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West High students attended the recent Quad Cities Cyber Security Alliance conference at St. Ambrose University and learned about cyber security from industry professionals throughout the country. Students formed teams and had to solve complex cyber puzzles and find hidden cyber passages in games such as “Capture the Flag.” West High ended up getting 3 of the top 5 place finishes in this competition! To learn more about the event, please enjoy this KWQC video feature with students Kane Greenwalt and Hannah Andrews, and this WQAD video feature with student Aubrie Schlotfeldt.
Central High and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges recently teamed up on a job fair in Central’s George Marshall Gym. Central’s Counseling and Student Services department worked with EICC staff to bring together over 50 professionals and local businesses to engage students. Central sophomores and juniors enjoyed learning about potential career pathways, the job application process, and how to project a positive image at an interview.
On Monday September 10th, the Walcott PTA hosted a Grandparent’s Day Breakfast at Walcott K-8 School with over 300 people in attendance. Grandparents and grand friends were able to eat with their student, take a fall photo, and visit classrooms for morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance.
West High was recently selected to represent Genesis Health Systems at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Eight CNA students joined Principal Cory Williams for the event at the Tax Slayer Center. The meeting was attended by hundreds of community business and civic leaders and included workshops on business, innovation, and leadership. Students enjoyed a keynote speech titled “Think Like a Futurist” by economist and futurist Rebecca Ryan who spoke on changing trends in society and innovation in the workplace and the community.
On Thursday, September 13th, Davenport Community Schools joined other Quad City area districts for the kickoff of the Challenge 5 attendance campaign. “Challenge 5” means our students are striving for fewer than 5 absences during the school year. Our overall elementary school attendance numbers for this year’s kickoff were higher than last year’s, and we congratulate all schools on this endeavor. Washington Elementary topped off this year’s list with 98.9% of their students in attendance, and 12 elementary schools were at 96% attendance or above. This year we feature photos from Hayes Elementary, where staff rolled out the red carpet and greeted students and parents on the big day. Nice work, everyone!
On September 15th at the Ft. Madison Marching Invitational, Central High’s Marching Blue Devils placed 1st in 4-A, won best hornline, best percussion, best drum majors, and best color guard. That same day, the marching band placed 1st in 4-A, won best hornline, best percussion, and best drum majors at the Mt. Pleasant Marching Invitational. The Marching Blue Devils earned the Grand Champion award due to having the highest total score between the two events. Congratulations, students!
In the Davenport Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program contest, Jackson Elementary received the winning trophy in the small school category, and Eisenhower Elementary won the Most Improved award, doubling their amount of finishers when compared to last year. Students and staff from the schools were honored with their trophies by Mayor Klipsch and Davenport Public Library staff at a recent City Council meeting.
Garfield Elementary kindergarten students recently donned their hand-made pirate hats and participated in a PTA-sponsored treasure hunt. Students were given clues in their classrooms that led them to different areas of the school, such as the library, the nurse’s office, and the principal’s office. At each location, students met Garfield staff members who rewarded them with “treasures.” This activity provides kindergarten students with a better understanding of important people in the school and their locations within the building.