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Central High’s yearbook staff earned a first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association yearbook contest. The yearbook received a score of 910/1000. The judge wrote, “The very high quality of your yearbook is indicative of the intelligence and creativity of your students. This is one of the best publications I’ve seen so far this year.”
Five Davenport teachers have recently become National Board Certified Teachers. In order to achieve this career milestone, they went above and beyond the state of Iowa’s licensure requirements and demonstrated their advanced knowledge and skills in their areas of certification, as well as completed rigorous computer-based assessments. Congratulations to Amanda Crecelius from North High, Joni Nelson from Central High, Reese (William) Saunders from Wilson Elementary, Ashley Sullivan from Washington Elementary, and Theresa Tappa from Monroe Elementary (pictured clockwise from top left). Davenport Community Schools currently has 25 National Board Certified Teachers, the most out of any Quad Cities school district.
The West High staff, students, families, and community helped make the holidays a little bit brighter for 37 West High students with gifts, food baskets, and gift cards. Pictured is just a bit of what was gathered. Partners in the effort included the robotics team program, Vocational Auto Program, boosters, bakers who donated to the bake sales, West YMCA, Ruhl and Ruhl Davenport Office, and Hy-Vee, among others.
North High’s Sabrina Duran earned a $4,000 French Department Scholarship at Augustana College by competing in a timed French essay competition. Sabrina was also awarded the Dean’s Scholarship at Augustana due to her many academic achievements at North. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Central High’s Ms. Joni Nelson on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. In order to achieve this career milestone, Ms. Nelson went above and beyond the state of Iowa’s licensure requirements. She had to produce videos and artifacts that demonstrated her advanced knowledge and skills in her area of certification (science), as well as complete a rigorous computer-based assessment.
On December 12th, John Arnold, West High science teacher, took 19 of his Anatomy and Physiology students to visit one of the three cadaver labs St. Ambrose has in its science building. Students were able to view a cadaver and apply hands-on learning to topics they’re studying in class.
Mid City High’s “Men of Integrity” group in collaboration with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated’s local chapter hosted their first Teen Forum on Healthy and Positive Teen Relationships, featuring Jovien Smith, Mid City student and local teen poet. The topics of focus were patience, respect, commitment, and trust.
Central High’s varsity team of Rafe Sullivan, Zeke Wynsma, LaDella Gallagher, Sylvia Cruz, and Drew Thompson were named Eastern Iowa Regional History Bowl Champions and qualified for nationals. In addition, Central High Freshman Asher Leveridge placed third in the History Bee competition, Freshman LaDella Gallagher qualified for nationals in the U.S. History Exam, and Sophomore Rafe Sullivan qualified for nationals in the Geography Olympiad. Congratulations to them all!