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The North High Junior Optimist Octagon International club raised over $4,000 for Iowa’s Children’s Hospital at its Dance Marathon on March 9th.
Central High’s Blue Vibrations show choir team finished first in the Prep Division at Spotlight Spectacular in Janesville, Wisconsin. They also received Best Choreography, Best Vocals, and Best Band. Central Singers, Incorporated (CSI) finished first in Open Class and was named overall Grand Champion and received caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Closer, Best Spirit, and Best Female Soloist for the third time this year, Peyton Reese. Five CSI members also took part in a solo/duet competition; Peyton Reese and Jeremy Weinstein took home first place in the Duet Division and Lucas Thompson placed first in the Male Solo Division. Congratulations to all 150 Central show choir members on a fantastic season.
West High’s FRC Robotics team, Disruptive Innovation, competed at the Heartland Regional in Kansas City over the weekend of March 10th and 11th. They finished with a record of 5-7, 27th out of 43 teams and had a top ten autonomous (runs on its own) robot. The team will compete in the Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls over spring break. Watch their alliance match here.
Governor Reynolds was at Central High to sign SB455 into law, the funding formula that will help even the funding for Davenport and 136 other school districts in Iowa. She asked that a representative from Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) attend the ceremony, so Mid City students, Ayiana Litt and Jade Arnold, attended to witness the event. They each received one of the pens Governor Reynolds used to sign the bill into law as tokens of appreciation for all of their hard work.
On February 28th, Washington Elementary held an assembly in honor of Black History Month and all of the contributions from African-Americans throughout the centuries in America. The assembly was presented in a narrative style with cameos from students who shared the contributions from African-Americans. Students were also treated to a traditional African story featuring drum storytelling, some blues/jazz performances, and a beautiful ending song featuring Washington students.
Congratulations to the students of the Central High Outlaw and Max Suspension teams who took part in the Quad Cities Science and Engineering Tech Challenge Series’ kickoff event, BotB, at the Putnam Museum. In this highly competitive event, the Outlaws, with team members, Rachel Eckert, Sarah Van Liere, Nick Vazquez, and Jackson Richter, built a bridge that massed 0.48 l and held 130 pounds, for an efficiency of 271%, earning them second place in the high school division. The Max Suspensions, with members, Brady Kakert, Conor Walsh, and Will Flemming, built a bridge with an efficiency score of 101%.
On March 1st, Washington Elementary held its annual Literacy Night, where families celebrated the love of reading with the animal theme of “Reading is Paw-Some!” Dinner was provided and the importance of reading was stressed with informational posters. Parents were able to watch a poetry slam by third graders, and in the gym, students participated in various activities like making a kindness rock and pet origami. Pick a Better Snack helped with healthy Dr. Seuss-themed snacks. The book fair provided a great backdrop for the night, and students chose great books to read at home and to Teddy the therapy dog, a highlight of the night.
Mid City High Junior Jade Arnold built a Windows 10 64bit computer that she will be able to take with her to college. She completely assembled and repaired the donated computer. Jade learned how the computer functions as well as how to test and install components, set up a network connection, and find and install software. This class is offered when computers are available; Mid City is always willing to take used computer donations for additional students to build into their own first computers.