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Congratulations to the six talented athletes who were chosen as members of the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. The young ladies include Madeline Darland, Cassidy Jarrett, Caitlyn Oliger, Justine Doyle, Dayna Tanner, and Victoria Taylor. They are headed to Des Moines Thursday, March 5th, and Friday, March 6th, to perform at the Girls State Basketball Tournament. This is an honor for them to have been chosen. More than 500 girls tried out for the team and only 250 made it. Each school is allowed to bring six girls to audition, and all six of our athletes made the team. Go Blue!
West High’s Dalton Donald recently brought a special guest to speech class to help him deliver his “How to Train a Dog” speech. As you can see in the photos, “Onyx,” a certified therapeutic dog, helped Dalton out with his presentation. Very cool!
The Legislative Advocacy Committee of the Davenport Community Schools School Board will be hosting an Education Forum on Saturday, March 7th from Noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University. The primary discussion of the Education Forum will be on legislation proposed by the committee to the Iowa Senate Education Committee regarding funding equity in the student funding formula. All local legislators have been invited. Please join us for this opportunity to give your perspective on the impact of funding on the quality of schools in Iowa. The session will immediately follow the General Forum from 10:00 – Noon sponsored by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and a host of other local organizations.
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Students from Jackson and their families recently came together to Celebrate African American History. The students portrayed different famous African Americans as “wax” statues that came to life when their button was pushed. When the students came to life, they talked about themselves as others tried to guess who they were. The students worked hard learning about their famous person and were excited to share what they learned or knew. What a cool project!
On February 19th, nine students from the North High Art Department attended a portfolio review hosted by the Figge Art Museum. Eight colleges attended and critiqued students’ artwork. All students were dressed professionally, had top-notch portfolios prepared, and represented North in a fantastic way. Students were given feedback that helped them better their portfolios, prepare for college, and made them competitive for scholarships. Many colleges worked on recruiting the students to come to their college.
North’s Art Department would also like to congratulate the following students for their artworks that were selected to be part of the 2015 North Park Mall Art Show. The show will be on display by Wet Seal & Bath & Body Works from Feb. 13th through March 3rd.
Congratulations to the Central High Girls Bowling Team for their 2nd place finish at Substate! The girls finished this season with their highest pin fall of 2716. This bested their highest pin fall for the entire season by over 100 pins. The team consists of Sarah Walsh, Caley Crausby, Ashlee Diefenbach, Lauren Ferguson, Nicole Meyers, and Grace Herington. Individually, Nicole Meyers advanced to the State Bowling Tournament by finishing with the highest total among all girls at Substate, with a score of 420 for 2 games. Nicole was the only girl to score over 400. Congratulations!
Nathan Cunningham, senior at the Creative Arts Academy and Central High School, has been announced as the winner of the “Our Water” photo contest sponsored by the City of Davenport. Being awarded the Grand Jury Prize is a very high honor, especially for a high school student competing against other professional photographers. In addition to Nathan’s win, Hannah Hansen of Central High was named an Honorable Mention recipient.
The “Our Water” contest was hosted on ViewBug, a popular photography contest site where other artists can comment on and “like” submitted images. To see all the images, visit http://www.viewbug.com/contests/our-water-photo-contest
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Musical entertainer Jeanie B recently performed at the Children’s Villages to a crowd of energetic preschoolers. It may have been cold outside, but our students and teachers worked up a sweat as they danced and sang with Jeanie. Two students had all the right moves and won a copy of Jeanie B.’s latest CD. Congratulations, winners!