• Speaking with the Society: an Interview with Shakespeare Society’s Presidents

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Co-President,11, Katie Werely-Bross talks with members Sarah Kurtz, 11, and Grace Czerwonky, 11, about the new play they were studying. The Club had just started Macbeth and were getting ready to start reading. “We teach as if people don’t know about Shakespeare. We cover basic things and ask basic questions: ‘Hey do you know this? […]

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  • Different places, same attitude

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Molly Fordyce shares great love for teaching, no matter the place “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and coach. Both of my parents started out as teachers, and my dad was a principal and a coach so education is just sort of in my blood. I’ve always loved kids ever since I was a […]

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  • Fresh off campus:

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Mrs. Brooks takes on being a band director Mrs. Brooks is a new band director fresh out of college. She graduated from college just this past May from Vandercook College in Chicago Illinois. “My school was primarily a music education conservatory so everyone that graduated from my college became a music educator, it was very […]

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  • New attendance secretary, Tiana the princess alike

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    Mrs. Bonnell is more similar to Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog, than people would think. Mrs. Bonnell is West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School’s newest attendance secretary.  “I like to be busy, and this is busy, all day long,”Bonnell said. As the attendance secretary, she doesn’t have a prep hour or study hall, but […]

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  • it was a “rocky” start to the school year

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    The beginning of the school year started out shaky, even before the school year officially started for Ms. McClure. Monday morning, only a mere 3 days before students began their first day of school, she was told she had to move rooms, but not just one room over.he had to move to a whole other […]

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Sep
17

NEW BAND DIRECTOR MARCHES INTO RED DEVIL CAREER

Marine veteran and experienced band director Cory Chapman takes on teaching at West Side. As a high school student, Chapman played percussion in his school’s band, which made him want to pursue a career in band. “Music has an ability to reach everybody at a certain level and I want to be able to share […]

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Sep
17

Abrams Makes the Long Haul

Mr Abrams is the new guy on site.  He is passionate about his profession and cares about the kids here. When asked what is his favorite thing about teaching here at West Lafayette, Mr. Abrams said, “The students. They are good kids and seem to value their education.” This is one of the main reasons […]

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Sep
17

A predestined hire: Joel Strode already very comfortable and extremely active as new athletic director

Joel Strode has always had ambitions above teaching. “I realized I liked the other side of things as far as the administrative role. I enjoyed that part of the duties, and the opportunity to continue here in this building and continue to work with athletics is pretty exciting,” says Strode. Prior to his reveal as […]

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Sep
17

New FACS Faculty Excited for a New Year

“I have really enjoyed getting to know the students here with such a diverse population,” said new FACS teacher, Ms. Hart. After seven years at Rossville, she decided to return to the West Lafayette area, where she graduated from Purdue. She liked the area so much, she came back to teach here. “I took all […]

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Sep
17

The Reappearing Act: Monsieur Tetrault Returns

New administrators, new teachers, new students. As the school year picks up speed, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of new faces roaming the halls this fall. A familiar face the school is thrilled to welcome back, however, is that of Michael Tetrault. Returning after a two-year break, Tetrault is here part-time teaching Exploratory […]

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Sep
17

Transition To Teaching

New teacher and former journalist Mrs. Riley loving it here From copy editing and interviewing to leading a classroom, new teacher Mrs. Riley applies her journalistic writing skills to her new job teaching advanced composition and ENL. After high school, Mrs. Riley went to college for journalism. Following her graduation and undergraduate degree in journalism, […]

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Sep
17

A Familiar Face

Past student teacher returns, teaching English full time Students may have recognized this friendly face around the building this year.  Former student teacher Miss O’Farrell is here for a permanent position, teaching 7th grade English. “I really like the energy that the students have. It’s their first year at West Side and my first year […]

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Sep
17

Over the Learning Curve

Ms. Windler will overcome the new challenge of working with older students this school year Though the Happy Hollow Elementary school library may seem similar to the one at West Lafayette Jr./Sr High school, the students at the high school will be keeping Ms. Windler busy in the 2018-2019 school year.   The new librarian, […]

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Sep
17

The Change Leader Turns Teacher

“After a robust twenty-four year business career, I always wanted to teach,” said new teacher Mr. Cullen.  “I realized I should do it now because I’m not getting any younger.” Prior to becoming the new Business and AP Computer Science teacher, Mr. Cullen spent most of his working life as a  “change leader” for various […]

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Sep
17

RUNS IN THE FAMILY

Mr. Wood Follows in his Father’s Footsteps in Teaching and Coaching Students have been met with the friendly smile and conversation from Coach Wood for many years. Things are about to change. This year, West Side students will be met not only with the smiles and conversation of one Mr. Wood, but two. One of […]

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Aug
27

From Student to Expert

The New Technology Specialist Arrives Most students aim to go to college as soon as they graduate, but for new technology specialist Trevor Baker, that is not the case. Baker is a 2018 graduate of Jefferson High School in Lafayette. Though he plans to go to college, he didn’t want to go immediately into debt, […]

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Mar
23

WL Backpack Program

  The West Lafayette backpacks organization is a volunteer and donation based organization dedicated to helping feed underprivileged families in our community. This program was started about 10 years ago but is still widely unknown by a lot of people at West side. The important work this volunteer group does helps hundreds of your fellow […]

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Mar
21

Behind The Mask

On Saturday, February 24, West Lafayette’s VISTA put on their annual semi-formal winter dance. Students enjoyed an elaborate evening full of dancing and fellowship in the Jr. High gym. The theme was a masquerade and included sparkling red, black, and gold decorations and a photo booth where students could get a Polaroid picture with friends. […]

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Mar
21

Valentine’s Day for Singles

Here is a Valentine’s Day video for those without a significant other to celebrate it with, in other words, singles. Despite the typical stigma of being single on Valentine’s Day, several students we interviewed actually had positive attitudes towards the day. Some claimed it was a mere commercial holiday, intended to profit off of romantic […]

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Mar
21

Take a Peek Behind the Curtains

The music swells, the spotlight glows, the curtains part, and the show begins. This year West Lafayette is putting on “Curtains” for their spring musical.  Many come out to see the show every year, but many people do not know what goes on behind the scenes. How goes into putting on a musical? From acting […]

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Feb
15

One Donation can Save Three Lives

The blood drive that took place on January 17th in the WLHS cafeteria was a success.  Many high school students showed up and even the community outside of school played an impact towards the importance of donating blood. The process of donating is worth the time and effort it requires as just one pint of donated […]

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Jan
5

Stranger Things Steals the Spotlight

STRANGER THINGS: In case you have not heard of it, it’s kind of a big deal.  Stranger Things, a thrilling Netflix original drama set in Hawkins, Indiana, just released it second season, and it is definitely a hit. With an amazing soundtrack, 80’s nostalgia, and characters like Dustin, Steve, a demogorgon, and eleven, Stranger Things was […]

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Dec
18

Run to the last

Run to the last On September 2nd, the West side Country Country vs. Harrison high school race was started at 9:00 a.m. As the race began ,the boys ran through the way they’ve ran a lot times. Several West side runners were beyond most of other runners. After going up from the slope, the time was […]

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Dec
18

Mason the Manager

Many people know about the Best Buddies program, but the students involved in it do more things outside of Best Buddies and school too. Mason is one of the guys that is greatly involved in Best Buddies, and he is a Sophomore here at West Side. Mason loves the game of football, and he decided […]

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Dec
18

Cheering on the Devils

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