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School Board Approves Last Student Day for May 29th

Calendars and Events The Davenport Community School Board voted on Monday night to finalize this school year’s schedule to set the last day of school for students as Friday, May 29th. This date reflects the new state law that allows school districts to use a 1,080 hour schedule instead of 180 days. The change allowed districts to “bank” hours for bad weather. Students K-12 will fulfill their 1,080 hours on May 29, so they will not have to make up one of the weather-related cancelations from this school year. All staff is still required to report for a regular day of duty on…

Central High’s Special Olympics Track and Field Team Headed to State

This season, each athlete on Central High’s Special Olympics Track and Field Team received 1st place in at least 1 event (some in 2 events!), and the entire team will get to compete in the State Competition in May at Iowa State University. The team also received complements on their great sportsmanship in cheering on their teammates and all the other athletes as they were competing. The crowd could hear them cheering people all from across the field!  Team members and their event specialties are: Nick Laster (50M & 100M) DJ Cooke (200M & 400M) Antonio Salazar (400M and Running…

DCS Student Artists Participating in “Village in Bloom”

Students at several of the Davenport Community Schools recently created sculptures for the 3rd annual Village in Bloom Festival, a free event that honors the lives of local artists John and Isabel Bloom. Many of the sculpture materials students have used for these art projects are repurposed, recycled, and reused. This pictured sculpture is called “Cats and Birds and Fish, Oh My!” and was created by students at Jackson Elementary. Other participating schools include Adams Elementary, Central High, Williams Intermediate, Madison Elementary, the Madison Stepping Stones program, Washington Elementary, North High, and JB Young K-8. Finished sculptures will be on…

Grammy Award Nominee Visits Wood Intermediate

Grammy Award Nominee Nnenna Freelon visited with Wood Intermediate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir students on April 14 as the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist. Nnenna sang and exchanged ideas about vocal performance, music, and relationships in general. The 7th and 8th grade choirs also sang for her, moving her to tears. Ms. Freelon is an American jazz singer, composer, producer, and arranger. She has been nominated for five Grammy Awards for her vocal work and has performed and toured with artists such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Herbie Hancock, just to name a few. She has performed…

Jackson Elementary Acknowledges Students’ Hard Work with a Celebratory Drum Circle

[Show picture list] On Friday April 10th, Jackson Elementary staff and students celebrated finishing the Iowa Assessments during their monthly ROAR assembly. Students were acknowledged for their hard work at demonstrating the “A” of the ROAR, “Always Using Life Skills.” The Drum Circle 4th grade girls performed their drumming skills, led by Dr. Gene Bechen from St. Ambrose University. Dr. Bechen works with these girls once a week on developing their skills and building their character trait tool belt.…

Central Students Attend “We Are One” Rally

A representative group of 17 Central High students attended the “We Are One” Rally at the Capitol Complex in Des Moines on Tuesday, March 31st. This event was hosted by the Iowa Student Learning Institute and featured several speakers, including the Governor and Central’s own Pablo Haake. Students were also given a chance to collaborate on issues that were important to them, such as student voice and bullying. Finally, they had the opportunity to meet with legislators in the House of Representatives. Thank you to all students who attended and represented Central in such a positive manner!…

Sudlow Students Participate in Kennedy Honor Choir

Laura Sitz, 7th grade student at Sudlow Intermediate, was recently selected by orchestra director Mr. Svennevig to participate in the Kennedy Honors Orchestra in Cedar Rapids and the Junior Honors Orchestra in Ames. “She has an excellent level of ability,” Mr. Svennevig said. “I thought she would enjoy the experience of playing with some of the top students from Eastern Iowa.” Sitz was honored to be selected, stating, “I was excited to participate in both orchestras. I like the big sounds and being in a big group, playing together.” Lily Chen, Sudlow 8th grader and fellow orchestra friend of Laura’s,…

Marine Corps JROTC Wins Multiple Awards

On Saturday March 28th, the Davenport Community Schools Marine Corps JROTC team competed in a drill meet held in Waterloo, Iowa. The team placed highly in a number of competitive events, including 1st place in Armed duets, 2nd place in the marksmanship shooting match, and 3rd place finishes in the physical fitness competition, unarmed exhibition drill, new cadet IDR drill, and inspection team. Great job, students!…
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