Dear West Community,
We survived the long and endless months of February and March and Spring is finally here! While students and their families enjoyed Spring Break, we here at West look forward to the many annual rituals that reflect the end of the school year.
Specific details about some of these events can be found on our website, including Fine Arts Week, Prom, Honors Convocation, the Swing Dance and many others. Another set of spring rituals include student end of the year testing. ASPIRE Assessments for 9th and 10th grade students will be on April 9th and 10th, and AP Testing dominate the first two weeks of May. The polar vortex had a dramatic impact on our Semester One finals, but we are starting to feel hopeful that our current Spring Finals Schedule will remain intact.
I want to take a moment to highlight how West students continue to shine with a few shout outs. Our Science Olympiad took first in state (again), and West High School’s Girl’s golf team was awarded honorable mention by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin for Team Academic All-State. Savanna Montgomery won the Boys’ and Girls’ Club Wisconsin State Youth of the Year. And once again, West’s musical, Mama Mia, showcased our amazingly talented students to sold out audiences.
On Friday, March 15th, approximately 800 West students, along with students across the country, participated in a Climate Change Walkout. They joined students from across the area to march to the Capital to make their opinions known to our elected officials. As we have learned to expect from West students, this was well organized and caused little disruption. West students in “Get it Done Club” hosted a Mayoral Candidate forum on March 21st with Mayor Paul Soglin and Ms. Satya Rhodes Conway. Both candidates complimented me on the caliber of the organization and the content of the students’ questions. A shout out to Ms. Carrie Bohman for helping our students show what they are capable of.
So much is happening -- in the school, in the news, in our lives -- that we sometimes forget how amazing our students are and how lucky we are that you chose West High School. I hope you enjoy the warmer weather and the longer days.
Karen Boran, Ed. D.