Tag Archives: COVID-19

The Resiliency of the Music Department

COVID-19 presented challenges for choir, band and orchestra

By Kayla Lemens, Current Staff

After eight long months, the music department is finally returning to normal. 

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Student Lounge Brings Fresh Look, Crowds to Second Floor

By Kayla Lemens, Current Staff

A new lounge at the West Bend High Schools has created new opportunities for students and, according to some staff members, new headaches.

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Ready to Dive In

COVID-19 will not cancel this year’s Dolphins show

By Norah Johnstone, Current Staff

This might be Bridget Pfiel’s second year coaching Dolphins, but it’s her first show. 

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Be Kind, Rewind: Farewell to the Video Store and a Way of Life

Area teachers and former video store clerks ponder what Family Video’s closing means for the culture of film viewing

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

It’s the end of an era.

As of February 28, all Family Video locations across the country are permanently closed, including the location in West Bend. With Family Video being the only remaining video rental store in West Bend prior to closure, local movie lovers must accept a transition from discs to streaming. For many, the transition prompts deep feelings of nostalgia as the culture of film viewing has changed so drastically in the past decades. 

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Kurt Rebholz

By Noelle Mentch, Current Staff

Kurt Rebholz believes that his financial background and openness to different ideas are some of his strengths that make him a great member of the school board.

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Chris Zwygart

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

After serving on the school board for the past three years, Chris Zwygart believes that he is ready for a second term.

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Decision 2021: Meet Board Candidate Jody Geenen

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

After watching her three daughters graduate from West Bend West High School, Jody Geenen hopes to give back to her community once more.

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Teen Employees Affected by COVID-19

By Megan Landvatter, Current Staff

A year ago, Chris Meyers spent his Friday nights seating customers at Texas Roadhouse. Now, he spends his Friday nights wiping down menus. 

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Masks On, Sleeves Up

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t cancel this decades-old tradition. Continue reading

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Teachers Adapt to New Cohort Schedule

By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

The West Bend High Schools have a new approach to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Continue reading

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The West Library Is Back


By Amber Georgenson, Current Staff

After months of renovations, the West Bend West High School library is reopening for student and faculty usage. Continue reading

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The Current View: The Cohort Model

To stem the spread of COVID-19, students will be split by last name into two groups that will alternate between in-person and virtual learning starting Wednesday. What are your thoughts about the new cohort model?


“I actually really like it because it is a good way to limit the spread of COVID while still being able to go to school.”
Lydia Winklbauer, East senior
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WBHS Rescinds Ban on Afterschool Activities Meeting In Person

By Caroline Peplinski, Current Staff

Today marks the first opportunity for clubs and co-curriculars at the West Bend High Schools to connect in person this year. 

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Mandate the Masks

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By Elise Marlett, Editor in Chief

I do not envy those in power in this school district whose choices have the potential to drastically alter the lives of my friends, family and teachers.  Continue reading

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A Beautiful Deed in the Neighborhood

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

As of Tuesday, Diane Malicki has sewn an estimated 75 face masks for her neighbors in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading

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Banovich Joins Elite State Honors Band

By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

After a safer-at-home audition, West Bend West High School junior Brionna Banovich has been selected as one of the top eight student bassoonists in the state of Wisconsin. Continue reading

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New York’s Coronavirus Outbreak ‘Feels Like a Nightmare’

West Bend graduate is a public health scientist in New York City

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

The City That Never Sleeps now resembles a ghost town.

That’s what Kacie Seil, a former West Bender now living in New York City, says about how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected her current home.

Seil, an epidemiologist who attended Yale University after graduating from West Bend East High School in 2006, serves as a research scientist for data integrity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. As a resident and analyst, Seil has seen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic up close. Continue reading

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West Bend Teachers Miss Their Students

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Teachers at Decorah Elementary School organized a car parade today to connect with their students. Students haven’t seen their teachers since schools were closed March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade started on Vine Street and traveled through several neighborhoods. Staff members from Silverbrook Intermediate School will parade Monday starting at 5 p.m. Distance learning starts Tuesday.

 

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Former Exchange Student Reports from Italy

Andrea Sargentoni says he “underestimated” the virus at first

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Italian student Andrea Sargentoni, like many people around the world, underestimated the severity and swift spread of the coronavirus.

Sargentoni was working through his fifth and final year of high school in Ancona, Italy, when his country’s first cases of COVID-19 were reported in late January and early February. The number of coronavirus cases and deaths rapidly escalated to the point that Sargentoni, who spent last year studying at West Bend West High School, now lives under a national lockdown. Continue reading

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‘Everyone Was Freaking Out’: Sisters with Local Ties Return from Europe

Twins were in Spain when President Trump announced new travel restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus

By Samantha Dietel, Editor in Chief

Last week, two West Bend graduates were uncertain that they would be able to return home to the United States. Continue reading

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Time-Honored Senior Traditions Are Now In Quarantine

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By Caitlin Marsch, Current Staff

I never thought that my senior year at the West Bend High Schools would be abruptly altered by a deadly virus. Continue reading

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Italy Trip Postponed Until Next Year

Students understand, but still feel disappointed 

By Elise Marlett, Current Staff

Global illness concern has forced the West Bend High Schools band to reconsider their own safety.

Even before today’s announcement that the West Bend School District will close for the next four weeks due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the WBHS band had postponed their spring break tour of Italy. Since the trip will now take place during the spring break of 2021, current seniors will not be able to attend and are being issued full refunds. Continue reading

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