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The Davenport Community School District has worked hard to keep at-risk students in school and bring back students who have dropped out offering these students the support they may need to finish high school. In a three-year period we’ve managed to cut the drop-out rate in half in our district.
One of our community partners, United Neighbors, plans to build a Peace Garden at their Harrison Street location to serve as a symbol of hope for youth and families. A major component of the Peace Garden will be a program called “Promise Bricks.” Sponsors can purchase bricks engraved with a student’s name and graduation date as a way to show faith in the student’s promise to graduate. The United Neighbors’ Promise Brick Program is now an important component of the Davenport Community School District’s Dropout Prevention/Graduation Advocacy campaign.
Today, central office staff at the Achievement Service Center were treated to several different musical performances by our talented students and teachers. First up was Sudlow Intermediate’s Cool Jazz Band, directed by Terry Reiter. Next was Sudlow’s Select Choir, directed by Kim Knoche. The last visiting musicians for the day were Central High’s Carolers, led by Choir Director Michael Reese and Assistant Director Emily Schrank. Special thanks to the students and staff for presenting such wonderful and powerful music. For a video of the Sudlow Select Choir, please visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH3fCIjZVAY&feature=youtu.be
Aly Olson, Miss Iowa 2014, visited Washington Elementary earlier this month. Ms. Olson spoke to the 4th grade girls’ after-school book club, which has been reading and discussing “Chrissa – An American Girl.” The students listened and asked questions as Miss Iowa shared her story regarding friendships, bullying and believing in yourself. Miss Iowa even passed around her crown for the girls to hold and try on!
Over the course of the last month, the Buffalo Student Leadership Team has planned, organized, promoted, packed and readied for distribution, a school-based food bank that served approximately 20 families. We are so proud of the hard work that the students put in on this project and the effort that the school community put forth in supporting this cause. We are confident that through this project, everyone’s heart just grew 2 sizes bigger, maybe more! Go Team Buffalo!
On Thursday December 11th, our Children’s Villages held their “Annual Holiday Musical” at the Putnam Museum. Visiting families enjoyed their little ones as they sang their hearts out to a huge crowd, and all enjoyed Happy Joe’s pizza along with “Happy the Dog.” Books were available for all the students, donated by United Way Quad Cities. Santa was there, along with TSS photography for family pictures. Boots, coats, mittens were given away by Head Start organization. This huge event would not have been possible without our volunteers, which also included our OCC & ECC students. Thanks, Children’s Villages Buffalo, Hayes, Hoover, Lincoln, Truman, and West!
TJ Green’s theater troupe’s entry “The Last Man in The World” was selected for the Best of No Shame Theater, performed at the Mabie Theater at the University of Iowa. TJ wrote this original play and also performed in two other entries. Congratulations to Kahn members TJ, John, and Kayla!
The North High boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams swept Muscatine in a doubleheader at the North High Gym on Friday night. The girls got it started in the early game with a hard fought 41-35 victory. Jacionna Stowers led the Wildcats with 18 points. In the second game, the boys pulled away at the end to notch a 71-62 victory. Shawn Butler led the Wildcats with 16 points. The Lady Wildcats also defeated the River Queens from Clinton 60-35 to improve to 6-0 on the season and are currently ranked #15 in 4A. Both the Boys and Girls will play this Friday, December 19th at Assumption starting at 6:00. Keep it going, North!
Olivia Grubbs, a senior at West High School, recently placed 6th at the Dowling Catholic Speech and Debate Tournament. She was the only Iowan to advance to this level. Her advancement to the final found at that tournament, along with her 3rd place finish at State last year, has qualified her to attend the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) which will be held May 2015 in Lincoln, NE. Only a couple of students from WHS Speech & Debate have qualified for this tournament and Olivia will be the first to compete. Congratulations, Olivia!