October 24, 2017

Sophomore board fundraises to buy gifts for hospitalized children

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter The Sophomore Class Board ran their annual charity project during the week of Nov. 12. This year, the board members decided to collect money during all lunch periods in order to buy gifts for children that are in Advocate Children’s Hospital. “We’re bringing the gifts to the kids next week,” JoAnn Chilver, Sophomore Class Board sponsor said. “We are also going to be getting a tour of the children’s wing.” The board encouraged all students to donate money to the project and any student who donated one dollar or more had their names written on…

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WPAC helps superstorm victims through Cinnabon sale, shaving heads

by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter On Nov. 30, Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) will host a Cinnabon sale to raise money for people in need affected by Superstorm Sandy. Students could pre-order their Cinnabons from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29 for $3. On Nov. 30, the actual sale day, Cinnabons will cost $5. Cinnabons will be distributed in the main hallway during lunch periods. “The proceeds will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity which is an organization working to provide relief in the area,” Sandra Chico, WPAC sponsor, said WPAC works on projects involving world issues. “WPAC does a…

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New folkloric dance club created, promoted

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor In recent years, students from various cultures, both Latin American and otherwise have participated in unofficial folkloric dances for WHS. This year, Latino Club will attempt to bring these students together under the instruction of Minerva Solano, dance teacher. To attract interested students, two dance workshops were planned. The next workshop will run on Monday, Nov. 19. Ms. Solano has several activities planned for the workshop. In addition to teaching the basic steps of a folkloric dance, she also plans to model various traditional folkloric costumes and teach a bit about Latino culture. Gabriela…

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Conferences lack in parent participation

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Parent teacher conferences took place Nov. 7, and while many parents now use the option of registering online, staff noted that the conference attendance has stayed relatively low every year. “Well, it’s usually the parents of the kids who are doing good who show up.  It would be better to see parents of low-performing kids show up,” Joann Chilver, math teacher, said. According to Kathy Valin, secretary to the associate principal for instruction, parents’ working at night also affects participation at conferences. In order to spread the word about parent teacher conferences, WHS sends out a…

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Prospect Heights tree given to Daley Plaza for lighting ceremony

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief As the 64-foot high Colorado spruce tree was lifted off the ground onto a flatbed, the Theiszmann family of Prospect Heights said goodbye to the 66-year-old tree. This special delivery will be given to downtown Chicago for the holidays this year for its 99th annual tree lighting ceremony. The tree was transported to the Daley Plaza where the ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. “We are very proud, the mayor especially. We always like to see Prospect Heights shown in a positive light,” Anne Marrin, Prospect Heights administrator, said. The tree…

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Student Council donates more food to families

by Katia Bryhadyr, Staff Reporter Student Council distributed over 10,000 flyers on Saturday, Nov. 3, encouraging people to give food, coats and recycled electronics for this Thanksgiving season with the annual canned food drive to help families in the Wheeling community. People around Wheeling left canned food at their door, and on Saturday, Nov. 10, Student Council picked up the donations. “It feels good to give back to the community,” Isabel Chan, sophomore, said. “We don’t think about hungry people, and it’s good to be aware that there are families out there that need the support.” Eighteen groups of students…

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Three clubs join to mentor Twain students

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor Students from a variety of extracurricular activities, including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S), Operation Snowball and Latino Club had the opportunity to mentor a group of fourth grade students from Mark Twain Elementary School. The mentoring program aims to set positive role models for the elementary students to look up to and confide in. WHS students will not tutor or teach the students, but they will  work on creating a trust-based relationship with them. “The (Twain) kids were in awe,” Raymundo Galarza, social worker, said. They asked me ‘and we’re gonna…

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Programs help close Hispanic Achievement Gap

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Throughout the Northwest suburbs, Hispanic students have improved on standardized test scores, but an achievement gap remains between them and their peers.  However, WHS has worked to close this achievement gap. On average, Hispanic students at WHS have performed better on standardized testing for math than Hispanic students in the district and state, with 56.3 percent of them meeting or exceeding expectations on the math portion of the PSAE, compared to 50.5 percent of Hispanics in District 214 and 36.2 percent in the state. WHS works to close this gap by offering courses with career…

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District 214 ponders insurance options

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief Gridiron Alliance, local advocates who reach out to paralyzed high school athletes, asked District 214 to consider a paid insurance policy that would cover student athletics in case of “catastrophic” accidents. The discussion arose at the school board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18. “The district should look into more insurance policies because there are many families who may not have insurance at Wheeling, and it would be nice to have more protection at athletic events,” Chad Mikosz, senior, said. District 214 already offers optional student athletic insurance for in school and out of school hours. A…

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Ebony Club, WPAC, Student Council run coat drive

by Kelly McKewin, Staff Reporter This year on Nov. 5, for the first time ever, Ebony Club, the Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) and Student Council teamed up for the coat drive, which Ebony Club has ran for 15 years. With the collected donations, adult coats will be donated to an organization called Journeys in Palatine. All children’s coats will be given to District 21 to help provide for students at Walt Whitman and Mark Twain Elementary schools. “(This is) the first year Student Council has been involved,” Sandra Chico, Student Council and WPAC sponsor, said. “We wanted to do…

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