Video Announcements 5/24/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Video Announcements 5/17/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Student Club Takes Over Patty’s Closet

Service loans out formal clothing to students

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Thanks to the work of volunteers, students in need will be able to look sharp while attending Saturday’s prom and other school functions. Continue reading

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Aw, Snap! She’s Never Seen a Marvel Movie

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

While the whole world lined up to see the ever-anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” one West Bend student opted to save her money.

In the past decade, there have been 22 hit films released in the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, but East High School senior Grace Peplinski has never seen a single one. Below, Peplinski explains how she lives life without superheroes. Continue reading

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The Current View: Endgame

What are your thoughts about “Avengers: Endgame”?

Bring tissues to the movie, it’s sad. You really have to see it to get the full experience and to have seen the previous movies, otherwise it won’t make sense.”
Peter Steffen, West junior
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Impact 4 Life 2019

IMPACT 4 LIFE

On Thursday, juniors at the West Bend High Schools witnessed a mock traffic accident to learn how choices can have destructive consequences. Today’s assembly continued the lesson and included these videos produced by WBHS digital media students.

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Dolphins Game Show

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The theme for the 2019 Dolphins synchronized swim program was “Dolphins Game Show.” The program ran last weekend in the West Bend High Schools natatorium. These photos were taken Saturday by Olivia Langdon, Current Staff.

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New to WBHS: Citizen Advocates

Organization supports students with disabilities

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

On Thursdays in the hidden J hallway, there is a group that makes catapults to shoot cotton balls!

This year, an organization called Citizen Advocates has come to the West Bend High Schools. Citizen Advocates is a non-profit organization that supports students with disabilities by doing activities and forming friendships with other students in the building. Continue reading

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2019

Dietel leads with 11 awards

Members of the West Bend Current set a school record with 28 individual awards in a statewide contest for high school journalists. Continue reading

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West Bend Talent Included in Lake Country Film Festival Lineup

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

Three future film directors may currently be walking the halls of the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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The Second Annual Anatomy Classes’ Blood Drive

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For the 2nd Annual Anatomy Classes’ Blood Drive, students studying human anatomy and medical interventions partnered with the Blood Center of Wisconsin to host a blood drive Thursday at the West Bend High Schools. The drive complemented their academic units on blood, organ donation and “How to Prevail When Organs Fail.”

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Competitive Winter Guard Enjoys Inaugural Season

Team earned second place at Midwest Championships

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Which new team competes with sabers and flags? Continue reading

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Video Announcements 4/5/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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Jackson Elementary Feels Like Home

New job for area mom leads to a surprising reunion

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

Karen Carlson is back on the playground at Jackson Elementary School, this time with a whistle. Continue reading

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Schools Must Encourage the Youth Vote

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By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

I will likely be one of the few local teens participating in our American democracy on Tuesday. Continue reading

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Video Announcements 3/22/19

(Video created by students in West Bend High Schools’ advanced video production class, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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The Current View: School Temperatures

What are your thoughts about the heating and cooling systems at the high schools?


In Mr. Clark’s classroom it is a hotbox and I usually need to take off multiple layers, compared to Mrs. Kastner’s class where she has to keep blankets in the closet because it is so cold. I also never know how to dress because the temperature fluctuates so much.”
Abigail Canfield, West junior
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Decision 2019: Meet the Three Candidates for School Board

SchoolBoardElection_LogoThe West Bend School Board will soon have two new faces.

With no incumbents on the April 2 ballot, voters will choose among newcomers Paul Fischer, Christopher Bach and Erin Dove to fill two open seats. Leaving the board are Tiffany Larson and Ken Schmidt. Both chose not to seek re-election.

The West Bend Current asked the candidates about their background. That interview material is presented below in the order that the candidates will appear on the ballot. Continue reading

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Decision 2019: Board Candidates on the Referendum

What are your thoughts about the referendum?

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Paul Fischer

I am in support of the referendum. I, like most people, don’t enjoy paying more taxes, but at the same time, I recognize that it costs money to operate and maintain buildings. We are a large school district, and there’s a lot to manage here, a lot to maintain. You take a look at the age of the high school specifically—a lot of the mechanicals are at the end of life, they needed to be replaced at some point in the past, most likely. But because of the conservative nature of this community, we’ve done what we can to maintain investments in the classroom, potentially sometimes at the expense on the maintenance things, above the ceiling, below the floor, and so forth that you don’t always see. But the time has come where we need to address those things. Continue reading

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Decision 2019: Board Candidates on Their Vision for the District

What are the unique goals you would seek to achieve while on the school board?

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Paul Fischer

My goal is to see the stability of the school district that they’ve attained in the last 12 months, to see that continue for the next 36 months. Beyond that, I really don’t have goals, per se, because I’m not bringing an agenda to the table. I think that’s maybe happened in the past, and that’s been part of our challenges as a community. We all want the same thing: to have well-rounded students coming out that are well-prepared for their post high school experience, whether that’s the workforce or secondary education. And our job is to support that, in the best way possible. Continue reading

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Decision 2019: Board Candidates on the Importance of Education

Why is education important to you and what is your current experience with education?

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Paul Fischer

From a priority perspective, education is the foundation that’s going to set our students up for everything else that happens in life, whether it’s formal classroom education, hands-on job experience, whatever the case may be. It’s giving students that opportunity, and then the onus is on the student to make the best of those situations that they possibly can. Continue reading

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Gilbert Still Teaching French

CATCHING UP WITH JENNY GILBERT

By Abby Gawrych, Current Staff

For many students taking a French course at West Bend High Schools, Jenny Gilbert’s classroom was one where memories were made. Now, French students at Cedarburg High School are being offered the same chance. Continue reading

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Trumpet Player Selected for Statewide Touring Revue

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

While most kids will be spending their summer hanging out with friends, one West Bend trumpet player will be touring with a distinguished music group. Continue reading

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Where’s Walter?

The face of visiting orchestra director Walter Muelling can be found in a beloved WBHS mural

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

West Bend High Schools orchestra students never imagined the man painted in their classroom was based on a previous student. Or that the student would return to West Bend 13 years later. Continue reading

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Teacher Honored by US Field Artillery Association

By Megan Landvatter, Contributing Writer

A West Bend teacher has been given the Molly Pitcher Award for her contributions to the U.S. military. Continue reading

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That’s the Ticket

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Two former West Bend students have partnered in a run for office. Continue reading

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Black History Month Celebration 2019

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The West Bend High Schools multicultural club presented the second annual Black History Month Celebration Thursday in the Silver Lining Arts Center. Highlights included speakers, food, prizes and a performance by Teju the Storyteller.

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Vandalism Won’t Spoil Black History Month Celebration

Teju the Storyteller headlines Thursday’s event

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

The leader of the West Bend High Schools multicultural club was in disbelief when she saw what had been done. Continue reading

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Band of Neighbors

West Bend’s Charity Week will help fund a 9/11 memorial in nearby Kewaskum

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

The rumors were floating around school: Was West Bend really inviting Kewaskum to its charity dance? And was it because of low turnout in the past? Continue reading

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Sisters Study for High-Stakes Exam in France

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

While many West Bend students are preparing for the ACT, Pauline and Julianne Buisard are studying for their “bac” exam in France.

Pauline and Julianne, twin sisters who spent their ninth and tenth grade years at West Bend West High School, returned to their hometown of Nantes, France last August. Now juniors, they have been preparing for their upcoming baccalauréat exam, which they must pass in order to graduate from high school. Continue reading

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The Ripple Effect of School Violence


Eight percent of county students report they have stayed home from school due to safety concerns

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Students at the West Bend High Schools still feel vulnerable one year after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting. Continue reading

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Board Votes to Close Pathways Charter School

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

After a six-year tenure, Pathways Charter School will close in June. Continue reading

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1,000 and Counting

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools have recently seen not one, but two students reach a major milestone in their athletic careers. Continue reading

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The Voice of West Bend Snow Days

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

Everyone knows his voice, but few know his name. Continue reading

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Leftover Paint Sparks Cross-Hall Rivalry

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

Painting a hallway wasn’t supposed to renew the rivalry between West Bend East and West High Schools. Continue reading

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