As a St. Patrick’s Day surprise, Security Team member Kevin Markham graciously agreed to share his bagpiping talent with West Side School. Mr. Markham brought a few special guests to join an assembly. Dr. Barnes interviewed the musicians afterward, and the students listened to advice about music, how practice really does make perfect in life, and you’re never too old to learn something new! What a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day treat! Dr. Barnes also revealed the much-anticipated naming of their school mascot during the assembly. Upon becoming principal of West Side, he asked, “What is the name of our whale mascot?” He was surprised to learn; the whale was never given a name? For a school that opened in 1790, how could this whale not have a name! Drum roll please…. the name of the West Side whale mascot by majority vote: “Willy the Whale.” Hooray!