The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Featured with his kids’ motivational signs, English teacher Dan Barnes poses with his family after the 2021 St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon. Barnes raised over $700 for patients at St. Jude. “I think the mental side of [the run was difficult]. Going into the half-marathon the week before, I was just like ‘I havent done enough.’ It was just the uncertainty of doing something Id never done before. But it was everything that I wanted,” Barnes said.

English teacher Dan Barnes runs half-marathon in support of St. Jude

Emily Early, Social Media Manager 5 days ago

English teacher Dan Barnes stands in the rain at the starting line of the 2021 St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon, anticipating the sound that would initiate the race. He had spent three months training for...

English teacher Dan Barnes points to a book that was eaten by his student’s dog.

“My dog ate my homework”

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer December 1, 2021

Starting out at a new school, teachers carefully craft lesson plans and decorate their classrooms, preparing for the typical trials and tribulations of the everyday class commotion. However, there are...

As part of Creative Writing, students publish short stories.

Aspiring authors: Creative Writing Students publish short stories

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Usually in English classes, students are asked to write narratives, literary analyses and even research papers; however, students in English teacher Dan Barnes’ Creative Writing I and II get to create...

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having...

Working on his novella before the approaching publishing date, senior Hayden Riehl hopes to grow both his understanding of the world around him and the world’s understanding of him. “I find writing for storytelling to be incredibly therapeutic, just from some of the stories that people have written in class that Ive [seen],” Riehl said. “It was them literally working through a trauma that theyve had in the past or something that theyre trying to get their own heads wrapped around. Stories can do that. They can help you navigate a sea of your own thoughts.”

From students to published authors: Creative Writing 2 will host E-book release launch party at the Wolf Cafe

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer April 30, 2019

In a frenzy to finish before their deadline, the Creative Writing 2 class logs hours that will result in a published E-book on the Amazon Kindle Store. Amazon’s self-publishing program, Kindle Direct...

While at the hospital, Margot Barnes snuggles under a warm blanket. Margot is the second child of English teacher Dan Barnes and wife Julie Barnes. “My first thought was just awe. Totally awestruck,” D. Barnes said.

English teacher Dan Barnes’ family welcomes second child

Kelsey Long, Staff Writer November 16, 2017

Early in the morning, at 6:25 a.m on Nov. 12, 2017, English teacher Dan Barnes’ daughter was born. Margot Paloma Barnes weighed in at 8 lbs 5oz and measured 20 1/2 inches long. “I had just watched...

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