Proud of the new school store renovations, School Accounts Secretary Denise Heinle sits in front of her desk. Over the summer, Heinle added some flavor to the office with the help of three bus drivers and her late husband. The room was transformed by a paint job, new furniture and hand created decor. “I wanted it [the room] to be more spirited. The school store just had all these college posters in it and they were old and nasty,” Heinle said. “It had never been decorated until I got there.”

Rocking Kindness

Bri Davis, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

When life gave School Accounts Secretary Denise Heinle a curveball, she knew there would be a lot on her plate. From her husband passing from cancer, family members struggling with COVID-19 to undergoing...

In her office on a school day, care counselor Rebecca Morris works with students on a personal level to help them be successful in school. Morris said it is needed to have a resource who is not a teacher or guidance counselor to focus on personal relationships. “Teachers have so much on their plates. They have to be your teacher, they have to be your counselor and they want to care about you as a person, but they have a lot of other things going on,” Morris said. “I’m trying to make sure I have contact with teachers and staff, [so] there’s somebody here to focus on a personal relationship.”

Meet the new care counselor Rebecca Morris

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor November 7, 2019

Tucked in the back of the counseling department is the office of new care counselor Rebecca Morris, a place she hopes to be considered safe and accessible to all students as her position grows.  With...

Secretary Susan Lowenstein works on her computer to update the school schedule for September. Lowenstein works with Principal Jeremy Mitchell on the overall workings of the school rather than with a specific grade level. “Secretaries want people to be comfortable around them,” Lowenstein said. “They almost act a counselor sometimes.”

The increasing responsibility of the modern secretary

Maria Newton, Features Editor September 28, 2018

Secretaries are a critical part of school communities. However, there is some dispute on the functions of their office, especially after the retirement of front desk receptionist Vickie Hankammer. The...

Flipping through the staff pages of the 2017 yearbook, only eight percent of faculty members are people of color.

Whitewashed or not: students discuss the lack of teacher diversity

Katie Spillman, Staff Writer September 11, 2017

As the community discusses differences, bullying and tolerance, the issue of diversity of teachers compared to students has come to light. “I think it’s not really about representation, I think...

Sophomore Secretary Joyce Weis reflects on all of the students she has met over the 19 years serving Parkway.

School says farewell to sophomore secretary Joyce Weis

Samantha Gaddis, Staff writer April 13, 2017

After 19 years of working at West, sophomore secretary Joyce Weis plans to retire with her sixth class in May. After receiving her job four years ago, Sophomore Assistant Principal Jenn Sebold met with...

Coach Susan Dean stands with the varsity team on Alumni Night after winning two sets against Parkway South.

Dean reflects on retirement after 31 years of service

Sarah Lashly, Convergent Media Writer October 24, 2016
“I think every memorable moment has a memorable kid in it, somebody that really grew as a player or had a life changing event happening in their life that we were able to be there,” Dean said.
Middendorf holds a flower bouquet from staff.

Dr. Beth Middendorf named St. Louis Assistant Principal of the Year

Emily Dickson and Emily Wind April 6, 2016
Beyond the job requirements of assistant principal, the award seeks to honor a person who makes a substantial and outstanding contribution to the school community.
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.
PAWESEHI staff members receive The Pacemaker Award

PAWESEHI earns a Pacemaker Award

Rachel Ellis, Staff Writer April 21, 2015

The PAWESEHI staff earned their first Pacemaker award on April 18, at the National Scholastic Press Association Spring High School Journalism Convention in Denver, CO.  The Pacemaker is awarded to the...

POW: Dr. Angela Frye, Creative Writing

POW: Dr. Angela Frye, Creative Writing

Allie Collins, Convergent Media Writer January 22, 2015
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