Schools use proficiency over growth

The proficiency vs. growth debate has gained steam in recent years, especially after the confirmation hearing of education secretary Betsy DeVos.During her confirmation hearing, DeVos was asked by then-senator Al Franken about her ideas on the debate. However, DeVos’s response used the definition of growth to describe proficiency, and when Franken tried to ask a follow-up question, he was cut off, and the topic was changed.

Through the screen: Cultural Appropriation

Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Marc Jacobs, Kylie Jenner-all of these stars have been accused of cultural appropriation.Cultural appropriation has several meanings and can be displayed in several different ways, but one prominent definition from Cambridge Dictionary states, “The act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.”

Counselor shares views on working in WGHS

After graduating high school from WGHS in 2007 and finishing college at Illinois State University, Simone Cunningham, school counselor, felt as though she was called into doing this job, mostly because she enjoys connecting with students on a “different level” as she put it.

Junior returns to Broadway

Returning to off-Broadway performances, junior Elizabeth Teeter will star in world premiere musical “The Secret Life of Bees,” directed by Tony winner Sam Gold. Written by two time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the play is adapted from the bestselling… Read More ›

SSD celebrates 60 years

Special School District is celebrating its 60th year educating children with disabilities. The Special School District was created in 1957, after a St. Louis County tax levy was passed to fund the program. The program began holding classes in 1958… Read More ›

‘Science nerd’ joins faculty

Isabella Ferrell Contributing Writer Harry Potter enthusiast, science nerd and science teacher Kaleigh Curran has joined the teaching staff to teach biology and conceptual chemistry in room 384. Curran is originally from Bloomington, IL, and later ended up in St.Louis… Read More ›

Math teacher brings experience to WGHS

Michael Marshall — Contributing Writer
Elizabeth Steckman, a new math teacher, knew since kindergarten that she would be a teacher. but it wasn’t until attending a high school in Wausau, WI, that that dream could start to come true.