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The Mid City iJAG Initiation & Installation Ceremony took place on Friday, September 26, at Mid City High School. The ceremony was to honor all current students enrolled in the iJAG program (http://www.ijag.org/) at Mid City. iJAG students also elected officers within their classes and those officers were sworn in. The ceremony was a small glimpse of what the Mid City iJAG program hopes to accomplish this year. Thirty iJAG student members were honored at the ceremony, and the following were inducted as officers: President: Auston Angstrom; Vice Presidents: Nick Jones, Shelby Day, and Gabe Sims; Secretaries: LaMeishia Moore and Africa Shorter; Treasurers: Ronie Schutte and Lydia Warren; Photographer: Jessica Brady.
West High’s Student Senate competed in the recent Hunger Drive Kick-off Skit Competition at the new Riverbend Food Bank facility. Out of the 13 schools participating, West took 2nd place. Students came up with original lyrics to “We Will Rock You,” accompanied by drummers using buckets decorated as canned goods. Nice job, students!
Congratulations to North High’s Hailey Forrest, who is the recipient of a national award given by the Photography Society of America. Her photograph “Words Hurt Stop Bullying” was selected as the most outstanding image in the photojournalism category at the PSA Youth Photography showcase. She won $175.00, a feature article in the September issue of the PSA journal, and her image was presented at the opening ceremonies of the PSA Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Creative Arts Academy (CAA) Hub location in downtown Davenport held a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The CAA Hub is located inside the Downtown Branch of the Davenport Public Library. The CAA needed a centrally-based downtown learning site to enable students easily move to learning experiences at various arts partner locations such as the Figge, the River Music Experience, the Adler Theater and others. A collaborative partnership between the library, the City of Davenport and the school district made this dream a reality. Please check out the story on WQAD TV-8 at Creative Arts Academy Hub Unveiled.
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Iowa’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers recently hosted 50 professionals for a day of workshops at Davenport’s River Center. Afterschool program staff and administrators from across the state attended workshops on everything from engaging students, to budgeting, to STEM and reading intervention in afterschool. Staff from Davenport Community Schools and Stepping Stones—the out of school time collaboration between Davenport Community Schools, the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department, and Iowa State University Extension—presented on the following topics at the workshop:
The Role of the Principal in Afterschool, presented by T.J. Schneckloth, Steve Mielenhausen, and Tonya Wilkins (DCS Elementary School Principals)
Engaging Students, presented by Sarah Harris (DCS)
Hands-On STEM, presented by Jen Best (ISU Extension)
Summer Reading Intervention Programs, presented by Beth Evans, Tarrah Parrish, and Shaney Ford (DCS and Stepping Stones)
Central High senior Justin Sanchez was awarded the title of Male Student Hunger Drive Ambassador for the Quad Cities. In order to achieve this role, Justin had to write two essays, provide a letter of recommendation, and interview against students from the 16 other high schools in the area. As Ambassador, Justin will be the face of the Student Hunger Drive, handle the majority of the media interviews, and lead many of the events. Congratulations to Justin on this remarkable achievement!
Walcott’s 7th grade students recently traveled to Nahant Marsh for an immersive science field trip. Students learned about the importance of wetlands, and the mammals that rely on these types of marsh environments. Students also participated in a pond study where they tested the water quality at the marsh by catching certain types of macro invertebrates. Certain types of invertebrates can only survive in healthy water, and the students spent part of the morning searching for those types. Nice work, students!
The West High Boys Golf Team played at the Greyhound Invitational on Thursday, September 25, and Jordan Rhoades placed 4th overall in the 72–player field. Congratulations, Jordan!