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Candy Reed, school counselor at Garfield Elementary, was named the 2014 Iowa Elementary School Counselor of the Year. She was given the award at the annual Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) conference on November 3, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ms. Reed, who has been a counselor at Garfield since 2006, was recognized as a result of the outstanding counseling program she has developed at the school; including elements such as the Olweus anti-bullying program, Study Skills Group, the Gator Aide program, Career Small Group, and the Drum Circle. She has also been a pioneer in school counseling in the district, initiating the elementary school counseling program in the Davenport Community Schools. Ms. Reed has served in many leadership roles including mentor teacher, a chapter president of ISCA, and as a member of the Iowa School Counseling Task Force.
A few weeks ago, Sudlow Intermediate students and staff teamed together to support Tori Vogel, an 8th grader who is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma (a pediatric cancer affecting less than 1 percent of all patients). The goal was to raise money and show support for Tori. The week concluded with a Friday assembly where science teacher Mr. Adams was nominated to shave his head. Mr. Adams felt it would have a positive effect on the student body. “I thought it would be a good motivator to get all of Sudlow involved in supporting Tori,” he said. “Tori was at first apprehensive, but then she laughed and thought shaving my head would be a neat thing to do.” Also at the assembly, Tori was presented with front row tickets and backstage passes to the Demi Lovato concert at the iWireless Center, which were a generous donation from Ms.
The Quad City Times has provided a live link to a Twitter feed/chat for the marching band competition in Indianapolis. Our Davenport Central band performed Thursday evening. If you would like to go on line to chat and express your support for the band, use @dcbands or follow the action at Bands.
Two Central High students received awards from the Journalism Education Association at a recent Washington, D.C. conference. Natalie Lawton received a “Superior” rating in the category of Yearbook Copy/Caption: Sports. Only about 10% of the students in each category get a “Superior” rating, so it’s a HUGE accomplishment on par with winning first place. Will McKay also received a “Superior” rating for his photography portfolio. Ms. Ebener, the yearbook supervisor, has been asked by the JEA to attain Will’s permission for the use of one of his photos for the cover of their national publication. Congratulations, Natalie and Will!
Davenport Community Schools is proud to announce winners in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program. Congratulations to West High’s Kyle Verdon on being named a State of Iowa WINNER! Kyle is one of only two final State Winners, and he’s a multi-sport, 4.0 GPA, student-athlete that participates in football, swimming, track and baseball. Best of luck to Kyle as his application moves forward to the National Competition! DCS had other students who also advanced in the competition, including West’s Anna Hedges and Central’s Luke Eure who are State Finalists, and Central’s Mary Marker, who is a School Winner. To learn more about the program and the selection process, visit http://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/
Congratulations to the cast and crew at North High for their amazing production of “Children of a Lesser God.” The show was performed this past weekend and received many rave reviews. This week they will be taking the show to the Iowa State Thespian Conference to compete for a spot at the International Thespian Festival next summer. Bravo Wildcats and Break a Leg! And for a behind-the-scenes peak at the preparation that went into such a unique production, please check out the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jty3dKB0TUQ
Several DCS students were recently chosen to be part of the Junior Honors Orchestra Festival in Ames on November 21st. Only 120 students from around Iowa make the final cut, so these student musicians represent the best of the best. The following schools have reported in with these selected students:
JB Young K-8: Kaia Colvin (violin)
Sudlow Intermediate: Laura Sitz (cello)
Walcott K-8: Turner Sperry (cello)
Williams Intermediate: Jarrod Hulme (cello)
Wood Intermediate: Hannah Savely (viola)
Central High: Yana Young (violin) and Elyse Dye (cello)
North High: Kelsey Harrell (violin), Haley Nicholson (cello) and Emma Saskowski (cello)
Several Davenport Community Schools student musicians were selected to be a part of the 2014 Opus Honor Choir, held in Ames in conjunction with the All-State Music Festival. With over 3,500 students being nominated for only 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs, selected students are the elite singers in the state of Iowa. The 2014 Opus Choir will perform at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20th, in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center in Ames.
The following schools have reported in with these selected students:
North High School: Congratulations go out to Darius Green, Katelyn Miller, Will Snowball, Kaitlyn Sparbel, Zion Tatum, and Tony Wriedt.
Central High School: Congratulations to John McAtee and Anania Williams.
West High School: Congratulations to Rebecca Casad.
Sudlow Intermediate School: Congratulations to Kami Knutsen, Lucas Thompson, Alex McLeland, and Christopher Norberg.