Homepage 9, 2022

Voyage on the High Sea 

By Henry Stern

Tell one, tell all; my silent ship’s set sail— 

Iridescent glim’ring hooks the Iris. 

Cool winds whisk, crew taunt “deadmen tell no tales…”

Kissed “bye,” to be writ on glassed papyrus. 

Time heals all wounds, yet some stay stained in shame—

On this, I stay content; my wild mild child. 

Cruel conscience seeds regret, yet grows by blame…

Kronos’ sand seeps, keeps Koios’ isle. 

Tell me, “Who’s you?” “Who’s there?” “ Who’s who?” You too—

I see, your fate rains down your weary face. 

CRACK! Zeus reigns ocean, land, and sky; My Blue…

Keels over as I cry. “Heave-ho” un-graced, 

Sour tongue, foul mind—doth time guar’tee impend—

Take chance; seek self, till time makes dust my friend.

Henry Stern

Teacher of the Year: Marie Eilers

By Avalon Kelly & Kayla Kim

Congratulations to Marie Eilers for being named Teacher of the Year! She has been an essential individual to the Westmont family for the past 18 years, teaching French, IM1, algebra 1, algebra 2, IM2, calc AB and trigonometry. She has made an immense impact throughout her many years of contributing to Westmont High School and as her last year of teaching is coming to an end, she has some bittersweet words to share. 

What do you love about teaching here?

I love the students, they always want to know new things. I love the classes that I teach,  and my colleagues. Westmont is a really nice and friendly place to be at. I love seeing students understand concepts that they struggled with before and learning from their mistakes. I am very fortunate that I will always love my work, I never went to Westmont not wanting to be there. I also love making connections with my students and conversing with them about many things, not just math. 

How do you feel about being selected as teacher of the year?

I feel so happy and honored, I was not expecting it and I never thought I would get it. Of course I am happy and grateful but most of my happiness with teaching came from my students; if my students are happy, I am happy.

What has been your most memorable experience since working at Westmont?

When my students thought I said “apple cheese” instead of approaches. It was such a comical experience and I loved seeing their confused faces and I laugh at it even thinking about it now. 

Favorite lesson/unit?

I love to teach quadratics. There are fun applications with quadratics. I also enjoy integration because everything makes sense once you put it all together; It’s like a big puzzle. 

How will you spend your time in retirement?

I want to go see my daughter, son, and granddaughter and go back to France for a while. I want to travel a lot and explore. 

Previous Teachers of the Year (Still at Westmont):

2001: Wendy Lawson

2002: Dianne Leo

2003: Andy Evans

2004: Jeff Bengford

2007: Chris Haskett

2010: Brett Petersen

2011: Jeff Poppinga

2016: Daniel Coonce

2017: Liz Jarrett

2018: Sheri Crutcher and Paula Smith

2019: David Becker

2020: Chris Mock

2021: David Duarte

Eilers By the Numbers

By Avalon Kelly & Kayla Kim

Schools taught at: 3

Classrooms taught in at Westmont: 4

Years teaching at Westmont: 18

Years in education: 20

Days missed: 34

Meetings: 234

Students taught at Westmont: 2,240

Tests in a year: 4,692

Classwork problems assigned: 203,702

Homework questions assigned: 241,425

Congratulations Eilers!

Summer Fun Facts

By Cynthia Andary

  • Ice pops were invented in 1905 by an 11 year old boy.
  • The first modern Olympic Games were held in the summer in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
  • The Eiffel Tower actually grows in the heat of the summer. Due to the iron expanding, the tower grows about 6 inches every summer.
  • July is national ice cream month.
  • More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any other time of the year.
  • June was named after the famous Roman goddess Juno.
  • July was named after Roman general Julius Caesar.
  • Summer is also the mosquito season.
  • Sunshine improves brain functioning and people tend to be happier.
  • There are 92 days in the summer season.
  • The word “Summer” comes from the Old English word “Sumor”.

This Day in History: May 25

By Cynthia Andary

1787 – On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia, where 55 state delegates, initially charged with amending the Articles of Confederation, later drafted the Constitution of the United States. 

1927 – Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.

1935 – American baseball player Babe Ruth hit the 714th and last home run of his career; he retired later that year.

1946 – Jordan gained independence from Britain.

1961 – In a speech before Congress, U.S. President John F. Kennedy committed the United States to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade; the goal was achieved with Apollo 11 in 1969.

1977 – “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened and became the largest grossing film to date.

1986 – Approximately 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America.”

1997 – U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in U.S. history (41 years and 10 months).

1997 – Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.

2008 – NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.

2011 – The last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired; the long-running TV program had helped make Winfrey one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.

2020 – George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, setting off massive protests around the country and generating greater support for the Black Lives Matter movement; police officer Derek Chauvin was later convicted of his murder.

Celebrating Afro- Latino Culture

By Larena Tannert

There is an entire diaspora of people of African descent scattered across Latin America. These people have taken their practices and blended them to form many Afro-Latino communities, each community with a distinct culture. These communities and cultures often go unnoticed, despite being so unique and important. These infographics provide just a few facts about some of the Afro- Latino communities in places such as Peru, Cuba and Ecuador. We should celebrate the people in these communities and give them the recognition they deserve. For example, so many celebrities are of Afro- Latino descent, such as Mariah Carey, Cardi B, Roberto Clemente and Celia Cruz. It is important to recognize these people and honor their history, while also educating ourselves about their experiences in Latin America. “Stereotypes surrounding Latinidad have largely erased the experiences of millions of Latinos who have African roots.” It is important that we recognize these roots and celebrate them, along with the contributions people of Afro- Latino culture have brought to the world. For additional information about Afro- Latinx culture check out the article below or talk to Senora Fawson in room 73.

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