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Tom Hudson, co-anchor and managing editor of public television’s “Nightly Business Report,” spoke with Central High School students and staff members at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012 in the Kahler Auditorium, Central High School. Hudson is a 1990 graduate of Central High School who is back in the Quad Cities to serve as the keynote speaker for the Davenport Schools Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala on October 14th.
Hudson facilitated a thoughtful discussion with students on the subject of communication encouraging them to think about the types of media they use for different types of information and how they assess the quality of the information from various media sources. In response to an audience question, Hudson also shared some personal thoughts with students stating that “it’s good to get in over your head to do something you don’t think you can do.”
According to Hudson, the education he received in the Davenport Schools was “invaluable and irreplaceable” in terms of his future success.
Daniele Busher’s sixth grade students become entrepreneurs for a few weeks during the quarter. For five week students work to build a cookie factory. They fill out applications, apply for jobs and go through a job interview to become accountants, advertising agents, tour guides, etc. Students get a loan which must be repaid from the proceeds of their cookie factory on a specific date. Finally they learn about safety, the equipment they’ll be using, sanitation procedures and then they learn to bake Monster cookies. During the final days of their class students give tours of their operating cookie factory to parents, teachers, and other students. Cookies are actually being baked while the tours are in progress. Once the group’s loan is repaid, the profits are calculated and put towards pizza party for the students.
Students at McKinley Elementary School harvested carrots from the McKinley School garden and kale at Brockaway Farms in Pleasant Valley to be ready for a visit from Chef Robert Lewis, the “Happy Diabetic” on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Chef Lewis, aided by McKinley teachers and approximately 60 second grade students, made kale and carrot chips using the fresh vegetables the students had harvested. Students learned about both vegetables and then helped prep the carrots and kale to be baked with olive oil and salt for a crispy treat. Most of the students said they liked the kale chips with a couple of students declaring they were “yucky.” The carrots were an overwhelming hit All of the students agreed with Chef Lewis when he told the group that it was okay to not like a certain food, but it is important to at least try new things.
This past June, three DCS students competed at the annual National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland. Danielle Barasel, a Central High School student, presented an individual performance about the life of writer and activist Virginia Woolf. Mickey Sloat, a 7th grade student at Williams Intermediate, gave an individual performance focused on women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem (Ms. Sloat interviewed the 77-year-old Steinem via Skype as part of her research). Tony Nguyen, another student at Williams Intermediate, presented in the website category on the topic of reforms in the Great Depression.
At an October 1st presentation to the School Board, Danielle, Mickey, and Tony reflected on their experiences at the National History Day finals. They presented a collection of pins from other countries represented in the competition and talked about sharing their common love of history, the benefits of being a mentor, and the great research skills they develop from being involved in the program. Board members commented how the students are wonderful examples of the type of students that help make Davenport Schools a “District of Distinction.”
Students at Smart Intermediate School are prepping for Mock Trial Competition and, as part of that preparation, they’ll be holding a Mock Trial Scrimmage with students from Wood Intermediate School on October 29, 2012. Students have also visited an attorney’s office as part of their preparation.
A group of 6th grade students from Smart Intermediate School spent time with Eileen Boggess, author of the popular “Mia” books, at the David R. Collins Children’s Literature Festival October 2, 2012 at the River Center in Davenport. Boggess, who posed for a photo with the students, is a graduate of Davenport Community Schools, and was one of the presenters at the festival.
Third through sixth grade students from a number of Davenport Schools participated in the David R. C ollins Childrens Literature Festival on October 2, 2012 at the RiverCenter in Davenport. The event featured numerous presentations by authors of children’s books including Eileen Boggess, creator of the Mia Fullterton series and a special “Time Travel” presentation by Cheryl Harness, author of over 40 children’s books. Belinda Holbrook, a teacher at Harrison Elementary School and the author of “String Stories: A Creative, Hands-On Approach for Engaging Children in Literature,” shared a number of string games with students, including “Cat’s Cradle.”
The Marching Blue Devils recently competed in four different competitions in Iowa. The group won the caption awards for best colorguard and best hornline at Fort Madison, as well as bringing home the 1st place in 4A trophy. That same day they competed in Mount Pleasant, Iowa where they won best colorguard, best hornline, and best drum majors, as well as capturing another 1st place in 4A. The Marching Blue Devils also won the sweepstakes award for having the highest total score between Ft. Madison and Mount Pleasant.
The following weekend, the Marching Blue Devils competed at Linn-Mar High School here they won best hornline and 1st place in 4A. That same day, the group competed at Cedar Rapids Prairie where they won best colorguard, best honrline, best drum majors, and best percussion, as well as another 1st place in 4A,