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Parents Attend Teacher Presentations at Open House

Parents Attend Teacher Presentations at Open House

Nuha Momin, Reporter

September 19, 2017


Filed under School News

Parents met their children’s teachers at Open House, held on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Through this event, parents had the chance to to truly understand what students learn and how their classes are organized. “I think that it’s important that my parents meet my teachers and find out what is...

NHS Makes Changes to Tutoring System

NHS Makes Changes to Tutoring System

Amy Ma, Reporter

September 19, 2017


Filed under School News

National Honor Society (NHS) members are getting ready to start their tutoring program for the 2017-2018 school year, but with one major change. In the past years, students and teachers received a list of tutors from NHS in case they needed help in one of their classes. This year, if students want a t...

Pre-AP Students Start off the Year with a Bang

Pre-AP Students Start off the Year with a Bang

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 19, 2017


Filed under School News

Pre-AP Chemistry students got a glimpse of their new unit by experimenting with heat. Before this, students usually had to watch the teacher do the demonstration, but now, as science becomes hands-on, teachers hand over the important responsibility of being safe. Using Bunsen burners, they learned ho...

National Merit Semifinalists Announced

National Merit Semifinalists Announced

Sarah Wang, Reporter

September 19, 2017


Filed under School News, Showcase

On Sept. 14, 63 students swarmed into the AUX gym at 8 a.m. to participate in the Academic Awards. The students themselves didn’t know what was going to happen, but were pleasantly surprised to find out the ceremony was for National Merit Semifinalists honoring the students' academic ability and...

Debate Continues on Path to Success

Debate Continues on Path to Success

Jenny Xu, Executive Editor

September 15, 2017


Filed under School News, Showcase

After sending a record number of students to compete at Hendrickson High School, the Westwood Speech and Debate team continued on their path to success at the 29th Annual Grapevine Classic on Sept. 8-9. Ranked 10th nationally, the team came home with six qualifying bids to the Tournament of Champions...

SkillsUSA Holds Drive for Hurricane Harvey Victims

SkillsUSA Holds Drive for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Dillan Mehta, Reporter

September 15, 2017


Filed under School News, Showcase

SkillsUSA helped load trucks holding donated items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey on Friday, Sept. 2 to send to shelters in need of supplies. Staggering numbers showed the effort performed by several Westwood students: over 12,000 diapers, 8,500 feminine products, and 600 packages of baby wipe...

AP Psychology Students Create Quilt Squares

AP Psychology Students Create Quilt Squares

Connor Cowman, Reporter

September 13, 2017


Filed under School News

From Monday, Sept. 11 to Wednesday, Sept. 13, students in AP and IB Psychology decorated the walls in the second floor D-wing with 8.5 inch by 8.5 inch paper squares that displayed their interests and passions for all to see. Each of these individual squares are linked together -- like a quilt, unsur...

AFJROTC Commemorates 9/11 Attacks

AFJROTC Commemorates 9/11 Attacks

Sathvik Allala, Reporter

September 12, 2017


Filed under School News

On Monday, Sept. 11, Westwood’s Air Force Junior ROTC held its annual 9/11 ceremony to commemorate the lives lost to the American tragedy. “The objective of today’s event was just to honor those who fell in the towers during the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and just to ensure that we yet again...

Debate Sends Record Number of Students to Hendrickson HS Tournament

Debate Sends Record Number of Students to Hendrickson HS Tournament

Amy Vo, School News Editor

September 11, 2017


Filed under School News

The Westwood Speech and Debate Team sent 99 students to compete at Hendrickson High School on Saturday, Sept. 2. Many students performed exceptionally well in their competitions, winning the awards listed below. 3rd Place Overall Team Sweepstakes Award Novice Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd Place: Jeff Freeman 5th Place: Ana...

Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Category 5 Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

Sara Momin, Reporter

September 11, 2017


Filed under News, World News

Usain Bolt accomplished the fastest human run ever recorded, at 45 miles per hour. Hurricane Irma, on the other hand, is almost four times that, clocking in at about 185 mph; enough to completely blow away a house. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, predicted to cause catastrophic...

Fall Pep Rally Unites School Spirit

Fall Pep Rally Unites School Spirit

Audrey Lemen

September 8, 2017


Filed under School News, Showcase, Video

Many different organizations came together to participate in the fall semester pep rally on Friday, Sept. 8. Coach Travis Dalrymple acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the pep rally, a role he has performed since he started teaching at Westwood. “When I first got to Westwood, we didn’t have ...

IBSO Builds Community Spirit at Ice Cream Social

IBSO Builds Community Spirit at Ice Cream Social

Amy Vo and Emily Lu

September 8, 2017


Filed under School News

Juniors and seniors enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program gathered together on Friday, Sept. 1 for an ice cream social. Students were encouraged to get to know their IB sibling and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) advisor while enjoying a sweet treat. The event helped juniors to...