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The Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools team (IS3) at Central High School has been selected to present at the IBPA’s Eleventh Annual Conference, “Building Supportive Relationships to Create a Positive Climate.” This year’s conference will be held in San Diego, California, November 16th-18th. The presentation is titled “Engaging Communities in Bullying Prevention.” Click here to view the IBPA’s conference program. Congratulations to this amazing team!
During the week of September 15 through September 19th, our district’s four high schools will display the POW/MIA flag under the United States flag flying in front of the schools. The district has joined with the members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 776to remember and honor our country’s Vietnam War veterans whose fate remains unknown. The first flag raising ceremony was held at Davenport North on Tuesday, September 16th, followed by Davenport Central on Wednesday, September 17. Davenport West will hold their ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, September 19th which is the National Day of Recognition for the POW/MIAs.
The Creative Arts Academy students and staff held a special event on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Figge Museum to commemorate the 200th anniversary of writing of our national anthem. Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would later be set to music and become the “Star Spangled Banner” as he watched our country’s flag flying during the battle of Ft. McHenry on September 14, 1814. CAA students, their parents, staff members, Congressman Dave Loebsack, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, and members of the community, sang the “Star Spangled Banner” in conjunction with many other school groups from across the nation to mark this important historical event. For more information, please see the coverage in the Quad City Times at CAA Students Mark Historic Event.
The Davenport Community School District supplies many of its own needs. The district’s bakery was featured in a Quad City Times story. Whole grain dinner rolls, sub sandwich rolls and other baked goods are provided for students’ school lunches. Not only can the bakery offer fresh items without artificial preservatives, but it also saves the district money. For more information, please see the full story at Bakery Mixes Up Healthy Choices.
Congratulations to Mackenzie Gibson (Battalion Commander), Sam York (Executive Officer), and Chris Johnson (Command Sergeant Major), the three Central High student cadets who were promoted and selected as the Senior Leadership for this year’s Blue Devil Army JROTC Battalion. These three cadets will lead the entire Corps of Cadets, which is over 100 students strong, through the 2014/2015 school year.
North High junior Gregory Middleton and freshman Holli Browning participated in the Quad City Summer Transportation Institute, a program that teaches students about the transportation industry in the Quad Cities. The students took trips to the Davenport Public Works to explore how transportation affects our everyday lives. Guest speakers from the Iowa Department of Transportation spoke about the challenges facing travelers with regards to scheduled maintenance on Iowa’s highways and interstates. Speakers also discussed the challenges in Davenport’s Elmore and 53rd St. corridor and how preventative road maintenance could alleviate much of the traffic congestion in the area.
Long time West High Football Coach Roger Harrington will be inducted into the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame this fall. West High will honor Coach Harrington at their September 18th football game vs Cedar Rapids Jefferson, at Brady Street Stadium during halftime of the varsity game. Fans, as well as all former players and staff, are encouraged to attend this game to pay tribute to a great West High coach.
Hannah Quick and Gracie Schebler, two of Central High’s Environmental Club leaders, took part in the recent Climate March. They crossed the Arsenal Bridge into Illinois with the group, and then participated and walked for part of the route. The Climate March is a movement which challenges environmentally conscious individuals to participate in local legs of a journey from L.A. to D.C. The purpose is to raise public awareness about climate change and challenge politicians to address the issue. Great job ladies!