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Iowa State Extension and Outreach Service, who partner with the district on the Stepping Stones afterschool and summer program, recently announced the awarding of a grant from the BiState Literacy Council to fund additional books and kits for the “Literacy Leaders” project. Literacy Leaders is an enrichment program offered within Stepping Stones after school program to increase the literacy scores of students in Davenport Community Schools. Stepping Stones staff members train 4th and 5th grade students as “Literacy Leaders” to guide younger students in reading. Literacy Leaders use various books, hands on props, and scripted questions to help younger students improve their reading skills, including fluency and reading comprehension. Participants also improve their social skills, self-concept and attitude by allowing students opportunities for leadership, to increase their communication skills and to build confidence in their own reading abilities.
Members of the Sudlow Intermediate Ukulele Club recently traveled to Ames to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. This orchestra is an ensemble of eight members who cover songs of all genres such as “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Sudlow students were very excited to see the performance, and even got to play along on their ukes to Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” Sudlow’s ukulele club is made up of 25 students and practices after school Thursdays from 3:45pm-4:30pm.
On Thursday November 14, 2013, twenty -two Kimberly Center High School students attended the Quad City Minority Partnership Youth Conference and College Fair at St. Ambrose University. The Fair’s mission was to give the students strategies and resources to help take ownership of their educational and career goals. The workshops available for the students were: Financial Aid & Scholarships, Choices…: “Making your Future Happen!”, “Let’s Holla!”, “You are What You Tweet,” and “Health/Wellness: It’s Not Just How You Look.” The Conference ended with “What is Your Bigger Dream?”
Tuesday November 19, Kimberly Center students were offered the opportunity to participate in a scholarship writing workshop – “Put Your Hands on Some Cash” – sponsored by Scott Community College with Ben Huntington. At the KC campus, the students wrote an essay for scholarships and received tips on accessing a variety of scholarships.
Students from the West High School Life Skills class have entered a tree in the Festival of Trees for the past six years. 2013 marks their third win with a Best in Show ribbon for their tree themed “Making Spirits Bright.” In 2011 the Life Skills class took second place in the Team Tree division and in 2009 netted a first place for most artistic. Congratulations to WHS Life Skills students on another great accomplishment!
November 12, approximately 25 students from the Business Career Academy Class and the Leadership Class volunteered at the West YMCA Special Olympics Play Day. Students were put in various roles such as team leader, activity leader, and awards leader. The students demonstrated great leadership skills, compassion, and caring for the students. They represented West at its finest.
On Saturday, November 16th, the North High Marine Corps Jr. ROTC program celebrated the birth of the Marine Corps by throwing their annual Marine Corps Ball in the North High gymnasium. Members of the MJROTC Drill Team performed for the audience, speakers from the Marine Corps addressed the cadets, and a dance was held. Congratulations to the MJROTC program for putting on a fine evening, and Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!
Congratulations to Central High Thespian Troupe 2951, a.k.a. “The Rhinocorns,” on their performances at the UNI Thespian Festival. The students did an amazing job on their first year at the festival. Sophomore Jack Theiling won 3rd place in solo musical and 3rd place for his short film. Senior Jared Svoboda won 1st place in solo musical and had the opportunity to present his piece to everyone at the festival. Jared also auditioned for scholarships to colleges with a 90-second monologue, and out of 16 colleges, 15 offered him to attend their school. Great job!
The Rhinocorns will be presenting their award-winning festival performances at a local fund raiser to raise money to go to Internationals. The presentation will be held in Kahler Auditorium at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 26th. The troupe will present their competition pieces that included monologues, duets, short film, solo musical and scholarship monologues.
North High senior Kenny Thach was presented with the inaugural Michael Pietz Leadership Award at the Iowa State Thespian Festival on Saturday, November 17th. This award was created by the Iowa Thespian Student Board just this year to recognize one student for her/his work behind the scenes and for his/her dedication to the theater program. Michael Pietz is an Iowa native and long-time theatre teacher in various Iowa schools who has served in many different capacities for theatre-related organizations at the state and national level. Mr. Pietz himself presented this award to Kenny. Congratulations, Kenny, for your hard work! You have definitely earned this honor!