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The Honorable Bill Gluba, Mayor of the City of Davenport, presented Davenport Community Schools Superintendent Art Tate with a proclamation from the City commending the Davenport Community Schools leadership in seeking equitable education funding for its students and calls upon the State Legislature to act promptly to address this long-standing funding inequity that negatively impacting Davenport students. The presentation took place at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Click to read the City of Davenport Proclamation.
Western Illinois University Professor Dr. Tiffany Stoner-Harris recently visited the Creative Arts Academy high school theatre class so students could gain a greater understanding of multicultural experiences as they study classic plays. Students are studying “A Raisin in the Sun,” and Dr. Stoner-Harris discussed her family and her experiences as black Americans. When TJ Green asked Dr. Stoner-Harris what she believes will help end racism, her answer was, “Exactly what we are doing, having the courage to sit down and have challenging conversations about our lives.” An important point students shared is that we all belong to the human race and have many similarities, but it is also important to not deny our differences making us unique.
Congratulations to our DCS ProStart students competing in the 2015 Iowa ProStart Invitational in Ames. The teams worked hard to make Davenport proud. The culinary team of Maria DeMarr, Liz Fury, Uriah Holt, Katie Ruefer, and Alyssa Pearson showed off their culinary skills to make an appetizing meal. Our Management team proposed their original restaurant the Breakfast Club placing 3rd, only fractions of a point away from 1st. The Management team is composed of Christian Brown, JaLynne Browning, Alyssa Pearson, Ashley Madison, and Maria DeMarr.
Congratulations to Wood Intermediate’s Jack West! He has qualified to complete in the State National Geographic Alliance Geography Bee in Des Moines
JB Young’s 8th Grade classes recently visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Students were accompanied by Principal Marianne Corbin, the 8th grade teachers, and other staff on their excursion. Charter buses picked up the students and staff early in the morning to spend as much time as possible at the museum. After visiting the museum, staff and students had lunch at a local pizza restaurant in Springfield. Student behavior was outstanding on the trip, and they were in awe of the exhibits and activities they interacted with. Since students enjoyed the trip so much and were so well behaved, the plan is to make this an annual trip!
On Saturday February 21st, several Sudlow students participated in the Elementary/Middle school IHSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival at North High School. Select students chose a piece to perform in front of a judge and spent many hours practicing leading up to the actual event. Several students commented on how proud they were of themselves for the rating they received. Seventh grade drummer Michael Hill received a Division I rating for his snare drum solo. “I was surprised by my score a little bit,” he said. “I didn’t get to work on it very long due to switching solos, but I was pleased that I received a I.”
Another seventh grade drummer, Chloe Ossowski, also received a Division I rating for her snare solo. “I didn’t think I did that great,” she said.
Central High’s Future Teacher Club students recently had the opportunity to work with students at the YMCA preschool. Students Elise Jasper, Nicole Garth, Tykeira Estes, Josie Brown, Maranda Hyde, and Katie Wilt worked together to complete several activities and read books in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Thank you to this group of young ladies for their enthusiasm and commitment to early childhood education.
The North High Lady Wildcat Basketball Team set a new single season wins mark this year, totaling 17 wins on the year. The team put together a great season together, surpassing the previous win total of 16. With the team returning all but one senior for next season, the future looks bright for these Lady Wildcats!