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On December 14th, Central High welcomed 53 new inductees to the Central High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). This marks the 30th year of NHS induction at Central. The ceremony, which recognized past and present members, took place in Central’s Kahler auditorium where students participated in a formal candlelight entrance, took the NHS oath, and received their membership pins and certificates. Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, character, and community service. Guest speakers Mason Tope and Michelle Rome, former NHS members and Central alumni, shared their journeys and encouraged students to find their passion.
On Thursday, December 10th, members of Mr. Kohl’s German classes went to Chicago to experience the Christmas Schooner, visit Navy Pier/greenhouse, and shop at the Christmas Market.
The J.B. Young K-8 kindergartners and first graders attended the Polar Express IMAX movie and pajama party at the Putnam Museum on Monday, December 21st. After the movie, they visited the museum and science center.
On Friday, December 11th, 153 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Wood Intermediate choir members returned to Iowa City to visit the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on a mission to spread holiday cheer to the patients, staff, and visitors. The students’ heartfelt performances in the John W. Colloton Pavillion Atrium were well received, as was evident by the many smiles, tears, and applause offered during the hour-long luncheon performance. Each student also crafted a personalized get-well-soon card of solidarity that was shared with the patients.
Several Davenport student groups have helped out the less fortunate this holiday season. West High’s National Honor Society students wrapped presents for Brittany’s Gifts. The Central High boys’ basketball teams worked hard to put together and deliver food baskets to J.B. Young and Sudlow schools, and the Leadership Team created a plan to assemble 70 non-perishable holiday dinner boxes for Central as well as Jefferson Elementary families. Walcott student council shopped for their “Cozy Christmas” gifts at Target. This year, an anonymous donor gave Target employees a $100 gift card to add to the collection. Students received numerous compliments from the Target staff about how well-behaved, organized, and polite they were while shopping. Through these and service activities across the district this holiday, Davenport students are giving back and learning important lessons about citizenry.
The West High wrestling team beat the #4 ranked team in the state, Pleasant Valley, 38-36. Nevin Goettsch, senior captain, secured the win after they were down 35-36 immediately prior to his match. They also defeated Muscatine 50-30. John Behrens, Tyler Poggenpohl, and Hayden Heath all won both their matches.
During the week of December 7-11, students in grades 2-5 at Buchanan Elementary participated in the “Hour of Code.” Adults from John Deere’s IT department volunteered their time to help students solve puzzles using drag and drop coding language, working with each class for an hour.Go here to see the Quad City Times article about Smart Intermediate also participating in this event, one of 200,000 happening around the world. Go here to see WQAD’s coverage.
ProStart students were challenged to create a vegetarian meal as part of their vegetable cookery unit. They had to identify knife cuts, cooking preparation techniques, and vegetables used, as well as prepare 50 sample servings. Students served to a panel of judges who scored on best dish and hospitality. Connor Baker, Caleb Howlett, and Mark Serrano won the Best Hospitality award, while Ivan Cox (not pictured), Emma Petri, Brandon Griffith (not pictured), and Kaitlyn Quandt won the Best Dish award.