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Based on the results of a recent district-wide Parent Satisfaction Survey, the Davenport Community Schools will begin registering incoming Kindergartners early this year in order to decrease paperwork and wait time for families at Kindergarten Roundup! Starting March 1, families of incoming Kindergartners may pick up and submit forms to the school office to begin the registration process or visit the 2013-14 Enrollment webpage. The traditional Kindergarten Roundup will still be held on Thursday, April 18th with a focus on time with teachers and learning the routines of the school. Current K-12th grade students will be registering this summer with some new online tools being launched in response to the survey feedback on our registration process. Watch our website for more information on this convenient new service!
Laura McCreery has been selected Outstanding Iowa Biology Teacher of the Year for 2012 by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Laura teaches advanced biology at North High School and is receiving this honor for the second time in her ten year teaching career. She challenges her students and works to make hand-on learning fun. Congratulations to Laura McCreery and North High School!
Washington Elementary School students enjoyed breakfast with their dads on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the school. Approximately 300 donuts were served that morning. A photo was taken of each student with their dad to take home at the end of the day as a special memory of their time together.
100 JROTC cadets from Central High School traveled to the VA Hospital in Iowa City on February 14 as one of the many community service projects the cadets are engaged in during the month of February. The cadets delivered Valentines to the veterans and spent time visiting with them. Watch the website for details on upcoming community outreach projects!
North High School’s Wildcat Productions presents “Legally Blonde-the Musical” at 7 p.m. March 8-9 and at 2 p.m. March 10 at the Paul J. Holzworth Performing Arts Center, North High School, 626 West 53rd Street, Davenport. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. Call 388-9880.
Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend Warner Huntington dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charms to get into Harvard Law School where she struggles with her peers, professors and Warner. With the help of good friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Students from Buffalo Elementary, Smart Intermediate, and North High School recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to NASA Expedition 34 astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn as they orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station. These three schools and several others from around the Quad Cities were chosen to attend the event at the Putnam Museum, which was one of only six sites in the country given the opportunity to chat with the astronauts.
Students asked the astronauts how they spent their time when not working, how it felt to be in the same room everyday day with the same people, what the Earth looks like from space, and what types of technology were used on the space station. This question & answer time was followed by a chance to explore the new “Destination: Space” exhibit, where students interacted with spacesuit gloves, made paper rockets, created comets, learned about astronaut food, and explored the types of careers available in the field of space science.
The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) is an annual competition that provides high school students grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Each year, student teams are asked to address a challenge that confronts our nation’s leading industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions, and generate presentations that convincingly demonstrate the value of their solutions. The RWDC provides students with opportunities to apply the lessons of the classroom to the technical problems that are being faced in the workplace. This year, the “Falcon Fever” team from West High School designed a UAV to save a child who is injured and missing, and their efforts earned them the title of State Champions!
Pictured, from left to right: Pardeep Sani, James Larsen, Amber Sawvell, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Tuyen Nguyen, Carina Grady, and Eli Shellabarger.
Professional dancers from Ballet Quad Cities visited all Davenport elementary schools in early February to talk about the upcoming presentation of “The Ugly Duckling,” which all first-grade classes will see later in the month at North High School. The performers described the show’s strong anti-bullying message, as well as the many elements of staging a ballet – dance, literature, music, lighting, costuming, etc. Students were taught a few dance basics, as well as how to behave at a performance. The outreach sessions and the NHS shows are sponsored by the Davenport Schools Foundation’s Great Minds program.