The Black & White

Former teacher Dustin Mead’s trial scheduled for March 26

Former teacher Dustin Mead’s trial scheduled for March 26

Nick Irwin and Megan Walker

March 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

It has been over a year since former teacher Dustin Mead was put on administrative leave for allegations he sexually assaulted one or more students during the 2015-16 school year. After the trial was continued twice, the case is set to be heard 9 a.m. March 26 at the Polk County Courthouse. After being placed on paid administrative leave beginning Jan. 18, 2017, the sc...

Baseball coach Michael Barta awarded 4A Coach of the Year

Baseball coach Michael Barta awarded 4A Coach of the Year

Emily Chambers, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018


Filed under News

Michael Barta was awared 4A Coach of the Year by 2017 Iowa High School Baseball Association. Barta is the head coach of the high school varsity baseball team, and has held the position for seven years. Barta has led the team to state four times, and won it twice. Barta finds inspiration as a coach...

English teacher Ed Walker sports demon horns

English teacher Ed Walker sports demon horns

Shabana Gupta, Staff Writer

February 19, 2018


Filed under News

The English department has decided to create a spotlight case featuring all the teachers in the department that has a brief description of why each teacher decided to teach language arts. Ed Walker heard about this project and decided to do something a little different. “I don’t want it to be...

School board still considering changing start times

School board still considering changing start times

Brandon Spraggins, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

When students and faculty planned to the move to the new high school in 2016, the topic of late start times seemed to a pressing issue. After many studies suggesting that school start times directly impact student learning, the district exploring the possibility of delaying the start time.  Students...

Unexpected fire alarm ends school day early

Unexpected fire alarm ends school day early

Obsee Abbajabal, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

A few minutes before the bell marking the end of the day rang Feb. 7, the fire alarm went off. Shortly after, an announcement was made through the intercom that teachers needed to help evacuate students from the school. During a fire, students would normally evacuate the building and head to the football...

Yule Ball themed Winter Formal leads to mixed responses

Yule Ball themed Winter Formal leads to mixed responses

Kennedy Stone, Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Students were able to dance and take photos at the Winter Formal held Jan. 27 in the school cafeteria. The dance started at 8 p.m. and lasted until 11 p.m. "I did not see anything go badly while I was there,” principal Ryan Woods said. Woods helped student council plan the dance, and served as a d...