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Oh, Dang

Denny Dang is a person who wants to put himself out for others to see. With the influence of engineer teacher Jason Franzenburg,
Senior Spotlight: Denny Dang
January 27, 2021

Picture a freshman going through high school, having no complete idea of what he wants to be in the future. Then engineering comes along and that is what sparked an interest to become an engineer as a...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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?...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
Culture Diversity Club at West stands out
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...

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.
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...

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.
A highlight of some of Davenport West High School's amazing graduates
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...

Silence below the surface

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

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.
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...

Homecoming 2019 dance recap

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

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