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In the Davenport Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program contest, Jackson Elementary received the winning trophy in the small school category, and Eisenhower Elementary won the Most Improved award, doubling their amount of finishers when compared to last year. Students and staff from the schools were honored with their trophies by Mayor Klipsch and Davenport Public Library staff at a recent City Council meeting.
Garfield Elementary kindergarten students recently donned their hand-made pirate hats and participated in a PTA-sponsored treasure hunt. Students were given clues in their classrooms that led them to different areas of the school, such as the library, the nurse’s office, and the principal’s office. At each location, students met Garfield staff members who rewarded them with “treasures.” This activity provides kindergarten students with a better understanding of important people in the school and their locations within the building.
West High teachers Mr. Greg Smith and Mr. Craig Kohl accompanied their robotics and German language students in Germany this summer, where the students won 1st place in a 24-hour robotics competition in Rockenhausen. West’s teams were mixed with German students from Heinrich Heine Gymnasium in Kaiserslautern, which is Davenport’s sister city. The experience was part of an exchange that will bring the German students to West High this spring. Congratulations students, and best of luck in the 2018-19 FTC Robotics competition season!
The North and West High School drumlines were recently featured on WHBF News for a story regarding their involvement in the “Beat the Stigma” project. Drumline students are selling Beat the Stigma t-shirts, and all proceeds go to mental health programs at Vera French. To watch the WHBF story, please click here.
Central High’s 2018 Advanced Placement classes had a total of 13 students earning AP awards. 8 students made the AP Scholar level with scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 3 students made the AP Scholar with Honor level with an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. For the highest honor, Bibaswan Khadka and Andrew Thompson earned the AP Scholar with Distinction status, given to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Congratulations, Blue Devils!
Over the summer, West High football coach Justin Peters worked with Quad City Steamwheelers coach Cory Ross. Peters wanted to see how another coach planned. “One of my biggest weaknesses as a coach was the pass game,” Peters said. “Being able to work with Steamwheelers’ coach Cory Ross and develop the pass game so our quarterbacks and receivers can be successful was big.” To read more about Peters’ experience, click here.
Central High students Donna Diggs, Jess Elliott, Israel Taylor, and Nick Vazquez attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The three day event focused on the development of leadership skills through the HOBY pillars: volunteerism, excellence, organizational integrity, diversity, innovative thinking, community partnership, and lifelong learning and leadership opportunities. These Blue Devils worked with like-minded students as they volunteered in community shelters and pantries, aided in park and urban cleanup efforts, and offered other community support. In addition to the event, the students were challenged to bring their community service efforts back to Davenport and document an additional 100 hours of community service. Thank you to these amazing students for all of their hard work in Des Moines and in our community.
At this summer’s ArtWorks Expo High School Mural Competition at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, all four of our high schools won Honorable Mention Awards. In addition to those honors, North High’s artists (pictured) won the People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to Karlenia Hildebrant, Haley Nicholson, Chloe Haertjens, Alexia Ogden, and Jessica Tran Moss.