There’s Always Time for Charity

Playoff basketball might interfere with Saturday’s Charity Ball

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

Scheduling Charity Week proved much more difficult this year as compared to the past. Continue reading

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‘It Was Very Inspiring’: Brookfield Violinist Brings His Gift to WBHS

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff

It’s not every day the West Bend High Schools host a teenage musical prodigy. Continue reading

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Video Announcements 2/16/18

(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: Tuesday Schedule

Last week the West Bend High Schools announced that the schedule on Tuesdays will be adjusted to ensure students receive the proper number of instructional minutes. The new schedule starts March 6.

How do you feel about the elimination of early release on Tuesdays?

Personally I don’t think it makes that big of a difference, it’s only 20 minutes. But I’d like to know how this was overseen, because it’s kind of a big thing, how many minutes you go to school. So how did we not realize this earlier?”
Libby Willkomm, West junior

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High School Program Prepares Students for the Job Olympics

By Lauren Oppermann, Current Staff

Right now, one can enjoy the thrilling Winter Olympics on TV. However, in the middle of May, students from the West Bend High Schools will be participating in their own Olympics.

Students with special needs have the chance to participate in the Job Olympics. Though it is comparable to the Special Olympics, the event focuses on career-related competitions rather than sports. Ten different local schools participate in this event. Continue reading

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It’s in Their Blood

When the Blood Center of Wisconsin asked for help, WBHS anatomy students answered the call

By Priyanka Trivedi, Current Staff

As southeastern Wisconsin is running low on blood, the West Bend High Schools’ anatomy classes are coming to the rescue.

After Slinger High School dropped out of their annual blood drive due to construction at their school, West Bend science teachers David Clark and Kara Petzold decided to create a blood drive revolving around the anatomy classes they teach. Each student in anatomy class is responsible for bringing at least one person to donate blood, taking over Slinger High School’s obligation of donating at least 100 pints of blood to the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Continue reading

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Science at the South Pole

By Grace Peplinski, Current Staff

The recent cold snap won’t bother Elizabeth Widen. After all, she spends much of her time in Antarctica.

Widen, a research scientist, gave a presentation to students in Paul DeLain’s Advanced Placement Environmental classes Jan. 30 in the Silver Lining Arts Center. Students learned about the research going on at the bottom of the planet. Continue reading

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Video Announcements 2/9/18

(Video produced by the West Bend High Schools media team, under the supervision of Michael Bentdahl, East High technology teacher.)

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International Musicians Visit Orchestra Students

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff

It has been a tradition for West Bend High Schools orchestra students to travel to Scotland, but this time, Scotland came to them. Continue reading

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Senior Wants WBHS Volunteers Recognized at Graduation

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

For Serenity Krueger, trying to make a change went beyond volunteering.

Last week the West Bend West High School senior created an online petition directed at the WBHS administration asking that students who have 100 or more documented volunteer hours be honored with cords of recognition at graduation. So far, the petition has garnered over 800 signatures and the online response has been overwhelmingly positive. Continue reading

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‘They Have Been Through the Worst’: Two WBHS Seniors Help Refugees

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff

Not long ago, local student Olivia McClain was reading picture books with Syrian refugees. Continue reading

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‘Keep the Crowd Rocking’: West Bend Bands Bring the Rock and Jazz

By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

The No Nonsense Brass Band thinks its new song will wow the crowd Wednesday at the third annual Rock & Jazz Fest. Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesdays

Students can sign up for sessions about reducing stress

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

For a short time, students can put aside the stresses of a traditional school day and prioritize their personal wellness.

Several teachers at the West Bend High Schools are leading a new Wellness Wednesday program that allows students to sign up for sessions focused on relaxation, fun and the betterment of their mental health. Through the use of the online tool FlexiSched, students can opt to participate during their normal Wednesday resource time. Over the last two months, eight courses have been offered by teachers from both East and West High. Continue reading

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The Hallway Brigade

Testing center closed to allow for more hallway supervision

By Lily Mottet and Lauren Chamberlain, Current Staff

Tiffany Gitter, a West English teacher, is optimistic about the closing of West Bend High Schools’ testing center.  

On Dec. 7, WBHS administration officially closed the testing center to all students. Instead, the teachers who monitored the center now patrol the hallways in an attempt to quell the number of students wandering the halls. Gitter, for example, used to supervise the testing center during sixth period but now spends that time in the hallways. Continue reading

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Classroom Showers

English classroom at WBHS was flooded last week

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

The weather has been quite ambitious this winter, what with the cold snaps and heat flashes, not to mention the indoor rain.

West Bend West High School English teacher Tiffany Gitter encountered a surprise Jan. 22 when she walked into her classroom and found a pool of water, due to a leak in the middle of the ceiling. She experienced a similar leak during her first year of teaching, but the leak had remained dormant since 2014. Continue reading

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WBHS Will Celebrate Black History

February is Black History Month

By Kaitlyn Von Behren, Current Staff

Black History Month will be celebrated at the West Bend High Schools for the first time this year.

About 20 WBHS students will perform Feb. 8 in a Black History Month Celebration in the Silver Lining Arts Center. Continue reading

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West Bend Prepares to Host State Debaters

WBHS will host state debate tourney for fourth consecutive year

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Days before the state debate tournament, coach Doris Sexton was deliberating with custodians rather than her speakers.

Starting Saturday, the West Bend High Schools will host the Wisconsin State Debate Tournament. Around 300 high school students from all over Wisconsin will come to West Bend for two days of competition. For those who host the tournament, it’s a lot more than just a weekend competition. Much work and preparation goes into hosting this tournament, and everybody, from coaches to custodians, gets involved. Continue reading

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No Return for Exam Exemptions

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

Exam exemptions will not be back this school year.

With the removal of Galileo testing, an opportunity arose to restore an old West Bend High Schools policy regarding semester exams. Continue reading

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Big Week for East vs. West Basketball

“Keep It Riehl Night” gives spectators a chance to win airfare tickets

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

The traditional rivalry between West Bend East and West High Schools has just become more intense.

Games between East and West, which share a campus, have always meant athletes compete against their biggest rivals: Their classmates and friends. For the current basketball season, scheduling changes mean that these big games are going to happen on back-to-back nights with an exciting varsity doubleheader on Friday. Continue reading

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A Musical Mural

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff

Two orchestra students are leaving their mark—an enormous, colorful mark. Continue reading

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The Button Man

By Mattie Zautner, Current Staff

How many buttons can one student fit on a backpack?

That is the question Cooper Holbrook, a senior at West Bend West High School, is trying to answer. Starting this past summer, Holbrook has been collecting athletic buttons featuring the faces of his friends and classmates. He walks around the hallways of the high school showing off both schools’ amazing athletes and is always looking for opportunities to expand his collection. Continue reading

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Why the OG Grinch is the Best Grinch

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Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” brings the iconic art and rhymey dialogue of Dr. Seuss to life, while adding plenty of its own flavor to the fife.

While there are many a Christmas cartoon made in the West, let me tell you why the original “Grinch” is the best. Continue reading

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Feliz Navidad

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Students in Brenda Henschel’s Spanish classes went Christmas caroling today throughout the West Bend High Schools. The songs were, of course, in Spanish!

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Surprise Christmas Reunion

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

An early Christmas surprise was delivered today to Cheryl Johnson, a lunch aide at the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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‘We Are Citizens of the World’: WBHS Teachers Emphasize Global Issues

By Samantha Dietel, Current Staff

In a high school history class, one might not expect to hear about the current threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

Social studies teachers at the West Bend High Schools have been educating students about current global events in subjects such as U.S. history, global studies, and world affairs. In recent weeks, topics such as North Korea’s missile testings and the investigations into Russia’s possible interference in the last U.S. presidential election have both been discussed, with an emphasis placed on the importance for students to be aware of and understand global issues. Continue reading

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Exchange Student Is All Business

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

It’s always important to stay focused in school, but Eleonora Madmarova pays particular attention to her business classes.

Madmarova, an exchange student from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, is spending this school year at West Bend East High School. Madmarova arrived Aug. 2 and is living with the Strassburg family in West Bend. She has come to not only experience American culture, but to explore her passions by learning business skills through the classes offered at the high school. Madmarova aspires to be a successful business woman in her adult life and believes that this experience can get her there. Continue reading

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West Staff Gives Back to the Community

Book-giving event is just one of many planned service projects

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

For the West Bend West High School staff, the ‘giving season’ began before a single Christmas ornament was prematurely sold.

On Tuesday the West staff hosted a book-giving event in the West Library. Prior to the event the school ran a book drive lasting from October to November. During this time over 2,000 books were collected, which were then offered at the book-giving event. Local organizations Family Promise, Boys and Girls Club, Friends Incorporated, Youth Treatment Center, and the Youth and Family Project attended the event, with an open invitation to their clients. Continue reading

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Which Makes Thee Startle: A Story of Mice and Men

WBHS takes steps to combat vermin after mice sightings

By Kaitlyn Von Behren and Gabrielle Diaz, Current Staff

The East Library has a new mascot: The Sun, a small mouse often seen scurrying for a crumb or in between book aisles.

Mice have been seen roaming the West Bend High Schools since early August, most commonly found in the West science area, the East Library and the Nifty Nibble, which is the student-run campus restaurant. The mice are sometimes dead and sometimes alive. The most recent sighting of mouse droppings was today in the West social studies area. Continue reading

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‘It’s a Giving Time’: Blood Drive 2017

The West Bend High Schools Student Council hosted their annual blood drive today in the south gym by partnering with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Both students and staff turned up to donate, along with some community members as well. This year’s theme was ‘Superheroes.’ Below four of the superheroes explain why they chose to donate.

I donated because I have O blood and I figured it’d be a good idea because everyone gets it. I hate needles, but I still decided to do it. This is the one thing where I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.’”  
Samantha George, West senior

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The Chronicle Wall

West teacher records special class moments for posterity

By Lauren Oppermann, Current Staff

Have you ever laughed so hard you wished you could live in that moment forever?

Seven years into his teaching career, West Bend West High School social studies teacher Aaron Paulin found himself thinking exactly that. Now, inside his classroom, the side wall is filled with mementos and a list of special moments in the classroom. It’s surrounded by students reminiscing about past times when their day was made a little brighter. This wall is covered with a large piece of paper that serves as “The Chronicle Wall.” Continue reading

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A Tradition in Jeopardy

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

A West Bend High Schools tradition that dates back to the 1970s is now at risk. Continue reading

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Gauge Then Engage: Area Athletes Learn Leadership Skills

By Auburn Larson, Current Staff

As a new North Shore Conference has been formed, so have new leaders.

Ten students from each school in the North Shore Conference attended a leadership conference led by Craig Hillier Nov. 1 at the Chandelier Ballroom in Hartford to learn about the power of quality leadership. The West Bend High Schools joined the conference when it was realigned for the 2017-18 school year. Continue reading

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The Bench Player

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

When there wasn’t enough space for the community to sit, a local student decided to take a stand.

Evan Beekman, a junior at West Bend West High School, built two circular benches in Jackson Park for his Eagle Scout project. Although the project was completed in the fall of 2016, he was recognized for his achievement in October of this year. Continue reading

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West Bend Theatre Company Begins Its Christmas Future at WBHS

‘A Christmas Carol’ is coming to the Silver Lining Arts Center

By Sydney Spaeth and Priyanka Trivedi, Current Staff

After seven years of performances at the Masonic Lodge, the West Bend Theatre Company is moving its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” to the West Bend High Schools.

By joining with WBHS, the producers hope the show will become an annual fundraiser for high school students. Fifty percent of the proceeds from “A Christmas Carol” will benefit WBHS choir students by allowing them to travel and produce high-level musicals and performances. Both the directors and students participating in the performance are excited to see how the show will turn out now that it has been moved to the high school. Continue reading

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The Good Actor

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The creator of “House” returns to the prim and sterile halls of a metropolitan hospital in ABC’s “The Good Doctor.”

“So what separates this from the 7 billion other doctor shows that ape ‘House’?,” I hear you ask. Well, dear viewer, the Good Doctor in question, Shaun Murphy, has savant syndrome autism. The series is centered on Shaun and his struggle just to interact with his patients and fellow doctors. Much like “House” before it, that dynamic is where “The Good Doctor” shines. Continue reading

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