Welcome to West Middle/High School's website! It is my privilege to tell you about the exciting things that are happening this year at the high school. First, we are designated as a STEM school for the state of Texas. What this means is that we are adopting a philosophy of teaching that is different than at a traditional school. The teachers at a STEM school incorporate more real-world experiences that capture students' interests and gives them a reason to learn. Teachers also create lessons that incorporate student voice in their choice of how they demonstrate learning. Students incorporate more 21st Century Skills in our school, skills such as student presentations, integrating technology and cooperative learning are some of the soft skills that are being taught along with the content. Secondly, we are offering courses in medicine, computer science and engineering that are new to West. This year, Medical Interventions, Computer Science Principles, and Aerospace have been added to the STEM pathways. In Aerospace, the students are even building a real airplane! The follow up courses next year will be Capstone, where students work on year-long projects that are of interest to them. These pathways are in addition to the excellent established pathways offered at West High School. These pathways, including Agriculture, Business, and Computer Technology, allow students to select course pathways that interest them the most. In addition to new courses in STEM, we are also offering new courses in the Theatre program to include Production and Musical Theatre as well as classes at the middle school to generate interest in the Arts before the student even gets to high school.
The academic events will be very exciting this year with events in Robotics, TSA, UIL, Destination Imagination, and One-Act Play being very competitive. Last year, the Robotics team, in it's first year, won the Granbury Tournament and placed well at state. TSA had over 30 students place at regions and many placed in the top 5 at state. UIL is always competitive and was well represented at the Regional Tournament in College Station and the DI Team placed at the state competition and advanced to nationals! As usual, the One-Act play was terrific and hopefully, everyone will come out and see these very talented students perform.
The athletic program this year is shaping up to be just as great as last year's teams. The football team is expected to advanced deep into the playoffs and the volleyball team advances every year. The girl's basketball team is expected to advance deep into the playoffs and the boy's team is the best we have had in several years. Of course, no school can match West High School in the Spring Sports. Track and Field should produce state qualifiers and the Boy's Baseball Team and Girl's Softball Team are looking ready for another state playoff berth. It really is a great time to be a Trojan!
Once again I am very proud to be the Principal of West Middle/High School and look forward to the exciting things that will be happening at the school, both academically and athletically. Come and visit this page to keep up-to-date on events happening at our school!
Don Snook, Principal