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Cassie Daily and Sydney Howard spearheaded the West High School Pennies for Patients Campaign. Cassie was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 13. After one year in remission she was diagnosed again the day after her 15th birthday. She has undergone extensive chemo treatments and had to have a stem cell transplant. Cassie is currently in remission and finishing up her junior year at West. Her goal is to volunteer and give back to others; Cassie and Sydney coordinated many activities that helped raise $1007.16 to donate to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Pennies for Patients. They plan to do this their senior year as well and hope to raise even more money and awareness.
Blue Devil Productions will present “The Wedding Singer” April 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Kahler Auditorium, Central High School, 1120 Main Street. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, children and Senior Citizens.
The musical, based on the 1998 film by the same title. follows the trials of Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who live with his Grandma Rosie in New Jersey. After being dumped at the altar by his own fiancee, Linda, Robbie becomes angry and depressed and can no longer sing at weddings. A comedy of errors results as Robbie struggles to find professional and personal happiness. Some of the show’s musical numbers include: “It’s Your Wedding Day,” “A Note from Grandma,” “Casualty of Love,” “Come Out of the Dumpster,” and “Grow Old With You.”
On Tuesday March 25th, Washington Elementary 5th graders went to the Figge Art Museum for their annual curriculum driven trip, sponsored by the Great Minds program. This year, the students saw something they didn’t expect to see… their very own Pop Art project was on display!
The 5th graders worked with art teacher Mrs. Rannfeldt for two months to complete their project. During that time, they learned that Pop Art consists of something that is popular in culture that has been given an artistic vision. Students decided to use the popular rubber band bracelets they are all making and incorporate them with another artistic trend called “yarn bombing,” where artists knit around everyday objects. Combining the two, and choosing their subject an old, wooden teacher’s chair from the classroom, they created their Pop Art vision. They covered every inch of the chair in many weaving techniques with the rubber bands.
The Family and Community Learning Guides are a series of grade level guides that help families and community partners understand what students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 in Davenport Community Schools should know by the end of each grade level. These expectations are established in character education, language arts, math, science, social studies, visual arts, music, and physical education/health and wellness. Each series of benchmarks includes simple activities and community resources that parents and community agencies can use to support Davenport Community Schools students. Many of the activities are simple to incorporate into other family activities. Family and Community Learning Guides will be sent home with students this spring, however the updated resources are now available online at Family and Community Learning Guides 2014.
Travel back in time to a small Russian town in 1905 where life is as precarious as a “fiddler on the roof.” The traditions of the Jewish community include a matchmaker whose job is to arrange a match between eligible women and men in the village. Reb Tevye, the milkman, is a poor man with five daughters. Follow the story of his efforts to arrange good matches for his daughters in the face of changing societal traditions among the villagers, against a backdrop of Czarist Russia where a revolution is brewing that will change the lives of the people in this small village forever. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on April 4 and 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 6 at the Paul J. Holzworth Performing Arts Center, North High School, 626 West 53rd Street, Davenport. Reserved seating.
The Iowa High School Press Association Whole Book contest recently awarded Centrals 2012/2013 yearbook, titled “Epic”, The Neubert Award which is “IHSPA’s highest rating category. These yearbooks are deemed exceptional in executing solid journalist, photographic and design principles in yearbook publishing.” This is the second year in a row The Blackhawk Yearbook staff, under the direction of Mrs. Jasper as adviser, earned this top award. The staff worked so hard, and we are so proud of them!
Davenport North’s show choirs-Northside Establishment and Center Stage-competed for the final time this year at the “Stars on Stage” Show Choir Invitational at Fort Madison High School. They competed against 17 other show choirs from across the state and Missouri and Illinois as well. Center Stage finished with their highest placement of the year, won the Prep division, and were selected to participate in finals for the first time in 7 years! They finished 5th Runner-Up and have improved each week! Northside Establishment won the 4A division and defeated another show choir that had twice defeated them this year. They were the last performing group in finals and quite literally brought the house down. They were awarded the caption awards of Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Vocals as well as being named Grand Champion for the 7th straight year! Congratulations to both groups for great seasons in 2014!
Central Mock Trial Team Red went one and one in competition at the Scott County Courthouse. Both teams that they faced qualified for state, so they were against the best in the region. They had impressive poise and professionalism. Central is proud of their commitment and dedication in presenting a difficult case.
The Central Mock Trial Blue team competed in the Mason City Regional Tournament. The team went one and one in competition points. These students were impressive – the knowledge, quick-thinking, logic, public speaking skills, and problem solving strategies that the students gained from this experience are invaluable and will be helpful to them throughout their lives. Central High School is very proud of their performance. Team members are: Senior Adam Kall, Juniors Pablo Haake and Nick deBlois, Sophomores Amiah Gooding, Ben Greiner, Louis Delvecchio, and Thompson Teasdale, and Freshman Mickey Sloat.