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Seven Central High students, Aliza Oxyer, Valentine Chenus, Anne Cunningham, Duncan Copp, Shyisha Hodges, Monifah Ponton, and Hope VanPatten, were selected as student delegates to attend the 2017 Upper Mississippi River Conference. To be selected, these Honors Biology students submitted an essay, judged on knowledge, interest, and creativity, addressing how climate change is affecting the Mississippi River and their ideas for solving some of the problems. At the two-day conference, student delegates heard from experts on climate change, geology, meteorology, hydrology, engineering, infrastructure, and conservation. They also went on a bicycle tour and a walking tour of a local wetland.
Mid City Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates students took an interactive tour of John Deere Harvester Works, learning about various jobs in manufacturing and the importance of skilled trade careers. They also sat down with a panel of workers for a question and answer session regarding career choices and job readiness.
West High’s Mortal Combots robotics team was the winning alliance at the West Virginia State Championship. An alliance is made up of multiple teams collaborating in the robotics challenge. The Mortal Combots teamed up with Team 7 Sigma from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Supposable Thumbs from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Congratulations to them all!
The North High wrestling team earned third place at the Dick Mellinger Invitational in Burlington. They also had several individual place winners, including two Champions, Eleazar Valerio and Noah Schoephorster; four second place winners; and two third place winners.
The Truman Elementary Parent Teacher Association sponsored a “Change to Make a Change” project. Students and staff brought in their spare change to purchase hygiene items and create kits for the Davenport Community Food Pantry. Several local businesses helped donate items, including Thrivent Financial, Pediatric Dentist, Lifetouch, Sam’s Club, Hy-Vee, Comfort Inn, Knights Inn, Staybridge Suites, La Quinta Inn, Hampton Inn, Riverside Dentistry, Crow Valley Dental, and Davenport Health Department.
West and Mid City High students are building a robot to be used next spring in gardens at Buffalo Elementary. The FarmBot is project-based learning that involves West technology students, Mid City building trade students, and Buffalo elementary students. Go here to read more about the project in the Quad-City Times article.
Students from Central High recently attended the Iowa Workforce Development Apprenticeship Fair, made possible through the GEAR UP Iowa grant and Central’s GEAR UP Coach, Mr. Johnson. Students learned about various trades, including what steps to take to prepare themselves for these exciting opportunities.
To celebrate International Education Week, North High’s current international exchange students gave presentations about their countries. Meghan Hall from South Africa and Hooria Tariq from Pakistan shared their cultures and experiences (pictured top). Students learned about topics ranging from the Pakistani love of Biryani, a rice dish, or what a means to have a “jol” or party in South Africa. In addition, Mrs. Mcglaughlin’s North High French 3 class used Google Hangouts to practice their French speaking skills with Emilia, a high school student from Paris (pictured bottom).