Category Archives: School News and Features

The Current View: Standards-Based Grading

What are your thoughts about standards-based grading, the alternative to traditional letter grades that has been used this year in some high school classrooms?

“I like it because it’s in favor of the students.”
Mara Perkins, West senior
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Navigating a New Path

For students of the closed Pathways Charter School, the transition to WBHS has been an adjustment

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

In Jack Elliot’s first week transitioning to West Bend East High School, he had to drop two classes—his first time ever doing so. Continue reading

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Introducing the All-District Strings Festival

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

The orchestra program is putting on their largest performance in history.  Continue reading

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A Little Friendly Competition

Drum major Larscheidt challenges Tillman for first chair

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

Leah Duckert-Kroll, in her 17 years working with the West Bend High Schools Band program, cannot remember having two drum majors who play the same instrument. Continue reading

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Mindel Named Wisconsin’s Teacher of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars

School board will recognize East teacher who won a state award for his many activities on behalf of local veterans

By Darick Fait, Current Staff

Honoring veterans is one of the things that Scott Mindel has chosen to spend much of his time doing. It was just a matter of time before he received the recognition he deserves. Continue reading

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Students Aren’t Mellow About Xello

Rollout of new career planning vehicle hasn’t been smooth

By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

The very tool meant to help students is causing them confusion. Continue reading

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It’s Garbage Time

Students can help custodians by properly using the trash and recycling bins

By Elise Marlett and Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

Custodians at the West Bend High Schools may be working harder to protect the environment than students realize. Continue reading

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Missing Pathways: One Student Reflects on Closed School and Moving to WBHS

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By Stephanie Snyder, Current Staff

Fitting in at a new school can be frightening.

Pathways Charter School was closed by the West Bend School District in June, which means this fall Pathways students like me moved to East and West High Schools fulltime. The transition hasn’t always been easy. Continue reading

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Playing for Laughs

By Annika Olson, Current Staff

Leah Duckert-Kroll has put together an unusual twist for the upcoming West Bend High Schools band concert next week. Continue reading

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‘I Felt Very Scared’: Exchange Students Bewildered by School Violence

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

For local foreign exchange students, this month’s school shooter threats were a culture shock. Continue reading

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WBHS Implements New Safety Measures

Plans include a new district safety coordinator position

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Improving campus security has now become a top priority at the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Fear Grips Local Students After School Threats in Wisconsin

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Before last week, Kayla Lemens had never been afraid to come to school. Continue reading

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The Return of Art History

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

For West art teacher Deborah Prahl, teaching Advanced Placement Art History has been a goal for a long time. Continue reading

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Veterans Day Assembly 2019

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Friday’s Veterans Day assembly at the West Bend High Schools featured many area veterans and a rare visit by the U.S. Army Drill Team from Fort Meyer in Arlington, Virginia. Photos by Olivia Langdon, Current Staff.

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US Army Drill Team Coming to West Bend

Veterans Day assembly will feature internationally recognized drill team

By Darick Fait, Current Staff

While sitting in his tree stand last November, Scott Mindel decided that in 2019, Veterans Day at the West Bend High Schools would be bigger and better than ever. Continue reading

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One Thousand Pairs of Shoes

Soles4Souls will send donated shoes to those who need them

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

This year, the Spanish program’s usual Day of the Dead celebration at the West Bend High Schools will have a global impact. Continue reading

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Three of Six Administrators are New This Year

Twin Day: The administration of West Bend East and West High Schools dressed as triplets during homecoming week. From left to right: John Graf, Zachary Daniels, Tyler Wood, Michelle Marschel, Patrick O’Connor and Ralph Schlass. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rausch.

By Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

They might be new to the school, but that doesn’t mean they are new to the game. Continue reading

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Feeding a Dream

West senior will attend prestigious culinary school

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

For West Bend West High School senior Maddy Coultas, a passion for the culinary arts led to being accepted into her dream college.  Continue reading

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New Phone Policy Leads to Confusion

Are students allowed to use phones for academic reasons during resource and study hall?

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

Maddie Fell wanted to do her homework, but her teacher said no. Continue reading

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Student Inventors Detangle the Chromebook Disaster

WBHS has implemented a solution designed by two seniors

By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

After struggling for years with misplaced Chromebooks and tangled cords, two West Bend East High School students decided to invent a solution. Continue reading

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Local Students Demand Government Action on Climate Change

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

With cars racing past them on Main Street, a group of local students raised homemade signs to call for change. Continue reading

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Climate Strike 2019

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Members of SEED, the environmental club at the West Bend High Schools, participated in today’s West Bend Climate Strike at the Regner Park Labyrinth. The local demonstration was part of a worldwide effort demanding government action on climate change. Photos by Veda Selin, Current staff.

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Rise Together to Prevent Addiction

Students give standing ovation to 13-year-old speaker

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Walking into the auditorium, students were expecting a drug and alcohol presentation like any other, but were pleasantly surprised. Continue reading

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Youth Impact Club Will Promote Mental Wellness

Suicide prevention is deeply personal for the new club’s adviser

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Anticipating high student turnout, a new club has moved its first meeting to one of the largest rooms in the school. Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Perhaps you have a passion for storytelling. You crave the written word. You take photographs to share your interests and ideas. Maybe you are curious about how our lives are affected by the events unfolding within and beyond the walls of the West Bend High Schools.

If this sounds like you, then the Current extends an invitation to join our award-winning staff of student journalists. Consider serving as an investigative reporter, columnist, photographer, cartoonist or entertainment reviewer. We uphold a mission to consistently provide accurate and balanced news for the local community as we engage the principles of authentic journalism.

For more information, please see Mr. Beltmann in room S95.

(Photo of Samantha Dietel courtesy of Hannah Kane.)

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Battle of the Buses 2019

(Slinger Speedway High School Challenge School Bus Figure 8 Race. June 16, 2019.)

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Five Years of Memories

Principal Darci VanAdestine says farewell to East High

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

Before leaving West Bend East High School, principal Darci VanAdestine has a few more laughs to share. Continue reading

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Prost Named Rolfs Teacher of the Year

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

Richard Prost didn’t always know he wanted to be a teacher.

Prost, a West Bend East High School science teacher, was given the title of Teacher of the Year by the Rolfs Educational Foundation May 6. He accepted the award in the East Library amidst family and colleagues. Continue reading

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The Hot Lunch King

By Noelle Mentch and Darick Fait, Current Staff

Many things have changed since the 1990s, but Scott Mindel’s daily lunch routine hasn’t. Continue reading

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The Current Staff Recognized by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Eight total awards is a new school record

Four members of the West Bend Current earned six first place prizes in a statewide contest. Continue reading

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Remembering Local Heroes Lost to War

As a Memorial Day tribute, this video honors the 29 graduates from the West Bend High Schools who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The video, which was produced by East social studies teacher Scott Mindel, was shown Friday to all WBHS students in their resource period.

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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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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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