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Mrs. Kormann, Mentor Teacher in math at Mid-City High, is piloting a new online math software program called ALEKS with her Computer-based Algebra students. ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a ground-breaking technology developed at New York University and the University of California, Irvine, by a team of software engineers, mathematicians, and cognitive scientists with the support of a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. ALEKS is fundamentally different from previous educational software; at the heart of the system is an artificial intelligence engine that assesses each student individually and continuously. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course, and then instructs the student on the topics they are most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.
Earlier this month, six West High students took classes at the Hot Glass glassblowing studio, located in downtown Davenport. Kylie Barraclough, Paige Roehlk, Darius Klinkner, Gary Landstrom, Kyle Herrick, and Matt Weiser each learned how to make a paperweight and a glass-blown piece. Joel Ryser, executive director of Hot Glass, was able to hold these classes for these students through grants from HavLife and the Iowa Arts Council.
The North High volleyball team traveled to Washington High School on Monday, October 27th for the first round of regional play, and the Wildcats came out on top with a win in straight sets. Alexa Harper led the team in kills, and great performances were also turned in by Perry Howard, Jenna Ringsdorf, Lyndy Holdt, and Kylie Farnsworth. Next up for the Wildcats is a game tonight (Thursday the 30th) at DeWitt at 7:00. Good luck Wildcats!
The Davenport Community School District’s annual Band Spectacular was held a 7 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 at the Brady Street Stadium. The concert showcases the talents of Davenport high school and intermediate school students. Participating were: Central, North, and West high schools, along with Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams, Wood, and Young intermediate schools. A strong crowd of parents, family, and community members turned out to enjoy a perfect fall evening while reveling in the sights and sounds of these marching bands. All nine bands performed a patriotic medley to close the evening.
Congratulations to Central High’s Marching Blue Devils on another extremely successful weekend at the WIU Marching Band Classic. The drum majors won best in class giving them their 4th title in 5 contests. The percussion section won best in class giving them their 5th title in 5 contests and giving them a sweep of caption awards for the season. The Marching Blue Devils finished in 1st place in class 4-A and were named Grand Champions. This season the Marching Blue Devils have won 13 caption awards, finished in 2nd twice, finished 1st three times, and have 2 Grand Champion Awards.
Last Thursday at Mid City High, Ms. Meyers and her CSI Science students took a mini field trip outside for a unique forensics activity. Using a variety of techniques utilized by real-life forensic scientists, students worked with “blood” spatter samples to study high velocity, large volume, and cast off spatter. These samples will be used during future labs to determine angle of impact, point of origin, and type of spatter. And the blood? A super-secret recipe concocted by Ms. Meyers in the privacy of her own kitchen! (it’s just corn syrup, coffee, Hershey’s cocoa, corn starch and food coloring). Students Vince Oswalt, Gabe Sims, Aleecia Blasdell, Scott Boyer, Rikki Pandori, Lameishia Moore, Billie Stanger, Victor Rodriguez, Trey Canaday, Trea Ingle, Deontye Lewis and Michelle McCrady all participated in the activity.
Walcott k-8 held their 2nd annual fun run on Wednesday, October 8th. Students from kindergarten to fifth grade participated in the run to help support the Live Healthy Iowa fall fitness day. Each grade level wore a different color in support of their team, and the students ran laps around a track while listening to a DJ. The students had a great time and were able to get up and get moving to help make Iowa a more healthy state!
Dodge ball fanatics at West High helped raise over $400 for the school’s Hunger Drive. “The Crits” were announced as the winning team, and a special thanks goes out to referees Jenkins and Noes. Signups for Round 2 begin on October 21st.