• Finals Right Around the Corner

    The first week back from Thanksgiving Break is over and the students at Pueblo West are one week closer to finals.

    Teachers and students are both cramming to get in some last minute information and studying as we only have one week between now and finals. It has been a quick semester and it doesn’t seem like finals should already be here. When asked about how to study for finals one student said, “Quizlet is very helpful and studying often is important.”

    Students are always stressed when it comes to finals, but there are a few ways to help. Studies show that studying a little bit of information more often is best and it is important to get a good amount of sleep each night.

    Good luck to all student the next two weeks with finals and as the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close.

  • Boys Basketball Kicks Off Season

    The boys basketball team had their first game of the 2016-2017 season on Wednesday, November 30th. They played the Harrison Panthers. The 2016 4A State Champions came out with a win. They played the game without senior, David Simental and junior, Jacob Wilkinson. Both players are out because of injuries.

    The team is well-rounded with a couple seniors, a few juniors, some sophomores, and one freshmen. They also have diverse talent with guards and posts. The team seems to have good chemistry and had a good start.

    It was a close game the whole night until the fourth quarter when the Cyclones went on a run and ended up winning the game 75-67, still a close score. Coach Tyler recently told Anthony Sandstrom, writer for the sports section of the Pueblo West View, that the Cyclones are ranked second in the state and Tyler said, “,,, we are horrible right now.” He claims the boys are too confident because they are state champs, but they have not hit the best part of their season yet.

    The Cyclones still started off strong with a win and look good this year. They will play Air Academy at Pueblo West on Friday, December 2nd.



  • AP and IB Washington D.C. trip

    On November 4 through the 8, a group of AP and IB history students traveled to Washington D.C.

    They toured places like Monticello, Gettysburg, the Capitol Building, and many more.

    Katie Wilson, a teacher chaperone, talks about her favorite part of the trip,”It was really interesting to see Gettysburg and when we toured the battlefield. Our tour guide told us about other aspects besides just how many soldiers were there.”

    Michelle Erickson, another teacher chaperone, explained one of her favorite things to go see, “Meeting the librarian for the library of congress was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. She was the first female, african-american person for the library of congress. It shows the progress we have made through history. Also, her description of her appointment was kind of refreshing because of how passionately she wanted to be innovative and just help other people.”

    One of the places the trip participants got to tour was the Vietnam museum.

    Victoria Luke, sophomore, shares how that experience impacted her, “We took cards with us and colored on them because there were indents in the wall with men’s names on it. There were ordinary names like Owen, Wyatt, and Edwin. I thought about how moms pick out names for their kids and they take of them; they have dreams of what their children will accomplish but these men just grew up and died. There were 58,000 names on that wall and we were there for an hour and didn’t even get halfway through it.”

    According to teachers, the IB trip serves as a unique learning experience for students.

    Johanna Woelfel, a teacher chaperone, explains the benefit for the students, “It showed students the coverage of the birth of America and the conflicts that allowed into evolve. They were well explained, we had perspectives we would have never had. Following the birth of the nation chronically from Jamestown, and Williamsburg to Yorktown and to Gettysburg then to the monuments showed the timeline of America. It really gave them a sense of how much happened.”

    Sheila Sloan, a teacher chaperone, describes, “Students were able to make a connection to what they are learning at school and those places they have heard of, like Monticello. It gives a better understanding of people like Thomas Jefferson of who they were, how they operated, and their daily lives.”

    The last day of this memorable trip was spent walking around the hub, Washington D.C. on election day.

    Wilson stated, “It was surprisingly very quiet. It was eerily quiet. There really weren’t that many protesters either, there were only a few political signs. It was like a normal day there with tourists everywhere looking at the monuments.”

    “I was kind of nervous at first because I knew that whoever won the election, people were going to be angry. We left the day before the riots and protests started. It was a pretty close call.” said sophomore Grace Gonzalez about the experience of election day in the capital.  

    This trip, planned perfectly for the political games offered by the 2016 election year, is one of many in the long line of successful IB trips in recent memory.

    Information on the IB trips is offered to IB and AP students by Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. Sloan for those interested in next years extended field trip.

  • Jazz Choir Performance

    On November 10, 2016, there was a jazz choir show at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

    The show was a café themed. The choir performers served coffee and pie.

    The choir students did an arrangement of 7 Bridges Road by the Eagles and Aidan Marquez, a sophomore, played his guitar, which was “Really amazing,” according to Ms.Kinnischtzke.

    Another really great song was Hush-a-by Mountain from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

    Ms. Kinnischtzke said, “Every single person got to do a solo, every one of them.”

    Three seniors,Brice Hill, Beca Marble, and Megan Kinnischtzke, made it to the Colorado all-state choir. This is the second year they are all going to the Colorado all State Choir.

    “It’s quite an honor to be selected even once, but to be selected twice is really really difficult.” said Kinnischtzke.

    When asked if she would change anything, Mrs. Kinnischtzke said that she, “Wished that she had more seats because the community really comes to support and they were almost out of places for the parents and audience to sit

    So congratulations Jazz Choir, keep it up.

  • Thankful Thanksgiving

    With Thanksgiving coming around the corner, it makes many people think about what they are thankful for. Many students at Pueblo West High School are thankful for different things, including:

    Ashley Hatch, a sophomore: “I’m thankful for my family and the food on my plate.”

    Emily Evans, a sophomore: “I’m thankful for family, friends, education of course, and just like all the opportunities I have gotten in my life.”

    Marie Moore, a sophomore: “I’m thankful for all my friends.”

    Meridyth Moose, a junior: “My health!”

    Claire Davis, a freshman: “I’m thankful for my friends, family, education, and living in a free country.”

    Andreea Martinez, a sophomore: “I’m thankful for my family, friends, and a roof over my head.”

    Tyler Janoski, a senior: “I’m thankful for music, because it’s one of the only things in life that people have in common. It can bring people of many differences together.”

    Sam Mitchel, a sophomore: “I’m thankful for life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue happiness.”

    Tyrstan Jordan, a freshman:”Friends, family, and good grades.”

    KaiLee Misaiaszek, a senior:  “I’m thankful for the cross and the salvation that i have received because of it.”

    Marguerite Miller, a senior, “I’m thankful for the God and the relationship that I have with him in my life and all that he is doing through and for me. I am thankful for my wonderful friends that are always there for me and love me. I am thankful for my mom and my relationship with her and my dad and our relationship and everything they have done for me and for loving me. I’m thankful for my family. Im thankful for my teacher for helping me strive to be my best and helping me get there.”

    No matter what, you’re thankful for, Thanksgiving is the time to show your appreciation. Happy Thanksgiving from the CyChron Staff!