Enlarged photos and transcription of entire newsletter. Full digital copies of newsletters follows transcript. Published Circa 1969-1970. (No date on copy.) Entries are entered exactly as written in the original newsletter by the students who were on staff for the paper – no corrections or additions were made. My mother, Jane Morris Estrada, was a teacher at West Jr. High the years I attended school there. — T.Rose
Miss Barbara Casey reigned as homecoming queen for Gulfport West Jr. High at Milner Stadium Thursday November 1? in festivities preceding the West-East football game.
Barbara was escorted by Dennis Miller, and was crowned by Albert Weaver. student body president.
Ninth grade homecoming maids and escorts were Brenda Sison and Donnie Keen; Edith Maston and Solomon Moses and Pamela Homes and Derrick Burrix.
Eighth grade maids and escorts were Debbie Stiltner and Tim Wheat; Debbie Carroll and Danny Brown.
Brenda Montana was the seventh grade maid escorted by Michael Craig.
The Commodore Guard, under the direction of James Birdsong, and the West Waves drill team, sponsored by Mrs. Pat Chestnut, participated in the homecoming activities.
Homecoming at West was a huge success.
Christmas is Santa and reindeer and elves.
Christmas is family and friends and bells.
Christmas is mistletoe and wreaths on doors.
Christmas is package wrapped from stores.
Christmas is cold weather that makes you sneeze.
Christmas is presents beneath Christmas trees.
But of all the things that are mentioned above
Christmas is more. Christmas is love.
On Friday, Dec. 4, a program on drugs was presented to the student body o West Jr. High by three students from the University of Mississippi. Students presenting the program were: Mike Sibley, Pat Millerl, and Tom Smith. The young men spoke on drug abuse and misuse. At the end of the program students asked questions concerning drugs. The program was both interesting and informative.
P. T. A.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, the P. T. A. of West Jr. High held their meeting. At 6:30 a Christmas dinner for the teachers was served in the lunchroom.
Following the dinner the P. T. A. meeting was held in the auditorium. Kim Herring read the school news, The West Commodore Guards played for the evening’s entertainment. Due to the illness of the choir director the chorus classes were unable to attend.
May your heart be filled at Christmas
With the joy of love and light
Which was reflected from earth and heaven
On that still and Holy night.
We are astronauts–all of us. We ride a spaceship called Earth on its endless journey around the sun. This ship of ours is blessed with life-support systems so ingenious that they are self-renewing, so massive that they can supply the needs of billions.
But for centuries we have taken them for granted, considering their capacity limitless. At last we have begun to monitor the systems, and the findings are deeply disturbing.
Scientists and government officals [sic] of the United States and other countries agree that we are in trouble. Unless we stop abusing our vital life-support systems, they will fail. We must maintain them, or pay the penalty. The penalty is DEATH.
The following students are on the Principal’s Honor Roll, these students have made all “A’s” for the second six weeks.
9th grade–Laura Bobinger, Linda Clark and Jerald Meadows
8th grade–Susan Bobinger, Stephanie Hoda, Barbara Pell, David Brock, Rebecca Fox, Sheila Ladner, James Mock and Donna Pierce
7th grade–Marcia Cook, Martha Miller, Pamela Hardy, Brenda Montana and Mike Higgins
This year in Y-Teens, all the 7th, 8th and 9th grade members have combined to form one large organization. The first meeting held was to state the rules and regulations of the organization.
Our Drill Team
The West Jr. High Honor Roll consists of students who have made “A’s” and “B’s” in all subjects and not under a “C” in citizenship.
9th grade–Robert Brown, Linda Broadus, Adele Bussolati, Dwight Beal, Charlie Blackwood, Donna Tod, Kim Herring, Pam McLendon, Kathy Russell, Arthur Kerns, Jimmy Mills, Gail Carroll, Linda Lloyd, Richard McConnell, Albert Weaver and Adele Wittz.
8th grade–Mike Anderson, Lloa Beard, Dianna Cook, Kenny Brezeale, Gail Carr, Debbie Haydel, Jenifer McDonald, Connie Trippe, Lisa Cook, Steve Ellsbury, Susan McConnell, Annette Necaise, Susan Cuevas, Cynthia Giovingo, Ricky Stafford and Herbert Smith
7th grade–Michael Farve, Janice Currie, Van Hall, Cante Quinguino, Cindy Trippe, Ann Gaston, Lorraine Floyd, Douglas Ladner, Imogene Sanders, Carman Morgan, James Drummong, David Moses and Robert Taylor.
Congratulations to these students!
Spotlight on a Teacher
ATTENTION ALL WEST SIDERS!
THIS ISSUE’S SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON MR. GRIFFEN ! ! !
Mr. Griffen, full name Dennis Griffen, most commonly known as Coach Griffen, was born in Choctaw County, Mississippi on April 5, 1947. (Tuff luck girls that makes him 23.) Coach Griffen attended Ackerman High School, from there he went to HOlmes Jr. College and on to Mississippi State. Now he is back in Jr. High.
This is Coach Griffin’s second year at West; he teaches history and P. E. and is the coach of the 7th grade football and basketball teams.
He says that the school spirit is what he likes best about West.
Fishing and hunting are among his favorite hobbies. His favorite food steak.
He dislikes big cities and smog and doesn’t like militant organizations of any kind.
We are very glad to have a coach and teacher here at West like Mr. Griffen.
The band has been busy with the concert season since the marching season has ended. The trip to New Orleans was, to the disappointment of the band and drill team, postponed due to weather conditions. Concert season has started off well. The band had its first concert on Dec. 8 when it performed pop, classical and march tunes for the P. T. A. Also performing Christmas tuens was the Brass Choir. The Brass Choir is composed of Edward Toten, Herbert Smith, Keith Hill, Charlie Blackwood, Noah Godfrey, Kaster Morton, Jerald Meadows and Tim Joffrion. The concert was taped by WGCM, and played over the air.
Mr. Birdson has been working very hard and plans to start a swing or stage band later this year.
The West Jr. High ninth grade football team are the City-Champs of Gulfport! West finished the season with a 5-3-2 record. West became the city champs by defeating Bayou View 22-20 and East 6-0. East Jr. entered the game with nine consecutive victories.
In the Bayou View-West game, West scores came on runs by Victor Williams and Earl Duckworth and on a tackle eligible pass caught by Boyd James. This was a very tight game as Bayou View scored in the last three minutes of the game; but thanks to Defensive Back, Dwight Beal, they did not make the two point attemp.
In the East-West game, West’s only score came from a 22 yd. pass from Mike Farrar to Victor Williams. West held the East team from scoring by a great defensive effort. They held the East Offense to only 45 yd. the entire game.
The student body is very proud of our CHAMPS!
Micheal Weeks and Dwight Beal
The members of the 7th grade basketball team are: Jim Robinson, Ronald White, Ray Rowe, Raymond Evans, Chuck Guardia, Jeffery Jenkins, Tommy Melton, Ricky Loftin, Ronald Malley, Jimmy Shumake, Jonas Scott, and Vacey Clark. Their coach is Mr. Griffen.
The 8th grade basketball team has a good record so far this year. Leading scorers include; Gary Hollimon, Ray White, Bobby Jones and Delwin CArlat. Other members of the team are: David Shavers, James Mock, Mike Anderson, Danny Carver and Cal Peters.
Coach Drye expects a successful season.
The starting quintet for the 9th grade team is Mike Farrar, Dennis Miller at guard position, Boyd James and Edward Handy at forward and Robert Brown at Center. Other members of the team are Albert Weaver, Billy Dean, Danny Kendrick, Earl Ducksworth, Elton Carll and Danny Cuevas.
West hopes to be victorious in the rest of the their games. To achieve this we would like to see good attendance at our home games.
In P. E. the girls have just finished archery. They will have a girls basketball team after the boys have finished their season.
Friday, Dec. 4, was a sad day for the West Waves, when their sponsor, Mrs. Chestnut left for Texas. She will be missed by each and every one of us.
Even though football season is over, the West Waves Drill Team is still going strong.
West Jr. High now has an Art Club, sponsored by Mr. Sweeney. This club meets on Tuesday and Thursday. At their first meeting they selected the following officers: President-Kenny Little, Vice-President-Donnie Stewart, Treasurer-Laurie Hale and Secretary-Casey Peterson. The art club has decorated our school for the Christmas season.
Some of West’s students were asked to define the word “sangaree.”
Dennis Miller: “You’re asking the wrong person.”
Donnie Stewart: “Is it a person, place or thing?”
Gary Holliman: “Some kind of polluted water.”
Billy Dean: “What?”
Violet Clark: “Some kind of soup.”
Tommy Schlesinger: “Who?”
Boyd James: “How am I supposed to know?”
Adele Wiltz: “Some kind of little sand bug.”
A sangaree is a dilluted wine beverage.
THE WEST PRESS MESS STRIKES AGAIN! MORE MOVIE REVIEWS!
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE–Eating in the lunchroom.
EASY COME, EASY GO–An A in citizenship in Mrs. Scott’s Math Class.
1,000,000 B. C.–Miss Rodberg’s 1st Birthday.
RAT PATROL–Teacher’s patroling the halls between classes.
NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS–Report Card Night.
WEEKEND OF TERROR–This story emphasizes the way students in Mr. Perry’s 5th period class felt; when on Friday he assigned a test on Chaters 1-11.
THE SOUND OF ANGER–What West hears when the teachers find gum in the water fountain.
IT’S A LONG STORY–Biological film about a giraffe’s neck.
MR. CHICKEN–Jerry B. turns into as he walks into Algebra class.
LAND OF THE GIANTS–How the 7th graders feel standing next to Robert Brown or Boyd James in the halls.
OVERHEARD IN OUR HALLS.
“Oh no you don’t! He’s MINE!”
“Swallow it quick, there’s Mr. Cater.”
“Would you kindly get OFF my foot.”
“What if he doesn’t ask me?”
“She actually smiled at me.”
“Oh, no, Mrs. Lawshe, this isn’t a note. It’s my (GULP) English homework.”
“Hey-ey-ey, Coach Griffen!”
“You didn’t tell me not to tell.”
A short, fat, Kim Herring…
Coach Griffen without his paddle…
A bald Dennis Miller…
A ten foot Mr. Burcham…
Al Weaver in size 6 shoes…
A befreckled Miss Rodberg…
Mr. Gendron being tardy…
The Board of Health in our cafeteria…
Cathy Matthews without her Dentyne…
Mr. Louis being absent…
When asked why he got his hair cut, Dennis Miller replied, “The DEVIL made me do it.”
Have you seen Ricky Miller’s picture from the past?
Jerald Meadows and his Baritone are going through a period of hardtimes…They just can’t get that high G.
Adele Bussolati better known as Motor Mouth has decided to shift into a lower gear.
Will Pam and John T. ever get it together?
Mr. Cater, why do I always have to go to the board?
I hear that Candy plays football every Sunday with a West football star.
How are Beth and Tony getting along these days?
Cathy M. and Terry B’s hair looks just alike except his is longer.
Coach Griffen wants all his sons to look like Albert Weaver.
Doesn’t it seem funny that Billy D. walks Gail C. to all her classes when he knows he’ll be late.
Adele, what happened to Ricky on the way home from the game Friday night?
Coach Griffen’s first period class is scared to give a party…they know how he eats.
What will Mr. Birdsong sell next?
What has Robianne been thinking about the last couple of weeks? Was it Math?
What is this about blue and green cookies coming from 5th period home ec.
Did Tony I. really fall into the bell of his baritone?
Danny Kendrick’s real name is Super Cool.
How long has Boyd James been trying to grow an Afro?
I hear Brenda S. wants a doll for Christmas.
What could the number 12 mean to Barbara Casey.
Who is Janet Sullivan’s cover boy now?
How did Brenda get a cold?
I thought I saw Kenny Little at the park with a girl…but which one?
Sharon Jonson and Pam Davidson must have put the Green Goblin out to pasture.
Miss Rodberg’s favorite word is Onamatopeia.
Mike Farrar, why do you always bump into things?
Has anyone noticed a special glow in Miss Baker’s eyes lately?
V. B., what is a “moondoggie?”
Tenderly, did the clown really get hurt in the wreck?
Why don’t certain people who live on Wisteria Street get together sometimes?
Will Santa bring Coach Griffen a frog?
Is Mrs. Johnson really the leader of the “Wild Bunch?”
Does Mrs. Lawshe know what a group of girls do with the water in science?
Why do Linda and Barbara laugh evertime they hear someone say, “Off to P.E.?”
Does Vicky really have a purple and orange dog house?
Super Jerald had to write for Mr. Perry.
Mrs. White, do you use all the recipes you get from the library?
I hear Jimmy Little was elected Playboy of the 7th grade.
Now we know for sure Algebra is not the reason Dennis calls Linda.
ATTENTION all West Siders! Did you know there is no Santa? Know who told me…the Tooth Fairy.
Kim, will you and Donnie ever stop liking each other?
Are there going to be any New Year’s Eve parties on the west side of town?
Wait till next year L. S. U.
Mike D. thought he saw the bird of paradise but it was just a sparrow with new threads.
Arthur Kerns found one of Benson and Hedges disadvantages last night. He burned a hole though his heart-shaped meatball.
Jerald has Ho-Hum mouth.
I wonder if Mrs. Gillelan would let Mr. Gendron get a drink from that 7th grade fountain Act. Period?
Does the way Charlie Blackwood eats remind you of anyone?
What teacher’s favorite color is green?
Pollution costs us millions…Put another way…Grime does’t pay.
Will Jerald Meadows and his horn ever find true happiness?
Charlie Brown is is love with Peppermint Patty.
Mr. Gendron, why didn’t you get the free ride in the wheel barrow.
Does anyone know what happened to Bonnie and Clyde?
Soemone said that Albert Weaver had a hummin on his glasses. What on earth is a hummin?
Jerald Meadows has not either got Ho-Hum mouth.
Does Mr. Perry really make people write pages?
Note: On the original copies of this page of the West Wind, I don’t remember for sure who wrote the answers to all the questions in the “gossip” section. My guess would be Judy Cochrane was the culprit. I know I did not.
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