Meet the new care counselor Rebecca Morris

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.”
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...

The increasing responsibility of the modern secretary

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.”
*Some experienced secretaries declined to comment
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...

Whitewashed or not: students discuss the lack of teacher diversity

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

School says farewell to sophomore secretary Joyce Weis

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

Dean reflects on retirement after 31 years of service

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

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

Middendorf holds a flower bouquet from staff.
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
Guidance Secretary by day, personal trainer by night.
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 earns a Pacemaker Award

PAWESEHI staff members receive The Pacemaker Award
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
January 22, 2015
"Why do you have such an interest in movies?"

POW: Officer Scoggins, Staff

Ellie Workman
December 10, 2014
"What’s your position at west?"
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