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The Mock Trial regional awards have been declared, and Central High has received several outstanding attorney and witness awards from recent competitions in the middle of March. Students receiving Outstanding Attorney awards were Alexandra Doner, Maddie Spain, and Pablo Haake. Students recognized as Outstanding Witnesses were Mickey Sloat, Hannah Hansen, and Matt Heinrichs. Congratulations to these talented students for their achievements and contributions to the program!
Students and parents are coming out in solid numbers to attend family information nights to learn more about the new Creative Arts Academy being launched by the Davenport Community School District for the 2014-2015 school year. Current fifth grade students and their families have been attending meetings held at various elementary schools this week. High school students and their families have meetings scheduled April 14-16th. Application forms and information about the audition process are available on the website at Creative Arts Academy.
On Tuesday, April 1st, six North High students from Mrs. Arp’s class took a field trip to Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa. At Camp Courageous, the students participated in activities such as dancing, archery, the rock climbing wall, and other outdoor activities. The students learned many skills and were able to spend time with peers from across the state.
Congratulations to the Davenport Youth Trap Team for their fine showing at last Saturday’s double duel trap meet at Otter Creek in Cedar Rapids. This is one of the biggest meets of the year besides state, and there were over 300 shooters from all over Iowa in attendance. West students Cody Berg, Brad Belz, Nick Keppy, Noah Osborn and Brockton Frank took home the 3rd place trophy in the morning’s team event, hosted by Cedar Rapids Xavier. Cody Berg tied for 1st place in the men’s division, with a perfect score of 50 out of 50. In the girls, division Tara Peeters took 4th place honors.
In the afternoon meet hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson, the team of Cody Berg, Brad Belz, Nick Keppy, Noah Osborn and Brockton Frank took home the 2nd place trophy, missing out on 1st place by only 6 shots.
During the months of March and April, ISU Extension educator Jodi Becker provided all 100 first grade students at Harrison Elementary a series of science lessons tied directly to the Iowa Core. The first grade curriculum teaches the life cycle of plants. Students study a variety of basic earth materials and learn about the life cycle and needs of plants. The extension visits reinforced classroom instruction, bringing learning to life by students charting and planning a garden based on the needs of the vegetables to be grown. Many thanks to the Davenport Schools Foundation’s Great Minds program and ISU Extension and Outreach for this incredible learning experience for students!
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On April 4th, the Davenport Community Schools Marine Corps JROTC, located at North High School, competed in a drill, shooting, and physical fitness competition in Des Moines. Cadets performed very well and brought home a total of FIVE trophies. Congratulations, team!
Several parent information nights have been scheduled for families of incoming 11th and 12th grade students in the Davenport Community Schools. The meetings will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about the Creative Arts Academy, a unique educational experience offering high school students who aspire to careers in the arts and creative fields.
These high school students will concentrate on their required coursework and other electives at one of the DCS high schools in the morning and in the afternoon take arts electives offered by the many downtown arts partners in their specific areas of expertise. Two examples are the visual arts and museum studies courses hosted by the Figge Art Museum, as well as vocal and instrumental music opportunities hosted by the River Music Experience.
Advanced Placement Biology students at Central High School had a reading assignment over Spring Break exploring natural selection and evolutionary biology. Their teacher, Mr. Trujillo, reached out to the author Dr. Jerry Coyne, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and New York Times bestselling author. On March 25th he spoke to the AP Biology class via Skype about his motivation as an author and then answered their questions about fossils, embryology, DNA and more. Mr. Trujillo described Professor Coyne as “easy to work with… relaxed and congenial,” reporting that “the students said they enjoyed Skyping with him.” The teacher was inspired to contact Dr. Coyne based on recent trainings on “Google Apps for Education” offered by the school district and a technology workshop he attended in Minneapolis, bringing professional development to life in his classroom!