West Side Stories

Administration, Teachers Re-Enforce Dress Code and Cell Phone Rules

Administration, Teachers Re-Enforce Dress Code and Cell Phone Rules

Maddie Bishop and Katie McCabe

March 20, 2018


Filed under Featured, School News

A recent spike in hoods, headphones, phones, and tardies at Tosa West have led to principal Frank Calarco and teachers to reinforce these rules.   On March 1st, an email was sent to the entire student body by principal Calarco in hopes that reinforcing the policies at school will help t...

Students, Teachers Anticipate Week Long Spring Break Holiday

Students, Teachers Anticipate Week Long Spring Break Holiday

Sara Stanislawski, Freshmen

March 20, 2018


Filed under Featured, News

Spring break is just around the corner for students and teachers in the Wauwatosa School District. The break begins on Friday March 30th and classes resume Monday April 9th.   Students and staff will spend the break very differently, with many factors such as funds and scheduling affecting their plans. College swim teams flocking south for an early practice season first spar...

Locks of Love 2017

Locks of Love 2017

Rick Sear, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2017


Filed under Featured, Multimedia

On Friday, February 24, students at Wauwatosa West donated their hair to Locks of Love, a charity organization which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss. Tosa West's students have donated to this charity for the past 9 years. "The impact of Locks of Love extends beyond hair donation," said...

Print Edition Available Online

Print Edition Available Online

Rick Sear, Print Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017


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The Semester 1 print edition of West Side Stories was distributed today in school. Missed it? Didn't get a copy? No worries! The whole edition, along with many other past editions, is available on our ISSUU page here: https://issuu.com/westsidestories

FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

FREE SPIRIT DAY 5: Machinations, Graduations, and Congratulations

June 23, 2016


Filed under Featured, Rick Sear's Blog, Showcase

Well, this is it. The end. The time for people to begin leaving with tears in their eyes and fond recollections of the Free Spirit experience. It hearkens back to a certain APPSE class I once had...but I digress. Though it was our final day, we certainly weren't going to waste it sitting around doi...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

FREE SPIRIT DAY 4: Rights, Courts, and Sports

June 22, 2016


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It seems like only yesterday that we were just getting to know each other and laughing over our mediocre Newsmania abilities. Now it's Day 4, and we only have one more full day together. Such is life. Our first session today was at the Newseum's memorial area to those journalists who lost their lives doing th...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 3: News Pros, the Future, and a Little Bit of Politics

June 21, 2016


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BOOM! Day 3 already! This conference is going by faster than a free eagle flies majestically into the sunset.  Today was chop full of good stuff, so I'll try to keep it brief. We begin our narrative on Floor 7 of the Newseum. Our first presentation was with 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim. She ...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

FREE SPIRIT DAY 2: News, Neuharth, and Never Stopping

June 20, 2016


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Day 2 began early, with a hotel breakfast and a 7:30 departure for NBC studios. We were off to Meet the Press. Everyone was excited for the interviews with Paul Ryan and Loretta Lynch, as well as just seeing the filming of the news show. Cut to twenty minutes later as everyone (crammed onto a single ble...

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

FREE SPIRIT DAY 1: Introductions and Newsmania

June 18, 2016


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It's Free Spirit time! I arrived today in DC with high hopes and an even higher level of nervous. When one loses one's itinerary before the trip, it's difficult for one to know what's going to happen. Luckily for me, however, I was supplied with everything I could possibly need to be a good little jou...

Students Rally In the Aftermath of Controversial Comments

Students Rally In the Aftermath of Controversial Comments

April 25, 2016


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Controversial racial comments made by West Principal, Frank Calarco last week Friday April 22nd, lead to a student demonstration held earlier today in the West Learning Center.   Senior Thomas Leonard says that last Friday, Calarco came into his second hour class and asked that, “Someone tel...

West Reacts After A Threat To The School

March 9, 2016


Filed under Featured, Homegrown, Local News, Multimedia, School News, Uncategorized

by: Zoe Stack All Wauwatosa West High School students were ushered into the gym this morning while an investigation of the building was being held due to a threat the school had received earlier that morning.   Wednesday, March 9th, Wauwatosa West received what Principal Frank Calarco called in ...

Center Street Bridge Reconstruction

Center Street Bridge Reconstruction

Jade Grippe and Zoe Stack

January 30, 2016


Filed under Featured, Local News, Multimedia, School News, Showcase

Getting to school is almost nobody’s favorite part of the day, and recent events have made the commute just a little bit harder. Early Monday January 25th, the Center Street bridge, which runs over 1-94, was closed to all traffic, cycles, and pedestrians. Since Monday, preparations have been underway...

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