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Wall of Honor Recognizes Local Veterans

By Kaitlyn Von Behren, Current Staff

East social studies teacher Scott Mindel believes that veterans are not given the respect they deserve nationwide. Compelled by this, he has constructed a Veterans Tribute Wall and video.

The Veterans Tribute Wall is filled with the names of approximately 325 veterans who have also been either students or staff members at the West Bend High Schools.  Mindel says that there are still countless more names to be found. The Veterans Tribute video features around 170 pictures, but Mindel is still looking for more. Continue reading

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Too Many Turnovers

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The class of 2017 has witnessed a high rate of administrative change

By Maggie Kieser, Current Staff

Starting in the fall, current WBHS juniors will meet their third head principal.

Principal Bill Greymont announced his resignation on Jan. 22, effective at the end of the school year. Greymont became head principal just before the start of the 2014-15 school year, replacing Jim Curler, who left for an administrative position in Slinger. The West Bend School District will now begin searching for another head principal. Continue reading

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Galileo Comes to West Bend

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By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

Next week brings a time of great stress for students: exam week. And this year, exams are going to look very different. Continue reading

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Hallway Pass or Medieval Flail?

By Jessica Steger, Current Staff

It is common knowledge that high schoolers are not world-renowned for their self-control. So when handed a wooden pass with a long lanyard, it is only natural for them to start swinging.

West Bend students are not immune to this temptation, and numerous examples of this behavior can be found in the WBHS halls on any given day. Some students and teachers feel that the restroom passes have become a danger in the halls. Continue reading

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The Squawk Box

Administration hopes to fix the fieldhouse sound system

By Ethan Stubblefield, Current Staff

If Martin Luther King Jr. had delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in the WBHS fieldhouse, we wouldn’t be reading about it in history books. Continue reading

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A Taste of Success

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Heuer recognized by Wisconsin Restaurant Association

By Beth Williams, Current Staff

For family and consumer science educator Sally Heuer, the night of October 25 is bound to be delicious.

On that night, Heuer will receive the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year award for her work in the hospitality industry. She is specifically being recognized for bringing the ProStart Program, a nationally-recognized industry-driven curriculum, to the West Bend high schools. Heuer is one of two recipients being recognized for the award this year at the Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s Celebration of Excellence. Continue reading

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District Adopts New Testing System

Galileo replaces Gains and EOCA assessments

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

This year students found themselves on a computer as they began the process of assessing their skills at the beginning of a new school year.

The new testing format is called Galileo, and it is done on a computer. At the high schools, Galileo replaced last year’s Gains and End-of-Course Assessment (EOCA) tests to measure pre, mid, and post skill level. Galileo is also being used at the elementary and middle schools. Continue reading

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Students and Local Stores Surprised by Changes in Planner Policy

After learning that WBHS wouldn’t automatically provide planners this year, Office Max began producing its own version for students

By Miranda Paikowski, Current Staff

So far this school year, students have been scrambling for a sense of order.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, many students at East and West High were disappointed that no planning books—a place where students can keep track of their calendar and assignments—were being handed out in resource. This is the first year that this has happened, so students found themselves confused and looking for an explanation. Continue reading

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Wysocky Receives Rolfs Award

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By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

Some people always knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew.  For Karen Wysocky, it was clear to her that she wanted to become a teacher.

On Monday, May 4 in the auditorium, Karen Wysocky was chosen for the 2015 Rolfs Teacher of the Year for demonstrating the qualities of a great teacher. Continue reading

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Prom Has That Sinking Feeling

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By Allison Trampe, Contributing Writer

When this year’s prom theme was announced, many students didn’t think about tuxedos, corsages, and a night of luxury. Instead, they thought about mass disaster.

West Bend juniors and seniors will board the Titanic for prom on Saturday at the Washington County Fair Park. The choice of theme has proven to be controversial. Continue reading

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Families Exercise Right to Opt Out

Local parents explain their decision to pull their children from testing

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

Reflecting a national trend of parents opting students out of standardized testing, some West Bend parents followed suit during the recent Badger and Aspire tests given in the West Bend School District. Continue reading

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Closing Time

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Director of school nutrition hangs up the apron

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

Managing the biggest restaurant in the county is a huge task, but Lynne Gross has been doing it for a long time.

As the director of school nutrition for the school district, Gross is the brains behind the school breakfast and lunches.  However, after a 33-year reign, Gross will retire at the end of the school year. Continue reading

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Advanced Placement Students Can No Longer Exempt Semester Exams

Changes in state policy mean changes for AP semester finals

By Alyssa Birkeland, Current Staff

With exam exemption policies changing year to year, many Advanced Placement students and teachers are confused about this semester’s plans. Continue reading

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Dreams Become Reality

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Business students participated in Reality Day at WBHS

By Kara Conley, Current Staff

For four years, one teacher has been working to make her dream come true at the West Bend High Schools. Continue reading

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Greymont Explains What WBHS Hopes to “Gain” from Standardized Tests

Office Beat Logo - ConleyFor many students, high school seems like continuous standardized testing.  But students have actually been assessed this way since elementary school.

“High school, for the first time, is really experiencing what elementary school has been doing for the past 20 years,” said Bill Greymont, WBHS principal.

The next set of Gains tests will be taken the week of April 6-10. Different subjects will be tested each day. Sophomores will take the Aspire test April 28-29; freshmen will take it April 30 and May 1.

Greymont addressed why students are taking multiple standardized tests each year in an early March interview with The Current. He explained the purpose of these tests so students can understand why they need to be taken, from the administration’s perspective. Continue reading

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Full Transcripts: Board Candidates on Common Core

What is your view of Common Core and what would you do about it?

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Monte Schmiege

Well, I would like to get rid of Common Core, but I realize that it’s pretty much embedded right now and it’s probably not going to change for several years. A lot can happen in that time.  One of the things that I discovered somewhat recently is that the policy that the board has in place calls for the district to adopt the state standards, period. That’s not what the law requires. The law requires that the district adopt standards acceptable to the superintendent of public instruction. That’s a little different. So in Germantown we have the Germantown school board creating their own standards. So it’s not necessary for the district to adopt the state standards at this time. And it wasn’t when Common Core came out. But that’s the policy of the district. That’s one policy I would like to change. But if we change it, that means they could keep Common Core if the state adopts something else. Continue reading

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Full Transcripts: Board Candidates on Testing

What is your stance on the amount of standardized testing and is there any action you would take on that?

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Vinney Pheng

That’s something that always comes up and I’m pleased to say that the administration here from the superintendent on down, recognizes that there may be too much testing. And maybe we should consolidate the testing. I’m in full support of that initiative. Having said that, again, even though we do have some local control, there’s a lot of state requirements. And that kind of… it doesn’t help, let’s put it that way. But as a general policy, as a general philosophy, I believe some of these tests can and should be consolidated. And one of the things we hear as board members, and again it’s a totally valid concern, I totally understand it and in a lot of ways agree with it, is if you have too many tests, teachers end up teaching the test versus focusing on learning. Tests are a metric to measure learning, but it’s not learning. And so that’s a long way to say the board as a body has encouraged and directed administration to try to reduce that amount of testing. Continue reading

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Full Transcripts: Board Candidates on Tension at WBHS

What do you see as a possible solution for the recent tension between high school students and administration?

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That’s kind of multi-faceted too, isn’t it? I don’t think from the standpoint of administrators, that there is any obstacle that cannot be overcome. And at the same time, I’ve lived awhile. Students became dissatisfied with things when I was a kid. Our responses were not dissimilar. I remember “protests” out in the parking lot. I remember those things happening. They become scarier to us now because of what happens in other communities. But those reactions of students to rebel against authority or against rules, that isn’t actually new. Our worries are very real to us about not wanting it to escalate to something that is just absolutely not acceptable. Continue reading

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That Doesn’t Smell Like Teen Spirit

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By Alex Kopish, Editor in Chief

Lately, it’s not unusual to see students and staff covering their noses as they make their way from one class to the next.

Throughout several WBHS hallways, the stench of sewage gas has stuck around for months. Tests were conducted by the high school’s maintenance team during the Feb. 16 teacher in-service day to attempt to find the source of the problem. Continue reading

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Cheating Scandal Rocks Advanced Placement Math Class

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By Miranda Paikowski, Current Staff

Cheating is never a smart move, but it’s especially unwise to attempt to fool a statistics teacher.

Rebecca Carmichael, a West math teacher, unraveled a cheating scandal in her AP Statistics classes in January. The scandal resulted in at least 22 students being accused of using an answer key found online to better their semester exam, and every AP Stats student was required to retake the assessment. Continue reading

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

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The rumor mill was in full force following last week’s student-led protest march.  The Current staff writers Kara Conley, Miranda Paikowski, and Mike Smale separate fact from fiction.

Rumor: The march was a success, as it led to the school returning to seniors the right to create a wall mural and attend the Every 15 Minutes program in spring.

Fact: The riot did not result in these decisions. The official decision to once again make both juniors and seniors the attending classes for the Every 15 Minutes program was made prior to the hall pass uproar. “I had been thinking of changing the participating grades from juniors and seniors to juniors and sophomores. This was simply a proposal, and I was already leaning towards keeping it the way it has been,” said Ralph Schlass, assistant principal, in an interview with Miranda Paikowski. According to Schlass, he had decided a few days before the riot to have seniors participate once again. This announcement, although made on Thursday, was not related to the march whatsoever. Continue reading

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That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

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By Alex Kopish, Editor in Chief

On Saturday, a student wearing a West Bend East High sweatshirt walked into a restaurant in Menomonee Falls and was asked by a stranger, “Were you one of those arrested?”

News travels fast, and last week’s student-led protest march has caused many in West Bend to worry that the once-positive reputation of the high schools has been stained. Continue reading

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It Wasn’t About Hall Passes

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Thursday’s protest march was an embarrassment, but perhaps now the school can have the right conversations

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

What happened at school on Thursday morning was simply wrong. A step towards a positive environment with the ability to have dialogue about student issues was twisted into a public spectacle of immaturity, and that’s too bad.

The actions taken by a percentage of the student body on Thursday were disgusting. Watching the news and seeing one’s school being disparaged as “the students who rioted over lavatory passes” should make any student cringe. Savagely running through the halls and displaying such a blatant disregard for the privilege of public education is simply sad. Students calling for mature treatment yet spiraling into rage only proved the district’s logic in restricting freedoms. Immaturity will never be met with mature privileges. Continue reading

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Why I Marched Today (And Lived To Regret It)

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Today’s first period meeting between principal Bill Greymont and students angry about new hall pass procedures ended with a protest march that disrupted second period classes.  West senior Andy Propper was there.

Andy_PropperWalking into the East cafeteria I felt a massive wave of tension and excitement. I could look around and tell that everyone knew that with how many people showed up something would probably happen and it wouldn’t end well, but that was okay for some people because they hoped for a destructive and chaotic meeting.

The meeting itself was filled with boisterous and dismissive teenagers. I could see many who had showed up with constructive intentions to change things were drowned out by the outcries and jeers from those who had come to watch the carnage they assumed would unfold. Continue reading

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The Clock Is Ticking

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Workers install new seats as part of the auditorium renovation project.

By Mike Smale, Current Staff

Right now, one of the nation’s premier orchestras is scheduled to play at a construction site.

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is going to perform at the WBHS auditorium on Dec. 9, according to school principal Bill Greymont. But with only a few weeks left to meet that date, the auditorium renovation project is heading for a photo finish. Continue reading

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New Principal Knows His Mission

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By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

Rooms filled with bunks, artillery, and high security information normally aren’t found in the same building filled with whiteboards, desks, and books. The atmospheres of a military base and a high school may not be synonymous, but they have more similarities below the surface than meets the eye.

The 2014-2015 school year brought many changes to the West Bend High Schools, one of which was the hiring of new head principal Bill Greymont. Greymont brings many experiences with him to his new position as principal, including 20 years of military service. Continue reading

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History in a Box

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Time capsule from 1970 provides early portrait of WBHS

By Mike Smale, Current Staff

Normally history lessons come from the social studies department, not the main office. But administrative assistant Ruth Ruh had plenty to share when the office received an unexpected blast from the past. Continue reading

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Standing Behind the President

West teacher Tanya Lohr was invited on stage during President Obama’s Labor Day speech.

By Alex Kopish, Editor in Chief

On Labor Day, Tanya Lohr’s patriotism soared like a jet as she was living out a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the president of the United States.

“I had just started getting used to being on the stage in front of the huge crowd when suddenly Air Force One flew by and my stomach jumped, my knees buckled and my eyes started to tear with pride,” said Lohr. Continue reading

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