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Our award-winning “Combustible Lemons” engineering & robotics team from West High School was recently highlighted on KWQC’s “Fran Riley Features.” All of us at Davenport Community Schools wish the team good luck at the FTC World Championship in Saint Louis, April 24th-27th!
Four Davenport Community Schools art classes are creating sculptures of backyard animals from locally available recycled materials that will be exhibited as part of the Village in Bloom art festival on Saturday, May 4 in the Village of East Davenport. Students from Eisenhower, Jackson, and Garfield Elementary Schools, as well as Williams Intermediate School are participating in this event. The photo shows a 3′ tall rooster designed and created primarily by three eighth grade students at Williams Intermediate. Hunter Bell, Darian Martin, and Mika Harris used a combination of old film strips, plastic soda bottles, highlighter pens, pencil sharpeners and wire to create this sculpture. Williams 6th grade students helped cut the film strips that make up the rooster’s tail. The students are working with Pam Ohenmus, art teacher at Williams.
As Spring approaches, we like to begin taking a look back at the earlier parts of the school year and reflect on our great accomplishments. This past October, ninety-six Wood Intermediate girls from the 7-8 grade choir performed at the 2012 Eastern Iowa Choral Clinic, held at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Center for Performing Arts. Alan Chapman was the guest clinician at the event, and Kelly Truax was host and accompanist. Students delivered an outstanding performance, and we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share the video with you. Students sang “Sleep Little Baby, Sleep” by Robert H. Cohen and “Oh, Had I Jubal’s Lyre” by G. F. Handel. Be sure to listen to Mr. Chapman’s critique at the end of the video; his compliments to the choir and to Mr.
Michael Brus, a Grinell College junior and alumni of Davenport North High School claimed the Division III crown in the 200 backstroke March 23, 2013, at the Division III national swimming championships in Shenandoah, Texas. Brus capped his win by breaking the NCAA record for the 200 backstroke with a time of 1 minute 44.81 seconds. Brus’ win was also Grinnell’s first national swimming title.
Taste of ProStart, the 6th annual fundraiser to support Davenport Community Schools ProStart program, had a banner year at the March 11, 2013 event with 400 tickets sold. Proceeds from the event help with the students’ expenses for the State and national ProStart competitions. This year’s event featured 17 action stations including the Davenport Country Club, Steventon’s, Bix Bistro and, of course, Davenport Community Schools ProStart students. Each station’s chefs featured their most savory creations. The evening included music, a silent auction, wine lottery, and delicious food!
Over Spring Break, the Davenport Community Schools Army JROTC team earned awards at the following events:
St Patrick’s Day Parade: 1st place and Best School Group
St. Joseph, Missouri Physical Fitness Competition: 2nd place in the Building of a Rope Bridge Event; 3rd place in the Surprise Physical Fitness Event; 7th place overall
The St. Joseph competition consisted of teams from all over the Midwest. The physical fitness events included a 10K run with equipment, a 2 mile run, a biathlon, and an Army HUMVEE truck pull. Congratulations to cadets Roy Schindler, Isaac Anderson, Trey Anderson, Christian Marcu, Mackenzie Gibson, Jacob Heber, Tyler Buck, Brent Morales, and Mylanda Woodside for their achievements!
A group of Sudlow Intermediate students along with their teacher, Kayla Farnsworth, have been spending time with the residents at ManorCare every Wednesday as part of their leadership and community service training. The students spend an hour each week playing games such as Scrabble and Uno, conducting science experiments, and sometimes just visiting with the residents. “The students enjoy their weekly visit to ManorCare, and the residents seem to enjoy their time with the students, too.” said Farnsworth. “The students realize they can make a difference in someone else’s life which helps them grow and mature.”
The Davenport Community Schools Marine JROTC Team recently won three 3rd place trophies at the 13th Annual Bellevue Drill Competition. The awards were earned for the team’s performance in both the Armed and Unarmed Exhibition Drill. Congratulations!