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The Davenport North High School Bowling team is one of six local teams being honored at the Quad City Times 32nd Annual Salute to Sports on May 8, 2013 in the NHS Holzworth Auditorium. Austin Wulk, Austin LaMaack, and Zach Fries helped shatter the Iowa state record for pin count with 3,633 total to take their second Class 2A title in three years.
Alisha Jones, North High School senior, is being honored for her strong two-sport performance in track and volleyball. Jones was undefeated in the 400-meter dash this season, running to a 4A state outdoor title in 56.04 seconds. She also anchored North”s 2 plus second state championship in the 800 medley relay. As a Wildcat volleyball defensive player, she averaged 4.13 digs per set.
The Girl’s Learn International chapter at Central High School is holding a screening of s 45- minute version of the PBS documentary “Half the Sky.” The film, which was made to raise awareness, focuses on the struggles of women in other parts of the world. The screening will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the John Deere Auditorium at the Figge Art Museum. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $12 each. Nearly all of the proceeds will to to the CHS chapter’s partner school in Islamabad, Pakistan. The school has used previous donations to improve the building, as well as providing books and other important needs.
Vince Bertram, CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) a national program providing rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs for schools, was the featured speaker at the Quad Cities Chamber Executives Club breakfast on Friday, May 3, 2013 in the Putnam Museum in Davenport. Local executives, business owners, and educators hear Bertram’s message about the need for critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as crucial attributes for workers in today’s economy. Bertram, who visited Davenport Community Schools Gateway To Technology and Project Lead the Way programs in February gave a special nod to the power of both programs and the excitement he has seen first-hand from the students. He was especially taken with the viewpoint of a seventh grade girl involved in the Gateway To Technology program at Smart Intermediate School.
As Summer approaches, we like to begin taking a look back at the earlier parts of the school year and reflect on our great accomplishments. One particular story of note from our elementary schools was a feature on Blue Grass Elementary teacher Sarah Graham, who has received Artsonia’s Annual Leadership Award, an honor extended to teachers from only ten schools per state across the United States. The award honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in Arts Education. It also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program. Artsonia showcases over sixteen million pieces of artwork from thousands of schools, but thanks to Sarah Graham’s efforts, Blue Grass Elementary’s online art gallery ranked #1 in the state of Iowa and #64 in the nation this year.
Davenport students participated in a “Showcase of Learning” on Saturday, April 27th in collaboration with the City of Davenport Public Works Department. Featured classrooms included those of EARTH teachers, educators that participated in intensive professional development and site-based learning in environmental sciences, sponsored by the Daveport Community Schools, Eastern Iowa Community College District, University of Iowa and Iowa Department of Education. Students were on hand to demonstrate their experiments and discuss their scientific findings. Families could also participate in tours and experiences at the Public Works facility that applied the science of the classroom to careers in the community.
The Combustible Lemons, one of four robotics teams at West High School, was recognized this past weekend as one of the top 24 teams in the world at the 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in St. Louis. The Lemons earned their bid to compete amongst 26,000 teams from over 69 countries by being named Captain of the 2013 State Champion Winning Alliance this past February. This is the second straight year the Combustible Lemons have advanced to the World Championship, and all of us at Davenport Community Schools would like to congratulate the team and their coaching staff on this major accomplishment. To get a sense of the sheer excitement of the event, we recommend viewing the official 2013 World Championship wrap-up video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNGzTg53zDY&feature=youtu.be