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The “Combustible Lemons,” West High’s FIRST Tech Challenge team, recently participated in the Iowa FTC State Championship, and we’re proud to say the Lemons won the Inspire Award and were also the Winning Alliance Captain! Congratulations, students. The team is currently at the Super Regional competition, so wish them luck!
The Iowa Department of Education has selected Central High as a state exemplar for career readiness and preparing students for college. Central was asked to submit examples of the things they are doing to help students prepare to be successful, and the committee was quite impressed by the school’s commitment to helping students succeed. Central has now been entered in the national competition with other schools from as many as 34 states across the country.
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded Davenport Community Schools the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. DCS was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014. This is our 14th consecutive year to receive the award.
The Davenport Community Schools will expand the outreach and impact of its Google Apps for Education services for high school students beginning fourth quarter of the 2014-15 academic year. This expansion will allow sharing of resources from around the world including file sharing and classroom connections. Grades 3-8 will still participate only in internal sharing and resources limited to district staff and students. Though this broader reach will expand educational opportunities for Davenport high schoolers, it will also allow students external email access. Parents interested in finding out more about this service and the process to opt out on behalf of their student can click here.
In response to parent and community interest, Superintendent Dr. Art Tate has compiled a fact sheet regarding the history of state funding and the current debate over funding equity. See below:
1. Beginning in the mid-1970s an Iowa education funding formula set a cost per student which divided the state into two tiers of districts. There were 165 districts which had the value of students placed at a lower rate than over 170 other districts. The higher districts received more money per student because they had the resources to historically spend more funds for each student. This inequality in per student funding was never corrected and stands today.
2. Davenport Community Schools is a district that receives less per student funding. The difference in what DCS can spend for each student and what the highest district in the upper 178 districts is authorized to spend is $175.
Spring is here, and some students do not have appropriate shoes for walking to school or participating in recess and physical education class. Schools are asking for the community’s support to provide students with this basic need.
What: New or “like new” athletic-type (closed toe, lace-up) shoes for male and female students. We will accept all sizes.
When: Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27 2015
Where: Drop off shoes at any Davenport school building or the Achievement Service Center (ASC), 1606 Brady Street, during school hours.
All donations are tax deductible! For more information, please contact Cindy Broadie at (563) 362-8434. Thank you!
On March 4th, Falcon Friends members participated in “Spread the Word to End the Word.” This is a national campaign to encourage people to pledge to stop using the R word because it is hurtful to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Students passed out stickers to those who signed the poster in support of the cause.
For the second year in a row, North High’s “Norwica” year book staff received the Neubert Award for the Whole Book Contest for the State of Iowa. This is the top of the top award in the state. Congratulations to all of our “bookies,” including Editor-in-Chief Ana Munson and Photo Editor Kevin Truong.