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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 June 1 and all staff except Paras on June 2.
Below is the revised schedule for the final week of school:
May 25, 2015
No School – Memorial Day
May 26, 2015
Regular day of school
Senior Finals Schedule
May 27, 2015
Regular day of school – 1 hour early Wednesday dismissal
Senior Finals Schedule
May 28, 2015
Regular day of school for all students
No early dismissal for High School Students:
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 Long Jump)
Claire Tibbetts (100M and Turbo Jav)
Tony McDonnell (100M and Turbo Jav)
Karl Lantzky (400M and Shot Put)
Athen Carrington (200M and 400M)
Hunter Songolia (100M and 200M)
Baylee Norris (400M and 800M)
Esston Menke (400M and 800M)
Jalynn Nunnely (50M and 100M)
Congratulations to these amazing athletes on their hard work and great sportsmanship!
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 display at the festival on Saturday, May 2nd, in the Village of East Davenport. Please see http://www.villageinbloom.org/ for more details.
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 at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and more.
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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.
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!
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, also participated in the Kennedy Honors Orchestra. “I was excited and a little surprised to be selected,” Chen said. “It was fun and hard, but it was cool to work with a different conductor.” Both girls were able to takeaway something special from their experience.
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!