May 23, 2017

WPAC sponsors ‘Teens for Jeans’

by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor The Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) hosted a Teens for Jeans drive, in accordance with Aéropostale, a clothing store, to collect jeans for teens in need within the township of Wheeling who would otherwise have difficulty purchasing clothing items. “Even when life may seem stressful, we should be aware of the struggles of others,” Tyler Levy, senior, said. There were bins set up in the back and front of the school for whoever would have liked to donate their gently worn jeans from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8. “It’s a simple and easy way…

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Students plan, design engineering projects

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Nine students currently work on designing engineering solutions for the Positive Impact – Next Generation Innovators Challenge, with projects ranging from a prosthetic leg to an operating room. “Part of our project is how we can impact the world, so even if we have the smallest impact, that would be good,” Dan Crabbe, senior, said. Participating students received problem statements, where they had to design a solution to the problem that followed the prompt’s criteria. Crabbe and Christian Galvan, junior, received a prompt to create a prosthetic leg. “We’re building a prosthetic leg for a…

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Orchestra gains fourth director in four years

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Orchestra welcomed its new director Sarah Struebing, current Orchestra director,  after the departure of Alex Meza, previous Orchestra director, in late January. With the arrival of a new director, Orchestra welcomed its fourth director in just four years. However, Jami Kahn, senior, felt Ms. Struebing represents “stability and control” for the Orchestra program. “She really knows what she’s doing and is extremely prepared to take the reigns of the program, which is great because we really just need some stability and control right now. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m definitely expecting…

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District plans improvements in technology, academic programs

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief  During the week of Jan. 15, District 214 approved school and district improvement plans as required under the No Child Left Behind Act; some of the highlights within the plan include improvements in incorporating more technology into the classroom, adding more intervention for struggling students and increased professional developments. “We have been trying to invest in bringing mobile devices to the hand’s of students that will help their academics,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. “For example, we will be holding iPad training sessions for teachers and already hold many iPad pilots throughout the district, which is…

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P.E. classes teach vocabulary

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor In order to help students learn vocabulary, the physical education classes’ curriculum will now incorporate learning commonly used words on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE). “As a school we always look at our data, and the one area we wanted to improve upon was reading,” Kevin Muck, division head for career and technical education and physical education, said.  “We (the P.E. department) decided to help and came up with the vocabulary plan.” All sophomore, junior and senior P.E. classes will learn a list of 100 vocabulary words to improve on vocabulary for standardized testing. …

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‘Pack the Place’ promotes school spirit, fundraising

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Last week, students continued the traditions of “Pack the Place” week through spirit days, the pep assembly, a basketball game and Honor Pack’s fundraising. Sports, clubs and organizations nominated students to become Honor Pack members. Honor Pack helped raise money for a WHS family in economic hardship. Social workers help identify a family in economic hardship. This year, Honor Pack raised money for the family of Karen Delgado, junior, and Perla Delgado, sophomore. “She’s (my mother) no longer working. She needs to take medicine,” K. Delgado said. “She hurt her back and neck. She has…

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WHS takes action by cancelling annual winter assembly

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief The annual winter holiday assembly was canceled this year due to the recent scare of the Sandy Hook shooting and student rumors of weapon threats on Twitter. “It was because of the context during that time. With the devastating incident in Newtown, Conn.; it really had the effect of putting everyone on edge across the country,” Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, said. According to Dr. Lopez, students at WHS and neighboring schools were tweeting and creating a threat to the school. “This was not the real case, but everyone was still in a heightened sense of fear,”…

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Orchesis hosts Flash Mob

Video by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief During the Pack the Place assembly, teachers and students from the crowd joined Orchesis in their flash mob to “Sweet Home Chicago.”

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Scanlon family raises money for son with brain tumor

by Megan Brezka, staff reporter Scout Scanlon, a former Wheeling student, is also the fourth generation in her family as a Wheeling resident. Scanlon graduated from WHS a few years ago, and recently her eleven-year-old brother, Christian Scanlon, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, there will be an “All You Can Eat” buffet of spaghetti to at her church, St. Joseph The Worker on Dundee Road in Wheeling, to raise money. Dinner tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

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Student Council hosts Pack the Place week

Fast Facts: The theme of this year’s annual Pack the Place is “Let’s Go…!” A spirit wear tally sheet will be given to 3rd period teachers to keep track of who is dressing for spirit days. Spirit Wear Days:  Monday: “Let’s take a nap!” — Pajama Day Tuesday: “Let’s go to the game!” — Sports Day Wednesday: “Let’s go to the club!” — WHS Club/Activities shirts Day Thursday: “Let’s glow!” — Neon Wear Day Friday: “Let’s go the game!” — Extreme Blue and Gold Day  

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