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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!
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 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!
Students from Hayes Elementary, Wood Intermediate, and Central High attended the inaugural Embrace Race Luncheon on November 28th at St. Ambrose University. The goal of the event, put together by Davenport-based community organizer Tracy White, was to create mentor relationships between African American young men and local mentors in the business community, in hopes of narrowing the achievement gap for students. WQAD interviewed Wood 8th graders Alex McNeal and Malakhai Carter about their experience at the event – check it out here!
Central High STEM teacher Ms. Vandermyde has been informed that her class’ project has been named among the nation’s 250 finalists (5 from each state) in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a competition that challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM skills in finding creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their communities. Ms. Vandermyde’s students are using their knowledge of programming, physical design, and electrical engineering to design a communication device for students who experience disabilities. All 250 teachers selected as state finalists will receive one Samsung tablet for their classrooms and have the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. With $2 million in technology on the line, finalists will submit a lesson plan detailing how students will execute the proposed STEM project and how it addresses the identified community issue.
Our Davenport high school dancers brought home multiple awards this year from the Iowa State Dance & Drill Team Association State Championships! Complete listings for Central, North, and West High Schools are as follows:
Central’s Blue Illusion Dance Team
1st place in Large School Coed
3rd place in Large School Prop
4th place in Class 13 Pom
4th place in Class 6 Jazz
3rd place in Large School All-Male
5 Division 1 Ratings
Academic Excellence Award for their 3.79 GPA
North’s Pom Cats Dance Team
Division 1 ranking in both Jazz and Contemporary
4th Place in Class 12 Pom
West High’s Diamond Dancers
3rd place in Class 3 Kick Routine
Distinguished Academic Award for a team GPA between 3.5 and 4.0
Division 1 ratings for all routines
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Central High yearbook staff for receiving an Award of Distinguished Merit from the Iowa High School Press Association for the 2018 Blackhawk yearbook, titled It’s About Time. This award is considered an “excellent” rating and is “bestowed on publications that are solid journalistically, photographically, and graphically. They exhibit a mastery of the basic applications of journalism and related skills in yearbook publishing.”
The Davenport Community School District will have a 2-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. The district’s Winter Break will begin Thursday, December 20, 2018 and continue through Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Students will return to school on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
Additional information on scheduled breaks for the Davenport Community Schools can be found on the 2018-2019 academic calendar on the district website at DCSD Academic Calendar.