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Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

Science teacher Brandon Yoder’s goals for his classes vary throughout the year, but he is always just as involved in the class as his students are.
“I believe that every student is capable of doing well in my classes,” Yoder said. “It is my job to guide them where they need to go, to a certain extent they need to do things on their own, but I want them to pave that path to help get them there.”

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Entering room 119 one will encounter the aroma of fresh air coming from the courtyard windows, and popcorn. Depending on the day, you will find a deceased Anna Garcia mannequin laying on the floor, or students measuring blood splatters. Science teacher Brandon Yoder has been teaching Principles of Bio...

2018 homecoming court Q&A

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Buisiness Manager

September 3, 2018

Naomi Walker Jenna Dougherty How do you feel about making homecoming court? ¨It is really exciting because I’ve wanted to be on homecoming court ever since I was a freshman.¨ What first went through your head when you found out you made court? ¨I was like ‘I have to tell my mom!’ because my mom really wanted me to be...

Fresh faces of administration: Cory Williams

“Mrs.William is amazing. She is a people person, she was in here right away during the summer and is devoted. She is very easy to talk to, student orainanted and I am excited about her ability to communicate. She has been in my classroom twice already in the first two days of school and I think that is very important,” history teacher Christine Coyne-Logan said.

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

August 28, 2018

Cory Williams receives a new principal for the 2018-2019 school year

Fresh faces of administration: Charlie Driscoll

“My specific charge is to make sure that the school is safe, that everyone at school feels safe, and to make sure that the community knows that West High is a safe school,” Associate Principal Charlie Driscoll said.

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

August 28, 2018

Safety in high schools is a concern for students, teachers, and administrators around the country, and new Associate Principal Charlie Driscoll has safety at the top of his priority list. The 57-year-old Davenport native came from Central and worked there for the past six years as an associate p...

Fresh faces of administration: Michael Orfitelli

Michael Orfitelli has only been a Falcon for a short period of time, but he sports red and white whenever possible to show his school spirit.

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

August 27, 2018

A sign that the school year is about to begin is the release of West High students’ schedules. Screenshots of schedules are posted, classes are compared, and there is an abundance of chatter about what the new school year will bring. Much of the excitement that schedules bring is thanks to Associate Pr...

Moving On: Lori Duquette

English teacher Lori Duquette will move to Wilson Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year as a guidance counselor.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

June 4, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West and in general? A: I've taught at West five years and taught/been a counselor for 33 years.   Q: What got you into teaching? A: I used to play teacher in third grade at my grandma's house, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be a teacher. ...

Moving on: Jason Smith

This year Smith taught Family Consumer Science. He taught foods in particular.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

June 4, 2018

What do you teach at West? A: This year I just taught food classes.   Q: Do you have any advice for people that want to teach? A: Find a content area that you are passionate about and go for it.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West?  A: One year.   Q...

Moving on: Mike Wells

Q: Do you think your skills will change at Central? Why or why not?
A: I will always continuously reflect on what I do or try to find something better or new. So yes, but I will still be the same teacher I am now because of what I learned here at West.

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I am finishing my eleventh year here at West.   Q: What will you miss most about West? A: I will miss the staff, and a lot of the students. I’ll miss fun times at events and the extra things we do here, like the lip sync battles and all those...

Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Family consumer science teacher Kelleen McFate is moving on to Central to expand her knowledge on foods education beginning next school year.

Martin Morales, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I have taught at West for three years.   Q: What is the length of your full teaching career? A: 22 years.   Q: What will you miss about West? A: The camaraderie. I love the students and I love the staff and the enthusiasm. Q: Where a...

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Mark Kretschmer stands next to the awards the band has been awarded from the State Music Festival.

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018

Q: What college did you attend? A: I attended The University of Iowa.   Q: How many years have you been a band director? A: I have been teaching overall 39 years.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West? A:I have been teaching at West for 38 years.   Q: Why did you de...

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

Choir director Colleen Schloemer has been teaching for 28 years. She will be leaving West and retiring after the 2017-18 school year.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West? A: Six years   Q: How did you get into teaching? A: I would say that I accompanied. I was originally a pianist and I played piano for choirs. I really liked being in the classroom and decided that I would go back to school and get a second d...

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