Fighting stigmas and the Pink Tax by ‘Going with the Flow’

Highlighting the importance of access to feminine hygiene products for all, sophomores Anna Newberry, Mira Nalbandian, Santi Lugo and Mason Paul model their future club plans. Newberry believes inaccessibility of products can lead to health issues, embarrassment and even a lack of belonging. “I want to stock bathrooms with feminine hygiene products to help reduce stigma and embarrassment that can come with having a period,” Newberry said. “I know [I] haven’t come to school before because I was embarrassed and wanted to go home, or I was in pain or didn’t have what I needed to have. I feel like everyone has a right to be here, and I feel like no one should feel like they can’t come to school.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

Period. Any mention of this word will probably result in a flurry of teenage boys scurrying to distance themselves from the speaker as fast as humanly possible.  However, sophomores Anna Newberry and Mira Nalbandian created the club Go with the Flow in hopes of destigmatizing periods, providing ea...

Getting to know French teacher Blair Hopkins

Hopkins poses by the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

January 8, 2018

Pathfinder: What is your job? Hopkins: “I am a part-time French teacher. I do French I and French II, so I am here in the morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.” What got you interested in teaching French? “I have always really loved French, and I lived in Paris for four years. I moved to St. Lou...

Getting to know Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson

Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson helps senior Jack Fox during the Day of Code on December 6. Donaldson teaches three courses, all involving technology and engineering. “I am most excited to see students try new things, build skills and develop strengths they may not have previously realized they had,

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 20, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Donaldson: "I had a few stand-out teachers in high school and college. What struck me is how they were able to take complex concepts, break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks and help students learn in a variety of ways." What class(es)...

Getting to know teacher assistant Matt Tesson

Teacher assistant Matt Tesson makes an announcement over the intercom.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017

What is your job? What do you do for your job? “I’m a teacher's assistant, and I have a few different responsibilities. First, I have lunch duty, in which I make sure students are not roaming the halls. Second, I have fifth, sixth, and seventh period study halls that I oversee and help students w...

Getting to know Special Education teacher Nicole Sneed

Special Education teacher Nicole Sneed helps senior Nicholas Waldrop at a game of bingo. “My favorite thing about my job is the relationship I have with my students. I enjoy having inside jokes with my students as well as knowing their interests. It helps us connect and form a positive relationship,

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

December 14, 2017

What is your job? What do you do? “I am a special education teacher. I help students learn by evaluating their current ability, creating and implementing appropriate interventions and providing accommodations and modifications to the curriculum.” Is this your first time doing this? “I was a spec...

Faculty Spotlight: Linda Peterson, dietary aid

Headshot of Dietary Aid, Linda Peterson.

Alina Dunder, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017

Pathfinder: What was your hometown like? Peterson: [I was born on] September 13, 1951. I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. We could go anywhere as long as we were home when the lights came on, your butt better be in the house. You could be anywhere, you could go five blocks away and play and be...

Students push to raise awareness for lack of teacher diversity

Out of 166 certified teachers at West, only six are of color, making student diversity greater than teacher diversity.

Emily Dickson, Convergent Media Writer

May 12, 2016

The school has been making an effort to promote religion, gender and racial inclusiveness in Common Ground, but many students feel this is rendered ineffective with an undiversified teaching staff.


Emily Dickson, Convergent Media Writer

May 6, 2016

"My favorite thing about teaching is seeing students get really invested in something they are working on, either something that they are reading or something that they are creating or writing," English teacher Erica Rogers said.

Throwback Thursday: Nancy Sachtleben, social studies teacher

Throwback Thursday: Nancy Sachtleben, social studies teacher

Kjell Hagen, staff writer

April 28, 2016

It was the same high school but is a little more diverse than what we were.

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