West Side Stories

Wauwatosa West to Welcome Class of 2024

September 5, 2020

An orientation run by Link Crew will welcome and help incoming freshmen transition to West their first day of school. Wauwatosa West Link Crew Advisor and English Teacher Maureen Brady says, “Our Link Crew student leaders have been working hard and are excited to help the freshmen get their hig...

Wauwatosa School Board Approves Medical Advisory Panel’s Metrics, Recommendation to Continue in Hybrid Model

The Wauwatosa School Board Meeting August 24th consisted of a Hybrid Model with some attending in person and others connecting via the video conferencing platform Zoom.

Sara Stanislawski, Editor

August 25, 2020

The Wauwatosa School Board approved the district’s Medical/Public Health Advisory Panel’s recommendation to continue the school year in the Hybrid Model of the Phase into Learning through October 2nd, 2020 in a 5-2 vote at the Wauwatosa School Board Meeting on August 24th. The School Board also app...

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 School Board Approves Proposed School Reopening Framework

Wauwatosa School Board members and district staff meet over Zoom for July 27th meeting.

Sara Stanislawski, Editor

July 28, 2020

Wauwatosa School Board members approved the district’s proposed School Reopening Framework for the 2020-2021 school year in a 6-1 vote at the Wauwatosa School Board meeting on July 27th. Before the framework passed, Board member Shawn Rolland moved to table the vote to a later meeting date and was secon...

School Board Approves Canvas as New Learning Management System for 2020-21 School Year

School Board Approves Canvas as New Learning Management System for 2020-21 School Year

Eve Lazarski, Staff Reporter

June 26, 2020

Students, teachers, and parents will use the Canvas learning management system to organize their instruction and learning starting in the 2020-2021 school year. The school board approved a 3 year $213,500 contract to Instructure Inc., the manufacturers of Canvas at the school board meeting on Monday,...

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...

TW TODAY – April 10th, 2020

April 10, 2020

In this episode, journalists examine how West students experienced the controversial statewide election in Wisconsin Tuesday, April 7th.

College Board Changes AP Exams to be Open Note, Taken Online at Home

Info-graphic from College Board displaying key aspects of 2020 AP Exams

Sara Stanislawski and Maddie Bishop

April 3, 2020

In response to the millions of students not at school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has changed Advanced Placement (AP) exams normally completed in schools to be taken at home this year.  April 3rd, the College Board announced the dates and specific question types for each exam and that all tests will be open note. The exams will still allow some students to gain coll...

TW TODAY – From Home – April 2nd, 2020

TW TODAY - From Home - April 2nd, 2020

April 2, 2020

TW Today broadcast produced from home featuring a story on student reactions to AP Exam changes and shoutouts sent in by staff and students.

West Graduate Experiences COVID-19 Crisis During Semester Internship at Center for Disease Control

West Graduate Experiences COVID-19 Crisis During Semester Internship at Center for Disease Control

Anyiah Chambers, Student Reporter

March 26, 2020

Although the Tosa West community has been consumed with the COVID-19 pandemic for the last week, 2017 graduate Micheal Green's daily life has been consumed with the COVID-19 pandemic since January. During Michael’s time at Wauwatosa West, he served as President of the Student Senate and National Honors...

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...

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