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Sarah Harris, DCSD coordinator of the School Climate Transformation grant, was named the 2018-2019 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Person of the Year at the May 8, 2019 Board Meeting. Harris received multiple nominations by the administrative and teaching staff of Davenport Schools. The award was presented by Terese Jurgensen of the Iowa Department of Education and Jill Yates of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.
PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support that focuses on creating and maintaining a positive, predictable, and safe environment in schools. This framework has been shown to reduce major disciplinary issues, reduce out-of-school suspensions, and improve student achievement and overall school climate.
West High School has two robotics teams advancing to the World Championships April 24-27 in Detroit. The teams will be competing in different events.
The FIRST Robotics Competition team #6317, Disruptive Innovation, received the Chairmen’s Award at the Seven Rivers Regional Competition in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. This is the most prestigious award at FIRST and honors the team that best represents the model for other teams to emulate.
West’s FTC team, the Mortal Combots, qualified for the World Championship by winning the FTC INSPIRE award.
Congratulations and good luck to both teams!
Jacob Hansen, a junior at North High School, was recognized for an outstanding performance as an attorney in the 2019 Iowa High School Mock Trial Tournament held recently.
Central High and North High students racked up impressive ratings at the recent Iowa State Music Association Festival last Saturday.
Band: Three Division I Superior ratings, five Division II Excellent Ratings, and one Division III Good rating.
Vocal: Eight Division I Superior ratings, three Division II Excellent ratings, and one Division III Good rating. Senior Leanna Soots received a perfect score on her solo.
Orchestra: Four Division I ratings and three Division II ratings.
Vocal: Nearly 100 vocal students competed in the festival with fifty-one of the school’s fifty-seven entries receiving either a Division One “Superior” rating or a Division Two “Excellent” rating.
The following students received a Division I Superior rating on their Solo performance:
9th Grade: Lillie French, Henry Justin
10th Grade: Angela Torres, Madeline Sottos, Meredith Sloat (perfect score), John Zaimes, Andrew Park, Isabel Wohlwend
11th Grade: Sam Fahrenkrug, Maddi Smith (Perfect Score), Jennifer Mahl, Nick Vazquez, Caroline Justin.
A number of Blue Devil athletes have signed National letters of intent or celebratory signing letters to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Seniors signing for baseball at Central College in Pella, Iowa are Josh Hann, Will Kranz,and Caleb Evans. Spencer Darland has also signed to play baseball at Sauk Community College, Dixon, Illinois.
Football includes: Malaki Shell, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa; Diontrel Wommack, Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs;Alonzo Wilkinson, Upper Iowa university, Fayette; and Adin DeLaRosa, Wartburg College, Waverly.
Alex Mcleland will continue his golf career at Clarke University, Dubuque.
Softball standouts Destiny VanHecke and Erin Puck will be playing for Central College, Pella, snf Cornell College, Mount Vernon, respectively.
Swimmers Megan Fellner and Isabelle Shook, will join the St. Ambrose University team in Davenport, while Allison Fellner will swim for Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.
DCSD high school students took home 20 of the 45 awards presented at the opening reception at the Quad City Arts 42nd Annual High School Art Exhibition on April 4, 2019. High school art teachers are allowed to select their top five student works to submit for the exhibition. The artwork is framed/professionally displayed, and students can price their works for sale. Student exhibitors competed for cash awards, gift certificates for art supplies, and scholarships.
Students receiving awards from Central were: Emma Dominicus, Senior Scholarship $1500; Lois Blackman, QC Arts Staff Award; Emma Dominicus, Most Creative Concept;Branden Leon, Hilltop Village Campus Award; Isabelle Critten, Mississippi Valley Woodcarvers; Aleah Beecher, Excellence in Clay; and Nicholas Zepeda, D Philms Excellence in Film;
Laniyah Bond from Mid City High School received the Left Bank Art League Scholarship.
Students from North High School receiving awards included: Karlenia Hildebrandt, The Cutting Edge Award;Nicholas Nguyen, D Philms Excellence in Animation; Destiny Findley, The Natural World Award; Abbey Fisher, Jane Crouch Award for Artistic Merit; and Adam Jasper, Zimmerman Honda Innovation Award.
Congratulations to our Army JROTC cadets for winning the Best Youth Entry award for their involvement in the 2019 Grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They were awarded the trophy not only for their march, but also in recognition of their leadership and ability to work in sync as a unit. Great job, cadets!
Creative Arts Academy students recently explored the life of world-renowned artist Louise Nevelson and developed a collaborative art piece with visiting artist Gail Ray. Ms. Ray and her assistant John provided students the opportunity to build and construct individual abstract works of art that combine to produce a final piece in the style of Louise Nevelson. Students considered composition as they created their works with a variety of shapes and textures. The final artwork, installed at the Creative Arts Academy, looks amazing!