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The student voice of West Potomac High School

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Katie Shiflett, School and Student Issues Co-Editor

Katie Shiflett is trying to finish her career out strong as a senior at West Potomac. She enjoys listening to music, reading, sleeping, and playing soccer for fun. This is her second year in journalism, and she is looking forward to writing more stories and her new position as one of the editors of School and Student Issues. She can’t wait to graduate in June and start her next big adventure!

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Goodbye and Thank You

Katie Shiflett, School and Student Issues Editor
May 26, 2022

Goodbyes are never easy, I know…stating the obvious. I only wrote for The Wire for 2 years, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Nevertheless, they’re necessary, so I’m going to give this my best...

Seniors, in their last few months of school, relax and play Uno during a recent advisory. Photo by: Katie Shiflett

Seniors Sprint to the Finish

Katie Shiflett, Student Issues Editor
April 13, 2022

The 4th quarter is here. As students edge closer to AP testing and summer vacation an astounding realization is coming to the minds of seniors throughout the school: it’s their (our) last quarter of...

4.0 Grading Scale Changes Again

4.0 Grading Scale Changes Again

Katie Shiflett, Writer
March 14, 2022

At the beginning of the school year, Fairfax County Public Schools and West Po introduced a new 4.0 grading scale. The 4.0 scale was originally introduced with the possible scores of 0,1, 2, 3, and 4,...

Thoughts on School Shootings

Katie Shiflett, School and Student Issues Co-Editor
February 14, 2022

February 14th is normally a day for cheesy cards, candy, and flowers. On February 14th, 2018, all of that changed. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz pulled the fire alarm at his old high school and as students...

Standards-Based Grading Aims to Make the Standard

Standards-Based Grading Aims to Make the Standard

Katie Shiflett, Writer
December 9, 2021

This school year, teachers have introduced a new method of grading in some subjects at West Po, Standard or Skilled Based Grading. This new system operates within the 4.0 grading, though both the science...

Countys New Vaccine Mandate In Play

County’s New Vaccine Mandate In Play

Katie Shiflett, Writer
November 22, 2021

Beginning November 8th, Fairfax County Public Schools will require student-athletes to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Superintendent Brabrand has said in interviews that this is an effort to keep students...

Photo Credit: Peter Rainey

West Po Looks to Keep Their Luck Rolling Against Lake Braddock.

Katie Shiflett, Writer
November 19, 2021

Tonight, the West Po Football team will attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive against Lake Braddock. Kick-off will be at around 7:00 p.m. at Lake Braddock. This game seems to be another possible David...

West Po Varsity before taking on Marshall at home. They take on Lee tonight.

Friday Night Lights Return to West Po–On Thursday

Katie Shiflett, Writer
September 1, 2021

The West Po football team will have its home opener this Thursday, September 2nd, against Wakefield High School at 7:30.  “Currently there are no social distance guidelines that we have to enforce,”...

Construction Causes Summer Shutdown at West Po

Construction Causes Summer Shutdown at West Po

Katie Shiflett, Writer
June 2, 2021

Construction is ramping up at West Po over the summer. The construction crew will be working on the extension, rerouting the circle around the rock, and putting in the new connector between the Quander...

Students React to Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Students React to Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Katie Shiflett
April 27, 2021

After a long wait, all Fairfax County residents 16 and older are able to get the Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccine rollout started in late 2020 with front-line workers and seniors before moving to younger...

Fairfax County Begins Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Fairfax County Begins Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Katie Shiflett, Writer
April 15, 2021

Beginning Sunday, April 18, people in the Fairfax County Health District ages 16 and older will be able to get the Covid-19 Vaccine as Fairfax County moves into Phase 2 of the vaccine roll-out. However,...

Construction Getting Ready to Roll at West Po

Construction Getting Ready to Roll at West Po

Katie Shiflett, Writer
March 25, 2021

The construction for West Potomac is scheduled to begin during or just after Spring Break. Construction workers will break ground in the back parking lot, or the overflow lot, at some point in the next...

Students Prepare for SATs

Students Prepare for SATs

Katie Shiflett, Writer
March 2, 2021

In January of 2021, the College Board announced that it was dropping both the essay and subject-area exams from the SAT. Subject-area exams were exams regarding things like French. These changes were already...

Library, I.T. Programs at West Potomac Still Going

Library, I.T. Programs at West Potomac Still Going

Katie Shiflett, Writer
December 17, 2020

Library, I.T. Programs at West Potomac Still Going    Despite the fact that Covid-19 has meant that most students are learning virtually, several school programs at West Potomac, like the West...

Teacher Feature: Mrs. OGrady

Teacher Feature: Mrs. O’Grady

Katie Shiflett, Writer
November 17, 2020

Connoisseur of Women’s history and all things Tudor, Mrs. Heather O’Grady has been a history teacher at West Potomac for 9 years. She’s married to Mr. O’Grady, an English teacher, and she teaches...

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