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Central’s Environmental Club has been recognized on a national blog site, eCycle Best. We are so proud and thankful for the work that this group has done year after year! It is truly amazing and inspiring for Central students as well as students in other schools. The students in Environmental Club remind us all that we each have the ability to make a difference.
At long last, West’s new drinking fountain has been installed. It fills disposable plastic bottles; keeping track of how much wasted is eliminated by reusing bottles. Paid for by the hard work of Student Senate, cold water can be had year round! It only took a year and a half. Be appreciative when you use it!
A specially-selected group of students from the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) Team at Central High recently traveled to San Diego to present at the International Bullying Prevention Association annual conference. This year was particularly special because Dan Olweus, the creator and primary researcher of the profoundly successful and internationally utilized Olweus Bully Prevention Program, was there from Sweden to accept his Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, there were speakers from Finland, Lithuania, West Africa and Canada. The Central High group teamed up with DCS staff to present to the international audience on the impact that the IS3 Grant has had on engaging the community in bullying prevention efforts.
In addition to the San Diego trip, six students from the Central IS3 team attended the Iowa High School Multi-Tiered Approach to Gender Violence Prevention Summit at the University of Northern Iowa.
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Mid City iJAG students attended the Quad City Minority Partnership Conference at Augustana College. Students participated in multiple workshops focusing on financial aid, student health, smart choices with social media, and college prep. They also had the opportunity to visit with representatives from colleges across Iowa and Illinois This fall semester, Mid City iJAG students have also had the opportunity to tour Blackhawk College, Paul Mitchell, Scott Community College, and St. Ambrose University.
Five students from the Walcott sixth grade band participated in the Davenport Community School District Sixth Grade Honor Band. These five students were part of a band of over sixty sixth graders from schools throughout the district. It was a great event for the students to meet band members from other schools, perform challenging music, and learn from guest conductor Gary Ciccotelli. The participants from Walcott were: Austyn Hazelett, Matt Reis, Evelyn Keppy, Chase Bruns and Dustin Cornelison.
Three Walcott eighth grade students were selected to attend the Super Power Nutrition summit in Indianola, Iowa along with 30 other schools in the state! The Super Power Summit was an event held to empower teams of middle school students to live active lifestyles.
Pat Militich made a guest appearance for a group of students at the Keystone Academy. Mr. Militich discussed life choices with the students and the path that led him to his future career as a welterweight champion. Thank you for your support Mr. Militich!
Eisenhower Elementary completed the first annual Super Hero Fun Run/Walk on November 2. Over 200 participants joined in for the ¼ mile, 1-mile, or 5K. Winners of the 5k were Jake Jantzi and MiaJoy Neumeyer. Each participant received a ribbon for completing their race.
Eisenhower also had 5th grade students at JA World for the ribbon cutting at Junior Achievement of the Heartland’s 15th Anniversary. Mayor Gluba attended the event and Eisenhower’s elected Mayor of Biztown, KyaSue Locke, helped to cut the ribbon. The students learned a lot about business and every shop paid off their loan that day. Many local media outlets were present to capture the ribbon cutting.
Two high schools will hold Freshman Orientation nights for current 8th grade students and their parents:
North High School’s event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in the school auditorium. Jason White, NHS alumni, and University of Iowa graduate/Hawkeye athlete will be the guest speaker. Teachers, coaches, and activity sponsors will be available out side the auditorium to answer questions before and after the presentation (6:00-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:00 p.m.). Snow date is December 17, 2014.
Central High School welcomes its incoming freshmen for the 2015-2016 school year and their parents at an event from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 or Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Kahler Auditorium. Please join teachers, coaches, and activity sponsors to learn more about Central.
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Today the Quad City Chamber of Commerce hosted a Regional Vision Summit, gathering leaders from business, labor, education, human services, arts and local government at the iWireless Center. The session hosted Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and their Chamber CEO Roy Williams as keynote speakers who shared how Oklahoma City took a regional approach to revitalization and economic growth. The forum included a brainstorm on how to promote the Quad Cities as “cool, creative and prosperous,” including a lot of interest in the Davenport Community Schools’ new Creative Arts Academy of the Quad Cities.
Central High senior Pablo Haake attended the session and provided a youth voice, including posing a public forum question about meaningful roles for young people and providing an “elevator speech” description of the many appealing features of the Quad Cities for new movers.