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3 Things to Know about the Parking Study at Tosa East

The proposed community parking zone around Wauwatosa East High School

Ava Beisenstein, Editor

October 5, 2020

In early 2020, the City of Wauwatosa was taken on by Walker Consultants to perform a parking study of the streets surrounding Wauwatosa East High School and the nearby Wauwatosa Village. Parking has been a big problem for East students, faculty, visitors, and neighbors, for a long time. Limited parkin...

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...

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...

Wauwatosa Students Raise Money for Honor Flight

Stars and stripes representatives and Korean War veteran Larry Wiest collects the $2300 check raised by Wauwatosa West and East students and staff.

Serena Stern and Erin Scholtus

November 21, 2019

Wauwatosa West is honoring veterans by organizing a fundraiser for the program Honor Flight in honor of Veteran’s day. Teacher Chad Mateske has organized this not only at Wauwatosa West but also Wauwatosa East. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that provides the elderly veterans with clos...

Seniors Admitted to UWM

Henry Frey and Jovan Mendez

November 13, 2019

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee admissions staff came to Tosa West on October 17th, looking to admit future students early.    This was the beginning of a series of early admissions interviews that spanned the entirety of the school day, the staff picking out applicants who had filled out...

Tosa West’s Fall Production of INTO THE WOODS

Photographer Phatanoune Douangvilay

Jacob Burgardt and Tiffany Kincaid

November 12, 2019

INTO THE WOODS will be performed by the award winning Trojan Players on November 15th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.  Student tickets are $12. Adult tickets are $15 and children are $8. The performances will be “in the round” where the audience will be seated on the stage, encircling the actors....

New Library Podcast Studio at Wauwatosa West

Wauwatosa West student is seen playing the guitar in the new podcast studio in West's library.

Ethan Garder and Vincent Olsen

November 6, 2019

Guitars, Microphones, MIDI instruments, and a podcasting mixer and recorder are now ready for student and staff use in the southeast corner of the library. The equipment can be used by anyone with the permission of the school librarian, Derek DeVinny.  According to DeVinny, the equipment and spac...

Recent Shooting at Wauwatosa Strip Mall Raises Safety Concerns for Nearby Schools

Recent Shooting at Wauwatosa Strip Mall Raises Safety Concerns for Nearby Schools

Payton Mayer and Erin Scholtus

October 1, 2019

An altercation between two customers leading to a shooting at Ly Ly Nails in Wauwatosa raised safety concerns at local schools. The shooting caused the owner of Ly Ly Nails to get shot in the toe. The discharge of the weapon at the owner's toe was explained to be accidental. The fight involved 3...

“Tosa Skateboarders United” Hold Fundraiser to Expand Tosa Skatepark

Ethan Garder and Vincent Olson

September 28, 2019

“Tosa Skateboarders United” seeks to raise $150,000 to expand the Wauwatosa Skatepark by 2020.   A fundraiser will be held from 5 pm till 9 pm at the Muellner building in Hart Park on September 29th.  Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for youth under 13 years old. The fundraiser will have ...

Artists Paint New Murals in East Tosa

Artists Paint New Murals in East Tosa

Sara Stanislawski, Staff Reporter

August 30, 2019

Artists painted seven murals across local businesses in the East Towne Tosa neighborhood along North Avenue from mid to late July.  The Wauwatosa Tourism Commission hired Wallpapered City, a local company experienced with murals, to organize the project. The corridor of murals was done at no cost to...

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