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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Many Students Struggle with Mental Health


Survey results may lead to changes in required health class

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

More than half of the high school students in Washington County have struggled with their mental health. Continue reading

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Breaking the News: Why the Shakeup at the Local Paper Matters

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By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

After what happened at the Daily News, I am concerned for the future of local journalism in West Bend. Continue reading

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WBHS Athletic Directors are Pioneers

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

The West Bend High Schools are home to two of Wisconsin’s few female athletic directors.

Erin Felber and Molly Hengst have both recently joined WBHS to head the athletic programs. Felber took on the role of West athletic director at the start of the school year, while Hengst began serving as East High’s interim athletic director in December. The two women have entered positions that are typically held by men in Wisconsin. Continue reading

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East Dance Program Recognized with National Award

Team also heads to state this weekend

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

When the West Bend East High School dance team found out they had won a national award, they had no idea they were even in the running. Continue reading

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County Health Officer ‘Floored’ by High Vaping Percentage Among Students


WBHS will use education and law enforcement to combat vaping increase

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Many teens at the West Bend High Schools appear to be part of what the Food and Drug Administration describes as a nationwide epidemic. Continue reading

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Hits a Wall

Sci-fi show wastes its potential for political allegory

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The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico” is another attempt to keep the “The Vampire Diaries” magic going. Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about the series’ political message. Continue reading

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Taking a Different Approach

Social studies teacher uses a “flipped classroom”

By Alissa Ihlenfeld, Current Staff

There are few traditional things about Dave Talma’s classroom. Continue reading

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‘Did You Hear Anything?’: Shutdown Keeps Area Family in Limbo

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown has led a woman with local ties to worry about her husband’s travel visa application. Continue reading

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Music Department Surprised by Budget Changes

Officials say teachers should continue their programs as planned

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

By the time orchestra director Seth Matuszak learned what his budget was for the year, it was nearly spent. Continue reading

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No Changes Planned for WBHS Cell Phone Policy

All students will eventually have a Chromebook

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

Area schools are implementing cell phone bans, but the West Bend High Schools will not follow suit. Continue reading

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Revising the Social Studies Advanced Placement Courses

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

Changes in Advanced Placement structure have shaken up a few classrooms at the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Holiday Community Blood Drive 2018

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The West Bend High Schools Student Council hosted a community blood drive today in the south gym by partnering with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Many students, staff and members of the public donated their time and blood.

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Spanish Club Sets Up Shop

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Bracelets and purses made by Central American artists are for sale

By Ellie Scott, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools Spanish Club is helping color the world, one pulsera at a time. Continue reading

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Dangerous Behavior Correlates With Transition to Junior Year

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

It has been determined that sophomores and juniors take more risks than students in other grade levels.

According to the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered in April to Washington County students, there are aspects about the transition between sophomore and junior year that increase the likelihood that students will engage in dangerous activities. Several students at the West Bend High Schools have thoughts on why this is a trend in the data. Continue reading

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Catching Up With Zappia

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

Over the years, many West Bend High Schools students and teachers alike have learned in Tony Zappia’s classroom. Now, a new generation of students in Madison are experiencing his teachings.

After teaching history, government, War and Peace, and global studies courses at West Bend West High School for 20 years, Tony Zappia moved to Madison, Wisc., and has been teaching at Madison West High School for the past 16 months. The Current caught up with him to have a discussion about his new experiences living and teaching in Madison. Continue reading

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East Library Flags Wave Goodbye

WBHS flagged for fire code violation

By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

As soon as he stepped into the library, John Skidmore knew something was different. Continue reading

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Caring for Members of the High School Family

New campus pantry provides free food and clothing

By Ellie Scott, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools have some new sets of helping hands. Continue reading

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Incentive Program Has a Bumpy Start

By Chloe Kreis, Current Staff

For a program called 5-Star, students at the West Bend High Schools would rate it much lower. Continue reading

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Most West Bend Students Opted Out of Behavior Survey

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools now have data about unsafe student behaviors, but only from 11% of the student body. Continue reading

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Keeping the Beat for the Packers and the Bucks

By Lily Mottet, Current Staff

Thomas Agre never thought he would cheer on the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers from the band section of nearly every game. Continue reading

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Old Roots, New Beginnings

By Abby Gawrych, Current Staff

For choir teacher Tess Tranel, the West Bend theater stage is both a fresh and familiar experience. Continue reading

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A Path for Political Discussions in the Classroom at West Bend

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According to definitions in “The Political Classroom,” West Bend is a politically diverse community [1] (Hess, Mcavoy, 2014). What that means is there are different points of view of sufficient magnitude from the community and parents to detect political bias in schools and the political power to stop it. As you can imagine, “Like minded schools” had no trouble implementing politics in the classroom as only one point of view was allowed, and parents who do see bias do not have the political power to allow different points of view. So, the nice thing with being in a politically diverse community is multiple points of view are available, the challenging part is dealing with political bias. Continue reading

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WBHS Presents First Children’s Play in 11 Years

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By Rachel Gergetz, Current Staff

The upcoming play “Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook” is a novelty for the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Prizewinner Crashes Into Irony

By Ashley Jankowski, Current Staff

Sometimes even a raffle prize can contain the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Last week Paige Devenport was the announced winner of a parking pass for November, thanks to the Compass program at the West Bend High Schools. Unfortunately, her car was wrecked the previous day, which meant she couldn’t use the free parking pass. Continue reading

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Student Club Wants Martin Luther King Jr. Day Recognized

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

For Jhalia Evans, acknowledging Martin Luther King Jr. Day would mean that she matters. Continue reading

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School Is the Perfect Setting for Political Discussions

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By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

“As long as there weren’t any politics involved, I support you. Politics don’t belong in school.”

These were the words my father said to me after I participated in the National School Walkout last year, and, like many concerned parents, he was averse to political ideologies being exposed to young minds in a school setting. Continue reading

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The Purr-fect Crime

By Kael Beltmann, Current Staff

There’s a reason why Jack Steele’s backpack has smelled like burned toast for the last three weeks. Continue reading

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Swillinger Composition Will Premiere at MYSO’s Spring Concert

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

For one local student, being involved in band doesn’t just mean performing pieces. It also means creating them.

John Swillinger, a senior at West Bend East High School, has been chosen to be a fellow for the John Downey Creation Project, where he will work alongside music professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to compose a piece for the prestigious Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. His composition will receive its world premiere in April at the group’s spring concert. He has participated in the ensemble for two years. Continue reading

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