s 1,302 public schools:
- Thirty-four are identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation either because their overall scores fall within the lowest 5 percent of Iowa schools receiving federal Title I funding, or because they are high schools with a graduation rate below 67.1 percent.
- 307 are identified for Targeted Support and Improvement. Schools receive this designation if one or more student subgroup score is as low as the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state.
Identified schools receive support from the state and area education agencies and will develop improvement plans with input from local stakeholders. Schools also will have an opportunity to put resources toward a cohesive improvement effort.
Schools that are no longer performing within the lowest 5 percent of Iowa schools after three years will shed the Comprehensive or Targeted designations.
Sioux City Superintendent Paul Gausman said Iowa’s new system for school accountability and support is a welcome change from the federal system under No Child Left Behind.
“I appreciate the changes to the previous systems and the leadership from the Iowa Department of Education in the development of this data and report,” Gausman said. “This new system gives local leaders useful information about where and with what groups improvements are needed, and a support system so that we better understand our strengths, areas for improvement, and focus for our future.”
To access the Iowa School Performance Profiles, visit www.iaschoolperformance.gov.
For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act in Iowa, visit the Iowa Department of Education’swebsite.
NOTE: The Iowa School Performance Profiles are different from the Iowa School Report Card, developed in 2015 to meet a state legislative requirement. In 2019, the Iowa Department of Education will work to update data in the Iowa School Report Card and then merge the site with the Iowa School Performance Profiles. The goal is to ensure the state has one report card that meets both state and federal requirements.
WHS Events This Week
1. Girls Varsity Basketball vs Dubuque Hempstead on Tuesday, Jan. 8th in the Main Gym at 7:30pm
2. Varsity Wrestling vs Liberty on Thursday, Jan. 10th at Liberty HS at 7:00pm
3. Girls & Boys Bowling vs Waterloo West on Friday, Jan. 11th at Colonial Bowling Lane at 3:15pm
4. Girls Varsity Basketball vs Cedar Falls on Friday, Jan. 11th in the Main Gym at 7:30pm
West High Students Particpate in Food Drive
Show Choirs Performs Annual Variety Show
WHS Sports In The News
A Second Chance--Val Trussov Shines for the Trojans--West Side Story Article
Basketball teams defeat Linn-Mar--West Side Story
Pictured: West High Girls Basketball Coach BJ Mayer is presented with the 2017-18 National Coach of the Year Award by the NFHS after a recent game while members of the team mug for the camera.
Dance Marathon Approaches!
The members of the West High Dance Marthon have been active over the break and they are getting ready for their big event! Here are some need-to-know items from WHSDM!
- In order to receive your WHSDM t-shirt you are required to raise $50 and turn it into the main office by JANUARY 8th in an envelope with your name on it. THIS IS THE VERY LAST DATE IF YOU WANT A T-SHIRT! Also make sure you have signed up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrdfuFsFwyqDaMEDxPMdzNOfIR4LAfVpyBBSNjIZR-IyKSbQ/viewform?usp=sf_link or else we won’t have your shirt size! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not able to raise the $50, as we still want you there!
- This year we have some new things at our Big Event including SNO BIZ! 20% of proceeds made from the sales at the Sno Biz stand will go to our total.
- We have a Formosa community day coming up on JANUARY 13th from 11am to 9pm! Grab some sushi and mention WHSDM and 20% of proceeds will go back to the kids!
- As always, you are encouraged to raise more than your minimum of $50! All of our proceeds are going to UIDM which will then support kiddos battling cancer.
- Encourage your friends, family and teachers to all come and support the kids at the big event! There is a $10 entrance fee and we will be selling tickets next week in advance or you can pay at the door. Thank you all for your support!
Michael Han Set to Compete for $10,000!
Michael Han, a junior at Iowa City West High School, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2019 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship featuring students from the US, Canada, and the UK. The contest will be held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD on January 19, and will be webcast live at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) athttps://livestream.com/psav/wwtbam2019.
This is the third time in four years that Iowa City West has had a student qualify for the championship.
Fast Facts about Michael:
· He was Mathcounts Iowa state individual champion twice.
· Michael dreams of seeing the night sky for what it is, without artificial lights.
· His favorite thing about school is working with the other students in the math club.
Michael was selected for the 2019 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability, which was administered by high school math teachers in the US, Canada, and the UK using Möbius, a product of DigitalEd.
Who Wants to Be a Mathematician—Fun to the nth power!
This is the tenth annual Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship contest and the second international version. The AMS has been doing regional contests at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii since 2001. In the contest’s history, more than 800 students have won over $500,000 in cash and prizes and have been cheered on by over 20,000 classmates. The top prize in the contest is $5,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the math department of the winner’s school.
Meet the Contestants page: http://www.ams.org/contestants-2019.
Elementary Boundary Changes Affect High Schools
After months of public hearings and debates, the ICCSD Board of Directors passed new elementary boundaries which will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. In a release to parents this week, the ICCSD administration announced that these changes will also apply to high schools and junior highs. This will change some secondary assignments for next year. Here is the full statement from the ISSCD administration:
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting.
The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link: www.IowaCitySchools.org/DistrictMaps.
In addition, the District’s Attendance Area Look-Up links have been updated to reflect the approved boundary changes. The Attendance Area Look-Up links provide school information specific for your home address. The links can be found on the District website at the following link: www.IowaCitySchools.org/AttendanceAreaLookUp.
Junior high and high school students may also be impacted by these changes. Please be sure to check the Attendance Area Look-Up link above to determine if changes to the elementary boundaries have affected your student.
Johnson County Public Health Is Auditing Our Students' Immunization Records
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