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Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Joseph Potts, Reporter

February 16, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Feb.14, Valentine’s Day, a group of students covered the hallways with sticky note hearts filled with uplifting messages like “Be the Change” and “Embrace the Journey.” The event was a service project done by Youth Mental Ambassadors as way to celebrate the holiday and make fellow Falcons...

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Tyler Newman, Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Battle of the Books is an Iowa Quad Cities regional competition that involves students reading a wide variety of books. At the competition, there are a series of questions asked about the books’ author, setting, story… There is a level for each grade ranging from third grade to seniors. In addition t...

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

February 4, 2019


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

The Davenport Community School District has taken six days off this year because of some of the most dangerous wind chills in years. Due to recent life-threatening temperatures and extreme travel conditions, the district has had to shorten and cut days out of the school year for the safety of all staf...

Gala gets a fresh new look

Gala gets a fresh new look

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Update: Gala has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. at CASI.  The theme is Starry Night. Tickets are $15 and and can be purchased before or after school and during lunch in the activities office. Students attending this year’s Gala dance should expect to see signi...

District special education approach being revisited

District special education approach being revisited

Timothy O'Leary, Reporter

January 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The Davenport School District has recently been under scrutiny by the state due to failures in the current special education programs provided. The district has received several audits across 2018, multiple relating to the special education department, namely being out of compliance with disproportio...

Catastrophically cautious cuts

Catastrophically cautious cuts

Joseph Potts, Reporter

January 11, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Nov. 29, the Davenport School Board agreed to a two-year budget plan to remove 83 positions and cut $13 million for the 2019-2020 school year. The district was hoping to have to make less cuts due to retirements and attrition. Thirty-one teachers have taken the early retirement incentive, however, ...

German Club offers immersive opportunities for students

German Club offers immersive opportunities for students

Tyler Newman, Reporter

December 9, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

German Club at West High offers opportunities to explore the world of German culture and heritage while allowing students to partake in a variety of activities such as studying language, throwing cultural parties and playing board games. The club meets every Monday in Room 209 and is run entirely by...

Band department hosts trivia fundraiser

Band department hosts trivia fundraiser

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

December 4, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On Friday, Nov. 30 band trivia night was held at the American Legion to raise money for the music department. Teams participated against one another in trivia. Each team consisted of eight members per table, each participant had to pay $10. “We [marching band] are raising money to help buy new...

District under fire for overspending and discrimination

District under fire for overspending and discrimination

Dani Reitz, Co-Managing Editor

November 30, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

State-issued audits, 83 positions to be cut, and over $13,000,000 in budget cuts. Due to violations made by the Davenport Community School District, all those listed are now inevitable. The district is under fire for mismanaging money and education violations, which include poor education management for o...

Formulating fall festivities

Formulating fall festivities

Joseph Potts, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

As the fall season arrives, West students and teachers prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner that will be held at the cafeteria on Monday, Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m. The idea came originally as a way to help students and families that may not have the means to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas. The idea of...

Davenport schools host German exchange students

Davenport schools host German exchange students

Tyler Newman, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

The German exchange program is an opportunity for students to learn about Germany by going on an interesting experience. On the trip, students get see a new part of the world, experience german language up close, and stay with a german family. Students also get to try new foods, put their german ski...

Painting fundraiser saves outdoor classroom

Painting fundraiser saves outdoor classroom

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

November 18, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On Nov. 16 West’s Ecology Club hosted a fundraiser in the cafeteria at 5:30. The money went towards fixing the outdoor classroom. After a rainy summer, the stumps for people to sit on in the classroom became worn and the group knew it was time to start fundraising. Ecology Club advisor Jodi Zimme...

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