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Mayli Grady, West High junior and student at the Creative Arts Academy, has had her artwork selected for the Governor’s Show during Youth Art Month. Her artwork will take a place of honor among over two hundred other pieces of student work from all over the state of Iowa. A reception will be held on Saturday, March 7th at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. A ceremony will be held starting at 1:30 and continuing until all students have received their awards. Other CAA Students receiving recognition are Sarah Dyar (6th Grade), Tiara Soppe (6th Grade), and Lily Castel (Dream Student). Congratulations!
Congratulations to Brady Cartee and Jacob Houghton on receiving Academic All-State Honors in football this season. These two scholars and athletes were nominated by Coach Roaring to attain this honor, awarded by the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association. Brady and Jacob had to have a 3.7 cumulative GPA and demonstrate a commitment to making our community a better place. Great job guys! We are proud of your commitment in the community, the classroom, and out on the field!
The Blue Illusion Dance Team recently performed at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Competition, which is the largest state dance team competition in the country. Hundreds of teams from across the state took part in this two day event at Wells Fargo Arena at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. The girls earned Division I ratings in all three of their routines, and, for the first time in school history, they placed, bringing home second-place for their hoop routine! The girls placed seventh in both pom and hip-hop. This is also the highest the girls have ever placed in these two divisions. There was only a four point difference between first place and seventh place, in both divisions. The girls also brought home a distinguished academic award for a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 4.0!
Angelica Rua Rodriguez from West High achieved the highest music award in the state of Iowa this fall. She was one of only 280 high school band members, and one of only two alto clarinetists selected from across the state for the Iowa All-State Band. Please congratulate Angelica on this outstanding achievement.
Congrats to the Iridium Falcons and Combustible Lemons robotics teams from West High for a great performance at League Championships! The Lemons were captains of the Winning Alliance and were recognized for many awards. They will advance to the State Championship March 6th. Next stop for the Falcons and Lemons is the Nebraska State Championship this weekend. Good luck!
Superintendent Arthur Tate recently met with a panel of internal and external experts to provide recommendations to the Davenport Community School District Board of Education concerning the role of technology in education. The next step in developing a long-range technology vision is to meet with focus groups representing various stakeholders, including DCS students. The following students were recommended by his or her principal to serve on the superintendent’s committee:
Central: Eli Puente and Louis Del Vecchio
Mid City: Nathan Dunahoo and Melissa Emrey
North: Bennett Robertson and Deven Skaff
West: Taylor Carstens, Tony Nguyen, Nick Benge, Michael Adkins, and Jaime Henderkott
The students’ input will assist Superintendent Tate as he develops a recommendation to the DCS Board of Education.
This Saturday – January 31st 2015 – North High School will once again be taken over by The Big Dance, where twenty-three show choirs from 14 different high schools will be performing in the gym and the auditorium. Performances begin at 8:30 a.m. on the auditorium stage, and will run through 11:15 p.m. when the finals award winners are announced on the main stage in the gym. All-day admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
The Iowa Department of Education has announced a series of February public forums and a statewide survey following a state panel’s recommendation to get public feedback on the Next Generation Science Standards. These are a set of learning expectations in science for students in kindergarten through high school. The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by 26 states, including Iowa. All states can consider adopting and adapting them to meet their needs.
Public feedback will be used to provide guidance to the Science Standards Review Team, which is expected to submit a final recommendation regarding science standards to the State Board of Education later this year.
The survey, which is open through February 27, can be found at Next Generation Science Standards Survey.