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Dr. Robert Kobylski has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Davenport Community School District beginning June 1, 2019.
Dr. Kobylski has been the superintendent of the Nicolet High School since July, 2013, and also has been serving as the superintendent of the Fox Point-Bayside School District since July, 2016. He previously served as the superintendent of the Menasha Joint School District, as well as the Kohler Public Schools. He began his career in education as a secondary social science teacher in the Chicago Public School system. He has written for and contributed to numerous professional publications and magazines, including Phi Delta Kappan, Teaching Today, and Chicago Magazine. Dr. Kobylski has been a featured presenter and has conducted many educational workshops at the local, regional and national levels.
Dr. Kobylski received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.
Twenty-five students from North High School recently attended a performance of Newsies at Circa 21 and participated in a day of workshops. The workshops were led by performers and technicians from Newsies, and students engaged in work with scenic design, yoga, improvisation, auditions, and other theatre-related topics. After lunch and the performance, students talked with the cast and crew about the experience of bringing Newsies to the Circa 21 stage.
At the 2019 Iowa High School Bowling Championships, North High’s boys team members were crowned STATE CHAMPIONS in class 3A with a combined score of 3183, 130 pins ahead of their nearest competitor, Pleasant Valley. In addition to their team title, North senior Bryan Verdon won the individual 1st place title with a 2-game series of 494. In the girls 3A team competition, West placed 6th in state and Central placed 7th. Congratulations to all these amazing Davenport athletes!
Congratulations to West High sophomore Carter Bruce for setting four state and national powerlifting records in his weight and age class at the Iowa State Championships at the University of Iowa last Saturday. Well done, Carter!
Nearly forty Davenport students from Central, North, and West High School visited the Iowa State Capitol for the annual “Get on the Bus” trip on President’s Day each year, hosted by the Urban Education Network. The students visited with Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, asked questions of legislators from the Iowa Quad Cities, and got a tour of the beautiful Capitol building. Central High’s Government students used the trip to see the political process first hand, fulfilling their role as constituents calling on legislators to discuss specific pending legislation that each student was researching. Thank you to all of the scholars who gave up their day off for such an important experience and to our teachers, administrators, and school board members in attendance.
Congratulations to Central High’s Manny McGowan on his 5th place finish in the heavyweight division of the State Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. This medal marks his 3rd consecutive year of making it to the podium. Great job, Manny!
West High students Alexa Christiansen, Zachary Keel, Jalissa Peiffer, and West teachers Mr. Smith and Mr. Franzenburg teamed up with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Lemelson-MIT program to promote STEM education at the state capitol in Des Moines. Students showcased their Clean Water for Kenya project during the event. Pictured below from L to R: Jorge Valdez, Program Advisor of Education and Outreach for USPTO; Zachary Keel; Jalissa Peiffer; Alexa Christensen; and Leigh Estabrooks; Lemelson MIT Program Director.
We’ve had a challenging winter in terms of weather this school year. To date our district has had 7 school closure days due to weather and 6 late start/early dismissal days (2 hours each). The following changes have been approved to the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar to allow our district to make up instructional hours lost due to weather conditions:
Starting Monday, March 4th the student day at every school will be 20 minutes longer. The student day will start 10 minutes earlier in the morning and student dismissal will be 10 minutes later each day.
Beginning Wednesday, March 6th there will be no more early release on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year
April 22 had previously been listed as Spring Break #2 with no school for students will now be used as a snow makeup day. Students will attend school as usual.