The Student News Site of St. Charles West High School

SCW Smoke Signal

The Student News Site of St. Charles West High School

SCW Smoke Signal

The Student News Site of St. Charles West High School

SCW Smoke Signal

SCW swim team during their senior night announcements
St. Charles West swim honors seniors at swim meet
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 18, 2022

This last week (1/10-1/14), the St. Charles West swim team honored their seniors with their annual senior night at the YMCA.  The seniors; Paige...

Riley McGuire during an out-of-state tournament
Freshman Friday: Riley McGuire
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 14, 2022

For our Freshman Friday, we are celebrating Riley McGuire. Riley is a very passionate soccer player and has hopes for joining the St. Charles...

From left to right: Kate Matthews, Annabelle Prost, Kleyton Crate, Joy Cowan, Natalie Friis, and Ella Smith
St. Charles West Dance and Drill dubbed regional champs at latest competition
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 9, 2022

This past Saturday (1/8), the St. Charles West Dance and Drill was pronounced regional champions at the competition in Fort Zumwalt North...

The St. Charles West Winter Guard during their warmup.
Winter Guard: A day in the life
Mackenzie McGuire, contributor • December 7, 2021

As a writer, one of the articles I've wanted to write for a while is an article about the winter guard's success.  However, this week (12/6),...

Dog of the Week- Turnip
Dog of the Week- Turnip
Ella Nichols November 29, 2021

Turnip is a 4.5 year old pitbull. She is very pretty and has some very unique ears. She came to Five Acres at the end of October with her sister...

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Seniors Kylie Runion, Kennadi McFadden, and Lea Mitchell cheering on the football team.
St. Charles West senior night gallery
Mackenzie McGuire and Anna Prize December 1, 2021

  Pictured above is a gallery compiled of pictures from the St. Charles West senior night for cross country, dance, cheer, football,...

Riley McGuire during an out-of-state tournament
Freshman Friday: Riley McGuire
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 14, 2022

For our Freshman Friday, we are celebrating Riley McGuire. Riley is a very passionate soccer player and has hopes for joining the St. Charles...

Anna White during the State Cup.
Freshman Friday: Anna White
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 7, 2022

On this week's Freshman Friday, we are celebrating freshman soccer player Anna White.  Anna has not played a fall sport at West this year, however...

This is me pretending to sleep because I needed a cover photo.
Who is SCW Naps?
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • December 17, 2021

At St. Charles West, pretty much everyone knows of SCW Naps.  If you don't, then here's a rundown: @scw.naps is an Instagram account that posts...

Junior Elena Scheve posing for the camera.
Senior Suggestions: How to study for finals
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • December 14, 2021

With the end of the school year approaching, students are beginning to cram information in their minds for the end-of-semester final exams. ...

Ms. Ballmann, courtesy of stcharlessd.org
Teacher Feature: Ms. Ballmann
Mackenzie McGuire, contributor • November 9, 2021

On this week's Teacher Feature, we are celebrating Ms. Ballmann: the child development, food fundamentals, career pathways to the teaching profession,...

Mrs. Bourgeade sitting at her desk on November 4, 2021.
Teacher Feature: Mrs. Bourgeade
Mackenzie McGuire, contributor • November 4, 2021

On this week's Teacher Feature, the teacher of the week is Mrs. Bourgeade: the honors biology, AP biology, and a biology teacher at St. Charles...

Honorable mention Paige Ryherds cat Leo.
The Top 5 Pets at SCWest
Mackenzie McGuire, staff writer • January 4, 2022

Over break, the SCW Smoke Signal Instagram hosted a pet competition that allowed students to send in their pets over the SCSD winter break. ...