Category Archives: West Hills & the community

Fall show

by David Luzaich-Griffith

  • I asked Vincent Pezzuti how the fall show was going, and his role in it. He responded with “It’s going good. I think we’re putting together a very entertaining show this year. I only have a small role, and one line. But, I’m glad to be apart of the process, I love the Theater program. The show starts in November, when it rolls around come check it out.”
  • I asked Minh Pham about sports, and his attendance to nearly every volleyball game. He responded with “I just really love volleyball. I’ve played it all throughout high school. It’s a sport that doesn’t get a lot of attention, so I try and go to every game to show it some love, you know? I think they’re a lot of fun, tell the people to check them out.”


By Sandiela Dimatulac

This week is one of excitement as we approach the first dance of the school year: Homecoming! This year’s theme is “When You Wish Upon a Homecoming,” if you could not tell from the numerous Disney themed murals made by ASB that are decorating the school’s walls and windows. Not only is our school adorned from wall to wall. We also have a Disney themed dress up week! The dress up days are MU Monday (College Day), Sleeping Beauties (PJs), Favorite Character, Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum (Twin Day), and Wilderness Explorer on Friday (Tourist Day).

The dance is set to take place in West Hills’ gym on Saturday, October 14th. Tickets are already on sale in the finance office for $15 with an ASB sticker and $20 without! You can also start voting for Homecoming King and Queen; the link is on ASB’s twitter and instagram. Don’t miss out on this night, you’ll regret it! Finally, if you’d like to support West Hills’ Clubs and show your school spirit, then don’t forget to come to the Varsity Football game against Steele Canyon at 7pm on Friday and check out the food and games that will be sold in the outdoor basketball courts!

Homecoming Week

by Taylor Hobbs

This Saturday, October 14th, is the homecoming dance it starts at 7pm and tickets will not be sold at the door. Since the dance is this week, the school will be holding many fun events. Friday we will have a double assembly schedule because of homecoming, this means that second period will start early at 8:07 and lunch will not be until 12:31. Everyday this week will be a different dress up day to show your spirit, Monday is MU Monday (college gear), Tuesday is sleeping beauties (PJ’s), Wednesday is favorite character, Thursday is tweedle dee & tweedle dum (twin day), and Friday is wilderness explorer (tourist day).

Wednesday is a minimum day schedule due to the juniors who will be taking the PSAT in order to prepare. First period will not start until 7:33 and fifth period ends at 11:08, sixth period ends at 11:49, and seventh period ends at 12:30. Also, Wednesday is financial aid night at the school from 6pm-8pm. If you want to find out more information about how to receive financial aid, make sure to attend the meeting.

Kung-Fu Tea Review

by Anna da Rosa

This week I visited a new boba tea place in Santee called Kung-Fu Tea. I was intrigued because of the name to see what it would look like and what kind of items they would serve on the menu. When I arrived the shop’s decor was the first thing that caught my eye. Everywhere around the store were pictures of Japanese or kung-fu related art, including some photos of Po the Panda from the movie Kung-Fu Panda. Their menu is full of tropical and unique flavors including coconut, pineapple, and taro tea. I ordered a taro milk tea with boba and it was amazing. The tea itself was sweet and refreshing and the boba was bursting with flavor. The price is also reasonable at only $6 total.

Not only does Kung-Fu Tea have quality drinks, but the setup of their establishment is unique compared to other stores. There’s a regular sitting area with tables, but in the corner there’s a section with traditional Japanese style (low to the ground tables and pillows for you to sit on). In this area you are required to take off your shoes, as they would in Japan and you can sit on your knees or criss-cross. In this area they have a cabinet of games to play with your friends while you enjoy your tea including Jenga, Uno, regular playing cards, and more! I enjoyed every moment of my experience in Kung-Fu Tea, give it a try.

Kung Fu Tea

by Sandiela Dimatulac

Last month, Kung Fu Tea opened their first location in Santee and second overall in San Diego. This bubble tea haven has been steadily growing a following over the past couple months through social media and word of mouth. Though Kung Fu Tea is not the only place to sell boba (another commonly used word for bubble tea), people have began to leave their comfort zone of Penguin Yogurt Factory to try their highly acclaimed drinks.

Boba is nothing new to me; I’ve had it many occasions prior to the opening of Kung Fu Tea in Santee. But, out of all the boba I have ever tried, I’d have to say that Kung Fu Tea is my favorite. The reason I am so partial to them is not only because of the amazing drinks, but because of their customer service and original set-up as well. There is a large variety of beverages and their sitting area has an Asian inspired theme; something that you do not see much of in Santee . If you are curious about Kung Fu Tea, I’d highly recommend visiting soon so you do not miss out.

Mom Audio Interview

By Nick Webb

Interviewee- Jennifer Webb

Disclaimer-This is not taken word for word this is paraphrased from the original recording.


Is West Hills doing a good job preparing your children for the future?

They are providing Nicholas and Olivia with a great high school experience delivering a great education and opened them to all new experiences that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

Do you think that West Hills is a safe place to be?

West Hills is a safe place to be . From what I have experienced. No racial tension or drug violence. Very little negativity from what I could tell.

Was West Hills the first pick for you to send your children?

West Hills was the first pick being that how close it is to where we live and that my mother was a nurse for the Grossmont Union High School District and would often work there and WHHS would always get raving reviews.

If you had the opportunity would you send them someplace else would you take it and why?

If they were interested in something that West Hills could not provide then yes, but West Hills provides everything that is needed.

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Teen Center & Bus

by Avia Ashland

The Santee Teen Center has an after school recreation program. It’s mission is to provide a safe and healthy environment for teens where they’re shown respect and get a feel for the kindness in the community. The City of Santee offers an after-school bus to students for grades 6-8. It picks them up from their school then transports them to the Santee Teen Center at the Lakes. Although transportation is only offered up to grade 8 anyone seventeen and under can attend and be part of the fun. The Center is open everyday after school from 2:30-6:00pm, adjusting to the local schools schedules, closing on all school holidays and weekends. A membership with registration is required for a small fee and can be turned in at the Santee City Hall or Teen Center at the Lakes. An annual membership is $44 for Santee residents, $59 for non-residents, and $5 per day, though your first day is free. You can come and experience the vibe and decide if it’s something you’d like to participate in and be part of or not.

The Teen Center is a fun place to go because it’s fully equipped with computers, a kitchen, outdoor space, and a pool table. A monthly calendar is posted online so you always know what new exciting events may be taking place there. Some activities often organized are trips to the library, sports, fishing, games, bike riding, pool table, board games, crafts, cooking, video games, computer programming,and much more. They also have on site tutors prepared to help any students with their after school assignments. Additional fun events they offer are city hall dances that any teen center members in grades 6-9 may attend. Teens stay safely supervised by CPR and First Aid certified Santee employees. Parents you can feel safe leaving your children. The Teen Center is a great, safe opportunity for students to go to after school where they can make friends and spend time away from their technological devices and enjoy the environment around them.