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Governor Reynolds was at Central High to sign SB455 into law, the funding formula that will help even the funding for Davenport and 136 other school districts in Iowa. She asked that a representative from Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) attend the ceremony, so Mid City students, Ayiana Litt and Jade Arnold, attended to witness the event. They each received one of the pens Governor Reynolds used to sign the bill into law as tokens of appreciation for all of their hard work.
On February 28th, Washington Elementary held an assembly in honor of Black History Month and all of the contributions from African-Americans throughout the centuries in America. The assembly was presented in a narrative style with cameos from students who shared the contributions from African-Americans. Students were also treated to a traditional African story featuring drum storytelling, some blues/jazz performances, and a beautiful ending song featuring Washington students.
Congratulations to the students of the Central High Outlaw and Max Suspension teams who took part in the Quad Cities Science and Engineering Tech Challenge Series’ kickoff event, BotB, at the Putnam Museum. In this highly competitive event, the Outlaws, with team members, Rachel Eckert, Sarah Van Liere, Nick Vazquez, and Jackson Richter, built a bridge that massed 0.48 l and held 130 pounds, for an efficiency of 271%, earning them second place in the high school division. The Max Suspensions, with members, Brady Kakert, Conor Walsh, and Will Flemming, built a bridge with an efficiency score of 101%.
On March 1st, Washington Elementary held its annual Literacy Night, where families celebrated the love of reading with the animal theme of “Reading is Paw-Some!” Dinner was provided and the importance of reading was stressed with informational posters. Parents were able to watch a poetry slam by third graders, and in the gym, students participated in various activities like making a kindness rock and pet origami. Pick a Better Snack helped with healthy Dr. Seuss-themed snacks. The book fair provided a great backdrop for the night, and students chose great books to read at home and to Teddy the therapy dog, a highlight of the night.
Mid City High Junior Jade Arnold built a Windows 10 64bit computer that she will be able to take with her to college. She completely assembled and repaired the donated computer. Jade learned how the computer functions as well as how to test and install components, set up a network connection, and find and install software. This class is offered when computers are available; Mid City is always willing to take used computer donations for additional students to build into their own first computers.
Congratulations to all the basketball players who made the 2018 MAC Boys Basketball All-Conference Team. Trey Sampson from West High made the first team. Central High’s Nate Tyson, North’s VJ Wilmington and Max Taylor, and West’s Brett Erwin and Kenny Clay made the second team. Honorable mentions included Central’s Diontrel Wommach, North’s Keenan Hollingshed and TJ Vesey, and West’s Balene Mitchell.
On February 16th, North High’s Miss Blanchard and Miss Ingle hosted a Spanish Escape Room where four teams competed in five different tasks designed to test them on vocabulary, grammar, and logic. They had to solve each puzzle before they could move onto the next, earning a sticker for each one that was completed. Three teams were tied with four stickers with about a minute left, but one team, with members Daniel Reyes, Ally Greenwood, and Matthew Hutcheson, pulled through at the last second to claim victory.
The fifth-graders at Blue Grass Elementary are collecting sap from sugar maple trees. They learned about where the sap comes from and how the trees can be tapped. They tapped eight trees and are recording their findings in workbooks every couple of days. The sap is then turned into syrup. This year’s sap is running a little bit over 2% sugar. The majority of the water is evaporated from the sap to make the sugar level about 67%. The students will get to try a final syrup product in a couple of weeks.