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This summer, Senior Krishna Marme had the opportunity to intern with the Iowa City branch of the League of Conservation Voters. Every two weeks, she wrote an editorial to help spread the word about environmental actions. She also petitioned for the Clean Water Rule and made phone calls to try to get the greater Quad Cities involved. She sent letters to Governor Branstad about how much Iowa needed to have two subsidies renewed so that Iowa’s wind power could be expanded and in support of new regulations to control runoff in the state. She attended political events to see how candidates would respond to environmental issues. Congratulations to Krishna on seizing this enriching opportunity.
Marlo Clarke was a guest speaker for JB Young’s AVID students on Friday September, 4th. He talked with them about the five things needed to be successful in any situation. Marlo will also be joining a pep rally with the GEAR UP students in September. JB Young’s AVID students are also taking charge of safety patrol before and after school. Romello Brown and Joey Morton are just two of the 16 student volunteers helping keep JB Young students safe.
Sixteen Army JROTC cadets participated and graduated from the Army JROTC Leadership Challenge at Camp Dodge, the National Guard Center in Johnston, Iowa. Cadets were challenged physically and mentally to overcome various obstacles. Training objectives the cadets applied throughout the challenges focused on team work, problem solving, and flexibility. Way to go cadets!
On Friday, September 11th, West High extended its winning streak to three, a historic start to the season and more wins than they had in all of the past five years. First-year head coach Justin Peters led the team to the victory after scoring an immediate touchdown on the second half opening drive, bringing the score to a 14-14 tie. West ended the game with a score of 28 to Burlington’s 20.
Good luck to the Falcons tomorrow night against Cedar Rapids Jefferson!!
Source: “Friday’s report: Davenport West moves to 3-0 with win at Burlington.” Quad City Times. September 11, 2015.
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The Davenport Community School District Board of Directors welcomed its two newest members, Julie DeSalvo and Daniel Gosa, who were sworn in during the Monday, September 14, 2015 Board meeting. Also sworn in were Linda Hayes, who had been appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Bill Sherwood, and veteran board member Ralph Johanson, who were also approved by voters in the September 8th election.
The Board honored two outgoing members, Nikki DeFauw and Ken Krumwiede, who served on the Board for a combined total of 21 years. During her tenure on the Board, Director DeFauw was a passionate advocate for equal educational and enrichment opportunities for all students.
The Sudlow Orange Crush marching band marched with Central High School in their season opener at Brady Street Stadium against Burlington on September 4th. The Orange Crush, which consists of 150 7th and 8th graders, was able to march this year after a 3-year hiatus. “This annual event has been rained out the last 3 years,” band director Terry Retier said. “This year broke the jinx!” Look for the Orange Crush marching band at future events, including the Band Spectacular on Tuesday, October 13th.
Sudlow’s staff grows each year; this year, the staff gained a fourlegged friend, Flynn. Trained by QCCAN, Flynn is a facility dog helping students adjust to difficult situations and providing comfort. Flynn spent ten months in training and is already making a huge impact, especially with the SWS students.
“Whenever he comes into the room, the students’ attitudes and behaviors change,” Susan Dawson, SWS Para, said. “He’s made a big impact, but we do sometimes have to remind the students that we need to focus on the work!”
Seventh grade student Arianna commented that she really likes it when Flynn comes to visit her class. “I love animals,” she said. “So, sometimes when I pet him, I get my work done a little bit faster.
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For the last three years, Eisenhower students in Ms. Derry Spotten-Martinez’s 4th grade class have exchanged pen pal letters with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) members. This last May, for the first time, students and adults got to meet each other at an end-of-the-year “Gathering of Pals.” It was great fun—Ms. Spotten-Martinez set out board games which gave the Pen Pals time to talk and meet. Then they had cookies and punch.
Pen Pal-ling has been a great way to inspire kids to write, and the volunteers really enjoy it, too. While this is a fine way for RSVP’s busy members to tutor/mentor a child, it is also an excellent way for less mobile members to continue to tutor/mentor from the comfort of their own homes.