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Members of the Sudlow Select Choir performed a medley of holiday tunes before an appreciative audience at the Davenport Community Schools’ Achievement Service Center on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. The students, under the direction of Mrs. Kim Knoche, offered their rendition of “The Christmas Song” as their finale and stayed to enjoy cookies and punch. The Sudlow Select Choir has been invited to perform with the Nova Choir at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a large percentage of the select choir were chosen for the 2012 Opus Honor Choir. Congratulations to these outstanding young vocalists!
JROTC Lt. Colonel Roy Schindler, a Central High School junior, has planned a Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance honoring CHS graduates who have been killed in military action. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012 in the Kahler Auditorium at Central High School. The idea for the project began when Schindler wrote about his grandfather, Roy Schindler, who served as a B26 bomber pilot flying 27 missions in the European theatre during World War II. His grandfather, who enlisted in 1942 the day he graduated from high school, was shot down over Hanover, Germany on October 8, 1945. He returned home to take over the family business.
“I admire my grandfather,” said Schindler “he was a hero.” “I started thinking that it was too bad that people don’t take time to remember Pearl Harbor Day any more and I felt Central should do something to remember our graduates who were veterans killed in battle.” “After doing some research I found 26 names of veterans from Central and am hoping that some of their families, friends, and classmates may want to join us to honor them on Pearl Harbor Day.”
Please review the list of names of our fallen CHS veterans
Jordan McGinnis, a NHS grad and freshman at St. Ambrose University, has helped bring the SAU mascot “Barney the Bee” back to the University’s sports events. McGinnis volunteered to bring “Barney” back to life at the football and basketball sidelines this year. He sought out Felicia Miles, SAU cheerleading coach, to volunteer for the role during his first week of school and has been putting in the time without benefit of scholarship stipend for which he’s eligible. McGinnis practices ten hours each week alongside Miles’ 38-member varsity cheer squad, which finished fourth in the nation among NAIA schools in the spring of 2012. He’s also taking tumbling lessons. As for dreams beyond he portrayal of “Barney,” the speech/theatre/music education major would like to return to North High School as a teacher and be a mascot as a sideline.
Addie Ford, a seven-year-old Madison Elementary student is competing in the National Team Championships for the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition November 24-25, 2012 in Chicago. The competition will take place on Saturday and she will be presented at the pregame show at the Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings game and participate in the pregame exhibition. Addie will also eat lunch with the Chicago Bears. If Addie is successful in Saturday’s competition, her next competition will be at the NFC championship game in January 2013. Addie is the daughter of Randy and Shaney Ford of Davenport.
West High School Falcons will take on the DeWitt High School Sabers in the Iowa Pride Challenge Scrimmage on Friday, November 23, 2012 at West High School, 3505 West Locust Street, Davenport. The sophomore game starts at 5:00 p.m. with the varsity game following at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Reece Morgan Summer Hoops Program.
Davenport Community Schools will present their 61st Annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012 in the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, 115 West 7th Street, Davenport. The concert will feature performances by the Central, North and West High School music departments. The finale will include selections from Handel’s “The Messiah” which will feature a 400-member choir accompanied by a 200-member orchestra. The event is free. The public is invited to attend.
The North Scott Rotary has reached out to “adopt” Fillmore Elementary School. This relationship is a great example of the the “community schools” model which engages community partners and parents with public schools to ensure that students have the support they need to be successful. Recently North Scott Rotary donated 130 coats to Fillmore to be distributed to students who may need a winter coat. The group has also donated dictionaries,m provided school supplies, sponsored field trips and will begin reading aloud to students.
Madison Elementary School has been selected as one of only five schools in the State of Iowa to receive the “Breaking the Barriers to Teaching & Learning” award. Madison was chosen to receive the award for their successful efforts in closing the achievement gap for African-American students grades 3-5. In 2010-2011 52.1% of students in this group were proficient in math and 66.7% of students were proficient in reading. Based on the Iowa Assessments in 2011-2012 students are now 77.8% proficient in math (an increase of 25.7%) and 80% proficient in reading (an increase of 13.3%).
Madison students in grades 3-5 overall have achieved 84.5% proficiency in reading and 83.8% profiency in math in 2012 – both scores exceed the state average.
Many variables seem to be contributing to their success including a research-based, direct instruction reading program, and before and after school supports for additional reading and math instruction.