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One Davenport Community School District Principal has just been recognized for her efforts to always give more to her students. On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Chrissy Willis, Principal at Truman Elementary, was awarded a Pay it Forward award from Ascentra Credit Union that included a $300 donation to use toward improving her school!
Chrissy first started at Truman Elementary as a teacher and when given the opportunity returned as principal. She has always put together innovative ideas. Some including the “KIND wall”, her pride and joy, the Truman Sensory Walk, and now Chrissy has plans to install a rock-climbing wall for her students. She’s always thinking outside the box!
Chrissy stated, “It is an incredible honor to be recognized for the work that I do, and I couldn’t do the things that I do without the amazing support of my family.”
Chrissy was nominated by her mother-in-law, Barbra for the Pay it Forward award.
Michael Hill, a student from Davenport West High School, was recently selected to perform "Ney Rosauro’s Marimba Concerto No. 1" at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles Winter Concert on February 23, 2020, accompanied by the Youth Symphony Orchestra!
Michael has been playing percussion for eight years and string bass for nine years. This is his second year in the Youth Symphony Orchestra, but he has been involved with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles for eight years.
On December 10, Adams Elementary School fifth-graders presented their Winter Music Program, led by director Mrs. Monike Hill! Students sang two-part songs in three different languages, including a South African Zulu song entitled "Siyahamba," which included singing in Swahili, African dancing and African instruments. A special thank you to Linda Dowd for loaning out the African instruments to help the students feel their culture and home experiences are valued!
Davenport Community School District is excited to announce that last month, we had FIVE students from our schools earn the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy. This is a prestigious award.
Students who earned the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy have attained proficiency in two or more languages, one of which is English by high school graduation.
Students who earned the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy in Spanish included: Esmeralda Alvarez, Giezi Flores Mendoza, Yuliana Marceleno, and Omar Velazquez Solis. Quy Le earned the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy in Vietnamese.
So why is this award important? Because being able to know and use more than one language is a critical skill for the 21st century. Those who earn the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy are more prepared in the labor market and the global society. The Iowa Seal of Bilitercy provides employers, universities, and grant/school scholarship providers with a method to recognize applicants for their dedication to attainment of bilitercy. This award also recognizes the value of language diversity and cultural identity.
As a school district, we are proud to have had FIVE students receive the Iowa Seal of Bilitercy, this year. Our district serves to create a customized learning environment for all students, and we are so proud of these FIVE students for receiving this prestigious award.
One Davenport Community School District teacher is expanding opportunities for his students with the help of a $10,000 STEM BEST Mini Program Grant. Greg Smith, Advanced Manufacturing teacher at Davenport West became passionate about machining after doing a Teacher Externship at John Deere and M.A. Ford, from starting his teaching career 15 years ago, and coming to teach at Davenport West in 2012, Smith has played a vital part in growing the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway.
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for DCSD's 68th Annual Holiday Concert at the Adler Theater Davenport! A special shoutout to Davenport Central High School, Davenport North High School and Davenport West High School music departments who put on an amazing show for the community!
Join best-selling author, Forbes writer, and generational expert Mark C. Perna on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Experience the opportunities that exist within Davenport Schools and the community! In this session, Mark will unveil the groundbreaking innovations and strategies for working with today’s younger generations. You don’t want to miss this! Mark’s message will help you motivate young people, show them why education matters, and empower them to achieve at a higher level. Admission is free. The event will be held in the Iowa Building at the Mississippi Fair Grounds. Be sure to attend this empowering night.
Congratulations to all of our 6th Grade Honor Band members from Smart Intermediate School, Sudlow Intermediate School, Walcott Intermediate School, Williams Intermediate School and Wood Intermediate School, on another successful concert in loving memory of Robin Ciccotelli! Ms. Ciccotelli retired in 2018 after 20 years of teaching music in the Davenport School District to the 5th-8th grade band students of Eisenhower and Sudlow. She loved teaching and watching music enrich the lives of her students. Robin Ciccotelli made immense impact on her students, she will be missed, but never forgotten.