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Garfield Elementary recently hosted 20 men from the community to read to students for “Real Men Read.” The event provided the opportunity for students to hear from and learn from male role models in the community. Featured readers included Davenport’s Interim Superintendent TJ Schneckloth (pictured), Mayor Franck Klipsh, Alderman Kyle Gripp, St. Ambrose Head Football Coach Mike Magistrelli, as well as numerous other men representing the Police Department, Fire Department, River Bandits, and many other occupational fields. The men talked about their jobs, how they use reading in their everyday life, and answered questions from students. Each one then read a book which was presented to the classroom to keep.
Central High’s Red Team and Blue Team in Mock Trial both exemplified excellence and skill at the recent regional competition. At the event, the Red Team finished with one win and one loss, and the Blue Team went undefeated during the competition, qualifying for State! Congratulations to all participants, many of whom received Outstanding Witness and Attorney awards. Pictured are state-qualifying Blue Team members. From left to right, top row: Lucas Teasdale, Hailey Mandell, Zeke Wynsma, Rafe Sullivan, Jacob Hansen, and Laura Sitz; bottom row: Jenny Mahl, Nina Lanciloti, Jess Elliott, and Isabel Buchanan.
Congratulations to Central High seniors Logan VanItallie, Luke Hummel, and Jeff Buck for winning the Most Innovative Design award at Battle of the Bridges event on Friday, March 1st, at the Putnam Museum. These students competed against teams from all over the Quad Cities, winning what is considered First Place in engineering design challenges. Good luck at the trebuchet competition!
Congratulations to Davenport’s Culinary and Management teams for placing 3rd in the 2019 Iowa ProStart Invitational in Des Moines on February 26th. Students Shyesha Taylor, Rebecca Tague, Jesus Trujano Garcia, Grace Henry, Sarah Kakert, Taylor Thompson, and Serenity Jones put in the effort to earn this ranking. Special thanks go out to the students’ mentor, Chef Gabe from the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf.
Adams Elementary hosted a Family STEAM Night and Grand Opening Celebration for their new STEAM Lab on February 21st. It was an evening filled with a variety of activities exploring the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The school’s theme for the evening was bridges, and Jim Threadgill, the I-74 Deputy Corridor Manager with Hutchison Engineering, shared a presentation about the I-74 Bridge construction and answered many questions about what is happening on the river. The new STEAM Lab has been funded through grants from the Scott County Regional Authority and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, as well as profits from book fairs and generous donations from PTA and private donors.
Mrs. Waite’s 6th and 8th grade Heritage students at the Creative Arts Academy recently worked on their poetry with the help of Toney Jackson, professional author, poet, educator, and speaker. Toney’s career began when he helped foster the spoken word/open mic scene at Rutgers University. Since then, he has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets, won several poetry slams, and been a featured reader, performer, and workshop leader at schools, theatres, and other venues across the country. Students prepared poetry prior to Toney’s arrival, and then discussed their pieces with him during his visit. Thanks to Mr. Jackson for sharing his passion with our students as they expressed themselves creatively!
Students from around the Quad Cities came together to brainstorm ideas on making the Quad Cities a better place at the QC Big Table event on Thursday, February 28th, at John Deere World Headquarters. Participants talked about the challenges facing education, how to engage families, and developing partnerships. Mid City High was represented by Lily Bert, who contributed a number of ideas on the various topics, and Central High delegate Maitreyi Shrikhande was asked to share the presentation she gave at the recent TEDx Youth@Davenport event.
Multiple congratulations go out to Davenport bowlers and bowling coaches this year as we look back at a highly successful season. Both MAC Coach of the Year honors go to Davenport coaches this year, with West’s Mr. Schlichting being named MAC Boys Coach of the Year and Central’s Ms. Allen being named MAC Girls Coach of the Year. Both MAC Player of the Year honors are also in Davenport’s “house” this year, with North’s Brant Carter winning Boys Bowler of the Year and Central’s Donna Diggs winning Girls Bowler of the year. In addition, Brant and Donna, along with Central’s Maddi Smith, are on the MAC All-Conference 1st Team this year, and Davenport had nine players make the All-Conference 2nd team and six players earn an Honorable Mention.