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Serving up sweet smiles

At West during C lunch, students put in their ID or pay for lunch, meanwhile the cafeteria staff help at the registers “Whenever you get food, they are always mostly smiling they're mostly happy and we rarely ever see them sad,” junior Makayla Brown said.

Diana Garcia, Reporter

February 27, 2020

The only break we get in high school on a daily basis is lunch. Many students enjoy it because they get to spend time with friends and eat. What not everyone takes into consideration is the cafeteria staff.  Being a member of the cafeteria staff means a lot of work. Staff have to come in everyda...

Importance of security

Security professional Shay Serrano talks to two students at West about their daily conflicts with some of the teachers. Serrano allows students to come to her whenever they need advice with anything or if they just want to talk about their day.

Cierra White, Reporter

February 13, 2020

Fights, arguments, disagreements, and other conflicts occur at schools, so administration and school staff hold a lot of responsibility to help keep staff and students safe. Security professionals Chris Carr and Shay Serrano are two of six security guards at West.  Security guards go by many names. They could...

Thoughts behind SEL (social and emotional learning)

Spanish teacher Stephanie Hansen helps her advisory student sophomore Caleb Heskett sign up for Falcon Flex. Hansen allows her advisory students to sit in the back chairs by her desk, allowing conversations to flow throughout the class.

Reagan Hoffman, Reporter

February 11, 2020

You walk into school on a Monday morning to a room of familiar faces. You sit down, pull out your chromebook, and sign up for flex. This is the usual, however, what about the occasional lessons and slideshows? Some teachers try to connect and open discussions with their students, some get through them...

Behind the locker tags

Student Senate members and seniors Erica Henderson, Hailey Hansen, and Gillian Collins put up locker tags to recognize students in the building and involvement in clubs and sports.

Vu Tran, Business Manager

February 11, 2020

Freshman Faith Rettler is on the volleyball team and is a varsity cheerleader. Senior Ellie Mirfield is in the Ecology Club and Health Careers Club (HOSA). Something you may overlook are the locker tags that hang on students' lockers in the halls of West honoring membership in Falcon sports and clubs. ...

Helping hands of West

Head counselor Erin Soedt helps a student and offers a helping hand when it comes to schedules, post-high school plans, and advice.

Madison Barton, Reporter

February 6, 2020

On average the student to counselor ratio is 482 to one, according to the American School Counselor Association. As a school counselor, his/her job is not only to figure out students’ schedules, but also to help students with concerns or questions, and help with career counseling. With over 1,500 stu...

Rise of cultural diversity

West's Cultural Diversity Club meets as a group during Falcon Flex on Fridays in room 258 with math teacher Ayola Vesey and TLCS Innovator Leslie Schlue. “It's kind of creating that safe place, so no matter what kind of background you have, you're always welcome at our Cultural Diversity Club because we're accepting of everyone no matter what his/her belief system is, and where he/she comes from,” Schlue said.

Kaylee Milem, Reporter

February 5, 2020

The Cultural Diversity Club began two years ago at Davenport North by math teacher Ayola Vesey and world language teacher Monica Jager. North staff was required to join a faculty focus or extracurricular team for the school. Among these teams was the Faculty Diversity Team, which had the goal of fig...

Speeding up future education

With the AP exam just months away, Joseph Flahrety’s AP US History class finishes a period test. “The hardest part about taking the period tests is remembering what we learned and then applying it to the multiple choice questions. However, you learn from mistakes and then you know what to study next time,” sophomore Abbie Hambleton said.

Sarah Bernick, Managing Editor

January 31, 2020

Some students fear college, and some people are ecstatic to obtain new information on their road to success. Taking an AP class can help assist with either scenario, raising expectations and receiving a jump start on future education. High schools across the country started offering Advanced Placem...

Awesome alumni: 60 years, 29,079 people served

From left to right: 1969 West graduates Charles Hudson, Jan Rangel, Steve Arp, Bobbie Noel-Behrens, and Jo Faris are members of the West’s class of 69’ reunion committee. They are in in front of the greenhouse that they donated $4,000 to on Nov. 1. 2019. “My years at West were so important in establishing my personal core values. Friendships made at West have endured 50 years and is the main reason for large attendance at our class reunions. The greenhouse project has been the perfect way for the class of 69’ to show our gratitude and ‘pay it forward’ to current and future West students,” class of  69’ West graduate Steve Arp said.

Megan Dunn, Reporter

January 29, 2020

The youngest city council member, a dedicated public servant, and a group who continues to give back. What do they all have in common? They graduated from Davenport West High School. When West first opened its doors the Tuesday after Labor Day in 1960, it also opened many doors for students. Pr...

Silence below the surface

Junior Kyleigh Ortiz started playing the guitar a couple of years ago.

Kaylee Milem, reporter

January 16, 2020

To the outside world, junior Kyleigh Ortiz seems like the average girl. She goes to high school like the average girl. She also has dreams after high school like the average girl. But, don’t always believe what meets the eye, you’ll miss the most important characteristics.  Ortiz is 16 and a student at Davenport West....

Exchange students give perspective on life as Falcons in Iowa

From left: Becca Saad (Lebanon), Andjela Ognjanovic (Serbia), Syafira Adani (Indonesia) and Farnaiza Gulam (Philippines) pose to show their Falcon spirit. These foreign exchange students are spending an academic year at Davenport West to experience what American high school life is like.

Farnaiza Gulam, Reporter

November 26, 2019

International education has become a crucial part of building bridges for understanding, across cultures and borders. For the past few years, West has welcomed about 30 foreign exchange students with four students every year. West believes that International Education helps introduce people to its g...

Homecoming 2019 dance recap

Many of the students attending the dance got up to dance to the cupid shuffle

Olaoluwa Johnson, reporter

September 30, 2019

West celebrated its Homecoming dance last Saturday. This year's theme was "Old Time Rock and Roll." Student Senate helped to organize the event as well as the other events taking place in the week leading up to it. This year was a first for the event as it was one of the first to have both a king a...

2019 Homecoming court Q&A

Olaoluwa Johnson, reporter

September 24, 2019

Notice: King candidates note featured. Isabella Castel How do you feel about making homecoming court? "Surprised and shocked, but excited!" What first went through your head when you found out you made court? “Wow! Did they really just say my name?” Why do you think you deserve this role of bein...

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