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The Davenport Community Schools is offering 10 hours of pre-school services per week (2 hours/day, 5 days/week) to families who have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 15. There is no charge to families. The child must be an Iowa resident, but does not have to live within the Davenport school district boundaries. Eligible four year olds who are going to a Davenport daycare provider can receive transportation to and from their daycare provider at no charge to enable them to attend the two-hour program. Students will take part in research-based literacy and math activities; learn upper/lower case letters, shapes, patterns and colors and much more. For information, please contact Dianna Saelens, Pre-Kindergarten Instructional Specialist, Davenport Community Schools, 322-7649.
Construction has been ongoing at North High School over the course of the summer, and the finishing touches are being put on the “renovation” portion of the plans. Vast improvements have been made to the library, Family and Consumer Science rooms, and to the existing music spaces that house the Wildcats. New tennis courts were also built to the north of the building—adding additional court space and completely changing the playing surface. Another segment of the construction project—the addition of a new large-group music room and offices—is slated to be finished later this fall.
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On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, Kimberly Center students participated in a “Dressing for Success” fashion show by discussing the “do’s and don’ts” of high school fashion after viewing a show put on by the faculty. Staff modeled some of the most frequent dress code issues including inappropriate logos on shirts, clothing that is too tight/too revealing, inappropriate interview attire, and more. Each fashion “don’t” was countered by a definite fashion “do.”
As we begin a new school year, the District’s Board of Education and Superintendent wish to remind District students, parents/guardians, staff, and volunteers that harassment and bullying of students is against the law and District policy. The District will not tolerate harassment or bullying of students based on the student’s actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including: age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, familial status, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law.
Any student who believes he or she has been subject to harassment, bullying or a hostile environment based on one or more of the characteristics noted above— whether such harassment, bullying or hostile environment is created by a fellow student, school employee, parent/guardian, or volunteer—is encouraged to report the conduct to school personnel.
On August 29th, West High School hosted its first blood drive of the new school year, the Falcon Student Blood Drive. 144 pints of blood were collected, and that volume can save up to 432 lives. Thanks to Renne Lietz, Amy Jensen, and the West High science students for organizing and running the event!
Congratulations to Central High School’s Pablo Haake, who was recently elected as this year’s Executive of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC). SIYAC is a non-partisan policy advising organization comprised of 24 Iowa youth who meet quarterly in the Capitol Building in Des Moines. The group’s main efforts include building partnerships between government, youth, and schools; creating projects to raise awareness for education issues; and working with legislators to write or promote bills. All of the work they do relates to issues affecting Iowa youth.