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Students in Mr. Thede’s Manufacturing and Product Development class have been very busy these nine weeks. They have built our Graduation Podium for our graduation ceremony this spring. In addition, they have been raising money by repairing furniture for faculty, building custom made golf club sets, and repairing golf clubs along with helping perform community service projects.
On Thursday, May 14th, Buchanan Elementary treated a standing room only crowd to a K-5 art walk and K-2 music concert. Every K-5 student displayed at least one piece of artwork and the K-2 students performed songs telling the story of Frog and Toad All Year.
The Davenport Community School District is pleased to announce the five finalists for the Bechtel Trust History Scholarship Award: Halie Dodd-North High School, Katelyn Griffith-West High School, Bailey Johnston-Central High School, Alicia Luebbe-West High School, and Thompson Teasdale-Central High School. The students submitted an initial project plan and student profile which were then reviewed and scored by a panel of judges. The projects explored the Effie Afton Steam Accident and its impact on local and national history.
The finalists will each participate in a final interview and present their projects on the evening of May 28th, 2015. We invite the public to attend these presentations beginning with a light reception beginning at 6:00 PM in the Jim Hester Board Room in the Administrative Service Center.
May is School Board Appreciation Month. We appreciate all it does on an ongoing basis; however, we wanted to take this opportunity to especially thank DCSD’s School Board for the groundbreaking work begun this year. These initiatives included supporting actions, programs, and activities to reduce the impact of poverty on our students and their families; improving school climate; and advocating for legislation focused on funding equity for Davenport youth.
Next time you see Ralph Johanson, Richard Clewell, Nikki DeFauw, Ken Krumwiede, Jamie Snyder, Maria Dickmann, or Linda Hayes, please extend your personal, “Thank you!” for their commitment to youth and innovative approach to a school board’s work.
To learn more about these initiatives, see board meeting minutes of August 11, 2014; January 5, 2014; March 2, 2015; March 9, 2015; April 6, 2015; April 27, 2015; and May 4, 2015.
The Davenport Community Schools are pleased to announce their high school graduation schedule for 2015:
2014-15 Graduation Schedule
May 27, 2015 at Galvin Fine Arts – St. Ambrose
7:00 pm – Mid City High School Graduation Ceremony
May 31, 2015 at the I Wireless Center
11:00 am – West High School Graduation Ceremony
2:00 pm – Central High School Graduation Ceremony
4:30 pm – North High School Graduation Ceremony
Note: The iWireless Center has begun work to renovate and improve select areas of the building. Guests with mobility challenges will be able to enter through the west-end lobby doors (doors closest to the iWireless Center’s parking lots) to enable them to use the elevator. All other guests entering from the ground level should enter through the east-end lobby doors (those closer to the Radisson).
The School Board recently completed its study of Dr. Donna Beegle’s book, See Poverty … Be the Difference, which included a Skype call with Dr. Beegle on May 4th. Dr. Beegle complimented the board as being revolutionary and pioneering. Click here to read summaries of the discussions. From here, the discussion and findings will be taken to the Poverty Committee to develop a more explicit action plan.
The Wood Intermediate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mass choirs were invited to sing the Star Spangled-Banner at the May 13th home game of the Quad Cities River Bandits. Sunny and blue skies welcomed their rendition as a full stadium of enthusiastic fans sang along. Many of the singers were honored at the opportunity to perform. The staff at Modern Woodmen Park mentioned that the 136 voiced mass choir was the largest ensemble ever to perform at a home game. A great time was had by everyone involved! A big thanks to Mrs. Klein for coordinating the efforts of this field trip, as well as, Mrs. Bollman and Mrs. Morrison for chaperoning the trip. And finally, Wood would like to thank the Davenport School’s Great Minds Foundation for their generous support of transportation costs.
Davenport West High School senior Solomon Yoke has been named a national winner in the Quill and Scroll 2015 International Writing and Photo Contest judged by professional journalists. Solomon was one of 28 winners in the Feature Writing category out of 266 entries from across the nation. Solomon’s feature article, “Cassie gives back after battling cancer,” appeared in the school newspaper, the Beak ‘n’ Eye. He received a gold key medallion from Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for high school journalists.