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  • Institute days give teachers new ideas

    Teachers were put into the student’s place this week Institute day for the semi annual teacher institute day on Nov. 7. On teacher institute day, teachers continued planning for next year’s change to a modified block schedule and worked in teams on lessons for current classes. Maine West science teacher Jeffrey Tieman said teachers learned…

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  • V-Show completes its annual production

    In this year’s V-Show, students from Maine West showed the audience their talents by singing, dancing, and doing other acts, Nov 4-6 for “That Angsty 80’s V-Show.” V-Show is a performance where the audience gets to enjoy the different acts the performers put together after long hours of practice during the past six weeks. Senior…

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  • Class council looks to mentor young athletes

    To help younger kids in Des Plaines interact with high schoolers, Sophomore Class Council is hoping to start a sports buddy program. Class council members want kids in local leagues and park district programs to team up with the high schoolers in their sports. They want high school students to be able to learn new…

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    Food Drive aims to fill pantry shelves

    Students from Maine West held a canned food drive from Oct. 23 to Nov. 10. The food will going to the Des Plaines Food Pantry. As of Friday morning, around 1000 cans have been donated, according to StuCo sponsor Melissa Lloyd. StuCo coordinates this annual canned food drive to give back to Des Plaines and…

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  • Students share their best images

    Photo and digital students currently have their artwork featured in the 16th annual Gallery 64 show. Gallery 64 is in the Maine West Library, starting at the end of October and continuing until the middle of next week. Gallery 64 shows off the best of students’ artwork, and it also looks good on college applications….

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  • YES unfolds in the cafeteria

    Approximately 120 Des Plaines teens will gather at the Maine West cafeteria on Nov. 11 to attend the annual Youth Empowerment Seminar. Leaders will lead groups to discuss various topics that are pertinent to them, such as social media, dating issues, and friendship. Led by Maine West, the Des Plaines Youth Commission, and the Maine…

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