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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2016

2016.05.23 Current Staff

WBHS journalists score 12 awards in statewide contest 

For the second year in a row, The West Bend Current received top recognition from the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association.

Judges for the 2016 NEWSPA contest again gave blue ribbon honors to The Current for a website not published as part of a journalism class, saying that many of the stories “reflect an original, enterprising approach to news gathering.”

The website’s student reporters also took home eleven individual awards. Continue reading

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Bensen Selected

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Hannah Bensen, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2016-17 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Lauren Sorensen. Congrats, Hannah!

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Flitter Named Teacher of the Year

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Prizes pile up for East social studies teacher

By Jessica Steger, Current Staff

It’s been a good year for Jessica Flitter, East social studies teacher. Continue reading

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Kick Back with Pizza, Popcorn and NCAA Basketball

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The class with the lowest tardy rate in March will be rewarded

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

With the March Madness basketball tournament about to begin, the WBHS Compass program hopes to ignite excitement for its own March Madness.  Continue reading

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State Law Should Guarantee Freedoms for Student Journalists

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By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

During first period on Jan. 29, a school aide came to the door of my humanities class and told me that I was needed in the office.

At first I did not think anything of it as I was waiting for a letter of recommendation to be dropped off for a scholarship application. Much to my surprise, though, I found myself in the principal’s office. I was told that I was not allowed to write about a particular topic for the school newspaper. Sadly, this was not the first time I was censored this year.

That is why I feel compelled to endorse new legislation proposed by a group called New Voices. Continue reading

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Remembering Saint Mary’s School

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Current WBHS students who attended Saint Mary’s School are saddened by its planned closure

By Kaitlyn Von Behren, Current Staff

Tears, texts, and turning stomachs. Friends messaging each other frantically. Parents reading and re-reading emails at work. The decision had been made: Saint Mary’s, their grade school, was shutting down for good.

“I never saw it coming,” said Becca Stucke, an East senior who recalled her nine years at Saint Mary’s parish and school. Continue reading

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Paix for Paris

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West Bend students try to process the Paris attacks

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

The global community stopped and watched in horror as the events unfolded last Friday in Paris. The world joined together to show support, and the West Bend High Schools both felt the shock waves of terror and the desire to gain understanding.

Conversations to digest Friday’s events fit into the curriculums of French teacher Christie Fischer and social studies teacher Tony Zappia. Continue reading

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My Dad Was There

For one East sophomore, the Paris attacks hit close to home

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

When East sophomore Erica Bhatti came home from school last Friday, her mother told her to call her dad right away.

At first Bhatti was nervous because she didn’t know if her dad was sick or what was going on. But when she learned that Paris, her father’s home, had become a war zone, she felt the same pang of fear experienced by the world in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks. 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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What’s In Your Backpack: Marlo Kastner

What is your favorite thing in your backpack?
“My favorite item in my backpack is my jump drive that is Wonder Woman, my favorite superhero ever, since kindergarten, ask Tyler Bodart or Mrs. Kleibel.” Continue reading

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Music Gives Wings to the Mind

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Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra provides lesson plans for area teachers

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

It is natural for English teacher Pat McIntyre to teach about Orwell and Salinger, but she also has a natural impulse to highlight composer Antonin Dvorak. Continue reading

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It’s All Coming Together

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What’s the origin and meaning of the new sculpture?

By Hannah Bensen, Current Staff

When a new 20-foot tall sculpture appeared outside of the West Bend High Schools auditorium last spring, students were left wondering how the creation got there and what it meant. Continue reading

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The Current View: Bullying Presentation

What are your thoughts about Monday’s assembly, which mixed bullying statistics with stunts performed by BMX professionals?

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“The presentation was really good, but I thought that it should have been a little more personalized. There should have been someone who has been bullied to speak about their experiences.”
Lizzy Bensen, East senior

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Photos: Stunts in the Fieldhouse

Students enjoyed the stunts of professional BMX riders while learning about the dangers of bullying at a school-wide assembly on Monday.

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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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Let the Facts Do the Talking

Sorensen explains the mission of The Current

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Dear Reader,

At its core, the staff of The West Bend Current is a group of student writers aiming to bring information to both the students and residents of West Bend, while practicing and improving our journalism skills.

As a staff we have developed a sense of identity and a clear mission. Continue reading

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The Current View: Summer Highlights

What’s the most interesting thing you did over summer?

KristenBecker“This past summer we took a two-week road trip out to the East Coast.  So we went to Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and Boston, and New York City. And we went to see a play on Broadway, and we took a tour of the White House and got to pet the president’s dog, which was awesome. And then one of my children ate too much really expensive frozen yogurt and vomited in the intersection of Central Park, so it was a good time.”
Kristen Becker, English teacher

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We Promised Them We Would Remember

(Video: Paul DeLain, West science teacher, shares his thoughts about why it’s important for high schoolers to remember 9/11. Interview by Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief.)

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The Children of 9/11 Are Not Children Anymore

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Sorensen_YokesPhotographyBy Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

Every generation endures one. A moment in history that the mere mention of prompts a flow of what one was doing when they found out that the world stopped turning.  A moment that prompts this response, and resounds as a day we as Americans were reminded of the fragility of life, is Sept. 11, 2001.

The nation watched in shock and terror as symbols of American prosperity crumbled and 2,977 Americans lost their lives.

Moving forward from 9/11, Americans came together to remind both the world and ourselves what it means to come together as a nation.  A patriotic spirit swept through every main street of every city in every state.  Flags flew and trumpets played as patriotism soothed wounds and American heroes were laid to rest.

Fourteen years later, the effects of this American catastrophe are still felt. Continue reading

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First Day of School: Orientation Program Replaces Mini Day

By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

For the first time in decades, WBHS students attended a full day on the first day of school.

This broke the tradition of “Mini Day” in which everyone attended a shortened schedule on the first day at East and West High. In the past, sophomores, juniors, and seniors attended only in the morning and freshmen only in the afternoon on the first day of school. Continue reading

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Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year

2015.05.21_Sorensen-001By Lauren Sorensen, Editor in Chief

Calling all current event enthusiasts!  Would you like a hand in keeping both the students of the West Bend High Schools and community members informed about what is going on?  The Current invites you to join our staff of reporters, ranging from movie reviewers to photographers to investigative journalists.  There is always a story to write at The Current.  If this draws you in, please see adviser Mr. Beltmann in room S95.

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Tooting Our Own Horn: NEWSPA Awards 2015

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Kopish leads with three prizes in statewide journalism contest

Students at West Bend East and West High took home seven individual awards in the 2015 NEWSPA contest for student journalism.  The West Bend Current also earned blue ribbon honors for online publication. Continue reading

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Sorensen Selected

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Lauren Sorensen, East junior, will serve as The Current‘s Editor in Chief for the 2015-16 school year.  She replaces graduating senior Alex Kopish.  Congrats, Lauren!

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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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Searching for a Data Czar

District plans to hire a Director of Assessment and Accountability

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

The West Bend School District is currently looking for a new individual to oversee data collected to measure the progress of students and various district departments. Continue reading

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Testing Culture Discussed at Local Forum

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By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

The national conversation about standardized testing came to West Bend earlier this month. Continue reading

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Teenagers Are Not Invincible

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Wednesday’s school-wide assembly was an important step in battling against drug abuse in West Bend

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

Nobody wants to talk about addiction. Nobody wants to talk about the horrible reality of a life that revolves around finding your next fix. Nobody wants to raise their hand and own up to being a user. Nobody plans on dying of an overdose. Continue reading

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Gay-Straight Alliance Criticizes District

District has not responded to letter sent in November

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

Two WBHS students have accused the West Bend School District of not acting lawfully.

Bonnie Briggs, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and Erica Gilhuber, the club’s vice-president, both signed a formal document voicing concerns regarding an advisory committee for the district’s human growth and development curriculum. 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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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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School Board Vice President: Referendum Needed

Bart Williams has been vocal in opposing merger

By Miranda Paikowski, Current Staff

At least one board member hasn’t been happy with the process used to consider merging East and West.

“There is no harm in taking an advisory referendum, letting the community voice its opinion,” said Bart Williams, the vice president of the West Bend School Board. Continue reading

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Racing Toward a Vote

Board members disagree about the speed of the process leading to next week’s vote on the high school configuration

By Miranda Paikowski and Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

The clock is ticking.

Next Monday the school board will vote whether or not to combine East and West. Two months were given to community members to make the case for keeping the tradition of two schools going or becoming the biggest single high school in the state. If the board votes to merge the schools, there will be less than a year to implement all of the changes before the 2015-16 school year.

“It’s all been really fast track,” said Bart Williams, a member of the school board for 3 1/2 years. Continue reading

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Blue and Gigantic

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Former student donates art piece to English teacher

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

Sitting in Eric Beltmann’s stifling hot English class in May could prompt a student to set their gaze upon the artwork on the room walls, rather than the grammar being taught at the front.

If students look to their left, their eyes may be drawn to a print of the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg from The Great Gatsby, which students read fourth quarter in Beltmann’s 10th grade honors English class. Continue reading

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Teachers of the Year

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Two high school teachers given Rolfs award

By Lauren Sorensen, Current Staff

As her family pushed aside the curtain, Cindy Mennig’s eyes began to well up. Continue reading

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