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Which Makes Thee Startle: A Story of Mice and Men

WBHS takes steps to combat vermin after mice sightings

By Kaitlyn Von Behren and Gabrielle Diaz, Current Staff

The East Library has a new mascot: The Sun, a small mouse often seen scurrying for a crumb or in between book aisles.

Mice have been seen roaming the West Bend High Schools since early August, most commonly found in the West science area, the East Library and the Nifty Nibble, which is the student-run campus restaurant. The mice are sometimes dead and sometimes alive. The most recent sighting of mouse droppings was today in the West social studies area. Continue reading


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West Bend Teacher Invited to Symposium

By Bailey Schultz, Current Staff

Tanya Lohr is thrilled about her upcoming trip to New York.

Lohr, a West Bend West High School social studies teacher, leaves today for New York as part of an American Geographical Society fellowship. The event will take place Thursday and Friday, with Lohr returning home Saturday evening. Continue reading

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Two Principal Model Returns to WBHS

Students will experience unique school identities at East, West

By Jessica Steger, Editor in Chief

This year the West Bend High Schools welcome a new principal, but wait… there’s more! Attend school now, and you will get not one, but two principals. Continue reading

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Beloved Principals Honored

By Priyanka Trivedi, Current Staff

Two conference rooms at West Bend High Schools have been renamed after two former principals.

Mary Skalecki and Patrick Gardon were both honored by having conference rooms inside West Bend High Schools named after them in the fall of 2016. The Skalecki conference room is located outside the main office while the Gardon conference room is in the attendance area.

“The conference rooms dedicated are the two most visible conference rooms,” said Ralph Schlass, a current assistant principal who worked with both Gardon and Skalecki. Continue reading

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Crash Course

Every 15 Minutes program asks students to confront the dangers of drinking and driving

By Hannah Bensen, Editor in Chief

While hundreds of students looked on, West Bend East High School teacher Jeff Rondorf was taken away in an ambulance.

The Every 15 Minutes program took an unusual twist this year by including a faculty member in its plotline. Rondorf, a business education teacher, “died” on Friday due to injuries sustained in an accident caused by a drunk driver. The events were not real, but they simulated the graphic realities of such an incident. Continue reading


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Gaining Yards on 1989

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East freshmen are ready to blitz the legend of the last undefeated West Bend varsity team

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

The East freshman football team has local fans excited about the future.

The freshman team completed an undefeated season in late October, finishing with a 7-0 record. The team averaged 48 points per game, and allowed an average of eight points per game. This is the first time since 1989 that any West Bend football team has had a perfect record. Continue reading

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Uelmen Stays in West Bend


Assistant principals Dave Uelmen (right) and Ralph Schlass work together in the main office on Wednesday morning.

By Shelbie Proudfoot, Current Staff

Assistant principal Dave Uelmen is no longer leaving the West Bend School District. Continue reading

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Students Confused About New Jobs Skills Assessment

Why were juniors required to take the ACT WorkKeys test?

By Beth Williams, Current Staff

On the morning of March 4, the hallways of the West Bend High Schools were void of their usual noises of scraping shoes and student chatter. Instead, the junior classes from both East and West sat down to take what they thought was just another standardized test.

This test, however, came with a twist: this was the first time that this specific test was being offered to WBHS students. Continue reading

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Going Yard


By Mike Smale, Current Staff

There’s an oasis of green in the middle of the high school, yet many students don’t even know that it exists.

“We have a courtyard?,” said Ryan Schuppie, East senior.

The school courtyard, which is surrounded by the school on all four sides, has been an abandoned place for several years. Soon, however, the courtyard will begin to see life again. Continue reading

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Don’t Believe Everything You Hear


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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Kick Off the Sunday Shoes

Charity Ball

By Holly Williams, Current Staff

Attendance at the Charity Ball dance was down this year, with around 450 tickets sold instead of a usual 700.  This significant drop in attendance may have come, in part, as a result of new school dance rules. Continue reading

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