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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

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Far From Smart and Farther From Balanced (Con)

Kevin JB Kim, Tech Editor May 27, 2015

The new Smarter Balance testing has been recently implemented in the California school system. The purpose of the test is to assess the abilities of the high school juniors. The juniors at west had to undergo multiple practice tests before they took the...

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The Key to a Balanced Education (Pro)

Clara Chin, Staff Writer May 27, 2015

Girl A goes to school in a wealthy suburban area. She takes several rigorous courses, including one in calculus and another in physics. Girl A takes the Smarter Balanced test and complains. She says, “Why do we have to do this? This information is pointless.” Girl...

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Danced Ever After: The Story Ends

Clara Chin, Staff Writer May 7, 2015

Finishing a good story is bittersweet; the same could be said for “Danced Ever After,” the last full-scale dance show of the year for West High School’s Dance Department. All three levels of advanced dance, plus Choreo Club, came together in...

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Clara Chin, Staff Writer May 1, 2015

When West High School’s Class of 2015 students received the Senior Activities Calendar last week, gold tassels and graduation gowns began to occupy everyone’s minds. The Senior Goodbye Rally on May 29, Prom on May 30, as well as graduation and...

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Earth Day: Digging Deep Beneath the Roots

Earth Day: Digging Deep Beneath the Roots

Madison Kuhlmann, Staff Writer April 29, 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd, was Earth Day not only here at West High, but also around the world, and it has definitely left an impact on us for yet another year. Every year, since 1970, April 22nd was known to be Earth Day. This date came to life during...

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They Are the Five Percent

They Are the Five Percent

Clara Chin, Staff Writer April 22, 2015

Last weekend, 13 of West High School’s Speech and Debate team could be found dressed in business attire talking to walls. Why? They were taking some final moments to rehearse their competition pieces for the state tournament. From April 17 to April...

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Speaking To Inspire

Speaking To Inspire

Alyna Kim, Staff Writer March 27, 2015

After another three years of tours and life-changing speeches, Gabe Salazar, national  youth speaker, returned to West High School on Monday, March 23rd, to deliver another hilarious yet thought-evoking speech. Salazar has been recognized across the...

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Three-in-One: Trio, the Multitasking App for the Social Media Guru

Three-in-One: Trio, the Multitasking App for the Social Media Guru

Clara Chin, Staff Writer March 5, 2015

A social media wiz might struggle deciding whether to post a picture, a text post, or a video to express a thought. But with Trio, an app released on March 4th, one can use all three modes simultaneously. 81% of teenagers participate some form of social...

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Erica Choe: California's Girls State Delegate

Erica Choe: California’s Girls State Delegate

Nicole Rivera, Staff Writer February 24, 2015

Like any other West High student, Erica Choe (11) is a skilled athlete and member of multiple clubs on campus. But Choe is more. Not only did her tennis team win the Pete Brown First Serve Tournament, but she is also on board of Red Cross and CSF. It...

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Black History Month: The Extent of Impact in Schools

Clara Chin, Staff Writer February 17, 2015

The Civil Rights Movement began only about a half century ago, and even if that seems like a long time, the aftermath becomes especially apparent every February. In 1986, Congress passed a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month. According...

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It's About Love

It’s About Love

Alyna Kim, Staff Writer February 5, 2015

It’s all about self-expression and freedom to show who you really are. On February 13, West High will be holding its first It’s About Love event. It’s About Love is a celebration in which individuals express themselves through actions instead of...

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Ms. Girgis’ Unbeatable Effort Gets Students Into Unbroken

Ms. Girgis’ Unbeatable Effort Gets Students Into Unbroken

Alyna Kim, Staff Writer February 4, 2015

Thanks to Mrs. Patty Girgis and the American Honda Corporation, West High’s Junior class and a part of the Sophomore class were able to watch Unbroken on Tuesday, January 27. “I went to the memorial for Louis Zamperini in July. I talked to the staff...

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