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College and career center lacks designated college counselor

College and career secretary Lauren Rowe finishes submitting a senior’s college admission paperwork. Rowe began submitting Transcription and Information Release Requests immediately upon her arrival at school. “As I reached the office I already had pink sheets in my box,” Rowe said. “I submitted the materials right away so everything reaches the offices of admissions in a timely manner.”

Umeera Farooq, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 3, 2019

Preparing consent and release forms, standardized test scores and recommendation letters, College and career secretary Lauren Rowe is bombarded with paperwork starting Nov. 1. Within the Parkway School District’s academic resources, West is one of two high schools without a college counselor. Rowe’...

The future of bell schedules

Bell schedules differ at each Parkway high school, West being the only schedule that does not incorporate an Academic Lab.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

October 4, 2019

Students stay after school hoping their teacher hasn’t left before their question is answered, teachers working at multiple schools fly into the parking lot to make the bell and members of off-campus programs struggle to make schedules line up. As each Parkway high school operates within a different sch...

Editorial: counseling department is understaffed

A student sits outside of the counseling office, looking at a poster directed at stressed students. The posters were hung in response to the rising anxiety levels of students. Because of busy schedules, counselors have limited time to deal with the emotional needs of students, and so students are forced to look elsewhere for help.

Pathfinder Editorial Board

April 9, 2018

The counseling office is a constant hub of activity. All five counselors have a table used as a waiting room filled with drop-form-toting students, kids with parents’ notes requesting schedule changes; seniors begging for late arrival. But where are the kids who need counseling? Counselors are supp...

West community debates senioritis

Senior Mason Gervich takes a nap during his fourth hour study hall.

Hasan Baig, Staff Writer

December 4, 2015

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors must be careful about keeping up with their grades, doing their homework and staying up-to-date with their assignments. If not, something happens when the student approaches senior year.

Judy Babitz, Counseling Secretary extrodinaire

Judy Babitz, Counseling Secretary extrodinaire

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

May 7, 2015

From the capital of the United States, to a potential law degree, to personal training, to Parkway North and now here at West, Judy Babitz is the new Guidance Secretary.

College Planning Night

Madeline Kaempfe looks through a college pamphlet.

Claire Martin, Staff Writer

November 12, 2014

Parents and students attended the College Planning Night on Nov. 11 to receive information of college and how to plan for their post-high school lives.

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