Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

View the original post with family photo’s shared by Samina Naz here.

Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time, to the United States, where she became a paraeducator in the special education department.

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WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

View the original post that I wrote with Sophie Stephens here

Twenty-one WSS staffers traveled with Little Hawk reporters to Chicago for the 2018 National Scholastic Press Association Convention (NSPA) on Wednesday, Oct. 31. After their arrival, staffers went on a ghost tour around haunted spots in the city before starting convention activities Thursday, Nov. 1.

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Joy at West

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Zheyi Li ’20 is walking through the same halls, going to the same classes and talking to the same teachers as many West students. While the day to day life in the Iowa City Community School District has become mundane for most of her peers, this is a new experience for Li, one that will end when she returns to China in November.

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Bonding over the bonfire

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Pumpkins, paint supplies, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate occupied the tables under the pavilion at Willow Creek Park. On Wednesday, Oct. 24 English Language Learner (ELL) students and teachers gathered at  the park to bond over roasting marshmallows and painting pumpkins. Victor, a black lab service dog, joined in on the fun as he romped around the field, playing fetch with any student that would pick up his slobbery tennis ball.

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Cynical alternatives to homecoming

View the original West Side Story post with art by Emma Hall here

For some students, West’s homecoming is one of the most exciting nights of the year, yet others would like to be as far away from the event as possible. If you fall into the latter party, and would rather listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up”` on a loop for two hours than attend the dance, here are 10 alternative ways to spend the night.

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From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

Originally posted on September 20, 2018. View the West Side Story post with art by Emma Hall here.

He was given a 3×3 Rubik’s cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their perfect form.

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