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Adams Elementary School has won the Davenport Public Library Summer Reading Trophy for 21 years. The students’ participation in the Summer Reading Club kicked off in the Spring of 2013 when Liza Gilbert, DPL children’s librarian, and Chris Turnipseed, Adams School librarian, spoke with students about the summer reading program and encouraged then to get involved. This year over 170 students from Adams participated. Along with a chance to win the trophy for their school, students had other incentives to keep the challenge fun. This year’s theme was “Dig into Reading” and students were able to put their names into a drawing at the school for theme-related prizes. This year when the library presented the trophy the school staff presented a skit based around King Tut and participated in themed relays including a scarab hop, the mummy wrap, constructing pyramids, and more.
Mason Tope, a senior at Davenport Central High School, placed first in the Varsity Boys’ MAC Cross Country Conference meet held October 17, 2013 in Crow Creek Park. His winning time was 16:18 which is equivalent to a 5.16 mile pace. Congratulations Mason!
Two Wood Intermediate School students placed in the middle school state cross country meet held recently in Saydel, Iowa. Matthew Dibbern placed 4th and Kameron Morgan placed 27th in the 2 mile event. Both are 7th grade students at Wood.
Davenport Community Schools ProStart students recently participated in the March of Dimes Signature Chef Event. The event helped raise an estimated $400,000 to benefit the March of Dimes. Students prepared a roasted beet and avocado salad with an orange vinaigrette. Paige Griffith, Ashanti Knox, Kenny Nguyen, Skylar Ultsch, and Allison Walters showed professionalism and enthusiasm preparing and serving food for a worthy cause. Thanks for giving back to your community, young chefs in training!
Leaders from the Davenport Community Schools, City of Davenport, and ISU Extension and Outreach met yesterday to celebrate “Lights On for Learning” and the success of their collaboration on the Stepping Stones program. The Stepping Stones program offers high-quality after school programs across 17 elementary schools, as well as summer enrichment and academic supports for Davenport students. A noon-time program included highlights of the 2012-13 school year and summer program, as well as reporting on student academic outcomes. The leaders participated in a ceremonial signing, renewing their commitment to partnership and collaboration on this successful program. The event was held at Lincoln Community Center, formerly Lincoln Elementary and new site of the “Stepping Stones” headquarters.
“Lights On for Learning” is a national campaign designed to bring attention to the need for quality alternatives for families for out-of-school time activities.
Last month we posted about Kimberly Center student Payton Engels and her advancement to the state round of the IJAG Student Leadership Competition. We are proud to say that Payton has advanced to the national level, and will now represent Iowa at the IJAG National student Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.
Payton was chosen based on her video, titled “IJAG: Unlocking My Potential.” Her selection to attend the conference was announced on Oct 9th at the IJAG Leadership Conference in Des Moines, IA. Congratulations Payton!
Congratulations to the Central High Marching Blue Devils. They recently competed at the Youth In Music Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the group scored high enough in prelims to qualify for finals. This is the first time in the group’s history that they have participated in a regional final! The Marching Blue Devils moved up one place and finished in 8th amongst some of the best marching bands in the Midwest. This Saturday will be the last competitions for the 2013 season; the Marching Blue Devils will be at Muscatine High School for State Contest and Western Illinois University for the WIU Marching Band Classic. Best of luck!
Jason Franzenburg, Project Lead The Way teacher at West High School, was recently awarded the Air Force Association Teacher of the Year at the Chapter level by Chuck McDonald. The purpose of the program is to recognize classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in getting K-12 students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.