Art teacher Carla Brunco’s classroom at Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children buzzes with activity every Tuesday. In one corner, the art director focuses on creating striking digital backgrounds. The two news broadcasters sit in front of a large green screen. They review the script and discuss the day’s show with guest talent. The cameraman and the teleprompter operator are cued up and ready to go. It’s time for another Westview Wire school news show.
Brunco began broadcasting the weekly show with teacher Kim Stephenson’s (Lobdell) 6:1:2 class members in early October. “It was rough out of the gate,” she said. “But Mike Neumire, CaTS instructional technology specialist, helped with the video technology, and our staff are really enthusiastic and supportive. The kids have grown into their roles and get better and more professional every week.”
The project gives the high school students the opportunity to practice reading, presentation and communication skills, work together to organize the many elements of the shows, exercise artistic and conceptual talents, plan content and create entertaining short videos. They have become roving reporters, looking for stories around the school and interviewing peers and faculty.
Co-anchors Ryan and SBA Tyronne Jones share updates on school news, weather, sports and more. Brunco writes scripts and edits the video. Each episode has special features, like the Halloween Trivia Contest or the extremely funny public service announcement on the proper way to wash your hands, created by SBA Sarah MacCallum and a cast of stars.
The whole school has gotten in on the fun - the show airs on Friday afternoons for all to watch. The Westview Wire is building school spirit; helping everyone, from both the Westview 6:1:1 and 6:1:2 programs, get to know each other better.
This page: Mr. Jones (center) with Westview Wire news anchor Ryan (right) and guest commentator Gabe (left).