West Side Stories

Wauwatosa School District Makes Progress in Hiring Minority Teachers but Teachers of Color Continue to be Scarce Locally, Statewide Compared to Students

The Wauwatosa School District serves over 7,000 elementary, middle and high school students and employs nearly 500 teachers.

Sara Stanislawski, Editor

July 29, 2020

2020 Wauwatosa West Graduate Anyiah Chambers had her first and only minority teacher at West her senior year.  Chambers said she always struggled with math. She says she was willing to learn but faced challenges getting concepts down on tests. However, when she had Wauwatosa West Math Teacher Natha...

Wauwatosa West to Welcome New Principal for 2020-21 School Year

Before being hired as Wauwatosa West's principal for the 2020-2021 school year, Grice most recently served as principal of Atwater Elementary School in Shorewood.

Sara Stanislawski, Editor

June 9, 2020

Ebony Grice will begin her new position as the Wauwatosa West Principal for the 2020-2021 school year following the retirement of West Principal Frank Calarco.  After attending professional learning development opportunities offered by the Wauwatosa School District in previous years, Grice decided to a...

Day in the Life of High School Student with a Disability

Myles Calhoun, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2020

For many highschoolers, the same routine ensues… you wake up, jump out of bed and get going on your way to school. As your day starts, you run in stampedes in the hallways as the bell rushes you to get to your class and repeat but for some, this repetitive and typical day isn’t the same.  Eliz...

Day in the Life of a Wauwatosa Police Dog

Canine unit Zev and his handler, Wauwatosa Police Officer Ben Ziegler

Bea Lazarski and Ava Beisenstein

March 26, 2020

“He’s a very good partner and I couldn’t see myself working without him,” explains Wauwatosa Police Officer Ben Ziegler about his partner, a dog named Zev. Last April the Wauwatosa Police Department welcomed its newest police service dog, K-9 Officer Zev, who became the department’s second canin...

Day in the Life of a Wauwatosa Firefighter

Bea Lazarski and Ava Beisenstien

March 25, 2020

¨I truly believe it’s the best job in the world,¨ explains Wauwatosa firefighter Zak Ruggirello of his childhood dream job. Ruggirello first earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education, but after realizing teaching wasn’t for him, he started working on completing his Fire and EMS Certifications...

Social Media’s Impact On Receiving News

Social Media's Impact On Receiving News

Jacob Burgardt, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2020

Ever since November 11th 2018, the Australian wildfires have killed hundreds of humans and animals. These fires have been a heavily talked about topic all around the world and here at Tosa West. What we wanted to know was how people found out. “So I interact with Facebook occasionally. I us...

The Road to Recovery for the 7 Boys Involved in the Adam’s County Crash

The 5 members of the Hurricane's Swim and Dive Team (Left to Right): Eli Cruz, Dylan Hopkins, Keaton Begos, Chris Grieb, and Alex Gruel.

Payton Mayer & Lucas Metzner

January 22, 2020

Chris Grieb never had to leave class 5 minutes early.  Now, the senior can be seen before the bell inching himself with his walker, and draw-string bag in the hallway. "I went through physical therapy. Basically I just to deal with it. I just really like realized how lucky I am and how much worse...

Fashion of Wauwatosa West Students

Fashion of Wauwatosa West Students

Payton Mayer, Isabella Jacobson, and Amirah Cornelius

January 21, 2020

Wauwatosa West senior Elijah Ferguson wakes up everyday with many ideas of what to wear that day. He paints his canvas with his clothes. Fashion is his life that he loves to explore everyday.  “Being in high school you get a chance to constantly be around a group of people your age who all have...

New IOS Update for Apple Devices

Freshman James Gentil holds up his iPhone containing the new update.

Jovan Mendez and Henry Frey

January 15, 2020

The new IOS 13 update that came out June 3rd was supposed to be an evolutionary update for Apple with tons of new features. Does the update still live up to that potential? Most of Apple’s updates are known to make user’s phones slower so people have to buy the newest Iphone.  “Surprisi...

Students Managing Cell Phone Usage

Students Managing Cell Phone Usage

Anyiah Chambers, Student Reporter

January 15, 2020

Technology is starting to rule the world in many different ways, being overly connected to your cell phone can be a definite distraction, a source of instant gratification and lead to mental health issues such as depression. Could it be possible that society is actually addicted to their smartphones...

Vaping Prevention Presentation for Wauwatosa West Parents

Your Choice is an organization whose mission is to prevent youth alcohol and drug consumption by informing parents and school communities about the risks of substance use. Your Choice is available for guidance and resources for families struggling with a member with addiction.

James Gentil, Ethan Peplinski

January 14, 2020

Wauwatosa West High School will be hosting a “Wake Up Call” for juuling event from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Wauwatosa West auditorium Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. To attend the presentation, you must be of the age 21 years or older.  The “Wake Up Call” presentation is meant to inform parents a...

How to Prepare for Final Exams

How to Prepare for Final Exams

Victoria Lopez, Staff Reporter

January 14, 2020

Finals are right around the corner with less than a week before the end of the semester. The pressure for students to bring up their grades is on.  “I am pretty stressed, it’s a whole week before finals and I already spent all week doing homework in order to try to prepare," Junior Elizabeth ...

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