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Approximately 125 incoming sixth grade students participated in a two-day (August 5-6, 2013) JUMP Academy at Williams Intermediate School. Students enjoyed a number of fun activities including icebreaker activities to help them meet students coming to Williams from other elementary schools, a scavenger hunt that also helped students learn their way around the building, and much more. Learning to open the combination lock on the locker seemed to be one of the challenges for the new intermediate students, however with a little practice, everyone seemed comfortable by the second day of the program. Everyone at the Davenport Community Schools wishes all of our new sixth graders a happy and successful school year! For more information, check out this recent story in the Quad City Times: Transitioning to the next level
The Davenport Community Schools average 40 student teachers per semester and most come through local colleges and universities including St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University, and the University of Northern Iowa. Many of our student teachers already have a link to the Quad Cities which provides them with housing during their student teaching. The student teacher house will offer an opportunity for 6-8 qualified student teachers to share free housing and have an opportunity to complete their student teaching in Davenport. We hope to draw student teachers from outside the Quad Cities to this area, in the hope that some may want to return as teachers in the Davenport Community Schools.
The house is a district-owned property that is being furnished through generous donations of gently used furniture from the community.
Our first Graduation Destination-Take the Journey: Finish It! kicked off with an outdoor welcome from Superintendent Art Tate, Mayor Bill Gluba, and Board President Ralph Johanson on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the River’s Edge. Student speakers shared stories of their personal struggles in school and how they found support to complete their high school education. Since last year’s successful Drop Back In: Finish It! event, the district’s dropout rate has fallen from 10% to 8.7% as we continue to reach out to students who have left school and to identify students who may be at-risk of dropping out to offer supports to help them and their families.
Several students took the opportunity to re-enroll in school on Saturday. We hope many others will return and finish their education.