by Isabella Reed
This week I decided to investigate the library even further. The library at West Hills High School is more than just checking books out for a good read or textbooks. We have computers that you can use freely to finish your essays or any projects that require research or typing. We also have library TA’s that help Mrs. Sannwald organize and keep everything intact. You can always print out your work as well, in case you don’t have a printer at home. Its free but if you want color you only have to pay 50 cents.
Behind Mrs. Sannwald’s desk/checkout area, you can see we have a tech repair room. Chromebooks are now taking over the use of paper in schools so we have to have an area where we can get them fixed if anything goes wrong. We also loan out chromebooks for those days you forget to put your computer in your backpack or forget to charge it and it dies in the middle of class. They no longer supply chromebook chargers, but if you’re lucky some of your teachers hold extras in their class. The library is also a pretty popular hangout spot for lunch when it’s too hot/cold outside. It’s also a great place to host clubs for example “Best Buddies” is held inside!
by Audrey Lechien
As any library would, the West Hills library carries a variety of content. All of the titles are by category and alphabetical order. With such a wide selection and organized system, the students benefit greatly from this material.
The range of material is very wide going from school textbooks and research books to magazines. Of course there is academic content in the school library, but there is also things just for fun. For example, there are fictional novels and magazines. This is especially handy because you don’t need to go to a city library. You also don’t need a library card! Not all schools have such a great library, so all students should take advantage and use it as much as possible.
by Alyssa Jenkins
Some pretty interesting things have been going on here at West hills. One thing that is happening this week, Winter Formal tickets are on sale! Yes! Sale! You better go get your discounted ticket before the price goes up! All you have to do is go to the finance office pay your small fee of $25. Then the price will just continue to raise. If you have any questions all you need to do is go to the library, counselors, front office, or even your teachers. They should know about this amazing deal. But make sure you act fast, because they are going to go fast. After this week the price will go up and you will have to pay full price. The dance is at The Rueben H. Fleet in Balboa Park on January 13th.
by Alyssa Jenkins
I took a survey on school campus life, by asking students in some of my classes. I asked 25 people 5 different questions. It was interesting to see how confident students are in their finals and such. 5 out of 5 people said they were not looking forward to their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they were planning on studying all weekend. 2 out of the 5 people said that they got tutors for their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they already had or are going to have at least one final this week. 1 out of 5 said that they feel confident in their classes with finals. I was not very surprised by these results because this semester, especially seniors, have shown concern and stress for this semester of finals. Especially me, I am very nervous for what this semester’s set of finals holds. But it was interesting to see how different the students are in how they react to my questions and how different students answered these questions.
by Audrey Lechien
In highschool, it is easy to be friends or acquaintances without knowing things like their background and life outside of school. Everyone has a story and you’ll never know it unless they tell you. I decided to take a look into senior Chasity Shaw’s life and asked her a few questions.
Q: What are your hobbies or interests?
A: I do modeling and acting.
Q: When did you start acting and modeling?
A: I started acting when I was 7 and I just started modeling.
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I was scouted at a mall.
Q: What are some acting projects you’ve been in?
A: I have been in Haunted Hathaways, Criminal minds and a horror movie.
Q: Have you lived in San Diego your whole life?
A: I was born in San Diego and lived here until I was 9 and then moved to Oceanside. I lived up there for a few years and now I’m back.
Q: How has moving around impacted you?
A: It was hard to change school and make new friends when I just had to leave them again.
Q: Do you miss living in Oceanside?
A: Yes, I loved Oceanside and I wish I could move back.
by Star Gaylord
Christmas is a great time of year and many people celebrate it. There are many traditions within this holiday and some celebrate in different ways than others. Here is an interview to give some insight on how Karyssa Macleod celebrates!
1.What is your favorite part of Christmas?
My favorite part of Christmas is shopping for other people.
2.What is a tradition you have on Christmas?
(Our tradition is) going to my grandma’s and grandpa’s for breakfast.
3.Do you do anything fun leading up to Christmas?
Yeah, I go ice skating.
4. Do you attend or host Christmas parties?
(My family) attends.
5.On Christmas day do you celebrate at your house or do you go to a relatives?
(We celebrate at ) my grandma’s.
6.What do you eat on Christmas?
7.What is on your wishlist?
A lot of random stuff.
8.What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Hmm. Thats hard. My mom and dad have (given) me really cool things though. But last year was my Apple Watch.
9.Do you agree with the saying “Giving is better than receiving”?
10.What aspects of Christmas are you most excited for?
Decorating and watching the people I love open presents.
by Gianna Creighton
Mr. Reiderer has worked at West Hills since 2004 as an ENS teacher, athletic trainer, Sports Medicine teacher, EdGenuity teacher, CEIS coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Mr. Reiderer received a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State and his Masters in Educational Admin from Alliant International University. His favorite thing to do outside of school is spend time with his family. He participates in activities like wakeboarding, traveling to Idaho, and going to SDSU football games. He was a member of the graduating class of 1987 and loves getting the opportunity to give back to West Hills. Mr. Reiderer stated, “My goal is to spend many more years as an administrator here, I love working with the students.”
Mrs. Dufloth has worked at West Hills now for two years. She attended SFSU and SDSU where she got her Bachelors and Masters Degrees and also attended National University where she got her Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential. Mrs. Dufloth favorite things to do outside is go camping, road cycling, mountain biking, and hanging out with her family. She chose to work at West Hills because it is the “best school in the district!” Mrs. Dufloth favorite memory was when on the first day of school her new office was decorated with silver, blue, and black.
by Jayden Moreno
This week I asked three people from the Sports and Politics club a couple of questions about the club. The questions: why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and what is this club about. The first person I ask said this is her first year and she is in the club because her best friend, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy talking about sports with others. Her favorite thing about the club is having debates.
The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to go to well college and for that to happen you need good grades which he does but also colleges like to see that you participate in school clubs and the like, his favorite part about the club is meeting new kids and talking about his favorite sport. The last person I ask chose this club because all of his teammates are in this club so he joined with them. He said this club benefits for him are having a better chance of getting accepted into college. Lastly, his all time favorite thing about the club is hanging out with his team.
by Anna Parrott
One characteristic that is typical of any library is the abundance of books and other resources. But a special feature of the West Hills library is the bookshelf that highlights all the new books that have recently arrived. This gives every student the option to discover new books and genres that with appeal to them.
Here are just some of the new books in the library:
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by journalist Annie Jacobsen is a nonfiction addressing of the Roswell UFO incident and it is the perfect book if you are interested in extraterrestrials or anything out of this world. On the other end of the literary spectrum is What Light by Jay Asher, a story about romance written for young adults. Colson Whitehead’s piece, The Underground Railroad, is an alternate history novel that follows two slaves on their escape to freedom. Additionally there are many other new additions in the library with a variety a genres that are guaranteed to appeal to any reader.
by Isabella Reed
This week I investigate the library even further. The library at West Hills High School is more than just checking books out for a good read or textbooks. We have computers that you can use freely to finish your essays or any projects that require research or typing. We also have library TA’s that help Mrs. Sannwald organize and keep everything intact. You can always print out your work as well, in case you don’t have a printer at home. Its free but if you want color you only have to pay 50 cents.
Behind Mrs. Sannwalds desk/checkout area, you can see we have a tech repair room. Chromebooks are now taking over the use of paper in schools so we have to have an area where we can get them fixed if anything goes wrong. We also loan out chromebooks for those days you forget to put your computer in your backpack or forget to charge it so it dies in the middle of class. They no longer supply chromebook chargers, but if you’re lucky, some of your teachers hold extras in their class. The library is also a pretty popular hangout spot for lunch when it’s too hot/cold outside. It’s also a great place to host clubs for example “Best Buddies” is held inside!