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The Davenport Community Schools’ student-built home was featured in the Quad City Times and on KWQC this past week. The program is facilitated by North High teacher Lynn Figg, and is a collaborative program with DCS and Quad City Area Realtors. The home is being built by students from Davenport North, Central, and West, who work alongside professional plumbers, electricians, and HVAC specialists. Students are under the watchful eyes of project leader and instructor Craig Peckenschneider, and interior designs are from the students at Scott Community College. The ranch style home, located in Oakbrook North, will be on the QC Times Parade of Homes this weekend, but has already been purchased. For more info, please follow the link to the QC Times article: http://tinyurl.com/lbmkvfm
Davenport Community Schools recently asked the community to help out with shoe donations for students in need, and the response was overwhelming! The district reached out with its request for shoes through flyers, email, school and district web sites, news coverage on KWQC-TV, and an appearance on “Paula Sands Live.” Over 500 pairs of shoes were donated by DCS families, staff, and community members. Dozens of pairs of shoes have already been distributed to students in the district, and remaining shoes will be organized and stored for future distribution as needs arise. DCS families with a need for shoes can contact their school’s Nurse, Counselor, or Family Involvement Liaison, or send a request via email to Cindy Broadie at email@example.com .
McKinley Elementary School is celebrating their 75th anniversary on Thursday, April 23rd, from 5-7pm. Join the school in this fun celebration of learning! Student artwork will be displayed throughout the building, school tours are available, and guests can examine artifacts of McKinley’s history, including PTA materials from the 1940s. For a complete schedule of all the fun activities that are planned for the night, please download the open house flyer as a PDF.
Congratulations to one of the Central High Battle of the Books teams for qualifying to the State Competition. Qualifying team members are Megan Bemis, Angus Cornish, Taryn Hutcherson, Hannah Mandell, Teresa Rossmiller, and Andrew Thompson. These students will be competing in the state competition in a couple of weeks in Marshalltown, Iowa. Congratulations to these students who are reading above and beyond what is required in the classroom!
The West High Girls Track Team won the recent Lancer 9/10 Invite by 40 points! First place winners were Steen in Shot Put; Weedon in High Jump; Pitcher in Discus; Coiner in the 3000; Strunk in the 400; Levsen in the 200; Tucker in the 100; Lewis, Morrison, Levsen, and Tucker in the 4 x 200 Relay; and Lewis, Strunk, Atkins, and Tucker in the 4 x 100 Relay. Second Place Winners were Morrison in the 200 and Lewis in the 100. Pitcher also won third place in the Shot Put. Congratulations, students!
The results from the 2015 All-State Visual Art contest are in, and Davenport Community Schools is well represented! Each of the 111 participating students throughout Iowa submitted 10 pieces from their portfolio to be judged. 5 judges (who are college level art instructors) had the daunting task of selecting the top 22 students (based on their scores) to be awarded the distinction of the All-State Honor. 2015 All State Recipients from Davenport Community Schools are:
3rd place: Austin Robertson, senior from North High
6th place: Chloe Thompson, senior from Central High/Creative Arts Academy
10th place: Taylor Shaw, senior from West High/Creative Arts Academy
16th place: William McKay, senior from Central High/Creative Arts Academy
17th place: Deven Skaff, senior from North High
19th place: Taylor Chandler, senior from Central High/Creative Arts Academy
The awards ceremony for these wonderful artists will be held at the Des Moines Art Center on Saturday, May 2, at 2:00pm.
JB Young will host an upcoming Gear Up event at 5:00pm on the evening of April 23rd, 2015. All Davenport Community School’s 7th grade students and families are invited to attend the event. The event will introduce the Gear Up Program and bring awareness to some of our Historically Black Colleges & Universities. JB Young Principal Marianne Corbin will welcome several distinguished speakers who will speak on the evening theme of “Promoting Higher Education, Literacy and Unity,” along with scholarships and the 529 Program available for assisting in funding college education. In addition, several local community organizations, youth programs and a variety of family resources will join JB Young to make this evening informative and spectacular. There will be fun activities, performances and several raffles.
Mark your calendars! North High’s production of Children of a Lesser God will return to the Holzworth stage for a special benefit performance on May 2nd and 3rd. North’s students have been awarded the honor of performing this one-act show at the International Thespian Festival this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. They are the only troupe from Iowa invited to perform other than selected individual events. The funds raised on May 2nd and 3rd will help pay for the students’ trip to the Festival. Show times for this special production are: Saturday, May 2 at 7pm and Sunday, May 3 at 2pm. Tickets available at the door. And for an in-depth look at this talented group of student actors, check out the following video taken back in November, during a rehearsal of the original production: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jty3dKB0TUQ