News & Announcements
Fourth-term Mid-terms are this Friday, April 29th
West HOSA Victorious at State
While you were all enjoying another relaxing spirit bowl, our West High HOSA was up in Layton competing at state. While the spirit bowl dropped our numbers quite a bit, we still performed very well, qualifying a wopping 19 for nationals. Please congratulate these students. Here is a breakdown:
3 State Officers: Jennifer Duanas, Sheila De La Cruz, and Vismaya Khakar
Vismaya Kharkar - 1st Place Medical Spelling
Jennifer Duenas - 3rd Place Behavioral Health
Siani Weston - 1st Place Medical Law and Ethics
Amanda Jiang _ 1st Place Clinical Specialty
Medical Math Top Ten Finalists - Jingtong Liu, Kevin Ngo, Brian Kim
Biomedical Laboratory Science Top 10 Finalists - Na Yeon Kim, Amanda Jiang
Sports Medicine Top 10 Finalist - Jayda Nance
1st Place MRC Partnership - Belen Balderas, Grace Balderas, Gavin Clements, AJ Bull
Medical Photography Top 10 Finalist - Brian Kim
Eva Pronovost - 2nd Place Researched Persuasive Speaking
Researched Persuasive Speaking Top 10 Finalist - Vismaya Kharkar, Madelyn Vandel, Amanda Jaing
Janelle Wilson, Mary Lewis, Alejandra Dechet - 1st Place Creative Problem Solving
Biomedical Debate Top Ten Finalists - Amanda Jiang, Bita Tristani-Firouzi, Kenji Aoki, Elizabeth Peterson, Elso Dubil, Aashna Shah
Healthcare Issues Exam Top 10 Finalist - XinYuan Ye
Barbara James Service Award Winners - Sheila De La C
West FBLA Victorious at State
West High School's FBLA team, with their adviser Susan M Raymond, traveled to State this past week where they competed with 92 other chapters in Utah. The team received 4th in number of points received in all of the testing events (Outstanding Chapter of the Year), 9th in FBLA-Opoly, and 3rd in the Largest Increase in Membership criteria. West also had a State Officer elected:
NaYeon Kim Metro Region Vice President. The following is a list of events and their Top Ten qualifiers. Everyone of these students qualified to attend Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia this summer with the top place winning a cash prize!
Accounting I Gretel Zumwalt 3rd
Agribusiness Eric Hon 2nd
Agribusiness Ian "Eddie" Huang 8th
Business Calculations Rohan Jairam 4th
Business Calculations Tian "Nate" Ji 7th
Business Communications Rohan Jairam 1st
Business Ethics Amanda Jiang 3rd
Business Ethics Kathy Liu 3rd
Business Ethics Sean Deegan 3rd
Client Service Cynthia Chen 2nd
Computer Applications Tianlin "Nate" Ji 3rd
Computer Problem Solving DoHwan Kim 9th
Database Design & Applications Cynthia Chen 1st
Economics Rohan Jairam 2nd
Economics Eric Hon 7th
Electronic Career Portfolio Amanda Jiang 1st
Emerging Business Issues Amanda Jiang 5th
Emerging Business Issues DaEun "Anna" Sung 5th
Emerging Business Issues Michael Tao 5th
Help Desk Kathy Liu 1st
Help Desk Sean Deegan 5th
Impromptu Sean Deegan 9th
Intro to Business Sam Loveland 7th
Intro to Business Communications Sam Loveland 5th
Introduction to Business Presentation Mitchell Simmons 10th
Introduction to Business Presentation Moonhyuk Choe 10th
Introduction to Business Presentation Sam Loveland 10th
Introduction to Financial Math Mitchell Simmons 2nd
Introduction to Financial Math Tian "Nate" Ji 4th
Introduction to Information Technology DoHwan Kim 1st
Management Information Systems DaEun "Anna" Sung 4th
Management Information Systems DoHwan Kim 4th
Management Information Systems NaYeon Kim 4th
Network Design DaEun "Anna" Sung 3rd
Network Design Kathy Liu 3rd
Network Design Michael Tao 3rd
Personal Finance Rohan Jairam 8th
Public Speaking II Michael Tao 7th
Securities & Investments Rohan Jairam 1st
Social Media Campaign Amanda Jiang 2nd
Social Media Campaign Kathy Liu 2nd
Spreadsheet Applications NaYeon Kim 10th
Spreadsheet Applications Tianlin "Nate" Ji 8th
Word Processing Tianlin "Nate" Ji 4th
Please congratulate our Navy JROTC Cadets for an outstanding job this past weekend. They earned 3rd Place during the Utah State 2016 Annual Drill Competition. Here's a list of the various Drill Events and how we did:
2nd Place Regulation without arms
2nd Place Inspection with arms
3rd Place Inspection without arms
3rd Place Regulation with arms
3rd Place Exhibition without arms
We would like to announce that the West High Debate Team took 1st Place at the Regional Tournament at Viewmont High. We also have two students, Nithin Chalpathi and Michael Tao, who will be going to the National Tournament in June. We are so proud of our Debate Team and their hard work! Also, a huge THANK YOU to our amazing coach Erin Cowley who has gone above and beyond what her original job entailed. She has spent many hours of her own time working with our students to make sure they are prepared to compete and have a positive debate experience!
DECA at State
Please congratulate the following DECA members on their amazing achievements last week at the UTAH DECA State Championships. We had **7 DECA members participate (6 first-year members), 5 qualified for State Finals, 4 Finished in the top 10, and 1 finished in first place.
1 - DECA State Top 3 (Qualify for DECA Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee)
First Place in State for Business Finance – Nithin Chalapthi
4 - DECA State Top 10 Finish
Business Finance – Nithin Chalapathi
Accounting Applications – Aida Becic
Principles of Business Management and Administration – Sariah Watchalotone
Principles of Business Management and Administration – Jae Zuno
5 - DECA State Finalists
Nithin Chalapathi – 1st Place Overall, State Finalist, Top 10% in Exam Score, Top 10 Finish
Aida Becic – State Finalist, Top 10 10% in Exam Score, Top 10 Finish
Jae Zuno – State Finalist, Top 10 Finish
Sariah Watchalotone – State Finalist, Top 10 Finish
Bryan Ochoa – State Finalist
**Christina Rodriquez and Zane Brown competed as well.
West High sported three teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Utah State Competition at Weber State on Saturday, including 2 rookie teams from comprised of ELPers. There were 36 total teams competing from Utah, Idaho and Montana. The competition is for 7-12 graders, so our teams were up against older, more experienced students. This year the competition was to build robots to climb mountains and rescue climbers. From West there were:
- 7-8th Grade ELP Boys team: Elevated Engineering
- 7-8th Grade ELP Girls team: RoboRaptors
- 9th Grade Girls team: Skeleton Crew
All the teams had a great day of competing. This year we all had many hours of hard work. The ELP teams have been meeting weekly and receiving support from the veteran FRC team (Red Rock Robotics) as well as the previous ELP team, Skeleton Crew, throughout the year. The boys team, Elevated Engineering, has been mentored by Patrick Doty and had a great final round, for me the highlight of the competition! While climbing the mountain in the endgame, they flipped their robot sideways and it looked like it was finished. But using their mechanical arm they were able to right themselves with only seconds left to cruise up the mountain and score a bunch of points. They finished in 21st place after the qualifying rounds. Another team that had trouble throughout the day but finished strong was Skeleton Crew. They won several design awards and outreach awards and were awarded a golden ticket to Super Regionals in Oakland, California. Lets wish them best of luck!
Finally, the ELP girls Roboraptors had a great day, finishing 8th out of 36 teams. The Roboraptors were selected by the 4th seeded alliance captain to advance to the elimination rounds. They were eliminated by the #1 seeded alliance in the semifinal round. Special thanks to Katie Talda, from the University of Utah Society of Women Engineers who has been helping me mentor the girls every Wednesday after school this year.
Your class using Salt Lake City District's Canvas? Here is the link for you to access from home: https://slcschools.instructure.com
SB-60 Civics Test for Graduation!
Effective January 1, 2016, every public school student must pass a civics test as a condition for receiving a high school diploma in the state of Utah (SB60). This test is comprised of 50 questions selected from the 100 questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test (United States Customs and Immigration Services Civics Assessment). To pass, students must answer at least 70% of the 50 questions correctly. The test may be taken as many times as needed until a passing score is earned. Students may not opt out of this test.
Every student enrolled in a Social Studies class in grades 8-12 this year will be taking the test prior to the Thanksgiving break, November 23, 2015. If you are a senior and not enrolled in a Social Studies class this year, you can take the test on the morning of March 1, 2016, the same day that juniors will be taking the ACT exam. Students who did not pass their test in their Social Studies class this fall may also retake the test on March 1. West High will determine after March 1 how many seniors still need to retake the test to prepare for graduation. Students who are not seniors and do not pass the test may retake the test next year, and in subsequent years until they have passed the test.
The 8th grade curriculum aligns closely with the content of this test. Salt Lake City School District and West High expect students in 8th grade to do their best to pass this test so they do not need to retake it in subsequent school years.
The following are links to study materials and practice tests:
Parent Power School Accounts
Need to access your student's Power School account to check on grades and attendance? Forgot or don't have a password yet? Click here for directions on how to create one.
After school activity buses will start on Monday, August 31st. They will pick up in the front of the school so students can find them easier. There will be a bus leaving at 4:00pm and again at 5:30pm. The route is the same as it was last year but click here to review it.
Great accomplishment Panthers! All students were cleared out of the commons after receiving their "golden tickets" in about 35 minutes. A great start to a new year!