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Davenport West had 164 donors give blood, which helps almost 500 people. Great Job West High School!!
Central students made 200 paper beads on Saturday afternoon for the charity/water project. This bead making cause is so meaningful because the proceeds will go towards bringing clean water to the villages of Tanzania. Central TAG students will host more bead making events before March 31st.
Seniors Kadijah Pettie of Davenport Central and Jared DeFauw of Davenport North show off their trophies for Best Female Soloist and Best Male Soloist from the Music in Motion Show Choir Invitational at Mt. Pleasant February 7, 2014. Way to go Davenport!
Twenty three show choirs from Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota will perform at the 13th annual Great River Show Choir Invitational. The invitational will be held at The Adler Theatre in Davenport, and is hosted by Davenport Central and Davenport West High Schools. Middle school choirs will perform on Friday, February 21, 2014, beginning at 4:30 pm. High school prep and varsity show choirs will compete throughout the day Saturday, February 22, 2014, beginning at 8:30 am. The six highest scoring choirs from the daytime will compete in a finals competition beginning at 7:00 pm Saturday.
The prep show choirs from Central (Blue Vibrations) and West (This Just In!) will perform Friday evening as exhibition groups. The varsity show choir from Central (Central Singers Inc.) will perform Saturday at the conclusion of the daytime round, and West’s varsity show choir (West Connection) will perform Saturday evening at the end of the finals competition.
The Davenport Community School District has announced the launch of a new Creative Arts Academy beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The district has received multi-year foundational grants from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and the Riverboat Development Authority to help make this dream a reality.
In its’ first year, the academy is expected to serve approximately 50 sixth grade students who will be selected by an audition process. Students will spend half of their day at Sudlow Intermediate School taking their core courses (Science, Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies) and half of their day at a downtown Davenport location, which is to be determined, gaining a wider exposure to the arts. Approximately 25-50 high school juniors/seniors who will have opportunities to take credit bearing courses which may involve an arts-oriented job shadow or internship.
Valentine’s Day 2014 was exciting a Wilson Elementary School! Following their classes, students had an assembly to learn about “challenge coins” and were joined by special guests from the Davenport Community Schools’ JROTC program, the Audie Murphy Club (Rock Island Arsenal), and Colonel Speights, the Garrison Commander of the Rock Island Arsenal. Challenge coins may be given to individuals in the U.S. Army by a commanding officer when a member of the unit is observed performing above and beyond their required duties or to recognize a special achievement. Students at Wilson will begin their own “challenge coin” program this month in which teachers will be observing carefully to identify students students doing exceptional things, such as reaching out to another student who may be having trouble making friends.
On Thursday, February 13th Davenport JROTC cadets traveled to the Veterans Administration hospital located in Iowa City to deliver Valentine’s to the veterans and spend some time visiting with them. The annual visit is part of a decade-long tradition for Davenport students. Several students commented that the visit provided an opportunity to show respect and gratitude to veterans who have served and sacrificed for their country. Learn more about the visit by watching a video at Valentines Day Visit.
Congratulations to Central’s Show Choirs for their performances at the Mt. Pleasant competition. Blue Vibrations finished 1st place in the prep category and Central Singers took home awards for first place in class 4A, “Best Band”, “Best Choreography”, and second runner-up in the finals. Special congratulations to senior Kadijah Pettie for winning “Best Female Soloist”. Congratulations also to the show choir band, “Pit Nation” for winning the award for “Best Band.”