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Downtown Lafayette Park was the scene of an observance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic “March on Washington.” Approximately 200 visitors heard a variety of speakers talk about race relations and civil rights since that milestone event that catapulted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into prominence following his “I Have a Dream ” speech. Speakers included U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack, Mayor Bill Gluba, NAACP president Vera Kelly, Dr. Henry Brockington, and Davenport School Board members Larry Roberson and Bill Sherwood. Board member Rich Clewell also attended the event.
Over 200 parents of students in our Title I schools attended the 2013 Parent Extravaganza Thursday, August 29 at the Clarion Hotel. Following a welcome breakfast, parents were able to attend a variety of workshops to help them become more connected to their child’s education. Topics included: working with your child on reading and math at home, creative discipline, nutrition, and utilizing available community resources. Following the workshops, parents came back together for lunch with staff members from their schools and other district staff members. In the photo featured, Dr. Art Tate, Superintendent, and his wife Corinne Tate, presented a workshop on the importance of reading to children at home and offered easy ways to make reading a fun daily activity for families.
A Candidates’ Forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 at the Blue Grass Public Safety Building, 606 W. Mayne Street, Blue Grass. The five candidates for the Davenport School Board have been invited to attend. Mrs. Bridget Osborn will serve as moderator. If you cannot attend the forum, advance questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, September 2, 2013. Questions submitted will be asked at the forum.
As part of the United Way Day of Caring on August 21, several John Deere employees spent time beautifying the Sudlow Intermediate School campus. Some of the projects included cleaning up the grounds, repainting the paw prints in front of the building, and touching up the paint on bike racks. Thanks to Mrs. Drumm-Janoski, 7th grade science teacher, who organized this opportunity. Each member of the Sudlow community extends their thanks to those who “cared” for their campus!
On Wednesday August 14th, Central High School kicked off the school year by holding a back-to-school Ice Cream Social at the LeClaire Park Bandshell in downtown Davenport. During the event, the Central High Band performed as part of the Levee Commission’s Summer Concert Series, with Principal Scott McKissick taking a turn as band conductor (pictured). Over 120 students performed to an audience estimated at nearly 500 alumni, parents, students and other music lovers.
This summer the North High Poms team attended the UDA Summer Camp at Eastern Illinois University and brought home numerous awards. The team earned a Superior rating and a 1st Place trophy in the Home Routine Competition; the Leadership Award, which was voted on by their fellow campers; and a Superior trophy for their high ribbon count. Individually, Krystal Pollard and Jaisene Hughes were chosen as All-Americans and Jakyra Bryant, Nekya Hall, and Kaitlyn Collins received “pin-it-forward” awards for outstanding attitudes and commitment throughout camp. All team members received numerous ribbons for their routines and drill downs. Congratulations, team!
The C-SPAN 2013 Digital Media Bus made a stop at Central High School on Thursday, August 22, 2013. The 45’ bus offered interactive displays highlighting CPAN’s hit series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” The series features the women who have served in the role of First Lady of the United States over 44 administrations, examining both their private lives and the public roles they played in the White House. Students from Central’s Advanced Placement government classes and the Talented and Gifted program visited the exhibit in small groups. After a brief presentation, students were able to spend the remainder of their visit using the various media to explore areas of specific interest.
The Davenport Central Blue Illusion Dance Team is ready to get the fall season started at the Sports Kick off tonight! The team will perform “Smash,” a dance they learned at the MA Dance camp in Des Moines over the summer. More than 20 other teams attended the camp, and the Blue Illusion Dancers received several honors: A superior rating for their home routine, a Superior rating for their team routine, 2 Superior solos and 5 Excellent solos. There were 400 dancers at the camp, and the team ended up with 16 All Star Dancers and 4 Rising Star Dancers. Out of the 16 All-Stars, 6 dancers were given the honor roll award: Jasmine Maddox (Sr), Dana Weinstein (Sr), Riley Bernauer (Sr), Madeline Darland (Jr), Caity Oliger (Jr) and Justine Doyle (So).