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Dr. Robert Kobylski has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Davenport Community School District beginning June 1, 2019.
Dr. Kobylski has been the superintendent of the Nicolet High School since July, 2013, and also has been serving as the superintendent of the Fox Point-Bayside School District since July, 2016. He previously served as the superintendent of the Menasha Joint School District, as well as the Kohler Public Schools. He began his career in education as a secondary social science teacher in the Chicago Public School system. He has written for and contributed to numerous professional publications and magazines, including Phi Delta Kappan, Teaching Today, and Chicago Magazine. Dr. Kobylski has been a featured presenter and has conducted many educational workshops at the local, regional and national levels.
Dr. Kobylski received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago.
Nearly forty Davenport students from Central, North, and West High School visited the Iowa State Capitol for the annual “Get on the Bus” trip on President’s Day each year, hosted by the Urban Education Network. The students visited with Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, asked questions of legislators from the Iowa Quad Cities, and got a tour of the beautiful Capitol building. Central High’s Government students used the trip to see the political process first hand, fulfilling their role as constituents calling on legislators to discuss specific pending legislation that each student was researching. Thank you to all of the scholars who gave up their day off for such an important experience and to our teachers, administrators, and school board members in attendance.
Congratulations to Central High’s Manny McGowan on his 5th place finish in the heavyweight division of the State Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. This medal marks his 3rd consecutive year of making it to the podium. Great job, Manny!
West High students Alexa Christiansen, Zachary Keel, Jalissa Peiffer, and West teachers Mr. Smith and Mr. Franzenburg teamed up with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Lemelson-MIT program to promote STEM education at the state capitol in Des Moines. Students showcased their Clean Water for Kenya project during the event. Pictured below from L to R: Jorge Valdez, Program Advisor of Education and Outreach for USPTO; Zachary Keel; Jalissa Peiffer; Alexa Christensen; and Leigh Estabrooks; Lemelson MIT Program Director.
We’ve had a challenging winter in terms of weather this school year. To date our district has had 7 school closure days due to weather and 6 late start/early dismissal days (2 hours each). The following changes have been approved to the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar to allow our district to make up instructional hours lost due to weather conditions:
Starting Monday, March 4th the student day at every school will be 20 minutes longer. The student day will start 10 minutes earlier in the morning and student dismissal will be 10 minutes later each day.
Beginning Wednesday, March 6th there will be no more early release on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year
April 22 had previously been listed as Spring Break #2 with no school for students will now be used as a snow makeup day. Students will attend school as usual.
Congratulations to the student artists and authors from Central High and the Creative Arts Academy who were named Honorable Mention, Silver, and Gold Award winners in the Iowa Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. These students were recognized for their original ideas and talent in several different categories. Of the thousands of entries, Gold Keys are awarded to the top 5-7%, Silver Keys are awarded to the top 7-10%, and Honorable Mentions are awarded to the top 10-15%. CAA/CHS Students earned twenty-three Honorable Mentions, thirteen Silver Key awards, and the following students won five Gold Key awards: Lily Chen in Printmaking, Haylie Conger in Drawing and Illustration, Lucas Thompson in Jewelry, and Victoria Young in Sculpture and in Mixed Media. Congratulations!
Congratulations to North High’s Shania Burrage and Central High’s Nia Walker for their selection by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Iowa State University to receive the Multicultural Vision Program (MVP) Scholarship. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. As part of their studies, Shania and Nia will take part in an MVP orientation and attend several sponsored events during their first year on campus. At the successful conclusion of their four year experience, Shania and Nia will serve the ISU campus and the MVP program as student mentors and role models.
Congratulations to West High junior Anton Kordick for qualifying to the National Speech & Debate Tournament in the International Extemporaneous Speaking category. The event will be held in Dallas, Texas in June, and this will be West’s 40th Nationals appearance. Good luck, Anton!