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Presenting a slide about taking initiative in the organization, Active Minds officers encouraged member participation. During its first meeting of the year, Active Minds organized activities for members to get to know each other in order to foster a welcoming community.

Active Minds Club Presents Plans and Builds Community at First Meeting

Madison Kennedy, Reporter September 21, 2023

On Friday, Sept. 15, Active Minds hosted an informational meeting in room E2304 before school and in room D2216 in the afternoon. Active Minds is a non-profit that strives to make its organization a safe...

Standing on the bleachers in the small gym, Westwoods National Merit semi-finalists pose for a photo after the awards ceremony. The biggest group of winners in Round Rock ISD, a total of 45 seniors won this award: a result of scholarly dedication and diligence.

National Merit Semifinalists Celebrated for Scholarly Success at Award Ceremony

Sydney Fuller, Reporter September 21, 2023

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 45 seniors gathered in the small gym before school to celebrate their success in being selected as the new National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.  “I know how hard I've...

Posing for a photo, math and robotics teacher Ms. Cindy Rodriguez smiles. Entering her first year teaching in her own classroom, Ms. Rodriguez is excited to share her passion for math with students and fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.

Math and Robotics Teacher Ms. Rodriguez Inspires Students in STEM

Lilah Schlanger, Reporter September 21, 2023

Tucked in the back of the D-wing, a dimly lit classroom plays calming music in the background. Decorations string across cabinetry and whiteboards, creating a peaceful environment curated by Ms. Cindy...

Posing with their SunDancer partners, teachers beam after performing a hip-hop routine. Each SunDancer asked one of their past or current teachers to dance with them during the pep rally, choreographing many partner moves in the routine to create a fun and uplifting performance.

Teachers Take the Stage at Second Pep Rally

Bella Yi and Mayla Montgomery September 20, 2023
Musical mirth echoed out of the Field House gym at the second pep rally of the school year. Filled with a myriad of performances including a teacher lip-sync battle and a teacher dance, students and teachers alike showed their Westwood pride.
Engaging their audience, officers Akhilesh Pissay 24 and Zane Salman 25 introduce essential Neuroscience and Neurodiversity club information to members.

Neuroscience and Neurodiversity Club Introduces Opportunities at First Meeting

Mishree Narasaiah, Reporter September 19, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 14, Neuroscience and Neurodiversity Club hosted their first introductory meeting of the year after school in Dr. Plocher’s room where officers presented important information about...

Posing for a selfie, a group of French Club members search the F-wing for pictures of French monuments in a scavenger hunt. To prove they found each image, groups had to take a photo of them with the monument.

French Club Nurtures New Beginnings at First General Meeting

Mayla Montgomery, Reporter September 16, 2023

On Monday, Sept. 11, French Club held its first general meeting after school in Madame Kelly Harwicks’s room. Students flocked to the F-Wing to learn what French Club has to offer, participate in...

Full of curiosity, new DECA members eagerly listen to the Business Operations Research Project presentation.

DECA’s Event Exposure Day Educates New Members

Sarah Jung, Reporter September 16, 2023

On Thursday, Sept. 14, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) hosted their first Event Exposure Day in addition to their second general meeting after school in the library. Event Exposure Day informed...

Charlotte Stidvent 24 spray paints Allison Petty 24 with the color assigned to her future PALS campus.

Off to a Flying Start: PALS Kick Off the School Year with a Colorful Surprise

Mallory Milner, Reporter September 12, 2023

  On Friday, Sept. 8, the members of PALS (Peer Assisted Leadership) gathered on the band parking lot for their annual campus reveals, where they discovered their campus assignments for the...

Posing, Mrs. Norris smiles for a photo. Beginning her second year as a testing coordinator, Mrs. Norris is excited for what awaits.

Mrs. Melinda Norris Welcomed as New Testing Coordinator

Maddy Yendle, Reporter September 11, 2023

Mrs. Melinda Norris is welcomed to Westwood this year as the new Campus Testing Coordinator. Transitioning from Cedar Ridge High School where she served as a Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Norris also taught...

Adorning Hawaiian shirts, the Student Council officers pose in the F-hall during Beach Day. StuCo officers planned and executed Howdy Week dress-up days, which encouraged school spirit, and contained a variety of themes, making the celebration accessible to all.

Students Showcase Spirit During Howdy Week Dress-up Days

Tara Kurkal, Tiktok Account Manager September 10, 2023

From Monday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 1 Howdy Week took place. Arranged by Student Council, Howdy Week was a week full of dress-up days with specific daily themes, allowing students to showcase their school...

Looking forward to teaching debate during his first year at Westwood, Mr. Henderson additionally aims to get involved in the broader campus community.

Debate Teacher Mr. Dominic Henderson Brings His Passion for Learning to the Debate Program

Kiran Dinakaran, Reporter September 7, 2023

From growing up in a microcosm of poverty to discovering and pursuing his passion for learning, Mr. Dominic Henderson uses his classroom not only to teach but also to help students view life from diverse...

Smiling behind his desk, Mr. Deram prepares for upcoming AP Precalculus and Calculus AB lessons. Beginning his first year at Westwood, Mr. Deram is especially excited to teach students eager to learn, and foster a positive learning environment.

Math Teacher Mr. Mathew Deram is Dedicated to Encouraging Student Growth

Bella Yi, Reporter September 7, 2023

Walking into Mr. Deram’s classroom on the first day of school, confused students crowd opposite sides of the room and squint at the board. Displayed on the board is a nearly indecipherable, grainy black...

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