Ms. Vicki Christopher, A-E
Mr. Chad Towers, F-K
Mrs. Kelly Baker, L-Ri
Ms. Katie Hunn, Ro-Z
Mrs. Jeanne Hutson, A-K
Mr. Stacey Smith, L-Z
Mrs. Melissa Tichy
Mr. Neil Berry, Principal
Dr. Samantha Sutton, A-Dar
Mr. Bret Pulse, Das-Hol
Dr. Ed Dreyer, Hom-Mil
Mr. John Christopher, Mim-Se
Mrs. Stacy Stewart, Sf-Z
Mrs. Jennifer Hull
Mr. Paul Boschert
School Resource Officer
Officer Tim Bateman
Fort Zumwalt West High School
O'Fallon, MO 63366
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From the Principal...
Fall has finally arrived and the time has come to put away the marching and football uniforms and start preparing for our first basketball games and wrestling matches. This year we will continue the tradition of opening our basketball season with a men’s and women’s double header at Lindenwood University November 20. The first game will start at 4:00 pm, and I hope to see everyone there.
ACT has released the Class of 2018's final composite score and our score increased to a 22.2--our highest ACT composite score since we started testing every student in 2015. The End of Course results from the 2017-2018 school year have still not been released, so I don’t have any other data to share.
During November we always take time to recognize our veterans and this year will be no different. November 12, our students will prepare and serve lunch to all of the veterans on staff here at West High. That list includes Mrs. Justina Davitz (Army National Guard), Mr. Brandon Micheletti (Army National Guard), Mr. Keith Moyer (Army National Guard), Mr. Andy Nutter (Navy, Air Force), Mr. Mike Siebels (Navy), and Mr. Jorge Valdez (Army National Guard).
West High will once again be competing with area schools to see who can collect the most turkeys to help families in need in St. Charles County. We won the coveted Turkey Trophy last year when we collected over 500 birds. This year our goal is 750!!! If you would like to help us feed the needy and repeat as champion, please drop off turkeys in the circle drive between 6:30 am and 8:00 am Wednesday, November 14. If you cannot make it during that time, but still want to donate, contact me by email and I will arrange to get your donation.
Proud to be a Jaguar,
Proud to be a Jaguar,
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12 Days of Giving
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For more than 15 years, West High has organized and participated in an annual holiday collection drive. This year's 12 Days of Giving drive, sponsored by National Honor Society, will begin November 19 and run through December 7. During this time period--12 school days--NHS members will collect daily donations brought in by students and teachers. This year's donations will be given to Love, Inc.
NHS members will man tables each morning and at all lunch shifts during the drive to collect needed items. Donations of new and gently used gloves, hats, scarves, stuffed animals and books will be accepted in the Commons from 7:00 to 7:20 am and at all lunches during the 12-day collection period.
Should you wish to donate other items, West High also has a giving tree, located in the Main Office, and the West Warehouse accepts food donations throughout the year. Please contact the Main Office for more information.
WHS' Annual Collection Drive Begins
For A+ Tutoring questions, please contact
Dr. Ed Dreyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Lorri Roy at email@example.com
A+ Tutoring is available after school Monday through Thursday for any WHS students in need of academic assistance.
Tutoring sessions begin after dismissal and run for one hour.
No appointments are necessary--simply walk into the library and receive the assistance needed!
1 Middle School STEM Night at WHS
Last Day to Buy a Yearbook for $60
All-State Choir Auditions at MICDS, 6:00-9:30 pm
2 Registration Deadline for December 8 ACT Exam
3 Metro 8 District Orchestra Concert at FZE, 7:15 pm
5 First Day of Winter Sports Practice (swimming)
Winter Sports CAPS Meeting, 6:00 pm/Auditorium
6 No School/Election Day
10 All-District Choir Performance
12 PPI Dress for Respect Day
FZSD Veterans' Day Celebrations
Scores Back Night for Sophomore Princeton Review
Test, 6:30 pm/Commons
12-16 American Education Week
WHS Staff Food Drive for West Warehouse
13 Jag Connection Meetings in US History Classes (1-7)
14 No Hunger Holiday Turkey Drive, 6:30-8:00 am
Jazz Concert (bands and choirs), 7:00 pm/Auditorium
National Education Support Professional Day
A+ Tutor Training, 2:30 pm/Auditorium
15 Bananarama, 7:00 pm/Auditorium
16 No School/Professional Development Day
Second Quarter Mid Point
19-30 12 Days of Giving Collection Drive sponsored by NHS
20 Yearbook Group Picture Day (1-7)
Varsity Girls' and Boys' Basketball Home Openers vs
FZS, 7:00 & 8:30 pm/Lindenwood University
21-23 Thanksgiving Break/No School
27 Progress Reports Distributed
28 C Day Early Release @ 12:55 pm
Safeline Phone Number
Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline
Suicide, Any Kind of Crisis – 24 hours a day
1-800-273-8255 (toll free)
1-800-784-2433 (toll free)
K.U.T.O. (Kids Under Twenty-one)
Suicide Prevention/Crisis Helpline
(Sun-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-12am)
1-888-644-5886 (toll free)
Youth Emergency Services
Suicide, Any Kind of Crisis – 24 hours a day
Safeline, Crisis & Suicide Hotlines
The Fort Zumwalt School District provides a Safeline to assist our families and students in reporting the following:
situations involving the safety of students or staff
threats of violence
abuse (physical or sexual)
crisis situations such as death or health issues
suspected drug or alcohol use or distribution
Please be advised that routine school questions should be directed to the appropriate school
personnel during the regularly scheduled school day. Please utilize the Safeline for the reporting of vital information only. Abuse of this line or report of inappropriate information will result in disciplinary action.
The Safeline is monitored by a district Crisis Counselor between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm and may be utilized by anyone needing to share urgent information. Voicemail will receive calls, and calls will be returned when warranted.
Should you ever need the number after school hours, information about the Safeline number is provided on all FZ school buildings' night answering machine.
Varsity Girls' Tennis District Champs
Parents and sophomore students who took the Princeton Review Pre-ACT test in October are invited to attend Scores Back Night Monday, November 12 at 6:30 pm in the WHS Commons.
At this presentation, representatives from Princeton Review will return test scores to students and parents, explain the meaning of the scores, and provide tips about how to prepare for the ACT in order to improve test scores. Presenters will also share information about question types found on ACT testing and how to better understand how to choose the correct answer and common test taking strategies.
Those unable to attend will be given score reports the week following this session.
For questions about Scores Back Night, please contact Mrs. Stacy Stewart at ext. 17505 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Exams are scheduled for December 19-21.
Please note: Early finals are not permitted.
Students with a verified absence who miss final exams will take finals upon return in January 2019. January 3, 4, 7 and 8 are tentatively scheduled make-up exam days. A specific schedule and more details about final exams will be provided in the December Jaguar eConnection.
West Warehouse Provides Assistance to Area Families
Our Jaguar community is known for being generous and giving, and the West Warehouse--WHS' own food pantry--is another example of the way the WHS community works to support others.
Each week, 17 families are served by our food pantry as part of our backpack program. Backpacks of food are given to 20 students each Friday. Additionally, West Warehouse provides assistance to a family at the FZ Early Childhood Center and to two families at the Mike Clemens Center each week.
To keep our pantry stocked, staff and students collect food items throughout the year and a team of students organize the pantry and pack weekly backpacks. Each year Student Council collects canned goods at the Powder Puff Game.
During the month of November staff will be participating in a department competition to collect food to stock our West Warehouse shelves. These items, along with turkeys collected as part of the No Hunger Holiday collection drive, will be used to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Last Thanksgiving, with the help of Twin Chimneys Elementary students and staff, our schools were able to provide Thanksgiving meals for 80 families in our attendance areas.
Donations times are not limited to collection drives and are accepted year round, including during the summer months. Please note West Warehouse does have a refrigerator and freezer on site for perishable food items.
If you ever wish to make donations that require refrigeration or to make donations of any kind, please contact Mrs. Melissa Tichy at email@example.com.
pre-act scores back night november 12
Freshman students meet Jag Connection Mentors at WHS' Annual Club Showcase.
There has been a trend sweeping across the country over the past few years, causing widespread concern among parents, schools, and medical professionals. This trend is known as vaping, and it refers to the use of electronic cigarettes. The term itself – vaping – is quite misleading. Vaping sounds as if e-cigarettes produce water vapor. Vaping actually creates an aerosol consisting of very fine particles.
Electronic cigarettes, which have
been on the market since 2003, were first introduced as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes. Cigarette smokers would be able to switch to a product that provided a similar experience to smoking without all of the harmful carcinogens. It is not surprising, though, that the e-cigarette market has extended far beyond former smokers.
One group which these products have been very successful in attracting is adolescents, and there is one product in particular that has taken hold among middle and high school students. This product is the Juul, and the use of it is commonly referred to as “Juuling.”
The Juul is a vaping device that resembles a flash drive, and can be charged using a USB port. Since its release in June of 2015, Juul has seen a 700 percent increase in sales and as of January, 2018 it accounts for almost half of the e-cigarette market.
A large number of teens who are using vaping products are choosing the Juul. Because of their sleek design and resemblance to flash drives, Juuls are easy to conceal and to use in a number of locations: school, bedrooms, cars, etc. Students even admit to Juuling in the classroom unbeknownst to teachers. The “smoke-like” substance that is exhaled is minimal, which allows for an even greater ease of use. Juuls may also be appealing to underage users because of the different flavors that are available.
Juul pods (small plastic containers filled with flavored nicotine liquid) come in traditional tobacco and menthol flavors. Each Juul pod, which lasts about 200 puffs, contains 59 mg of nicotine, which is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. It should be noted that this is one of the highest concentrations of nicotine among all e-cigarette products.
One of the major draws of Juuls and other vaping products are the claim they are safe. Most users believe there are few to no health risks involved with vaping. The fact is that it is not yet clear the extent to which these products are harmful. This is because there is so little long-term data on the subject.
While Juuls may contain fewer toxic substances than a traditional cigarette, they still contain
ultra fine particles that are inhaled deep into the lungs
flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
volatile organic compounds
heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, one of the most addictive drugs in existence. Exposure to nicotine during adolescence is dangerous. The part of the brain responsible for decision making and impulse control is not yet fully developed during adolescence; young people are more likely to take risks with their health and safety than adults.
Adolescents are uniquely at risk for long term, long lasting effects of exposing their brains to nicotine. These risks include addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine changes how the synapses in the brain are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning.
E-cigarette use among adolescents is also strongly linked to the use of other tobacco products, such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Some evidence suggests that e-cigarette use is linked to the use of alcohol and other substances. It should be noted that some vaping devices can also be used to smoke marijuana concentrates, such as oils and waxes.
Juuling does not appear to be a passing trend among teenagers. This is due in part to the fact that these products are so highly addictive.
Article from Tony Tramelli, MA, LPC, West County Psychological Associates
Juuls and Juuling: Be in the Know