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Everyone Has A Story: Kathy Worley

by Rider McKenzie

I decided to interview West Hills’ own manufacturing teacher Mrs. Worley, this year.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?

A: In my second year of college I went all the way through high school planning to be a doctor. I hated organic chemistry and wanted to have a life. My passion was elsewhere and I changed majors prior to junior year to industrial arts. Doing sports and trying to get into med. school was tough.

Q: Why did you want to teach manufacturing?

A: I didn’t know I wanted to. I was asked to start a new pathway that East County wanted. It is fun most of the time.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching at West Hills?
A: Yes I do, it is different than when I taught at Mt. Miguel for 23 years. It helped me grow as a teacher and was new and exciting.

Q: What is the best part about it?
A: The students make it enjoyable the majority the time and each student is different and unique. I get to know many different personalities, every student’s own strengths and weaknesses, and what they’re capable of.

Q: The worst?
A: The students. When a student isn’t motivated and doesn’t care about doing their work, that’s when it becomes a discipline issue. Not the students who may have trouble. They try their hardest to fix it and actually learn. It’s the students that don’t give any effort that are the problem.

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Madam Secretary because the political discourse interests me, or shows like Cabin Masters and Barnhouse Builders, where I can maybe learn something and apply it.

Q: Favorite book?

A: The President. Not a best seller but a good book. I’ve held on to it over the years.

Q: Do you believe in ghosts?

A: Yes and no, it’s hard to get definitive proof. But there are some things out there that you can’t explain, so it’s hard to say.

Q: I understand that you were one of San Diego’s Teachers of the Year, this year. What was that experience like?

A: Yes, it was a lot of fun. A lot of activities, things like getting honored at Aztecs games, and getting free tickets. The mayor of Santee announced Kathy Worley day, and then a week after it was Kathy Worley day for San Diego county. A plaque at San Diego County Credit Union. It’s been really nice. Made my family really proud.

Q: How was the award show?
A: A lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect but was just like the Grammys or Oscars. It had entertainment, 10 groups of teachers and they choose 1 teacher from each group who each got to go to the semi-finals. It was nice. I had many family and friends come, and it was generally a good time.

Q: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Neither, Diet Cherry 7-Up is my choice.

Anyways, stay frosty, Wolfpack.


AJ Interview with Ryan Fagan

Q: How has the state of theatre been since I last interviewed you?

A: It’s been alright, the class as a whole, especially the new freshman are showing great strides towards where we need them to be for our play, “the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee.”

Q2: How has the state of quior been since I last interviewed you?

A2: Well, we have have great talent here and we’re beyond willing and able to work through any adversity as a team.

Q3: Which year would you say has been your favourite year of theatre thus far?

A4: So far it’s been this year because I’ve been able to take a leadership role, and be a mentor for everyone else. It’s very enjoyable.

Me: Thanks Ryan! Always a pleasure!

Volleyball Game Review

by Devin Craig

Last Saturday, the girls volleyball team had a tragic loss. West Hills lost 2 out of 3 sets in the match . The girls put up a great effort against their opponents, La Jolla. Many great serves were dealt by West Hills; however, their competition was able to counter them with excellence. West Hills was able to score often at the beginning of the match, but towards the end  West Hill’s defense was struggling due to lack of morale and conflicting views. In order to win more games, West Hills will need to learn how to work together as a more effective team.

Theater Update

by Chloe Yeager

Theater has been working on furthering the production for their fall show.  The informational poster has been made and the program hopes to start promoting the event soon. In advanced theater the students have been working on finishing up “dreamscapes” which gives the illusion that you are in a dream like state and the actor/actress does not talk.

With all that the theater production class has been memorizing their lines. Most of their time has been put toward preparing for the play and making sure no obstacles come up as the date of production approaches.


by D’vir Mona

            West Hills is very diverse in ethnicities and religions. There are many people that attend our school that don’t live in Santee, So that’s where I think the diversity comes from. Most of the races at West Hills include: Caucasian, Hispanic, Arab, African American. I believe it is good that our school is so diverse because it brings us closer together and forgets the issue of racism.

         Diversity in ethnicity also includes diversity in beliefs. I’d say most of the WHHS population is Christian, Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim. This shows that even tho our diverse school believes in different things, we still are banded together! This shows the diversity in our school.


3D Art Update

by Skye Finnestad

This week, 3D Art has been focusing on creating stabiles out of wood. First they did some research on the man who first created the stabiles. They found out how they were made, what they were made of, where they were placed. Next, they drew their own shapes, 15 geometric, 15 organic, and 15 shadows. From these shapes, they colored in their three favorite from each group. Then they redrew them onto bigger pieces of paper, cut them out, and began to shape them together, each stabile including three shapes. Out of the three stabiles created, they then picked their favorite one! They then were given a flat piece of wood and supplies they need, and were sent to work. From there, the students drew their designs on the piece of wood and began to saw them out.  Once all the pieces are cut out, the students will sand them down, paint them, and connect them.

App Review: Bath and Body Works

by Carly Ana Bockstahler

Today I am reviewing the Bath and Body Works app. The app was released in the Apple store on August 29th, 2017. Basically when using the  Bath and Body works app you are given the availability to  earn rewards, access offers, find a store locations near you, scan and save, and appreciate member’s only exclusive. The app version is 1.0. This app is free when purchasing in the Apple store. The platforms that the app requires is ios 9.0 or later, and compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch. The appropriate audience that is suggested to use the app is aged 4+. The visual layout of the app is quite appealing. The red, white and blue color scheme looks very exceptional when brought together. This app has no sound. An unfortunate downside to the app is it is currently only available in LA and Chicago. Although, until you are able to sign up for the bath and body works emails to be notified when the app is useable where you desire. Also, the app is only available in English.

There are some upsides. This app keeps history to ensure that you will receive your rewards once you earn them. You can save products that you would rather purchase later in your wishlist. If the app is having some technical difficulties, you can contact the customer care at the bath and body works email or by calling 1-800-869-0158. The app is recommended to women who travel an abundant amount of times and come across a Bath and Body Works often. You help save the environment when using the app because the app My Bath and Body Works is digital and the coupons given out after you make your purchase are made from paper. The app has a notification settings to alert you when something significant in the store, online, and on the app occurs.  

AJ App Review

My overall outtake, as a two year use of this app was positive. The only major complaint I had was in regards to the difficulties presented when entering the app. That said, there were a few glitches that carried on from the 2016 version of the app. For example, I always lose points when driving through the red light, with no control of the car at that moment in time. Another issue I had was the prices. It is expensive. It’s hard to not see their reasoning for making prices the way they are when keeping in mind the profit that they aim for to create a better game. The game also gets slower when in high quality due to poor connection.

Now focusing on the many positive aspects of this game. This game is very fun and addicting. It has many different maps and options to go with for whatever your desire. It also has many different cars to chose from, which can appeal to different types of people based on what cars they like. This game also helps new drivers get a handle on what to and not to do when driving. Ultimately, I have spent many hours on this game and plan to spend  more thanks to the way they designed it. This game is far from perfect, but there is reason to be optimistic.

App Review

by Chloe Yeager

I am a reporter with Pawprints, West Hills High School newspaper.  ‘Word Cookies!’ by Bitmango Version 1.4.5 Note, was updated August 28, 2017.  Word cookies! is available on IOS 7.0 or later, available for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch.

Word Cookies! is a free, entertaining, and challenging word game that encourages you to expand your vocabulary.  Although, Word Cookies! is enjoyable for the whole family I recommend being above the age of thirteen to play because the app has challenging vocabulary as the game progresses. The game consists of 580 levels growing in difficulty as you continue playing.  You can play Word Cookies! anytime  and never have to worry about completing the level in a limited amount of time.  As most customer reviews state the game can get very “addictive.”  Word Cookies! is played by swiping your finger along the screen in a correct order to form a word.  You can also find “extra words” that may not be apart of the puzzle, but help you collect and earn more coins.  With coins you can use them to purchase hints to reveal letters and help you complete the puzzle.  Word Cookies! also provides a “daily gift” consisting of an unknown amount of coins.  As you advance in levels you also advance in your chef skills earning a new title and hat.  Word Cookies! provides an instrumental tune when playing the game, but I chose to silence it. The music messes with my concentration.  When you reach higher levels the words grow in difficulty and length.  Word Cookies! currently has over one million downloads and maintains a four and a half star rating in the Itunes app store.  Word Cookies! Can be compared to the Pictoword: Fun Pics Word Guess. Both apps maintain the idea of solving puzzles by forming words.

Although Word Cookies! has favored attributes, it has also received bad reviews, such as some customers complaining that the app has trouble loading and often crashes.  Customers also say that they have problems with the app glitching, while others say the app has “too many adds.”  I personally have never experienced any of these issues.  I also find the app addictive. I find myself playing this game on car rides or in line at the grocery store. I often include my family to help me solve the more difficult puzzles. Word Cookies! offers a lot of fun and it is a game I definitely recommend.

CYOA 9/8

by Devin Craig

  • What is your name?

My name is Isabella Craig-Ruiz.

  • What grade are you in?

I am a freshman.

  • What classes are you taking this year?

I am taking English, PreAlgebra, P.E, Yearbook, and Art.

  • What’s your favorite class  of those five?

I’d have to say PreAlgebra. I like all the people in that class and my teacher is really cool.

  • Any classes you wish you would’ve taken?

I’m actually really happy with all of the classes that I’ve taken this year, so far..

  • Do you play any sports?

I play volleyball for West Hill’s freshman team.

  • What do you do for fun?

I like to listen to music and practice volleyball.

  • Do you have a job?

I am a freshman (laughs) I won’t have a job for a while.

  • Do you like school so far?

High school is definitely WAY better than middle school and I’m really enjoying that.

  • What goals do you have for the year?

I want to get better at playing volleyball and finish both semesters with a 3.5.