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Student Job Shadow Leads to KWQC Feature Story on West’s iJAG Program

Student Job Shadow Leads to KWQC Feature Story on West’s iJAG Program KWQC news reporter Rebecca David recently visited West High’s iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) classroom to speak with students and learn about the program. West student Sencere Gray helped Rebecca with the story by participating in a job shadow where she learned about being a news reporter, leading to her assisting with running the camera to get footage for the piece. To watch the broadcast, please visit: https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/West-high-school-program-helps-students-graduate–502122752.html

North’s Carter Josund Named to Academic All-State Golf Team

North’s Carter Josund Named to Academic All-State Golf Team North High Senior Carter Josund was named to the Academic All-State Team in Class 4A by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association. To be eligible for this honor, students must have an ACT score of 27 or higher, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, and they must be a senior who played in half of the meets during the season. Only 11 golfers statewide met the criteria required to be included on this team.

Creative Arts Academy Student Stars in The Nutcracker

Creative Arts Academy Student Stars in The Nutcracker Creative Arts Academy 8th grader Oliver Klipsch recently starred in The Nutcracker as the young Prince. Domingo Rubio, director of the production, says of Klipsch, “He has a way of moving. He does one gesture, and he’s better than a professional.” To read the entire Quad City Times article on the production, please click here.

West High Awarded 2nd Lemelson-MIT Grant in 3 Years

West High Awarded 2nd Lemelson-MIT Grant in 3 Years West High is one of only fifteen schools throughout the nation to be awarded a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant for invention projects. This is the second time West has won the grant in three years. West student Alexa Christiansen wrote the grant for the school’s InvenTeam, who are working to create a water filtration system for Muamba, Kenya, which will potentially save millions of lives. To learn more about this amazing project, please view this WQAD video feature and this KWQC video feature.

German Language Students Visit Chicago Cultural Attractions

German Language Students Visit Chicago Cultural Attractions As part of the German language curriculum, 26 students from Central and 16 students from West had the opportunity to go to Chicago to visit educational and cultural attractions at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students saw the exhibits on German history, the Swiss Jolly Ball, the “Christmas around the World” and “Holidays of Light” displays (featuring holiday trees from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), the Stuka Dive Bomber, and the German U-boat exhibit. After visiting the museum, students headed to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago, where they shopped for German goods and interacted with vendors who come from German-speaking lands.

North High Art Alumnus Illustrates Children’s Book

cover of Pete's Grand Plan book North High alumnus and local artist Austin Robertson is in the news for illustrating a children’s book called Pete’s Grand Plan, recently published with QC United and Pete the Purple Bull. The book, written by AEA School Social Worker Kim Riley Quinn, is a powerful yet fun story with an anti-bullying statement. Austin won multiple awards as a student at North, and in 2015, he was selected as the first Art All-State member in North High history. Congratulations, Austin!  

Army JROTC Visits Rock Island Arsenal

Army JROTC Visits Rock Island Arsenal Davenport Army JROTC cadets had the unique experience of enjoying a catered lunch at the Arsenal Club and touring the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, the Kingsbury Manufacturing Complex, Lock and Dam No. 15, and the island’s foundry. Afterwards, students paid their respects at the Arsenal National Cemetery, where they also received a history and information briefing. Thank you to representatives of the Arsenal for making cadets feel welcome and for sharing your knowledge.

Smart Intermediate to Host NY Times Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds

Smart Intermediate to Host NY Times Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds Smart Intermediate recently kicked off their One School, One Book program, and this year families are reading their free copy of Ghost, written by award-winning author Jason Reynolds. From November 28th through January 17th, the entire Smart community will be participating in the program. Students will be asked to read the book at home, parents and guardians are invited to read the book, and all members of the Smart staff – teachers, administrators, secretaries, para-educators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and custodians – will be reading too. Smart will have daily trivia contests with opportunities to win prizes, in-class activities every Tuesday and Thursday, and an all-day celebration of Ghost on January 17th. The program will conclude in March when Author Jason Reynolds visits Smart!
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