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Garfield Elementary hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) night on April 9th where students enjoyed a variety of activities such as dissecting old DVD players and cell phones, experimenting with robotics, viewing living things under a high powered microscope, designing/building a toothpick and gumdrop structure that could hold the weight of a book, and much more. The activities were provided by Augustana College, West High Robotics, Food Corps, Garfield Elementary, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Putnam Museum, St. Ambrose University, and Scott County Waste Commission.
Congratulations to the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) middle school students who attended the Art Educators of Iowa, Emerging Excellence (EE) Event, which celebrates and recognizes students’ high achievement in art. During the event, students were interviewed by a trained juror about a piece of their artwork and attended art workshops. The following students earned awards at the event:
Carson Ford, 6th, Scored 1: Advanced, Awarded EE Medal
Ava Guy, 6th, Scored 1: Advanced, Awarded EE Medal
Isabel Klinect, 6th, Scored 2: Accomplished, Awarded EE Ribbon
Veronica Macias, 7th, Scored 2: Accomplished, Awarded EE Ribbon
Lily Hessling, 7th, Scored 1: Advanced, Awarded EE Medal
Nathan Raker, 7th, Scored 1: Advanced, Awarded EE Medal
Destiny Dixon, 7th, Scored 2: Accomplished, Awarded EE Ribbon
Rebecca Ostrum, 8th, Scored 1: Advanced, Awarded EE Medal
Congratulations to all the North High musicians for their great work at the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Senior Haley Nicholson (pictured left) was awarded Best In Center for her cello solo, and Junior Holden Conner (pictured right) earned a perfect ballot for his vocal solo.
On April 12th, West High anatomy and physiology teacher, John Arnold, took his students to St. Ambrose University (SAU) for National Bio Mechanical Day. While there, they toured the Kinesiology Department, which studies the mechanics of body movements.
With help from United Way, nine Mid City High teen parents graduated from the Born Learning Academy, attending all six sessions and earning a tablet for committing to this program. The Born Learning Academy is for expecting parents and parents with a pre-school-aged child to learn how to prepare their child for kindergarten. Academies are offered at seven elementary schools in addition to Mid City High.
Congratulations to the Army JROTC cadets who competed against many shooters from all over the Midwest at the Iowa State Junior Olympic 3 Position Air Rifle Championships in Des Moines. The Marksmanship team of Sam Reynolds, Rebecca VanVooren, Aleah Kossan, Joseph Beard, Anthony Mayuri, and MacKenna Danielson achieved a top-five team finish, and Rebecca VanVooren and Joseph Beard received top ten individual placements.
On April 12th, Mrs. Tunis Honors Language Arts students at Smart Intermediate hosted a dinner and project presentation for their parents and family about the Holocaust and World War II. Each student was given the choice to create a tri-fold presentation board, a Prezi, PowerPoint, movie, website, or another creative end-product they could demonstrate, meeting several criteria such as a number of facts and pictures.
North High Ambassadors invited Wood Intermediate students to participate in their yearly service project at River Bend Food Bank. Thirty Wood students joined the almost 50 North Ambassadors for the two-day event, sorting donations and packing boxes with food.