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Behind the scenes: ASL Club

Freshmen Elle Rotter and Sami Eveland have a conversation during ASL club’s Friendsgiving meeting. The club had pizza and soda while chatting and playing games. “I enjoy visiting ASL club and talking to my friends,” Eveland said. “I’ve met some cool new people who are interested in ASL just like me.”

Brooke Moss, Convergent Media Writer

February 21, 2020

As you enter room 3314 on Thursday morning at 7:05 a.m., you could hear a pin drop in the silent room. It is an American Sign Language (ASL) Club meeting where hand gestures are the mode of communication, not voice. Sophomore Hannah Lumpkins, the club vice president, gets students involved by offering ...

The Deaf community spells out “I LOVE YOU” for Valentine’s Day

Taking advantage of ASL Club time after school in ASL Club Sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room, freshman and ASL Club member Bella Neisius cuts out hand-shaped Valentines. Club members gathered together to cut out cards and make tissue paper flowers for Valentines. “I like learning new things about the Deaf community at West and [meeting] all the Deaf kids within [our school] and connecting with them,” Neisius said.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Gathered as a small group in American Sign Language (ASL) Club sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room Jan. 30, both Deaf and hearing students spent time making valentines for classmates to be sold the week of Valentine's Day, Feb. 10 - 13.  ASL Club made tissue paper flowers and ‘I-LOVE-YOU’ hand Val...

Meet Jessie Menchak, a new American Sign Language teacher

American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Jessie Menchak helps freshman Jaquenette Wheatley with her project on a famous deaf person in 6th hour ASL II class. The presentation will be given throughout the week in class to show famous figures in the deaf community. “I try to impact students by letting them know they're in a safe space [and] that they can be comfortable here with the knowledge I'm on their team,” Menchak said.

Sophia Frobish, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 15, 2020

On the third floor at the end of the language hallway, American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Jessie Menchak greets her students as they walk into class, giving them a handshake and a welcoming smile before the bell.  Menchak is new to the district after returning to St. Louis from teaching in Iowa...

Getting to know American Sign Language teacher Tiffani Symons

ASL teacher Tiffani Symons signs to one of her students in her American Sign Language II class. Symons has been teaching for 17 years.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Symons: “I wanted to be a teacher since I was in high school. I realized I wanted to teach deaf and hard of hearing students, so I became a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing [students] and have been for 17 years. This opportunity to teach all ...

POW: Rachel Ebner, 11

Junior Rachel Ebner signs with her interpreter, Kathy LaBoo before history class.

Betsy Wait, Staff Writer

April 15, 2015

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?” “I would just say: be the best person that you can be. If you see somebody who is sitting by themselves, try to involve them. Just be friends with everybody.” “What experience in life has taught you...

POW: Brett Crews, 9

POW: Brett Crews, 9

Debra Klevens, Convergent Media Writers

September 4, 2014

“Is it hard to communicate with people when there is no interpreter?”

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