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On Monday, Superintendent of Davenport Community Schools, Dr. Robert Kobylski, sat down with KWQC-TV6 to talk about the future of the district. “The piece that really solidified my decision to come to Davenport,” Kobylski says, “was when I went through the interview process. I cycled through no less than a dozen interview committees and teams that fired numerous questions my way, but what I was impressed by was the last question in every single one of those sessions was, “how can we help?” Kobylski says with a community as prideful as Davenport is, and a community willing to roll up their sleeves and help solve problems, it is a perfect spot for a superintendent.
The Davenport Community School District welcomed the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band at the 2019 Band Spectacular on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Following performances by West, North and Central High Schools, and Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams and Wood Intermediate Schools, the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band joined in to perform as one giant, unified ensemble!
Dr. Robert Kobylski is the new superintendent of the Davenport Community School District. He previously served as the superintendent of Nicolet High and Fox Point-Bayside School Districts in Wisconsin, Dr. Kobylski will start immediately.
“The board is very excited to have Dr. Kobylski join the Davenport Community School District,” said board member Julie DeSalvo. “We are looking forward to a new beginning and are excited for the many good things ahead for the students, staff and community. We are confident in the new leadership that Dr. Kobylski will bring to the Davenport Community School District.”
With private sector experience in the securities industry and an Ed.D from Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Kobylski possesses a rigorous business and education background. He is an educational leader who believes all students can achieve at high levels and strives to provide students with multivariate learning opportunities, excellent teachers, and well-managed, cutting-edge facilities and services.
World No Tobacco Day is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. The focus is on discouraging the use of tobacco and smoking devices by young people and to encourage current tobacco users to quit this habit. Central High students signed a pledge to be tobacco-free. Students participating included Stephanie McGowan, DeAngelo Howard, Aniyah Gatewood, Dwayne Laws, and Trevion Cooke.
Students from Greg Smith’s INSPIRE Capstone class at West High designed, machined, primed, and painted the word FAST for the Annual Heart Walk-Quad Cities which was held in mid-May. FAST is an acronym for recognizing the signs of a stroke:
Time to call 911
The plywood for the sign was donated by Seiffert Lumber, and Sherwin-Williams donated the paint for this community project.
Peyton Reese, Central High senior, was named one of two Triple Threat Award winners at the 2019 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase held in Des Moines. As a Triple Threat Award recipient, Peyton will represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, June 17-24, 2019. She will join students from across the country for nine days of intensive private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals with Broadway professionals. Her experience will culminate with her final performance on the stage of the Minskoff Theatre, the home of the Lion King on Broadway. Congratulations, Peyton!
The Environmental Science Club at North High hosted a watershed expo around the rain gardens for Mrs. Bequeaith’s third-grade students from Harrison Elementary. Third-grade students learned how to upcycle by converting old North High t-shirts into shopping bags, how to conserve water at home, and what constitutes an invasive species.
Several Central High swimmers with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.75 for their entire high school career received All American Awards. No other team in Iowa can boast as many All American Award recipients as Central’s ladies swim team. Congratulations to Allison Fellner, Jessica Elliott, Madison Ferch, Ellen Murphy, Megan Fellner, Stephon Martin, and Natalie Thede.