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Members of the Central High School marching band performed at the United Way “Day of Caring” kick-off event on August 29, 2012 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Rock Island. The band managed to get the United Way President Scott Crane up and dancing to the music. Thank you for representing Davenport Community Schools and sharing your talents to jumpstart a great community event
Now that school has started again, it’s only a short time until cold and flu season begins. It’s important to remind children of habits that can help them stay healthy year round.
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or handsanitizer.
Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others.
Try to eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Get enough rest. School children age 5-12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. Adolescents need around 9 hours of sleep per night.*
For more health and wellness information for parents, please visit our Health Services page at http://www.davenportschools.org/parent-and-student-resources/health-services/
*National Sleep Foundation
During the summer of 2012, three Central High School teachers spent six weeks participating in full time Real World Externships for teachers of mathematics, science and technology. Jami Killian, a science teacher, worked on site at the John Deere Moline Technology Innovation Center. Math teachers, Steve Kuttler and Tony Taylor worked at John Deere Seeding Group. Each teacher contributed to the operations at the site and had opportunities to glean ideas for classroom applications of content and 21st century skills of the Iowa Core. The externships offer teachers new insights about teaching in terms of career awareness, skills students will need to be employable, and applications of content areas to the workplace in Iowa.
Mr. Kim Strunk, science teacher at Davenport West High School, has been named the 2012 Teacher of the Year by the State of Iowa Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Mr. Strunk is being recognized for his classroom teaching of environmental sciences, but also for offering students opportunities to be involved ibn environmental and conservation issues outside the classroom. Some of the projects with students include planting and maintaining a prairie at West High School, participating in the Scott County Snapshot stream sampling project in which students test streams throughout the county twice a year and send their data to the University of Iowa, XStream Cleanup, the Million Trees Project, and Bald Eagle Days, to name just a few projects.
The First Day School Supply Drive Iowa collection day on August 4, 2012 was extremely busy! A heavy rain that afternoon made the collection difficult for U.S. Postal Service carriers, however 44,297 individual items were deliverd to the staging area at Wood Intermediate School that day. Over 60 volunteers including Davenport Schools employees, their families, school board members, and teams from the Davenport Education Association and the Davenport Police VIPS, and many other groups sorted, counted and packaged over 44,200 individual items for our students including backpacks, pencils, markers, crayons and more. Boxes of supplies were delivered by truck to the schools the following week ensuring that our students had the supplies they needed for the “First Day” of school.
Davenport Community Schools hosted a United Way “Day of Caring” project on August 29, 2012, at the District warehouse. Following the Iowa First Day School Supply Drive, additional boxes of school supply donations were received from the community, Walgreen’s stores, and Ascentra Credit Union locations. These supplies were soreted, counted and boxed for distribution to our schools by a great group of volunteers.
Our thanks to employees of Alcoa, the Child Abuse Council, the Davenport Police Department, and Davenport Community Schools who volunteered for this project which resulted in an additional 30,000 school supply items going out to our students!
Andrew Wiese is a the recipient of a 2012 National Merit Scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2012. The Gold Scholar Award allows the student $10,000 each year for four years. Wiese competed for the scholarship in a field of approximately 16,000 academically talented high school seniors in competing for 8,300 available scholarships. Andrew Wiese, a 2012 graduate of West High School, is the son of Edward Wiese and Heather Anderson. Wiese has a strong record of academic achievement which includes maintaining a 4.0 GPA, Advance Placement classes, and the Project Lead The Way (engineering) program. His school activities include the Robotics Team, Drama Club (including a role in the school’s fall musical “Beauty and the Beast), and is a member of the West High School baseball team. His interest in literature has lead him to involvement in two creative writing projects, one an online collaboration and the other a novel which is in progress.
Last year Davenport Community Schools joined 291,000 Iowans in the state-wide effort to make Iowa the Healthiest State in the nation by participating in a 1K walk at their schools. Some schools even made the event part of a fundraiser for a charitable cause. Whatever we decide to do as individuals, families, departments and schools on October 3, 2012 will not only benefit our own health, but will bring Iowa closer to its goal of becoming the healthiest state!