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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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The Advanced and Honorable Struggle

Ethan Verderber, Writer March 12, 2020

   A staple of high school culture has long been the presence of AP and Honors classes, as well as their impact on student life. For many students, whole days are consumed by high demands of these courses. In the face of gargantuan amounts of difficult...

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Why Longer School Lunch Periods Should Be the Norm

Why Longer School Lunch Periods Should Be the Norm

Nikita Gounder January 10, 2020

   Last Friday on December 13, 2019, during the teachers luncheon, students had an extended lunch schedule which meant a fifty five minutes lunch period. It was almost surprising how much time we had. Students had time to eat lunch leisurely, have...

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Courtesy of Katie Ishioka

Budding Artists: Art Club

Vibhash Devanathan, Staff Writer December 10, 2019

  For many of West High’s young budding artists, Art Club is a place for them to talk and relax with their fellow artists. It’s also a place for them to work together on bigger projects outside of the normal class setting.     This creative...

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A Freshman Focus Meeting

(Fresh)man Focus

Ethan Verderber, Writer November 14, 2019

There's an average of 513 people in each grade at West High. 512.5, if we're exact  — don't ask what happened to that half a student. Freshman Focus is responsible for making that many people feel at home in a new school with the new-age wonder of...

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An example of a slogan from last year.

Senior Panorama: A Day to Remember

Misha Hashemi, Writer November 14, 2019

   Not only did the senior panorama photo make a great memory to look back upon in the yearbook, but it was also an opportunity for twelfth graders to embrace their creative side. On College Day, which took place on Wednesday, October 30, the entire...

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A New Teacher Brings New Excitement

A New Teacher Brings New Excitement

Rebecca Yan, Entertainment & Spotlight Editor October 17, 2019

   With a new school year, comes brand new teachers. Ms. Ho, the new precalculus teacher describes the transition of adjusting to  a new school, and her interests in teaching.   Q: What subjects do you teach? A: I teach Precalculus and...

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The Senior Class enthusiastically cheering on the Top 5 Homecoming Nominees. 


Courtesy of @westchieftain on Instagram

Starting The Year Off Strong With The Homecoming Rally

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor October 16, 2019

   After a week of hilarious hats, pajamas, and iconic memes, it had come down to the most anticipated day of the week. Students dressed in red, green, blue, and purple could only mean one thing: rally day. But not just any rally. The first West High...

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Courtesy of Stephanie Grace

Meet Stephanie Grace, West’s New Cheer Coach

Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer October 15, 2019

  Stephanie Grace is the newest teacher here at West High. She teaches English for Sophomores and is the new cheer advisor. I interviewed her about her new experience here at West.      Q:What made you want to become the cheer coach?    A:...

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Courtesy of Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate’s First Tournament of the Year

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2019

   The last Saturday of September marked Speech and Debate’s first tournament of the year, hosted at West High. With a team of thirty-five, West’s senators snagged several places and awards, making a successful start to the year.    Following...

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Courtesy of Danielle Cho

L.A. Times Visits West High

Misha Hashemi, Writer October 8, 2019

  A classroom full of aspiring journalists had its full attention to Molly Heber - the L.A. Times High School Insider Project Lead - as she described the importance of students having a voice on a global platform as established as the Los Angeles Times....

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Courtesy of WHS Environmental Club

New Year, New Clubs

Amanda Peck September 19, 2019

 Have you ever wondered if there is a place that you can explore your interests of engineering robots, celebrating french culture, and preventing human trafficking? Club Rush is that place; it is an annual event that takes place every year at West High....

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Courtesy of Ms. McLarty

Ms. McLarty: The New School Therapist

Nikita Gounder September 17, 2019

   Christine McLarty has recently joined the ranks of West faculty as the new school therapist, a position that has not been filled in many years. Ms. McLarty is an AMFT, associate marriage and family therapist. As someone who had gone to middle and...

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